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    Episode 58 :: Veronica Lozada: Lawyer Defending Common Person vs. Powers in Mexico

    It’s noble, right, and good spiritual practice to defend ordinary people being marginalized by great powers. And it’s dangerous! Recent reports of both the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and Amnesty Int’l speak of the challenges and dangers in the Americas to all who defend human rights. “In Latin America and the Caribbean it is increasingly common to see human rights defenders facing unfounded accusations and unfair detentions. It is of the utmost concern that the authorities are failing to stop the misuse of the justice system as a means of repression,” said Nancy Tapias Torrado, Amnesty Int’l. Talk with any human rights attorney. They can tell you about the calls received in the night; the threats to them and their family. How can we be in solidarity with these attorneys and strengthen them?

    We teach our children to stand up for what is right and want to do the same in front of our peers, but what price are we willing to pay? In this podcast, Veronica Lozada tells us how she added a law degree to her credentials in order to add muscle and love to those who want to stand up when others oppress them. For her, her choices flow naturally from a heart that cares and a soul that hears Divine Call in the stories of people oppressed by Powers of gov’t, corporations, spouses, and more.

    Lee met Veronica for the first time because Dan Swanson, president of the board of Jubilee Economics, which sponsors TCGP, arranged for her to attend the annual meeting of the Board of Directors, February, 2015. Dan is also present in this interview in order to assure that we had translation ready for any moment when Veronica might wish to use Spanish rather than English.

    Veronica’s resume’ includes this personal statement:
    I founded the COMMUNITY OF FAITH AND JUSTICE, AC, an organization within which I conduct my ministry in the state of Campeche. The Purpose of the Community of Faith and Justice is as follows: “Promoting integral human dignity through the generation and management of projects focused on universal human rights, social justice, gender justice, moral economy, building peace and happiness and regeneration, conservation and care of the environment, benefitting people—especially those in situations of exclusion: migrants, victims of violence, displaced persons and refugees, victims of trafficking and abductions, missing people living with HIV and drug addiction, endemic diseases, elderly, children who are victims of prostitution, pornography and violence or child labor, battered women, victims of exclusion and trafficking for sexual exploitation, people with disabilities, large groups of unemployed, as those excluded by technological illiteracy, people living on the streets of big cities, indigenous, landless peasants and miners and / or any other similar group … “
    Therefore, one of my priorities is to write about my personal experiences on topics I know firsthand and in response to situations that urgently demand our attention; contextualizing our realities in Latin America. Since my conversion 37 years ago, my faith has been a transformative engine. In Mexico, doing ministry as a woman means challenging the status quo which is dominated by male-only thinking regarding pastors and priests. So women pay a high price. Today I perceive the deep need of our nation for humane, compassionate pastoral leaders, strongly rooted in justice and liberating to imitate Jesus.
    Lee says, “In my time with Veronica, I was moved and inspired by the evolution of her life. The wounds she received as a child from her highly dysfunctional family brought her to despair at age 17. At that point she was ready to take her own life, when a rather mysterious intervention brought her into a spiritual conversion. At first her faith took a fundamentalist shape, but fundamentalist thinking and practice could never contain Veronica’s highly capable mind and her determined soul. Today, I would describe her theology as holistically womanist and liberationist. Though she insists that what’s she aspires to and that she is merely an apprentice at this time.”

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    As announced in the March newsletter, Jubilee Economics is contracting with Colin Richards to conduct OneEarth Cafes and OneEarth Ecotours. The destination of the ecotours will be Chiapas, MX, Oaxaca, Puebla, and perhaps Belize. Local ecotours will also happen. The OneEarth Cafes will be on various topics: ecological footprint, permaculture, and best OneEarth practices. Meet Colin in The Common Good Podcast Episodes 50: Living a Sustainable Culture, and 51: table-of-contents for a spiritually-infused, sustainable culture.

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    Eco-Tours are one week long immersions into Mexican reality. By bringing together interviews with activists on the ground, site visits to indigenous communities, learning about new techniques in sustainable agriculture and group reflection times we enable the participant to come away with an understanding that can lead to concrete action. The total cost of the tour is $1500 which includes 7 nights lodging, 2 meals a day, in country travel, honoraria for our speakers and administrative costs for JEM. The following options are available:

    Mexico City & Puebla: Historical roots of the cultural, economic and political oppression in Mexico over the past 500 years from dominant systems

    Sat.: Arrival to the Quaker house "Casa de los Amigos" with introductions and orientation
    Sun.: Visit to progressive Catholic, Protestant or Inter-faith churches and a visit to the central square to view murals by Diego Rivera
    Mon.: Visit the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Theological Community of Mexico for conversations about the cultural/political/economic/religious roots of the oppression
    Tues.: Site visit to a community development program that works with indigenous migrants from the countryside to Mexico City
    Wed.: Sightseeing trip to the pyramids of Teotihuacan and conversation about the encroachment of transnationals into indigenous sacred ground
    Thurs.: Ecological activity for a world class city: successes, failures and dreams
    Fri.: Free day for sightseeing, shopping at indigenous markets, rest and final evaluation.
    Sat.: Return home

    Tuxtla Gutierrez & San Cristobal de las Casas: Learning from 500 years of resistance against systems of domination

    Sat.: Arrival to Tuxtla and a small hotel for introductions and orientation.
    Sun.: Visit progressive Catholic Base Communities and Protestant churches with conversations with the members about their lives in Chiapas.
    Mon.: Panel discussion with academics, pastors and leaders of NGO's from the YOBEL institute for humanistic and theological studies.
    Tues.: Travel one hour to San Cristobal de las Casas to another small hotel and walking tour of this beautiful colonial city.
    Wed.: Visit to an indigenous community, coffee co-op and ecological endeavors.
    Thurs.: View a film about the Zapatista uprising in 1994 with discussion afterwards with people involved with the movement at the UniTierra.
    Fri.: Free day for sightseeing, shopping at indigenous markets, rest and final evaluation.
    Sat.: Return home

    Oaxaca: Exploring alternative solutions to the destruction of cultures, landscape, farmlands and coastal treasures. Colin Richard

    Campeche: Learning from the life of one human rights lawyer, pastor and theologian among poor indigenous women. Vero Lozada Maldonado

    April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDan

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