Berta Cáceres, Presente!
On International Women’s Day, MG honors the legacy of Berta Cáceres – a ferociously loving & important leader in the struggle for ecological justice who was murdered last week for her defense of indigenous rights and the rights of Mother Earth. Berta cofounded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) to address the growing threats posed to Lenca communities by illegal logging, fight for their territorial rights and improve their livelihoods. Many of us had the honor and pleasure of meeting Berta, including when she came to the Bay Area to accept the Goldman Environmental Prize last year. We continue to be deeply inspired by her work, and those in the struggle to stop destructive dam development on indigenous land in Honduras. Rest in peace and power Berta Cáceres! May her spirit live through those of us fighting daily to liberate land and life around the world.
Action Alert: Demand The Safety of Gustavo Castro Soto!
Currently, there is also an action alert out to defend one of Berta’s comrades – Gustavo Castro Soto (coordinator of the Central American-wide anti-dam network, M4), who was the sole witness to Berta’s murder. Gustavo was providing peace accompaniment to Berta on her last night of life; he himself was shot twice. Gustavo attempted to seek protective custody at the Mexican Embassy, but has since been detained by the Honduran government. His life is currently in grave danger.
Honduran and Mexican government agencies. Click here to learn how.