. . TOLERANCE AND SOLIDARITY . .
An announcement from the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala
We are excited to announce our Fall 2016 speaking tour Guatemalan Women Healing Toward Justice, featuring Maudí Tzy of the Alliance to Break the Silence and End Impunity! Through her work as a psychologist and a member of the Community Studies and Psycho-social Action Team (ECAP), Maudí has played a crucial role in integrating healing practices into movements for social and environmental justice in Guatemala.
Most recently, Maudí has been working in a multidisciplinary team to support the women survivors of Sepur Zarco in their landmark case against former military personnel for sexual violence and slavery committed during Guatemala’s internal armed conflict. In February of this year, this case made history by successfully trying sexual slavery as a crime against humanity —a first in the Americas for a case carried out in a national court.
This October, the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) is honored to accompany Maudí Tzy on a tour of the Southwest and Western United States to celebrate this historic victory by building toward cross-border movements for gender justice and an end to violence against women!
Each year, NISGUA’s speaking tour gives local organizers an opportunity to connect their communities with an activist working on the front lines of social movements in Guatemala. This year, we look forward to connecting Maudí with students, youth, communities of faith, women, indigenous peoples, and communities of color to share strategies for resilience and struggle while exploring the international impact of the Sepur Zarco case. We are especially interested in creating opportunities for horizontal exchange with similarly impacted communities and those supporting survivors and struggling against patriarchal and state violence in their communities.
We can’t make this happen without your support!
This year’s tour is tentatively scheduled for October 7-21 and will focus primarily on the Southwest and West Coast regions. As I write this, we anticipate events in Austin, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and the Pacific Northwest, but no matter where you live, we want to hear from you!
If you live in or near these cities, contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about how to bring the tour to your community! If you live outside the region, reach out to learn about organizing a listening party in your city so that your community can tune
(Thank you to Janet Hudgins, the CPNN reporter for this article)