Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Educational Opportunities in Guatemala: Work on Indigenous Human Rights Issues

Rights Action invites you to join an


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After receiving a general overview to the history of Guatemala (focusing on historic repression, genocide and impunity; racism against Mayan peoples; and the unjust economic-“development” model), this delegation will look closely at the operations of North American mining companies: particularly Goldcorp Inc. operating its open pit, cyanide leeching “Marlin” mine in Mayan territories of the department of San Marcos.

This trip will be led by Grahame Russell, co-director of Rights Action.

WHEN: Sunday April 12 – April 17, 2008. Arrive at designated Hotel in Guatemala City, by the afternoon of Sunday, April 12. Leave country on Saturday April 18. If folks want free time in and around Guatemala City, arrive a day or so early, or depart a day or so late.

WHERE: Guatemala City and communities in department of San Marcos.

COST: US$575 (Cdn$675) / person. You are responsible for your own travel to and from Guatemala.

DEADLINE: A.S.A.P. As soon as we get a minimum # of confirmed participants, we will confirm the trip.

FOR WHOM: Anyone concerned about understanding better the unjust global economic order, learning more about Guatemala and about Goldcorp Inc’s gold mine, and about community-based resistance and work for equality, justice and environmental well being.

ITINERARY: During the 5 full days (and 6 nights) in Guatemala, our group will have a series of meetings and events in Guatemala City, and a 4-day, 3-night trip to rural Mayan communities affected by Goldcorp Inc., a Canadian/ U.S. gold and silver mining company, where we will have a community visits and meetings with the mining–affected peoples and communities.

RISKS: Rights Action will have an open discussion with participants about potential risks: crime; health; etc. Participants will sign a waiver, accepting responsibility for what might happen during the trip.

COSTS: US$575 (Cdn$675). This includes: 2 or 3 meals a day for 5 days; lodging for 6 nights; in-country; transportation; translation; guiding; honorariums for local community-based groups that participants visit with. Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their travel to and from Guatemala.

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IF INTERESTED, OR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS: Grahame Russell,, 860-352-2448 .

BACKGROUND: At, you can find extensive information about human rights, environmental and “development” issues in Guatemala, as well as information about Goldcorp Inc’s gold and silver mine that this delegation will focus directly on. Participants on the trip will receive reading materials prior to the delegation.

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Dan Lowe said...


Would it be possible to get a summary of this event once those who have attended return? Especially for those of us unable to attend?

Dan Lowe

Peter N. Jones said...


I'll try and get a summary of the event and post it. Not sure if its possible, but I'm sure many would be interested.

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