Photo credit: Daniel Hernández-Salazar
Early morning in Guatemala City, January 2013, soldiers with automatic weapons stand on street corners. A long line of indigenous Mayans head into the high court, an institution archaically dominated by the interests of a small white elite minority. "This is a country rising from the ashes of genocide, and that still lives in fear," says Irma Alicia Veláquez Nimatuj, Journalists/Anthropologist and 500 Years protagonist. Just three decades earlier, the ruling elite, supported by the U.S., unleashed a dark storm of repression and massacres leaving 200,000 mostly indigenous people dead, and 45,000 urban artists, intellectuals, and activists disappeared. It has taken thirteen years of perseverance but finally the Mayan survivors are bringing one of the chief architects of the genocide, former President Ríos Montt, to trial.
FREE Movie Night Movie: 500 Years: Life in Resistance (2017) 1hr 49min
This film is the third of a three-part series depicting the centuries-old struggle of Guatemala's indigenous majority against a powerful elite minority, an aspiring middle class, foreign corporations, and the brutal military that supports them through torture, killings, evictions, burning of villages, and the theft and destruction of Mayan land. The film depicts the genocide trial of two military leaders, the struggles in defense of indigenous land, and the massive 2015 protests against corruption and impunity that finally united urban middle class protestors with those from the Mayan countryside. Ongoing protests against mining, oil drilling, and for water rights demonstrates that Mayan resistance in Guatemala is an unfinished history.
This movie helps explain why so many people from the region seek asylum.
Friday, November 9, 2pm - 4pm
Port of San Diego
Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, 2nd Floor
Broadway View Room
1000 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration "Listening Session"
NOAA leadership is making stops in several cities in the U.S. and San Diego is one of them. Their agenda for the event is to "discuss opportunities to improve the efficiency of U.S. ports, promote domestic aquaculture production, and expand exploration of the nation's Exclusive Economic Zone." We have seen two "listening sessions" so far, and neither of them involved much listening to people, but more so industry propaganda being "discussed."
It's very important for San Diegans to show up at this to demonstrate what is really important to us in this time: Protecting coastal resources, not exploiting an already overexploited ocean for every last drop of short term gain.
Get Active with
Wednesdays in the Mountains
Join others for a Wednesday hike. Hikes vary widely in type and difficulty–the choice is yours! All outings are led by Chapter Outing Leaders (COLs) who have been through required training courses.
Wednesday, November 14 - Stonewall Mine - Enjoy a pleasant hike thru grasslands and forest with gradual elevation gains. We'll follow the Martin Minshall trail past the south shore of Cuyamaca Lake and visit the Stonewall Mine. More information.
To receive a weekly announcement of future Wednesday in the Mountains hikes, please email Merrilyn Pope here.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeIf you haven't already, take a look at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report on climate change.
Global Warming of 1.5º C
The good news is that there's a 33-page summary for policymakers that makes it easy to get the gist of the report without reading the entire very technical document. The bad news is that the report is pretty frightening.
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Beautiful wall calendar with thirteen full-color images by outstanding nature photographers. Sierra Club Calendars are among the most popular nature calendars ever published.
One of the most popular desk calendars ever published, featuring fifty-seven full-color photographs. Fifty four one-week at-a-glance pages with grids for notes and appointments; plus additional pages for notes, addresses, phone numbers, etc
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12th Annual Whale Watch trip
Sunday, January 20, 2019It is the height of the gray whale migration along our coast and this is your opportunity to join with fellow Sierra Club members and friends as we venture out to locate and see whales from afar and up close. Past trips have seen as many as 15 whales. You will also get to see other sea life such as sea lions, harbor seals, dolphins and some seabirds.
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Travel Safely - Donate Your Old Car
It's never a bad time to donate your car, boat, motorcycle, trailer, boat or RV and you may qualify for a 2018 tax deduction!
Select the San Diego Chapter when you donate.
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