The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence (BTS) Network will host two inspiring guests this autumn.
Canadian folk musician, singer, songwriter, and composer Garnet Rogers will perform Oct. 27, 7 p.m., at Sharon United Church. Two weeks later, Marcelo Sabuc, coordinator of the Small Farmers’ Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), will speak at the Tatamagouche Centre at 7 p.m., Nov. 11. Sabuc will talk about how Guatemala’s repressive political context impacts the CCDA, an organization targeted as attacks on human rights defenders spike in Guatemala.
Rogers, who has deep roots in Nova Scotia and a home in Canso, first appeared at Fables to great applause, returning in 2015 to support Breaking the Silence. He began his musical career in brother Stan Rogers’ band, arranging Stan’s music. He pursued a solo career after Stan’s untimely death. His instruments include the guitar, mandolin, violin and flute. His songs range from slices of life to mild social commentary and humour.
Rogers supports Breaking the Silence’s solidarity work with Guatemalans who at great cost struggle against injustice. Sixteen youth and adults from Tatamagouche recently spent a week with a BTS partner, the New Hope Foundation, and were inspired by this visionary high school for children and grandchildren of victims and survivors of genocide. BTS supports communities resisting the imposition of Canadian mining companies, a community legal clinic, and witnesses in genocide cases, including sexual violence against Maya indigenous women.
Sabuc is a community leader with the CCDA, another BTS partner that supports land and labour rights struggles of Maya communities. Since 2002, BTS has supported small organic coffee farmers and the CCDA’s work with Maya communities in collaboration with Just Us! Fair Trade Coffee by purchasing coffee beans from the CCDA. The Breaking the Silence brand of Just Us! coffee is sold at Foodland in Tatamagouche. Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear from the leader of a community group that is persecuted because of its defense of human rights.