Global Justice Summer Symposium

By Peter Weisberg

The Center for Global Justice continues a sizzling summer series of documentary films and talks on pressing social issues with the award-winning film Taking Root. This film asks, “What does it take to change a country?” It tells the story of Wangari Mattha, a woman who won both the Goldman Environmental Award and the Nobel Peace Prize for her critical work in restoring the forests of Kenya. A second film, Un Día en Ayotzinapa, is the back story of the 43 students brutally murdered in 2014 and the teacher training school from which their story emerges.

Taking Root and Un Día en Ayotzinapa
Tue, Jul 12, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

The Untold History of the US: Roosevelt, Truman and Wallace, 1944
Tue, Jul 12, 4pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

The Power of Localism, Progressive San Miguel
With Dylan Terrell, Caminos de Agua, Gabriela Osorio, and Yolanda Millán
Wed, Jul 13, 11am
Sala Quetzal
60 pesos

Film Discussion
Thu, Jul 14, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
60 pesos

Also to be shown on Tuesday, July 12, will be the second episode of Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. In this HBO series, iconoclast filmmaker Stone takes us through the events that have shaped our world from World War II to the Obama administration. The episode features the 1944 Democratic Convention, where FDR’s intention to back the favored progressive Henry Wallace as the party’s presidential candidate is thwarted by the party elite, who outmaneuver the majority of delegates and get the little-known Harry Truman to be the party standard bearer. Shades of conventions to come?

On Wednesday, July 13, a panel with representatives from some of San Miguel de Allende’s leading progressive organizations will speak, including one of the main organizers of TOSMA, the popular Saturday Farmer’s market. In addition, there will be spokespeople from a local water quality group, Caminos de Agua, and Tiangus Multitrueque, an organization linking producers in a lateral work exchange, a new form of equitable economic trade.

On Thursday, July 14, the Center’s funded documentary Tolantongo will tell the story of a spa resort in a beautiful river canyon just 4.5 hours from San Miguel. This incredibly successful enterprise is completely worker owned and run. It serves as an example of an economic model that benefits not only the workers, but also the entire community and the environment. All films are followed by stimulating discussion.


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