The Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College invites you to join an education-seminar trip to Honduras
Connecting the Dots from the Global to the Local: Understanding the Environmental, Human Rights, Poverty and Impunity Crisis in Honduras.
The Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College has teamed up with Rights Action, a Canadian & American non-governmental organization (NGO) whose work, in part, is to raise awareness about and support for people in countries of the global south whose communities and environmental well-being are often desecrated by so-called “First World” economic development projects.
Education & Solidarity
Learn about grassroots alternatives to development that are challenging these “First World” dominated global structures, as well as how to be an effective advocate for equality, peace and environmental well-being at home and globally.
Understanding the Environmental, Human Rights, Poverty and Impunity Crisis in Honduras often referred to, in a derogatory fashion, as the original “banana republic,” Honduras has long been characterized by exploitation and poverty, racism and repression, corruption and impunity. This situation took a serious turn for the worse, after the U.S. and Canadian-backed military coup in 2009 that ousted the elected government of President Zelaya and installed a military supported regime that remains in power. Since that time, violent crime and repression have risen to alarming levels and the environmental situation has worsened even further. At the same time, North American investor and corporate activity in Honduras have increased in the sectors of mining, hydro-electric dams, garment “sweatshop” factories, tourism, African palm and banana production.
Led by Grahame Russell of Rights Action, this educational seminar will be a seven-day road trip, visiting Honduran women and men in their home communities, learning of their courageous community and environmental defense struggles and confronting global companies and investors in the sectors of tourism, African palm, maquiladora sweatshops, mining, hydro dams, etc. Delegates will have the opportunity to speak with Honduran and North America experts about the historical and local-to-global underlying causes of the desperate situation in Honduras.
Correspondingly, delegates will also have the opportunity to learn what can be done in the U.S. and Canada to hold governments, companies and investors accountable for policies and actions that contribute to the very environmental, human rights, poverty and impunity crisis in Honduras that so many are suffering and fleeing from.
June 4-12, 2016
(commitment to tour must be confirmed by April 15, 2016)
$1200 CDN ($850 USD)
Eight nights of lodging
Seven days of in-country travel
Three meals/day (most days)
Professional guide, translation, and honorariums for local groups that are part of the tour.
Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Honduras.
Grahame Russell's Bio
Grahame Russell is a non-practicing Canadian lawyer, author, adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia and, since 1995, director of Rights Action. Since the 1980s, Grahame has worked on Central American environmental, development, human rights and justice issues. Rights Action funds and supports community-controlled development, environmental justice and human rights projects in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as in southern Mexico and El Salvador; and carries out education and activism work in the USA and Canada related to global human rights, enviro- and development issues.
Learn more & Register
Contact Cara-Lee Malange or Grahame Russell of Rights Action at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 416.807.4436. Learn more about Rights Action and past delegations to Honduras and Guatemala.