Ligna Pulido, who works with the Cauca Regional Indigenous Council of southwest Colombia and the University of Valle Center for Gender Studies, will stop in Durham for a talk on indigenous activism in Colombia as part of her five-state tour sponsored by New England Witness for Peace.
Ms. Pulido, a member of the Nasa tribe, is helping in the implementation of Plan Salvaguardia (The Safeguard Plan), which was born out of the 1991 Colombian Constitution and resulted from social movements' insistence on honoring the ethnic and territorial rights of indigenous communities. Protecting cultural and physical survival is at the center of the effort. Toward those ends, there is a call for official governmental recognition of Afro-Colombians, and work on creating means to implement Native rights and protections. Activists from each of the 34 indigenous groups judged to be at risk of extinction are working in solidarity on these issues. Her talk will include a critique of the recent "free trade" agreement between Colombia and the USA, and militarization in Colombia.
This event is co-sponsored by the Waysmeet Center and the AFSC.
Witness for Peace (WFP) is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Witness for Peace’s mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean.
After Ligna Pulido's talk, consider staying around for a 6 pm dinner/concert to benefit the Campaign for Real Food on Campus and SEAC's Divest for the Future Campaign. The event at Young's Restaurant will feature a 3-course dinner prepared by guest chef and director of Ecogastronomy, Dan Winans. Learn about real food and why our fossil fuel addiction is bad for food while enjoying some excellent live music. Tickets available at MUB Box office. $3 for students w/ ID and $20 for non-students. Call 862-2290 for will-call.
Larry Brickner-Wood, (603) 862-1165