Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Upcoming ETAN Events in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, CA

A Luta Continua... The Struggle Continues...
Two events for  EAST TIMOR
Tuesday June 22, 2010
at the Resource Center for Nonviolence
515 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Friday June 25, 2010
at the United Presbyterian Church
112 E. Beach Street, Watsonville
Speakers:  Curt Gabrielson, Director Watsonville Science Workshop, previous instructor at National University of Timor-Leste and Pamela Sexton, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network

On May 20th, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor) celebrated its 8th anniversary as a sovereign nation. A survivor of 400 years of Portuguese colonial rule and 25 years of an internationally-supported genocide, Timor-Leste is the newest and poorest nation in Asia. It continues to face huge challenges to genuine independence including struggles to defend its rights to offshore oil reserves, to protect itself from the debt trap, and to develop curriculum that is not simply neo-colonial drivel.

Come learn more about current issues in Timor-Leste from two locals who spent last year in Timor-Leste and will soon return to work with grassroots organizations. Curt will be providing teacher training in hands-on culturally relevant science and math; Pamela will be working with a national women's organization and a solidarity organization that monitors international players in Timor.
This is a free event co-sponsored by IF and the Pajaro Valley Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).  Tax-deductible donations to support Curt and Pam's work in Timor-Leste can be made out to IF (write "Timor-Leste" on check.)  For more info, call Pam at 831-724-8051.

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