When I listen to folks talk about their travel, they often focus on what they’ve seen and experienced. When Mayflower members go to Guatemala, we see and experience plenty, but that is not the reason we go. We go to do justice because we are not daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. We don’t stop going because we’ve been there before; they need us to come; we need to go.
You are invited to join a Rights Action delegation to Guatemala, June 9-17. During this trip, delegation members will have the opportunity to speak with, learn from, be inspired by and stand in solidarity with Mayan plaintiffs who are suing a mining company for repression they suffered. This company is directly and indirectly responsible for murder, gang rapes, and other atrocities. You will return home educated and empowered, inspired, possibly enraged, and with a deeper understanding of how a better world is possible.
I was in Honduras recently, standing in solidarity with the people there whose situation is similar to that in Guatemala. We didn’t go to be thanked. This is the last stanza of a poem they shared with our delegation on the day before we left:
Messengers of love, humanity, and life
From afar they came, having heard these cries,
To share their time and love, and to walk beside this people
And though they now leave us, their gestures of humanity
Will remain, by their hands given
And of their love delivered.
In the name of the suffering and of the hopes of this people: Thank you. These trips matter. Please consider representing Mayflower in Guatemala. See Thom Haines for more information.