AfroVenezuela: History and Culture Delegation
May 21-30, 2016
Before the Bolivarian Revolution, Afro-Venezuelan people and their history were marginalized and erased from Venezuelan society. Along with International Workers’ rights, May also celebrates Afro-Venezuelan history and is full of commemorative events marking the significant political, cultural and social contributions of the African Diaspora and the specific struggles of Afro-descendants in Venezuela. Delegates will meet with grassroots Afro-Venezuelan organizers, cultural leaders and participate in local events while also learning about state institutions that work toward challenging institutional racism. Learn how Afro-Venezuelans have secured significant rights with the Bolivarian Revolution and continue to build an anti-racist Venezuelan society today.
Cost: This delegation fee covers all set-up preparation, 2 meals per day, housing accommodations, interpreters, transportation within the country and a trained delegation coordinator. The feel also covers extensive reading and activist tools before and after the delegation. $1950 excluding international airfare. Deadline: Application with a non-refundable deposit of $150 is due by March 14, 2016. Limited space available—Apply early!
For more information: Jeanette Charles, Witness for Peace Southwest 805-669-VIVA or firstname.lastname@example.org or Malia Everette at 415-735-5407 or email@example.com. For additional information about scholarship opportunities and fundraising assistance email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tanya Hartley at email@example.com.
TRAVEL TO CUBA!
w/ Witness for Peace Southwest
Celebrate May Day in Cuba: Labor and Community Organizing from the Ground Up!
APRIL 24-MAY 4, 2016
Primero de Mayo. Foto: Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate.
This delegation will engage participants in the history of Cuba’s progressive politics favoring the poor. Since the historic concurrent announcements by Presidents Obama and Castro on December 17, 2014 that both countries would undertake a new course on the path towards normalized relations in no other time has there been more interest in Cuba, its history, cultural and political landscape. With Witness for Peace Southwest celebrate alongside the Cuban people on International Worker’s Day in Havana. The Cuban people are at the forefront of people’s movements in the Americas and we invite you to come to Cuba and see this reality first-hand.
While on delegation, you will meet with a variety of organizations that have worked over the last several decades to build a new society which favors the poor, encourages participation and offers opportunities for all Cuban citizens. Learn more about Cuba’s commitment to education, healthcare and social justice. This is a historic time to bear witness to the dramatic changes taking place in our hemisphere. Please join Witness for Peace Southwest for what promises to be a remarkable time to celebrate Cuba’s revolutionary spirit, past and present!
This delegation is sponsored by the human rights organization Witness for Peace Southwest and Altruvistas, a socially responsible and philanthropic travel company.
Contact: For more information and applications contact: Witness for Peace Southwest Regional Organizer Jeanette Charles at 805-669-VIVA or firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Malia Everette at 415-735-5407 or email@example.com. For additional information about scholarship opportunities, sliding scale costs based on income and fundraising assistance contact Jeanette and/or Tanya Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: The price of this delegation is $2350 without international airfare and $2950 with airfare included from Miami. The deadline to apply with a non-refundable deposit of $200 has been extended to March 14, 2016. Limited space available—please apply early! The fee covers all set-up preparation, 2 meals per day, 3 star housing accommodations in double rooms, interpreters, transportation within country, a trained delegation coordinator, and honoraria for our speakers.
Witness for Peace Southwest presents a six session webinar series highlighting movements across Latin America and the Caribbean that are fighting for their self-determination, autonomy, peace and human rights. Speakers will include members of Witness for Peace Southwest, International Teams and partners on the ground throughout the region. We hope you will join us for these discussions. When possible, sessions may also be available in Spanish.
We have confirmed the following sessions on: Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela, Honduras and Latin America’s defense of the Earth.
For additional information, please contact Regional Organizer Jeanette Charles at: email@example.com, (805) 669.8482
You can register here: http://goo.gl/forms/xAIO3rpUW7
On January 24, a Witness for Peace Southwest delegation protested outside of Fort MacArthur, a former U.S. military air force base in San Pedro, California.
The action came one day after WfPSW’s 2016 opening event, Latin America 2016: People’ Power and Popular Democracies in the Face of US Imperialism.
Here are some pics documenting the night’s events:
Regional Organizer Jeanette Charles spoke about the current conditions in Honduras and the WfP Midwest delegation to Honduras this February focusing on women’s leadership and organizing.
More than 50 people came out to listen to first hand testimony about Mexico’s struggle against impunity.
Regional Board Member Rachel Brunhke MC’ed the night’s events and spoke about the status of Cuba and U.S. diplomatic relations.
Dozens participated in our silent auction featuring a wide variety of books and merchandise from and about Latin America and the Caribbean.
Students from across San Pedro came out to learn more about the revolutionary movement in Venezuela.
Please keep posted for upcoming events, actions and delegations.
In peace and solidarity,
On behalf of Witness for Peace Southwest