Witness for Peace Southwest Speaker’s Tour! Three weeks until we take off!
This year’s annual tour is slated with María Gabriela Pilar del Blanco, member of the Venezuelan Sex and Gender Diversity Revolutionary Alliance (ASGDRe). We will be touring 3 states: California, Arizona and New Mexico. We will visit at least 10 cities and towns across the region. We have organized public events and organizers’ exchanges at more than 20 organizations, schools and community spaces combined. If you’re interested in hosting an event with us please contact me as dates and locations are filling up. Our tour begins October 1st and we close out October 29th.
To achieve all this work, we need your support.
Witness for Peace Southwest is a grassroots donations’ driven organization. Speaker’s tour is vital for our region to thrive, inspire and sustain solidarity across the Americas.
Your donations three weeks before the tour starts on October 1st, will go toward logistical support for the tour:
Bus fare – tickets range in price from local buses to inter-regional buses. Help move us around Los Angeles County and from Phoenix, Arizona to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Flights – because of the geographical expanse of the tour, we will need to make at least one domestic flight! One way tickets average at approximately $120
Help keep our speaker’s tour team nourished! We’re asking our home-stays and co-sponsoring organizations to help cover most major meals but snacks, on the road pit stops and occasional meals we need help to cover.
For all our tours, we make a contribution to our speakers and the organizations they come from. While WfPSW is not a charitable organization, we do believe that grassroots solidarity through economic sustainability initiatives is important and often times, necessary.
In the long term:
Your donation helps facilitate organizing to build and strengthen solidarity across the Americas. You’re supporting face to face exchanges between communities in the US and Latin America and the Caribbean at the forefront of transformative political, social and economic change. Your dollars fund organizational development to build campaigns against detrimental US foreign policy and destructive US corporate practices.
How to make a donation:
You can make an online donation here or by calling in your credit card number to (805) 669-VIVA (8482). Donations can also be mailed to WFPSW PO Box 1781 Ojai, CA 93024.
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Who is this year’s speaker? What organization does she represent?
ASGDRe is a collective spread across Venezuelan national territory focused on building consciousness about the LGBTQ struggle in Latin America and the Caribbean. Their organization recently celebrated 7 years since its founding and has worked with a wide variety of national and international grassroots movements. Their work spans political education workshops, cultural events, literary publications, social consciousness raising, food sovereignty projects and movement building within the Bolivarian process. Gaby will also discuss the current status of legal rights for the LGBTQ community and current campaigns to continue transforming Venezuelan society supported by the inclusionary political framework of the Bolivarian Process.
Gaby is originally from Higuerote, Venezuela an Afro-Venezuelan town. Currently, ASGDRe has membership in Lara, Táchira, Mérida and Miranda states. Gaby will speak to the current political, economic and social climate in Venezuela and share her personal experiences as an organizer within the Venezuelan queer community. The framework for her presentations, exchanges and talks will focus on people’s power, popular movement narratives and the realities that communities face on the ground – their achievements, their challenges and their alternatives. Gaby’s presentations will also include multi-media materials including video clips, photo stills and other references showcasing the collective’s wide variety of projects.
Any contribution helps from $1, $5, $10, $20 to $100. We need all the support folks can share as we build connections across borders.
In solidarity and in gratitude,
Jeanette, Regional Organizer