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Mining and Violence in Guatemala: Indigenous Women Resist
April 13, 2011 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Victoria Cumes Jochola, a Mayan activist in the growing anti-mining indigenous and environmental rights movement in Guatemala is a leader of the Tzununija Indigenous Women’s Movement, which works with community-ased organizations to support women and men who are facing the negative impacts of open-sky gold mining in their communities, and the criminalization of their non-violent activism. She will discuss the resource-extraction policies of the government, the national and local level impacts, both social and environmental, of mega-projects like mining, hydroelectric dams and biofuel production, and how Mayan communities are responding to these challenges.