From social activist to Guatemala’s first openly feminist and openly lesbian congressperson.
In the summer of 2015, Guatemala experienced unprecedented grassroots opposition to government corruption; thousands of Guatemalans gathered across the country to protest widespread government corruption and impunity with an improbable victory: the subsequent resignations and arrests of President, Oscar Perez Molina and Vice-President, Roxanna Baldhetti.
Social activist and performance artist, Sandra Moran successfully ran for congress in the country’s national election in September 2015 and was Guatemala’s first openly feminist and openly lesbian congressperson, represents the Convergence for the Democratic Revolution (CRD-CPO) party, a new Guatemalan political organization formed by many of the country’s social movements.
For over three decades, Moran has played an important role in Guatemala’s human rights, women’s and cultural movements. Her activism made her a target for death squads, and by the late 1980s, she was forced into exile in Nicaragua, Mexico and finally Vancouver, Canada. In 1994, Sandra returned from Canada to Guatemala City to help create the Women’s Sector, an alliance of 33 women’s groups that represented Guatemalan women during peace negotiations that ended Guatemala’s 36-year civil war in late 1996.
Moran could be thought of the Guatemalan equivalent of Canada’s Naomi Klein, the consummate activist, visionary and change-maker extraordinaire. If you are interested in how social changes happens against seemingly insurmountable odds, don’t miss this lecture!
Cost: Adult $16 | Senior $13| Student $13
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