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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.

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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

September 2017 Updates: Guatemalan take to the streets to protest against impunity and corruption

September 17, 2017: Members of Congress met to back-peddle on the reforms they had passed on September 13, lightening sentences from jail time to a fine for 400 crimes, including illicit campaign financing, as well as passing a decision to allow unregistered and anonymous campaign contributions (see September 15 email for more explanation). Despite the [...]

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September 28, 2017 Update on the situation near Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Mine

Since early June, community members affected by the Escobal mine in San Rafael las Flores, Santa Rosa have held a permanent encampment 15 km from the entrance of the mine. Communities from 7 municipalities rotate in 24-hour shifts and serve as a check-point for mine-related traffic. Any vehicles owned or contracted by the mine are [...]

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2017 Winners of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Award

Asociación de Jóvenes Para el Desarrollo y Rescate Social (Youth Association for Development and Social Recovery), San Luis Jilotepeque Jalapa – 2017 Winners of Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Award. September 22, 2017 The 2017 winner of the Topacio Reynoso Pacheco Award is the Asociación de Jóvenes Para el Desarrollo y Rescate Social (Youth Association for Development [...]

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Rebeca Lane

estizo Soul – Identity and Rights Tour with Guatemalan Hip Hop Artist Rebeca Lane Rebeca Eunice Vargas (Rebeca Lane) was born in Guatemala City on December 6th, 1984. She was born in the middle of a civil war and was named after her aunt that had been kidnapped and disappeared by the military government in 1981 because [...]

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Come work with us!

Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network www.breakingthesilenceblog.com Position: Maritimes & Intern Coordinator Application Deadline: October 2, 2017 Start Date: November 27, 2017 Terms and Hours: $2700/120 hours per month – possibility to increase to full time in 2018; Permanent Position (pending funding); Extended Health Benefits & 5 weeks annual vacation Summary: Breaking the Silence (BTS) is [...]

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