Latin American Studies

Voices from Nicaragua & La Via Campesina

Marlen Sanchez has a solution for climate change that starts with Nicaraguan farmworkers. Erika Takeo has a plan for how Californians can help.

            They and union-activist-turned ecologist Dionys Melgara will be outlining their strategy at two talks at San Francisco State University on Thursday, Feb. 8. The first, at 12:20 p.m., will be in the Ambassador David Fischer Briefing Room, Humanities 281. A second talk begins at 5 p.m. in Burk Hall 210.

Justice for Ayotzinapa

           A survivor of the 2014 disappearance of 43 Mexican young people studying to be teachers is scheduled to provide an update on the campaign seeking justice for the disappeared.  Omar Garcia will offer information on how to support those efforts during a talk Thursday, September 28, at 11 a.m. in room 587 of the Humanities Building at San Francisco State University.

Doubly Undocumented

Unlocking the rights of Mexicans who do not legally exist
Karen Mercado, founder/executive director of the BE Foundation (Derecho a la Identidad), speaks on social movements that find pragmatic solutions for concrete problems. The BE Foundation helps the millions of Mexicans without birth certificates gain access to personhood both in Mexico and the United States.
6 p.m. Oct. 27
HUM 281 (IR Briefing Room)
Sponsors: History Department, Latin American Studies

"Blood Rising": Murder in a Mexican Border City

For two decades, women who work in the export plants of Ciudad Juarez, have been found murdered. The death count in these "femicides" has risen to nearly 400 now, yet only 2% of the murders have been prosecuted. As the mothers of the murdered women have pressed for justice, they, too, have been threatened. Their decision to place their story in the hands of artist Brian Maguire is told through the film "Blood Rising."

Political Action Through Art with Karla Lara

Karla Lara singing

Honduran feminist activist Karla Lara will perform and discuss three decades of political struggle through music and theater on October 16 at 4 p.m. in the International Relations Briefing Room, HSS 362. She is part of "an extensive artistic movement that creates songs that express the identity, history and rhythms of a better Honduras that they are building together," according to her website.