Prophets of a Future Not Our Own
Berta Cáceres, a Lenca indigenous woman, is a founding director and general coordinator of Consejo Civil de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras. She has defended the rights of campesino and indigenous Lenca descendant FPO communities of western Honduras for more than two decades.
Berta was assassinated on March 2, 2016 in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. The Chapel stands in solidarity with the COPINH and the Fund for Global Human Rights in demanding an immediate investigation into Cáceres’ murder.
Miriam Miranda, a Garifuna woman, is executive director of Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña. The group protects the land, civil, and cultural rights of 47 indigenous Garifuna communities.
The two women share a strong solidarity and friendship. When Berta was threatened and criminalized, Miriam’s organization responded through an emergency grant. When Miriam was kidnapped, Berta was the first to denounce the act.
In the weeks leading up to the award ceremony, the Rothko Chapel presents programs that investigate the perils of advocacy in the face of enormous economic and political pressures. All programs are free and take place at the Rothko Chapel, unless otherwise noted.