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North American students travel to Guatemala to document press conference on precedent-setting ruling
The group of youth is part of a program run by the non-profit organization called Operation Groundswell (OG). For the past two years, the organization has been working with the community of El Estor in Guatemala to support community-requested projects including the building of a structure to house community council meetings. Through fundraising and a partnership with the Rights Action Solidarity network, OG and its volunteers have stood in solidarity in the community’
The claims of 13 Mayan Guatemalans from this small community will proceed to trial in Canadian courts. A ruling with national and international implications, it will be the first time a Canadian corporation can be held legally responsible for harms inflicted on their subsidiaries. OG’s volunteers have rerouted their trip so they can bear witness to this history.
About Operation Groundswell:
Operation Groundswell is a Toronto-based non-profit organization that offers alternative travel and volunteering opportunities around the world. Combining community service, cross-cultural exchange, and off-the-beaten path adventure, we work with local non-profit organizations on community-requested projects. Our aim is to build a community of “backpacktivists” that are socially, environmentally, and politically aware of their impact in the communities they travel to and live in.
Justine Abigail Yu
Operation Groundswell, Communications Coordinator
Operation Groundswell, Guatemala Programs Coordinator