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· May, 2017

Stories about Latin America from May, 2017

31 May 2017

For Afro-Colombians, Police Racism Is a ‘Daily Reality’

"You put me between a rock and a hard place, and then you call me extremist?"

Mexico's Indigenous Peoples Select a Woman to Represent Their Resistance in Upcoming Presidential Election

"Let this country shake with the resistance, rebellion and dignity of all the peoples of Mexico."

25 May 2017

Kaqchikel and Other Guatemalan Languages Gain Momentum Online Thanks to Digital Activism

Rising Voices

The Digital Activism Meeting for Indigenous Languages took place in Guatemala and brought together important initiatives for the visibility and strengthening of Mayan languages through technology.

The Long and Winding Road of Chile's Gender Identity Law

After four years of parliamentary process, Chile's Gender Identity Law goes to the Senate. And there are some big problems with the legislation.

22 May 2017

An Afro-Colombian Model on “Social Bleaching”

"I wonder how many children "whiten" themselves socially without even realizing it. They are...ignorant of their ancestors and of the people who fought so history wouldn't repeat itself."

A Photographer Shines Light on the Abuse Women Suffer at Illegal ‘Conversion Therapy’ Clinics in Ecuador

"My first thought was that it could be me held there and told that, as a gay woman, I needed to change."

21 May 2017

‘No to Silence': Javier Valdez's Murder Highlights Persistent Perils for Mexican Journalists

Global Voices Advocacy

Seven journalists have been murdered in Mexico this year. Since 2012, less than one percent of attacks on journalists have resulted in a criminal conviction.

19 May 2017

Argentines Rally Against Ruling That Could Shorten Prison Sentences of Dictatorship-Era Criminals

"Argentina cannot go backwards on human rights issues. The message of impunity cannot invade our streets”

For Some Mexicans, a Presidential Hopeful Bears Worrying Similarities to Venezuela's Maduro

"It's no wonder people continue to believe in AMLO, if in Venezuela there are still those that continue believe in Nicolás Maduro, there are naive people everywhere"

18 May 2017

President Maduro Threatened This Venezuelan Journalist on Twitter, Then His Passport Was Suddenly Declared “Invalid”

Global Voices Advocacy

César Miguel Rondón was detained at the airport, and his whole family's passports were declared invalid.

Meet the Alliance Managing Mexico's Mayan Rainforest

“Alianza Selva Maya,” which includes five communal lands and 1,250 families, promotes rural development based on good forest-resource management.

16 May 2017

Dresden Musicians Take Reagan’s Advice for Gorbachev to the U.S.-Mexican Border

To protest against the border wall that divides the U.S. and Mexico, Germany's Dresden Symphonic Orchestra will stage an international concert with musicians on June 3, 2017, at the border.

A Global Call for Justice Unites Artists in Guatemala

It's been two months since 41 girls burned to death in a fire at a state-run home for children. But Guatemalan authorities have been slow to act.

14 May 2017

Bangladesh: Where Heavy Metal Dies at the Doorstep

Heavy metal fans in Bangladesh were heartbroken after Brazilian death metal bands Krisiun and NervoChaos were forbidden from performing at their sold-out concert in the capital Dhaka.

13 May 2017

Why 78 Asylum-Seekers Marched to the US Border, Even Though Their Requests Will Probably Be Denied

Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran and Honduran migrants participated in the Caravan of Refugees to advocate for the right to request asylum.

11 May 2017

Chronicles of a Concerned Venezuelan: The Scars of History

The Bridge

"What is Venezuela right now? Who are we, the Venezuelans who have survived this historic defeat?"

What the Resistance to Trump Can Learn From Latin America

The Bridge

After decades of struggle, four lessons that movements in Latin America can teach those in the United States organizing against their own authoritarian leader, President Donald Trump.

10 May 2017

A Femicide in Mexico Prompts Women to Imagine ‘If They Killed Me’

"If they kill me, they will slander and criminalize me. It will be for something that I did or did not do, it does not matter."

9 May 2017

The Ghost Towns Left Behind by Cuba's Shuttered Sugar Mills

What happened in the Cuban sugar towns after the mills of its primary industry were dismantled?

7 May 2017

Is This the End of the Fifth Republic in Venezuela?

Maduro's answer to the ongoing protests in the country has been a proposal for changes to the Constitution, which has intensified the distrust and rejection of his rule.

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