Global Justice This Week

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The Green New Deal
Mar 22nd, 2019 1:00 pm
TALK
70 pesos
Georgeann Johnson & Peter Weisberg
What is the Green New Deal? What Can It Do? What are its Limitations? The Green New Deal (GND) is getting a lot of attention these days...and rightly so as the potential of the Green New Deal to address climate change and global warming is the single most important issue of today. And tomorrow.

Proponents of the GND are hopeful as it coincides with the scientific studies that show that we have 12 years left to turn our climate catastrophe around. Not 50 years, not 30 years, but 12 years. As a world leader, the USA bears great responsibility in leading the way in getting off fossil fuels and onto wind and solar energy. Just as the name "New Deal" summons the memory of FDR and his New Deal, it also raises the memory of how fast the USA ramped up the factories and work force that made the weapons and machinery necessary to go to war in Europe. It was an incredible feat. It can be done again. So what is involved in the Green New Deal? Currently the GND is in the form of a joint Congressional Resolution which lays out some principles but lacks the specificity or authority of laws. The bottom line is that it is technologically possible but politically very difficult. There is more to the GND in the social arenas as will be addressed in the panel. But addressing the potential of transformative change in the Green New Deal's target of net-zero greenhouse emissions is the #1 priority.

Although the GND has raised a lot of enthusiasm in some quarters, it also has its detractors and skeptics. The range from the powerful neoliberal conservatives in both political parties who champion business as usual to indigenous and environmental leaders who question the timing and scope of the GND resolution. For example, instead of advocating a fossil fuel free energy system the GND suggests net zero carbon emission which some fear leaves wide open the opportunity for carbon trading and carbon credits. In the latter cases coal, oil, and natural gas could be used indefinitely. Carbon sequestration and carbon trading are among many schemes that will eventually be supported by industry as simply part of the cost of doing business. Instead those who question the premises of the GND demand that fossil fuels specifically be left in the ground.

Location
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca Publica, Rejoj 50A, Centro
San Miguel de Allende, GUA 37700
Mexico

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Self-defense Class for Women
Mar 23rd, 2019 3:00 pm
SER MUJER
The event is free, donations welcome
The best self-defense strategies and techniques work equally well for men and women, but let’s face it: Women really need them because they’re assaulted more often than men. Statistics indicate that one in three women will be the victim of some type of violent attack in her lifetime. Women also endure more incidents of verbal and sexual harassment. Although most women’s self-defense courses focus on skills for quickly and efficiently destroying an attacker, self-defense training also should include methods for preventing a confrontation from turning physical in the first place. Learning how to steer away from a threat may not sound as exciting as ripping out an attacker’s heart, but as they say in every beginner’s class, evading an attack is almost always superior to blocking an attack.

Natalia Fosado is a native of San Miguel. She attended Universidad TecMilenio in Queretaro and has studied self –defense techniques for 15 years and currently teaches martial arts in Queretaro.

Location
El Sindicato - Centro Cultural Comunitario
4 Recreo
San Miguel de Allende, GUA 37700
Mexico

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BlacKkKlansman
Mar 26th, 2019 1:00 pm
FILM
70 pesos
Sometimes, truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Spike Lee's Oscar nominated BlacKkKlansman addresses America's racial disparity from a truly novel perspective. A black detective (played by John David Washington, the son of Denzel Washington) ingeniously infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in the early seventies. Along the way, he struggles to reconcile his duties as a police officer against the virulent racism subjugating his people. This true story is so wild, it borders on the absurd. This is the reason why BlacKkKlansman is so incisive. It is a hard-hitting, unvarnished look at racism. It's also knockdown funny at the same time.

Location
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca Publica, Reloj 50A, Centro
San Miguel de Allende, GUA
Mexico

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Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream
Mar 27th, 2019 1:00 pm
FILM
70 pesos
Alex Gibney’s documentary “Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream” is based on the book "740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building." This is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. Across the Harlem River, 10 minutes to the north, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US -- the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians for friendly bills on Capitol Hill. This provocative film raises the question “How much inequality is too much?”

