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BELOW PLEASE FIND A STATEMENT FROM THE CIRMA CONSEJO REGARDING THE CLOSURE AND RENOVATION. I HAVE RECEIVED SCORES OF MAIL ON THIS TOPIC, MULTIPLE PETITIONS, CALLS FOR ACTION  AND I REFER YOU TO THE GSN FACEBOOK PAGE SHOULD YOU WISH TO LEARN MORE, OR YOU MAY CONTACT CIRMA DIRECTLY AT THE MAIL BELOW. THERE IS ALSO A PETITION BELOW THAT YOU MAY WISH TO SIGN (SEE #2), AND AN OPEN LETTER ATTACHED ABOVE
 
1.      STATEMENT REGARDING CIRMA CLOSING/ RENOVATION FROM THE CIRMA CONSEJO
2.      MAJOR PETITION REGARDING THE CLOSING OF CIRMA
3.      CALL FOR EXPERT WITNESS ON REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST INDIVIDUAL FROM SAN JUAN ATITAN HUEHUETENANGO—- PLEASE HELP
4.      GUATEMALA: WAS IT GENOCIDE? LINK BELOW FROM GSN’ER DAVID STOLL
5.      LA CAMIONETA NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES
6.      GREAT INTERVIEW WITH RODRIGO REY ROSA
7.      MESA PUBLICA ROUNTABLE ON GENOCIDE WITH GSN’ERS JEAN MARIE SIMON AND DAVID STOLL TODAY AT 3 PM EST
8.      NAPA OT FIELDSCHOOL THIS SUMMER IN ANTIGUA
  

 

 
1.      STATEMENT REGARDING CIRMA CLOSING/ RENOVATION FROM THE CIRMA CONSEJO
 
El Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica
CIRMA
 
Anuncia que después de más de tres décadas de servicio al público, y con el fin de asegurar la óptima conservación de sus acervos, ha emprendido reparaciones mayores y una completa renovación de su edificio.
 
Mientras duren las reparaciones, las colecciones de sus tres acervos, Biblioteca de Ciencias Sociales, Fototeca Guatemala, y Archivo Histórico, permanecerán en La Antigua Guatemala, en un ambiente con las condiciones de seguridad y preservación necesarias para su debida protección. El acceso a ellas será limitado, por lo que se les ruega a los interesados hacer una cita por medio de correo electrónico.   
 
CIRMA agradece su comprensión y espera con emoción compartir con todos los guatemaltecos sus instalaciones renovadas, mejoradas y dignas de los tesoros que resguarda y continuar sirviendo a sus apreciados usuarios como siempre lo ha hecho.
 
Se estarán publicando noticias periódicas de los avances de este proyecto de renovación en los medios sociales y a través del boletín informativo y la página web.  A todos nuestros amigos que han colaborado con nosotros por más de tres décadas esperamos su futura participación en nuestra nueva y mejorada sede.  Aprovechamos para desearles a todos unas felices fiestas y un próspero año nuevo!
 
Para mayor información y consultas, por favor escríbanos a cirma@cirma.org.gt. Será un gusto atenderlo.         
 
 
Atentamente, 
El Consejo de Fiduciarios de CIRMA
1 de diciembre de 2013

 

2.       MAJOR PETITIONS REGARDING THE CLOSING OF CIRMA
 
Below is the text of a letter concerning CIRMA's recent closing.   If GSN’ers want to sign on, please do so here:   http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/al-consejo-fudiciario-de-cirmato-the-board-of.   We hope to send it on to CIRMA’s board by Tuesday, so please do so asap (even if you have already signed on).   Thanks!  Greg
 
AL CONSEJO FUDICIARIO DE CIRMA
 
Los abajo firmantes, académicos vinculados con Guatemala y América Latina, expresamos nuestra preocupación por el súbito cierre del Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA). La justificación expresada para tal acción ha sido planteada como la necesidad de llevar a cabo reparaciones en el espacio físico de los edificios de CIRMA.
 
No nos encontramos en posición para cuestionar la validez de ese planteamiento pero la información que ha llegado a nuestro conocimiento es sumamente preocupante, incluyendo datos tales, como que empleados que llevaban mucho tiempo de trabajar para CIRMA fueron tratados de forma sumamente irrespetuosa al momento de su cierre, incluyendo el uso de un agente de seguridad fuertemente armado en el momento de anunciar los despidos colectivos.
 
