[act-ma] Fri., Aug 1 in Jamaica Plain; Honoring solidarity activist Jim Harney

Amy Hendrickson amyh at texnology.com
Tue Jul 29 08:30:42 PDT 2008

Please join Central and Latin America solidarity activist Jim Harney at an event honoring him as he embarks on his two current journeys.


One journey is a walk Jim is planning from Boston to Washington D.C. in support of our undocumented neighbors. This walk continues the work Jim has been doing for the past 40 years as witness, photojournalist, and ally of those in struggle against corporate globalization.


The other journey is one all too many are facing: serious cancer.


Friday, August 1, 2008, 7:00 PM, people will gather at:

The First Church Unitarian, 6 Eliot St. (Corner of Eliot and Centre St.), Jamaica Plain

. Celebrate Jim's life and work. Bring your stories, memories, images, toasts and roasts

. Help launch the upcoming Walk in Solidarity with the Undocumented

. Provide financial support to Jim and his family in this difficult time


If you cannot attend, you can support Jim and his work by writing a check to "The Jim Harney Support Fund" and mailing it to: Martha Miller, 62 Pershing Rd., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


For information about the event contact:

. Martha Miller: marthacmiller at comcast.net

. Mary Meehan: marymeehan at earthlink.net

Hosts: Jeanette Huezo; Diego Huezo-Rosales; Martha Matlaw; Mary Meehan; Martha Miller;

Kevin Murray; Bill O'Brien; Paul Shannon; Irma Wagner; David Weinstein; Michael Weinstein


About Jim Harney:

Jim Harney works as an Artist in Residence for Posibilidad <www.posibilidad.org>, a Bangor, Maine-based nonprofit that prioritizes engaging people in conversation around the excluded of society. He gives presentations on corporate globalization and its impact on the poor.
During the 1980's Jim lived with the poor in El Salvador. He ran with peasants dodging machine-gun fire and hiding in tunnels when A-37 jets dropped bombs. He witnessed gunfire and killings at the funeral of Archbishop Romero. He shared his experiences in Central America throughout the US and Canada. He lived with the Communities of Population in Resistance in the hills of Guatemala.
After each journey into Central America, Jim returned and gave presentations that opened up possibility for profound discussion. His photography, engaging storytelling and group facilitation skills quicken discussion that allows people to speak from the heart; in ways that often surprise them.
Jim stresses the importance of dealing with corporate globalization and its exclusion of the poor. The power of his stories revolves around people engaged in redefining power in their own lives.
In 1998, he traveled twice to Acteal in Chiapas, Mexico where he interviewed survivors of a December 22, 1997 massacre that took the lives of forty-five people, mostly women and children. In December 1999, he photographed protestors in Seattle opposed to the World Trade Organization and traveled around New England giving presentations on "globalization from the bottom up".
In March 2001, Jim traveled to Colombia with a Witness for Peace delegation of 100 US citizens and stayed on by himself for another two-and-a-half months, visiting 4 areas where intense violence occurs. His photos from that journey are extraordinary and have travelled across the US to be exhibited on college campuses, in public libraries, places of worship, community centers, etc.

In early 2003 Jim visited Iraq and he then finished the year in Argentina, adding these stories and images to his deepening analysis and witness of global resistance to corporate globalization.
His photos and narratives unmask economic violence and open discussion about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA).
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