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GSN MONDAY MAILER JUNE 22 2015

Posted by on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in News, Uncategorized.

SORRY FOR THE DELAY IN GETTING THINGS OUT, MAILER WILL BE WEEKLY UNTIL THE CONFERENCE AND EVERY FORTNIGHT UNTIL POST LABOR DAY!!!

GSN SUMMER MEETING PROGRAM ATTACHED ABOVE!!!!! PLEASE CONTACT PROGRAM COORDINATOR CHRISTA LITTLE-SIEBOLD (christalittlesiebold@gmail.com) WITH ANY ISSUES 

 


TABLE ON CONTENTS
  1. GREAT NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION FROM CIRMA (SEE ATTACHED)
  2. CALL FROM GSN’ER LISA MAYA KNAUER TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY RADIO IN GUATEMALA
  3. JEAN MARIE SIMON’S CLASSIC GUATEMALA: ETERNAL SPRING, ETERNAL TYRANNY NOW AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK
  4. UPDATE ON THE AMAZING WORK DONE BY THE MAYA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (SEE ATTACHED)
  5. SUPPORT THE SOCIAL REVOLUTION UNDERWAY IN GUATEMALA: SOME THOUGHTS FROM GSN’ER RAUL MOLINA
  6. GSN’ER ELIZABETH QUINN NOMINATED FOR MAJOR PEN AWARD FRO HER MANUSCRIPT ON MIDWIFERY IN GUATEMALA
  7. SUPPORT GUATEMALAN FAMILIES IN DETENTION CENTERS IN TEXAS
  8. GSN’ER DAVE CAREY WINS LASA’S WOOD AWARD FOR HIS RECENT BOOK
  9. UPDATE ON THE FUNBA ROBBERIES FROM THE PRENSA LIBRE



  1. GREAT NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION FROM CIRMA (SEE ATTACHED)
Enclosed please find the digital invitation to CIRMA's photo exhibition "Trayectos Antigüeños", which will be inaugurated on July 4 and will stay open until July 30. It would be great if you could share it with all the GSN members who will be attending the meetings in Antigua so they can come and see it. Due to lack of space in CIRMA's facilities, it will take place at Colegio Mayor Santo Tomás de Aquino.

We are looking forward to having you all at CIRMA on Friday, July 10!

Greetings from Antigua,

Guisela



2.  CALL FROM GSN’ER LISA MAYA KNAUER TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY RADIO IN GUATEMALA

Help support citizen and community-based journalism in Guatemala! 
Do you have a digital camera (at least 7 or 8 MP), digital recorder, tablet or Ipad — in working order — that you are no longer using? Grassroots and alternative media folks  are playing an important role in the protest and resistance movements in Guatemala, but they are hampered by a lack of equipment. This is especially true in rural indigenous communities. Independent journalists based in the major cities cannot always travel to cover activities in far-flung places. I am working with the folks at Prensa Comunitaria and the Centro de Medios Independientes so we can put media tools in the hands of "comunicadores sociales" throughout the country. If you are coming to the GSN conference in Antigua, you can give me what you have in person (folks from PC and CMI will be participating in a foro and you can make the donation directly to them). If you are not coming to the conference but still want to donate something, please email me so we can make arrangements.  lknauer@umassd.edu
If you do not have any spare equipment but would like to make a contribution, you can send it to me via Paypal (or by check if you don't use Paypal). I am registered on Paypal under my name. I don't have a tax-exempt fiscal sponsor, but please note that this is for "Prensa Comunitaria".  If you're sending me a check please email me with the amount (I may not be able to deposit the checks before I leave  but I will advance the money to the folks in Guatemala). Muchissimas gracias!


Dr. Lisa Maya Knauer

Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road

North Dartmouth, MA 02747


3. JEAN MARIE SIMON’S CLASSIC GUATEMALA: ETERNAL SPRING, ETERNAL TYRANNY NOW AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK

"Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny" is available as an e-book, in English and Spanish, for tablet and iPhone. "Guatemala" incorporates all text and photos from previous editions plus 50 new images. "Guatemala" also contains 15 video clips including rare footage of Guatemala's civil war. Full bibliography and a new preface on the media and historical memory. This is a solid resource for professors and their students. $9.99 at the App Store (search: "Guatemala: Eternal Spring"). 


4. UPDATE ON THE AMAZING WORK DONE BY THE MAYA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (SEE ATTACHED)




5. SUPPORT THE SOCIAL REVOLUTION UNDERWAY IN GUATEMALA: SOME THOUGHTS FROM GSN’ER RAUL MOLINA

Guatemala needs your support. For the first time in decades our people are united in struggle against the system. I am sure that the many Guatemalans who will attend the meeting will inform and inspire you. I just want to add my own voice.

Yesterday I sent a message to different networks in solidarity with the people of Guatemala, from Australia to Argentina. I presented a series of ideas for you to consider if you want to produce a communique about our situation and events. Please, find it as an attachment. You consensus views will contribute to our struggle at this crucial point, when Otto Perez is still refusing to resign. A new Guatemala is possible, but once again we need international support.

Sincerely,

Raul Molina Mejia, Secretary for Political Affairs of the Guatemala Peace and Development Network (RPDG/GPDN)
 



ELEMENTOS PARA COMUNICADOS DESDE EL EXTRANJERO

Considerandos:

1.     La concentración de más de 30,000 personas en la Plaza de la Constitución, en la ciudad de Guatemala, el 25 de abril de 2015, acompañada por miles de personas en otros lugares del país y en el extranjero, fue la expresión de indignación de la ciudadanía ante la serie de delitos, desaciertos, manipulaciones y otras transgresiones de las leyes que se han venido dando desde 2012, al iniciarse el gobierno del Partido Patriota.

2.     También ha sido un período de brutales atropellos, como la masacre en “Alaska” en Sololá y los actos de represión contra pueblos indígenas y campesinos que luchan por sus territorios, sus tierras y sus recursos. Fuerzas de seguridad y “sicarios” contratados por empresas han asesinado a dirigentes y gente de base, para defender los intereses mineros de compañías extranjeras y nacionales y la explotación del agua por empresas de agua. Se han producido más y más usurpaciones y robos de tierras, para dedicarlas a productos de exportación, al tiempo que los niveles de hambre y miseria crecen en el país. Para poner “sal en la herida”, en zonas de hambruna se ha querido bajar el salario mínimo para favorecer a las empresas que quieren aprovecharse del “corredor seco” en el oriente.

3.     A cada acción opresiva y represiva, los sectores del pueblo que son afectados han dado heroicas respuestas de rechazo: en el norte, en el sur, en el occidente, en el oriente y en el centro. Las luchas campesinas del CUC, las acciones de resistencia en “La Puya”, así como tomas de carreteras, terrenos y sitios públicos, han sido constantes. Ha faltado, sin embargo, la unificación de las luchas y la ampliación a otros sectores hoy desmovilizados por su dependencia del Estado, como los trabajadores públicos y el magisterio. La concentración del 25 de abril, seguida del Desfile del Primero de Mayo y otras acciones del movimiento popular, culminado todo con la multitudinaria presencia del 16 de  mayo han propiciado la cohesión del pueblo.

4.     El caso del Lago de Amatitlán y el descubrimiento de “La Línea” para la defraudación en la SAT fueron los primeros detonantes del movimiento de dignidad que hoy se vive; pero a ello se han sumado otros hechos: el descubrimiento del “Bufete de la Impunidad”, los encarcelamientos de personeros del IGSS y del Banco de Guatemala y, más recientemente, la salida a luz  de las contrataciones en varios Ministerios, incluido el de Gobernación. La corrupción es un cáncer generalizado en todas las estructuras del Estado.

5.     El pueblo ha dicho: ¡Basta ya! Exigió la renuncia de Roxana Baldetti y lo logró. Exige la renuncia o separación de Otto Pérez y no parará de actuar, con medidas de desobediencia civil de ser necesarias, para que él, su vicepresidente “a dedo” y el resto de funcionarios corruptos se vaya. Pide también desmontar el proceso electoral, por ilegítimo e inconstitucional, y plantea la refundación del Estado. Es una lucha firme, justa y necesaria.

Resoluciones:

a.     Las organizaciones y personas que se solidarizan con el pueblo de Guatemala y que lo han hecho por muchos años, acompañamos con optimismo y entusiasmo estas luchas y ofrecemos nuestro modesto apoyo para lograr sus objetivos: reemplazo total del gobierno de Otto Pérez; alto al proceso electoral actual; modificación inmediata de leyes sustanciales; convocatoria a elecciones libres y democráticas; y convocatoria a una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente.

b.     Estamos dispuestos a vigilar el respeto de los derechos humanos de todas y todos los ciudadanos, así como el respeto de los derechos de los pueblos indígenas, y a apoyar el desarrollo democrático que responda a las necesidades de las grandes mayorías.

c.     Llevaremos la voz del pueblo de Guatemala a nuestras sociedades, representantes parlamentarios y autoridades de gobierno, para que nuestros países sepan identificar las políticas más adecuadas para apoyar los profundos cambios que Guatemala requiere.

d.     Apoyaremos el cumplimiento de la gran deuda que se tiene con relación al Acuerdo de Paz Firme y Duradera de 1996, como punto de partida para entrar a una nueva etapa de paz, justicia, justicia social y desarrollo en Guatemala.



6. GSN’ER ELIZABETH QUINN NOMINATED FOR MAJOR PEN AWARD FRO HER MANUSCRIPT ON MIDWIFERY IN GUATEMAL

After 10 years of working on research related to the history of Guatemalan professional midwifery and the defunct midwifery school at USAC, I finally completed my manuscript, The Forgotten Midwives of Guatemala in March. At that time I submitted it to the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize. Last week they notified me that I was chosen as a finalist and on Monday they announced the finalists and the winner publicly at the PEN Literary Awards ceremony. I am now preparing the manuscript for submission to publishers. More info can be found on my website: lizquinnmd.tumblr.com

Many thanks,

Liz

Elizabeth J. Quinn, MD

(m): 617.304.5494


7. SUPPORT GUATEMALAN FAMILIES IN DETENTION CENTERS IN TEXAS

 I am forwarding a plea from one of the attorneys who has been representing Central Americans locked up in the for-profit detention centers in Texas. Feel free to pass along to others. I am leaving in Virginia's contact information in case anyone wants to get in touch with her.

