“Indigenous People and United States Involvement in Honduras”
- Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, 7 p.m.
- Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence
- Age limit: All ages
Since the military coup in 2009, Honduras has been in a human rights crisis. The US was instrumental in legitimizing the Honduran administration that came to power after the coup. Meanwhile, the Honduran military and police, responsible for egregious human rights violations, have received millions from the United States in arms and training. Indigenous communities are among the most affected by these policies. The Center of Latin American Studies and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program join Ecumenical Campus Ministries and Witness for Peace to host Tomas Gómez Membreño, member of the non-profit Honduran Indigenous rights organization COPINH (Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations). Gómez visits the University of Kansas campus Oct. 23 to discuss the effects of United States policy in Honduras on indigenous peoples. The event will be held at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries building, 1204 Oread Ave, at 7 p.m. Parking is available at ECM and at the KU lot across the street next to the Kansas Union. Gómez is a member of the Lencan people of southwestern of Honduras and is part of a nation-wide network of organizations that represent small farmers, women, Afro-descendants and members of the LGBTQ community. He has used adult education and community radio to mobilize indigenous communities.