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Sanctions Kill and Friends of ATC Delegation to Nicaragua

Join our solidarity delegation to Nicaragua to study the impact of the US sanctions regime and how the Nicaraguan government, its people, and the Sandinista Popular Revolution organize to defend their sovereignty.

Our delegation will start in the capital city of Managua where we will begin our study of the history and successes of the Sandinista Popular Revolution, as well as the current context of the US unconventional warfare against Nicaragua through tools like sanctions and media manipulation. We will then travel north to the mountains where we will see food sovereignty in action (an arm against sanctions) with the Rural Workers’ Association (ATC) and how Nicaragua is building energy sovereignty and resilience to climate change. We’ll finish the delegation in the northern autonomous region of the Caribbean Coast where we’ll look at issues of indigenous and afrodescendant rights.

This is an amazing opportunity to meet with different sectors of the Nicaraguan population, including workers, farmers, women, youth, and journalists, as well as representatives of the Nicaraguan government.

This delegation is co-organized by the Sanctions Kill! Coalition (full list of endorsers here) and the Friends of the ATC solidarity network.

Key Delegation Details

When: Saturday February 13th to Tuesday February 23rd, 2021

Where: We will begin our trip in the city of Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. We will then visit the northern mountainous region including rural farming communities. We will then travel (by plane) to the Bilwi/Puerto Cabezas, along the northern part of Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast. Lodging will take place in ATC schools, locally-run hotels, and rural family homestays.

Who: Curious about how the Nicaraguan government and people are prepared to face sanctions? Committed to the Sandinista Revolution, peasant and worker rights, and internationalist solidarity? We’d love for you to travel with us! Most of all, we want delegates who extend this experience to their own communities upon returning home through a specific project.

Cost: Sliding scale, $1000-$1500. Trip fee includes lodging (shared rooms), meals, in-country transport (including in-country flight to Bilwi), translation, and staff coordination. You are responsible for international arrival (or other travel plans to Nicaragua) and personal expenses. We can provide ideas to help delegates fundraise to cover their trip fee.

Note: We are offering delegation scholarships. The higher-end delegation fee helps fund these scholarships. Thanks for your solidarity to make this trip available to others who in other circumstances wouldn’t be able to participate.

Optional two-night Caribbean Coast add-on: $275 (Covers travel to the beautiful Corn Island in the Caribbean Coast, plus two nights and breakfast in hotel)

Interested in applying? Please email info.friendsatc@gmail.com and teri@codepink.org for an application. Applications are due Saturday January 2nd, 2021.

A final note about COVID-19: Nicaragua has had massive success at controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and we will work to follow sanitary measures during the delegation; all travelers entering Nicaragua must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test completed 72 hours or less before arrival.