Delegation to Oaxaca! March 1-9, 2008
A State of Crisis- The Roots of Migration in Oaxaca
Last day to apply: January 31!
Last year, Oaxaca, Mexico made international headlines as a teachers’ demonstration, attacked by police, turned into a popular uprising. The world watched as organized Oaxacas clashed with police amidst barricades in attempt to control the city. Six months of fighting left 23 dead. What drove the people of Oaxaca to such desperate measures?
Each year, over 150,000 Oaxacans leave their homes, families, and communities to head north towards an indefinite future. Many of them attempt to cross a deadly desert and evade migration authorities to live as illegal immigrants in the US. What drives the people of Oaxaca to such desperate measures?
What are the roots of this dual crisis in Oaxaca?
Go to Oaxaca and find out for yourself!
To sign up or get more info, please contact:
Ben Beachy Serafina Youngdahl
Cost: The price of the 8-day delegation is $870. The delegation fee covers all set-up, meals, lodging, interpretation, transportation, reading materials, and other costs within Mexico. Delegates are responsible for covering their own airfare to and from Oaxaca. Fundraising assistance can be provided.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2008
Reservations are first come, first serve, so don’t delay!
Witness for Peace is:
a politically independent, grassroots organization of people committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. Our mission is to support peace, justice, and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing US policies and corporate practices that contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. www.witnessforpeace.org
You’ll have the chance to:
Stay with host families in an indigenous community where nearly everyone has migrated to the US at some point. Hear them explain why they go and how it impacts their community.
Speak with the teachers’ unions and organizations at the heart of last year’s popular uprising.
Visit activists who recently took over their local government to block water privatization.
Hear experts suggest hopeful paths towards resolution of the current migration crisis.
Discuss how to best act in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca and plan collective actions.
Enjoy succulent quesadillas, mole, chocolate, and other culinary delights. Oaxaca probably offers the highest concentration of tasty food in the world.
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