TODAY: event at Congress with Dr. Luther Castillo

The National Front Against the Coup, a conglomeration of Honduran civil society organizations fighting to restore democracy; and Hondurans for Democracy, a Washington, DC-based grass roots organization; invite you to a presentation and photo exhibit highlighting the violent repression of the Honduras de facto regime against the Honduran people. A briefing on the situation in and outside of the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa where the Constitutional President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya Rosales is housed, will be provided.

Where: Room 2168 (Gold Room) of the Rayburn Building (Southwest of the Capitol on a site bounded by Independence Avenue, South Capitol Street, First Street, and C Street, S.W.)
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11 AM - 12.30 PM.
NO RSVP is required.

Hondurans for Democracy and The National Front Against the Coup call on the international community based in Washington, DC (particularly the U.S. Government, the diplomatic community, and human rights organizations) and the governments of the world to add their voices and/or continue to:

  1. Condemn the Honduras coup and the onslaught of human rights violations that have followed AND
  2. Take tangible actions to combat the brutal repression on the part of the de facto regime against of the Honduran people

About Dr. Castillo:
Since 1999, Luther Castillo has directed the Luaga Hatuadi Waduheñu Foundation ("For the Health of our People" in Garifuna), dedicated to bringing vital health services to isolated indigenous coastal communities. After his 2005 graduation from the Latin American Medical School in Havana, Dr. Castillo returned to the Honduran coast, where he led the Foundation's construction of Honduras' first Garifuna Rural Hospital, now serving some 20,000 in the surrounding communities.

The hospital opened in December 2007, a few months after Dr. Castillo was named "Honduran Doctor of the Year" by Rotary International's Tegucigalpa chapter. "Thank you for inspiring me," said California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi, speaking at the hospital's opening ceremony.

The hospital and its community health outreach are supported by a number of U.S. and other international organizations, including the Sacramento, California Central Labor Council, Global Links, The Birthing Project, and MEDICC. Several US medical schools also have cooperative arrangements with the Garifuna hospital, including Johns Hopkins, Emory, Charles Drew and University of California (SF).

Just weeks before the coup, Dr. Castillo was named director of International Cooperation in the Honduran Foreign Ministry.

Dr. Castillo is featured in ¡Salud! (, a documentary film that received the Council on Foundations Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media (USA).

¡Que viva la resistancia del pueblo hondureño!


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Adrienne, one of the most important stories relating to the imprisonment of Zelaya in the embassy of Brazil has to do with the gassing of the embassy. Ambassador Anselem accused Zelaya of concocting wild allegations. Several sources, notably the Miami Herald but really a broad swathe of media made similar allegations. So, this might conceivably be a meme that someone is trying to create.

The problem is that reporting to date has been contradictory. For example, Father Tamayo said that the gas came from a truck and from helicopters. The First Lady was said to have spotted gas coming from a device on a nearby rooftop. And yet another report sourced to a member of the embassy said they might have found gas coming along pipes. Now, all or none could be true-- finding out is what officials investigations are for-- but without a clear story of what happened, it's difficult to explain to my Congressman.

The antidote is facts and credible reports that serve to document the allegation. These are also useful for prosecution in the event that someone starts to notice that use of poison gas is a crime against humanity.

I know folks in Honduras are coping with impossible circumstances, and the media wants to file stories rather than investigate. But there are people like Anselem who seem to only be interested in discrediting the government and the failure to develop a simple, understandable explanation of what happened helps him at his work.

Dr. Castillo should be an ideal person to report on things like this.

PLEASE cover this story!


'Casa por Carcel' is misleading. Appears Adolof Facuss has put together a basket of options that actually include reinstating Mel, bringing in a peacekeeping force from Canada/Panama/Colombia, house arrest then amnest, etc. and so forth.

This is a result of the meeting they had at the US embassy, and the maneuvering by Pepe. I find it interesting that they mention the Resistance leaders have also been involved, since then. So repealing the civili liberties 'helped'--really took off the mask. They're afraid Mich. wants to become a 'real' dictator. Intriguing that Adolfo F. is leading this--one and the same person who was hauled unceremoniously off a plane in Miami, and later wept on Honduran TV (so I hear). Profits must really be down...

so if Mel and Tamayo really drive a hard bargain, there WILL be a C.A.

--mark bonta