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February 3, 1999
Urban Institute For Contemporary Art
2 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Jeff Smith and group from the Institute for Global Awareness (IGA) presented this meeting’s topic on their recent stay in Chiapas. They were there in the southernmost state of Mexico with the indigenous people of the region- the Zapatistas- as observers to the occurrences there. From Dec. 14- Jan. 17 they witnessed the fight of the Zapatistas to be recognized as autonomous, indigenous people with basic rights of freedom to live as they have and retain control of their land and agrarian culture.
About Jeff Smith Jeff Smith
Director of Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy
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