De forma proporcional a la falta de transparencia y discusión que ha caracterizado esta acción se han generado rumores sumamente preocupantes que no pueden ser corroborados, pero que despiertan una serie de temores. Estos incluyen:
 
·      El temor de que el archivo documental o las colecciones ahí depositadas sean extraídas, dispersadas en diferentes lugares o llevadas a algún sitio fuera del país.
 
·      El temor de que archivos delicados, así como las colecciones sobre el conflicto armado no sean protegidas ante motivaciones políticas.
 
·      Finalmente, el temor de que las colecciones, los documentos y las fotografías prestadas o donadas sean comercializadas ilegalmente (muchas de las colecciones de CIRMA tienen el estatus de Patrimonio Nacional y todas están protegidas por convenios firmados entre los donantes y la institución, en los que se estipula, como condición para la donación, que las colecciones sean puestas a la disposición del público); y que los donantes de colecciones importantes están solicitando la devolución de sus materiales (hemos escuchado reportes que indican que la familia Arévalo ha iniciado el proceso para recuperar su colección y que los documentos de Julio Cambranes serán removidos) –lo que tendrá un efecto contraproducente en futuras donaciones.
 
Independientemente de la validez de los temores arriba mencionados, lo que es claro es que los archivos no estarán accesibles para la consulta por uno o dos años; un tiempo crucial en el que CIRMA estría proveyendo información de respaldo clave en el juicio de Ríos Montt y otros casos de alto perfil relacionados con violaciones a derechos humanos.
 
El cierre de CIRMA se produce también en un momento inoportuno para la región. En El Salvador, el reciente cierre del archivo de derechos humanos que se encontraba bajo Tutela Legal del Arzobispado, fue seguido por la destrucción (a manos de un grupo armado) de los archivos de Probusqueda, una ONG dedicada a investigar la ubicación de niños secuestrados por el Ejército Salvadoreño durante la guerra civil. El Año pasado en Guatemala, el Presidente Otto Pérez Molina, cerró los Archivos de la Paz que formaban parte de la Secretaría de la Paz (SEPAZ).
 
Creemos que el cierre de CIRMA—independientemente de las condiciones que lo hayan precipitado—contribuye a la actual amenaza que enfrenta la memoria histórica en América Central. La consternación y confusión dentro de la comunidad académica guatemalteca a raíz de esta acción—y la forma en que ha sido realizada—es palpable.
 
La pérdida del archivo y la biblioteca de CIRMA sería un acto devastador para Guatemala y una violación de su patrimonio cultural e histórico—no se diga la comercialización de materiales históricos guatemaltecos en subastas internacionales.
 
Estamos aún más preocupados de que fiscales y abogados involucrados en casos de derechos humanos puedan continuar teniendo acceso a información relevante.
 
En el sentido de lo antes expresado demandamos no solamente una aclaración sino un compromiso para asegurar que: 1. Las colecciones queden intactas y en Guatemala; 2. Sean respetadas las leyes nacionales que rigen los archivos de la misma forma que los convenios específicos de cada colección; 3. Poner a la disposición de investigadores los archivos de CIRMA lo antes posible en su ubicación temporal; 4. Permitir el acceso a documentos relacionados a casos legales relevantes a fiscales y abogados.
 
En síntesis, solicitamos a CIRMA asumir el principio de transparencia que ha sido expresado como un “valor fundamental” en su sitio web.
 
Entendemos que el sostenimiento de CIRMA, su archivo, colección fotográfica y biblioteca ha sido una carga financiera significativa. Y consideramos que una nueva forma de financiar y administrar la institución puede ser necesaria, pero ese proceso debe incluir a la comunidad académica guatemalteca y a los académicos del extranjero dedicados a trabajar temas relacionados con el país.
 
Si estos asuntos no son atendidos, solicitaremos a la Latin American Studies Association (LASA) convocar a una comisión de investigación para evaluar la situación.
 
