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Getting to know Peace and Justice Crew

Gabriel Sistare, staff writer

Mission Statement
The Peace and Social Justice Crew provides avenues for students to learn, organize, advocate, act and serve within our local community. We seek to cultivate a culture of activism by encouraging students to put their knowledge and skills to work in the areas to which they are called. We meet this goal by hosting speakers and workshops on campus, offering a means for students to attend conferences and protests off campus, and connecting students with Asheville-based organizations and movements. We are also a physical resource center that is open for our community’s use.

Crew Library
The Peace and Social Justice Crew has an improved library with books and movies. Complemented with a generous donation from the family of Andy Summers, the crew library has resources focusing on community organizing, war and peace, race and gender equality, and much more. Along with books, the library has a number of VHS and DVDs on the School of the Americas and Media Studies. The crew library is open anytime there is a crew member in the office.

The CIW is a community-based worker organization whose members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida.

Upcoming Peace and Social Justice Crew Sponsored Events
Friday, October 10, 5:00 and 6:30
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is coming to Asheville for the 2008 “Chipocrisy Tour,” demanding Chipotle Mexican Grill and Subway stop ignoring human rights of farmworkers in their supply chain. Over a dozen farmworkers and their allies will travel from Immokalee, FL to Asheville during two weeks of education and action.
5:00 pm – Subway Protest with CIW
Location: Downtown Subway, 33 Battery Park Avenue, next to the Grove Arcade
6:30 – 8:30 pm – Dinner and Campaign Presentation with CIW
Location: Firestorm Café and Books 48 Commerce Street, Asheville

Friday and Saturday, October 10-11

A delegation from Warren Wilson will attend the Carolina Interfaith Taskforce on Central America. Although the program is now closed to registration, the conference convenes annually. This year the conference will feature Rev. Phil Wheaton, an episcopal priest long active in Latin America, Dr. Charlie Thompson, director of The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Dr. Jeff Boyer and Matthew Bouchard, who traveled with Witness for Peace in their 25th anniversary delegation. Marco Antonio Valesquez Navarrete, Mexican sociologist, human rights activist and community organizer, will deliver the keynote speech.

Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 pm Canon Lounge

Witness For Peace Southeast presents Marco Antonio Velasquez Navarrete, Mexican sociologist from RMALC Mexican Action Network on Free Trade. He will offer his expertise on the devastating impacts of NAFTA in the Mexican countryside and the ensuing exodus of migration in numbers never seen before in the history of Mexico. He will also present cutting edge information on the 2005 Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP). Presentation will be given in Spanish with live English translation.


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