The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining – El Salvador to Receive Human Rights Award from the Denver Justice and Peace Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 2nd, 2017

Media Contact: Rebeca Zúniga-Hamlin

Tel.: 303-623-1463 / Cell: 720-606-1155

Email: djpc@denjustpeace.org

The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining – El Salvador to Receive Human Rights Award from the Denver Justice and Peace Committee

On Saturday November 4th, the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) will present its annual Global Justice & Peace Award 2017 to The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining, represented by Vidalina Morales, at the Highlands United Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St. Denver, at 7:00 pm.

DJPC has been advocating for justice and peace in Latin America for the over three decades. We promote human rights and economic and environmental justice in Latin America through education. We support popular struggles in many countries where extractive corporations have been displacing peoples from their homelands and contaminating their environments. On Saturday, we will celebrate our work together with our community of supporters.

The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining is a campesino-led movement in El Salvador. In March 2017, the Roundtable won an historic legislative victory by securing a prohibition against all metals mining in perpetuity. For a land-poor country with vulnerable water sources and a significant rural population that would be displaced by mining, this was an unexpected and unprecedented accomplishment. To relate the story of the movement and the details of the legislation, we have invited Ms. Vidalina Morales who is a leader in the National Roundtable.

We will also be honoring Sister Betty Voss with the John Proctor Member of the Year Award 2017. Sister Betty Voss, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has devoted herself to the cause of social justice throughout her life. She has taught at both the elementary and college levels in Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee, and taught in a bilingual school in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In her early years in CO she took leadership in the Ecumenical Women’s Committee and received the Trish Dunn award for fostering ecumenicism. Through the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign, she joined the effort to increase voter participation among low income populations. Through her participation on the DJPC MineWatch committee, she has actively sought an end to mining pollution in Latin America and elsewhere.

Music for the event will be provided by Adolfo Romero. The emcee will be Jack Mudry of the local Denver jazz radio station KUVO, host of KUVO’s La Nueva Voz.

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2018 John Proctor Member of the Year: Sister Betty Voss

2018 John Proctor Member of the Year: Sister Betty Voss

Sister Betty Voss, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has devoted herself to the cause of social justice throughout her life. She has taught at both the elementary and college levels in Illinois, Iowa, and Tennessee, and taught in a bilingual school in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In her early years in Colorado she took leadership in the Ecumenical Women’s Committee and received the Trish Dunn award for fostering ecumenicism. Through the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign, she joined the effort to increase voter participation among low income populations.Through her participation on the MineWatch committee, she has actively sought an end to mining pollution in Latin America and elsewhere. Her years of involvement in the DJPC and dedication to the cause of human rights have been invaluable.

John Proctor Award, goes to an outstanding DJPC volunteer.

Saturday, November 4th, 2017.
Reception and Silent Auction: 6:00 -7:00 PM
Program Starts at 7:00 PM
$20 Suggested Donation (no one turned away)
Interpretation will be provided
Family Friendly
Highlands United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall
3131 Osceola Street. Denver, CO 80212.
Free parking on church lot

Awards Night: November 4th at 6:00pm

Join us on November 4th to honor the outstanding achievement of The National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining, a campesino-led movement in El Salvador. In March 2017, the Roundtable won an historic legislative victory by securing a prohibition against all metals mining in perpetuity. For a land-poor country with vulnerable water sources and a significant rural population that would be displaced by mining, this was an unexpected and unprecedented accomplishment. http://noalamineria.org.sv

To relate the story of the movement and the details of the legislation, we have invited Ms. Vidalina Morales who is a leader in the National Roundtable.
http://www.redlatinoamericanademujeres.org/single-post/2017/03/04/VIDALINA-MORALES-ADES-SANTA-MARTA—EL-SALVADOR

Awards Night will be held at 3131 Osceola Street, Denver CO in the Fellowship Hall of the Highlands United Methodist Church. We will start with a Reception and Silent Auction at 6:00 followed by the program at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation $20 (no one turned back), tickets can be purchased at the door.

“Defending Truth and Memory: The Path Towards Justice”

Altar for collective healing and in memory of people killed in Guatemala’s genocide.

During the month of October we are remembering all the victims of the Guatemalan genocide. We have installed an Altar as part of the commemorations of the Day of the Dead. You can visit the altar at The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) – 772 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.(Please check CHAC for opening hours)

DJPC is working in partnership with two other groups to create awareness on human rights issues facing indigenous communities in Guatemala. The Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) and the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) bring the photo exhibit “Defending Truth and Memory: The Path Towards Justice” to Denver. The theme of the photo exhibit is the struggle for indigenous people to hold the Guatemalan government accountable for atrocities committed during the genocide and internal war. The photo exhibit shows political and legal actions led by indigenous organizations, exhumations of people massacred, and burial ceremonies in honor of the victims and their families.

During the month of October we are remembering all the victims of the Guatemalan genocide. We have installed an Altar as part of the commemorations of the Day of the Dead. You can visit the altar at The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council (CHAC) – 772 Santa Fe Drive in Denver.(Please check CHAC for opening hours)

The Denver metro area has longtime community members from all over Latin American that fled brutal and repressive governments. People currently living in Denver have family members that were killed in Guatemala by the military dictatorships. This altar in honor of the victims of the genocide in Guatemala brings collective healing to people in Denver and cultivates solidarity across borders for peace and reconciliation.

Join us on for the Opening Reception Friday October 13th 6-9 PM

SAVE THE DATE: DJPC ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT NOVEMBER 4TH 2017

Please Join DJPC in Honoring: National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining – El Salvador

DJPC’s Global Justice and Peace Award is offered to individuals and/or organizations for their contributions to social justice around the world.
This year, the Award will be given to the National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining (Mesa Nacional Frente a la Minería Metálica) for their outstanding achievement in the passage of a national bill that bans all forms of metal mining in El Salvador. We will be honoring the Roundtable´s role in defending the environment, health, safety, and integrity of rural communities and people everywhere.

Forum: The Central American Migrant Crisis: Human Rights and Refuge at the Mexico-Guatemala Border

DJPC Forum: Professor Rebecca Galemba and Kaelyn DeVries give details on a one week preliminary trip to migrant shelters at the Mexico-Guatemala border. The trip is part of a larger collaboration with the Center for Migration Studies and the Scalabrini Migrant Shelter Network to document human rights abuses experienced by Central American migrants on the northward journey; particularly within Mexico. Officially, the government of Mexico has committed itself to migrant and refugee protection, including establishing new legal mechanisms for seeking refuge and claiming to grant asylum to over 60% of solicitants. This discourse is misleading, however, as large numbers of migrants face judicial and legal systems in Mexico that are mired in bureaucracy and corruption. Too many never access formal channels to denounce human rights abuses and/or to lodge an asylum claim for fear of persecution if they return to their countries of origin.

From 25 interviews with migrants and staff members at the shelters, Galemba and DeVries learned how human rights abuses are often committed or abetted by the very actors that migrants otherwise might turn to for assistance. This talk will share the stories of individuals who are fleeing immense violence in their home countries, their journeys, and experiences navigating protection systems to demonstrate that the real immigration crisis is humanitarian: the failure to ensure the right to survive and thrive at home, as well as to freely and safely move across borders.

Watch the report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfAAzc-1E9c

Resources

https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/03/31/closed-doors/mexicos-failure-protect-central-american-refugee-and-migrant-children

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/english/2017/07/15/more-families-fleeing-central-america-resettling-mexico

http://www.animalpolitico.com/2015/07/policia-federal-y-local-autoridades-que-mas-roban-a-migrantes-marina-ejercito-y-el-inm-los-que-mas-extorsionan/

Thank you Build for Peace volunteers! Thank you sponsors! You helped raise over $2,000

Thank you to DJPC volunteers: Amy Czulada, Aaron Schneider, Lynn Holland, Natasha Raquel Kerr, Rebeca Zuniga, Lorena Gaibor, Pat Buckley, Homero Ocon, James Chaney, and Luna Serena.

Last Saturday (8/26/2017) our team of volunteers worked at La Casita Community House in Westwood, and fixed up the deck and put up a new basketball hoop, improving their newly built Outdoor Kids’ Play Area “El Jardincito”!.

Thank you sponsors! You helped raise over $2,000. Your donations are tax deductible, if you have not had a chance to send your donation you can still do, go to our donation page https://denjustpeace.ejoinme.org/MyPages/DonationPage/tabid/54861/Default.aspx

The DJPC is a standout human rights organization in the Rocky Mountain region with a 40-year history in the fight for justice and human rights in Latin America. It has sponsored numerous delegations to areas affected by environmental contamination, land grabbing, and human rights violations. DJPC also educates and advocates through forums, short articles and blog posts, press releases, street action, and accompaniment.

Build for Peace (B4P ) is a work-a-thon which follows the model of the popular and commonly known walk-a-thon. Build for Peace is an excellent opportunity for you to get out into the Denver community, contribute to a meaningful project and help DJPC in the process. Join us next year!

