Newsletter, June 2017: Your donations at work
Your Donations At Work (June 30, 2017)
Below, a summary of organizations, individuals and projects Rights Action funded and worked with, to date, in 2017. Rights Action receives our funds from individuals and a few institutional donors in the U.S. and Canada, including: FPSE International Solidarity Fund, Tikva Grassroots Empowerment Fund, Cut Foundation.
Azacualpa Environmental Committee: $3,360
Campesino communities denouncing environmental and health harms, repression and human rights violations caused by, and resisting the destruction of a 200 year old community cemetery to make way for illegal expansion of Aura Mineral’s cyanide-leaching gold mine.
Berta Caceres family: $8,450
Family of indigenous rights, anti-imperialist, feminist, environmental defender Berta Caceres, assassinated by Honduran regime on March 3, 2016. Funds for family security and struggle for justice in her case.
COPINH (Coordinator of Indigenous & Popular Organizations): $3,500
Co-founded by Berta Caceres in 1992, COPINH works in indigenous Lenca communities in defense of the environment, human and indigenous rights, against illegal and violent incursions by national and international hydro-electric dam, mining and logging interests.
OFRANEH (Fraternal Organization of Garifuna & Black Peoples): $4,500
Founded in 1979, OFRANEH is the leading Garifuna organization working in defense of the environment, autonomy, human and indigenous rights, resisting illegal and violent incursions onto their lands by national and international tourism operators and African palm producers.
Triunfo de la Cruz Garifuna education fund: $1,400
- Health and security support, shot journalist: $1,000
- Health and security support, university/ LGBT activist tortured by police: $2,100
- Pacux refugee community – scholarships for children of Mayan Achi genocide victims: $4,000
- Rio Negro – primary school in Mayan Achi community, victim of Chixoy Dam project: $1,550
- San Miguel Ixtahuacan – scholarship, law degree, Mayan Mam community leader resisting Goldcorp Inc. mining harms: $410
- El Estor – scholarships, children of Mayan Q’eqchi’ community leaders seeking justice for Hudbay Minerals mining harms: $4,000
- Santa Maria Tzeja – Mayan community primary and middle schools, and scholarships to high school and university: $11,750
Mining harms ~versus~ Community Development, Environment & Human Rights
- La Puya resistance movement: $800. Campesino community members working in defense of environment and lands, resisting violent mining interests of American company KCA Associates (and partial investment from Radius Gold).
- FREDEMI (San Miguel Ixtahuacan Defense Front): $3,700. Mayan Mam people working to document and denounce harms, violations and repression caused by Goldcorp Inc.’s open-pit and underground cyanide-leaching mine.
- Consejo Sipakapan de Pueblos: $1,325. Mayan Sipakapan people working (in conjunction with FREDEMI) to denounce repression, harms and violations caused by Goldcorp’s underground and open-pit mine.
- Las Casillas resistance movement: $750. Community members protesting in defense of community, the environment and human rights, against harms caused by Tahoe Resources’ silver mine.
- Q’eqchi’ Nickel mining resistance: $1,800. Mayan Q’eqchi’ fisherpeople and campesinos protesting health and environmental harms caused by CGN/ProNico nickel mining company (owned by The Solway Group, formerly by INCO and Hudbay). Support for family of Carlos Maaz Coc, shot and killed by police during a protest.
- El Estor Territorial Committee. Mayan Qeqchi people seeking justice in Guatemala and Canada for harms and violations caused by Hudbay Minerals and its former subsidiary company CGN.
- in Guatemalan criminal court against Mynor Padilla, former Hudbay head of security, for murder and aggravated assaults: $23,000
- in Canadian civil courts against Hudbay Minerals & CGN for negligence resulting in murder, aggravated assault and rapes: $10,700
- emergency support for Angelica Choc, forced to leave El Estor after her house was shot up in September 2016: $10,000
- health support for German Chub paralyzed from waist down, victim of Hudbay linked shooting: $7,200
Community Development & Environmental Protection
- CEDFOG education & communication centre, Huehuetenango: $13,000
- El Estor – La Union community (victim of Hudbay Minerals evictions) women’s chicken and pig project: $600
- El Estor – Lote 8 community (victim of Hudbay Minerals evictions) women’s agricultural sustenance project: $17,300
- Rio Negro – outboard motor repair: $300
Truth, Memory, Justice
- Commemoration of March 13, 1982, Chixoy Dam/Rio Negro massacre: $1,500
- Commemoration of May 14, 1982, Chixoy Dam/Los Encuentros massacre: $1,500
- Annual commemoration for Adolfo Ich, assassinated September 27, 2009 by security guards hired by Hudbay Minerals: $1,350
- Mayan Q’eqchi’ recovery of lands, Livingston: $1,300
Emergency response and various
- El Estor – health support, community leader, suffering from cancer: $250
- El Estor – health support, community leader operation: $2,500
- El Estor – support for Lote 8 woman, husband died of poverty-related health issues: $450
- San Miguel Ixtahuacan – support for Mayan Mam woman shot in head in 2010 after refusing to sell land to Goldcorp: $125
- El Estor – purchase wheelchair for Q’eqchi’ woman house-bound, with no medical treatment for paralysis: $605
North-South Education & Activism
- Documentary film – Kukama people land struggle in Peru: $3,700
- Journalists and photo-journalists: $4,000
- Educational/activist delegation to Guatemala: $4,800
- MISN: Education and activism related to Canadian mining repression and harms: $1,200
- Otros Mundos (Mexico), support for security needs and justice work of Gustavo Castro, survivor of and eye-witness to assassination of Berta Caceres: $5,400
- AYNI (Peru), community development project, northern Peru: $9,500
- Tropico Seco (Peru), flood relief: $1,900