Solidarity Hike on the Holyoke Range2018-08-28T11:12:17+00:00

Solidarity Hike on the Holyoke Range

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Solidarity Hike on the Holyoke Range

We invite you to hike in solidarity with Central American youth. We will be hiking 12-miles across the Holyoke Mountain Range, rain or shine, and hope that you will consider joining us in person, donating to our cause, and/or leading a hike in your own neck of the woods. You are welcome to hike just a section or the whole range.

Please sign up here to hike with us.

Event Details

When: Saturday, October 20th
Where: The Holyoke Mountain Range from Mt. Holyoke to Harris Mountain Road (see map)

Join us for the day as we hike in solidarity with Central American youth , whether they are undertaking the treacherous journey to the U.S.A., they are DACAmented or undocumented, or if they remain in their home lands. By hiking together and rallying our community in support of these youth, we are hoping to add a small but meaningful ‘granito de arena’ to the struggle.

To Fundraise

This hike aims to raise funds to support SERES work in training and elevating these youth as leaders, advocating for their rights and celebrating their possibilities. You can join this fundraiser and support these efforts by making an online donation.

Click here to make a donation and join the Solidarity Hike

Additional Background Information

The countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have a deep history of colonial exploitation and US imperialist interventionism that continues to destabilize and make vulnerable the lives of so many citizens in these countries. In addition to political instability and grotesque wealth disparities, climate change is further exacerbating the challenges faced by youth. U.S. foreign policy has played a direct role in the mass movement of peoples fleeing situations of violence and desperation; this is inseparable from the current political moment around DACA, the “wall”, institutionalized family separation, and the newly issued policy from the Attorney General’s office that rescinds and denies asylum to victims of gang violence and domestic violence. This administration continues to throw the lives of Central Americans into turmoil, whether by holding up corrupt regimes and blessing election fraud or separating youth from their parents at the border.

Unfairly, youth are often cast as the reason for instability, criminality and violence (think gangs). The reality is that they are too often manipulated and blamed for the effects of complex, international corruption and organized criminal networks that flourish within exploitative economic systems. The harsh, inhumane policies on asylum seekers and refugees will shape the region and the population for the foreseeable future while adding more uncertainty and pain to the lives of many.

Yet another reality is that many youth in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have incredible passion to support their fellow citizens and reform their countries to be safe, just and sustainable. SERES is raising money for support youth at all phases of their journey and celebrate the great possibilities when youth are listened to, supported, encouraged to take on leadership roles and to speak up and to speak out.

“No other institution or organization is offering such holistic and safe learning spaces as SERES does. Thanks for everything.”

Marta Vargas, SERES Ambassador

“SERES means a lot in my life. It’s a circle of friendship for learning, transformation and personal growth. It’s a place of trust and confidence. As a SERES facilitator, I get to transmit all of this to other people”

Wilson Sánchez, SERES Facilitator

“The tools that SERES teaches us help us to replicate the work in our communities…we can reach more people, empower more youth, and make our action plans at the local level known at the regional level.”

Julio Tojín, SERES Ambassador

“The spaces that SERES provides are places where we can be our full selves – the good and the bad – and that’s always something to appreciate. I feel valued because here it’s not your academic achievements that make a person, it’s the way you think and your ability to keep going…”

Gaspar Laines Juil

“I have felt included and connected from the minute that I became involved (in SERES). It has helped me grow in my own personal leadership. SERES never tells me what to do, but they support me to make the decisions that are right for me.”

Axel Salanic

“To feel that I’m a part of a movement at the level of UNESCO has confirmed for me that I am doing valuable things. I’m fortunate to belong to this global movement for action”

Antonio Cruz Sanchez, SERES co-founder
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