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Fight for Reparations

March 9 - March 18

Hundreds march in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam. TRF/Nicky Milne

The Garifuna Struggle and Fight for Reparations in Honduras

Descendants of the African Diaspora as well as Indigenous peoples across the Caribbean and the continental Americas have historically fought to repair the colonial and imperial wrongs perpetrated against their nations for centuries. In Honduras, the Garifuna, an Afro-indigenous people, have won two unprecedented cases at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in defense of their ancestral rights to land, inherent rights to cultural preservation and their livelihood. These landmark cases have resulted in clear demands for the Honduran state to guarantee the return of all the Garinagu ancestral territories and financial restitution.

Currently, the Garifuna people are under fierce attack from the Honduran state supported by the US government, narco-traffickers and transnational corporations. Honduras is “Open for Business”, as a banner in English proclaims in the San Pedro Sula airport, and the government is putting up for sale of rivers, mountains, coastlines and entire towns and cities to foreign bidders violating the Garifuna and all other people in Honduras the right to sovereignty and self-determination.

The Garifuna and also Lenca people stand at the forefront of building justice from the ashes of the 2009, that was backed by the US government. The coup halted a vast people’s movement headed toward changes in their constitution that would have allowed genuine rule for and by the people.

Join us for this second iteration of the Fight for Reparations delegation. Last summer students, farmers, educators and other workers came together and spent 12 days meeting with Garifuna leaders across the Honduran Caribbean Coastline. Delegates represented Belize, Perú, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haití, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria and Zimbabwe and learned more about the history of reparations across the African Diaspora and Indigenous nations and discussed how to incorporate this framework into their own organizing spaces.

This is a POC (person of color) delegation.

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On this delegation you will:

  • Meet with representatives of Honduran Garifuna and Indigenous organizations such as the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH).
  • Learn about the inspiring organizing and power that Honduran Garifuna and other indigenous movements have generated through their struggles, amidst oppression by state and economic forces.
  • Develop a better understanding, from first-hand experience on the ground, of how our communities and organizations stateside can be in solidarity with Honduran grassroots movements and build our own campaigns for reparations.
Cost: TBD plus airfare – Register ASAP – Deadline January 22nd

Delegation fee covers all meals, lodging, interpreters, and transportation within Honduras, along with extensive reading guide and activist tools.  Fundraising support and scholarships may be available.

Click here to apply for this delegation

Download Delegation Flyer

For more information contact: Decolonial Delegations Coordinator, Jeanette Charles at

jcharles.wfpsw@gmail.com, jeanette@witnessforpeace.org or 805-669-VIVA to APPLY

Details

Start:
March 9
End:
March 18
Event Category:

Organizer

Jeanette Charles
Phone:
805-669-VIVA
Email:
jcharles.wfpsw@gmail.com
Website:
https://wfpsw.org/