In September of 2011 I will travel to southern Mexico with a delegation to study food sovereignty and photodocument my experiences.
*Update! Goal reached! Thanks to some amazing support, I reached my goal of $400--however, this is only approximately one quarter of the full cost of the trip, so I'm going to keep going until the very end and see if I can make a little bit more to ease the burden on my wallet! Please feel free to donate until the project expires on August 15th!*
In September of 2011, I will be traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico, with a delegation of other activists from Witness for Peace, Community Alliance for Global Justice, and the Washington Fair Trade Coalition.
This specific delegation is focused on food sovereignty issues and immigration in southern Mexico, an area that is home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the state , rich in cultural diversity and history, yet which faces increasing poverty and pressure to migrate north in order to survive. In this area, the original birthplace of maize (corn), small farmers are fighting for the right to save and grow their own seeds without the interference of NAFTA and other US and UN backed trade agreements, or without pressure from large agri-business corporations. Small farmers, community groups, and women entrepreneurs are leading this exciting and vibrant new movement for food sovereignty.
In addition to participating in the delegation in order to deepen my analysis and effectiveness as an organizer, I will also be photo-documenting my experiences. Upon my return I plan on creating a photo presentation that can be used as an organizing tool to educate local people about the impacts of US food policy on developing countries.
Money raised through Kickstarter will assist me in covering the registration costs of the delegation as well as travel costs (approx $1800).
For more information on the delegation, please go here.
(Please note: the photo above was not taken by me. Since I haven't yet been to Oaxaca, I didn't have an appropriate picture to display that was my own work.)
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The above reward, and you will receive a handwritten postcard from me during the trip!
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All of the above plus a souvenir from Oaxaca.
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All of the above plus a gift from a local Oaxacan farmer's market.
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All of the above plus a professionally printed 5x7 photo print from the delegation (photographer's choice).
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All of the above plus you will receive a selection of five different 5x7 photo prints from the delegation (professionally printed, photographer's choice).
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