Speaker will discuss fight against open-pit gold mining in Guatemala
Lacey – The Saint Martin's University Social Action
Club invites the public to hear a representative of the AJCHMOL Mayan
Integral Development Association, Rolando Lopez Maya-Mam, Rolando Lopez
Maya-Mam, speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 31. The free program, “The Guatemalan
Perspective: Resisting the Hazardous Effects of Globalization,” will be
at the university’s Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE.
AJCHMOL, an indigenous rights organization whose
name means “the one who weaves,” works to strengthen organizing
initiatives on the community level, as well as to defend and promote
indigenous rights. Recent efforts of the association have focused on
aiding communities resisting Canadian-based Glamis Gold’s open-pit gold
mining in San Miguel Ixtahuacan and Sipacapa in San Marcos.
Maya-Mam will talk about the association’s efforts
to demonstrate that the Guatemalan government’s handling of the
situation has violated the International Labor Organization’s Convention
169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ILO 169), to which Guatemala is a
Those attending the talk between activities are
welcome to wear their Halloween costumes.
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