Thursday, September 30, 2010

Witness for Peace Tour - Kiado Cruz speaks in Hardwick

Monday, October 18th at 7pm
Hardwick Town Hall
The New England Region of Witness for Peace brings Kiado Cruz, Community Organizer for RASA (La Red Autónoma por la Soberanía Alimentaria: The Autonomous Network for Food Sovereignty).

RASA is a spin-off of UniTierra, a school that concentrates on indigenous forms of education such as mentoring, horizontal networking and apprenticeship, community service, and environmental sustainability. RASA is an ever-increasing, city-wide network of people who are learning, and then teaching, inner-city gardening, while rediscovering their cultural food roots. The people of RASA are reclaiming their complex agricultural and culinary heritage, "roof by roof, yard by yard."

Señor Cruz will speak on sustainable agriculture as well as the community organizing that has been instrumental in the current autonomous movements in Oaxaca and Chiapas. He will also address questions about the effects of U.S. trade policies and increasing privatization that have been damaging to Mexico. He will also discuss how these issues relate to the large contingent of undocumented farm-workers, many of them from Mexico, now working on area dairy farms.

With this presentation, We hope to enrich the cross-borders dialogue between those who are creating and supporting local food systems and local economies; engaging in education reform; advocating for immigration reform; and promoting fair and just international trade, both in Latin America and in the U.S.

Please join us for this exciting dialogue!

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