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GSN MONDAY MAILER DECEMBER 07 2015

Posted by on Friday, December 11, 2015 in News, Uncategorized.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 
1. A FEW LINKS
2. 2016 "GUATEMALA MAMAS" CALENDAR THAT BENEFITS HUEHUE MATERNAL HEALTH GROUP AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
3. GREAT NEW RESOURCE ON Tahoe Resources mining operations in San Rafael de las Flores AVAILABLE VIA PDF BELOW
4. GSN'ER DAVID STOLL ON "CHILDREN ON THE BORDER" FROM ANTHRONOW (LINK BELOW)
5. LOST KING OF THE MAYA: FREE FILM AT THE CASA HERERRA THIS WEDNESDAY (SEE ATTACHED)
6.  NEW FILM FROM GSN'ER LUIS ARGUETA AND CONTRIBUTION REQUEST

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1. A FEW LINKS
B. Guatemalan Mine Official Accused of Repression Flees 
C. No transit for US-bound Cuban migrants, says Guatemala http://news.yahoo.com/no-transit-us-bound-cuban-migrants-says-guatemala-234652835.html
D. Banana workers in Guatemala face new threats as Del Monte menaces to move the production http://www.latincorrespondent.com/2015/12/banana-workers-in-guatemala-face-new-threats-as-del-monte-menaces-to-move-the-production/
 
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2. 2016 "GUATEMALA MAMAS" CALENDAR THAT BENEFITS HUEHUE MATERNAL HEALTH GROUP AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
 
Guatemala Mamas:
2016 babywearing calendar to combat maternal and infant mortality
 
No woman should die in the act of giving life. Most people would agree with the importance of this statement, yet in many areas of the world, this is far from a reality. The isolated mountain villages of the Huehuetenango province of Guatemala have exceptionally high rates of maternal mortality.  Indigenous women in these rural communities give birth at home with the assistance of a comadrona: a community midwife. If any complications occur during the birth, the women must make the long journey through the mountains to the nearest hospital, which is hours away. Thousands of women bleed to death each year attempting to get to the hospital to deliver their baby. Casa Materna, a maternal health clinic, offers a solution to this problem by providing a free place for expecting mothers with high-risk pregnancies to stay near to the hospital to ensure a safe delivery. This clinic also actively works to combat maternal and infant mortality by providing low-cost prenatal health services, training health care volunteers within the communities, and offering parenting support to promote a healthy start for all newborns.
 
Casa Materna relies exclusively on private donors to sustain its services. During times of low funding, Casa Materna has been forced to shut its doors, leaving many expectant mothers without the services they need for healthy pregnancies and births. After witnessing this injustice while volunteering with Casa Materna, Emily Little – graduate student in the developmental psychology PhD program at University of California, San Diego – decided to organize a fundraiser. Emily created a 2016 calendar featuring photos of the women of Huehuetenango carrying their babies using traditional babywearing techniques. 100% of net proceeds from calendar purchases will support Casa Materna’s life-saving maternal and infant health services.
To purchase a calendar for a suggested donation of $20 (+$5.95 for shipping), please visit www.GuatemalaMamas.com. This donation to Casa Materna through 501(c)(3) nonprofit Project Concern International is tax-deductible and you will be provided with a donation receipt. These calendars make great meaningful gifts for the mothers, travelers, health care professionals, and babywearing enthusiasts on your holiday shopping list! Please direct any questions to Emily Little by calling 707-391-7477 or emailing guatemalamamas@gmail.com.
 

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3. GREAT NEW RESOURCE ON Tahoe Resources mining operations in San Rafael de las Flores AVAILABLE VIA PDF BELOW
 
New report (Spanish and English) on Tahoe Resources mining operations in San Rafael de las Flores
 
English and Spanish versions of a new report with a chronology and analysis of events at the Tahoe Resources mining operations in the region of San Rafael de Las Flores (Santa Rosa and Jalapa) are now available. Authored by Guatemalan analyst Luis Solano, the report was commissioned by the International Platform Against Impunity in Central America and MiningWatch Canada. As a case study, it exemplifies the challenges of peaceful opposition in the face of opaque layers of intertwined international and Guatemalan business and security interests and entities.
 
