New Community Radio to Be Founded Near Site of Controversial Marlin Mine | Cultural Survival
Cultural Survival: 01/11/2011
At the request of a local community group, ADISMI, in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, Guatemala, Cultural Survival’s Guatemala Radio Project staff members traveled west to the mountains of San Marcos to participate in a four-day workshop this weekend on how to initiate and operate a community radio station. San Miguel, Angelica Cubur points out entrance to Marlin Mine while traveling to workshop in San Miguel Ixtahuacán. Angelica Cubur points out entrance to Marlin Mine while traveling to workshop in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, a community of Mam-speaking Indigenous Mayans, has struggled for years against the Canadian corporation Goldcorp, which operates a much-disputed gold mine in the area. Activists in the community saw a need for a locally run means of communication, and invited Cultural Survival as well as Prometheus Radio and the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala to provide training and support to their project. They are currently raising funds for a amplifier and radio antenna. This is the second trip Cultural Survival staff have made to San Miguel. In March of 2010, radio volunteers traveled to do investigative reporting on the communities’ experience opposing the goldmine.