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Extrajudicial Killings in Colombia...Not In Our Name!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 7:00 p.m. "My name is Martha Lucia Giraldo Villano and I was born on June 22, 1978 in Cauca, Colombia. I am the daughter of José Orlando Giraldo, a small-scale farmer who was the victim of an extrajudicial killing by the National Army. In my country, there have been many extrajudicial killings that are also categorized as false positives (the killing of innocent civilians to pass them off as guerrillas killed in combat within the context of Colombia's armed conflict). The execution of my father is an example of a 'false-positive' murder."

"I am part of the Victims of State Crimes Movement. Along with other victims, we work together on organizing and training in order to demand our rights to truth, justice and reparation."

Patricia Hernandez: “Autonomous Education” from Chiapas to Mexico City – Urban-Zapatista Links

Saturday, November 7, 2009, 6:30 p.m. 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.

Joel Kovel: Overcoming Zionism - Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Join Overcoming Zionism author, Joel Kovel, in challenging the notion of "exceptionalism" and the resultant alienation of people and environment. Joel weaves together deep historical and structural analysis with insights into the development of the psyche. Wikipedia provides a useful overview of his thinking. However, it fails to provide a full account of the price that he is paying for publishing his critique of Zionism. For a complete list of his books, see Joel's website.

A Night in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance

Friday, August 14, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Come hear reportbacks & updates from eyewitnesses of the Honduran coup. A fundraiser for groups fighting the business/military dictatorship, we will have food, dance, & drink, plus live musical performances to be announced. Visit Honduras Resists! for latest the news and updates.

Michael Moore's Sicko - Mass-Care Screening

Monday, June 29, 2009, 1:30 p.m. Join Ben Day, Mass-Care's executive director, for a timely introduction to the health care debate and a screening on Michael Moore's Sicko. One highlight of the meeting will be a live conversation with one of the folks whose story was featured in the documentary.

Sign Making, Rally Prep - Solidarity with Indigenous Peruvians

Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Activists in solidarity with Peruvian indigenous struggles for sovereignty will be meeting to prepare posters and banners for the 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2009, protest outside the Peruvian consulate in Boston.

The Indigenist provides background information on this struggle.

US Health Care – Moving the Debate Left

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 6:00 p.m. Please join the Radical Education Project for a screening of Salud" (the documentary on Cuba's health system) followed by a discussion of how the left can intervene in the current health debate in the US to promote the ideas that health care is a human right; that health should not be a commodity; and that a healthy society would mean a lot more than universal access to a doctor.

Anti-Immigrant Raids: Organizing Radical Solutions

Sunday, April 26, 2009, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. This is a follow up meeting. The first was convened by Mata Hari and drew together a broad range of pro-immigrant organizations to discuss responses to the continuing raids on immigrant communities.

Outrage about the Raids: Radical Solutions Needed

Sunday, April 5, 2009, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Mata Hari and a broad range of pro-immigrant organizations are meeting to discuss responses to the continuing raids on immigrant communities.

Colombia: Polo Democratico Alternativo

Meet Senator Jorge Enrique Robledo

Monday, March 23, 2009, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to speak with Senator Jorge Robledo, an prominent member of the National Senate in Colombia. The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center has been trying to build ties with Colombian trade unionists who are routinely assassinated in Colombia (more than any other country in the world combined) for speaking up for their rights. Senator Robledo has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with labor unions and civic groups focusing on the plight of the indigenous peoples and small scale farmers of Colombia.

Free & Fair? A Firsthand Account of the January '09 Salvadoran Elections

Friday, January 30, 2009, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Official election observer provides firsthand testimony on the outcome and events surrounding the historic 2009 Salvadoran elections--the best chance for the left to take power in El Salvador since the 1992 Peace Accords. This event is organized by the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador.