Friday, May 24, 2013

November Elections Delegation

La Voz de los de Abajo - Chicago

Join Us in November 2013 in Honduras
Human Rights and Election Observer Delegation

On June 28, 2009 there was a coup d’état in Honduras. The coup carried out by the Honduran oligarchy, military, and police was condemned around the world but encouraged by the U.S. government which has continued to work to legitimize the coup governments. Many tens of thousands of Hondurans took to the street in resistance and have maintained their resistance for more than 3 years despite a continuing human rights crises that has left hundreds of activists murdered.

Now a real opposition party born out of the resistance movement is participating in the national elections on November 24, 2013.  The LIBRE Party is running ahead of the traditional pro-coup parties and its candidates and supporters are the targets of violence and intimidation. Honduran social justice activists and human rights defenders are calling for international observers to accompany them during the elections. 

In response to that call La Voz de los de Abajo  is organizing delegations in November 2013.  The delegations will be working in different areas of the country to help provide human rights coverage and election observation where it is most needed.  We are planning to  a 10 day and a 5 day option. 

For more information about the delegation contact us at: lavozchicago@yahoo.com

La Voz de los de Abajo has been organizing delegations in solidarity with Honduras for almost 15 years. Since the 2009 coup we have taken 7 delegations to accompany the social justice organizations and resistance across the country. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Report Back - Delegation to Honduras September 2012


Video - Music - Conversation and Discussion
20 de Octubre - October 20  -  7pm
Meztli Gallery & Cultural Center - 2005 South Blue Island Avenue (Pilsen)

From September 6-16, 2012 a La Voz de los de Abajo delegation of 9 human rights activists from the United States visited Honduras. We met with campesino and indigenous communities and organizations, with leaders of the Sexual Diversity Movement, the resistance political party LIBRE, independent radio stations and Honduran human rights organizations.  We heard the stories of the hundreds of  political assassinations and violent attacks on people since the coup in June 2009. We saw with our own eyes the effects of the militarization and use of paramilitaries when our delegation was directly threatened by private paramilitary.  Everywhere we went the people asked us to make the United States government stop supporting the Honduran military, police, paramilitary and government. Let us share this reality with you and talk about what we can do here so the Hondurans can refound their country.


Desde el 6 a las 16 de septiembre, 2012 una delegación organizada por La Voz de los de Abajo de nueve activistas de derechos humanos de Estados Unidos visitó Honduras. Nos reunimos con las comunidades campesinas e indígenas y sus organizaciones; con los líderes del Movimiento de la Diversidad Sexual, partido política de la  resistencia, LIBRE;  las estaciones de radio independientes y organizaciones de derechos humanos en Honduras. Escuchamos las historias de los más de 100 asesinatos políticos desde el golpe de Estado en junio de 2009 y también vimos con nuestros propios ojos a los efectos de la militarización y el uso de los paramilitares. De hecho, nuestra delegación fue amenazado directamente por los guardias privados paramilitares. Por todos lados la gente nos pidió que hacemos algo para que el gobierno de Estados Unidos deja de apoyar a los militares, la policía, los paramilitares y el gobierno hondureño. Vamos a compartir esta realidad con usted y hablamos de que podemos hacer aquí, para que los hondureños pueden refundar su país.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

ATTACK ON STIBYS IN SAN PEDRO SULA - COFADEH

MAY 25, 2010
1. COFADEH received the report of this at 4:30 pm, Tuesday, May 25, 2010: armed men dressed in white shirts, with black pants and caps violently entered STIBYS, and immediately fired on Douglas Gomez who is now in surgery at the Social Security Hospital in San Pedro Sula.
2. The action occurred in a synchronized manner with the blocking of the telephone lines, which did not work when the four persons, including Douglas, inside the union facility tried to sound the alert and get help from outside. The unknown assailants did not take anything from STIBYS.
3. COFADEH is concerned with this new repressive action against STIBYS and its leaders Carlos H. Reyes and Porfirio Ponce, who since the coup d’etat have been the victims of constant aggression, surveillance and militarization against the organization by the repressive bodies of the State