Guatemala’s Killing Fields

Another Banana Union Leader Assassinated in Guatemala

by Paul Garver

This year Guatemala is overtaking Colombia in the contest for killing the most advocates of rights for workers and peasants.

On May 26, Joel Hernandez Godoy, finance secretary of the banana workers union SITRABI, was shot dead by a gunman on motorcycle while driving to the union headquarters in the town of Morales.

This brutal assassination follows the April 10 murder of SITRABI officer Oscar  Humberto Vasquez, killed by two men on a motorcycle in Nueva Chiriqui, Morales.

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5 Easy Pieces To Stop the Colombia FTA

President Bush has said he will send the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement FTA) to Capitol Hill and demand a vote before he leaves office next January.

Despite objections by the Democratic congressional leadership, the administration may formally send the agreement to Congress as early as next week when Congress returns from its Easter recess on March 31. Under Fast Track trade authority rules, the House of Representatives would likely face an up-or-down vote on the Colombia deal before the end of July. Here are five easy pieces to stop it.

1. The AFL-CIO has launched an email campaign opposing the Colombia FTA. To participate, click here. Enter your information and it will send an email to your Congressperson.

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DSA members take action on Colombia FTA

Boston DSA members working in the Jobs with Justice coalition
helped organize a protest action against the U.S.-Colombia FTA on 26
January. See article posted at

Chicago DSA participated with thirty other organizations in a letter to
Illinois senators Obama and Durbin opposing the FTA. This letter is
publicized in a creative way at