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Wellington Zapatista Supporters To Hold Fundraiser

Submitted by on October 29, 2007 – 5:02 pm EST98 Comments

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group (once headquartered at Wellington anarchist hangout 128 Abel Smith Street)is holding a fundraiser for “capacity-building workshops for health promoters in autonomous Zapatista communities in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas”.

From SCOOP


Mexican “Día de Los Muertos”/The Day of the Dead
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Press Release: Wellington Zapatista Support Group

HAPPY is happy to host Wellington’s first truly international Day of the Dead festival, to be held on Sunday 4th November, 7pm – late, cnr Vivian and Tory St.

Originally celebrated at the gravesites of loved ones, The Day of the Dead is now celebrated in the home, the squares, the streets, the cemeteries – and this year, even in Wellington! While Mexico celebrates Día de Los Muertos every 2nd November, availability dictated that we celebrate the ‘after-death’…

The proceeds from this fundraising event will go to providing capacity-building workshops for health promoters in autonomous Zapatista communities the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, one of the poorest in the country.

Unlike many indigenous communities reduced to accepting government hand-outs, the Zapatistas are committed to the peaceful development and provision of their own health, education and justice services, using members of their own communities speaking their own indigenous languages. This requires training in several technical areas.

We are doing our best to assist the Caracol of La Garrucha in the health sector with this important and essential work, by raising funds to enable capacity-building workshops in 2008 for the 50 health promoters of this zone.

4 info, pics, interviews contact Julie Webb-Pullman…

For info on Webb-Pullman’s background and Cuban and Zapatista connections, go here.

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