On October 19, 2002 Mayan leader Alfredo Ché
spoke about the on-going campaign of violence against indigenous activists in his country.
He was introduced by Rene van Rompe of the Guatemala Solidarity Committee of Boston.
Also in October, Hemisphere Project member Steven Berger contributed an annotated
collection of photographs taken on a visit to Guatemala.
On February 18, 2003
attorney and activist
Jennifer Harbury spoke about the state of human-rights law in the Americas, focusing
in part on her investigation of the killing of her husband Efraín
Bámaca Velásquez, a Mayan activist and revolutionary who was kidnapped
and murdered in Guatemala by CIA informants and others. Ms. Harbury was introduced
by Maria Aguiar of Grassroots International. (MIT Professor Noam Chomsky was also
scheduled to take part in the discussion but could not because of extremely bad weather.