Honduras: Human Rights Accompaniment – June 22-July 1, 2014
On the fifth anniversary of the coup that overthrew democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, the nonviolent National Front for Popular Resistance, farmers, students, labor unionists, LGBT activists, and regular people request our accompaniment in the face of violence and repression. This delegation will join with a delegation from the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) for a trip to the Southern part of the country where a charter has been granted for a Model City. Never heard of a Model City? Well, this delegation will help make sure that everyone learns about this perverse concept where North Americans set up a city outside the laws and jurisdiction of the Honduran law. This is not uninhabited land. Help AfGJ and the NLG investigate who will be displaced and what other effects this pernicious dream of North American libertarians will have on Honduras. The delegation will be based in the capital city of Tegucigalpa will also travel to Zacate Grande where communities that have inhabited the land for generations are being threatened by tourism and African Palm business interests. We will also visit Siria Valley where environmentalists are under death threat and legal actions for their activism against North American mining interests that are destroying their water and their health. In Tegucigalpa the delegation will meet with human rights defenders and leaders of popular movements struggling against state violence and impunity. Learn about how North American foreign policy impacts these communities generating further human rights issues, social conflict and militarization.
Nicaragua: Climate Change – Aug. 3-12, 2014
Rich in natural resources, Nicaragua has one of the world’s great stores of fresh water. It is also one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. Since the Sandinistas return to government in 2007 Nicaragua is also a country with a growing consciousness of its environmental treasures and that its future depends on preserving its forests and environment, as well as food sovereignty. Over 50% of Nicaragua’s electricity is now generated from renewable sources. While the leaders of developed countries “fiddle while Rome burns”, Nicaraguans are fully aware of the dangers of climate change and are experimenting with how to ameliorate its effects. The delegation will visit projects coping with climate change, in Managua, Esteli, Somoto, Condega, and Leon. It will visit projects to conserve rain water, small scale hydro electric plants, sustainable agricultural projects, and geothermal and wind energy projects. It will also travel to Granada and learn about the proposed inter-oceanic canal and talk to people for and against it. A cultural night and a beach day will also be part of the itinerary.
The $1,000 cost covers all in-country travel, housing (double occupancy), food, translation, and materials. It does not cover international airfare. For an application or more information send an email to: Chuck@AFGJ.org or call 202-540-8336 x1.