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… Once change begins, it cannot be stopped. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore” -- Cesar Chavez
Who We Are
Partners for Arlington and Guatemala (PAG) is a UUCA project that promotes human rights and education in Guatemala and supports local immigrants. We
During 1960-96, Guatemala experienced an “internal conflict”: over 200,000 were killed or ‘disappeared’; 400 villages were razed; and one million people fled, some as far as Mexico. The U.N. Commission for Historical Clarification concluded that the acts of the State constituted genocide.
The peace process began in 1993. Refugees returned to search for graves of family members and hold accountable those responsible for the massacres. Because many were threatened or killed as they tried, they asked the international community for help.
Ten countries responded by placing volunteers, known as accompaniers, alongside leaders, communities and organizations to deter the threats. Since 2000, a U.S. grassroots organization, NISGUA, has trained accompaniers as part of this international network. As a partner with NISGUA since 2006, UUCA has sponsored 10 people to accompany those at risk for pursuing justice and for opposing transnational mining and hydroelectric projects that devastate land and water resources and displace thousands from their villages.
Accompaniment changes the dynamics surrounding human rights violations. Former UUCA accompanier Ali reflected: