Municipality of Mataquescuintla celebrates over six years of mining resistance

On November 11, 2018, six years after the municipality of Mataquescuintla voted “NO” in a referendum on mining, thousands of community members marched to uphold the results and re-affirm their resistance. The 2012 referendum, which saw 98.42% of participants reject mining, is one of several that have taken place [...]

2019-12-25T00:48:05+00:00November 28th, 2018|Defense of life and territory|

NISGUA’s 2017 tour speaking tour brings together youth organizers in defense of life

NISGUA partnered with Jalapa-based youth organization, Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID), for a 16-day U.S. speaking tour, “Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life.” Together we helped raise awareness about the community and youth forces that have organized in resistance to Tahoe Resources' Escobal silver mine in southeastern [...]

2019-12-27T17:44:35+00:00November 21st, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Escobal, Tour|

Recording: Alex Escobar talks about youth organizing; Grabación: Alex Escobar habla sobre la organización juvenil

[español abajo] An online presentation from our annual speaking tour, "Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life"! Who is JODVID? Youth Organized in Defense of Life (JODVID, in Spanish) is a Guatemalan environmental justice collective that uses the arts and popular education to mobilize youth in local and regional [...]

Solidarity Update: September 2017

News recap: Solidarity in the streets; U.S. Speaking Tour, "Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life," kicks off on October 9th; Thousands call for resignation of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Congressional representatives; Grieving the loss of Ixil genocide survivor Jacinto de Paz, witness in the trial against Ríos [...]

In their own words: JODVID on the the importance of youth leadership in the movement to defend life and land

[En español aquí] A week ahead of the launch of our 2017 speaking tour, “Guatemalan Youth in Defense of Land and Life,” NISGUA sat down with the invited organization to learn more about the young activists who form part of the environmental justice organization, JODVID – Youth Organized Youth in [...]

2019-12-27T17:45:08+00:00September 29th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Escobal, Tour|

En sus propias palabras: JODVID habla de la importancia de la juventud en el movimiento en defensa del territorio y la vida

[English here] Con solo una semana hasta el inicio de la gira de charlas de 2017, “La juventud guatemalteca en defensa del territorio y de la vida”, NISGUA entrevistó a la organización invitada para conocer a las y los jóvenes activistas quienes forman parte de la organización guatemalteca de justicia ambiental, JODVID [...]

2019-12-25T01:18:40+00:00September 29th, 2017|defensa del territorio, Escobal (ESP), Gira|

Solidarity Update: Special focus on Tahoe Resources

News recap: A strong grassroots movement continues to resist Tahoe Resources; Six police officers tasked with the custody of Tahoe's former head of security found guilty on charges related to his escape; Supreme Court of Canada gives way for Tahoe Resources to face civil suit in Canada for violence; Youth activist [...]

Más de 2.900 personas de 59 países distintos piden al Ministerio Publico de Guatemala que investigue el asesinato de defensora del medio ambiente

Comunicado de Prensa 17 de mayo de 2017 (Guatemala / Oakland, CA / Tatamagouche, NS) - El miércoles se entregó una carta al Ministerio Público de Guatemala en nombre de más de 2.900 personas que solicitaban una investigación inmediata y exhaustiva del asesinato de Topacio Reynoso Pacheco, de 16 años, [...]

2019-12-27T19:19:30+00:00May 17th, 2017|defensa del territorio, Escobal (ESP)|

More than 2900 concerned individuals from 59 countries ask Guatemalan Public Prosecutor’s Office to investigate murder of environmental defender

Press release May 17, 2017 (Guatemala/Oakland, CA/Tatamagouche, NS) -- On Wednesday, a letter was delivered to the Public Prosecutor’s office in Guatemala on behalf of more than 2,900 people requesting an immediate and thorough investigation into the murder of 16-year-old Topacio Reynoso Pacheco and the attacks against her father, Alex [...]

2020-01-01T21:26:15+00:00May 17th, 2017|Defense of life and territory, Escobal|

Solidarity Update: April 2017

Photo credit: Roderico Díaz. News recap: Honoring the life of Miguel Ramírez Matóm, witness in the Ixil genocide trial; Take action: Denounce impunity for attacks against environmental defenders; Communities in the Ixcán commemorate 10 years since the referendum that said ‘no’ to resource extraction; Announcing our fall tour: "Guatemala youth in defense of [...]

Solidarity Update: February 2017

Photo: Holly Sheenan.  News recap: Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Sepur Zarco verdict; Civil suit continues against the Ministry of Energy and Mines, in an attempt to cancel Las Lajitas license; Hundreds respond to calls for urgent action on the murder of environmental defender Sebastián Alonso Juan; Protect sacred sites: Respond [...]

Comunidades campesinas e xincas en resistencia al proyecto extractiva de biomasa

Más de 30 comunidades xincas y campesinas de los municipios de Quesada y Jutiapa, ubicados en el suroriente de Guatemala, están en resistencia a un proyecto energético de biomasa, lo cuál propone la quema de árboles de eucaliptos para generar luz eléctrica. Representantes de las comunidades se han formado un plantón en resistencia, [...]

2019-12-25T01:20:25+00:00October 3rd, 2016|defensa del territorio, Escobal (ESP)|

Indigenous Xinca and campesino communities stand in resistance to extractive biomass project

More than 30 Xinca and campesino communities from the municipalities of Quesada and Jutiapa in southeastern Guatemala are resisting a biomass energy plant that will burn eucalyptus trees for electricity. Representatives from the communities have formed a resistance camp, maintaining a constant present at two different entrances to the project site [...]

2017-12-11T11:33:48+00:00September 27th, 2016|Defense of life and territory|

Solidarity Update: July 2016

News recap: Psychologist Maudi Tzay joins NISGUA this fall on tour in the United States; Eight former military to stand trial for charges in the CREOMPAZ case; Urban activists return to Central Square for the Day for Heroes and Martyrs; Seven political prisoners from Huehuetenango go to trial. This and [...]