9780060972059

Don't Be Afraid Gringo : A Honduran Woman Speaks from the Heart - The Story of Elvia Alvarado

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    9780060972059

  • ISBN10:

    006097205X

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/8/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

This is the story of a courageous woman who is helping her people overcome their unimaginable poverty by discovering the roots of it. Trained by the Catholic Church to organize women's groups to combat malnutrition, Alvarado, a woman with a second-grade education, began to question the wretched conditions she saw around her. She became one of her country's leading political activists.

In a subtle sense Medea Benjamin denounces short term mission projects....that we come in to countries like hers and try to put a band-aid on a skull fracture. She urges the facts that if we are to really help the poor; we need to make a long-term commitment to get at the root of the problems.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Elvia Alvarado
Introduction xv
Medea Benjamin
Childhood to Motherhood
1(10)
The Church Opened Our Eyes
11(8)
The Real Honduras Is Hidden
19(10)
Jesus Was an Organizer
29(12)
Marriage Campesino Style
41(10)
Taming Macho Ways
51(8)
I Learned to Judge for Myself
59(8)
Our Struggle to Recover the Land
67(18)
Organizing Brings Change
85(16)
We Don't Want to Beg
101(8)
Gringos and Contras on Our Land
109(8)
What's Democracy? What's Communism?
117(10)
Facing Repression and Prison
127(14)
Turn Your Tears into Strength
141(32)
Appendices:
1. Honduras Fact Sheet
149(2)
2. Honduran Chronology
151(4)
3. Political Parties and Armed Opposition
155(4)
4. Major Campesino Organizations
159(2)
5. U.S. Economic and Military Aid to Honduras
161(2)
6. U.S.-Honduran Military Establishments in Honduras
163(3)
7. Resource Guide
166(7)
Pledge of Support 173

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A realistic account April 6, 2011
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A truly great read. Luckily, this textbook was assigned in my sociology class or else I probably would have never read it. It gives you an accurate portrait of peasant life in Honduras. If you want to be inspired read this textbook. After reading this book I feel like going down there to help them in some way. Her book is put in very simple terms and it is easy to see the injustices going on in her land. If you don't read it tell someone about the book.
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