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.

This May join us for a Month of Action for Mining Justice!

Government officials have promised to create an ombudsperson for the extractive sector – yet they have not announced it officially and it was not in the federal budget. We need to hold them to their word! Join us today in creating a groundswell of support that decision-makers won’t be able to ignore. For more information, check out this link.

Register now for BTS’ 2017 Annual Gathering from June 23 to 25!

We hope to see you at our Annual Gathering at the Tatamagouche Centre from June 23-25th, 2017! We’ll be joined by Sandra Lopez, Director of the New Hope Foundation, Lilian Gonzales (a recent graduate from the school) and more! For more information, check out this link.

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

Guatemalan Public Prosecutor’s Office asked to investigate murder of environmental defender by over 2900 concerned individuals from 59 different countries

Press release May 17, 2017 (Guatemala/Oakland, CA/Tatamagouche, NS) — On Wednesday, a letter was delivered to the Public Prosecutor’s office in Guatemala on behalf of more than 2,900 people requesting an immediate and thorough investigation into the murder of 16-year-old Topacio Reynoso Pacheco and the attacks against her father, Alex Reynoso. Topacio, an environmental activist [...]

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Letter of Solidarity to Commemorate Attack at Escobal Mine Four Years Ago

To view a copy of the letter in Spanish, see here. April 27, 2017 Compañeros in this struggle, Today we commemorate four years since the attack against you by Alberto Rotondo and the security of the Escobal mine, owned by Tahoe Resources. Today we recognize that to date, there still is no justice. Also, as [...]

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FREDEMI Petition Regarding the Marlin Mine

Translation by NISGUA. For the original post in Spanish, see here.  FREDEMI Petition March 24, 2017 Attn: President of the Republic of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales; Minister of Energy and Mines (MEM); Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN); Presidential Commission for Coordinating Executive Policy in the Field of Human Rights (COPREDEH); Governing Authorities of [...]

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Convocatoria: Premio Topacio Reynoso Pacheco

Actualmente estamos aceptando solicitudes por el Premio Juvenil Topacio Reynoso Pacheco. El Premio se presenta anualmente a un grupo juvenil guatemalteco que trabaja para proteger el medio ambiente y su comunidad, combinando arte, música y resistencia. El comité de selección recibirá las solicitudes hasta el 20 de mayo de 2017 a las 11:59 pm a [...]

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Register now for BTS’ 2017 Annual Gathering from June 23 to 25!

We hope to see you at our Annual Gathering at the Tatamagouche Centre from June 23 at 7pm to June 25th at 1pm, 2017! We’ll be joined by Sandra Lopez, Director of the New Hope Foundation, Lilian Gonzales (a recent graduate from the school) and a current student. Come reconnect with other BTSers and hear about [...]

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