New England

The New England Region of Witness for Peace encompasses Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

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 New England region, please contact wfpne@witnessforpeace.org

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 New England 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.

Marcel Lueiro Reyes Speaking Tour

We are excited to announce the 2017 Witness for Peace New England speaking tour with Cuban educator Marcos Lueiro Reyes. He has traveled throughout Latin America as an educator and journalist, and as an award-winning poet. Marcel Lueiro Reyes will be sharing his experiences in helping communities struggling to create more inclusive and democratic governments. His tour is titled: “Grassroots Solidarity in the Age of Hostility: Building Alternative U.S.-Cuba Relationships.”

 

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 human 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 (wfpumw@witnessforpeace.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.

Tour Events:

• November 7, 7:00 p.m.: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, Wakefield-Peacedale, Rhode Island

• November 8, 12:00 p.m.: Brown University Watson Center’s Jaworsky Room, Providence, Rhode Island

• November 8, 6:00 p.m.: Hosted by Grassroots International, 227 Marginal St. 1, Chelsea Massachusetts

• November 9, Boston, Massachusetts

Please stay tuned as other details are confirmed, and be in touch if you would like to help coordinate an event in your community!

If you are unable to join us in person, stay tuned for opportunities to take action, ways to see a video of Marcos’ presentation, and an opportunity to join an event through Facebook Live.

 

Please join us. Come to and event near you to learn more and take action. Contact Elise (wfpcuba@gmail.com) 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.

Tour Events: 

•October 2, 7:30 pm: Dudley Dough, Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, 2302 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA

•October 3, 4:00 p.m.: Hardge Forum of the Multicultural Center, University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, RI

•October 4, 4:00 pm: CPCS Plaza, Wheatley Building, University of Massachusetts – Boston, MA

•October 5: Connecticut College, New London, CT

•October 6, 4:00 p.m.: Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

•October 7, 1:00 pm: Malcolm X House, Wesleyan University, 345 High St., Middletown, CT

•October 9, 7:00 pm: New England College, Concord, NH

•October 10, RAJ Seminar Room, Middlebury College, 14 Old Chapel Rd, Middlebury, VT

•October 12, St. Michaels’s College, One Winooski Park, Colchester, VT

•October 16, 6:00 pm: New Haven Public Library, New Haven, CT

•October 17, Clark University, Worcester, MA

•October 17, July 26th Coalition with Leonardo Padura; Northeastern University, Boston, MA

 

Please stay tuned as other details are confirmed, and be in touch if you would like to help coordinate an event in your community!

If you are unable to join us in person, stay tuned for opportunities to take action, ways to see a video of Marcos’ presentation, and an opportunity to join an event through Facebook Live.

The Price of Truth: Honduran Civil Rights Since the Coup – Padre Melo

Padre Melo from Honduras, Jesuit leader and director of Radio Progreso, a human rights defender who upholds fundamental rights for freedom of expression during the Honduran government’s efforts to limit the flow of information. Padre Melo continues to offer grassroots radio programming about human rights and community organizing. He speaks on the human rights abuses, and offers in-depth analysis of the systemic reasons for the continuing violence, impunity, and injustices.

A Cuban Truth About Cuba – Ariel Dacal Díaz

Cuban educator and writer Ariel Dacal Díaz has been part of the Popular Education team at the Martín Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Havana, Cuba. He designs, coordinates and systematizes training for social actors in Cuba and abroad. He speaks about participation, politics and power, community work, communications, gender, group work, and group coordination. rec. 10/14/2015