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Nicaragua: News & Updates
Nicaragua was ruled by the Somoza dictatorship, backed by the US, for 30 years. After the Sandinista Revolution took control in 1979, the US assembled former Somoza National Guardsmen into a counterrevolutionary force that, for the next decade, terrorized the civilian population in an attempt to weaken popular support for the Sandinistas. The “contra war” left 30,000 people dead and forced more than 100,000 to seek refuge in the US.
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March 28, 2017
Come and join us for the Honduras and Nicaragua Delegation Report back.
November 5, 2017
On Sunday, November 5, 2017, the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) will commemorate the 36th anniversary of the martyrdom of Cleveland women in El Salvador. On December 2, 1980—four US women (including Cleveland’s Jean Donovan and Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel) paid with their lives for deciding to stay in solidarity with oppressed and marginalized peoples, despite political turmoil in El Salvador.
January 14, 2017
Please join IRTF on Saturday, January 14 for a spaghetti dinner to support volunteer associate Yeamelake Aklilu as she travels to Honduras and Nicaragua to study Social Movements. The fundraiser is a free will offering.
January 1, 2017
Police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas against environmental defenders resisting construction of the Grand Inter-Oceanic Canal during a demonstration in Nueva Guinea, in the South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RAAS).
December 25, 2016
Massacre of an indigenous Mayanga family of three in the autonomous Moskitia region where there are land disputes with outside settlers: Bernicia Dixon Peralta, her husband Feliciano Benlis Flores, and their 11 year-old son, Feliciano Benlis Dixon.
December 11, 2016
Police harassment of Francisca Ramírez, coordinator of the Council for the Defense of Our Land, Lake and Sovereignty, who is organizing protests against the Nicaraguan Grand Inter-oceanic Canal.
August 5, 2016
Live Music. Poetry. Refreshments. Updates from IRTF staff about Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. With special guests from Colombia (Caldwell Manners, CPT) and El Salvador (Leslie Schuld, CIS).
February 6, 2016
The InterReligious Task Force, in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University, presents the 16th annual Social Justice Teach-In as a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical human rights issues and practice hands-on skills to organize for change. This annual event attracts 500+ participants, many from area high schools and colleges. The Teach-In will provide participants with information, skills, and resources to support their own social justice programming at their schools and congregations.
October 26, 2015
killing of two indigenous leaders (Rosmeldo Solorzano and Mario Leman Muller) by outside settlers in the North Carribean Coast Autonomous Region , and Nicaraguan Army attack on humanitarian caravan injuring three indigenous (Constantino Romel Frech, Obencio Downs Peralta, Rosman Flores Gonzales)