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Nincanotes : A blog about nicaragua by solidarity activists

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NicaNotes is a blog for Nicaragua activists and those interested in Nicaragua, published by the Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice. You can read more about the history of the blog on the About page.


Nicanotes: Guest Post: Help Stop the Passing of the NICA Act

Guest Post By Stevenicaragua Steve Lewis is a British humanitarian worker who has been living in Leon, Nicaragua for the last two years. He first visited Nicaragua in 1984/85 to pick coffee in solidarity with the revolution and has been involved with Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign (NSC) ever since. Steve has also lived in El Salvador…

Nicanotes: Guest Post: Gaspar Garcia Laviana (Comandante Martin): Revolutionary Priest

Guest Post by David Gullette David Gullette is vice-president of the Newton (MA)/San Juan del Sur Sister City Project which has worked since 1988 on programs in health, appropriate technology and education in rural and urban parts of the township. See www.newtonsanjuan.org. His books about Nicaragua include “Nicaraguan Peasant Poetry From Soletiname”, “!GASPAR! A Spanish…

NicaNotes: Hasta la Victoria Siempre!

By John Kotula From June of 2015 through June of 2017, I lived in Chinandega, Chinandega, indisputably the hottest city in Nicaragua. I was a Peace Corps volunteer. Walking around town, sweating, I often passed a statue of a revolutionary throwing a molotov cocktail: I always had the same thought, “Ah! Nicaragua! A country where…

NicaNotes: Guest Post: Nicaragua Grabbed My Heart

By Diana Bohn Diana Bohn is a long-time Nicaragua activist in California’s Bay Area and she is a former chair of the board of the Alliance for Global Justice. I’m responding to Chuck’s request for contributions from others whose lives were changed by their first visit to Nicaragua. I, too, had my heart grabbed by…

Nicanotes: Fr. Joe Mulligan: Revolutionary Priest

By John Kotula “But the poor person does not exist as an inescapable fact of destiny. His or her existence is not politically neutral, and it is not ethically innocent. The poor are a by-product of the system in which we live and for which we are responsible. They are marginalized by our social and…

Nicanotes: Senators, You Need to Deny the NICA Act

Nincanotes : A blog about nicaragua by solidarity activists

By Brian Willson The NICA Act, which would attempt to cut Nicaragua off from multilateral loans (World Bank, IMF, etc.), which passed the House several months ago has been introduced in the Senate with the surprise backing of Democratic Senators Leahy (VT) and Durbin (IL) which greatly increases its chances of passage. The Alliance for…

Nicanotes: El Güegüense, The Character of the Nicaraguan People

By John Kotula For the last few months I have been going to Diriamba to study with Marlon Flores. He is teaching me to carve traditional wooden masks used in Nicaraguan folk dances. Marlon is a wood carver, folklorists, flautist, choreographer, and community organizer. He is a key person in the annual Festival of Saint Sebastian in…

Nicanotes: Three Decades Ago, Picking Coffee Changed my Life

By Chuck Kaufman Many people have said that their trip to Nicaragua in the 1980s was a life-changing experience. That was certainly the case for me. Since my first trip to Nicaragua was as part of a Nicaragua Network coffee brigade for three weeks over Christmas 1987 – 30 years ago – I thought it…