Job Opportunity: Lead Volunteer Cooperant

We’re really excited to have someone join our team as Lead Volunteer Cooperant in Guatemala. This job will be integral to our new Community Development and Human Rights Volunteer Program. Deadline: February 18. For more info, visit us here.

#NosDuelen56: Global art exhibit tours the Maritimes

Beautiful portraits contributed by artists globally to honour the girls and young women killed in the 2017 Hogar Seguro fire in Guatemala. The art exhibit will visit Antigonish, Charlottetown, Halifax and Fredericton. Learn more here. Take part in solidarity actions to demand justice for the 41 girls killed, as well as the 15 others who were severely injured in this state crime!

BTS Guatemala Volunteer Program

BTS is seeking to create a team of 6-8 people who will serve as short and longer-term volunteers with our Guatemalan partners. If you’re passionate about community development and/or the protection of human rights in Guatemala, this may be the program for you! For more info, visit us here.

BTS solidarity with the CCDA throughout the Maritimes

Throughout the Maritimes, BTS members and supporters express their solidarity with long-time BTS partner, the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA). In May, three members of the CCDA were killed. More here.

Check out our 2017 Year in Review!

Our Year in Review provides an overview of what we were up to in 2017 and an update on what’s been going on in Guatemala. You can read it here. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers to making our work possible!

Lets keep on breaking the silence…donate today!

You are Breaking the Silence. And your donations help us to continue to build relationships of solidarity and friendship, speak out against injustice and be present when it is most needed.  Donate to our  fundraising campaign today!

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

– Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s

Peace is possible – a peace that is born from the truth that comes from each one of us and from all of us. It is a painful truth…it is a liberating and humanizing truth…It is a truth that challenges each one of us to recognize our individual and collective responsibility and to commit ourselves to action.

– Bishop Gerardi, April 24, 1998

“Breaking the Silence means listening to those who’ve been silent for far too long, and once the silence is broken, it is amazing what you can hear.”

– Scott Zoltok, Intern at the New Hope Foundation (2012-2013)

Hay hombres que luchan un dia y son buenos. Hay otros que luchan un año y son mejores. Hay quienes luchan muchos años y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida: esos son los imprescindibles. 

– Bertolt Brecht

#NosDuelen56 March Speaking Tour with Mayra Jimenez (8 Tijax)

From Guatemala to Canada and beyond, it’s time to end state impunity for gendered violence! To commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Hogar Seguro tragedy, we invite you to join our Maritimes speaking tour with Mayra Jimenez Flores of 8 Tijax: Feb 28/Mar 1 – Fredericton, NB Mar 3/4 – Halifax, NS Mar 5 – [...]

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International groups denounce US mining company’s multi-million dollar claim against Guatemala

January 31, 2019 - The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network joins international organizations in expressing solidarity with Guatemalan communities in peaceful resistance to Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ (KCA) Progreso VII Derivada gold project as the company brings a US$300 million arbitration claim against Guatemala to the World Bank´s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)  [...]

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Press release: Global art exhibit honouring victims of the 2017 Hogar Seguro fire in Guatemala to tour the Maritimes

January 31, 2019 (Halifax) – Beginning on February 1st, an art exhibit commemorating 41 girls and young women killed in a fire at the state-run centre for children and youth Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción in Guatemala will tour the Maritimes. The art exhibit, hosted by the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS), will [...]

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Op-ed: Ongoing solidarity needed amid technical coup in Guatemala

This op-ed was published in The Guardian on January 29th, 2019. UPDATE: On January 23rd, the Constitutional Court unanimously voted to suspend, on a provisional basis, the proceedings which could have led to the impeachment of 3 Constitutional Court judges. Meanwhile, right-wing interest groups in the country continue to advocate for this process, which threatens judicial [...]

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#NosDuelen56 Solidarity Actions: Justice now for the 41 victims & 15 survivors of the 2017 Hogar Seguro fire

In lead up to the 2nd anniversary of the Hogar Seguro tragedy, we invite you to join us in commemorating and demanding justice for the 41 girls and young women killed, as well as the 15 who were severely injured. Almost two years later, this state crime remains in impunity. While the state-run centre Hogar [...]

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