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  • Title: Don't Be Afraid, Gringo
  • Author: Elvia Alvarado Medea Benjamin
  • ISBN: 9780060972059
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The award winning oral history of Elvia Alvarado, a courageous campesina peasant activist in Honduras, the poorest country in Central America Trained by the Catholic Church to organize women s groups to combat malnutrition, Alvarado began to question why campesinos were malnourished to begin with Her growing political awareness, her travels by foot over the back roadsThe award winning oral history of Elvia Alvarado, a courageous campesina peasant activist in Honduras, the poorest country in Central America Trained by the Catholic Church to organize women s groups to combat malnutrition, Alvarado began to question why campesinos were malnourished to begin with Her growing political awareness, her travels by foot over the back roads of Honduras, and her conversations with people frm all over the country have given her insights into the internal workings of her society that far surpass those of the majority of campesinos who have never ventured outside their villages Working as a campesino organizer, Alvarado has led dangerous land recovery actions in an effort to enforce the national land reform laws As a result of these activities, she has been harassed, jailed, and tortured at the hands of the Honduran military.Skillfully translated and edited by Medea Benjamin, an expert on Central America, this book takes us into the heart of campesino struggle and political conflict in Honduras today Elvia Alvarado tells the story of her life and the life of the people of Honduras Read it and understand the struggle against tyranny of the poor Read it and act Alice Walker
    Don t Be Afraid Gringo The award winning oral history of Elvia Alvarado a courageous campesina peasant activist in Honduras the poorest country in Central America Trained by the Catholic Church to organize women s groups

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    1. In her mid 30s at the time, activist Medea Benjamin assembled hours of interviews with campesina organizer Elvia Alvarado into a coherent, readable take on life, society, and power among the campesinos of Honduras in the 1980s Although it is nearly 30 years old published originally in 1987 , the book is a rewarding read Alvarado tells the story of her life and presents a down to earth critique of corruption and violence She explains why campesinos have organized to take back land they beleive th [...]

    2. Title Don t Be Afraid, Gringo A Honduran Woman Speaks From The Heart The Story of Elvia AlvaradoAuthor Elvia Alvarado, Medea Benjamin Translator Pages 208Publisher Published July 19th 1989 by Harper Perennial first published 1987 Isbn 006097205X ISBN13 9780060972059 It s often a tough battle to win the women over But once you get them organized, they change overnight is a quotation with a picture of three women carrying a folk like tool on their shoulder walking at the beginning of chapter 9 Ind [...]

    3. Elvia is an organizer of campesinos She had a hard life by beginning to have kids at fifteen The first three were by different men who played no part in raising their children The next man she stayed with for 18 years and raised his three and to some degree the first three children with Elvia A good percentage of the book demonstrates the customs and living conditions of the Honduran campesino This part is enjoyable if slight Another significant section of the book is rants about society and soc [...]

    4. This book was written in the late 1980s, but the relevance it has 30 years later is shocking Every American needs to read this book and compare what happened in Honduras in the 1980s with what is happening in America today This book is one of the best books I have ever read I contend that it needs to be in political theory classes across the country If you have time to read one book this year, let it be this book.

    5. The tale of Elvia Alvarado is compelling, especially as it is her voice telling the story translated into English The struggle of Hondurans and the role of the US in Central America is not widely known, but this book provides a meaningful glimpse into a reality vastly different than what is often portrayed Well worth the read.

    6. This book was published in 1987 so I don t know how much things have changed since then, but I am so glad I read this book What a great reminder that one person can make a difference for others And that if we all assume we are not that person that can make a difference, that nothing will ever change Reading about Elvia Alvarado s experiences and work was inspiring It was also disheartening to me as an American, and as a person who has had a very privileged and, in so many ways, charmed life I wi [...]

    7. I read this book as a part of an assignment for Honors Latin American Studies It s a memoir by and about Elvia Alvarado and her experiences as a campesino poor rural resident in Honduras She is an organizer of women and poor against the repression of the U.S backed Honduran military It highlights both dramatic first hand experiences she s gone through and others like her have gone through She talks about the struggle of women, the poor and the repressive government, cold war paranoia, and a bit [...]

    8. I absolutely tore through this book due to its conversational style as an oral biography While the themes and topics addressed are definitely worthy of additional thought and reflection, the language was like an IV instead of digesting a pill That said, although this book was easy to read, it certainly doesn t let the reader off the hook Everyone kept asking me why it was called Don t be afraid, Gringo when the story was clearly about some Honduran lady and why should we be afraid of her The las [...]

    9. Peace Corps friends must read Honduran campesino land rights struggle and interesting explanation of historical U.S involvement with Honduras and the irony of it U.S tries to promote democracy which in reality greatly enhances social class disparity leading to a climate of violence and internal rebellion as a result of neglecting citizens basic needs.U.S tries to promote democracy in Honduras and aid funnels into Contras to Honduran military which is also gaining power after U.S pressures electi [...]

    10. The moving story of Elvia Alvarado, a Honduran trade union leader The book takes the form of an oral narrative which the author editor Medea Benjamin has arranged into chapters under discussion topics.Elvia Alvarado narrates with passion on all aspects of her life and of the daily troubles she encountered in 1980s Honduras The book seems dated now as Honduras has changed immeasurably since it was written As a historical document however, it is invaluable as a glimpse into a neglected area of Cen [...]