Call for volunteers. Build for Peace on Saturday August 26th 2017

Build for Peace (B4P ) is a work-a-thon which follows the model of the popular and commonly known walk-a-thon. It is a major fundraising effort for DJPC and has been an annual event for over 20 years.  The organizational goal is to get as many DJPC volunteers involved in raising funds by requesting sponsorship to family and friends for a half day of work for a community organization, and recruit new B4P workers by reaching out to family and friends.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Volunteers commit to a day of work on a project at La Casita. Saturday August 26th from 9:30am to 12:30pm
  2. Volunteers collect pledges form friends and family to fundraise for the DJPC and its education and solidarity work.
  3. Volunteers show up on Saturday, August 26th ready to work and have fun!

To Volunteer Call Now: 303-623-1463 or send an email to djpc@denjustpeace.org

Build for Peace is an excellent opportunity for you to get out into the Denver community, contribute to a meaningful project and help DJPC in the process. It is also a great way to meet other DJPC members and volunteers!

TO BENEFIT:

  • DJPC to continue promoting international solidarity with the peoples of Latin America, and, educating our Denver community on human rights, environmental and economic justice issues affecting Latin America and the links to our global peace.

WE’LL BE WORKING WITH:

  • La Casita Community Center, a project led by the community, for the community. La Casita is a project of Westwood Unidos, an organization in which community members lead the way towards a healthier southwest Denver.

To Volunteer Call Now: 303-623-1463or email to djpc@denjustpeace.org

Build for Peace is an excellent opportunity for you to get out into the Denver community, contribute to a meaningful project and help DJPC in the process. It is also a great way to meet other DJPC members and volunteers!

Global Day of Action Against Open-Pit Mining

On Saturday, July 22, Global Day of Action Against Open-Pit Mining, citizens around the world took action to raise awareness of the devastating social and environmental impacts posed by open pit mining. In Denver, the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) together with 350 Colorado, Climate Courage Education and Organization and Food and Water Watch Education and Organizationstood in opposition to open-pit mining by taking action on the west steps of the State Capitol Building.

We will continue to stand in solidarity with the people around the world living near open-pit mines who suffer air and water pollution, and whose very lives are threatened by the criminalization of dissent.

For several years, the DJPC has called for an end to the construction and expansion of open-pit mining by Newmont Mining in Peru. With headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Newmont Mining has operated the Yanacocha Mine in Cajamarca, Peru, for the past two decades. Yanacocha is the second largest gold mine in the world and the largest mine in South America. Through its operations, the company has contaminated the region’s waters and annihilated lakes creating an environment in which local residents have endured high rates of cancer and other health problems, crop damage, and animal deaths.

No to mines! Yes to life! No a las minas! Sí a la vida!

Press Release: Global Day of Action Against Open-Pit Mining

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Lynn Holland

DJPC Minewatch

303 744-9134

lynn.holland@du.edu

www.denjustpeace.org

Denver, Colorado, July 2017

Throughout the world, open-pit and other high tech mining technologies are producing chemical waste that contaminates water supplies, degrades the natural environment, and destroys the possibility of farming and fishing for a living. Deforestation and the use of dynamite obliterate old growth forests and the ecosystems they support and ultimately undermine the means of subsistence and community life for indigenous and other rural communities.

On Saturday, July 22, Global Day of Action Against Open-Pit Mining, citizens around the world will take action to raise awareness of the devastating social and environmental impacts posed by open pit mining. In Denver, the Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) will stand in opposition to open-pit mining by taking action on the west steps of the State Capitol Building at 11 am. We stand in solidarity with the people around the world living near open-pit mines who suffer air and water pollution, and whose very lives are threatened by the criminalization of dissent.

For several years now, the DJPC has called for an end to the construction and expansion of open-pit mining by Newmont Mining in Peru. With headquarters in Denver, Colorado, Newmont Mining has operated the Yanacocha Mine in Cajamarca, Peru, for the past two decades. Yanacocha is the second largest gold mine in the world and the largest mine in South America. Through its operations, the company has contaminated the region’s waters and annihilated lakes creating an environment in which local residents have endured high rates of cancer and other health problems, crop damage, and animal deaths.

DJPC also stands in solidarity with Máxima Acuña de Chaupe, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2016, and the people of her community in Celendín in Cajamarca, Peru. Recently, the Peruvian Supreme Court acquitted Máxima and her family of usurping land near the Newmont Mine in Celendín after years of struggle against the mine to remain. During that time, Máxima and her family were subjected to beatings and harassment at the hands of the company’s security guards.

The DJPC will continue to demand an end to the proposed expansion of the Yanacocha Conga Mine and to all open pit and other environmentally hazardous mining practices. Please join us on the west steps of the capitol on July 22!

No to mines! Yes to life! No a las minas! Sí a la vida!

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