Monday, 4 March 2013

LASC March 2013 Coffeehouse- coming soon

Latin America Solidarity Committee
March 2013 Coffeehouse
Indigenous Struggles in Latin America

       7-9 pm        Monday        March 18
   Wick Student Center,  Alumni Lounge   OUR SPRING LOCATION
 Daemen College,      4380 Main Street

Anne Petermann and  Orin Langelle have worked since 1996
in solidarity with Indigenous communities in Latin America,
from Chiapas, Mexico to Nicaragua to South America.
Now based in Buffalo, Langelle is a concerned photojournalist
with extensive photographs from the region.
Together they direct the Global Justice Ecology Project,
building brides between environmental and social justice groups.

LASC February 2013 Coffeehouse

LASC is the Latin America Solidarity Committee of the WNY Peace Center.
On the third Monday of each month we host a presentation by locally-connected solidarity projects
with Latin America and the Caribbean.  For this Spring, we are holding our presentations at Daemen College, in the Alumni Lounge of the Wick Student Center.  

Our February Coffeehouse was a return presentation on a long and successful project in Chiapas, through the Sisters Of St. Francis, Stella Niagara, New York.  Our speakers were
Dr. Robert Bull, Sr. Maura Forkort, and Dr. Dina Sulaiman, introduced by Sr. Nancy Zelma, who helps to coordinate the WNY part of the project.  Since 1995, local volunteers have
organized medical projects for indigenous communities near Palenque,  in Chiapas.  Each of the presenters gave a great view of the project and of their experiences serving the people.

Sr. Maura also brought us a report  on political tensions and developments in the region, written
by their religious community there  We hope to post a copy of that report here soon.

We had a large group of attendees, some were WNYers who have previously worked on the project, and many were Daemen students.   Lots of detailed information and interesting questions.

You can get more information from Sr. Nancy Zelma at  SRNANCYZ@gmail
Here is a page from one of their recent newsletters:

LASC January 2013 Coffeehouse

LASC is the Latin America Solidarity Committee of the WNY Peace Center.
Our January 21 Coffeehouse was a great presentation by Wendy Schwenker, on her
study visits to Heifer International projects in Guatemala.   She had meet with five community projects there last year.  She had lots of pictures of the people in the communities their, and stories about their varied situations and experiences.   She told us about the gracious welcomes the communities gave to the Heifer delegation, and what she saw of how communities work together, organize themselves, and share and pass on their successes.    

For the Spring, we are holding these monthly presentations at Daemen College, in the Alumni Lounge of the Wick Student Center.   We had quite a few new attendees.  Lots of questions came up about the history of Heifer International, how it is funded by gifts, how the communities develop their projects, and the nuts-and-bolds of how the projects work. We thank Wendy for giving us a vivid on-the-ground view of what she witnessed in Guatemala.    Here is a link: