June 30, 2019
Your funds at work:
Community struggles & projects supported by Rights Action
Almost every community group or person Rights Action supports (see below) is involved in courageous human rights, environmental, territorial defense struggles that are - at the same time – confronting the inequality and injustice of the global economy, taking on the wealth and (oftentimes) violent power of companies, investors and governments.
Thank-you for supporting what we are working against, and what we working for. Thanks for your work and struggle in favor of a global economic-political model friendly to and supportive of all people, all life forms and Mother Earth.
Your funds at work (as of June 24, 2019)
Environment / human rights / territory defense struggles
Maria Choc, a courageous Mayan Q’eqchi’ mother of four, “criminalized” for being a land, environment and rights defender denouncing harms and violence caused by global corporate and investor interests in sectors of mining, dams, African palm and sugarcane.
- La Puya: Resisting the violent, illegal mining operation of KCA (Kappes, Cassiday & Associates); now resisting KCA’s $300 million claim (extortion!), in a World Bank “tribunal”, against Guatemala for “lost potential earnings”: $1,050
- CODIDENA (Comision Diocesana Defensa de la Naturaleza): Resisting harms and violence linked to on-going attempt by Pan American Silver (formerly Tahoe Resource) to operate its silver mine: $2,250
- Buenavista Maya Achi community: Legal land claim struggle before the IACHR: $350
- Maria Choc: Emergency support, Indigenous rights and territory defender: $260
- Gremial (union) of fisherpeople and campesinos: Resisting harms and repression linked to Solway Investment Group’s nickel mining operation. Legal defense and political prisoner support work: $3,000
Swiss company Solway Investment Group’s harmful and violent, mountain-top removal operation (formerly owned by Hudbay Minerals), slowly mowing down the range above the town of El Estor, on the north shore of Lake Izabal.
- Q’eqchi’ territorial defense committee: Mynor Padilla criminal trial (Guatemala) / Hudbay Minerals lawsuits (Canada). Preparatory meetings with the victims-plaintiffs and lawyers: $6,000
The landmark Hudbay Minerals lawsuits, filed in 2010, proceed, trying to hold Hudbay accountable for gang-rapes of 11 Q’eqchi’ women, assassination of community defender Adolfo Ich, shooting paralyzing of German Chub.
Stay tuned for news about next court date!
- Revoltur trips: Community education and organizing work to strengthen Guatemala’s corrupted democratic system: $1600
Community development projects
- Lote 8 women: Community re-building / education / drought relief projects of Q’eqchi’ women, plaintiffs in precedent-setting Hudbay lawsuits: $6,000
- La Union women’s pig cooperative: In home community of Angelica Choc, plaintiff in Hudbay lawsuits: $250
- Xesiguan: Community project recuperating Achí culture through education and traditional agriculture: $9,750
This project is designed and carried out by Xesiguan community members, in Achi region of Rabinal. The Achí region was one of four Mayan regions where genocide was carried out. These agricultural projects are taking place in the aftermath and shadow of the U.S.-backed genocides of the 1980s, and on-going struggles for truth and justice in the complicated military-dominated context of Guatemala today.
Truth, Memory, Justice
- Community commemoration: Feb. 2, 1982, World Bank/IDB’s Chixoy dam massacre in village of Xococ: $950
- Community commemoration: Mar. 13, 1982, World Bank/IDB’s Chixoy dam massacre in village of Rio Negro: $780
- Community commemoration: Mar. 31, 2018, murder of Hector Choc, nephew of Angelica Choc (plaintiff in Hudbay lawsuits): $450
- Ramiro Choc: Health support (diabetes) for father of two, Q’eqchi’ territory and rights defender, and illegally jailed political prisoner, 2008-2014: $1,800
- German Chub: Health support for paralysis victim of Hudbay-linked shooting: $500
- Carlos Ernesto Choc: Health & family support for journalist targeted for reporting on harms and violence linked to Solway Investment Group’s mining operation: $1,200
- Angelica Choc: Security and living support for widow of Hudbay-linked murder victim, after her home was shot up in 2016 and her nephew was murdered in 2018: $3,000
- Jesus Tecu: Health support (eyes) for father of five, surviving victim of Achi genocide, and truth and justice activist: $700
- Rio Negro/Pacux refugee community: Primary school funding and other scholarships for children of Achi genocide victims: $5,300
- San Miguel Ixtahuacan: Law school studies of Mayan Mam community defender, resisting and denouncing harms and violations linked to Goldcorp Inc., 2004-2018: $2,050
Carmen Mejia, Mayan Mam community defender (right), stands with Diodora Hernandez who refused to sell her plot of land to Goldcorp Inc. Two men (who worked at Goldcorp’s mining operation) tried to assassinate her, shooting Diodora in her right eye, the bullet exiting by her right ear! Carmen is close to completing her law degree.
- El Estor: Scholarships for children of Q’eqchi’ community defenders seeking justice for mining and African palm harms and violations: $8,500
- Azacualpa environmental committee: Resisting harms, violations and cemetery destruction planned by U.S.-based Aura Minerals: $1,800
Aura Minerals (U.S.-based company, with former head office in Canada) workers forced to stop their illegal digging up of graves, from the 200 year old Azacualpa cemetery, due to courage and dignity of Floresmira Lopez who had not given them permission to dig up the remains of her father.
- ASONOG: Study, Aura Minerals harms and violations: $1,045
- Berta Caceres family: Struggle for justice for her March 2, 2016 assassination: $2,600
- Community commemoration: March 2, 2016, assassination of Berta Caceres: $1,200
- CIPPH: Indigenous community defense struggle: $1,000
- OFRANEH (Indigenous-Garifuna & Afro-descendant people’s organization): Resisting harms and violations caused by (mainly) Canadian tourism operators and African palm producers: $2,500
Miriam Miranda, long-time coordinator of OFRANEH, many times “criminalized” by aggressive Canadian tourism operators in collusion with corrupted judicial authorities along Honduras’ north coast.
- Refugee support: General support for Felix & Benjamin, victims of a shooting and police torture in Honduras, forced to seek asylum in Canada: $2,400
- Political prisoner / human rights victims: Support for family members of political prisoners and victims of violations, and for activists and lawyers working in support: $8,000
Two political prisoners kept, since early 2018, in brutal maximum-security military jail, “awaiting trial” on trumped up charges related to protesting U.S. and Canadian-backed regime’s stolen November 2017 elections and ensuring killings of dozens of protesters. Edwin is long-time partner/ spouse of Karen Spring, Canadian human rights defender who has lived in Honduras since the 2009 U.S. and Canadian-backed military coup ousted Honduras’ last democratically elected government.
North-South Human Rights Accompaniment, Reporting & Activism
- Mining Injustice Solidarity Network: Education and activism related to Canadian mining repression and harms: $2,000
- Education presentations (Canada/U.S.): $5,750
- Journalist (forced out of Honduras): $350
- Delegation to Guatemala: “Roots of forced migration”: $5,000
(Canada & U.S.)
To support the work, struggle and projects of these community defenders, m
- U.S.: Box 50887, Washington DC, 20091-0887
- Canada: (Box 552) 351 Queen St. E, Toronto ON, M5A-1T8