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GSN MONDAY MAILER OCTUBER 15

Posted by on Monday, October 15, 2012 in News, Uncategorized.

1.       LETTER FROM HUEHUETENANGO WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS REGARDING MASSACRE IN TOTONICAPAN

2.       CALL FOR ACTION FROM GHRC REGARDING MASSACRE IN TOTONICAPAN

3.       COMMUNICADO FROM TOTONICAPAN CLERGY

4.       GREAT PIECE ON PALM, NARCOS AND THE Q’EQCHI FROM GSN’ER LIZA GRANDIA

5.       MAJOR PROGRAMS FROM CIRMA NEED YOUR SUPPORT

6.       NEW EDITED VOLUME ON AGUARDIENTE IN GUATEMALA FROM GSN’ER DAVID CAREY

7.       UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SUMMER PROGRAMS IN SPANISH LITERATURE AT CASA HERERRA

8.       NEW MAJOR DOCUMENTARY  FILM “LA CAMIONETA” TO PREMIERE IN NOVEMBER IN GUATEMALA

1.       LETTER FROM HUEHUETENANGO WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS REGARDING MASSACRE IN TOTONICAPAN

–          SEE PDF ABOVE

2.       CALL FOR ACTION FROM GHRC REGARDING MASSACRE IN TOTONICAPAN

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Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA

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. . . Working for human rights in Guatemala since 1982

On October 4, 2012, Maya K’iche’ communities carried out a peaceful protest organized by the Alcaldía Indígena (Indigenous authority) of the 48 Cantones of Totonicapán, in the regions of Alaska, Xecanchavox and Cuatro Caminos in the highlands in Guatemala.

The protestors were demanding:

1.      That the State work to scale back the most recent hikes in electricity costs;
2.      That the government take a holistic approach to national education reform;
3.      That the government reverse the trend toward militarization of civil society, reflected in the proposed constitutional reforms.

During the demonstration, Guatemalan Military and National Civil Police forces appeared at the protest and shot indiscriminately at the demonstrators, leaving 8 dead and over 35 people wounded.

Take Action to Denounce this Violence and Demand Justice<http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=3VzF44qvYKUQr7Frio3E6O%2BFMfXhVz%2Ft>

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Soldier at the protest in Totonicapán. The government initially claimed that the soldiers were unarmed. (Photo: AP)

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchú joins members of the Alcaldia Indigenia de los 48 Cantones de Totonicapán in mourning those killed in the protest. (Photo: Plaza Publica)

With the pain of the recent genocide still fresh in the historic memory of indigenous communities, it is extremely concerning that acts of state violence are once again taking place in Guatemala against indigenous people who seek to exercise their legitimate rights to free speech and peaceful protest.

Please help us denounce this despicable act, show solidarity with the victims and demand the prosecution of those responsible. <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=ZeOGUNBzXFTExIb273886O%2BFMfXhVz%2Ft>

Thank you.

The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA

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3.       COMMUNICADO FROM TOTONICAPAN CLERGY

Comunicado de la zona Pastoral de Totonicapán
Arquidiócesis de los Altos, Quetzaltenango – Totonicapán.
Con ocasión de los hechos ocurridos el 4 de octubre 2012 en el Km 170, Sector Alaska, de la ruta interamericana.
Totonicapán 06 de octubre 2012.

Los sacerdotes de la zona pastoral de Totonicapán, ante los trágicos sucesos acaecidos el pasado jueves 4 de octubre que trajeron como consecuencia al menos 8 personas fallecidas y un número mayor de heridos, declaramos:

1.       Sentimos como nuestro el sufrimiento profundo de nuestros hermanos y hermanas de nuestro pueblo y nos solidarizamos con ellos haciendo nuestro su dolor.

2.       Acompañamos sinceramente en su dolor a los padres y madres, a los hijos e hijas de los muertos y pedimos para ellos la ayuda que están necesitando y urgimos a nuestras autoridades nacionales y cantonales que se hagan presentes con la ayuda que en justicia les debemos.

