Posted on August 20, 2011 by the Marin County Central Committee
Peace and Freedom Party activist Roger Harris and Green Party activist Laura Wells report on their recent trip to Honduras in this installment of an ongoing series of Sunday morning discussions.
When: Sunday, August 28, from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph, Oakland (MAP)
Sponsor: Institute for Critical Study of Society
Contact: call 510-595-7417
Cost: free admission (donations accepted)
The Peace and Freedom Party not formally endorsed this event.
While armed insurgencies raged in the 1970s-80s in the neighboring countries, Honduras served as a counter-insurgency bastion for the US. Derisively labeled the USS Honduras, this small country was an unlikely candidate to give rise to a robust and democratic social justice movement dedicated to overthrowing an oppressive ruling oligarchy. In the early morning of June 28, 2008, the democratically elected president of Honduras was kidnapped in a US-backed coup dtat because he was responding to a growing social justice movement instead of the US embassy and the traditional oligarchy. In the over two years since the coup, repression has increased. But the coup was also a catalyst for the coming together of a massive popular resistance of students and youth, landless peasants, union workers, teachers, artists, gays and lesbians, and even left political formations under the leadership of the mass democratic National Front of Popular Resistance of Honduras. Laura Wells and Roger Harris will report back on an accompaniment delegation to Honduras in July where they met with the Resistance. They visited the embattled Aguan region where they intervened between campesinos/as and militaries trying to evict them off their land. They will share with us some of the political lessons learned from the Resistance of organizing a mass political movement in a country under the domination of US imperialism.