Sinceramente,

Anabella Acevedo 
Carlos Agudelo Université Paris VII-Université Nice Sophia Antipolis
Santiago Bastos
Diani Cabrera Flores, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
María Luisa Cabrera Armiñan
José Cal, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Heydee Elizabeth Calderón Chen
Manuela Camus, Universidad de Guadalajara, México
Jacob Carter, 2011 CIRMA Alumnus
Rosina Cazali, Investigadora y curadora independiente
Creighton Chandler, Yale University
Ana María Cofiño
Alejandro Conde Roche. Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Alejandra Colom Bickford, Antropóloga
Enrique Corral
Amílcar L. Dávila Estrada
Ruth del Valle Cóbar, Defensora de derechos humanos, Trabajadora por la memoria histórica
Kate Doyle, National Security Archives
Ricardo Falla, S.J.
Alejandro Flores, University of Texas, Austin
Carlos Y. Flores, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos
Regina Fuentes Oliva, Coordinadora IIHAA. Escuela de historia, USAC
Bea Gallardo
Maria Victoria Garcia Vettorazzi
Felipe A. Girón
Dorotea Gómez
Matilde González
Greg Grandin, New York University
Sindy Hernández Bonilla
Daniel Hernández-Salazar
Juan José Hurtado Paz y Paz, Coordinador Técnico, Asociación Pop No'j
Laura Hurtado Paz y Paz
Leonor Hurtado Paz y Paz
Juan Jose Hurtado Vega
Instituto de Investigaciones del Hecho Religioso, Universidad Rafael Landívar
Andrea Isabel Ixchíu
Susanne Jonas, University of California, Santa Cruz
Paul Kobrak
Deborah Levenson, Boston College
Beatriz Manz, University of California, Berkeley
Peter Marchetti, Universidad Rafael Landívar
Lilian Márquez, University of Texas, Austin
Carlota McAllister, York University
Helvi Mendizabal
Marcie Mersky, Director of Programs, International Center for Transitional Justice
Ana Lucrecia Molina Theissen, socióloga, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
Ana Silvia Monzón, Socióloga
Diane Nelson, Duke University
Elizabeth Oglesby, University of Arizona, Tucson
Mayra Palencia
Ruth Piedrasanta
Aaron Pollack, Instituto Mora
Karen Ponciano, Directora IIHR-Universidad Rafael Landívar
Isabel Rodas Nuñez, Escuela de Historia, USAC
Rachel Sieder, CIESAS, Mexico City
Luis Solano
Naomi Roht-Arriaza, University of California, Hastings College of Law
Sergio Romero, University of Texas, Austin
Derek Shaw, Humboldt State University
Megan Thomas
Heather Vrana, Southern Connecticut State University. 
Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj, Mecanismo de Apoyo a los Pueblos Indigenas
Hélmer Velásquez
Kirsten Weld, Harvard University
JT Way, Georgia State University y Ex-Director Interino de CIRMA
Paula Worby
 
 
We the below, concerned scholars of Guatemala and Latin America, are troubled by the recent, sudden closing for an indefinite period of the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA).    The reason given for the action was that repairs had to be made on the institution’s physical plant.   
We are not in a position to assess the validity of the explanation, but the reports we have heard are disturbing, including that long-term employees of CIRMA were treated in a heavy-handed and disrespectful way during the closing, including having a heavily armed security guard at the door as they were being notified of the collective firing.
The lack of transparency and discussion that led up to and followed this action has likewise generated a series of rumors, which we can’t confirm but are nonetheless troubling.   These include: 
● The fear that the documentary archive, or collections therein, will be scattered in different locations and/or transferred out of the country;
●  The fear that sensitive archives such as the collections on the armed conflict may not be protected out of political motives.
●  That “donated” or “on loan” collections of documents and photography are being illegally handled (many of CIRMA's collections have the status of Patrimonio Nacional, and all are governed by convenios signed by donors and the institution, many of which stipulate making the collection available to the public as a condition of the donation);  and that donors of important collections are petitioning for a return of their materials (we’ve heard reports that the Arévalo family has taken steps to retrieve its collection and that Julio Cambranes’ documents have been removed) – which will have a chilling effect on future donations.
Whatever the truth of the above fears and rumors, what is clear is that the archives will be unavailable for consultation for one to two years at a crucial time:  collections held by CIRMA are providing key supporting documentation in the trial of Rios Montt and other high-profile human rights cases.
CIRMA’s closing also takes place during a particularly inopportune time for the region as a whole.   In El Salvador, Tutela Legal’s human rights archive has recently been closed, shortly followed by the destruction (by an armed group) of the archives of Probusqueda, an NGO that investigates the location of children kidnapped by the Salvadoran military during that country’s civil war.  In Guatemala last year, Otto Pérez Molina closed the Archivos de la Paz within SEPAZ.
We believe the shuttering of CIRMA – whatever the conditions that precipitated it — contributes to the current threat facing the recovery of historical memory in Central America.    The anger and confusion in Guatemala’s scholarly community over CIRMA’s closing – and the manner in which it was carried out – is palpable. 
The loss of CIRMA’s archive and library would be devastating to Guatemala and a violation of its cultural and historical patrimony – no less so than the selling off of stolen historical documents in international auction houses.  
We are even more concerned that prosecutors and lawyers involved in human rights cases continue to have access to relevant information.  
We ask not just for clarification but a commitment to 1. keep the collections intact and in country;  2.  respect relevant national laws governing archives as well as the specific convenios of each collection;  3. make CIRMA’s archive accessible as soon as possible to researchers in its temporary location;  and  4. allow prosecutors and other legal workers access to relevant documents related to legal cases. 
In short, we are asking CIRMA to live up to its own “fundamental value” of transparency, as stated on its website. 
We understand that the maintenance of CIRMA, its archive, photograph collection, and library has entailed a significant financial burden.   And we appreciate that a new form of financing and governance might be necessary, but that process should include the wider community of Guatemalan and Guatemalanist scholars.
If these issues are not addressed, we will request that the Latin American Studies Association convene a committee of inquiry to assess the situation.

