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13 Colors of Honduran Resistance: A Conversation with Human Rights Activists Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara
13 Colors of Honduran Resistance: A Conversation with Human Rights Activists Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara
WhenMonday, May 8, 2017, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room202/204 (Simpson Center)
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsLatin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackscon School of International Studies

Join us for a conversation with author Melissa Cardoza and singer Karla Lara!

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Melissa Cardoza
’s book 13 Colors  of the Honduran Resistance tells thirteen stories of women who joined the resistance to the U.S.-backed 2009 coup d’etat. It has just been made available in a bilingual English/Spanish edition. Melissa, an afro-indigenous fearless journalist, poet, writer and feminist organizer from Honduras, poetically relates some of the most compelling moments she has witnessed amidst the brutal repression and unyielding hope and struggle that have characterized post-coup Honduras today. She will be touring along with her fellow member of the Honduran Red de Defensoras or network of women rights defenders, beloved Honduran jazz/folk protest singer Karla Lara, who appears in one of the book’s stories and has been an icon and sharp voice in the resistance. Both were amongst the closest friends to Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous leader and organizer of COPINH who was assassinated for her work in defense of the Lenca people and against patriarchy, capitalism, and racism. This book and this tour are dedicated to Berta.

Alicia Garza, co-creator of the Black Lives Matter Network, has this to say about the book:

“13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance by Melissa Cardoza is a must read for

anyone who wants to learn about the many contours of Honduran feminists fighting for self-determination and dignity. These stories of bravery, of struggle and pain, and ultimately of a resilience rooted in a love for freedom will grip your heart. Cardoza is brilliant in storytelling, and ensures that, in memory of our sister Berta Cáceres, feminisms are three dimensional and span multiple experiences—trans, Black, elderly, and more.

The lessons contained in these stories offer important reflections for all revolutionaries.”

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