Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Father Ismael Moreno "Padre Melo"
Director of Radio Progreso
From March 12-14, the city of La Esperanza, Intibucá was the location of a gathering of hundreds of people from all over the country to participating in a conference organized by COPINH (Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras) and other organizations linked to the National Front of Popular Resistance, within the framework of the struggle for a constitutional assembly that would be an expression of the re-founding of Honduras, according to the declarations of its organizers.
The Conference was structured using a methodology that simulated a Popular Constitutional Assembly in which all the people participated as national delegates, working in 20 small assemblies to define the themes that must constitute the content of a constituent assembly that will be destined to write a new Constitution for the Republic.
The forests, water, land, racial discrimination, human rights, women, youth, health, housing, and education were some of the many contents reflected in the diverse workshops and which were debated in the broad and prolonged plenary in the exercise of the National Constitutional Assembly, the political and judicial expression of the re-founding of Honduras.
What prevailed in La Esperanza, more than these contents was the atmosphere of enthusiasm, euphoria and slogans and the common trend of resistance to the dynamics and powers of the coup d’etat that continue to be active and present in the current administration. No one who was not opposed to the coup had a place here.
Enthusiasm and slogans contribute to maintaining optimism in the struggle, above all when that struggle is burdened by growing adversity. Nevertheless, this euphoria, without a grounding in the crude reality of the country, could be a misleading factor and not always the best counsel. The Honduran reality is not only the enthusiasm of a thousand people meeting in resistance in La Esperanza.
The Honduran reality is also poverty stricken people trapped in apathy, fear and the false promises and diversions promoted by a system of media that channels the interests and lifestyle of the business and political elite that are interested in keeping Honduran society demobilized. Honduran reality is also that of the two-party system that still has the hearts of many poor people in its trap.
To go from enthusiasm and the simulation of peoples’ power, experienced in La Esperanza, to a daily commitment to walking in step with the reality of an important downhearted sector of the Honduran people, is without a doubt, the challenge facing the sectors organized in the social and political phenomena of the resistance. In the closing of this distance between the slogans of the activists who believe in the “re-founding of Honduras” and the “plain people, thick and provincial” whose maximum heroism is managing to survive from day to day, lies, without a doubt, the identity and strength; the present and future of a non-violent citizens’ resistance, and for a State and a country worthy of new change in luck.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
El Derecho de Resistir
Una platica sobre la resistencia del pueblo hondureño, ante el Golpe de Estado Militar del 28 de Junio del 2009, y el impacto histórico que este tiene, para con el proceso irreversible que se encamina hacia una profunda transformación social.
Es decir hacia la refundación de Honduras.
Con la participación Especial del Padre Jesuita Hondureño
El Padre Ismael Moreno Coto (conocido como Melo) es director de ERIC (Equipo de Refleccion, Investigación y Comunicación) y es el actual director de Radio Progreso.
Lugar Décima Musa
1901 S. Loomis
Sábado 6 de Marzo
El Padre Ismael Moreno Coto nació en El Progreso, Yoro, el 1 de enero de 1958. Ingresa a la Compañía de Jesús el día 12 de febrero de 1978. Se ordena de sacerdote en El Progreso, el 9 de enero de 1989.
A partir de entonces desempeña distintos cargos tanto en El Salvador como en Honduras, entre otros: Párroco en las Iglesias de Tocoa en Honduras, y el Ixcán en Guatemala, superior de teólogos, director de la oficina de Planificación Apostólica y Secretario del Consejo Apostólico Provincial en El Salvador.
Desde el 27 de agosto de 2001 se desempeña como director del Equipo de Reflexión, Investigación y Comunicación (ERIC-SJ) y a partir del año 2006 como director de Radio Progreso, en esta ciudad de El Progreso.
Participó en la huelga de hambre iniciada por 4 fiscales contra la corrupción en Honduras, que tuvo su sede en los bajos del Congreso Nacional de Tegucigalpa, por espacio de 38 días. Como resultado de la huelga de hambre, se organizó el Movimiento Amplio por la Dignidad y la Justicia (MADJ), del cual ha sido asesor.
Desde el 28 de junio, fecha del golpe de estado en Honduras, las dos instituciones que dirige el P. Ismael se han mantenido en contra de la usurpación violenta del poder ejecutivo, apoyando incondicionalmente todas las manifestaciones del Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular contra el golpe de Estado.
Join us to hear from Jesuit priest
putting it another way,
to the new foundation of Honduras.
Father Melo (Ismael Moreno Coto) is the Director of E.R.I.C. (Equipo de Reflexion, Investigacion y Comunicacion - Team for Reflection, Investigation and Communication) ( http://www.eric-sj.org ; www.radioprogresohn.org)
1901 S. Loomis
Saturday 6 of March 2010
He was born in El Progreso, Yoro , Honduras on January 1, 1958. He joined the Company of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1978 and was ordained in El Progreso in January of 1989. Since then he has held different posts in Central America including in the Parish of Tocoa in Honduras , and Ixcan in Guatemala . He was the Director of the Office of Apostolic Planning and Secretary of the Provincial Apostolic Council in El Salvador . Since August 27, 2001 he has held the post of Director of E.R.I.C) and since 2006 the position of director of Radio Progreso in the city of El Progreso , Honduras .
In 2008 he participated in the hunger strike protest initiated by four government prosecutors in protest against corruption in Honduras . The protest strike lasted 38 days during which time the hunger strikers occupied a part of the public area of the Congressional building in Tegucigalpa . Father Melo became an advisor to The Broad Movement for Dignity and Justice (MADJ Spanish acronym) which was organized out of the protest.
Radio Progreso has been in existence for 50 years, and is a part of the Catholic Network of Radio Stations, but is also well known for its independent, progressive and stand for social justice in Honduras .
Padre Mel is an outspoken critic of the coup d’etat of June 28, 2009 and an active participant in the anti-coup resistance. Since the coup, Radio Progreso has been threatened and was raided by military troops. Padre Melo and other staff have been personally threatened. For example, on 23 September, a correspondent and three other staff of Radio Progreso, based in the north-west of Honduras , received a threatening text message on their mobile phones. It read: “The sons of gorilete [Micheletti] in Progreso offer half a million Lempiras (equivalent to US$26,500)for the head of Padre Melo”. To date no advances have been reported in the investigation into this threat or other threats.