Archivo de la categoría: Route

Current proposed CARAVAN’s route.

Panama

Panama
Map of the country, with current destination departments.

In Panama, the contrast between rich and poor produced by the capitalist system is striking. The influence of the United States on the country is also palpable.

In a meeting in the City of Panama with various feminist and environmental collectives, participants said the gravest conflicts are in a region called Comarca Ngoebe Buglé.

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua
Map of the country, with current destination departments.

“33% of the territory is in concessions.”

Our contacts in Nicaragua state that their “leftist” government renders their struggles different from those in other parts of Mesoamerica. For this reason, they view the exchange of experiences of resistance through the Caravan as very important. In addition, they are eager to participate in workshops on appropriated technologies.

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El Salvador

We have not yet established contact with the particular communities the Caravan

will visit in El Salvador. However, we are in contact with movements that work with communities in the country, including:

RACDES, The Network of Community Environmentalists: A space for the articulations of different communities that are fighting in defense of the environment.

http://jubileosuramericas.net/racdes-organizacion-de-el-salvador/

Guatemala

We have not yet established contact with the particular communities the Caravan will visit in Guatemala. However, we are in contact with various movements that work communities in the country, including:

M4 Guatemala, The Mesoamerican Movement against the extractive Mining Model:

“The extractive mining model is the megaproject with the greatest impact in terms of territory, subjugation of human rights, land grabbing, and the destruction of Mother Earth.”

M4 is building a global social movement to strengthen struggles that are defending life, land, and territory, and resisting projects that go against the interests of the people. “We encourage the construction of processes of autonomy and self-determination, because we believe that in this way the cosmovision and dignity of indigenous peoples is recognized and respected, and harmony with the environment is guaranteed.”

More: http://www.movimientom4.org/category/guatemala/

Chiapas

In Chiapas, we see many negative effects and strong resistance movements to megaprojects and transnational capital.

Some examples include the following, named by the National Indigenous Congress: “In Bachajón, Chiapas, the Tzeltal people are being stripped of their land, water, and culture through the construction of tourist complexes around the waterfalls of Agua Azul, as well as the construction of highways and hotels, implemented by repressive paramilitaries” that seek to capitalize on indigenous peoples. “The communities of Bochil, Jitotol and Pueblo Nuevo, which pertain to the Tzotzil village of Altos, Chiapas, reported that there are plans of dams that threaten their territory.”

As the National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation write in “The Mirrors of the Resistance,” from their meeting on Repression against our peoples in August of 2014: “The struggle that we represent is diverse, and the enemy that we name is plunder, because it is what we see, die, and live every day.” Against this dispossession, the Zapatistas have recuperated lands and build a broad vision autonomy and well-being.

Through our experiences in the Zapatista’s “little school” in 2014, we identify the Caravan within this Zapatista vision, and we see the Caravan as part of the struggle against the plunder of capitalism.

OAXACA

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“The situation in the State of Oaxaca is particularly worrisome. Effectively, Oaxaca is considered one of the three poorest states in Mexico, in spite of its great wealth in terms of natural resources. Moreover, it is one of the states with the highest rates of marginalization. It is considered that 75% of Oaxaca’s municipalities face a situation of “high” to “very high” marginalization, and it is the indigenous communities that present the lowest rates of human development. This despite the fact that Mexico has three recommendations from the Universal Periodic Review specifically linking poverty and the rights of indigenous peoples…

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