Sandra Morán is the first feminist and openly gay Member of Congress to be elected in Guatemala. She is a member of the Convergence CPO-CRD Party which brings together feminists, students, farmers and Indigenous peoples. She is also a highly accomplished drummer. She is returning to the Maritimes thirty years after her first visit as a member of the musical group Kin Lalat in 1988. Through music, they denounced state violence and laid the ground work for Guatemalan solidarity in the Maritimes.
Sandra’s work is rooted in a history of grassroots activism. Born in 1960, she became involved in social movements in her teens. In 1981 she was forced into exile and lived in Mexico, Nicaragua and Canada. She returned to Guatemala in 1994 to support peace-building efforts and the struggle for gender justice. BTS has worked with Sandra through her role in the Sector de Mujeres, an alliance of 33 women’s groups in Guatemala.
Sandra will share a short documentary about her life entitled In my own voice (En voz propria in Spanish). In her own voice, she takes us through a journey of close to 4 decades of struggle for the rights of historically marginalized groups: Indigenous peoples, women and LGBTI community. Her personal history is weaved together with the recent history of the country.
Sandra will tour the Maritimes with events in Tatamagouche, Antigonish, Halifax, Moncton and Charlottetown! Check out the Facebook event here.
Tatamagouche – BTS Annual Gathering (June 15-17th)
Antigonish – June 18th @ 6PM at the CACL Lunch Room (Canadian Association for Community Living), 83 St Ninian’s St
Halifax – June 19th @ 4PM, Room 204 (2nd floor) of the Weldon Law Building (6061 University Avenue) at Dalhousie Univers
Moncton – June 20th @ 6pm at the Moncton Public Library, 644 Main St. Facebook event here.
Charlottetown – ACIC Symposium (June 21-23rd)
Sandra Moran is this year’s recipient of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation’s Southern Speakers Symposium Fund. We thank ACIC for making Sandra’s visit to the Maritimes possible!
For more info, contact Stacey Gomez, BTS Maritimes Coordinator (BTSMaritimesCoordinator (at) gmail.com).