MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017
Honduras and Nicaragua: Two Similar Countries with Very Significant Differences
Delegation Report: April 2017
Alliance for Global Justice
The Alliance for Global Justice [of which the Nicaragua is a founding project] organized a bi-national delegation of 11 people from Feb. 17-26, 2017 to compare and contrast the two neighboring Central American countries of Honduras and Nicaragua in three areas: rural development, citizen security, and women’s empowerment. The delegation began in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and included meetings there, in La Esperanza, and in the southeastern region of Choluteca. We were hosted in Honduras by the Honduras Solidarity Network. The delegation then crossed overland into Nicaragua where we had meetings in the municipality of Somoto before traveling to El Crucero and ending in the capital city of Managua. The purpose of the delegation was to build solidarity with Honduras’ embattled social movements and in support of the gains that social movements in Nicaragua have made under Sandinista governance. To read the report, go here.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016
November 8, 2016
Report of the Mission of International Electoral Experts accompanying Nicaragua's electoral process from May to November 2016
Report of the Electoral Experts Mission
The International Electoral Experts Mission was invited to the country to witness the organizing stages of the Nicaragua electoral process, convening for the first time on May 6, to mark the beginning of the 2016 General Elections Calendar. Within the framework of that visit, Officials of the Supreme Electoral Council were interviewed, onsite visits and analysis of vital documentation of the regulatory electoral system was undertaken, for the purpose of formulating an in-depth technical opinion of the development of the various processes of the electoral system.
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016
We have received the new issue of Nicaragua Now, which is the magazine of our sister organization, the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign of the United Kingdom.
The summer issue is now available. To read the Summer 2016 issue, click here.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016
Twenty-nine years ago today Benjamin Linder, a young engineer from Portland, OR, who was building small dams to provide electricity to villages in the mountains of Nicaragua, was killed in cold blood at close range by counter-revolutionaries funded by the United States government. But he is not forgotten!
Ben Linder--Presente! Presente! Presente!
MONDAY, MARCH 07, 2016
The Alliance for Global Justice is outraged that almost seven years after the Obama White House and Clinton State Department supported a military coup in Honduras to oust its democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya, Hondurans continue to be killed for political reasons. This time it is our friend and indefatigable indigenous rights and environmental activist, Berta Caceres. March 4, would have been her 45th birthday.
Berta was the founder and General Coordinator of COPINH, the Lenca indigenous rights and environmental organization that has fought bravely against the coup-spawned governments and transnational corporate land grabs in indigenous territories for mine, dam, and tourist projects. The government response has been to attempt to criminalize COPINH and its leaders. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued “protective orders” to the government of Honduras to protect Berta’s life in the face of numerous death threats. The current de facto government of Juan Orlando Hernandez ignored the protective orders and in the wee hours of March 3, 2016, at least two armed men broke into her home and shot her dead. Now the Honduran government may be attempting to frame another COPINH leader in the murder.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016
TAKE ACTION NOW: Please call (202) 224-3121 (the Capitol Switchboard) now and urge Congress to say NO to the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If you are unsure who your member is in the House of Representatives, look it up here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ [You can also call your representative’s local office.]
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016
2016 Latin America Delegations
Alliance for Global Justice
Email delegations@AFGJ.org for applications or further information.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 02, 2016
June 20 - July 1, 2016
While mainstream US media tends to focus on the poverty in Nicaragua, social movements and local community organizing in this Central American nation are alive and well. Nicaragua is the regional gathering place for La Via Campesina, a global movement made up of rural peoples, small farmers, and indigenous communities. This movement coined the term “food sovereignty” in resistance to the corporatization and industrialization of the food system. La Via Campesina sees agroecology, a form of low-input sustainable agriculture, as a pillar of building food sovereignty.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015
In February the Nicaragua Network will celebrate 37 years of work to build peace and friendship between the people of Nicaragua and the United States. We were founded on Feb. 24, 1979, in solidarity with the struggle of the Nicaraguan people to overthrow the dictator Somoza. We educated people about the Sandinista Revolution in the 1980s with our telephone Hotline and other publications. We organized against US aid to the contras, helping match the lethal aid the Congress appropriated with humanitarian aid to provide education and healthcare. We took tens of thousands of US residents to Nicaragua to pick coffee and cotton, to build houses, schools and health centers. We brought Nicaraguans to the US to educate our neighbors.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2015
Katherine Hoyt, National Co-coordinator of the Nicaragua Network, was in Connecticut to participate in a panel organized by the Hartford-Ocotal Sister City Project on the Nicaraguan canal project. While there she was interviewed on a radio program at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut, discussing the canal.
Where We Live, the WNPR program hosted by John Dankosky, "is a talk show about Connecticut, New England, the United States, and the planet (sometimes even beyond)." The November 13th program was entitled "China: A Common Thread in Conversations About Policy, Economy, Environment" and participants included, besides Hoyt, Xiangming Chen, Ren Yuan, and Farzam Kamalabadi.
The discussion of the Nicaraguan canal is the second interview, about 20 minutes into the program. Click here to listen: http://wnpr.org/post/china-common-thread-conversations-about-policy-economy-environment#stream/