• Meet the First Generation of Awasqa Youth Scholars

    Meet the First Generation of Awasqa Youth Scholars

    It is with great joy that we want to introduce the first eight young Awasqa Youth Scholarship recipients! The main objective of the Awasqa Youth Scholarship is to create networks across Latin America and to give visibility to the work of Black and indigenous youth who are leading in the fields of community journalism, communication…

  • Community Journalists Condemn Police Attacks on El Estor Maya Q’eqchi´ People

    FGER [Guatemalan Federation of Radio Schools] MAYA K´AT  Red de Comunicadoras Indígenas Jun Na’oj. Source: https://www.facebook.com/crfger/posts/3107980039482472  We repudiate the actions of the National Civil Police (PNC) and tear gas attacks against members of Maya Q’eqchi´ communities from the municipality of El Estor, who organized a peaceful resistance to show their disagreement with the operations of…

  • Mural por Andrew Morrison en Seattle. Foto Joe Wolf.

    Truth Commissions, Lessons Learned from Initiatives in Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala

    Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced in June the Federal Indian Boarding School Truth Initiative at the Department of the Interior to investigate human rights violations at these institutions. According to the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is also expected this summer to reintroduce legislation in Congress…

  • #FuturosIndígenas: New Initiative Seeks to Transform Narratives for Climate Justice

    A new communications collective that seeks to challenge and transform narratives for climate justice began its work the first week in June with a great enthusiasm and a warm welcome from local groups. Based in what is known today as Mexico and Guatemala, they are a solutions-based collective that uplifts the work and lives of…

  • Guatemala: Freedom for Bernardo Caal and for all water defenders

    FROM THE EDITORS: Bernardo Caal Xol has become a symbol of resistance in Guatemala, as well as of the criminalization of people defending Mother Earth. Caal is Maya Q’eqchi and together with his community organized a campaign against Oxec S.A., a transnational in charge of the construction of two hydroelectric dams on the Cahabón River,…

  • Complementary Duality and the Popol vuj: Patriarchy, capitalism, and dispossession

    SOURCE: Originally published and with authorization of La Revista de la Universidad de México, and the authors. English translation by Awasqa. Interview by Yásnaya Aguilar to Aura Cumes YÁSNAYA: From the point of view of community feminism, when the colonial order was established, there was a confluence between ancestral and Western patriarchy; other positions maintain that it…

  • Foto de portada: Tomada de educo.org – créditos Jesús G. Pastor – www.unfotografo.es

    The Challenges of Teaching Indigenous Languages to Children

    FROM THE EDITORS: The following article on indigenous language pedagogy and challenges was originally published in Entremundos, an organization in Guatemala that provides support and training workshops towards social initiatives. Their Revista sobre Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo (Human Rights and Development Magazine) is a print and online publication that provides an impressive work of community…

  • Anastasia Mejía y Petrona Siy

    Guatemala: Freedom for Anastasia Mejía and Petrona Siy

    FROM THE EDITORS: Awasqa joins the international call about the unjustified detention of the Xol Abaj Radio and TV’s director, Anastasia Mejía Tiriquiz, who has been in prison since September 22 in Guatemala. We have translated below a communiqué of Guatemalan organizations that are demanding her freedom, as well as that of the social leader…

  • 200 Years Later Mayan People Reclaim their History of Independence

    FROM THE EDITORS: In Guatemala, people are celebrating the memory of Atanasio Tzul, the first indigenous mayor of the country who, in 1820, led an indigenous uprising against Spanish colonialism, as well as a living example of the struggle for the people’s self-determination. The document below was originally published by Prensa Comunitaria from Guatemala, a…