Please join us for a public event with Grahame Russell, co-director of Rights Action – a grassroots organization working together with indigenous grassroots communities in Central America in resistance to human rights violations and in support of struggles for democracy, justice and Mother Earth:
CRACKS IN THE WALLS OF IMPUNITY & CORRUPTION
IN GUATEMALA & HONDURAS, &
WITH GLOBAL RESOURCE EXTRACTION COMPANIES
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010
Agora, Ground Floor of Jock Turcot University Centre, University of Ottawa (map)
In this event, we will present the documentary “THE BUSINESS OF GOLD in Guatemala: Tale of a Conflict Foretold” followed by a Q&A session by Grahame Russell.
“The Business of Gold in Guatemala”, a 50-minute film, documents one struggle – the resistance of the Mayan-Mam people of San Miguel Ixtahuacan (in Guatemala) against the Canadian company Goldcorp Inc.
In May 2007, former chairman of the Vancouver-based mining company Goldcorp Inc – Ian Telfer – donated $25 million to the School of Management of the University of Ottawa. In honour of his donation, the School of Management was renamed the Telfer School of Management, ignoring environmental and health harms, and other human rights violations, caused by the mines operated by Goldcorp in Guatemala, Honduras and else-where in the world.
During the presentation, Grahame will focus particular attention on:
How “northern actors” – the USA and Canadian governments, businesses, investors, the World Bank, etc. – contribute to and benefit from the unjust economic model and resultant exploitation and poverty, environmental harms, and repression; and, from there, how North Americans, from all walks of life, can get more involved in these and other struggles to help achieve “another world is possible and necessary”.
GUATEMALA – GOLDCORP Inc. ALERT:
Threat of more mining related tension & violence in Mayan Mam community of Sacmuj, near Goldcorp’s “Marlin” mine
RIGHTS ACTION (www.rightsaction.org)
With tax charitable status in Canada and the USA, Rights Action funds and works to eliminate poverty and the underlying causes of poverty. RA supports community-based development, environmental, disaster relief and human rights projects and organizations in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as in Chiapas [Mexico], El Salvador and Haiti. RA educates about and is involved in other work aimed at critically understanding unjust north-south relations and global development, environmental and human rights issues and the challenges of poverty eradication.
Grahame – a Canadian – lives in Connecticut with his two children. He is a graduate of the University of Guelph (Latin American studies) and the Faculty of Law, Ottawa University. From 1984-1995, Grahame worked with a range of development, environmental and human rights solidarity and NGO groups in Mexico and Central America, living for 8 years in the region. With Rights Action since 1995, Grahame has led Rights Action’s work in the USA and Canada. Grahame’s work has taken him throughout Guatemala, Honduras, Chiapas and Oaxaca, as well as to El Salvador and Haiti. Grahame speaks and publishes regularly about the wide range of issues referred to above. He is the author of: “The Never Ending” (1992) and “Code Z59.5: There is Only One People Here” (2010).
THE BUSINESS OF GOLD in Guatemala: Tale of a Conflict Foretold
Even as the government of Guatemala was signing the 1996 “Peace Accords”, it was – unbeknownst to the Guatemala population – giving out hundreds of mining concessions to international (mainly Canadian) mining companies. Since the early 2000s, serious conflicts have broken out in Guatemala – as well as else-where in Central America – due to the environmental and health harms and other violations of human and indigenous rights being caused by mainly Canadian mining companies.
* This event is brought to you by Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa, Mining Watch Canada, Public Service Alliance of Canada – Social Justice Fund, and Territorio Libre
* Admission is free, donations are welcome. All donations will go to support the community groups Rights Action works with in Guatemala & Honduras.