Francia Marquez: The Struggle for our Land and Our Lives

October 29, 2012

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Briggs Building, Room 348


In Cauca, a mountainous region in Colombia's Pacific southwest, Francia Marquez, an Afro-Colombian woman leader from La Toma, bravely galvanizes a movement of people who are fighting to hold onto the gold-rich land that has sustained their community through small-scale mining for centuries.

They are currently threatened by government deals with private foreign mining companies that threaten to displace them and harm the environment. Ms. Marquez is on tour with her translator from Witness for Peace. See more about this topic by watching the PBS documentary, The War we are Living, available on the Witness for Peace site.

This event is sponsored by the James Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive (CLASA), co-sponsored by the Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) and African American Studies Program (AASP). Programs are free and open to the public.

More on the CLASA site.

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Contact: Gail Presbey, Director
Phone: 313-993-1124
Email: presbegm@udmercy.edu