On December 11, 2019, the indigenous Maya community Dos Fuentes was attacked by Guatemalan police and soldiers. This act of terrorism backed by the US government was in support of the illegal construction of the Cafetal Hydroelectric Dam. The black and white pictures were taken after the violent attack, which the government is calling an eviction. Please take the actions suggested at the bottom of this page to stand in solidarity with the community Dos Fuentes and other indigenous communities organizing to recuperate Mother Earth in Guatemala. This includes supporting the Chixoy International Financial Institution Accountability Act and opposing US support for the violent looting of indigenous territory in Guatemala.
US-made tear gas cannisters were used against children and adults in the attack
The following pictures were taken during the attack:
Arson is frequently used against Mayan communities as part of efforts to steal natural resources from their land
The destruction of homes and burning of harvested crops provoked a health crisis in the community
Community elder Roberto Can was arrested during the attack
Numerous people were injured and some knocked unconscious during the attack
The Guatemala Solidarity Project is committed to working in solidarity long term with the community Dos Fuentes. Here are some suggested actions for you to collaborate in this struggle:
We are a volunteer run organization, and 100% of donations are sent to our partners. Our partners also prioritize where funds go. We thank our fiscal sponsor, the UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (also volunteer run), for helping us ensure that your contributions are tax deductible and that all funds go to our partners in Guatemala. Click here to donate online via paypal. To donate via check please make check out to “UPAVIM Community Development Foundation” and mail to UPAVIM, PO Box 63, Marshfield, VT 05658. Please write “GSP” in the notes/memo section of the check. Priorities for San Jose el Tesoro include legal defense funds (often $250 can cover expenses for legal motions to prevent an illegal eviction from occurring), mobile school support, and water filtration.
2) Call and/or write your member of congress
If you are in the United States, please call and/or write your Senator and/or House representative and ask them to oppose violence against indigenous communities in Guatemala. The US government has historically supported genocide against indigenous communities in Guatemala as part of a strategy to steal natural resources from indigenous territory. If you send an email, please consider cc:ing us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can follow up with the member of congress that you contact.
Sample text when contacting your Representative in the House:
“My name is ____ and I live in your district. I am very concerned about recent government attacks against indigenous villages in Guatemala in which Guatemalan police and military have destroyed homes and harvests. I am disturbed that the World Bank and other US funded development banks are financing corporations that take advantage of the corrupt Guatemalan government to promote illegal evictions of indigenous communities.
I would like your office to sign on as a co-sponsor to the Chixoy International Financial Institution Accountability Act. This legislation directs US representatives of multilateral development institutions to vote against funding of projects that ignore human rights violations. It is being led by Representative Jesus Garcia and also supported by Representative Jan Schakowski.”
Sample text when contacting your Senator:
“My name is ____ and I live in your district. I am very concerned about recent government attacks against indigenous villages in Guatemala in which Guatemalan police and military have destroyed homes and harvests. I am calling to request that the Senator sign a dear colleague letter being led by Senator Cardin. The letter is in support of human rights defenders who are at great risk in Guatemala. The new president of Guatemala just took office on January 14 and is taking actions that place human rights defenders at great risk, such as appointing former military officers with poor human rights records to high level positions. It is crucial that the senate makes it clear that human rights are a priority in Guatemala. The deadline for signing the letter is end of day Wednesday January 22, and you cant contact Senator Cardin´s office for more details.¨
3) Join us in Guatemala
We have many opportunities for people to join us in Guatemala. The easiest way for new volunteers to collaborate is by joining our solidarity delegations. Our next solidarity delegation is scheduled for May 31 – June 5, 2020 and will be focused on health care. We will be organizing a 10-day delegation focused on land rights in June/July, but have not yet confirmed the exact dates. Click here for more information on our solidarity delegations, or email us at email@example.com if you are interested in other volunteer opportunities.