Lolita Chávez Ixcaquic is spokesperson for the K’iche’ People’s Council (CPK), which represents 87 Mayan communities in El Quiché, Guatemala. The CPK is active in organizing communities against destructive mining and hydro-electric projects and denouncing the close relationships between corporations and Guatemalan authorities.
Lolita, who has been threatened dozens of times for her work and even survived an attempted capture in Jun 2012, will discuss her communities’ struggle for self-determination and control over their natural resources. She will also talk about the violence activists – particularly women – suffer at the hands of multinational companies, and the government’s persecution of community leaders. Despite this violence, Lolita continues her work with the CPK for the rights of indigenous peoples. This event is sponsored by the Guatemala Human Rights Commission.