Hi everyone, it's Claire! I have been organizing with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) for the past two years. In January 2017 I was trained into being an international accompanier, which I volunteered as for nine months in the Quiché and Alta Verapaz regions. In November 2018 I moved long-term to Guatemala City to volunteer as a Communications Fellow. I am excited to announce that in March 2019 I accepted a two year commitment to be NISGUA staff as the Digital Organizer & Partnerships Coordinator.
My commitment to NISGUA has grown from and been intertwined with my grassroots organizing in the resistance against Line 3, Black Lives Matter movement, and my work in organic and urban agriculture. As an accompanier, I worked to dissuade violence against genocide survivors involved in transitional justice cases and water protectors resisting an illegally imposed dam. As a fellow, I accompanied processes resisting and wrote articles about President Jimmy Morales' coup in early 2019 and the Guatemalan Congress' subsequent attempt to free war criminals.
In May 2018, I had the pleasure of sharing why I care about this work and the Guatemalan social movements that we accompany with my parents, Barb Parks and Aaron Bransky. They say, "During our time in Guatemala we were especially moved by the story of Marco Antonio Molina Theissen, a 14-year-old boy who was disappeared by the Guatemalan state in 1981. We want to support Guatemalan survivors of state supported violence in their search for justice by committing to fundraise $3000 towards NISGUA's work. Please join us!"
More about NISGUA and the campaign:
Since 1981, NISGUA has linked communities in Guatemala and the U.S. in the global struggle for the defense of human rights and protection of the Earth. We provide international accompaniment and advocacy support to environmental and human rights defenders in Guatemala, while advocating at home to change harmful policies and denounce corporate impunity.
In our 38 years, we've found that our work is most powerful when informed by long-term partnerships with frontline communities. That's why we're calling on our network to help ensure we have the resources we need to sustain our work for the long haul. We count on the support of a grassroots network of dedicated supporters to sustain our participation in the global grassroots struggle for social justice.
This month, your gift will have double the impact! Thanks to a small group of generous donors, all gifts made between May 15 - 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $35,000. That means that we have an historic opportunity to raise $70,000 to support our ongoing accompaniment of human rights and environmental defenders in Guatemala. Please help us reach our goal by making a tax-deductible gift today.