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Slide Presentation by Jim Harney, Photojournalist
"Globalization and the Acteal Massacre"
Monday, September 27, 1999
Community time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Place: MLK (Martin Luther King Room), Campus Center

During the eighties, Jim Harney, Director of Posibilidad/Possibility traveled frequently to El Salvador documenting an eleven-year-war with his camera. The photojournalist returned and gave slide presentations throughout the United States and Canada. He lived with the poor in El Salvador. He ran with peasants dogging machine-gun fire and hiding in tunnels when A-37 jets dropped five-hundred-pound bombs. He shared his experiences in Central America throughout the United States and Canada, in churches, schools and house meetings.

In a postwar era he stresses the importance of dealing with globalization and its exclusion of the poor. The pungency of his stories revolve around people engaged in redefining power in their own lives. His photos complement the stories in a visceral way. He highlights the role of civil society and experienced it firsthand in Chiapas where indigenous people struggle to defend their dignity and confront the presence of 73,000 Mexican troops.

In 1998, Jim traveled twice to Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico. There he interviewed survivors of a December 22, 1997, massacre that took the lives of forty-five people, mostly women and children.

He works with Posibilidad; a nonprofit organization committed to engaging people in conversation around the excluded of society. As a staff person he lectures and gives seminars on globalization and its negative impact on the poor. They also help to open discussion around The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). He is a member of Peace through Inter-American Community Action (PICA).

Refreshments will be available. Please join us.

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