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"Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela"

When: Monday, December 7, 2009, 1:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor • Chinatown • Boston

Alborada Films Presents:

Inside the Revolution: A Journey into the Heart of Venezuela

SCREENING (Followed by Q&A with the director Pablo Navarrete)

February 2009 marked 10 years since Hugo Chavez took office, following
a landslide election victory, and launched his revolution to bring
radical change to Venezuela. While wildly popular with many in his
country, Chavez's policies and his outspoken criticisms of the U.S.
government have made him powerful enemies, both at home and abroad.
Filmed in Caracas in November 2008, this feature-length documentary
takes a journey into the heart of Venezuela's revolution to listen to
the voices of the people driving the process forward.

Pablo Navarrete is an independent British-Chilean journalist,

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Peace Organizing in a Time of Economic Crisis

When: Saturday, February 13, 2010, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: The Democracy Center • 45 Mt. Auburn St. • Cambridge

We invite the UJP community to gather and discuss peace organizing in a time of economic crisis, at our February strategy conference.    RSVP here!

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New England Antiwar Conference

When: Saturday, January 30, 2010, 4:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: MIT Campus • 50 Vassar St. • Room 34-101 • Cambridge

Explaining the Drive Towards Empire and Endless War

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report and Black is Back
Saadia Toor, Action for a Progressive Pakistan
Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.
Michael Schwartz, author of War Without End: The Iraq War in Context

 

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Memory and Its Strength: The Martyrs of El Salvador

When: Monday, November 30, 2009, 10:30 am
Where: Boston College • Robsham Theater Arts Center

Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia: Not in Our Name!

When: Thursday, November 12, 2009, 1:00 pm
Where: Boston College • Devlin 008 • Chestnut Hill

MARTHA LUCIA GIRALDO VILLANO

Since 2000, the U.S. government has provided nearly $5 billion in military
and police aid to Colombia. Despite claims of an improved human rights
record, thousands of civilians are being killed by this U.S.-funded
military. Further, Colombian human rights groups report a 68% increase in
murders by the armed forces in a recent five-year period over the previous
five years. And the rate of such extrajudicial slaughter is still on the
rise! Setting human rights conditions on U.S. funding to the Colombian
military clearly has been ineffective in stemming these killings or bringing
those responsible to justice.

Ms. Giraldo Villano is the daughter of a small-scale farmer who was executed
by the National Army. She is active in the Victims of State Crimes Movement,
in which she works with other victims organizing to demand their right to

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Tunes for Teosinte

When: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 9:00 am
Where: Arlington Town Hall • 730 Massachusetts Ave • Arlington

Sol y Canto founders Rosi & Brian Amador perform "Tunes for Teosinte," a
benefit concert for Arlington's sister city in El Salvador.

Rosi and Brian will perform joyful, original Latin roots music that moves,
delights, excites, and connects the audience to the richness of Latin
American culture.  This show will have both adults and kids out of their
seats and dancing in the aisles!  As a special treat for young audiences,
Rosi and Brian's 13-year-old twin daughters Alisa & Sonia will perform as
well.

Also:  bake sale and shop for fair-trade handbags, housewares, and other
items…all beautifully handcrafted in Teosinte!

Teosinte is a farming village in rural El Salvador that has been
Arlington's sister city since 1988. For more information, see

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Human Rights in Colombia

When: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 1:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor • Chinatown • Boston

Witness for Peace Tour w/ Martha Lucia Giraldo Villano - Speaking about "false positive" extrajudicial killings, Plan Colombia, the National Movement of Victims, and the importance of memory. 

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Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia: Not in Our Name!

When: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 5:00 am to 7:00 am
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston St • Boston

MARTHA LUCIA GIRALDO VILLANO

Since 2000, the U.S. government has provided nearly $5 billion in military
and police aid to Colombia. Despite claims of an improved human rights
record, thousands of civilians are being killed by this U.S.-funded
military. Further, Colombian human rights groups report a 68% increase in
murders by the armed forces in a recent five-year period over the previous
five years. And the rate of such extrajudicial slaughter is still on the
rise! Setting human rights conditions on U.S. funding to the Colombian
military clearly has been ineffective in stemming these killings or bringing
those responsible to justice.