3.       Pedimos a los miembros de las parroquias que se organicen para que estos hermanos que tienen necesidad sean ayudados por la generosidad de todos.

4.       Reconocemos y proclamamos que nuestro Dios es Dios de la vida y no de la muerte, porque Él y sólo Él es Vida, Señor y dador de vida. Por eso decimos claramente que Dios no ha querido este sufrimiento para nadie.

5.       Exigimos una investigación creíble y no plagada de contradicciones como las que hasta este momento han sido la versión oficial del gobierno: “iban desarmados… dispararon al aire, etc.”

6.       Denunciamos la responsabilidad del gobierno en esta masacre por enfrentar una manifestación ciudadana con soldados armados. Este es el fondo de la cuestión. Y prevenimos que no se vaya a culpar solamente a personas particulares como un agente de seguridad o soldados en lo individual que resulten siendo chivos expiatorios para excusar al gobierno de la progresiva militarización a la que se está llevando al país. Y pedimos a nuestras autoridades políticas y judiciales que sean honrados y valientes al descubrir y castigar como es debido a los culpables. El pueblo lo necesita y lo está pidiendo a gritos.

7.       Llamamos la atención de que no sólo se trata de un hecho coyuntural sino  de una política de estado respaldada por grupos de poder que discrimina a los pueblos indígenas y no atiende con respuestas concretas a sus necesidades básicas.

8.       Defendemos el derecho de los 48 cantones a manifestarse para ser oídos y atendidos prontamente en sus demandas siempre que esa manifestación responda a los intereses de sus bases, sea pacífica y no exponga a su gente a la muerte.

9.       No olvidamos que la paz es fruto de la justicia (Isaías 32,17), por eso exhortamos vivamente a la paz, la concordia y el diálogo. Llamamos la atención de que “no hay paz sin justicia social”. Exhortamos a nuestras comunidades a convertirse en constructoras de paz.

10.   Pedimos para nuestros muertos no sólo el recuerdo y la justicia sino también la vida eterna que Jesús nos ganó y nos prometió.

11.   Agradecemos a todos los decanatos de la Arquidiócesis de Quetzaltenango y Totonicapán por su solidaridad al igual que a la Conferencia Episcopal de Guatemala por el comunicado emitido en esta ocasión.
Firman:

P. Luis Gregorio Bautista Gómez

Parroquia Santiago el Mayor, Momostenango.

P. Boris Ivan Macario Xicará.

Parroquia San Bartolomé Apóstol, San Bartolo Aguas Calientes.

P. Mario Adolfo Domínguez

Parroquia San Francisco, San Francisco el Alto.

P. Max Ozuna Ortega; P. Jesús Arrondo; P. Víctor López.

Parroquia San Miguel Arcángel, Totonicapán.

P. Ignacio Blasco; P. Manfredo López Bautista.P. Ricardo Falla;

Parroquia Natividad de la Virgen María, Santa María Chiquimula.

P. Juan Pos Sacalxot

Parroquia Santa Isabel de Hungría, San Vicente Buenabaj.

P. Aparicio Vicente Ixmay.

Parroquia Santiago Apóstol, San Cristobal Totonicapán.

P. José Vaquiax Cuat.

Parroquia San Andrés Apóstol, San Andrés Xecúl.

P. Juan Damiani Ovalle Elías

Parroquia de Santa Lucía Virgen y Mártir, Santa Lucia la Reforma.

4.       GREAT PIECE ON PALM, NARCOS AND THE Q’EQCHI FROM GSN’ER LIZA GRANDIA

See the link below:
http://www.plazapublica.com.gt/content/desplazar-para-no-ser-desplazados

Artículo importante sobre palma, narcos y campesinos
http://www.plazapublica.com.gt/content/desplazar-para-no-ser-desplazados

5.       MAJOR PROGRAMS FROM CIRMA NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing with an appeal for your support for  CIRMA, el Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica, in Antigua, Guatemala.  All you need to do is make your students and Study Abroad Office aware of the unique dual role that our Study Abroad Program  with the University of Arizona plays.

