Karen Spring is the Honduras-based Coordinator for the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN). Our work focuses on educating North Americans about the impacts of the political and economic policies of the U.S. and Canadian governments, transnational corporations, and International Financial Institutions, in Honduras and the region. Karen's work mostly involves supporting grassroots movements and communities defending their natural resources, territory, and rights against mining, hydroelectric dams, tourism, and other large-scale "development" projects. But, its not always limited to that.
Karen has been living in Honduras since July 2009, visiting previously in 2008 from Guatemala where she lived for 16 months. Karen has an BSc in international relations and human biology from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, and a Masters of Public Heath from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada.
Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN)
The Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN) is a decentralized network of approximately 30 organizations from across Canada and the United States that are committed to demonstrating and advocating for solidarity with the Honduran social movement.
All HSN members believe strongly that Canada and the United States play a fundamental role in the social, economic, and political context in Honduras. Together with the Honduran social movement, HSN members are committed to denouncing and opposing US and Canadian imperialism, neoliberalism, and the role of the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) in generating poverty, inequality, insecurity, and violence in Honduras. As US and Canadian citizens, it is our responsible to oppose and educate our communities in North America about what the decisions of ourgovernment and their impacts, in relation to Honduras and the Central American region.
Various HSN members have long-term trusting relationships and projects with grassroots organizations and movements in Honduras, and believe that uniting our efforts under the HSN, will strength our outreach work in North America.
The HSN was formed after the June 28, 2009 military coup against President Manuel Zelaya as the Honduran social movement or the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP) denounced the murders, disappearances, threatens, and human rights violations of the Honduran post-coup regime, supported and financed by the US and Canadian governments. Over 5 years after the coup, the struggle of the Honduran social movement continues as further militarization and neoliberalism create on-going crises in the country.
The HSN has a public list-serve (Presente) for groups and individual activists who want updates on important news from Honduras and Honduran solidarity work and who want to participate in serious discussion on those topics.
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Honduras-based Coordinator, HSN
Based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras