Hands Off Honduras is sponsoring an event at 4200 Cedar, Mpls. from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 15 that will feature Karen Spring, a human rights activist who has lived in Honduras since the 2009 coup and is currently the coordinator of the Honduran Solidarity Network. Her husband is Edwin Espinal, a political prisoner, who is unjustly incarcerated in the notorious maximum security prison, La Tolva.
In her work, Karen supports community-based organizations defending their territories against mining, hydroelectric, and mega-tourism projects. An emphasis in her work is how Canadian and U.S. foreign policy contribute to the militarization and human rights violations of the government of Juan Orlando Hernandez. Karen will be able to update us on the current human rights crisis in Honduras in which the response by the military and military police to widespread popular protests across the country against the privatization of education and health care has resulted in 3 violent deaths, 24 serious injuries, and 41 illegal detentions. Karen will inform us of the actions we can individually and collectively take to resist and counteract these threats to the people of Honduras.