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The Great Lakes Region of Witness for Peace encompasses Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan.
Activists in this region join Witness for Peace delegations, raise awareness about the effects of U.S. foreign policy on Latin America and pressure their government decision-makers to respect human rights.
If you are interested in getting involved with Witness for Peace in the Great Lakes Region, please contact our national headquarters.
For more information about joining or organizing a delegation, please click here.
Gaspar Sánchez Speaking Tour
We are excited to announce the 2017 Witness for Peace Great Lakes Region speaking tour with Honduran human rights defender and sexual diversity coordinator at COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous People Organizations of Honduras), Gaspar Sánchez. Gaspar has been a full time member of COPINH since the fifth grade. He has served as COPINH’s Sexual Diversity and Rights Equality Director for three years, and hosts a radio show discussing human rights with an emphasis on the LGBTQ community: Los Colores de Wiphala.He leads community trainings on Indigenous rights, territorial defense, and protecting Mother Nature’s common goods under siege by extractivist projects. He accompanies legal processes in support of Indigenous humans rights defenders and against state actors and corporations that have committed crimes in Lenca territories.
Sánchez is a popular educator with COPINH’s Tomás García Formation School which works to shape the next generation of young Indigenous leadership. He also serves as a spiritual guide for the Lenca people in their collective efforts to recuperate historical memory through processes of life, land defense, and ancestral practices. Sánchez has represented COPINH all over the world from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and Brazil, to the United States and the United Nations.
Gaspar will present on how the struggle for LGBTQ awareness and rights among Indigenous communities plays a vital role in both land defense and in the dismantling of patriarchal and militaristic structures. Gaspar will also discuss what you can do in solidarity with COPINH and others facing repression in Honduras, including supporting the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act (HR1299).
Please join us. Come to and event near you to learn more and take action. Contact Elise (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help organize a tour event in your area. We are looking for housing and meal hosts, event coordinators, local activists for legislative visits, and partner organizations.
• October 20 – 27: Chicago, Illinois
• November 5: Cleveland, Ohio
Please stay tuned as other details are confirmed, and be in touch if you would like to help coordinate an event in your community!