The Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala (NISGUA) works to build ethical international solidarity with indigenous civil and environmental rights activists. The need for ethical solidarity is critical following the recent death and kidnappings of indigenous environmental activists challenging Tahoe Resources, a U.S. based corporation.
Jennifer Ristau's talk will explore how Guatemala's history of genocide and environmental degradation are intertwined and how to be an effective ally. The benefit will include a screening of the film Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, which documents how human rights activists got a Guatemalan court to charge former dictator Efraín Rios Montt with genocide for his brutal war against the country’s Mayan people in the 1980s. Granito also tells the stories of some of the genocide survivors NISGUA accompanies.