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Upcoming Delegations and Speaking Tours

Delegations to Honduras
NOVEMBER 2013: HSN organizations are currently organizing for a large observer presence in Honduras for the national elections on November 24, 2013. Contact the HSN if you are interested in more information. 

November Election Monitoring Delegations

6 Delegations Listed below:

1. Who: U.S-El Salvador Sister Cities and Share El Salvador

3 Date and Location options:

  1. Nov 17-26th Bi-National El Salvador and Honduras (3 days El Salvador 6 days Honduras-North Coast) $850

  2. Nov 17-26th Honduras Only (9 days in Honduras-Tegucigalpa, Itibuca, Tela, San Pedro Sula, Aguan) price $750 approx

  3. Nov 20-26- Honduras Elections Only (San Pedro Sula, Aguan) $750 approx

Contact: Trip Leaders:

Tanya Cole- sistercities@gmail.com 805-421-9708

Alex Early sistercities.elsalvador@gmail.com

Estela Garcia- estela.sistercities@gmail.com

Bethany Loberg (SHARE) bethany@share-elsalvador.org

More info: www.elsalvadorsolidarity.org  or www.share-elsalvador.org

2. Who: La Voz de los de Abajo Chicago

Dates: November 21 - November 26 

Locations: San Pedro Sula, Progreso, Tegucigalpa 

Contact: lavozchicago@yahoo.com      http://hondurasresists.blogspot.com/

  1. Who: Cross Border Network

When: 11/22-12/2

Locations: Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula

Price: $850 all inclusive (airfare estimated at $800)

Contact: Melissa Stiehler, melissastiehler@gmail.com, (816)308-2687

LGBTQIA/Sexual Diversity focused 

  1. Who: Alliance for Global Justice and Taskforce on the Americas

When and Where: Full delegation Nov. 17-26,

Short: Nov. 22-26 San Pedro Sula. North Coast and Aguan

Price: $850 full delegation/$450 short delegation

Contact: Chuck Kaufman Chuck@afgj.orgDale Sorensen, geodale1@earthlink.net, 415-924-3227

  1. New York-Center International Action/Colectivo Honduras USA Resistencia

When: TBA

Where: Tegucigalpa and ?

Price: TBA

Contact: Lucy Pagoada- lucypagoada@hotmail.com

Teresa Gutierrez - teresatejana1@gmail.com

  1. Boston- Proyecto Hondureño and Centro Presente

When: TBA

Where: TBA

Price: TBA

Contact: Proyecto Hondureño proyectohondureno@gmail.com

John Walkey- jawalkey@hotmail.com

HSN US Contacts: Tanya Cole- Sistercities@gmail.com 805-421-9708 or Chuck Kaufman Chuck@afgj.org or Vicki Cervantes - lavozchicago@yahoo.com

HSN Election Monitoring Coordinators in Honduras:

Karen Spring: spring.kj@gmail.com

Alexy Lanza: alexyjlanza@yahoo.com

Speakers from Honduras

Padre Melo Speaking Tour Oct 6-20th, 2013 New England States

We are pleased to bring Padre Melo, one of Honduras's strongest human rights defenders, to New England this October!  Fr. Ismael Moreno Coto, popularly known as "Padre Melo", will be here from Sunday, October 6th through Sunday the 20th..

Padre Melo, a Jesuit priest, is the director of Radio Progreso, a Christian-based radio station that is a national leader in investigative reporting.  Radio Progreso was shut down by the new government at the time of the coup in 2009, and has suffered military occupations since. He is also director of the Center for Reflection, Research, and Communication (ERIC-SJ), a think tank that conducts research and reports on societal trends and public opinion in Honduras.

Padre Melo will speak of the human rights abuses occurring throughout Honduran society, and especially within his own journalistic world, and within campesino and indigenous communities. He will offer  in-depth analysis into the systemic reasons for the continuing violence, impunity, and injustices, and illuminate the various impacts of The Drug War. 

for list of events contact Susan Letendre, Witness for Peace New England, 401-268-9810, wfpne@verizon.net

Honduras Speaking Tour with Ana Rivera-Los Necios/FNRP
“Human Rights, Resistance and the Movement for People’s Power in Honduras”
September 14th- October 4th, 2013
Location: California, Arizona (other states possible based on availability)

Ana Gabriela Rivera is a 25 year old resistance leader from the organization Los Necios based in Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa. Ana was enrolled at the Catholic University of Honduras, studying for an Environmental Engineering degree when the coup against President Jose Manuel Zelaya occurred in 2009. At that moment Ana joined the political resistance movement. Within the Los Necios Organization Ana was chosen to coordinate the creation of the Feminist Marxist Collective called Las Necias, at the same time maintaining the environmental agenda, writing articles for the newspaper Los Necios and social networks. Fighting in the streets, raising the flags of sexual diversity, participation of women, rights for freedom and also growing professionally and ideologically in the training school of Los Necios, Ana has become a youth leader. Currently she is Secretary of International Affairs for Los Necios and sub coordinator of the Feminist Collective Las Necias. 

Hosting a speaker is a great way to educate and activate students and community members in your area about international solidarity and US foreign policy. If you would like to host our Speaker please contact us as soon as possible with your interest. 

For each speaking event, we ask event organizers to: 

* Provide venue arrangements (time, location, and equipment for the event). 
* Provide hospitality for our speaker, including food, lodging if an overnight stay is necessary (home stay is okay) and transportation to and from the airport or other events. 
* Publicize events within your community and to the local media. 
*Provide honorarium and travel expenses for our speaker/s. 

We understand that some groups can provide more support than others. As we do not want cost to be a deciding factor in bringing such an important event to your community, we will work with you on fundraising ideas and alternative resources. 

For more information and to request our speaker for your event or classroom contact: southwestwfp@gmail.com or 805-669-VIVA

Facebook event page for Ana Rivera’s tour: https://www.facebook.com/events/192777810901693/

List of Ana's speaking engagements to be listed soon.