CIRMA is a Guatemalan non-profit foundations dedicated to preserving national historical memory, and to carrying out and promoting the high quality training and research of leaders in Mesoamerican social science.   CIRMAs institutional resources and activities contribute to the development of critical thought and the practice of constructive dialogue with the goal of promoting a more just and tolerant society.   CIRMA´s comprehensive social science collection includes: one of the largest Social Science Libraries of its genre in the region. The collection houses national and international publications about Central America, especially of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and is used extensively by national and international scholars. The Historical Archive with over 7,500,000 documents that rescue Guatemala’s history from the 16th Century to the present. The largest Photographic Archive in Guatemala with over 1,000,000 photos documenting Guatemalan history from 1850 to the present.

The University of Arizona Study Abroad Program at CIRMA in Antigua, Guatemala not only provides students with a transformational pedagogical experience based on the inseparability of theory and practice, and the opportunity to intern at CIRMA working to conserve and catalog our growing collection and/or to intern in a variety of service-learning outreach programs in the area, but it provides vital economic support to CIRMAs social science library, historical archives and fototeca.

The CIRMA/University of Arizona Study Abroad Program offers fully accredited Spring and Fall semester programs as well as a 6 wk intensive Summer semester. In addition to University of Arizona students CIRMA-U of A has helped transform the lives of students from a wide array of universities and colleges across the United States and Canada such as Yale University, University of North Dakota,  Skidmore College, and Fort Lewis College.

Please help us to continue our dual mission of sustaining the valuable work of  preserving the historical memory of the past  and educating US and Central American thinkers of tomorrow.  The deadline for 2013 is approaching so please forward the following to prospective students and check to see if your Study Abroad Office accepts our program.

CIRMA-University of Arizona Study Abroad Program in Antigua, Guatemala
Deepen your understanding of the social, historical and political dynamics of Guatemala and Central America and learn Spanish while living in a fascinating colonial town. The semester programs and six-week summer intensive program provide undergraduate, honors and graduate college credits from the University of Arizona and are open to students from any university. The program includes courses such as:  Mesoamerican Archaeology, Maya-Kaq’chikel, History of Central American Revolutions, Narratives of Identity and Nation in Guatemala, Biodiversity, Climate Change and the political ecology  of “Disaster” in Central America, Globalization, Development and the Making of Modern Guatemala, and Spanish Language and Literature
All the courses are taught by knowledgeable scholars either from Central America or with a long history in the region and are designed to promote an understanding of Central America based on the inseparability of theory and everyday practice.  Formal classes are complemented by field trips to archaeological sites such as Tikal and communities seeking to recover and or preserve collective historical memory such as Rio Negro.  Studies also include a colloquium series that introduces students to key public figures, artists, and analysts. Students have access to CIRMA's unique documentary and photographic collections and the option of interning (for credit) with one of CIRMA’s research archives and library, or with social outreach programs in areas such as health, sustainable agriculture, and child and infant services.  Homestay and optional one-on-one exchanges with a Guatemalan university students complement the learning experience.
The deadline for Spring 2013 is fast approaching.  For more information check out the program at www.studyabroad.arizona.edu<http://www.studyabroad.arizona.edu/>  and/or www.cirma.org.gt<http://www.cirma.org.gt/> or write Academic Coordinator Jennifer Casolo, jcasolo@cirma.org.gt<mailto:jcasolo@cirma.org.gt> or University of Arizona Study Abroad Coordinator, Jill Calderón, jcaldero@email.arizona.edu<mailto:jcaldero@email.arizona.edu>.

