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Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA)

The Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA) was founded in 1982 as an organization that works to defend the rights of workers on large coffee, sugar and cotton plantations, to recover lands taken from the Mayan communities over the past centuries, and to promote and recover Mayan culture and spirituality. Today about 100 communities in 11 Guatemalan provinces belong to the CCDA, but the organization is strongest in the Madre Vieja valley of Sololá.

History of the CCDA


Artesana is a café and organising centre in Guatemala city coordinated by Guatemalan musician and feminist activist Sandra Moran, and human rights activist Andrea Barrios. ARTESANA is also a feminist collective that uses art to work with women in prison and other marginalised sectors.

Sandra Moran


H.I.J.O.S. is a movement of youth whose relatives were disappeared both during and after the civil war. H.I.J.O.S. seeks to find their relatives, bring to justice those who took them, and defend marginalised youth from police and paramilitary violence.

HIJOS members painting graffiti