5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (2600 Lakeway Drive)
Community members are invited to a potluck to be followed by Jennifer Ávila’s presentation, “The Silencing of Dissent: How Freedom of the Press is Threatened in Honduras." Ávilaisa Honduran journalist, artist, and documentary filmmaker, who co-founded of Contra Corriente, a multimedia, youth and women-led media platform. She is the featured speaker in Witness for Peace Northwest’s 2018 tour.
Ávila’s award-winning work has been shown in international film festivals, and has represented a crucial documentation of the ways U.S. and Honduran policy from deportations to mega-projects have affected the most vulnerable Hondurans. She spent six years at Radio Progreso, an essential bulwark of freedom of expression in an increasingly hostile environment for journalism, before co-founding Contra Corriente in 2017. While at Radio Progreso, she directed “Guardiana de los Ríos” (about the defense of rivers incarnated by Berta Cáceres), “No Se Van” (about the whys and hows of migration), and “Libertad Tiene Nombre de Mujer” (about women organizing to protect community territory).
The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center calls on our government and society to disavow policies of violence and seek a culture of peace.