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Maya weaver from Chiapas will be on campus April 30 and May 1

Maria Luisa Ruiz Diaz, a Maya weaver from Chiapas, Mexico, will be at New Mexico State University April 30 and May 1 to discuss issues regarding the effects of globalization on indigenous communities.


az along with Barbara Schutz, also of Chiapas, and Jessica Marques, of the Mexico Solidarity Network, are part of the Women's Fair Trade Tour, which represents indigenous women artisans in Mexico.

The women will speak about threats to indigenous communities arising from global trade initiatives, the corn and coffee crisis in Mexico, the impact that fair trade has on Mexican indigenous communities, women's leadership in fair trade cooperatives and a sustainable model of international trade based on economic justice.

"The fair trade tour is an example of how indigenous people in Mexico are speaking out about the alternative solutions they bring to pressing problems, such as poverty and human rights," said Christine Eber, assistant professor of anthropology. "The women's visit is an invitation to join with them in struggling for a more socially just world."

There will be a presentation and weaving sale from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the NMSU Branson Library, Special Collections Area, Second Floor. The women will participate in an "International Day of Solidarity" from 2:40 to 3:40 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Corbett Center Patio. A weaving demonstration and sale will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. at the NMSU Museum, Kent Hall. All event s are free.

The events are sponsored by the NMSU Center for Latin American and Border Studies, the department of sociology and anthropology, the department of government, Women's Studies Program, American Indian Programs and the University Libraries. Community sponsors are Sophia's Circle, Corazon a Corazon and Voices for Peace. International sponsors are Jolom Mayaetik, K'inal Antzetik and the Mexico Solidarity Network.