From November 7-11, NISGUA visited six Midwestern cities with Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR) president Anselmo Roldán. The Midwest leg of our speaking tour started in Oberlin, OH, hosted by NISGUA sponsoring community, the Santa Elena Project of Accompaniment (SEPA).
Similar to other sponsoring communities who are connected to NISGUA’s Guatemalan Accompaniment Project (G.A.P.), SEPA’s direct support to G.A.P. is a concrete example of their solidarity with our partners, the AJR. SEPA was proud to host Anselmo and continue supporting the movement for justice in Guatemala.
It is vital to give truth and validity to the voices of people that experienced genocide and make sure the law is upheld.
I feel deeply the loss of your loved ones and I want to help you remember them in the strongest way – to let the truth be known.
I believe in the people of Guatemala.
I believe in supporting the truth! Thank you for your courage and dedication to justice.
It is important that people can live where they have the right to live, and speak their language, and love their families and support themselves without fear.
Les mandamos nuestro apoyo a la sentencia por genocidio desde Chicago. Es importante estar unidos en tiempos difíciles para poder ejercer cambios.
The calculated, systematic murder of a group of people by their government, which it is supposed to protect and serve, is the greatest crimes imaginable. I support your cause and believe in justice.
The injustice cannot be silenced anymore
I support a world community committed to bringing all crimes against humanity to justice.
Genocide is a tragedy and justice is a basic human rights.
I believe in the right to life, I believe in a lawful government.
La verdad es una fuerza que tiene vida propia. Su ejemplo y su valor me ha cambiado la vida para siempre. Gracias – Reverend Sara Wohlleb
It represents a historic and brave decision for justice and truth and is an example and beacon of hope for the world that those who commit atrocities will be brought to justice.
Until my teacher spent class time to discuss what happened, I was unaware of the genocide. I am amazed by the AJR’s strength. I want to support the people that have suffered so much.
La justicia existe y vive en nuestros corazones y sabemos que su verdad es la verdad.
Innocent people were killed and the guilty are free. There should be justice for genocide and crimes against humanity.
No one has the right to take someone else’s life.
Yo soy refugiado en Chicago con mi familia por causa de la Guerra de Rios Montt.
It is just – and there can be no peace without justice. Dear people of Guatemala, I hold you in my heart.
Every perpetrator of genocide should know that it will not stand before the law. Your courage brings tears to my eyes. Keep telling your truths. We are behind you.
Without justice there will be no peace. La Lucha continua!
Si hubo genocidio en Guatemala! Estimados miembros de la AJR – hay que saber que estamos con ustedes en solidaridad siempre!
Accountability is part of the healing process. Impunity prevents healing. The voices of the Guatemalan people have spoken the truth. Their perseverance and courage are testament to their truth. Justice requires that the sentence stand.
For all the lives lost, and for the ongoing suffering of the survivors the sentence must stand. The world is watching.
I support the sentence because nobody should be above the law. These communities deserve justice.
Its not about revenge, it’s about justice and everyone deserves justice.
The AJR is courageous for standing up for themselves and coming to the US to tell their story. Thank you for coming to talk to us, and don’t be discouraged.