Talk on Mexico’s Zapatista Movement comes to COA

Posted Feb. 18, 2013, at 3:47 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2013, at 4:49 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 4:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: John Visvader; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Human rights workers Claudia Torres will be talking about the work being done in Mexico to counter repression. Torres will be talking to College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum on Friday, Feb. 22, at 4:10 p.m. in the McCormick Lecture Hall.

Her talk, “Clearing the path: Resisting repression and building solidarity in Mexico,” is part of a tour of the Mexico Solidarity Network.

Says Torres, “Across Mexico, indigenous communities, women’s groups, human rights defenders, students, and communities groups are mobilizing. They are building education, health, and housing projects; establishing autonomous territory; creating peace with justice and dignity. But obstacles, and particularly state repression, are immense: forced disappearance, imprisonment, political assassinations, and sexual torture.”

As a representative of the Network against Repression and for Solidarity, Torres will speak on the successes and obstacles she and others face. Torres has been working with Zapatista communities in Chiapas for decades. She has been especially involved in working with women to resist gendered violence and promote women’s health, education, and dignity.

The Network against Repression and for Solidarity is a member of the Zapatistas’ Other Campaign, a coalition of organizations in Mexico and beyond, founded in 2007. It focuses on solidarity with the Zapatistas, violence against women, and other political issues.

For more information on the Friday, Feb. 22 talk by Claudia Torres contact John Visvader at, or the college at 207-288-5015.

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