In Guatemala, a major problem has been abuse of the rights of indigenous people who have been neglected and marginalized by governmental decisions that affect their lives and future. The people have lived without a voice for decades, and it's time things change.
Dr. Victor Montejo, a Jakaltek Maya from Guatemala and an emeritus professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, wants to change this inequality which has persisted for centuries.
A Guatemalan political party has asked Dr. Montejo to run for Congress representing the people of the Huehuetenago district in Western Guatemala. Dr. Montejo will be a strong voice for the indigenous people in Congress.
In the past, Victor has helped bring potable water, school buildings, children's sports facilities, and paved roads to remote communities. He served as Guatemalan Minister of Peace and Congressman from 2004-2008.
Dr. Montejo was a Fullbright scholar and is an internationally recognized author whose current projects include indigenous community development, cultural/economic/political self-determination, cultural resource management and poverty alleviation strategies in Guatemala.
In order to be a viable candidate for office, Dr. Montejo has to maintain an office in the capital province and pay for large community gatherings when he visits rural communities during the pre-campaign and campaign period.
He hopes, with your support, to continue his efforts to promote human rights, equity and respect for indigenous cultures in an effort to build a more pluralistic Guatemalan society.
I met Victor years ago when I was trying to find a Guatemalan community in Northern California for my daughter who is from Guatemala. As a psychiatrist who has worked for many years with Native Americans on historical trauma issues, I am honored to support his work with the indigenous people of Guatemala.
While your donation is not tax-deductible, it is greatly appreciated and a great way to support indigenous people.
Thank you for your help!