pls RT & chip in, every $ counts for @witnessorg crew $4K needed to expose forced evictions in #Mexico

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Did you know that entire communities in Mexico are at risk of disappearing because of dam projects?

In the three communities we are currently working with alone, more than 40,000 people are facing the threat of forced eviction. This means loss of homes and jobs, inadequate access to schools, hospitals, infrastructure and more.

We’ve just found out that this November, a panel of international human rights experts will be visiting Mexico to lead a special hearing on the issue of dams and human rights violations. This is a crucial moment for dam-affected communities to use an international spotlight to pressure the Mexican government and call for accountability for their role in imposing these projects.

Right now, we now have an unexpected opportunity to bring our local partners together for a three-day intensive training to create a video for the hearing that tells the larger story about dams, forced evictions and human rights in Mexico. But we have a gap in funding. We need your help to raise $4,000 in the next 48 hours to make this training happen.

We are lucky – all we need is $4,000 to bring ten activists together for three days in August. I will already be in Mexico – so we are saving on airfare and lodging. Thanks to our partners at Habitat International Coalition – Latin America, we are able to secure some of the logistics at little or no cost. We already have the equipment. $4,000 will cover everything else for ten participants:

  • Round trip transportation from around the country (est. $1,800)
  • Three days accommodation and food (est. $1,000)
  • Follow-up and post-production support (est. $1,000)
  • Training materials and supplies for the meeting (est. $200)

Please help. Donate today and tell a friend. We need to raise $4,000 in the next 48 hours so that we can seize this opportunity to help our partners tell the Mexican government that we will not stand for forced evictions. This training will not happen without your help.

In solidarity,

Priscila Neri
Program Manager

PS. If everyone who received this email gave just $20, we would be able to conduct more than 125 of these trainings. Pretty crazy, huh?

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Willi presenting video proof to the governor of Guerrero

Willi, CECOP youth activist, presenting video proof to the governor of Guerrero (in front of 2,000 people) of human rights violations his community has endured.

“Before the workshop, 95% of our videos did not serve to create change”
-Past WITNESS Forced Eviction training participant

Willi, one of the young activists we trained in Guerrero, Mexico, hadn’t used a camera before coming to our training in 2011. Now he has created three videos, replicated our video advocacy trainings for other affected youth in his community, and helped form a Youth Video Squad that prepared and screened a video to the governor of Guerrero last year.

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