United States Involvemen
t in Honduras and the Effects on Indigenous Peoples
The Center of Latin American Studies and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program join Ecumenical Campus Ministries and Witness for Peace to host Tomas Gómez Membreño, member of the non-profit Honduran Indigenous rights organization COPINH (Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organizations). Gómez visits the University of Kansas campus Oct. 23 to discuss the effects of United States policy in Honduras on indigenous peoples. The event will be held at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries building, 1204 Oread Ave, at 7 p.m. Parking is available at ECM and at the KU lot across the street next to the Kansas Union.
Gómez is a member of the Lencan people of southwestern of Honduras and is part of a nation-wide network of organizations that represent small farmers, women, Afro-descendants and members of the LGBTQ community. He has used adult education and community radio to mobilize indigenous communities.
Since the 2009 coup, Honduras has been in a human rights crisis. Mr. Gómez will discuss the effects of that crisis on indigenous peoples and share the results of his organization’s investigations of the role of the United States in the coup and the effects of military bases funded by the United States on neighboring indigenous communities.