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Colombian activist Carmenza Tez-Juagibioy visits Olympia
April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Indigenous Defender from Colombia:
For the Earth, For Life, For Our Existence
Colombian activist Carmenza Tex-Juagibioy, an environmental defender from the Kamentsa’ indigenous community in Colombia, and Steven Bray, former engineer of Caterpillar Corp. and member of the MRSCP (Madison-Rafah Sister City Project) and also Friends of Colombia Support Network-Madison, will be traveling to PNW from April 12-16. Tex-Juagibioy and Bray recently returned to the U.S. from Colombia for a three-month speaking tour around the United States.
The purpose of her trip is to build ongoing connections with indigenous leaders, non-profits organizations, community members, and activists to strengthen support and help connect indigenous struggles across borders involving human rights violations and environmental protection. Mining, oil extraction, pollution, fumigation of crops in the name of the war on drugs, and armed violence are parts of their life but the construction of the new highway through their sacred land in the Andes, connecting the economy of Brazil to a Pacific port, is at the center of their struggle. To learn more about the Putumayo region and the Kamentsa community check out this video featuring Carmenza, “Valley of Sibundoy – Mining and Indigenous Resistance.”
At 6:30pm Carmenza will be giving a presentation followed by a Q&A. Come listen to her story and find out how you can support the Kamentsa’ indigenous community in Colombia.
*Please bring a potluck item to share as we’ll be eating dinner promptly at 6pm when folks arrive.