Activists Demand Justice for Berta Cáceres, Call on Hillary Clinton to do right by Honduras
Activists wave flags and surround a puppet depicting Berta Cáceres at Philadelphia City Hall on July 25, 2016.
We reported last week about the It Takes Roots to Change the System People’s Caravan, a multiracial traveling group of activists and advocacy organization representatives traveling between the Republican and Democratic parties’ national conventions to protest the structural violence and discrimination pervading this election season. The caravan arrived in Philadelphia this weekend for actions around a mix of issues, including one today (July 25) demanding an end to the United States’ aid of Honduras’ military regime.
Dozens of activists gathered near Philadelphia City Hall this afternoon and chanted, “Berta didn’t die, she multiplied!” referring to Berta Cáceres, the Honduran indigeneous rights and environmental justice activist killed by armed intruders in March. A giant puppet of Cáceres loomed over those in attendance.
Cáceres previously criticized the Democratic party’s presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton for allegedly helping to legitimize the 2009 Honduran military coup. The coalition, which also led an action yesterday (July 24) in support of environmental justice and indigenous land rights, featured Berta’s daughter Laura Cáceres and demanded Clinton take responsibility for her role in the coup.