Global Justice and Peace Awards Night

Our annual Awards Night, held in the autumn, honors an internationally known guest who speaker on Latin American human rights issues. This celebration honors individuals and/or groups for their outstanding work in promoting justice and peace as well as a commitment to the mission of DJPC through the distribution of our Global Justice and Peace Award and our John Proctor Award, which goes to a dedicated DJPC volunteer .

This is a time when we celebrate what the DJPC has achieved over the previous year and honor the work of others outside of the organization, as well as an opportunity to gather and build community.

Saturday, November 10th 2018

This year we are recognizing the outstanding achievement of ACODET (Association of Communities for Development and the Defense of Land and Natural Resources) is a grassroots coalition of indigenous communities spanning three departments in Guatemala’s rural Ixcán region. For over a decade, ACODET has successfully organized to halt the construction of the proposed Xalalá megadam, which if constructed would displace multiple campesino communities, the majority of whom are indigenous Maya. The proposed hydroelectric project was suspended in 2014 by the Guatemalan government, but threats to the environment and community remain; national and international companies continue to seek ways to push people off the land and exploit nature for profit. Today, ACODET monitors mega-development projects that continue to threaten their territory and works to strengthen equitable and culturally pertinent organizational leadership through popular education initiatives with ancestral authorities and women’s committees in each community.

We have invited José Gómez to speak about their struggle to protect land and water, cultivate indigenous leadership, and build community power in the face of harmful corporate and state-led megadevelopment.

Read more about ACODET in NISGUA’s Spring 2018 Report “Water is Life: How to Stop a Dam through Indigenous Resistance.” (Also available in Spanish.)

Saturday, November 10th, 2018.
Silent Auction starts at 6:00
Program Starts at 7:00 PM
Where: Highlands United Methodist Church
3131 Osceola Street. Denver, CO 80212.
Free parking on church lot.
$20 Suggested Donation (no one will be turned back)
This is a family event where we welcome all ages.
Interpretation will be provided.

In the spirit of breaking bread we invite you to contribute a dish to our pot-luck.
Music by Marcia and Pepe

Master of Ceremony: Jack Mudry hots of La Nueva Voz at KUVO

Open to the public.

Thank you to the sponsorship of:

Sheila and John Proctor
Highlands United Methodist Church
Latin America Center and the
Master of Arts in International Studies Degree Program (MAIS)
Josef Korbel School of International Studies (JKSIS) University of Denver
Latinx Social Work Certificate Program and ECO Conscious at the Graduate School of Social Work University of Denver
Latin America Studies Center at CU Boulder

Past Global Justice and Peace Award Recipients:

2017: National Roundtable Against Metallic Mining (Mesa Nacional Frente a la Minería Metálica), a campesino-led movement in El Salvador. In March 2017, the Roundtable won a historic legislative victory by securing a prohibition against all metals mining in perpetuity. For a land-poor country with vulnerable water sources and 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, our guest speaker was Ms. Vidalina Morales leader in the National Roundtable.

2016: Otros Mundos AC Chiapas for its commitment to the search for alternatives to the social, economic, political and environmental crisis that we face in the current system of capitalist domination. In the struggle for the defense of the land, territories, and alternative strategies of development. They work to strengthen the resistance and articulation of the Mesoamerican movement of those affected by dams and mining. An example of their continued effort is their unwavering commitment to the struggle of Berta Caceres and COPINH in Honduras. To learn more about Otros Mundos AC Chiapas click here

2015: Aviva Chomsky Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Salem State University, Massachusetts.Author and Activist on many Latin American issues, including mining and immigration.

2013: The Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala – NISGUA, links people in the U.S. and Guatemala in the grassroots global struggle for justice, human dignity, and respect for the Earth. Formed at the height of Guatemala’s war in 1981 NISGUA’s network today is comprised of thousands of people across the U.S. who to demand justice for genocidal crimes of the past, push to change current U.S. policies, challenge corporate-led development in Guatemala, and advocate for grassroots alternatives.

 2012 Awards Night Video 

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