Yesterday we posted an article discussing 5 myths still perpetuated in the media’s myopic coverage of the Nicaraguan Revolution. Here we share David Wilson’s article from Truth Out from earlier this week, that raises many of the same themes, but through the lens of his personal experience as a volunteer with TecNica in 1985 and 1987. A fascinating account that reinforces the need for far more nuance in presenting the Nicaraguan Revolution, the experiences of the people in Nicaragua, and the motivations of solidarity activists.… (Read the Rest)
Over the last few weeks the revolution in Nicaragua has been back in the news as a backdrop to the mayoral race in New York City. The New York Times initiated the new found interest in the revolution in an article about Bill de Blasio’s activism during the late 1980s in solidarity with the people of Nicaragua, and in opposition to the Reagan administration’s efforts to cripple the Sandinista government through financing the Contras and other means. Because the story has been more about defining de Blasio’s political leanings rather than a retelling of events from the 1980s, the history that seeps into these articles has been incomplete, often false, and consistently misleading.… (Read the Rest)
Okay. Not really. However, Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City, did work at the Quixote Center in 1987-88. I’ve never met him (I did not start at the Center until 2001) but it is certainly interesting to see an alum from a place I cherish making headlines. Of course, the Quixote Center is not the same place it was in 1988, and de Blasio is not the same person – we all grow and change. Does this matter for New York City in 2013? The New York Times decided it was important, and well, that is certainly okay with us.… (Read the Rest)
February 16-23, 2014
You are invited to join the Quixote Center as we visit communities in Northern Nicaragua with the Federation of Campesinos (FEDICAMP). We will also stop by Chaguatillo and visit a new housing initiative we are doing with the Institute of John XXIII.
The price for the delegation is $950 dollars, and includes all transportation, meals, translation, and housing while in Nicaragua. You are responsible for your own travel to Nicaragua. Below are more details. Contact Andrew Hochhalter for more information and to get your application [email@example.com or 301-699-0042].… (Read the Rest)
On Saturday August 14 we had a party to celebrate a visit from Edwin Novoa, Director of our long time partner organization, the Institute of John XXIII in Managua, Nicaragua. It was great to see some familiar faces and meet new Quixoteites who share a belief in impossible dreams.
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In addition to good food and good people, it was also an opportunity to learn more about the ‘Homes of Hope’ the Quixote Center donors have supported in Nicaragua for over a decade.… (Read the Rest)
On Monday morning I woke up around five to catch the earliest bus from Leon to Esteli. The ride takes approximately two hours on one of the smaller InterLocal buses, and I was fortunate enough to catch one with a mid day arrival.
My bus arrived at the terminal around 12:30.… (Read the Rest)
The 2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference gathered close to 1,000 faith activists from around the country. Throughout the weekend, attendees had the opportunity to learn more about how individuals and communities from around the world interact with the complex ecology of farmers, corporations, and public policy. The system is out of balance, and on Monday participants took part in a day of lobbying for a more just system of food production and distribution.… (Read the Rest)
Safe housing is a cornerstone of development because it allows families to pursue the educational and employment opportunities that are so vital in the modern world. More than 900,000 Nicaraguans call the sprawling capital city of Managua home,but there are not enough homes in the city and surrounding region and many families are homeless or living in unsafe or overcrowded homes.… (Read the Rest)
Last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3783: Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere. When this bill first came to light earlier this year it had some serious flaws: it conflates diplomatic missions with terrorism, and is based almost entirely on sub-par research by Roger Noriega at the American Enterprise Institute.… (Read the Rest)
The New York Times reported last weekend that the United States is in the process of expanding the 40 year old War on Drugs to West Africa, specifically, to Ghana and Nigeria. The report comes on the heels of news from Honduras that the DEA has been responsible for killing civilians while attempting to intercept cocaine shipments.… (Read the Rest)