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This week, JASS and the Fund for Global Human Rights are convening a gathering on ‘defending rights in hostile contexts," among activists, researchers, donors and local, regional and international organizations to deepen our collective understanding of the crackdown against activists and civic space – and how to confront it.
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See how we imagined and adapted Movement Generation’s innovative framework for organizing toward a regenerative economy by drawing on gender justice and feminist organizing in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa.
JASS is co-leading a fact-finding mission to Honduras and Guatemala with the Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation. JASS' own Executive Director Lisa Veneklasen will join the delegation, who will hear first-hand testimony from women human rights defenders and indigenous activists defending rights and the environment in violent contexts.
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Over 80 local, national, regional, and international organizations signed the following letter addressed to the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) and the Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation (FinnFund). expressing their concern with details shared during the July 6th announcement by the FMO and Finnfund regarding their withdrawal from the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project in Honduras. The letter was delivered to the Managing Director and CEO at the FinnFund and CEO at the FMO in early August 2017. 
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A year on from the assassination of indigenous leader Berta Caceres, five Honduras leaders give six key lessons on carrying on the global fight.
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Note: JASS is proud to be a co-signer of the following declaration to support the new International Experts Advisory Group to investigate the murder of our friend and colleague, Berta Cáceres, defender of land, territory, and indigenous and women's rights in Honduras. The undersigned organizations support the creation of the International Experts Advisory Group (GAIPE, by its Spanish initials), formed to collaborate in the investigation of the murder of Berta Cáceres Flores and the attempted murder of human rights defender, Gustavo Castro Soto.
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2016 has been a year of, "mourning and mobilizing". Despite tough circumstances everywhere, JASS is rich with stories of hope and change. It’s been a busy and exciting year for us and we would like to share some of the highlights that have inspired and affirmed the work we do.
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The skies wept as together we received the month of September in the town of La Esperanza, Honduras. Hundreds of visitors brought with them hearts that beat to the rhythms of their struggles, their love and the many colors of their dreams; they brought their cameras, drums, pens, and the united cry to demand once and for all: Justice for Berta!
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Join us and our allies in sharing stories and tools for cross-movement power and change including the launches of WeRise: Movement Building Reimagined – JASS' online resource kit and platform, ICTs for Feminist Movement Building Activist Toolkit, and DefendHer, a women human rights defenders digital campaign.
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JASS Mesoamerica’s Daysi Flores gives a personal account of the impact of Berta Cáceres’ death on her life and activism: “I spoke to Berta Cáceres the day before she was murdered. We were talking about a workshop we were doing together on collective healing and power. The last thing she said to me was, “Take care, compita.”
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