Photo: teacher Roger Abraham Soriano Vallejo was shot in the head by police yesterday, July 30, 2009, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photo: Sandra Cuffe, http:/flickr.com/photos/lavagabunda
DIRECTLY FROM HONDURAS
VOICES OF RESISTANCE TO THE COUP D’ETAT
7pm, Friday July 31
(48th & Baltimore Av)
One month after the military coup d’etat in Honduras and in the wake of widespread reports of human rights violations, the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) is bringing a delegation of representatives from that country to the U.S. to participate in a speaking tour.
Dr. Juan Almendares – internationally known Honduran medical doctor, human rights activist, environmental leader and alternative medicine practitioner; recipient of the 2001 Barbara Chester Award for his ground breaking efforts with prisoners, victims of torture, the poor, and indigenous populations; torture survivor himself, has been targeted by death squads on several occasions.
Abencio Fernandez Pineda – coordinator of the non-governmental Center for the Investigation and Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CIPRODEH) for the western region of Honduras; previously an attorney for the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CODEH) and the Committee of the Relatives of Disappeared Detainees of Honduras (COFADEH).
Maria Luisa Jimenez – former police officer in Honduras; denounced the widespread corruption in the police force and now an activist for transparency in government and women’s rights; currently candidate for Honduran Congress with Democratic Union party.
Dr. Luther Castillo – named “Honduran Doctor of the Year” by Rotary International’s Tegucigalpa chapter; Garifuna medical doctor and community organizer who directs the Luaga Hatuadi Waduhe?u Foundation (“For the Health of our People” in Garifuna), dedicated to bringing vital health services to isolated indigenous coastal communities; led the Foundation’s construction of Honduras’ first Garifuna Rural Hospital, now serving some 20,000 in the surrounding communities.
Gerardo Torres – independent journalist in Honduras; active member of Los Necios, a grass-roots organization that seeks to change the dominant socio-economic dynamics of Honduras.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Oscar Chacon- Director NALACC- (773)991-9760
Philadelphia International Action Center – 215-724-1618; phillyIAC@action-mail.org
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