In the Trenches with Berta Caceres

Small Farmers, Big Change
April 27, 2016

On March 3, 2016, environmentalist and human rights activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in her home in Honduras. Berta was internationally recognized for her leadership in opposing a World Bank-financed dam project that would have devastated the lands where she and other indigenous Lenca people live.  In 2015, she  was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.
Daniel Fireside, Equal Exchange’s Capital Coordinator, spent several weeks on a speaking tour with Berta in 2001, ending at a massive protest in Quebec City against a failed attempt by George W Bush and other presidents to establish a hemisphere-wide free trade agreement.  He wrote this remembrance of Berta, whose courageous activism against the U.S.-backed military and economic oligarchy of Honduras and assassination has sparked renewed global attention to her work to defend the economic, political, cultural, and environmental rights of Hondurans and others fighting for global justice and solidarity.
To read Daniel’s article, click here.
To support Berta’s work, please visit Rights Action.
Equal Exchange buys significant amounts of coffee from Honduras.  Read here about some of the work we are doing with one of our small farmer coffee partners, COMSA.