    11. Reading this for a upcoming trip to Honduras and Guatemala with an Interfaith group from the United States As I read it, I felt that much of what Elvia, a peasant woman who has no then a 2nd grade education and became a women organizer for the Catholic church, was speaking about in the 1980 s, hasn t changed There might not be Sandinistas and Contras and Ortega s or Regan s in the picture now, however, the life of Honduran poor that make up the majority of the population has not changed and in [...]

    12. This book deserve 3.5 stars.This not a new story to me unfortunately, but I do love the simplicity of one woman s perspective on the campesino struggles in Honduras This is not a country I m too familiar with, but the struggle definitely is Elvia Alvarado is one passionate, strong and inspiring woman, who has made a life commitment to improve the livelihoods of campesinos and to fight for them to live with dignity in a country where they are constantly oppressed As this book is told in 1987, th [...]

    13. Benjamin extensively follows Elvia Alvarado, a campasino peasant Honduran during the 1980 s This book relates the many stories told by Alvarado concerning the ongoing plight of the peasants Honduras is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere second only to Haiti The stories of not enough food, abuse by the leaders of Honduras as well as the United States are not new to our ears There seem to be no good answers for any of these conditions I read this book on my way to Roatan, Hondura [...]

    14. another translated bookautiful, sad empoweringtual accounts of a female activist in Honduras who started out living likemost natives in Honduras very poor, hungry and over worked by the governmentroughout her personal experiences she finds herself educating women about sexual health, their power as women, how to change the dialogue by demanding equality, self respect, etce becomes somewhat of a leader in her community and educator and in result her government job is put on the line elvia then tr [...]

    15. Very simple English, which makes this an informative and quick read Very interesting story of the lives of campesinos in Honduras I read it while in Honduras and liked it a lot, especially because the author was a female I do think it is partially outdated and I live in the frontera frontier of Honduras and the problems that Alvarado talked about were not issues in today s life but a lot of the cultural components really hit home with me Despite this, I would still recommend this book for anyone [...]

    16. Very powerful book I m an Honduran woman I was working with children from the countryside of my country I saw a lot stories like Elvia says The campesinos lives it worst nobody can t imagine what s going on in the indigenous life s only if you can go into they communities you might have one idea about it I can say from my own experiences the women from the countryside are the most stronger person what I met there Without any education, she has a better understanding about everything than most co [...]

    17. Story of Elvia Alvarado, a courageous campesina activist in Honduras She organized women s groups to combat malnutrition in her country and has led dangerous land recovery actions in an effort to enforce the national reform law She has been harassed, jailed and tortured at the hands of the Honduran military A great story of peasant struggle and political conflict Easy read, hard to put down Great woman A true role model for all.

    18. What makes this book so immediate and powerful is that it is an oral history Benjamin lets Elvia Alvarado tell her story in her own words, and its both depressing and inspiring Her life provides great insight into the struggles of poor indigenous groups in Central America, and her personal bravery is remarkable Without any education, she has a better understanding of international politics and economic injustice than most college educated people here.

    19. This is not, in any way, great literature But, it is a very straightforward telling of the opinion of one woman in Honduras in the 1980 s Getting a first hand perspective of the poverty and inequity in the country is very valuable for anyone who s followed the unrest in the area and wonders how things got that way.

    20. Incredible story pulled together from a series of one on one interviews Medea Benjamin did with Honduran campesina organizer Elvia Alvarado during the Contra War Amazing insights into day to day life and struggle for campesinos in Central America struggling to live, eat and survive amidst war, globalization and liberalization Elvia is one of my new heros now

    21. Great read about the campesino point of view during the cold war in Latin America After living there for 3 years I really enjoyed reading this point of view and noticed how many things have remained much the same over time If you re interested in the politics of that time or area you ll love it

    22. I m so glad I read this book It was really interesting and convicting I was really glad to hear about the situation in Honduras from the perspective of someone who had lived through persecution and fought for campesino rights Everyone should read this book.

    23. this is by far one of the most interesting books i have read about central america it follows elvia s life as an organizer of women s groups in rural honduras and to top it off, it is in one of my favorite formats oral autobiography let me know if you want to borrow it.

    24. I was disappointed that I couldn t find this book in Spanish the translation made me feel like I wasn t really hearing her words.It is an important story about the plight of oppressed campesinos in Honduras, but I just couldn t get past the English translation.

    25. The poor man and the oppressor meet together the LORD gives light to the eyes of both.I saw this book and immediately wanted to read it in order to hear the realities the poor face Elvia Alvarado s story is honest and striking.

    26. This book had an enormous influence on me It s a brutal memoir about the decades of systematic killing and torture of Central Americans involved in social services and community development It touches on the role the U.S played in that violence.

    27. Very touching story I loved the narrative style, it really added a lot to the story It was very helpful for allowing the reader to see the world from Elvia s eyes.

    28. Learned a lot about Honduras and how it was differentd the same as it s neighboring countries A real eye opener.

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