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|Damages of Development: Environmental Justice and Indigenous Rights in Guatemala|
|Date||Tuesday May 13|
|Time||6:30 PM - 8:00 PM|
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The Women's Building
Audre Lourde Room (2nd Floor)
3542 18th Street (@ Valencia)
San Francisco, CA
|Event Type||Panel Discussion|
|jillian [at] nisgua.org|
|Address||436 14th Street, Suite 409, Oakland, CA 94612|
The Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) is please to announce:
The Damages of Development: Environmental Justice and Indigenous Rights in Guatemala
Join us for an special discussion featuring Fausto Roberto Valiente de Leon (Pastoral Commission for Peace and Ecology)
and Luis Solano (economist and journalist for Inforpress Central America and The Observer) as they discuss community-led opposition to mega-"development" projects in Guatemala.
Fausto Valiente will speak about community struggles against open-pit mining in San Marcos. He will describe the devastating affects of mining on rural communities and address the role of international actors and "Free Trade" in facilitating the entry of Northern mining companies in Guatemala.
Luis Solano will discuss local opposition to the Xalalá hydroelectric dam, a highly contentious mega "development" project in Ixcán, Quiche region of Northern Guatemala. The Xalalá dam threatens to displace 30 indigenous communities and damage the region's ecosystem.
NISGUA is a non-profit organization that links people in the United States to the Guatemalan people and their struggles for justice, human rights, environmental protection, and dignity.http://www.nisgua.org