From Guatemala to Canada and beyond, it’s time to end state impunity for gendered violence! To commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Hogar Seguro tragedy, we invite you to join our Maritimes speaking tour with [...]
– Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s
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.
– Bishop Gerardi, April 24, 1998
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.
– Scott Zoltok, Intern at the New Hope Foundation (2012-2013)
“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.”
– Bertolt Brecht
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.
January 31, 2019 - The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network joins international organizations in expressing solidarity with Guatemalan communities in peaceful resistance to Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ (KCA) Progreso VII Derivada gold project as the company brings a US$300 million arbitration claim against Guatemala to the World Bank´s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) [...]
Press release: Global art exhibit honouring victims of the 2017 Hogar Seguro fire in Guatemala to tour the Maritimes
January 31, 2019 (Halifax) – Beginning on February 1st, an art exhibit commemorating 41 girls and young women killed in a fire at the state-run centre for children and youth Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción in Guatemala will tour the Maritimes. The art exhibit, hosted by the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS), will [...]
This op-ed was published in The Guardian on January 29th, 2019. UPDATE: On January 23rd, the Constitutional Court unanimously voted to suspend, on a provisional basis, the proceedings which could have led to the impeachment of 3 Constitutional Court judges. Meanwhile, right-wing interest groups in the country continue to advocate for this process, which threatens judicial [...]
#NosDuelen56 Solidarity Actions: Justice now for the 41 victims & 15 survivors of the 2017 Hogar Seguro fire
In lead up to the 2nd anniversary of the Hogar Seguro tragedy, we invite you to join us in commemorating and demanding justice for the 41 girls and young women killed, as well as the 15 who were severely injured. Almost two years later, this state crime remains in impunity. While the state-run centre Hogar [...]