Ms. Giraldo Villano is the daughter of a small-scale farmer who was executed
by the National Army. She is active in the Victims of State Crimes Movement,
in which she works with other victims organizing to demand their right to

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"Autonomous Education” from Chiapas to Mexico City : Urban-Zapatista Links

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009, 1:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor • Chinatown T Stop • Boston

Mexico-US Solidarity Network invites you to join us for a discussion of popular education in Zapatista indigenous communities and the role of urban academics as resources in constructing an autonomous education system.

Patricia Hernández, a sociologist specializing in education & gender, has worked since 2001 with indigenous communities to develop their primary and secondary schools, following a model of "autonomous education." She worked intensively with indigenous teachers—called "education promoters" (promoter@s)—to develop the secondary school for indigenous children living in the Zona Selva Tzeltal. Local leaders, who oversaw the project, wanted the community's demands for land, food, peace, justice and democracy to serve as the content for classes on history, language and mathematics.

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"Autonomous Education” from Chiapas to Mexico City : Urban-Zapatista Links

When: Monday, November 2, 2009, 1:00 pm
Where: MIT room 4-253 • 182 Memorial Drive • Cambridge

Mexico Solidarity Network Presents: Patricia Hernandez

Mexico-US Solidarity Network invites you to join us for a discussion of popular education in Zapatista indigenous communities and urban locations with feminist activist sociologist Patricia Hernandez. Draw connections between women’s struggles, education for liberation and social movements in Mexico and US.

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Voices of the Voiceless in Honduras

When: Sunday, November 1, 2009, 5:00 am to 7:00 am
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston St • Boston

THE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF BOSTON
SUNDAY SPEAKERS FORUM presents...

Prof. ARTHUR KUBICK

The June 28th coup in Honduras continues with growing repression on the part
of the new government: beatings, detention, disappearances, killings. From
Sept. 19-26, the Quixote Center sponsored their seventh human rights
accompaniment delegation to Honduras since the coup began. There we
witnessed this repression first-hand, but at the same time experienced the
commitment of so many people to building a society rooted in social justice
and equality. (The delegation's report can be read at www.quixote.org) Our
speaker will share his experiences and explore ways to continue solidarity
with the people of Honduras.

Art Kubick is a retired professor and former director of the Center for

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The Day That Changed My Life Forever: A Guatemalan Torture Survivor Speaks Out on Violence, Impunity, and Immigration Reform

When: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Harvard CGIS South • 1730 Cambridge St • Belfer Case Study Room, S-020 • Cambridge

Contact:

Halbert Jones,

hmjones@fas.harvard.edu

Gladys Monterroso, Attorney; Professor; Secretary General of the Encuentro por Guatemala Party.

Gladys Monterroso is a Guatemalan lawyer, university professor, secretary for the Encuentro por Guatemala political party, and wife of the Guatemalan Human Rights Ombudsman, Sergio Morales. Gladys was kidnapped and tortured in March 2009.

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Violence and Impunity in Guatemala

When: Friday, October 30, 2009, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: MIT Room 4-231 • Cambridge

Speaker: Gladys Monterroso

Gladys Monterroso is a Guatemalan lawyer, university professor, secretary for the Encuentro por Guatemala political party, and wife of the Guatemalan Human Rights Ombudsman, Sergio Morales. Gladys was kidnapped and tortured in March 2009.

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Mass Mobilization to Close the School of the Americas

When: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:00 pm to Saturday, November 21, 2009, 7:00 pm
Where: Fort Benning, Georgia

Mining Resistance in Central America: A Forum with Grahame Russell

When: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 3:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor • Chinatown T Stop • Boston

Presented by Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)

Don¹t miss Grahame Russell of Rights Action's Boston stop on his national
tour! Recently returned from Guatemala and Honduras, Grahame speaks on local
resistance to transnational mining corporations and the coup in Honduras.

Join CISPES as we kickoff our Stop the Suits Campaign. Help put the pressure
on Pacific Rim and Commerce Group, two North American mining companies suing
the country of El Salvador for $177 million in "lost profits" under CAFTA!

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