Abrazos,

Lisa Maya Knauer


Subject: A personal plea — four things to tell your own congressperson, and also a congressperson or Senator you admire

Dear ones,


Since last August, I have been representing refugees locked up in Karnes City, Texas.  I’ve represented, or had some role in representing, a few over 20 families.  Right now I’m not going to summarize all the heart break except to tell you that in the last month, I have had hearings on the merits of three of these refugee families. We won two of these hearings. I got to walk out with a Salvadoran mother and her three daughters; to take them Savers on Burnet Road and to have them sample clothing from bags brought or dropped off by people in our beautiful community.   A week later, a Guatemalan mother and her twelve year old boy were freed; they are living in Austin now.  And I lost one of the cases.  This week, I got off the notice of appeal after having serious writer’s block.  


One of the judges said to me earlier this spring, “Do you have any argument, Ms. Raymond?  Any LEGAL argument?”

Well, yes, I have plenty of legal arguments….but I’m just overwhelmed sometimes by the sheer cruelty, and am at a loss for words.  IT IS WRONG TO LOCK UP CHILDREN.  IT IS WRONG TO PROFIT FROM INCARCERATING CHILDREN.  This week a teenage mom at Karnes tried to kill herself.  I am only surprised that this doesn’t happen more often.  To flee with your children for your lives takes courage, dedication, creativity, resilience, and strength.   But after being locked up for month after month after month, despair gnaws from inside and desperation surrounds you….. Okay, okay:  legal arguments.   Equal protection.  Due process.  Least restrictive alternative.  The federal court settlement in Flores v. Reno, the Code of Federal Regulations….international law about not punishing asylum seekers for breaking immigration laws because THEY WERE RUNNING FOR THEIR LIVES…  


Lawsuits, fasts, work stoppages, habeas corpus petitions, press….  so many people are working so hard, and yet we still lock up refugees.  

Will you help by making three phone calls?  Call your congressperson, any congressperson or senator whom you admire, and Sarah Saldaña, director of ICE.   There are four things I’d like you to ask them, listed below.   (Calls are great, letters are even better.  Do whichever you prefer.)


1) End family detention at Berks, Dilley, and Karnes City.  Begin by releasing those who have been detained the longest and have all women and children released by July 4. **  No change in law required.

2) Release all the people in family detention NOW, from Karnes City and Dilley in Texas, and Berks in Pennsylvania.  Return to the pre-June 2014 policy of individually assessing whether a particular person poses a flight risk, danger to the community, or threat to national security. If she does not pose a flight risk or danger, release each woman and her children on parole or on her own recognizance or on bond or what not (tailored to the individual situation).  Allow the woman and her children to live with (and be supported by) extended family or community, religious or charitable non-profit organizations while awaiting immigration court/pursuing claims….exactly as they were before last summer. Exactly as before, it will remain the refugee's responsibility to notify ICE of a change of address and show up for court when notified of court dates.   ** No change in law required; this widespread family detention was a radical change in policy adopted last summer.  **  This is a COST SAVING measure. **


3) Immediately release on parole Polyane Soares de Oliveira dos Santos, A 200 022 852, and her ten-year-old daughter.  Let them join Polyane’s two little U.S. citizen children and her husband in Massachusetts.  Their cases are on appeal to the BIA.  ICE and GEO have retaliated against Polyane for participating in a fast during Semana Santa.  (See attached lawsuit if you wish to read.)


4) Ask for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The countries are not able to protect anyone right now from persecution or violence. ** No change in law required.

 

Feel free to forward this please to your friends,

 
gratefully,
 
Virginia
Virginia Marie Raymond
Lawyer/Abogada
1006 East César Chavez Street
Austin, Texas  78702
512.472.6270  office
512.748.0940  cell
512.472.8263  fax
 



8. GSN’ER DAVE CAREY WINS LASA’S WOOD AWARD FOR HIS RECENT BOOK

Professor David Carey Jr. is the co-recipient of the Latin American Studies Association’s 2015 LASA Bryce Wood Book Award for his book, I Ask for Justice: Maya Women, Dictators, and Crime in Guatemala, 1898-1944 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013).  




9. UPDATE ON THE FUNBA ROBBERIES FROM THE PRENSA LIBRE

Les comparto este artículo de dos páginas sobre el robo en Funba el pasado 16 de mayo, artículo que, por alguna curiosa razón, no está disponible en Prensa Libre online.   ?????

Abrazos y espero que hayan pasado un buen fin de semana!

Guisela 



Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Baylor University

(254) 710-6226

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