In the midst of anti-fracking and anti-genetically modified foods fights in our state, join us for a conversation with Mexican organizer and inspiring speaker Luz Rivera Martinez, on tour with The Mexico-US Solidarity Network.
Luz will speak about her 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. The discussion will have important lessons for anyone interested in women’s, peasant, and labor movements.
Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe will be generously donating the lovely space and some delicious Hibiscus Tea.
There is also an event on UNC Campus at the FedEx Global Education Center that night. More info here: http://isa.unc.edu/event/sowing-struggle-social-movements-the-future-of-corn-with-luz-rivera-martinez/
The Mexico-US Solidarity Network presents
“Sowing Struggle: Social movements and the future of corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico”
featuring Luz Rivera Martinez of the Consejo National Urbano Campesino (CNUC)
and Stuart Schussler of the Mexico Solidarity Network
Hosted by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, with support from Internationalist Books and Community Center
Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe on Thursday, September 19th, 3-5pm
During the Mexican Revolution support for Emiliano Zapata was strong in Tlaxcala, and under the slogan of “the land belongs to those who work it” many peasants occupied the plantations their families had labored on as serfs for generations. On that land, they planted the 26 varieties of native corn that have been developed in Tlaxcala over millennia.Today, the Revolution lives on through the work of the Consejo Nacional Urbano Campesino (CNUC). Luz established CNUC in the early 1990s to coordinate resistance to the impending North American Free Trade Agreement, especially regarding its dismemberment of Article 27 of the Mexican Constitution, which enshrined peasants’ right to communally own the ejido farm lands redistributed during the Revolution. Continue reading