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Rivers for Life: Cultural Resistance to the Xalalá Dam

Submitted by Elissa Washuta on September 17, 2014 - 6:34am

Rivers for Life: Cultural Resistance to the Xalalá Dam NISGUA 2014 Fall Tour

University of Washington, Allen Library, Allen Auditorium

Monday, Oct. 6, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Free and open to the public Sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department and the American Indian Studies Department

Join the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) and the Association of Communities for Development and the Defense of Land and Natural Resources (ACODET), sharing stories of community-based organizing and resistance to the Xalalá Hydroelectric Dam – a government imposed project that would, if constructed, irreparably damage the land, livelihoods and culture of nearly 100 Maya Q’eqchi’ indigenous communities in Guatemala. ACODET Coordinator Victor Caal Tzuy will speak about the role of Maya Q’eqchi’ culture in his community’s resistance to the Xalalá dam.

Victor Caal Tuzy is an educator, a community organizer, a human rights defender, and a founding member of ACODET. 

For over 30 years, NISGUA has linked people in the U.S. and Guatemala in the grassroots global struggle for justice, human dignity, and respect for the Earth.

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