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Guatemala: Fair Trade, Land Reform and Mayan Resistance

Guatemala: Fair Trade, Land Reform and Mayan Resistance
OrganizerOmetepe Coffee (Ometepe-Gulf Islands Friendship Association)
DateTuesday, May 14
Start Time12:00 noon
Event Length1.5 hr
LocationSalt Spring United Church, 111 Hereford Ave

Ometepe Coffee is hosting a presentation by Neydi Juracån, National Coordinator of the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA) in Guatemala on their Café Justicia fairly traded coffee program and their work for environmental justice.

Neydi is a Kakchiquel Maya from the village of Santa Cruz Quixaya, Guatemala. Prior to her election as national coordinator in 2023, she was the director of the CCDA’s CafĂ© Justicia program, coordinating the processing and export to Canada of coffee produced by CCDA farmers. Despite her new national duties, Neydi continues to coordinate the CCDA’s coffee production.

She has been active in the CCDA since she was a child, serving for several years as the organization’s youth representative to the International Land Coalition. In 2010, Neydi’s family was forced into exile for several months in Canada following death threats against both her and her father.

Neydi studied at the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of San Carlos, Guatemala’s only public university, where she distinguished herself as a student leader and activist. She is on a speaking tour of BC from May 2-18.

What is the CCDA?

The CCDA is a national small farmer and rural workers’ movement that defends the lands, culture and labour rights of Mayan communities in Guatemala. The movement is guided by the principle of Utz ’aslemal (Living Rightly) that balances equitable human development with the well-being of the earth and other living beings. Over 800 communities throughout Guatemala are active in the CCDA. Among the organization’s most significant programs is CafĂ© Justicia that enables hundreds of Mayan farmers to organically produce premium coffee and export it directly to Canada.

Women have a powerful role in the CCDA, making up most of its national and local leadership and producing much of the coffee sold through Café Justicia. The CCDA also played an important role on the five-month national struggle last fall to successfully defend the democratic process in Guatemala.

Co-Sponsors: OMETEPE COFFEE, BC CASA-CAFE JUSTICIA, BC COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, CODEVELOPMENT CANADA. For more on the event please contact: Nedjo Rogers ( nedjo@islandnet.com )

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