We invite you to organize an educational and/or fundraising event in your community in the name of solidarity and revolutionary change!
Recognizing the impact of U.S. foreign and economic policy on Guatemala, and recognizing shared cross-border struggles against oppression, we hope to:
~ Educate our communities about the links between grassroots struggles in Guatemala and the U.S.
~ Build community locally, nationally and internationally.
~ Raise funds for NISGUA and/or your local Sponsoring Community.
~ Take action to support our counterparts in Guatemala in creating social change.
Whether your gathering takes the shape of an intimate dinner for your close friends, a living room get-together, or rooftop party with live music, we encourage you to build in your local community by sharing your commitment to social justice across borders. From Los Angeles to New York City, from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Austin, Texas, -- we are committed, organized, and ready to act.
Tools: We offer a number of tools for your event, including international Skype calls with NISGUA staff members, partners in Guatemala, former accompaniers, and/or sponsoring communities, film screenings, photography presentations, recipes, crafts for sale, and educational materials. You know your community, so we will team up with you to provide the best tools specifically for your event. Available documentaries include "The Business of Gold", "Gold or Life" and "Evictions in the Polochic Valley", as well as the highlighted "Granito" film below.
Granito: How to Nail a Dictator: Pamela Yates and Skylight Pictures recent documentary is now available in DVD. We have been in conversations with Skylight Pictures and our partner organizations that appear in the film about how we can use the documentary as a tool in the North. Ideally, the film could help us educate our local networks and a screening organized as a grassroots fundraiser could help us raise money for GAP and Sponsoring Communities to continue our long-term commitment to accompanying the AJR and CALDH. Contact NISGUA Board member Melinda Van Slyke at melinda[at]nisgua.org or contact Skylight Pictures to borrow the DVD and start organizing your screening. Melinda Van Slyke can provide copies of the Granito DVD to sell for $20 at your event.
Fundraising and organizing ideas: See our activist tools for creative ideas and suggestions for making your house party a success. Read tips and a list of recipes from longtime friend of NISGUA Melinda Van Slyke.
Contact: Contact NISGUA’s Oakland office (510) 763.1403 or email Megan at organizer[at]nisgua.org so we can support you as you plan your event.
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