Berta Cáceres, ¡Presente!

On Thursday the world woke to the devastating news that Berta Cáceres, world-renowned Honduran indigenous activist, leader of the Lenca people, and mother of four, was murdered in her home in La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras. Though her life had been threatened many times over the years of her work, it was a shock to those who knew and worked with her.

Cáceres was a founder of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or COPINH), a powerful coalition fighting for indigenous, environmental, and human rights around Honduras.

We must undertake the struggle in all parts of the world, wherever we may be, because we have no other spare or replacement planet. We have only this one, and we have to take action.

~Berta Cáceres

Many Thousand Currents staff have met and are grateful to have spent time with Berta. One of whom described her presence, “Her spirit gave power to the earth’s struggle.”

May her spirit live on in the powerful organization that she built and in the many, many people that she touched and inspired.

Statements from Thousand Currents allies:

COPINH press release (en español) (in English)

Grassroots International

Global Greengrants (Public letter to President Hernandez of Honduras) 

Urgent Action Fund (in English)/Fondo de Acción Urgente (en español)

South Durban Community Environmental Alliance

La Via Campesina (en español) (in English)

U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance

Goldman Environment Prize, see Cáceres’ acceptance speech below at the 2015 Goldman Prize ceremony:

 

 

 

Berta was not killed by lone gunmen. She was killed by plunder, by exploitation, by all the economic and political forces that enslave and upend the natural world in the name of profit. If we are moved by Berta’s killing, it is our work to hold the actors behind these forces accountable.

“We should all be as fierce, determined, visionary and brave as Berta was.

Jeff Conant, friend of Berta and senior international forest campaigner at Friends of the Earth

 

When the powerful extinguish a light like Berta Cáceres, it is up to all of us to burn brighter.

 

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Learn more about Berta Cáceres’ life and work:

 

 

 

 

Learn more about the threats to environmental activists in Honduras and around the world:

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