Location
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca Publica, Reloj 50A, Centro
San Miguel de Allende, GUA
Mexico

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Chavela
Mar 27th, 2019 5:00 pm
FILM, SER MUJER
$100 pesos
Known only as “Chavela,” Isabel Vargas was born in Costa Rica in 1919 and moved to Mexico at a young age, eventually becoming a Mexican citizen. The throaty ranchero singer and guitarist dressed as a man, smoked cigars, drank heavily, carried a gun, and was known for her characteristic red jorongo, a kind of androgynous red blanket poncho, which she always wore in performances until old. Vargas’ impact on Mexican music is hard to overstate. She is known as much for her haunting, hoarse voice as she is for defying the gender conventions and mores of 1950s Mexican society, flaunting her homosexuality, singing love songs to women and coming out publicly at the age of 81 in her autobiography “Y si quieres saber de mi pasado.” She became a fixture of the art and bohemian scene in Mexico City, embraced by the exploding artistic and intellectual community of the time – including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Juan Rulfo, and Agustin Lara. In the final years in her life she became a muse to filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, earned a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and sold out performances at prestigious concert halls around the world.

The critically acclaimed documentary “Chavela,” co-produced and directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, captures the essence of Chavela’s unique voice and her raw interpretation of love, heartache, pain and beauty. The film weaves together Vargas’s performances, still photos, stock footage of the places she lived and frequented, interviews with her friends, lovers, and contemporaries, and a magnificent interview with Chavela herself that Catherine Gund shot in Mexico in 1991 and used to shape Vargas’s life into an emotionally resonant tapestry. Just as Vargas herself was a feminist muse for women, this documentary, made by women filmmakers, also mirrors the importance of women’s voices. In the film, you hear Vargas proudly state “It is a blessing to be born a woman.”English language

Location
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca Publica, Reloj 50A, Centro
San Miguel de Allende, GUA
Mexico

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The War on Democracy
Mar 28th, 2019 1:00 pm
FILM
70 Pesos

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The First Four Months of the AMLO Presidency: An Assessment
Mar 30th, 2019 1:00 pm
TALK
70 pesos
Laura Carlsen
Noted journalist Laura Carlsen returns to San Miguel to analyze the first four months of Mexico’s new government. Since taking office December 1, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO for short) has been introducing sweeping changes, turning the country away from the neoliberal model of the last four presidents. While some of this is controversial, AMLO enjoys an unprecedented 80% favorability rating in the polls. The unprecedented electoral victory that brought him and his Morena Party to power (AMLO carried every state except Guanajuato), gave him a mandate to turn the country in a new direction.

So how is he doing? Journalist Laura Carlsen will assess what he has done and where he is headed. Based in Mexico City, her Americas Program is a major source of news and commentary on Mexico and Latin America for English readers (www.americas.org). Her print and broadcast reportage has been featured by Democracy Now!, Pacifica Radio, the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, BBC and CNN and she is host of the weekly television show, Interviews from Mexico. She is also a favorite speaker here in San Miguel. In addition to her Saturday talk for Global Justice, on Sunday she will also speak to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Location
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca Publica, Reloj 50A, Centro
San Miguel de Allende, GUA
Mexico

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Women in Mexico's Political Transition
Mar 31st, 2019 10:30 am
TALK
free
Laura Carlsen
The new administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador came into office on the promise, among other things, of gender equality in government. In numbers, it has complied--the MORENA-dominated Congress and the new cabinet are have made history by being comprised of close to half women. Mexico's government is now one of the most equal in the world in terms of women's representation.

But we know that parity is not enough to fight patriarchy, especially in a country with a deep-seated macho culture and epidemic levels of violence against women. So far, the government's demonstrated commitment to advancing women's rights and well-being has been erratic and has caused some confusion. The withdrawal for subsidies for women's shelters sent up an outcry, although it was later explained that funding will continue. There is concern that other vital services to address violence will be cut back in the face of austerity measures and indications that the new government so far has emphasized women in government over real policy change. The major speeches so far of the Fourth Transformation often do not mention gender equality or women's rights and there have been few major policy announcements in this area. The agenda for women's equality is long and urgent: guaranteeing full exercise of citizenship and access to politics on all levels, gender perspectives in policy and implementation, an end to sexual abuse and harassment, and the elimination of violence against women in all spheres. Do the policies and actions of the new government reflect the commitment to gender justice? What has been done and what more needs to be done?

Laura Carlsen holds an interdisciplinary Bachelors Degree in women's studies from Stanford University and a Masters in Latin American Studies also from Stanford. She is currently the director of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy. She has written extensively on Mexican politics and gender justice and is an advisor to the Global Fund for Women, the Nobel Women's Initiative and Just Associates, an international feminist movement-building organization and a founding member of the Mexican Network of Women Human Rights Defenders.

This talk is sponsored by Ser Mujer and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The previous day she will also be speaking for the Center for Global Justice.

Location
Hotel La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro
San Miguel de Allende, GUA 37700
Mexico

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