June 25th to June 29th News received by IFCLA
Honduras, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay, Nicaragua
Three years of Resistance to the Coup in Honduras
- Campesinos, Journalists and Opposition Activists who speak up for their rights and the rights of others continue to face repression, including assassinations, on a regular basis.
- The White House and State Department continue to push increased military and police aid to the Pepe Lobo regime recently sending another $50 million for police and military in Honduras
- The US continues to ramp up its own military presence, including direct involvement in actions leading to the deaths of innocent people.
Continuing US Military Presence
Specifically, On May 11th on the Rio Patuca near Ahuas, a small municipality in the Moskitia, a helicopter titled to the US State Department sprayed bullets into a canoe leading to the deaths of 28-year-old Juana Jackson (six months pregnant), 48-year-old Candelaria Pratt Nelson (five months pregnant), 14-year-old Hasked Brooks Wood, and 21-year-old Emerson Martínez Henríquez. At least four more were seriously injured. The DEA confirms that its Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team (FAST) participated in support of a Honduran National Police Tactical Response Team.
This despite the fact that:
94 Congresspeople have called on the State Department to suspend military and police aid.
US Senators have now raised concerns over the human rights situation and the US role.
We must keep the pressure on. Support democracy and human rights in Honduras! Contact your Congressperson and Senators! Ask them to contact US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Request:
NO MORE U.S. MILITARY AND POLICE AID FOR HONDURAS UNTIL HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY ARE RESPECTED BY THE REGIME!
ST LOUIS – The Supreme Court issued its decision on the constitutionality of SB 1070, Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law; the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates and partners held a press conference to provide reaction and commentary to the decision and to discuss the need to stop the spread of racial profiling laws like SB1070 in Missouri. MIRA and our partners will continue to fight to protect basic civil rights, build power, and win respect, dignity and equal treatment under the law for all people.
Reporting of Press Conference:
Weekly News Update on the Americas
Issue #1130, May 13, 2012
1. Chile: Students March, Support Quebec Strikers 2. Mexico: Students March Against PRI, Media 3. Honduras: Police Chief Removed After Reporter’s Murder 4. Haiti: Is the Government Cracking Down on Ex-Soldiers? 5. Links to alternative sources on: Environment, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Caribbean, Haiti, US/immigration
Issue #1132, June 10, 2012
1. Honduras: Aguán Land Dispute Partially Settled 2. Panama: Indigenous Wounaan Finally Get Land Title 3. Mexico: Did Politicians Pay Off the TV Giant Televisa? 4. Latin America: Left Leaders Diss OAS Rights Group 5. Links to alternative sources on: Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Caribbean, Haiti, US/immigration
Issue #1133, June 17, 2012
1. Puerto Rico: English to Replace Spanish in Classrooms 2. Honduras: Campesinos Evicted, Indigenous Leaders Attacked 3. Mexico: Police Charged in Kidnapping for Drug Gang 4. Mexico: Protests Continue to Target TV’s Favorite Candidate 5. Links to alternative sources on: Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Caribbean, Haiti, US/immigration
Issue #1134, June 24, 2012
1. Haiti: Could an “All-Out” Effort End the Cholera Now? 2. Haiti: UN Troops Try to Invade Public University 3. Costa Rica: Port Workers Strike Again in Anti-Privatization Struggle 4. Honduras: Woman Dies in Airport After US Deportation Flight 5. Mexico: OAS Agency Reports 8 LGBT Murders in Guerrero 6. Mexico: Republicans Push “Fast and Furious” Conspiracy Theory 7. Links to alternative sources on: Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Central America, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Haiti, Puerto Rico, US/immigration
Jarad Polis (D-CO) circulated a letter which was sent to Secretary of State Clinton demanding investigation of the murders. Reps Carnahan, Clay and Cleaver signed the letter.
6-26 Honduras LGBT letter the press release and text of letter with signers in English followed by Spanish
Do you know a young person who might be interested in this information?
On Friday June 15th, 2012, President Obama announced ‘Deferred action,’ a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action, which does not confer lawful status upon an individual, will regularize thousands of underprivileged Latino youth students, provided they qualify, and will make them eligible to receive employment authorization for the period of a two years.
WHAT IS ‘DEFERRED ACTION’?
Pursuant to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s memorandum, in order to be eligible for deferred action, individuals must:
1) Have come to the United States under the age of 16;
2) Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
3) Currently be in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
4) Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
5) Not be above the age of 30.
Individuals must also complete a background check and, for those individuals who make a request to USCIS and are not subject to a final order of removal, must be 15 years old or older. Info source: http://www.ice.gov/
Lawyers Gustavo Arango & Ken Schmitt, from US-Legal Solutions have taken the leadership in St. Louis to informe the public and non profit organizations working with immigrants about the specifics of this provision in order to empower the St. Louis community to know the law. For that purpose they have been offering free and open to the public information sessions and talks in English and Spanish at their offices, churches, and other community venues to give the specifics of the ‘Deferred Action’ and who could apply, as well as precautions people should take when they seek assistance. These talks are open to poeple interested to apply with their family members, trainers, teachers, community advocates, councelours, religious leaders, and people who are in contact with Latino youth who could benefit from ‘Deferred Action’.
Phone: (314) 371-4640
Fax: (314) 371-4766
firstname.lastname@example.org- Catholic Immigration Law Project – Catholic Charities
321 Spring, St. Louis, MO 63108
3- Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
4232 Forest Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
4- MIRA (Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates)(non-legal services)
2725 Clifton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139. Ph. 314-644-0466 ext.15
series of background articles on Honduras since the coup: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=408
THE MASSACRE IN THE MOSKITIA:
THE D.E.A. AND THE RETURN OF THE DEATH SQUADS by GREG McCAIN, http://www.counterpunch.org/
The US is once again hell bent on establishing death squads in its militarization of Central America. This is a stark reminder of the 1980s when Ronald Reagan and Ollie North were funding the “contras” with drug money, but now it is reinforced with lessons learned in terrorizing the people of Iraq and Afghanistan through night raids and counterinsurgency tactics.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/24/paraguay-president-fernando-lugo President Lugo has launched the following website for resistance:
report from the massacre of Curuguaty http://upsidedownworld.org/main/paraguay-archives-44/3705-tragic-week-in-paraguay
President Obama silent on Paraguay coup
Paraguay: U.S. intelligence behind the return of Stroessner’s mafia
Jean-Guy Allard (new)
***The US Bears Responsibility for Killing Innocents in Ahuas, Honduras; We Demand Justice By Miriam Miranda June 22, 2012 (Miriam visited St Louis last November)