GHRC is excited to announce that Miriam Pixtún Monroy will be visiting the US this November, as part of our Fall 2014 Speaker’s Tour, to share her experiences and those of other Mayan and Mestizo communities in Guatemala. Miriam will speak with audiences in Chicago, Illinois, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Reno, Silver City and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Miriam is a resident of Nacahuil, a Maya Kaqchikel community located about one hour from Guatemala City. In September of 2013, Nacahuil suffered a horrific attack. Unknown gunman sprayed bullets across the town’s main street, then viciously hunted people down; 11 people were killed and 15 more were injured, including two young girls. Nacahuil is one of many Guatemalan communities active in resisting the encroachment of mines, dams, and other mega-development projects onto its territory. Some residents believe that the attack was an attempt to break the community’s resistance to these projects; various witnesses also allege that the police were involved.
Miriam has extensive experience in community outreach and has been involved in movements for indigenous rights and autonomy. She, along with other members of Nacahuil, has also been very active in the anti-mining blockade known as ‘La Puya.’
Miriam will speak about the roots and goals of community resistance to mega development projects and describe the Guatemalan government’s overwhelming lack of respect for indigenous rights. GHRC’s Kathryn Johnson will accompany Miriam, providing interpretation and background information.
Times and locations will be on our website as they become available. We hope you can join us, or pass this information along to your networks in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Nevada.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
DATE & TIME
|GHRC 2014 Human Rights Defenders Award Ceremony. Click here to RSVP.||10/28/2014, 6 PM (program at 7 PM)||St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington, DC 20010|
|Congressional Briefing: Latin American Human Rights Defenders on the Impact of U.S. Security Policy in Mexico, Central America and Colombia||10/29/2014, 1:00-2:30 PM||2226 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515|
|Public Forum on Genocide in Guatemala: The Future of the Trial against Ríos Montt and Rodríguez Sanchez. Click here for more information.||10/31/2014, 9:30 AM-12 PM||Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2nd floor Room B and C, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036|