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

Update: Constitutional Crisis in Guatemala

As many of you know, Guatemala is in the midst of a Constitutional Crisis. On Friday, August 31, the Guatemalan government declared that it would not renew the mandate of the UN-back Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) in September 2019. Then when the Commissioner Ivan Velasquez left the country for meetings in the US, Guatemalan Immigration [...]

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AJODER and Topacio Award Keep Her Dreams Alive

On Sunday, September 2nd, the Reynoso Pacheco family accompanied by BTS staff Lisa Rankin, traveled to Coban, Alta Verapaz to present the 2018 Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Award to AJODER (the Association for Development and Social Recovery). As always, the presentation of the award was a bitter-sweet moment, remembering Topacio and the dreams which she herself [...]

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Guatemala’s Highest Court Orders Tahoe’s Escobal Mine to Remain Suspended

Earthworks * MiningWatch Canada * Projet Accompagnement Québec-Guatemala * Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala * Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network September 4, 2018 Contacts: US: Alan Septoff, aseptoff@earthworksaction.org, 202-887-1872×116 Guatemala: Lisa Rankin, btscoordinator@gmail.com Canada: Jamie Keen, jamie@miningwatch.ca, +1 613-761-2273 Late Monday night, the Guatemalan Constitutional Court ruled that [US-Canadian owned] Tahoe Resources’ [...]

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Canadians support CICIG’s work against corruption & impunity

On Friday, August 31st, President Jimmy Morales announced at a press conference, surrounded by military and police officers, that he would not be renewing the mandate of the CICIG, the UN-backed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala. Hours earlier, an intimidating military presence was reported outside of the CICIG offices. As you may recall, last year Morales unsuccessfully [...]

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Take Action: Demand Tahoe Resources respect Guatemalan communities’ “No” to mining

For seven years, communities have peacefully and democratically demonstrated their opposition to Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine in Guatemala. In an open letter to the Canadian company’s new CEO, James Voorhees, and Executive Chair, Kevin McArthur, the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa and the Xinka People’s Parliament of Guatemala insist that Tahoe end the [...]

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