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Members and Supporters,

With the proposed NICA Act still a real threat to Nicaragua, MP Chris Williamson has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons. The text of the EDM reads as follows:-

‘That this House is extremely concerned by US proposals to implement sanctions against Nicaragua through the so-called NICA Act; notes that if passed, the Act will serve only to destabilise Nicaragua and further impoverish what is already the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere; further notes that the proposed Act will put at risk a whole raft of social programmes put in place since 2007; recognises that these programmes, directed at the poorest and most vulnerable, have already led to a 50 per cent reduction in levels of poverty and maternal mortality; and calls on the Government to express its condemnation of these US proposals and represent its opposition to all steps taken by the US Administration to pass and implement the Act.’

The NICA Act was approved by the US House of Representatives in October 2017, and its introduction into the Senate with cross party support at the end of last year has greatly increased the chance that it will be passed.

If approved by the Senate and signed off by President Trump, the NICA Act would mean that the US would use its influence in international lending institutions to block all loans to Nicaragua from the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other institutions. This would put paid to many of the social programmes which have helped to transform society and reduce poverty and inequality in Nicaragua.

It is vital that we now take all steps possible to lobby against this heinous act. We are therefore asking you to contact your MP as a matter of urgency to ask them to put their name to the EDM. Please take action by the end of March if you can!

In solidarity


BLINC has been working with SOPPEXCCA, the union of Fairtrade Co-operatives in northern Nicaragua for many years and this year they are sending over FT coffee and cacao producer Urania Hernandez. She is from the La Perla community in the highlands of Nicaragua, near Jinotega.

You can meet Urania and hear her speak about her experiences in BRISTOL – TUES 27 FEB at 7pm at the Palestine Museum 27 Broad St, Bristol BS1 2HG. All welcome



Urania says: “I have been a member of my co-“operative, “Ernesto Acuña”, since 2002. I received my first piece of land as a gift from my husband. It was one hectare, and I planted coffee on it – this was made possible by a campaign run by SOPPEXCCA for access to land for women, and through it I have been able, little by little, to harvest more. I have also bought more pieces of land and now I have 2.5 hectares.
Before I got my land, my job was a domestic servant on farms close to my community, and I lived on a small salary that did not allow me to buy land, or build a house, and much less to invest in my own education and increase my knowledge.”
Through the organization, I have been trained in farm management, co-operativism, basic accounting and computing and, also thanks to fair trade and SOPPEXCCA, I have graduated as an agro-ecological engineer. To this I add the knowledge gained on my plot of land, and now i also advise my husband and other members of my cooperative. Because of the knowledge that I have acquired in the organization, I was assigned a temporary job as a coffee gatherer (acopiadora); I am the only woman to do this work in the organization and I encourage other women to take up the challenge, because through this employment I have managed to build a house, little by little. Before, it was made of wood and had an earth floor; now my house is made of concrete, and my children have their own rooms – before we only had a single room where we all slept together.”