Friday, October 26, 2012

What happened in Totonicapan? #indigenous #humanrights

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Community Radio Program Update:
What happened in Totonicapán?
In early October, the military government of Guatemala's president Otto Perez Molina massacred a peaceful protest held by Indigenous K'iche protestors from Totonicapán, resulting in the death of seven men and leaving  thirty-four others injured. Totonicapán, a department in the western highlands of Guatemala, holds an Indigenous K'iche majority population.  Despite being one of the poorest and most malnourished of the departments in Guatemala, it also has been ranked as one of the most peaceful, ranking third to last for rates of violent crime.  

Community Radio Program Update:
In pictures: 2012 March of Resistance in Guatemala City

On October 12, the government of Guatemala commemorates the Dia de la Hispanidad, the day Colombus arrived to the Americas. For the nation's Indigenous Peoples, however, it's a day of remembrance of the genocide carried out against past generations and a call to action reinstating resistance to the oppression, exclusion, and violence Indigenous Peoples have faced over a half century since Columbus's arrival. Each year leaders of grassroots Indigenous organizations convoke a march through Guatemala City to the, past the supreme court, the congress of the republic, to the central plaza and the presidential palace, to highlight the most pressing issues for Indigenous Peoples nation-wide, including the legalization of community radio.

Community Radio Program Update:
Community Radio Stations Focus on Communication for Social Change

The second annual national conference of community radio stations was held in Guatemala on October 10-12 with the participation of over 30 community radio stations from around the country. The conference aimed to strengthen the identity of the movement of community radio stations in Guatemala as agents of social change in the face of an increasingly oppressive political regime.


Community Radio Program Update:
Community Radio Station Doble Via Raided by Guatemalan Police

On Thursday, October 11th, the community radio station Radio Doble Via, of San Mateo, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala was raided by police and equipment confiscated. At 10am, four agents of the Public Prosecutors Office and six members of the National Police forced entry into the station.  Due to an alarm system established by station founder Alberto Recinos, the community of San Mateo realized the station was in danger and arrived in numbers to defend the station, its personnel, and equipment.        

Community Radio Program Update:
Community Radio Exchange: Radio San José and Radio Palestina

On October 6th and 7th, three volunteers from the community radio station Radio La Voz de Palestina, of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala travelled 30 minutes down the winding highway to the town of San José Caben in San Marcos, Guatemala to visit the community radio station La Radio San José. Accompanied by CS staff, the two radio stations were participating in an exchange ideas, best practices, and community activism. 

Endangered Languages Program Update:
Endangered Languages Program Hosts Innu

This month program manager Jennifer Weston met with six Innu tribal members from Sheshatshiu, Labrador to discuss Native American language revitalization programs in the U.S., and the status of the Innu language in the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec.  Three students, two teachers, and a community-based artist from the Sheshatshiu Innu School visited Cultural Survival's offices while taking time off from an exhibition they helped develop with the Phillips Academy Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts

Endangered Languages Program Update:
Wampanoag Language Film Screenings October - November 2012
As Nutayunean 
The Makepeace Productions documentary WE STILL LIVE HERE: Âs Nutayuneân, produced with the assistance of Cultural Survival's Endangered Languages Program, travelled this month to a series of ten workshops in Bosnia and Herzegovina with director Anne Makepeace as part of the U.S. Department of State's American Film Showcase program that hosts screenings and discussions at international embassies, universities, and diverse community organizations.

Endangered Languages Program Update:

Cultural Survival's new Indigenous languages web platform went live in August. Have you visited the site's  language revitalization program profiles, videos, news, and events calendar? New Teaching and Learning Resources links, and funding opportunities for language revitalization programs have been added, as well as a new job opportunity to translate children's books into Native American languages!  

Please send us your translation and immersion jobs, and upcoming language events. We want to showcase innovative language immersion programs and success stories in training new fluent speakers. Write us at 

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