Tonight, Stephen and I are going to hear a Witness for Peace (WFP) presentation at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Church in Chapel Hill (106 Purefoy St.) about their work in Oaxaca.
Tony Macias is one of four WFP team members in Oaxaca and former assistant director of North Carolina Student Action with Farmworkers. He and his co-worker Moravia de la O arranged for a local delegation — Sharon Mujica, Alan Young, Eduardo Lapetina and Jane Stein — to visit the region and they just returned. They will be sharing their experiences and points of view about the economic conditions, immigration issues, and community survival in Oaxaca.
Witness trips seek to equip both travelers and their audiences to press for sensible and humane economic and immigration policy.
This is important work! We see the impact of the severe international economic crisis on the streets of Oaxaca — there are fewer visitors than usual, and this is having a huge impact on the ability of crafts people and artists to sustain themselves.
My goal is to help bring affordable travel to Oaxaca and bring visitors in contact directly with artisans who create extraordinary work. We are all in this together! Abrazos fuerte. -Norma
This is the flyer I’ll be distributing tonight. Please pass the flyer!