 

3.      CALL FOR EXPERT WITNESS ON REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST INDIVIDUAL FROM SAN JUAN ATITAN HUEHUETENANGO—- PLEASE HELP
 
I am writing to you from Social Justice Collaborative, a nonprofit organization in Oakland, CA. We are representing a client in removal proceedings from San Juan Atitan, Huehuetenango. We are looking for an expert to testify in this case against his deportation.
 
Do you have any recommendations or know any other professors who are familiar with the issues presented to indigenous Guatemalans?
 
I hope to hear from you soon. His court date is in January so we need to find someone soon.
 
Thanks a lot for your help, in advance,
 
Emily Abraham | Director | Staff Attorney
Social Justice Collaborative | socialjusticecollaborative.org
420 3rd Street Suite 130 | Oakland, CA 94607
510.992.3964emily@socialjusticecollaborative.org

 

 
4.      GUATEMALA: WAS IT GENOCIDE? LINK BELOW FROM GSN’ER DAVID STOLL
 
Could you include the following link to the Spanish version of "Guatemala –Hubo Genocidio?"  Contrapoder published an abbreviated version in its November 29 print magazine and this is the complete version, including a chart of the witnesses against Ríos Montt in chronological order.
 
http://www.contrapoder.com.gt/es/edicion31/actualidad/913/Guatemala-%C2%BFHubo-genocidio.htm
My  argument is that war crimes is a better indictment than genocide because it fits the experience of a wider spectrum of survivors.  When Rios Montt was indicted for genocide, a substantial number of Nebajenses objected because, as far as they were concerned, they owed their lives to Rios Montt's amnesty.  Yet most Nebajenses agree that both sides committed atrocities, and many would also agree that the army did more killing of noncombatants than the guerrillas did.  Therefore, I think war crimes indictments –mainly of the army but also of the guerrillas, for particular incidents such as the Chacalté massacre—would be accepted by more of the survivors.
 

 

5.      LA CAMIONETA NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES
 
LA CAMIONETA is now available for educational screenings and library acquisitions through Bullfrog Films, and that we'll be releasing the film on iTunes tomorrow (11/26).
As was the case with our theatrical run, we don't have excessive ambitions, but if we can make a small splash during our opening week, there's a good chance the film could be given a favorable placement within the iTunes Store and end up reaching many more eyes and ears than otherwise possible.  You never know what might happen, and it's certainly worth a shot. Some of your members might appreciate the heads-up, though, so perhaps there's an easy way to include the direct link or the attached photo?



