We will be hosting our next accompanier training, June 11-14, 2011 at the
Tatamagouche Centre, NS and we are eager to get the word out and recruit for
the new round of accompanier applicants.
Our best recruiters and 'word-spreaders' have been the BTS network, so
please consider flyering for us at your local schools, universities,
cooperatives, collectives, bookstores, etc. Please see the attached poster to
print and post; and please forward this e-mail far and wide to your networks.
The deadline for EXPRESSION OF INTEREST is March 31, 2011. You can find
the application information here: http://www.breaking-the-silence.ca/accompaniment.htm (see Become An Accompanier link on the right).
Please forward on (or check out the info yourself!) to those who may be
*** Some background information:
Currently, BTS accompaniers support ACOGUATE as they accompany individuals and organizations in several regions of the country whose work encompasses themes around impunity, security and justice, land rights and self-determination. This includes the on-going accompaniment of the members of the Association for Justice and Reconciliation (AJR), who are witnesses to the massacres and violence of the genocidal period of the late 70s and early 80s, community organizations struggling against mining and hydroelectric projects on their land and human rights organizations challenging endemic impunity and corruption within the Guatemalan state. The requests for accompaniment from these groups are evaluated and responded to by ACOGUATE’s Guatemala City-based accompaniment team which represents 10 different international solidarity and human rights organizations from North America and Europe.
BTS accompaniers have provided human rights accompaniment to the witnesses
and human rights organizations working on the genocide cases since their
inception in 2000. It is extremely important to continue this work. If you
are interested in becoming an accompanier or taking the human rights
accompaniment training which is an excellent training for anyone interested
in human rights work, please contact Janelle the BTS accompaniment