Honduras Speaking Tour with Ana Rivera: Sept. 14-Oct. 4, 2013

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Calendar of events:

Ana Rivera still has some openings for speaking events on the following dates: Sept 17 Bay Area daytime, Sept 18-21st , Sept 23-27, Sept 30-Oct 3 (Southern California)

Sun Sept 8 9:00am: KPFA Interview with Ana Rivera and Dana Frank on the Sunday Show with host Philip Maldari KPFA 94.1 FM | Berkeley, California. Listen online: www.kpfa.org/archives

Sat Sept 14 6:30pm BBQ Welcome Party and Witness for Peace Southwest 30th anniversary celebration. El Sobrante, CA Bay Area  call 805-669-VIVA or RSVP for address.

Sun Sept 15th 5pm: Taskforce on the Americas Annual Dinner. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael, California. For information call 415/924-3227. $35 min donation. 

Mon Sept 16 evening: Potluck/Pizza fundraiser in Berkeley at Redwood Gardens: contact geodale1@earthlink.net.

Tuesday Sept 17 BALASC Event

Modern Times Bookstore at 2919 24th Street 7pm – 9 pm.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. 

Sun Sept 22 Tucson, Arizona:

    2pm Welcome BBQ and 30th Anniversary Celebration of Witness for Peace Southwest. rsvp at southwestwfp@gmail.com or 805-669-VIVA

    5pm Presentation at the Global Justice Center, 225 E 26th St., Tucson, AZ 85713

more info: Chuck Kaufman <chuck@afgj.org> or call 805-669-VIVA

Fri Sept 27th 730pm Santa Barbara, CA

location TBA. contact southwestwfp@gmail.com or call 805-669-VIVA

Sat Sept 28th Ojai, CA Retreat and Conference

“Linking Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability” 11am-5pm workshops on Colombia, Climate Change, Honduras and more with keynote speaker Ana Rivera-Honduras. Housing, camping and overnight stays available. Evening films and activities for over night guests. Carpools available from outside areas. contact southwestwfp@gmail.com or call 805-669-VIVA. more details soon at www.witnessforpeacesw.wordpress.com co-sponsored by Christian Peacemaker Teams

Sun Sept 29 Morning and lunch Pacific Unitarian Church 5621 Montemalaga Dr, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274 email: sojournerrb@yahoo.com or call 805-669-VIVA

Sun Sept 29 afternoon/evening Los Angeles Public event TBA

Tanya Cole: Meet Your Regional Organizer – Tanya wants to hear from you!

Contact by email or by phone (805.421.9708) 

My name is Tanya Cole and I am thrilled and excited to be the Witness for Peace Southwest Regional Organizer. I have been a long time admirer of the aim and mission of Witness for Peace.

Much of the experience that has prepared me to work for Witness for Peace was acquired at Global Exchange in San Francisco. During my years at Global Exchange as the Latin America delegations coordinator, I organized over 30 delegations to nine different countries in Latin America.

I studied for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Latin American Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara where I first discovered political activism as a lifetime dedication and mission. I was raised in four states and over a dozen cities and I am a mix of my mother’s feisty Honduran heritage and my father’s sweet southern gentle charm. My main squeeze is my 11 year old boy who is a beautiful blue eyed surfer, sword collector and reader of big books. I also have two dogs and two cats. Sí es una locura. I also love to dance, learn new ways to non-violently wrestle people in jiu jitsu and whack tennis balls really hard. I am fortunate enough to have traveled to 12 countries where I have had amazing experiences. I have danced marimba with masked guerilla Zapatistas in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico; listened to Fidel Castro lecture on the global economy in Havana, Cuba; walked through the notorious favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; met survivors of torture and dictatorship in Buenos Aires, Argentina; witnessed thousands of Nicaraguans wait 10 hours in a line to vote; listened to the stories of maquila workers in Tijuana, Mexico; been humbled by Venezuelans who carry their constitution in their pockets; been “welcomed” by 30 armed gunmen during my first visit to Uruba, Colombia and marched with a million people through the streets of Los Angeles for immigrant rights.

I would love to hear from you! I’d be happy to tell you about our programs, how you can become involved and where your congressperson stands on key policy issues on Latin America we care about. I live in Ojai, CA but I am often traveling throughout our region (especially if I’m invited to your area!). You can reach me by phone or email me or catch up with me on our facebook page.

This is an exciting time to be working for political change in U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. With the courage and partnership of our partners in the region we are seeing a real change finally taking place. Victory is on the horizon. Onward with the righteous struggle for peace and economic justice!