Friends of Latin America’s Statement on the Ninth Summit of the Americas

The Summit of the Americas hosted by the Biden administration in Los Angeles last week was a failure. Instead of bringing the countries of the Americas together, the administration took this as an opportunity to divide its neighbors by excluding the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. FoLA is proud to have endorsed the two counter summits run by social movements in the hemisphere: the People’s Summit for Democracy in Los Angeles and the Workers Summit in Tijuana, Mexico. These are the efforts that Friends of Latin America will continue to uplift as we struggle to defend our Latin America neighbors from U.S. interference in their internal affairs, and in the process help to build the better world that we know is possible.

The Siege of El Estor: Resistance to the Continuation of an Extractive and Repressive Neoliberal Status Quo in Guatemala

First-hand reporting and analysis of the Maya Q’eqchi’ resistance movement against multinational corporate exploitation and in defense of land, nature, and the inalienable right to exist. Demonstrate your solidarity with this movement by donating to FoLA's "Fund for Political Prisoners in Guatemala" 

The Real Nicaragua: Discussion with Healthcare Workers about Birth Control

Based on a frank discussion with health workers, Jill Clark-Gollub provides a first-hand report on the services provided by a community health clinic in a poor neighborhood in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua. "Among the varied services the Nueva Vida staff provides to residents are sex education and mentoring programs for youth to encourage them to strive for goals that would be hindered by teen pregnancy. [...] the public healthcare system strongly encourages family planning and provides contraception free of charge, including sterilization services once women (and men) decide to have no more children, thereby reducing the demand for abortions. There are also services and medications for the trans population, both at Nueva Vida Clinic and in the public healthcare system."

The Real Nicaragua: Drinking Water for Rural Communities

FoLA's Jill Clark-Gollub is currently in Nicaragua as part of an international team of independent observers to the country's November 7th elections. In this blog post, the first in a series of short reports on the experiences of the Nicaraguan people in improving their lives in a sustainable and sovereign way, she describes how a rural community gained access to an adequate supply of affordable, safe drinking water: "Since the Sandinista revolution first triumphed in 1979, a culture of people’s power and citizen engagement has been thriving and allowing the formerly impoverished people of Nicaragua to improve their lives."