Join me and filmmaker/journalist Oscar Estrada this Friday evening (September 11th) at the incomparable Shoe Shop in my new favorite city, Philadelphia, for a film screening and discussion about the Honduran resistance, its current limitations, and its vast possibilities. From the facebook event description:
State Violence & the Resistance Movement in Honduras
What lies beneath...and beyond the coup?
Speaking tour on Honduras with Lisa Sullivan of School of the Americas Watch, coming to a city near you.
Lisa Sullivan's Speaking Schedule
9/9/09 Chicago, Illinois
12:30 p.m. Brown Bag lunch, 8TH Day Justice Center
205 W Monroe St, # 500
Sponsored by the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America and 8th Day Justice Center
Erin Armstrong, 773-293-2964
7-9 p.m. “The Honduras Coup: A Report from the Grassroots”
Dear Friends of Los Necios,
A warm greeting from Honduras which 73 days after the military coup is still protesting and taking direct action against the fascist regime which continues to repress, violate and steal the country of its resources. The Honduran pueblo along with people, organisations and governments worldwide continue to press for the return of the President Manuel Zelaya, the return to constitutional order and an Asamblea Nacional Constituyente. The Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe de Estado has as always been busy in the past few days coordinating actions around the country and responding to the initiation of the election campaign by the de facto government.
[Translator's note: beyond the hyperbolic rhetoric of the righteous resistance, this contains fascinating (to me, at least) information on the tightly woven oligarchic fabric of Honduras. Some of the details contained here are contextualized much more clearly in the exceptionally long document I, Charles Utwater and Doug Zylstra recently translated (and which I posted here). For those who aren't steeped in Honduras, this will mean little more than Wow! That's a pretty tight oligarchy they've got there. Of course, ruling-class coup opponents are related to ruling-class golpistas too. It's all one big–or more accurately, small–unhappy family right now.]
I received this email from Jesse–who I've gotten to know this summer through his work on Honduras–last week, and decided it needed to be shared (with his permission). His work is an excellent model of what the "new journalism" can and should be.
Dear person of great interest and importance to me,
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See May I Speak Freely? for details on the following stories:
Analysis from Dr. Rosemary Joyce at http://hondurascoup2009.blogspot.com/ of the most recent stage in Dr. Euraque's illegal dismissal. Click link to see original article with comments and links to photographs of protests.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The damage that is done: Director of Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History dismissed
I should recognize the surprise I felt upon reading the reactions generated by my last note among some compañeros and compañeras, and, recognizing the value of strengthening the internal debate both within the nation and as a matter of organization; I believe it is important to respond to some of the ideas that have been discussed.