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The Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas is a grassroots organization that has achieved local, national, and international recognition for its positive contribution to ending human rights abuses in Central America. Founded in 1985 in response to the U.S. role in El Salvador, MITF has since expanded its focus to include all of the Americas.

Proceeding from our hope for and commitment to world peace, our mission is to educate North American citizens about realities in the Americas and the role the U.S. plays there, and provide humanitarian aid and support for projects in those regions.
 


Debunking the myths about immigration: Ronald Reagan, Central America and everything Ted Cruz doesn’t understand

If we want to understand the immigration crisis, we need to revisit Reagan and the violence we brought the region. By A.W. Gaffney, physician and writer

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Debunking 8 Myths About Why Central American Children Are Migrating

‘Lax enforcement’ is not the culprit—U.S. trade and immigration policies are.
By David Bacon
July 8, 2014

The mass migration of children from Central America has been at the center of a political firestorm over the past few weeks. The mainstream media has run dozens of stories blaming families, especially mothers, for sending or bringing their children north. The president himself has lectured them, as though they were simply bad parents. “Do not send your children to the borders,” he said in a June 27 interview with George Stephanopoulos. “If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.”

Meanwhile, the story is being manipulated by the Tea Party and conservative Republicans to attack Obama's executive action deferring the deportation of young people, along with any possibility that he might expand it—the demand of many immigrant rights advocates. More broadly, the far Right wants to shut down any immigration reform that includes legalization, and instead is gunning for harsher enforcement measures. Even Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, has sought to frame migration as a national security threat, calling it a “crime-terror convergence,” and describing it as “an incredibly efficient network along which anything hundreds of tons of drugs, people, terrorists, potentially weapons of mass destruction or children—can travel, so long as they can pay the fare.”

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The 7,000-member Latin American Studies Association, the world’s largest professional association devoted to the study of Latin America, recently passed two important resolutions regarding U.S. government policy: one that strongly condemns U.S. policy toward Latin America (particularly U.S. support for brutal regimes in Honduras, Colombia, and Mexico and its hostile policy toward Cuba, Venezuela, and Bolivia), and a second that condemns the Obama  administration's assault on whistleblowers.

 

The U.S. should respect Venezuela and Latin America By Roy Bourgeois, May 7, 2014

Venezuela: A Call for Peace By Nicolas Maduro, April 1, 2014

"Terrorists" Attack Housing Mission and Preschool in Venezuela April 2, 2014

In Defense of Venezuela By Dan Kovalik, human and labor rights lawyer, February 21, 2014

Venezuela Under Attack Again By Maria Paez Victor, a Venezuelan-born sociologist, February 17, 2014

More on Venezuela
 

Honduras reports:

Urgent Action: Honduran civic leaders face trumped up charges to break the back of 140+ day road occupation which has effectively stopped the installation of a hydro electric dam project on the Sacred Gualcarque River in Lenca Territory in Rio Blanco, Honduras.

Nicaragua:

Why Aren't Nicaragua's Children Fleeing to the United States? Nicaragua Network, June 30, 2014


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