============================================================================ Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 20:47:59 -0800 To: •••@••.••• From: Rosa Zubizarreta <•••@••.•••> Subject: Re: rn> reader dialog; TFF info Content-Type: text/plain ; format="flowed" Dear Richard, you may forward the following to John if you'd like, or post it to your list.... i know little about Bolivia except that i have met some amazing indigenous activists from that country. The indigenous people, especially the women, seem to be incredibly well organized. Given that the indigenous people are a majority of the population, somewhat like the pre-apartheid South Africa, i would imagine that a progressive organization would want to establish connections with pre-existing indigenous organizations... i do know that in Ecuador, the indigenous organizations have taken a leadership role in a broad based mass movement that includes labor, campesinos, and other disenfranchised folks. Also in Ecuador they have had enormous success with non-violent organizing; in the last 10 years they have non-violently toppled two regimes -- it has not been a complete success in that the state leaders have been promptly replaced with other politicians just as bad, but having the popular movement led by the indigenous people bring the whole country to a halt for three days in a non-violent strike is a good beginning, in my book...(funny how we hear so little about it in the mass media :-) one of the most intriguing things to me about the indigenous activists i have met from both Ecuador and Bolivia is the very honorable tradition of "self-criticism" -- that is, in any action, activity, organizing effort, whatever, always evaluating the outcome in terms of the learning from it, "what could i have done better", rather than the blaming and in-fighting that seems to break apart so much of the movement elsewhere -- the times that i experienced it, it felt very genuine. (I used to be a volunteer with an organization that served as a continental network for indigenous people's struggles, and had the privilege of meeting some of these folks a number of times....) also, i have been very impressed by how grassroots the organizing efforts are... local communities organized, and then an organization at the regional level, and from there to the national. very solid examples.... so, whether the organization John is planning to start is primarily indigenous or not, it seems that regardless, there is much that could be learned from the indigenous movement... all best wishes, Rosa Zubizarreta >--------------------- >From: •••@••.••• >Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 22:48:42 +0100 (MET) >To: "Richard K. Moore" <•••@••.•••> >Subject: Re: chapters already sent > >Thank you so much for the chapter, I will look forward to >recieving chapter 2. One more thing, I am starting an >organization here in Bolivia, any suggestions, thought or >comments? I would really appreciate it. > >John Lujan Pastor ============================================================================ Delivered-To: •••@••.••• Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2000 06:06:54 -0500 From: info <•••@••.•••> Organization: Rights Action Canada MIME-Version: 1.0 To: •••@••.••• Subject: "Free" trade delegation to Guatemala *** PLEASE JOIN US *** Rights Action [formerly Guatemala Partners] invites you to join an Educational Delegation to Guatemala "Free" Trade & Human Rights in "post"-Conflict Guatemala IN GUATEMALA, delegation members will: * study the nature of Guatemala's unjust "free market" economic development model, * learn of how NGOs and CBOs (community-based organizations) are working to build an economic development model that guarantees respect for the economic and social rights of the majority poor, as well as their cultural, civil and political rights, and the environment, * learn of on-going repression (violations of political and civil rights), in the "post-conflict" era, and * learn of how individuals and organizations in Canada and the US can work with partner groups in Guatemala (indeed, throughout the region) to enable us all to build just societies and development models. 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