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2012 Calendar of Events

Many thanks to those who supported GHRC at our 30th Anniversary Celebration on September 27th! The evening was a great success, and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Congratulations to all of our raffle winners! The prizes have been sent out to the winners who were not present.   

Check out our 30th Anniversary program booklet, which contains a summary of the night's events.

GHRC founder Alice Zachmann and Guatemala Office Director Rob Mercatante present award to Alvaro and Tono
Source: Jean-Marie Simon
Alvaro and Cesar, who fled from repression in San Jose del Golfo, enjoy a discussion.
Source: Jean-Marie Simon

During our event, GHRC recognized the achievements of the communities of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, who have together organized in nonviolent resistance against the installation of a harmful transnational mine nearby their communities.

Two representatives of those communities, Alvaro Sandoval Palencia and Antonio “Tono” Reyes, were present at our event to receive the 2012 Alice Zachmann Human Rights Defenders Award on behalf of their communities, and since then have visited eight U.S. congressional offices, the U.S. State Department, the Embassy of Guatemala, and various partner organizations to build support for their ongoing struggle in defense of their basic human rights to safety and a healthy environment.

In support of the actions of these communities, we asked those who attended GHRC’s 30th Anniversary to address the CEO of the mine in question, Mr. Daniel W. Kappes, to express their solidarity with Alvaro, Tono and their communities. To all who have already participated in our postcard campaign, thank you! Your action has made Mr. Kappes and associates aware that the communities of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc have many supporters who will not let their harmful mining go on unchecked and unchallenged.

If you have friends or family that would also like to send a postcard, or if you did not get the chance to write one yourself, you can take action now!


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