English version:
Under Siege: Peaceful resistance to Tahoe Resources and militarization in Guatemala:
 
versión en español
La estructura militar detrás de la minera Tahoe (un resumen que incluye el enlace al informe completo):

 
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4. GSN'ER DAVID STOLL ON "CHILDREN ON THE BORDER" FROM ANTHRONOW (LINK BELOW)
 
Children on the Border: Could Migration be the Problem, not the Solution?
 
Will underage Central Americans really find sanctuary from poverty and violence in the United States?  David Stoll argues that the youth showing up at the U.S./Mexican border are fleeing the effects of past migration from Central America.  He suspects that the low-wage basement of the U.S. economy is having the same impact on immigrants and their families that it has on the U.S.-born working poor: it makes them poorer.  
 

 
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5. LOST KING OF THE MAYA: FREE FILM AT THE CASA HERERRA THIS WEDNESDAY (SEE ATTACHED)
 
Estimados amigos y amigas de Casa Herrera:

Es un gusto recordarles nuestra cordial invitación a todos para que nos acompañen a disfrutar la proyección cinematográfica del documental de NOVA,Lost King of the Maya, que tenemos programada para este miércoles, 9 de Diciembre. La proyección es en idioma inglés y dará inicio a las 6:00pm en el auditorio de Casa Herrera con entrada libre. Adjunto va el afiche con más información. 

Será un placer contar con su asistencia.

Saludos cordiales,

Milady Casco
On-Site Coordinator
Casa Herrera, The University of Texas at Austin
4a. Avenida Norte, No. 9
La Antigua Guatemala
Guatemala, C.A. 03001
Oficina: (502) 7832-0760
milady@austin.utexas.edu
www.utmesoamerica.org/casa

 
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6. NEW FILM FROM GSN'ER LUIS ARGUETA AND CONTRIBUTION REQUEST
 
If you had told me when I was making Super Bowl commercials that 15 years later my life would be profoundly different by having met a group of Guatemalan immigrants in a small northern Iowa town, I would not have believed you.  Simple as that.
 
The immigrant families in Postville touched my heart and changed my life as no others have done. Thanks to them I have come to a deeper and more personal understanding both of my country of origin – Guatemala, and of my adopted country – the United States of America. It is because of them that I have dedicated almost eight years to sharing their stories. I believe by telling their authentic narratives we are providing a more balanced view of immigration than the mainstream media depicts.
 
With a little help from a lot of my friends, I’ve been able to create distinct films: abUSed: The Postville Raid documented the consequences of the largest and most expensive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in US history; ABRAZOS followed 14 U.S. citizen children -sons and daughters of undocumented immigrants- from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents — and sometimes their siblings — for the first time; and now we are completing the final stages of the third film in the immigration trilogy, The U-Turn, which follows the Postville immigrants on a 7 year journey, as they transform from victims into agents of their own destiny, with the help of the community that would not abandon them.
 
Most of my funding comes from people like you, not big foundations. I cannot complete this important trilogy without your support. I have received some small yet crucial grants, but individual donors are really what helps fuel each of these projects. With all the ramped up hate speech about immigrants as of late, it is critical — now more than ever — to have personal narratives about the challenges that migrants face and their many contributions to our country.  That is why I am asking that you consider making a tax-deductible gift that will help us continue to tell these stories and complete The U-Turn by March 2016. I hope you will DONATE NOW.* No matter the size of your contribution, it will help us a lot.
 
I leave you with a story that is equal parts sad and hopeful. Back in 2009, I visited Stephanie and her mother after they returned to Guatemala from Postville.  They ended up in the small town nestled under a volcano, living in a tin-roof-shack with a dirt floor. Not having enough money for milk, 4-year-old Stephanie’s main beverage became diluted coffee.  In Guatemala, most girls do not attend school beyond sixth grade and last year alone over 5,100 girls under 15 became pregnant.  Realizing the challenges Stephanie would continue to face, her mother made the difficult choice to send her 11 year old US Citizen child to live with relatives in the U.S.  Stephanie now eats better and is enrolled in school.  This is just one of the powerful immigration stories I wish to tell and I can only do this with your help!
 
 
 
Sincerely,
      
 
Luis Argueta
 
 
DONATE NOW*
 
*Tax deductible contributions can be made online or by mail.
Checks should be made out to the New York Immigration Coalition and designate your gift for The U-Turn,
and sent to Luis Argueta 70 La Salle St. Apt 14G; New York, NY 10027.
For online giving in the additional options section:
1) please notify luisarguetaa@gmail.com by email and 2) make sure to designate your donation to the The U-Turn fund.