Save the date: Join us for BTS’ AGM with Sandra Morán from June 15 to 17th!

BTS’ Annual Gathering will take place in Tatamagouche, NS and will feature Sandra Morán, the first feminist and openly gay Member of Congress to be elected in Guatemala. Registration opens April 23rd. For more info, visit us here.

#NosDuelen56: Solidarity actions for International Women’s Day and Throughout March!

March 8th, 2018 (International Women’s Day), marks the tragic 1 year anniversary of the Hogar Seguro fire, which claimed the lives of 41 girls and young women in Guatemala and left 15 others severely injured. Take action to demand justice now!

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

Convocatoria para la 3ra Annual Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco para Jovenes

El Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco para Jovenes se presenta anualmente a un grupo juvenil guatemalteco que trabaja para proteger el medio ambiente y su comunidad, combinando arte, música y resistencia. Este premio fue creado en 2016 para honrar la vida y lucha de Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, artista y activista ambiental de Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, asesinada el 13 de [...]

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#LetLucyStay: Solidarity with community organizer and single mother threatened with deportation

Lucy Francineth Granados is an advocate for the rights of undocumented women and workers, as well as the single mother of three children. While she’s made Montreal, Quebec her home for the past nine years, she is now threatened to be deported to Guatemala on April 13th, before her humanitarian application for permanent residence is [...]

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Join us for the BTS AGM with Sandra Morán from June 15 to 17th

Join us Friday, June 15th @ 7pm to Sunday, June 17th @ 1pm at the Tatamagouche Centre!  Registration opens April 23rd. All are welcome to attend the Annual Gathering of the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network, a human rights solidarity network. The Annual Gathering is an opportunity for inspiration, connecting with BTS members and hearing first-hand about the [...]

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StFX Students Moved by Trip to Guatemala for Service Learning

In February, seven students and their faculty advisor, from St. Francis Xavier University (Antigonish, NS), travelled to Guatemala to gain a deeper understanding of the political climate, history, its respective effects, and current reparation efforts within the country. The group was facilitated by BTS and their coordinators, Lisa Rankin and Stacey Gomez. Beginning in Guatemala [...]

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BTS Diversity & Inclusion: Report from December Workshop & Updates

From December 9-10, 2017, members of BTS met in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia for a workshop on diversity and inclusion. The workshop, facilitated by Mohamed Yaffa and Paula Gallant, aimed to build a shared vision of how diversity and inclusion will be considered in our work as a network. You can read the report from the workshop here. Highlights [...]

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