- October 10, 2014
- 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
- California Institute of Integral Studies 1453 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Rivers of Life: Cultural Resistance to the Xalalá Dam
Guatemala Indigenous Rights in Defense of Life, Nature and Culture
Friday, October 10th, 7 PM
1453 Mission Street Room 304
Victor Caal Tzuy is speaking on behalf of the nearly 60 rural and indigenous communities that form Association of Communities for Development and the Defense of Land and Natural Resources (ACODET), Caal Tzuy will discuss the urgent situation facing the community-based resistance to the Xalalá Hydroelectric Dam in the Ixcán region of northern Guatemala. The proposed dam is slated to flood the communities' lands and displace some 13,000 people, gravely impacting the local culture and environment.
ACODET works at the grassroots level to gather information, educate affected co munities and coordinate strategic action in defense of territory. ACODET promotes integral development that respects local decision--‐making processes and indigenous communities' right to self--‐determination. This work is threatened by criminalization of local leaders and increased militarization in their region.
For more information, please contact Tim Moynihan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is co-sponsored by the School of Undergraduate Studies and the Department of Anthropology and Social Change.