Melissa Cardoza is an accomplished poet and essayist, a committed organizer and a self-identified autonomous lesbian. Her narratives reconceptualizes organizing movements around water and natural resources, Indigenous struggles and the capitalist encroachment. Melissa Cardoza worked closely with Berta Caceres on Indigenous struggles for the protection of natural resources, the Gualcarque River in Honduras, and other water sources against extractive capitalist foreign projects for which Berta was killed by DESA corporation in 2016. She also works closely with OFRANEH on the self determination of Indigenous and Afro-descendant Honduran and ‘previous consult’ before tourist development or capitalist development. A leader in the Honduran Resistance and a leader for the emerging movement on civil and political rights of Indigenous and Afro-descendants.