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GSN MONDAY MAILER JUNE 26 2012

Posted by Tom on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in News.

REMEMBER, WE ARE EVERY 14 DAYS UNTIL SEPTEMBER
 
1.       Serrano on Serrano
2.       Q’eqchi Interpreter Needed
3.       GHRC PETITION ON THE SHOOTING  OF ANTI-MINING ACTIVIST YOLI  OQUELI
4.       AWARD FOR GSN’ER MARY JO MCCONAHAY’S “MAYA ROADS
5.       FASCINATING STORY ABOUT GUATEMALAN TRANSLATOR LUIS VON AHN
6.       EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED ON FEMICIDE CASE
 
 
1.       Serrano on Serrano, Priceless
 
Con la obra La guayaba tiene dueño, Editorial Exedra expone el testimonio sincero, valiente, de un hombre que, desde su exilio, nos da a nosotros y a la historia, la posibilidad de tomar en cuenta la versión del agraviado, la que hasta ahora ha sido acallada, tergiversada o, negada. Este libro testimonial es la cara de la verdad que hasta ahora, permanecía velada.
Serrano Elías, Jorge. La guayaba tiene dueño. El secuestro del Estado de Guatemala. Panamá: Editorial Exedra, 2012, 1a. edición. 352 págs. 13.3 x 21.1 cms. ISBN: 978-9962-689-17-1. Rústica.
US$ 32.50 Q 140.00
 
 
2.       Q’eqchi Interpreter Needed
 
I am looking for a Q’eqchi’ interpreter for an upcoming court case in Montgomery County, Md.  The case is currently scheduled for Sept. 18-20.  I was in touch with Ms. Emily Tummons at KU, who told me you help to run the Guatemala Scholars Network.  Do you know of anyone who speaks Q’eqchi’ and would be willing to serve as a courtroom interpreter?
 
Thanks very much for your help.
 
Sincerely,
 
Phil Corrigan
Intern
Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office
 
 
3.       GHRC PETITION ON THE SHOOTING  OF ANTI-MINING ACTIVIST YOLI  OQUELI
 
As many of you have heard, Guatemalan anti-mining activist and community leader Yoli Oquelí was shot on June 13. GHRC has joined numerous Guatemalan and international organizations in calling for a speedy criminal investigation and protection for the communities. Thankfully, she is in stable condition, but our support is urgently needed.
 
GHRC has an online petition to support Yoli and the communities in peaceful resistance to the gold mining project here: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2690/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=10817
 
CUC´s videointerview with Yoli, with apartial English transcription, is now posted on GHRC´s blog: http://ghrcusa.wordpress.com/.
 
Very soon we will be sending our denouncement to the Guatemalan Government. Please pass this message along to your networks and ask them to join us in taking action.
 
In solidarity,
Kelsey
 
___________________
Kelsey Alford-Jones
Director
Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA
3321 12th St, NE
Washington, DC 20017
202-529-6599
www.ghrc-usa.org
CFC#52672
 
 
Another attack on a human rights defender
 
The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA denounces the attempted assassination of community leader and anti-mining activist, Yolanda "Yoli" Oqueli.
 
On June 13th, at approximately 6:30pm, Yoli was ambushed by two men on a motorcycle while driving to her home in San José del Golfo. She was shot at repeatedly; one bullet entered above her right kidney.
 
Yoli was immediately rushed to a public hospital by community members where she underwent emergency surgery. She is currently in stable condition.
 
A history of resistance
 
Yoli has been a vocal and passionate opponent to the installation of extractive mining operations in the communities of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc. Her inspiring leadership is just one example of the coordinated efforts of men, women and children in these communities to say "NO" to mining and its potentially devastating effects on local drinking water, farming land and the environment in general.
 
However, two international corporations refuse to respect the will of these communities: the Canadian mining corporation Radius Gold and the U.S. engineering firm Kappes, Cassiday & Associates. Through their Guatemalan subsidiary Exploraciones Mineras de Guatemala (Exmingua) they continue to push their open-pit and underground gold mining operation known as the Tambor Mine.
 
