We will not be silenced! CCDA’s land struggles in Guatemala

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November 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Conserver House, Fredericton
180 St John St
Fredericton, NB E3B 4A9
Thurs. Nov 8 @ 7pm Conserver house 180 Saint John Street

We are excited to be joined in Fredericton by Marcelo Sabuc, National Coordinator of the Small-Farmers Committee of the Highlands (CCDA) in Guatemala!

Come hear about the CCDA’s courageous struggle for land justice in Guatemala. You’ll also hear about the repression they and other human rights defenders in the country have faced and how we can engage in solidarity from the Maritimes.

*** Marcelo Sabuc is Maya-Kaqchikel from San Lucas Toliman, Sololá and has worked for the CCDA since 2000. As a result of his work with the CCDA, Marcelo has received threats and is a target of criminalization, facing unfounded charges for political reasons.

The CCDA supports 30,000 Indigenous small farmers throughout the country in struggles for access to and defense of land and territory through advocacy, the production of coffee for export and the promotion of sustainable agriculture. The CCDA’s work challenges the status quo in Guatemala, making their members targets of ongoing repression. This year alone, several members of the CCDA and a sister campesino organization (CODECA) have been killed in a wave of attacks against human rights defenders in the country. Despite these circumstances, their struggle for justice continues! Since 2002, BTS and Just Us! Fair Trade Coffee have collaborated to sell coffee beans from the CCDA in the Maritimes. The Breaking the Silence brand of Just Us! coffee is sold at Sobey’s, Foodland and Atlantic Coop.

*** This event is part of a speaking tour throughout the Maritimes.

For more info, visit us here: http://www.breakingthesilenceblog.com/upcoming-events/fallspeakingtour2018/

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