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Other - Lecture/Discussion

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Fuller Laboratories
Lower Fuller Auditorium

A talk by Ligna Pulido, an indigenous activist from Colombia, at 4 pm on Tuesday, October 9th, at 4 PM, in Lower Fuller Auditorium. Pulido will give a talk on the subject of the U.S. governments policies and support for militarization in Colombia, illuminating the connections between militarization and violence, international trade agreements, land rights, and environmental protection. Her talk, entitled, "Walking the Word: Indigenous Peoples Peace and Justice Activism," is open to the entire WPI community.

Pulido is an expert in the political participation of women and the particular impacts of militarization on women, expertise she has gained through hard personal experience in her community and her work at the Univeristy of Valle Center for Gender Studies. She works currently with Plan Salvaguardia. The Plan was born out of the 1991 Colombian Constitution and resulted from social movements' insistence that the ethnic and territorial rights of indigenous communities and of Afro-Colombians be recognized. Comprised of representatives from the 34 indigenous groups judged to be at risk of extinction, the Plan is responsible for creating and implementing ways that allow indigenous communities to remain in their territory while protecting their cultural and physical wellbeing. Her national tour has been organized by Witness for Peace is a grassroots organization committed to non-violence and to supporting peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas.

Cost: free admission

Suggested Audiences: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult, Elders


Last Modified: September 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

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