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Monday, March 14, 2011 - 6:30pm

News & Letters Library
228 S. Wabash Ave., Room 230
Chicago, IL 60604

On International Women's Day, March 8, hundreds of Egyptian women demonstrated in Tahrir Square for their freedom.  They were attacked by a mob of men who beat and groped them, yelling at them that they should be home cooking and cleaning. What has to be realized is that women's struggle for freedom deepens revolution, it is not a diversion from it.

Voicing Resistance: A Performance by Chicago Women Activists

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 6:00pm

Reception: 5:30pm / Performance: 6:00pm – 9:00pm Student Center Rm. 120 / 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue

International Women's Day Celebration

Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 2:00pm

Celebrate International Women's Day. For anyone who has any desire to know why HALF of humanity remains in chains because of their gender...who wants to understand the oppression of women AND what can actually be done to radically uproot this oppression is invited to be part of this revolutionary celebration. Join us for a celebration with  poetry, music, a performance piece and refreshments.

Afghan Women’s Continuous Fight for Liberation

Monday, September 13, 2010 - 6:30pm

The history of women in Afghanistan is one of continuous struggle, be that against Persia, Britian, Russia, and now the United States. Yet beyond the struggle against a foreign invader, Afghan women’s battle has always been a double strug­gle, because at one and the same time as they fought against foreign invaders, they fought as well against their own profoundly male chauvin­ist culture. 

* How does Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan affect Afghan women? 

Women and Fair Trade: The Chiapas Connection

Friday, June 11, 2010 - 6:30pm

Jolom Mayaetik

La Cooperative Jolom Mayaetik, a collective of weavers in San Cristobal

La Cooperative Jolom Mayaetik, a collective of weavers in San Cristobal

Join us for a presentation, discussion, food and music.

Josefina Castillo and Viola Casares will present with photos and discuss their trip to Chiapas in April to visit La Cooperative Jolom Mayaetik, a collective of weavers in San Cristobal.

Their visit marks a further step in finding ways of collaboration between Jolom Mayaetik, Thread of Justice (Fuerza Unida), and Austin Tan Cerca's annual Women and Fair Trade Festival, which will be held in Austin at the end of November.

Suggested donation: $10

Jolom Mayaetik

La Cooperative Jolom Mayaetik, a collective of weavers in San Cristobal

La Cooperative Jolom Mayaetik, a collective of weavers in San Cristobal

Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera: Forging Relationships Across Borders

“A very appealing feature of the CFO philosophy is that they never impose an agenda on the workers, but instead respond to needs that workers articulate. They say ‘Always go to the workers with empty hands’—equivalent to our idiom of an open mind.” - Judith Rosenberg, Co-founder of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera

AFSC-Austin has supported grassroots initiatives among workers, migrants and activists for over a decade.

Rebuilding livelihoods in Zimbabwe

Fabric of hope

The residents of Hatcliffe Extension in Harare create tie-dyed and batiked clothing in rich jewel tones and craft shoes and other leather goods.  As they do, they begin to restore their livelihoods and move away from dependence on international aid organizations.

In 2008, the American Friends Service Committee began to work with Silveira House, Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau, and other non-governmental organizations to improve the living standard of 1,200 vulnerable households in the Hatcliffe Extension area. 

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