For several years, Rick Kohn (University of Maryland professor and FoLA member) has been writing senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen about ending sanctions against Nicaragua, but never received a response. Recently, he also wrote Greenbelt's Mayor Colin Byrd, who's planning to run against Van Hollen in 2022. Byrd not only engaged in conversation, demonstrating familiarity with the issues at hand, but also publicly expressed his opposition to the RENACER Act, a bill (sponsored by Cardin) aimed at further destabilizing Nicaragua.
Paul Oquist, Nicaragua's delegate to the International Climate talks (who died on Tuesday, April 13th), explains what is wrong with the Paris agreement. He starts with a brief historical lesson on imperialism, to put into context the absurd proposition that the poor countries should bear the burden of solving the climate crisis.
A group of 13 North Americans will be travelling to Nicaragua from March 14-24 in a delegation organized by Sanctions Kill! and Friends of the ATC to express their deep concern to the Nicaraguan people regarding the impacts of U.S. sanctions on the country. This delegation of journalists, activists and students will meet with grassroots groups that conform the Rural Workers’ Association (ATC – Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo) to understand the effects of the sanctions on ordinary Nicaraguans and how they are organizing to mitigate the impact on their day-to-day lives.
Our International Women's Day event last night was a major success, with hundreds of attendees from all over the US and Latin America. The event started with a film by CODEPINK's Michelle Ellner, featuring first-hand testimonies from women from Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, countries that have been heavily impacted by US foreign policy. The film was followed by a live conversation with social movement women leaders from the three countries. A recording of the entire event should be available soon, but Ellner's powerful film can already be seen on YouTube.