¡Viva Berta Caceres! (2021)

Melanie Cervantes
11″ x 8.5″
2 – Color, Screenprint, Colored Art Paper, Printed in my Kitchen by Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes, San Leandro, 2020
Edition of 120

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March 4th would have been Berta Cáceres 50th birthday. This week we remember her, five years after she was assassinated, targeted because of her opposition to the construction of a DESA hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque river, in the community of Río Blanco. We have spent the last few days trying so hard to get this little print finished by today because we were determined to not just observe the anniversary of her death but to really celebrate her life and all that she brought to this world with her revolutionary spirit. (We tag-teamed the print because today was a very hard day for us personally so we each contributed labor to get it done.) We made this as an ofrenda and token of respect for the way she fought for her people, for the Earth and for all of us. Berta Cáceres Presente!

“Our Mother Earth, militarized, fenced-in, poisoned, a place where basic rights are systematically violated, demands that we take action. Let us build societies that are able to coexist in a dignified way, in a way that protects life. Let us come together and remain hopeful as we defend and care for the blood of this Earth and of its spirits.”-Berta Cáceres

“Honduran indigenous and environmental organizer Berta Cáceres has been assassinated in her home in Honduras. She was one of the leading organizers for indigenous land rights in Honduras. In 1993, she co-founded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or COPINH. For years, the group faced death threats and repression as they stood up to mining and dam projects that threatened to destroy their community. Last year, Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s leading environmental award.” (“Remembering Berta Cáceres, Assassinated Honduras (Lenca) Indigenous & Environmental Leader,” Democracy Now, March 4, 2016)