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Common Grounds: Land, Coffee, and Rural Organizing in Guatemala
Date Wednesday October 29
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley.
Event Type Teach-In
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 7 pm - 9 pm --------------------------------------------------------------- Come hear Paulina Culum, a small coffee producer and organizer, describe the work of Plataforma Agraria. Plataforma Agraria is a coalition of 15 campesino, human rights, academic, and religious organizations that seeks to construct a broad-based movement in favor of structural change in the countryside that favors rural development for the marginalized, rural poor. Their strategy involves organization and advocacy at both the local and national levels, and seeks immediate as well as long-term gains for the rural population. The aim is to dismantle the structures of oppression, concentration of wealth, authoritarianism and the predatory approach to the natural world that characterizes the current economic regime. The Platform’s Coffee Reform seeks to address the crisis created by plummeting international coffee prices. Aside from her work with Plataforma Agraria, Paulina is currently completing her practical rotations as a nurse so that she can work as a community nurse in the Lake Atitlan area where malnutrition and extreme poverty are present. Paulina hopes that with her medical training she will be able to give back to her community and improve the lives of children and adults. --------------------------------------------------------------- Cost: No charge.
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