Dear friends, colleagues, companions in mission,
Tomorrow, after months of civic participation, investigations and legal charges of corruption against the current presidential administration in Guatemala, the personnel of CEDEPCA will be uniting with the peaceful civic march of the people of Guatemala to demand an end to widespread government corruption, an end to impunity for crimes committed, and calling for president Otto Pérez Molina's resignation.
We respectfully request your participation in support of a peaceful and truly democratic resolution to the crisis in which the people of Guatemala are currently living.
We ask for you to actively promote a peaceful, democratic resolution to this crisis:
- Please pray and offer moral support; pray that the march will be carried out in a prayerful, peaceful manner, and that no one will respond to perceived provocations with violence.
- Share your solidarity with the suffering people of Guatemala who are seeking, through peaceful means, justice, peace, work, sustenance to their country.
- Become more informed; read, watch and listen to alternative sources of media coverage.
- Share with others about the situation through your various communications media: church newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Write to and make phone calls to your Representatives and Senators in the U.S. Congress, to President Obama, and to Todd Robinson, the U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala: AmCitsGuatemala@state.gov, to the Canadian ambassador to Guatemala and/or to your diplomatic representatives from the Netherlands.
- Contact your local and state Chambers of Commerce and request that they communicate with their Guatemalan counterpart, CACIF (Comité Coordinador de Asociaciones Agrícolas, Comerciales, Industriales y Financieras) http://www.cacif.org.gt/
- Ask them to actively promote a peaceful, democratic resolution to this crisis.
- Thank them for -- and urge them to continue -- their support of the courageous work of the CICIG (International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala) and the Ministerio Público de Guatemala (Attorney General's office).
- Ask them to support the call of the Guatemalan people for Otto Pérez Molina's immediate resignation, and the establishment of a transitional government, as proposed by Grupo Semilla and other intellectuals and university professors.
We at CEDEPCA confidently take these actions with the faithful certainty that we are participating with others in planting of seeds of life, peace, justice, unity and hope: values of the Reign of God present in our midst. We are most grateful to each of you for your prayers, your solidarity and for walking with us in these crucial times.
May God bless you. Que Dios les bendiga.
CEDEPCA General Coordinator
CEDEPCA, the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America, is an educational non-profit that works to transform lives by offering education, accompaniment and safe reflection spaces to women and men of diverse Christian traditions and communities.
CEDEPCA USA, a U.S tax-deductible 501(c)(3) non-profit, strives to connect individuals and faith communities in the United States to the mission of CEDEPCA in Central America, through education, networking, fundraising and accompaniment.
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