Report back & Day of Action: Solidarity with Honduras & COPINH!
(Español aquí) Last Wednesday, Indigenous COPINH leader Tomás Membreño was in Chicago talking to our community about COPINH’s struggle, making demands of Senator Dick Durbin, talking with Jerome McDonnell of Worldview, and continuing to demand justice for Berta and for the people of Honduras.
CRLN helped draft and deliver a letter to Senator Durbin during a morning press conference downtown asking that he use his power as a ranking Democrat on the Defense Subcommittee of Appropriations to immediately withhold all security aid to Honduras. CRLN first made this ask in April when we visited Senator Durbin’s office and delivered a letter signed by dozens of faith, lay and CRLN leaders from Illinois. (See both letters attached below!)
While we continue working to follow up with Senator Durbin and pressure him to withhold all security aid to Honduras, the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) has called for an international day of solidarity this Wednesday, June 15th, 2016.
11:00AM-1:00PM, Honduran Consulate:
4439 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60639
We will be at the Honduran Consulate in Chicago demanding an independent full investigation of Berta's assassination by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC) and and the cancellation of the Agua Zarco project. We demand that the US government stop military and security aid to Honduras now and stop all funding to Agua Zarca and projects like it.
Also, listen in to 91.5FM at 12:00PM CST on Tuesday, June 14th to hear Jerome McDonnell’s interview with Tomás Gómez Membreño. We’ll be in touch later this week about more Congressional efforts to end security aid to Honduras with our continued pressure on Senator Durbin.
To express your support for our demands to Senator Durbin, call 202-224-2152 and tell them the following:
“My name is _________, resident of __________, Illinois and member of the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN). I’m calling to support the CRLN ask that Senator Durbin use his position as ranking Democrat on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to immediately hold all security aid to Honduras, especially given the escalating human rights crisis and death squad activity in that country.”