Grassroots International

Peasant Unity Committee (CUC)

CUC member Mary Julajuj and her son, Guatemala.CUC was created in 1978 and is the first national organization formed by peasants and Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala. CUC works in over 200 communities and six micro-regions of the country to defend the land, water and food rights of impoverished peasants in Guatemala, primarily in communities facing displacement or environmental damage by mining, dam, and industrial agriculture corporations.

CUC has also played a critical role in uniting movements across diverse sectors and organizations in Guatemala – including peasants, Indigenous Peoples, women and youth – to advance structural changes under the broader banner of social justice. CUC is also a member of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC) and La Via Campesina.

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