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2.       Upcoming Anthropology/Sociology Colloquim at Univesidad del Valle





1.       Cool Spanish/English website on regarding Oxlajun B’ak’tun



2.       Upcoming Anthropology/Sociology Colloquim at Univesidad del Valle

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Dear Friends,


We are thrilled to be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year!  Three decades of solidarity with the people of Guatemala is something to ponder, marvel at, and, of course, celebrate in grand style. We plan to do just that with a dinner and awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2012. The anniversary celebration will take place at All Souls Church (1500 Harvard Street, NW) and will include delicious food, Guatemalan music, a raffle, and the presentation of the first ever Sister Alice Zachmann Award for Human Rights Defenders. We would love for you to be part of that special evening. You can buy tickets here. We are also selling raffle tickets for $25 dollars (you can win a $500 flight voucher, a case of Guatemalan coffee, and more).


GHRC will also be publishing messages of support and organizational ads in our anniversary booklet. Below you will find a message from GHRC Board President with more information about these ads. GHRC values highly our collaboration with the GSN and we would love to have a message (or multiple!) from GSN members! (We hope to receive all ads by Wednesday, September 19.)




Dear Friend of GHRC-USA,


We are offering you–our supporters and our partners both here in the U.S. and in Guatemala– the opportunity to highlight your business or organization to the 150 guests who will attend our 30th anniversary party and to countless others who will read our quarterly Quetzal newsletter, our website (, our social media updates via our Facebook page and Twitter feed.  We hope that you will choose from one of the giving levels below and then send us your print-ready advertisements including your company logo, location, list of services,  and/or  (if we may be so bold) a message congratulating us on 30 years of work in and for Guatemala.


Please send black and white images in .gif or .jpg formats only. Please make your check to GHRC-USA with “30th Anniversary Celebration” in the memo line, and send to our address: 3321 12th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017.


•              Quetzal Level: For $500 or more, you will receive a full page advertisement  (A full page ad should measure 7.75” w  X 10.25”  h) in our program book and recognition on our website and social media sites (Facebook and Twitter). We will also make special verbal mention of you at the anniversary dinner.


•              Chapin At Heart Level: For $300, you will receive a 1/2 advertisement (7.75” w X 5” h)  in our program book and recognition on our website and social media sites.


•              Solidarity Level: $150 will earn you a 1/4 page advertisement (3.75” w X 5” h) in our program book.


•              Amistad Level: For $50, you will receive a 1/8 page advertisement (3.75” w X 2.25” h)in our program book.


Please email me if you have any questions or would like more information. And, don’t forget, our 30th Anniversary Celebration is scheduled for September 27, 2012. Please check our website and social media sites for updates on dinner and raffle tickets; they are on sale now!


Thank you very much! Muchas Gracias!!


In solidarity,

Amy Kunz, President of the Board of Directors, GHRC-USA



Kelsey Alford-Jones


Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA

3321 12th St, NE

Washington, DC 20017







We Are All Barillas– Stop a Dam on Our Sacred River!   

Versión en Español      

You can make a difference!

On May 1, 2012, a community leader in Guatemala was killed by security guards of a Spanish hydroelectric company. Riots broke out. In response, President Molina declared martial law and army tanks descended into Santa Cruz Barillas, Huehuetenango. Heavily armed military lined the streets of the Q'anjob'al Maya town, seeking and detaining community leaders who were outspoken against the dam. 


Since 2009, Hidralia Energia, through its subsidiary Hydro Santa Cruz, has been planning a series of dams on the Q'am B'alam river that surrounds the town of Santa Cruz Barillas. The river and its three waterfalls are considered sacred by the Q'anjob'al community.

The proposed project would be installed in an area used by the community for ceremonial, recreational, and agricultural purposes. The project will also have significant impacts on the already fragile natural environment.   

In the last five years, the community has twice held referenda and voted unequivocally to reject the exploitation of its natural resources by transnational companies. Nevertheless, the government approved the Cambalam I dam, flagrantly ignoring the people's right to free, prior and informed consent as guaranteed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization (ILO), to which Guatemala is a signatory. 


"The right to be consulted is a universal human right that no one can deny us, much less criminalize. The right to self-determination is a right that corresponds to us as original peoples of Mesoamérica."  -Assembly of Peoples of Huehuetenango for the Defense of the Territory 



It's time the private sector to respect Indigenous Peoples' rights to free, prior and informed consent.  Send a message to Hidralia Energia today!   




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