La Voz de los de Abajo
Dates: July 31 – August 7, 2011
The teachers’ unions in Honduras have been the foundation of the trade union movement and of the public movement to defend public education. Since the military coup on June 28, 2009 they have also been one of the most important and active groups in the resistance to the coup, for the restoration of constitutionality and for the re-founding of Honduras to serve the majority of the Hondurans. The teachers and their organizations are a target of human rights violations and governmental attacks; they have had members murdered, jailed, beaten and suspended from their jobs right up to the present. At this time teachers are on a hunger strike over the firings, privatization and other repression.
The human rights situation in Honduras continues to be dismal and the need for international delegations is tremendous. In addition to the teachers, the rural communities, journalists and GBLTI community are the particular targets of the violence. The return of President Mel Zelaya from exile on May 28, 2011 intensifies the need for international delegations to visit the country.
General Plan for the August Delegation:
The delegation will meet with teachers and teachers’ unions as well as with other organizations that are a part of the resistance to the coup and with human rights organizations. We will visit Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula (the two largest cities in Honduras), at least one other smaller city in which the teachers are very active, and at least one rural community.
The fee will be $900 plus airfare. The fee covers all transportation inside Honduras, all accommodations, and at least two meals a day. Accommodations will range from moderate to economic hotels in the cities. In the rural area we may stay in dormitory style arrangements or in a hotel.
The delegation will be accompanied by two La Voz members who will coordinate logistics, press work, etc. Translation will be provided for all meetings and interviews and as much as possible for less formal conversations. The agenda for the trip will be intense so participants should be prepared to be busy and for considerable travel inside the country.
- To facilitate concrete and lasting connections between educators in the United States and in Honduras with a mutual understanding of the offensive against public education occurring in both countries.
- To serve as human rights observers and offer accompaniment for the teachers’ organizations and other communities that are targets of human rights violations during the delegation and to bring back to the United States testimony of the situation of the teachers and Honduran people.
If you are interested in more information please call Vicki Cervantes at (312) 259-5042 or email:
as soon as possible. Applications and deposits will be due early in July. Participation in the delegation is not restricted to teachers.