Deadline Extended: BTS’ 2018 Delegation to Guatemala

Join us in Guatemala from May 5-19th. Apply by January 24th!

For more info, as well as application details visit us here

This Holiday Season, Drink Responsibly

BTS coffee mugs made from handmade Danish enamelware are on sale for $20. Paired with 
a bag of BTS coffee, this is a tasty and beautiful gift for the coffee lover in your life. For more info, visit us here.

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.

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

March 8: Call for action on International Women’s Day

 Marking the one year anniversary of fire at the Hogar Seguro Virgen de Asuncion in Guatemala This International Women’s Day, March 8th, we invite you to take part in a network wide action focused on gender justice in Guatemala. It will be the 1 year anniversary of a fire at the state-run centre for youth [...]

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Updates on the fight against corruption in Guatemala

January and February have seen a host of arrests based on investigations by the Guatemala Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Commission Against Impunity In Guatemala (CICIG for its initials in Spanish). On January 20, arrests were made in the Construction and Corruption case, where the Brazilian construction company Odebrecht was found by the Public Prosecutor [...]

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Interview with criminalized land defender Maria Chub Choc

One month ago, criminalized land defender Maria Chub Choc was released on bail. While an important step, the struggle isn’t over. Her trial is set for August 2018. Until then, she must register with the court each month and cannot leave the department of Izabal. On the day of her arraignment hearing, Maria spoke about [...]

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Comunicado: Ombudsman de los derechos humanos para las empresas Canadienses podría ser un paso en la dirección correcta, dice RES

7 de febrero, 2018 (Ciudad de Halifax / Ciudad de Guatemala) Para la Red Rompiendo el Silencio de las Provincias Marítimas y Guatemala (RES), el reciente anuncio del nombramiento del Ombudsman Canadiense para la Empresa Responsable podría ser un paso hacia una mayor responsabilidad de las empresas, aunque su eficacia aún está por verse. La [...]

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Genocide trial continues in Guatemala

“We went to the mountains because we didn’t have a house, we didn’t have anywhere to live. The food ran out- we didn’t have any corn. We just ate leaves.”- Doña Juana, genocide survivor from Chajul, Quiche. She spent seven years in the mountains. The genocide trial against former de facto president Efrain Rios Montt [...]

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