Join us in welcome exiled Guatemalan activist Leocadia Juracán for an enlightening exploration of change-making in the face of industrial threats.

Where: Nelson United Church
When: Saturday June 14, 6:30 refreshments, 7pm door
How much: $0-10 sliding scale

This event will lay out some important common ground around sustainability and social justice issues in Guatemala and Canada, and it is sponsored locally by the Sustainable Mining Alliance of the Kootenays (SMAK), West Kootenay EcoSociety, Kootenay Coop store, Nelson United Church and the Nelson branch of Amnesty International.

The main presenter is Leocadia Juracán, a Mayan farmer and coordinator of the Campesino Committee of the Altiplano (CCDA) in Guatemala.  His presentation will focus on the power of fair trade to support sustainable land struggles, and the pressures currently facing farmers in Guatemala with mega-development projects, in particular, hydro-electric dams and the extraction industry.

He will be joined by Colleen Ross, long-time Kootenay organic farmer, a farming and food advocate,  and 1st Vice-President, National Farmer’s Union; and Alex Atamanenko, M.P. for BC Southern Interior. Alex is currently serving on the Standing Committee for Agriculture and Agri-Food, and former NDP critic for Agriculture & Agri-Food, Rural Affairs and Canadian Wheat Board.

The Campesino Committee of the Altiplano (CCDA) is a Mayan farmer and rural workers movement working on satisfying basic needs and promoting broader social justice and structural transformation in Guatemala.   While CCDA work on a number of social and political fronts in Guatemala, their “engine” is coffee – Café Justicia coffee. 

Mr. Juracan is on a B.C. speaking tour sponsored by the BC-Central America Support Committee.

After the panel presentations, there will be a very short question period and an opportunity for audience participants, who represent various groups, to “pop up” and speak for two minutes about how their group is working toward social change.

Café Justicia coffee will be served along with fair trade treats before and after the presentation, and will also be for sale.