Boston, NYC, Phoenix & Tucson Pix
Last Thursday, June 28, was the third anniversary of the coup in Honduras that deposed President Manuel Zelaya by the army at the direction of the Honduran Supreme Court. Street demonstrations and teach-ins were held in various cities across the United States last week to mark the occasion. A listings of all the actions can be found here at the Honduras Solidarity Network, and my report with photos of vigils in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco is here.
In Boston's Chelsea Square on June 28, pictured above, a two-hour rally was held to pay homage to the resistance and LGBT martyrs who after the brutal coup d’état in Honduras fell victim to the repression of the illegal regime of President Porfirio Lobo.
Nearly one-hundred people stopped by to show solidarity or to listen to the speeches. The rally was organized by leaders of the Proyecto Hondureño (Project Honduras) network, according to Tito Meza.
The participants extolled the struggle of the Honduran resistance movement and the people who lead it and also strongly condemned the detested recent political coup in Paraguay. Ballads filled the public square sung by fellow Colombians, Venezuelans, Mexicans and Hondurans as we passed the beautiful afternoon.
We had the welcomed presence of members of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front of El Salvador who shared their message of solidarity to the people of Honduras. Many people wore red shirts to symbolize support of the FMLN and the Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular of Honduras.
New York City's Times Square was the assembly point for a short but boisterous rally. Nearly sixty people joined the rally and march that was organized by the following groups: Colectivo Honduras USA Resistencia-libre, the Comite Solidario con America Latina y El Caribe, the International Action Center, the May 1st Coalition, La Peña del Bronx and the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Center.
Other posters showed the names and faces of dozens of dead peasant leaders and reporters. Several posters demanded fair elections, economic and social justice, and full democracy in all Latin American countries.
Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular organization, all peasant and union leaders, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
"The fact that anyone came outside in this intense heat for it is a minor accomplishment," said Kaufman. I couldn't agree more and wish to state my personal gratification that two events took place in Arizona over two-days, because of how hostile some lawmakers and citizens of the state have been toward immigrants and their families from Latin American countries.
Presenters at the Phoenix and Tucson events included Kaufman, his Alliance for Global Justice colleague and gay activist Elane Spivak Rodriguez who has brought attention to the deaths of more than seventy LGBT Hondurans and Irene Rodriguez, a local journalist. Irene Rodriguez traveled to Honduras in May to investigate the fatal botched U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency raid that left indigenous Miskito people dead, including two pregnant woman and a fourteen-year-old boy.
Much deep gratitude to all the folks who organized or attended the events last week, and to everyone who sent me reports and photos.