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April 25: Berta Cáceres, Activism and Solidarity: Social Struggles in Honduras and Beyond

April 18, 2016

Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores, an Indigenous (Lenca) Honduran environmental activist, was assassinated on March 3, 2016.

She was co-founder and coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras and won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 for “a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam” at the Río Gualcarque.

Her death sparked expressions of solidarity, outrage, and organizing around the world. This panel discussion examines what Berta’s life and death can teach us about solidarity and struggle in Central America and beyond.

Join us for a discussion of her life and work: “Berta Cáceres, Activism and Solidarity: Social Struggles in Honduras and Beyond” on Monday, April 25, at 7PM in the Samuel E. Kelly Cultural Center , Room 104 (Unity Room 2), University of Washington.

Brady Piñero Walkinshaw is a member of the Washington State House of Representatives, representing the 43rd legislative district. Before joining the legislature, Walkinshaw worked on youth leadership programs in Colonia Villanueva, an urban slum on the outskirts of Honduras capital, Tegucigalpa.

Katrin Wilde is the Executive Director of the Channel Foundation, where she guides its grantmaking, advocacy, and collaboration in order to support and promote leadership in women’s human rights around the globe. She and the Channel Foundation supported Berta and other members of the Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative.

Yoelin Connor, originally from Honduras, is Vice President of Garinagu Houngua, a Washington nonprofit corporation, formed by Garifuna immigrants in Seattle in response to the desire to preserve the unique cultural and religious practices of the Garifuna people, and to combat the challenges that many low income immigrants must face living in the United States.

The discussion will be moderated by José Antonio Lucero, Chair of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Center for Human Rights, Channel Foundation, Garinagu Houngua, Community Alliance for Global Justice.