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No Justice Three Years After Topacio’s Murder

April 14th marked three years since the murder of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, a young activist and artist who spoke out against Tahoe’s Escobal Mine, located only 6km from her community of Mataquescuintla. Sign this petition calling on the Guatemalan Public Prosecutor’s office to expedite a full and impartial investigation into the attack against Topacio and her father.

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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

Rebeca Lane

Mestizo Soul – Identity and Rights Tour with Guatemalan Hip Hop Artist Rebeca Lane Rebeca Eunice Vargas (Rebeca Lane) was born in Guatemala City on December 6th 1984. She was born in the middle of a civil war and was named after her aunt that had been kidnaped and disappeared by the military government in [...]

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Come work with us!

Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network www.breakingthesilenceblog.com Position: Maritimes & Intern Coordinator Application Deadline: October 2, 2017 Start Date: November 27, 2017 Terms and Hours: $2700/120 hours per month – possibility to increase to full time in 2018; Permanent Position (pending funding); Extended Health Benefits & 5 weeks annual vacation Summary: Breaking the Silence (BTS) is [...]

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Canadian & US Embassies: Urgent Need to Support Human Rights Defenders near Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Mine in Guatemala

  (Lee en Espanol aqui) Ambassador Deborah Chatsis Canadian Embassy in Guatemala Ambassador Todd Robinson US Embassy in Guatemala August 21, 2017 Subject: Urgent Need to Support Human Rights Defenders following Suspension of Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Mine Licenses and Ongoing Peaceful Protest in Casillas Esteemed Canadian and U.S. Ambassadors, The below-signed organizations write to you out [...]

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Update and Resources of Resistances to Canadian Mining in Guatemala

By Lisa Rankin, BTS Co-Coordinator A lot has been happening over the past few weeks in Guatemala regarding community resistance to Canadian mining companies. Here I have complied some brief updates and links for further updates to keep folks informed. Please also take action following the link! As events are constantly unfolding, please check out [...]

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Update regarding Tahoe Resources affected communities in Casillas – Police use pepper spray on peaceful protestors in the middle of the night

By Ellen Moore Casillas Evictions On July 21, at about 2am, members of the National Police (PNC) attacked the 15 – 20 men, women and children present at the peaceful encampment in Casillas, located about 15 kilometers from Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Mine in Guatemala. The PNC was escorting two tanker trucks carrying fuel for the [...]

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