Rachel Fifer ’12 says you should come to an Encuentro:
An Encuentro (or “Encounter”) is a space for people to come together openly and peacefully.
An Encuentro is not a meeting a one-way panel or a conference. It is a call for dialogue and collaboration developed by the Mexican Zapatista revolutionaries with the intent of countering the current tendency to prioritize big business over individual welfare. We will speak, listen, and share our common struggles. Everyone’s voice will be taken into account equally.
Encuentro is a gathering of individuals who are struggling for housing, education, health, freedom, justice, love, a voice, a space to exist, peace, respect, themselves, for our community, for our dignity, and for humanity.
Guest Speaker Juan Haro is a co-organizer of Movimiento por Justicia en El Barrio in NYC and is a prominent and active community organizer who works with the Spanish-speaking communities throughout Harlem and across the country. He is a motivated activist who has hosted four Encuentro events previously which are directly inspired by the
Zapatista movement in Mexico. Juan has worked in collaboration with social activists across the country and with Subcomandante Marcos as well. He will speak about the history of the Encuentro events in the context of the Zapatista values of horizontal organizations, leftist politics and inclusive community building.
An Encuentro carries a spirit of mutual support, and co-discovery. It creates a space for collaboration in order to address our common struggles.
- Collaborative meal preparation, live music, and welcome! – 11am
- Community lunch (free) – 12pm
- Middletown stories – 1pm
- Small group discussion – 2pm
- General Assembly – 3pm
Your voice matters to your community.
When: April 28th, 2012, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: First Congregational Church
190 Court Street, Middletown, Connecticut