Mark Kendall
Director/Producer – LA CAMIONETA (in theaters 5/31)
Follow Your Nose Films
www.followyournosefilms.com

 

6.      GREAT INTERVIEW WITH RODRIGO REY ROSA
 
Nuestro gran querido escritor Rodrigo Rey Rosa entrevistado en Buenos Aieres sobre la vida y la violencia en Guatebalas.
http://www.revistaenie.clarin.com/literatura/Rodrigo-Rey-Rosa-Los-sordos_0_1030696949.html

DAVID UNGER, U.S. Rep
Guadalajara Intl. Book Fair
Div. of Hum. NAC 5225
City College of New York
New York, NY 10031
212.650 7925 T * 212.650 7912 F
filny@aol.com or duy502002@yahoo.com www.fil.com.mx

Exhibits & Professionals Manager
veronica.mendoza@fil.com.mx
Rights Center
ruben.padilla@fil.com.mx
I S R A E L
Guest of Honor
November 30-December 8, 2013
 

 

7.      MESA PUBLICA ROUNTABLE ON GENOCIDE WITH GSN’ERS JEAN MARIE SIMON AND DAVID STOLL TODAY AT 3 PM EST
On Monday, Dec. 2 at 2 PM CST/3PM EST we're hosting an online conversation in English with anthropologist David Stoll and photographer Jean-Marie Simon about the recent genocide charges against former dictator Efraín Rios Montt. 
To listen to the show and participate go to:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mesapublica/2013/12/02/was-there-genocide-en-guatemala-1
More about the show:
Earlier this year, a Guatemalan court convicted former dictator Efraín Ríos Montt of overseeing acts of genocide against Guatemala’s Ixil Mayan population in 1982 and 1983. The verdict was based on the testimony of ninety-five indigenous witnesses from the Ixil area. Despite their horrifying accounts of what happened to them and their families, some Ixils and K’iche’s object to the verdict because they credit Ríos Montt with saving their lives. Was Ríos Montt’s “amnesty” for guerrilla supporters a significant element of what happened in the Ixil area? Should it have played a greater role in the trial? Is “genocide” the best description of what happened there?
Guests on the show:
David Stoll is an anthropologist who has been working with the people of northern Quiché since the 1980s. Following the verdict against Ríos Montt, Stoll spent two weeks interviewing Ixils, K’iche’s and Ladinos in Nebaj. The weekly magazine Contrapoder has just published his analysis of what Nebajenses told him, as well as of the testimony of the trial witnesses. His most recent book is El Norte or Bust! How Migration Fever and Microcredit Produced a Financial Crash in a Guatemalan Town.
Jean-Marie Simon, a graduate of Harvard Law School, worked in Guatemala from 1980 to 1991. She wrote and co-authored six human reports for Human Rights Watch/NY. Her book, Guatemala: Eternal Spring-Eternal Tyranny (WW Norton 1987), depicts the height of Guatemala's internal armed conflict. 

 

8.      NAPA OT FIELDSCHOOL THIS SUMMER IN ANTIGUA
 
*Call** for Students:  NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala*
 
The NAPA-OT Field School in Antigua, Guatemala is now recruiting anthropology, occupational therapy public health, and other social science students for its four-week summer session: June 2 – 27, 2014.
 
The field school offers transdisciplinary learning to promote leadership in social justice through collaboration with Guatemala-based NGO and other community partners.
*Graduate students and upper division undergraduate majors in applied or medical anthropology or related social sciences are encouraged to apply via our website www.napaotguatemala.org <http://www.napaotguatemala.org/> by December 31, 2013. * The field school is a project of the NAPA-OT SIG (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology – Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group) of the American Anthropological Association. Faculty include anthropologists and occupational therapists with credentials and interests in health care access and human rights, child development, and public health.
 
The objectives of the program are:
 
· To explore efforts to achieve social justice in Guatemala, a country with a history of ethnic and class violence · To examine health disparities in Guatemala through applied medical anthropology theory and human rights discourse · To understand the determinants of health and basic epidemiology in developing nations · To provide a transdisciplinary fieldwork opportunity to students of occupational therapy, anthropology, and related subjects  · To promote social justice through partnerships in and around Antigua, Guatemala with NGOs, community groups, health care workers, and other social change agents · To explore the concept of “occupational justice” as an emerging practice area in occupational therapy and applied anthropology
 
*Applicants students will have the opportunity to work in one of three project groups:*
 
   – *NGOs and Primary Healthcare*
   – *Pediatric Sensory Integration,Feeding, and Nutrition*
   – *Sustainable Technology for Community Development*
 
Students also will study Spanish a minimum of 9 hours per week, working one-on-one with certified language instructors at their own level and pace.  Visit our website for more information at www.napaotguatemala.org.
 

Rachel Hall-Clifford, PhD, MPH, MSc
Co-Director
NAPA-OT Field School, Guatemala

hall-clifford@napaotguatemala.org

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



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