Women Confronting Globalization
Wednesday December 7th, 2005, 7 PM
Portland State University, Smith Student Union, Room 327
Latina community activists from Chile and the United States will discuss women's collective struggle for economic justice and gender equality throughout the Americas. They will discuss how the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and other free trade agreements threaten women and indigenous people's livelihoods. Furthermore, they will speak on women's leadership in fair trade cooperatives and in constructing alternatives to corporate globalization.
Margarita Plaza Vargas, a Chilean journalist, is currently an advisor with the Community Human Rights Defenders Network in Chiapas, Mexico. Vargas has also worked on community radio with indigenous communities in Chiapas, and has worked extensively with the FZLN, the political wing of the Zapatista indigenous rights movement. Vargas will discuss the central role women take in the innovative Chiapas movement, from their work in weaving cooperatives to assuming political leadership.
Vargas will be accompanied by Christina Obregón, a grassroots organizer at the Mexico Solidarity Network. Obregón has worked alongside undocumented workers in the US in the struggle to gain civil rights, as well as with the mothers of femicide victims in Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico to end impunity. She also coordinates a medical aid program for communities in Chiapas.
The event is co-sponsored by Las Mujeres PSU and the Reed College Latino Student Union.
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
616 E. Burnside St.
Portland, Oregon 97214