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From Cancún to Miami / From the WTO to the FTAA
Bertha Caceres, co-founder of COPINH (Honduras)
Thursday, November 6,   7 pm,  in  MIT Room 54-100

Brazil elects a LEFTIST president ... The economy of Argentina IMPLODES ... Venezuela's poor descend on Caracas and REVERSE a coup d'état ... World Trade Organization talks in Mexico COLLAPSE without agreement ... a popular uprising in Bolivia forces the president to FLEE to the USA ... While the "War on Terror" rages around the world, what's happening in the United States' "back yard"? Come hear Bertha Cáceres, activist leader of COPINH, address these issues and more.

On this speaking tour, Ms. Caceres discusses various issues associated with "globalization," including the effects of the "free trade" development model on indigenous rights; development policy and the environment; and the development vision and policies of the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) and the WTO (World Trade Organization). Ms. Caceres' tour will take her to the FTAA summit meeting in Miami (Nov. 17-22), where she will participate in education, alliance building, and protest activities.

 About Bertha Cáceres And COPINH 

Ms. Caceres is a leader among the campesino and Lenca people in western Honduras. She is a co-founder of COPINH, the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations, Honduras.

A mother of four, Ms. Caceres works to build and strengthen alliances among Indigenous and Afro- Caribbean groups that defend the rights of indigenous and poor campesinos throughout Honduras, Central America and the Americas. She has traveled extensively across the Hemisphere, speaking on issues of global poverty, racism and repression.

The group she co-founded, COPINH, deals with such issues as the impunity of large land-owners and the forced eviction of campesinos (ladino and indigenous); illegally de-forestation by private corporations; the proposed World Bank-funded dam (El Tigre) to be built near the Honduran/Salvadoran border that would displace up to 10,000 Honduran campesinos; and compensation for victims of human rights violations committed by the Honduran state.

This event is co-sponsored by: The MIT Women's Studies Program, The Technology and Culture Forum, Students for Labor Justice, the Social Justice Cooperative, and the Program on Human Rights and Justice.