I am going to keep this blog update super short as I know it is a busy season for all of us 🙂
Roots To Resistance is painting its 12th and final Portrait.
A great deal of thought went into the decision to bring the project to completion on this 12th Portrait. The main consideration being that we want to offer the Portraits for purchase in an international auction where 50% and if possible 60% of the funds raised will go to the Women and their Organizations. This way the Women themselves or the Organizations they have created can decide how to best use the resources to continue doing the Earthshaking work they do. We have used the Portraits and the Postcard Campaigns to help inform small pockets of the World Community and to raise inspiration locally and abroad and now feel that this Auction will bring the project full circle.
The final Portrait will be of the recently slain Honduran Activist Berta Cáceres (above). We chose to portray her work long before she was murdered because of her dedication to protecting the lands and waters of her native Lenca Homeland. She was assassinated for her work and these devastating events only strengthened our conviction about her portrayal, her profound importance and that of her Organization COPINH.
We thank you for all of your partnership and support in honoring these Women and passing on our Postcard and Postering Campaigns. We will be organizing a broad international virtual auction in 2017, and there will be much more to come on that!
We have finally created some high quality and affordable posters of some of our Roots Activists and we are using the proceeds from the sales to help bring the project to the finish line. The Zapatista Women below seems to be the most popular at the moment!
If you are interested in taking a peek at the Posters Click Here 🙂
Much Gratitude to you all
Denise/Roots To Resistance
Berta Cáceres became a leader among her People, the Lenca and endeavored to protect the Forests and Waterways in her native Homelands from those attempting to harvest and destroy them for profit by founding the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras COPINH. In 2013 she lead her Community in a year long blockade to protect the Rio Gualcarque (River) from an illegal dam project and thwarted both the World Bank and SinoHydro, the Worlds largest Dam builder into abandoning their aims. Twelve Environmental Activists were killed in 2014 and Berta herself was assassinated in March of 2016. The loss of her in the fight for sanity and the protection of the Planet is an enormous one but the legacy and impact she has left behind is more enormous still. .