BTS Guatemala Volunteer Program

BTS is seeking to create a team of 6-8 people who will serve as short and longer-term volunteers with our Guatemalan partners. If you’re passionate about community development and/or the protection of human rights in Guatemala, this may be the program for you! For more info, visit us here.

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

BTS Community Development & Human Rights Volunteer Program!

We are excited to announce the creation of the BTS Community Development and Human Rights Volunteer Program! Building on our previous experience with training and sending interns, human rights accompaniers, and volunteers to Guatemala, BTS is seeking to create a team of 6-8 people who will serve as short and longer-term volunteers with our Guatemalan [...]

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M4 Statement on Regulated Consultations

The Peoples that make up the M4 in resistance to the Capitalist and Extractive Model, towards social transformation DECLARE In Guatemala City’s historic center, on November 15, 16, and 17, we met to discuss and analyze the current processes to regulate the consultation of our peoples and to build collective strategies that unite our principles [...]

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2018 BTS Staffing Fund Campaign

Giving now will save costs on mailing a letter in early December! Can’t give at this time? Please reply to this message and we will make a note not to send you a letter* Dear friends, We deeply appreciate the many different ways you have supported BTS. We once again ask you to provide financial [...]

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Xinka Parliament denounces illegalities as court-ordered consultation process begins

On November 19, 2018, the Xinka Parliament held a press conference to denounce the malicious behaviour of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), and Minera San Rafael at the outset of the court-ordered consultation process with the Xinka people. Guatemalan courts suspended the Escobal mine, [...]

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Hundreds of Maritimers express solidarity with the Highlands Committee of Small Farmers in Guatemala

From November 4th – 11th, Marcelo Sabuc of the Highlands Committee of Small Farmers (CCDA) spoke throughout the Maritimes regarding threats against human rights defenders in Guatemala and the deteriorating political situation in the country. During the speaking tour, Marcelo visited 7 communities: Antigonish, Halifax, Wolfville, Sackville, Fredericton, Charlottetown and Tatamagouche. At each stop, community [...]

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