The Mexico-U.S. Solidarity Network presents "We Overcame Torture": Lessons from the fight against sexual violence and State repression in Mexico

4:30 PM  - 6:00 PM
Friday Oct 19, 2012
Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel

The Mexico-US Solidarity Network presents "We Overcame Torture": Lessons from the fight against sexual violence and State repression in Mexico with Italia Méndez of the Campaign Against Political Repression and Sexual Torture

"We don't want to be heroes, but we don't want to be victims either.
We are not 'the raped women.' I'm not 'Italia who was raped in
Atenco.' We attempt to affect not just the discourse of the State, but
that of organizations, collectives, and society regarding how to treat
us." -Italia Méndez

On May 3rd, 2006 members of the Other Campaign clashed with police in the town of Atenco in Mexico State. The authorities were trying to displace merchants who had always sold flowers in the town center on holidays, and the merchants appealed to an organization that, since 2001, had been defending Atenco's farmland from a proposed airport. In turn, those defending their land appealed to the Other Campaign - a newly-formed national alliance of popular organizations working from below and from the left - and thousands of Other Campaign members turned out to defend the flower merchants, effectively repelling the police.

May 4th, 2006 was a different story. Hundreds of local, state and
federal police swarmed Atenco with unimaginable violence, beating
everyone in sight and breaking into houses without warrants. At the
day's end 2 were dead (murdered by police), 207 arrested (most without formal charges), and 26 women, including Italia Méndez, were submitted to systematic sexual torture.

Come hear Italia speak, as she gives testimony to the events of May 4, 2006 and explains how she and her companions have turned fear into a tool of hope and resistance.

Italia Méndez is part of the Campaign Against Political Repression and Sexual Torture. Founded in 2008 by survivors of the events in Atenco, the Campaign seeks to break the silence and forgetting surrounding sexual torture as a means of social control. By denouncing the human rights abuses committed against them, they create tools for resisting the repressive strategies of the State and repairing the social
fabric.

Italia's presentation - we Overcame torture - will have important
lessons for defenders of women's rights, autonomy, human rights, and for activists at large. Come hear how we can turn the repression of social movements into hope and resistance, and talk with others about what you can do with and for your own community.

More on Italia Méndez at miradasostenida.net
More on the Mexico Solidarity Network at mexicosolidarity.org

This event is made possible by the generous support of: ¡Adelante!, Latin American Women of the Diaspora Collective, The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, The Department of Multicultural Life, The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, The American Studies Department, The Latin American Studies Program, and The Hispanic Studies Department

Sponsored by

¡Adelante!, Latin American Women of the Diaspora Collective, The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, The Department of Multicultural Life, The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, The American Studies Department, The Latin American Studies Program, and The Hispanic Studies Department

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This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents and Families and Public

Admission: Free

Sponsored By: American Studies, Hispanic Studies, Multicultural Life (Dept. of)

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