- Host a speaking tour or teach-in. If you are at a school or university,
ask educators to assist you and hold a public teach-in on Guatemala. In your
community, organize a teach-in at the town hall, a local place of worship,
or another community space. You may have speakers for the teach-in in your
own community (if you or someone you know has traveled to Guatemala recently,
this is a great opportunity), or you may be able to help local organizing
Annual Fall Tour of Guatemalan Speakers.
- Set up information tables at local cultural events related to Latin
America. If a concert, dance performance, movie, or other special cultural
event is coming to town, contact the event promoter and ask if you can
set up a table at the door to hand out information and sign up new activists.
If it's not possible to get a table inside the event, have people outside
the doors hand out fliers and use sign up sheets on clipboards. If you
have a letter to send to a member of Congress, bring copies of the letter
so that people can sign and send them right there. If you have a very cooperative
promoter, ask if you can make a two-minute presentation before the event
- Set up an information table or have volunteers circulate with fliers
at regular community events, such as farmers markets, flea markets, and
street festivals. Again, if you have a letter to a member of Congress or
other urgent action, make sure to bring them so that people can take action
on the spot. These are opportunities to engage the local community with
- Ask local activist groups that don't deal directly with Guatemala
if you can speak briefly at their next meeting. If you have local chapters
of Amnesty International, local immigrant organizations, and other
groups that may have an interest in Guatemala, see if you can come
and speak to them about a specific action that you are working on.
Most groups are more than happy to give other activists a few minutes
to discuss a new topic.
- Involve your religious community in advocacy for a more
just U.S. policy toward Guatemala.
- Hold a call-in or letter-writing day in a
local community space. This technique is especially
useful leading up to a major vote: members
of your community can voice their concerns
over a particular issue related to Guatemala
and ask their member of Congress to support
a bill or amendment to help change the policy.
To set up a call-in or letter-writing event,
you'll need the phone numbers and addresses
of your members of Congress, and talking points
on the issue for a phone call or letter. You
may also want a sample letter help guide writers.
For additional resources on how to effectively
address Congress, please
- Organize a town or city council resolution. Across the country, cities and
towns have passed council resolutions expressing concern over various human rights
issues. These resolutions stand in solidarity with peoples in other countries
and often urge Congress to support peace and social justice in U.S. foreign policy.
Click here for more information
about how to draft and organize around such a resolution.
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