SUPPORT AN EMERGENCY MAYA DELEGATION TO THE BORDER - Whether it's $5, $50, $500, or $5000 - every contribution makes a difference!
Our brothers and sisters at the border continue to face inhumane treatment and disregard for their well-being at the hands of the United States government. As the Mayan League we remain steadfast in our commitment to advocate for the rights of our families. We greet the four directions calling on our ancestors to help bring light, balance, and dignity back into our world.
With your generous support through individual donations, community fundraisers, artistic donations, and NGO contributions, we have raised nearly $6,000.00 to send an all Women Delegation of Maya Language Interpreters and Allies to the border! But we still need to raise $2000 more! Our team will travel to Arizona from April 24-28, 2019 to work in partnership with Ama Consultants, Alianza Indígena sin Fronteras, and present at the Maya Maiz Roots Conference. We will provide indigenous language interpretation, document translation and help join with others to assess the scope of the needs of our indigenous relatives - but we can’t do it alone. Help us reach our GOAL of $2,000.
We know this situation is long-term, just like forced migration has been occurring for decades, if not centuries, for indigenous peoples. We have been working with our community, the Maya diaspora, for many years. In the last two years we have built up our indigenous interpreter skills and leadership capacity to defend our communities with the support of allies like Kathy Ogle of Translations for a Small World, Frente Indígena de Organizaciones Binacionales, Caracol Language Coop, American University, and leadership development with Janet Hernandez. If you wish to join our efforts, please consider making a donation to the International Mayan League’s project, Language Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Any amount is a tremendous help! We are working with Native attorneys, academics, Maya language interpreters and other experts to organize the delegation to Arizona because our organization is uniquely positioned to respond to the particular needs of indigenous families lost in the immigration crisis. What many of our founding members and current board experienced in the 1980s: forced migration, persecution, refugee camps, exile and sanctuary - is a history that is reborn today. We cannot allow this to happen again, donate now!
WHY IS THERE A NEED FOR AN EMERGENCY DELEGATION?
The escalating human rights violations at the border have caught media attention and created broader awareness of immigrants’ rights but have shed very little light on our indigenous relatives. They have remained invisible in plain sight because the dominant narrative has mislabeled us as Latino or Hispanic. There is a deep misconception and confusion about our people amounting to a lack of awareness that we are part of the wave of forced migration, resulting in a critical void in specific resources and tailored assistance. Very little concrete information about our indigenous peoples and forced migration is available, and virtually no data indicating our numbers in the United States or within the immigration crisis is being collected. Our particular needs and priorities cannot adequately be met without a delegation such as ours.
Our goal for an Emergency Maya Delegation is twofold. We will travel with a team comprised of Maya leaders and technical support to assist with needed interpretation at the border, without indigenous language support, asylum cases are less likely to move through the system. Beyond interpretation, our team will join with others to assess the needs faced by our indigenous relatives and the size of our community. Having information is critical to adequately respond in a strategic way grounded in our rights, history and culture. Support our Maya interpretation and technical support team!
WHO WE ARE:
The Mayan League is a woman led Maya organization created in the 90s by refugee Maya women and men, and allied brothers and sisters from the sanctuary movement to collectively respond to the human rights crisis in Guatemala and generally, in Central America. As times have changed, cycles of oppression have remained constant. Our leadership is comprised of indigenous leaders and we are grassroots and volunteer driven. We know from our lived experiences the horrors which have affected our countries of origin, the human rights violations occurring at the border and are able to help from our historical knowledge and cultural understanding to best respond to this ongoing regional crisis.
Thank you for your generosity and support! Make a tax-deductible donation to the International Mayan League and help defend Mother Earth, Human Rights and Future Generations! Please consider providing a donation of any amount.
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