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Benefit Before Christmas

Christopher Kelogg and Gabriela Santies

Betsy Davis y Sheelaugh Herron

Francisco y Marisol

Gregory Diamant and John Herron

The smiley Global Justice Group for Solidarity Aid

By Jade Arroyo

Friends and members of the San Miguel community joined together at a bazaar of Christmas gifts and exchange for a charitable cause. The event was organized by the Center for Global Justice and the Ayotzinapa San Miguel Collective.

The Christmas Bazaar took place on Sunday, November 27, at the Center for Global Justice as an act of solidarity with a family in need and also for a gift exchange among friends. Inside the event there was a fun auction run by José Luis Mendoza, live music by Chilean guitarist Francisco Hermosillo and singer Alejandra Leon, a cash bar, tapas, and lots of fun.

The Center for Global Justice and the Ayotzinapa Collective gathered to raise funds for José Ángel Vudoyra, son of Lourdes Guerrero and Abel Vudoyra. Lourdes (Lulu), a member of the Ayotzinapa San Miguel Collective, has been promoting the Center’s collaboration with the Collective for more than a year. José Ángel’s appendix exploded a few days after starting university. He has already had two surgeries in Mexico City, but the health system will not provide the third one at a reasonable cost. José Luis Mendoza, part of the Collective said, “When Mexicans face such situations, in order to raise funds, they organize a Christmas Bazaar about a month before Christmas. A party where friends come together, and many bring gifts to offer for sale to other guests. What is collected is for the family in need. We can also build bridges between our diverse communities to help us all survive the difficult times ahead.”

All profits will go to José Ángel’s operation. If you are interested in making a donation, write to or call the office 415 150 0025 between 5 and 9pm, Monday–Friday.


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