Jennifer Casolo, PhD
Coordinadora Académica y Catedrática de Geografía
CIRMA-Programa Study Abroad

5a. Calle Oriente No. 5
Antigua, Guatemala
Tel: (502) 7832-8225
Fax: (502) 7832-2083
Email: jcasolo@cirma.org.gt<mailto:jcasolo@cirma.org.gt>

Investigadora Asociada
Instituto de Estudios Humanísticos
Universidad Rafael Landívar
Zona 16, Ciudad de Guatemala
Tel: (502) 5997-9638

6.       NEW EDITED VOLUME ON AGUARDIENTE IN GUATEMALA FROM GSN’ER DAVID CAREY

http://www.upf.com/book.asp?id=CAREY001

Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente inGuatemalan History

  Edited by David Carey Jr.

  Foreword by William B. Taylor

  Details: 228 pages     6×9

  Cloth: $74.95   ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-4162-9

  Overview

  Sugar, coffee, corn, and chocolate have long dominated the  study of Central American commerce, and researchers tend to overlook one  other equally significant commodity: alcohol. Often illicitly produced and consumed, aguardiente (distilled sugar cane spirits or rum) was central to  Guatemalan daily life, though scholars have often neglected its fundamental  role in the country's development.

  Throughout world history, alcohol has helped build family livelihoods, boost local economies, and forge nations. The alcohol economy  also helped shape Guatemala's turbulent categories of ethnicity, race, class,  and gender, as these essays demonstrate.

Established and emerging Guatemalan  historians investigate aguardiente's role from the colonial era to the  twentieth century, drawing from archival documents, oral histories, and  ethnographic sources. Topics include women in the alcohol trade, taverns as  places of social unrest, and tension between Maya and State authority.

  By tracing Guatemala's past, people, and national development  through the channel of an alcoholic beverage, Distilling the Influence  of Alcohol opens new directions for Central American historical and anthropological research.

7.       UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SUMMER PROGRAMS IN SPANISH LITERATURE AT CASA HERERRA

Just a visual reminder, via a promotional poster. The web address for non-UT students is indicated below, the same as full-program info. Thanks to you all. Please send us students. Abrazos.

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Non-UT students should follow the non-UT application process<http://world.utexas.edu/abroad/students/nue> including completing the attached application.

Full program information can be found here:
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8.       NEW MAJOR DOCUMENTARY  FILM “LA CAMIONETA” TO PREMIERE IN NOVEMBER IN GUATEMALA

I AM reachING out to you regarding my first feature-length documentary film, LA CAMIONETA<http://www.lacamionetafilm.com/>, as the majority of the story takes place in Guatemala and will perhaps be of particular interest to you.  Ted Fischer and Vanderbilt's Center for Latin American Studies are also involved in the project, as they're developing curricular guides and outreach materials to accompany the film's release and eventual distribution into schools and universities.

The film received funding from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation, the School of Visual Arts, and the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University and had its World Premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival this past March and recently screened at the AFI Latin American Film Festival<http://www.afi.com/silver/films/2012/v9i4/latin12.aspx> earlier this month in Silver Spring, MD.

There's a bit more info about me here<http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/news/2012/03/five-questions-with-la-camioneta-the-journey-of-one-american-schoolbus-director-mark-kendall/> and you can have a quick glimpse at the trailer here: http://www.lacamionetafilm.com/trailer

These are a few of the incredible reviews we've been getting:
The Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/la-camioneta-laff-review-340788
IndieWire: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/l-a-film-fest-review-la-camioneta-provides-an-intimate-and-hopeful-look-at-modern-migration-20120628?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#<http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/l-a-film-fest-review-la-camioneta-provides-an-intimate-and-hopeful-look-at-modern-migration-20120628?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter>

We'll be having Guatemalan premiere of the film at the Festival ICARO in November, so we'd also like to develop a strong presence in the press to coincide with the launch of the film.  We would love it if you might be able to help us some way in this regard, whether it be through profiling our premiere @ ICARO in a GSN e-mail blast, connecting us to journalists on-the-ground who might be interested in covering or reviewing the film, or any other ideas you might have.


Mark Kendall
Follow Your Nose Films
www.followyournosefilms.com<http://www.followyournosefilms.com/>

Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Baylor University
(254) 710-6226