Middletown Encuentro: Community Dialogue on Shared Struggles

From Daniel Plafker ’15 who sent us a model event submission (props to you, bro):

A horizontal, democratic moment of encounter for the Middletown community, Encuentro is a concept developed by the Zapatistas of Mexico and since adopted by communities in resistance around the world. It is a place for dialogue about the shared struggles that bind us: 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.

Encuentro is organized by a coalition of Middletown locals and Wesleyan students. Come together to share a free meal, to listen to music, to build solidarity, and to discuss the urgent need for action. Ongoing discussions include the establishment of a community police watch, collective debt resistance, and a free people’s garden.

The first step in addressing the class antagonisms that manifest in violence between our fellowMiddletown residents is to encounter each other to see where our struggles intersect.

This is a place for immigrants, workers, students, the unhoused, and the unemployed to unite around our shared humanity and organize for our collective future.

Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 1:30pm-5:00pm (Wes students can take free van from Parking Lot C – Corner of Church and High @ 1:15pm)
Place: Founders Hall, Middlesex Community College
Cost: Free
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