ROOF BY ROOF, YARD BY YARD:
Sustainable Agriculture & Community Organizing in Mexico
The Nagarote-Wesleyan Partnership
WesFRESH (Wesleyan Students for Real, Ethical, Sustainable Habits)
Invite you to join them for
A Witness for Peace New England Presentation by
Kiado Cruz, Community Organizer
RASA (Autonomous Network for Food Sovereignty),
Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico
Thursday, October 14, 2010
PAC (Public Affairs Center)
Hansel Lecture Hall, Rm 001
Wesleyan University Campus
“The long-term idea is to create many knots. You can’t have a net without many knots.” Kiado Cruz
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, and about related migration issues.
With this presentation, the Nagarote-Wesleyan Partnership and WesFRESH aim 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 event!