On March 2, 2012, local residents started a roadblock in order to prevent tractors, excavators and other mining equipment from entering their communities. Those who take turns guarding the roadblock have sworn to embrace the practice of nonviolent, peaceful resistance in defense of their rights.
 
On May 8th, a caravan of mining machinery, accompanied by hundreds of Guatemalan riot police, arrived in the middle of the night in an attempt to break the roadblock. They were unsuccessful. 
 
Days before the attempt on her life, Yoli and other pro-environment activists presented a series of formal complaints to the Public Ministry regarding acts of intimidation, threats, and criminalization that they have suffered as a result of their defense of their natural resources.
 
To the Guatemala Government and the International community, GHRC expresses our support for Yoli and her community.
 
* We denounce and condemn this latest attack on the brave women and men who, through the use of peaceful protest and nonviolent demonstration, are defending their rights to clean water, a healthy environment, and self-determination.
 
* We call on the Guatemalan authorities to investigate, capture, and prosecute all those responsible for this heinous crime; the hired guns as well as those who planned the assassination.
 
* We insist that authorities to guarantee the safety and well-being of the community members of San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc and to find a negotiated solution to this conflict which prioritizes the needs of the Guatemalan people over the profits of international corporations.
 
* GHRC stands in solidarity with Yolanda and wishes her a quick and complete recovery. We offer our heartfelt sympathy for her family, especially her two young children, for the fear and trauma that this attacked most assuredly had provoked.
 
 
4.       AWARD FOR GSN’ER MARY JO MCCONAHAY’S “MAYA ROADS”
 
Mary Jo McConahay's Maya Roads, One Woman's Journey among the People of the Rainforest (Chicago Review Press) has just won the Best Creative Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Northern California Book Awards. Maya Roads is vailable at bookstores, online, Kindle and other e-readers, or with educators' discount from the publisher.  The author is co-producer of the award-winning PBS documentary, Discovering Dominga.
"Powerful history and unforgettable scenes.  McConahay writes with the reporter's sharp eye and the heart of a witness." Stephen Kinzer, Author of All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, and Bitter Fruit: the Story of the American Coup in Guatemala
"Better than any other book, Maya Roads helps us understand how violence and suffering combine so seamlessly and disturbingly with joy and compassion in Guatemala and southern Mexico, yesterday and today." Jim Handy, Author of Gift of the Devil: a History of Guatemala and Revolution in the Countryside: Rural Conflict and Agrarian Reform in Guatemala.
"No book about the region could be as timely as Maya Roads." Deborah T. Levenson, ReVista, Harvard Review of Latin America.
ISBN: 978-1-56976-548-7
www.mayaroads.com
 
 
5.       FASCINATING STORY ABOUT GUATEMALAN TRANSLATOR LUIS VON AHN
 
Do you remember the conversation at the GSN about getting people to translate for free for the Maya scholars. Can you believe this guy has figured out a way to do something along these lines? I feel like I conjured him up. And he is Guatemalan!
 
  You have got to see his Ted Talk, have a look and listen. And see the blog below.
Here is link for Ted talk, if not just google it.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQl6jUjFjp4
 
 
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/a-computer-scientist-banks-on-human-superiority-over-machines/
 
 
6.      EXPERT WITNESS NEEDED ON FEMICIDE CASE
 
From: Aida Abedini <axabedini@ualr.edu>
Subject: Expert opinion on Guatemala-Help
Date: June 20, 2012 8:28:03 AM CDT

I received your contact from the article written by The Center for Gender
and Refugee Studies called "Guatemala: Documentation In Support Of
Asylum Applicants Based On Domestic Violence and Femicides."

Our law office represents a man who is filing for asylum after his
niece was killed in Guatemala by her husband, who was in a gang. They
are calling the murder a femicide. Our client fears that the husband
will kill him because he gave a statement to the police about the
murder.

I was wondering if you can provide any information on the issue of
stigma towards family members who seek justice for a female family's
death.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Aida

 
 
 
Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Baylor University
(254) 710-6226


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