Tegucigalpa Dilcia Zavala, ACORN Honduras director in Tegucigalpa, led us across town until to Colonia Ramon Amaya Amador near the international airport where we parked on a rough, unpaved road and walked into a garage where more 60 people, virtually all women, were already seated waiting for us. For the next several hours we were in an amazing meeting, but also in an Alice-and-Wonderland for organizers, where nothing seemed to work the way it would seem that it should.
The officers were introduced and one of them, Maria Amalia Reyes Cartagena, an imposing, live wire was the elected Organizador. To begin the meeting she asked each and everyone of the women to introduce themselves. One after another, each stood, including the 5 or 6 men in the group, and introduced themselves by name and the name of the family they represented. It was short, sweet, and powerful. The group even had a rule that anyone could represent a family, including a child, as long as the family was represented. This was an area where 15 years ago the families had squatted and by hard work and constant struggle had gained title to 90% of the families after the land they squatted had been flipped to a political favorite. Now they wanted running water, access to education for their kids, a way to deal with the 10% who were delinquent, and accessing resources to improve their houses.