27 Jul A Victory for Guatemalan Mining Victims
I have had the privilege of working with Angelica, Albira, Margarita, and German for some 3 years now, and they continue to inform and inspire my work with mining affected communities in Central America and West Africa, as well as Operation Groundswell (OG). Their struggles are representative of so many others dispossessed in their own territories so that capital might be accumulated elsewhere. And the conviction, commitment and collaborative spirit with which they continue the fight for justice is a model for me, OG and the world over.Our group of volunteers on the ground right now will join the plaintiffs and local press, as well as government and non-government personnel for official reactions to the Ontario Superior Courts Decision at a press conference slated for this Sunday morning at 8:30am local time. As some of the only foreign correspondents on the ground, Operation Groundswell participants will be documenting the proceedings with audio and video with hopes of bringing Canadian and American attention to this potentially precedent-setting case and to the stories that lie at its heart. Some footage may be submitted to press outlets in North America but most will be synthesized for publication by participants using social media and other outlets. This is our commitment to the storytellers. This victory, however small, is a rallying cry for others to continue striving towards positive change. Adelante!