"Afro-Indigenous Hondurans in Resistance: U.S. Drug War, Violent Displacement, and Migration" Lecture from activist Alfredo LopezOctober 14, 2015 at 79 p.m.

Time: October 14, 2015 at 79 p.m.

Afro-Indigenous Hondurans in Resistance: U.S. Drug War, Violent Displacement, and Migration

Since the 2009 military coup, murders and attacks against Honduran human rights defenders have reached alarming levels. Indigenous communities, including the Gari??una, have been among those targeted. The U.S. continues to send tens of millions of dollars in Drug War aid to the Honduran police and military who have been involved in human rights abuses. Additionally, the U.S. backs

neoliberal projects that lead to displacement and migration.

Alfredo Lo??ez works with OFRANEH (the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras) to
protect and defend the Gari??una people's right to their culture and their ancestral land on the
Caribbean coast. Lopez will discuss his people's struggle against the negative impacts of tourism and other mega-projects, and the role of state security forces"many of which
receive funding from the U.S."in their displacement. He will also describe how U.S.-backed projects and U.S. aid to the military and police contribute to violence and fuel Honduran migration.