Nov 12, 2009
Join NISGUA in demanding respect for community referendums
In response to urgent needs in Guatemala, NISGUA is coordinating a letter campaign demanding that the Guatemalan government respect indigenous peoples'self-determination and grassroots democracy.
Communities across Guatemala have used referendums to voice their opposition to natural resource extraction and mega-projects that threaten theirlivelihoods and rights as indigenous peoples. Joinus today in urging the Guatemalan government to respect communityreferendums.
To takeaction: Click here to access the letter . Print it, sign it on both sides (English andSpanish), and send it to: NISGUA, 436 14th Street, Suite 409, Oakland, CA94612.
HELP US MEET THE REQUEST OF GROUPS IN GUATEMALA
This goal requires ourcommitted activists to go out into the street, neighborhood, school, church,and work place, and to talk to people about the struggle of the indigenouspeoples of Guatemala for self-determination.
Please consider becoming a NISGUA GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN LEADER andcommit to obtaining 50, 100, or even more signatures to this importantletter. If you or your group is interested in committing, please contact Bridget@nisgua.org .
We encourage you to reachout to Spanish-speaking community members for this solidarity action. This action provides an ideal opportunity to explore how issues faced by theGuatemalan social movement are connected to different struggles in theU.S. As we listen to the voice of communities in Guatemala, let us reachout to our own communities!
When gathering signatures, please use this bilingual letter bymaking double-sided copies, one side in English, one in Spanish. Peopleshould sign both sides. All signed letters can be sent to NISGUA at 43614th Street, Suite 409, Oakland, CA 94612. Letters will be submitted tovarious groups in Guatemala to be used in supporting their political advocacywork.
Thank you for your commitment to solidarity with the people of Guatemala and to indigenous rights worldwide!