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Chiapas presentations set for April 12 and 13

The New Mexico State University Center for Latin American and Border Studies and several other NMSU programs and departments will join with the Mexico Solidarity Network and the Chiapas Media Project on April 12 and 13 to host two events highlighting the struggle of indigenous communities for economic survival and human rights in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Indigenous woman videotaping for Chiapas Media Project.

m. Tuesday, April 12, Francisca Rodriguez Lopez, an indigenous woman activist from the Network of Community Human Rights Defenders in Chiapas, and Jessica Marques, a grassroots coordinator with the Mexico Solidarity Network, will present "Women Confronting Globalization in Chiapas, Mexico," at the St. Albert the Great Newman Center, 2615 S. Solano Dr., Las Cruces.

The women will discuss human rights abuses and economic threats to indigenous communities in Mexico, promote a sustainable model of international trade based on economic justice, and discuss the leadership of women in fair-trade cooperatives. Weavings and traditional handicrafts made in Zapatista indigenous women's cooperatives will be offered for sale to raise money to improve living conditions in Chiapas communities.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, photographer and videographer Francisco Vazquez will speak and show recent videos produced by the Chiapas Media Project at the Nason House, home of the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, on University Avenue across from Kinko's.

The Chiapas Media Project (CMP) is an award-winning bi-national indigenous video initiative from Chiapas and Guerrero in southern Mexico. In addition to screening recent titles in the CMP series, Vazquez will discuss the impact of indigenous self-representation and communication, the effects of globalization on indigenous communities and the role of video in the promotion of human rights for indigenous peoples in Mexico.

The events are sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Border Studies, the Mexico Solidarity Network, the Network of Community Human Rights Defenders of Chiapas, the NMSU Women's Studies Program, NMSU Library, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Student Association for Latin American Studies, the Las Cruces-Chiapas Connection and the Chiapas Media Project.

The Las Cruces-Chiapas Connection is a local advocacy organization that assists women of Chiapas with their grassroots economic development projects.

For more information call Christine Eber of the NMSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Las Cruces-Chiapas Connection, at (505) 646-2448. For information on borrowing and viewing CMP videos, call Molly Molloy, Latin American specialist at NMSU's Zuhl Library, (505) 646-6931.