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(en) Food For Chiapas presents Songs for Chiapas CD,Jul 24

From owner-chiapas95-english@eco.utexas.edu (Chiapas95-english)
Date Mon, 24 Jul 2000 17:51:35 -0400

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> From: "S. Alvarez" <laxochitl@yahoo.ca>

The Food For Chiapas Campaign presents


a benefit CD compilation available through the Food
For Chiapas website- foodforchiapas.org  - and mail
orders...15.00 U.S. + shipping and handling or  20.00
CDN + shipping and handling.


Food For Chiapas and Ra Records presents Riding the
Back of the Feathered Serpent: Off the Record - Songs
for Chiapas.  This 16 track compilation CD features
artists from the Americas and New Zealand. Ulali, Jani
Lauzon, Bear Necessities, Raphael (Sulup Ebiya)
Alejandra Nunez and Charlie Hill among others, have
donated their talents towards a creative resistance to
the low-intensity warfare waged against the Indigenous
peoples of Chiapas by the Mexican government.  

The CD begins with an opening prayer by Tzotzil Mayan
elder, Dona Antonia Perez Vasquez and is designed to
give the listener an overview of political events in
Chiapas through song and story.  The compilation draws
on the healing power of music to denounce the horrors
of war in the hope of attaining, in the words of the
Zapatistas, "peace with dignity." 

The Food For Chiapas Campaign was formed in January
1994 to offer support to the displaced indigenous
communities.  Since then, the Food For Chiapas
Campaign has held video night benefits, discussions,
conferences and concerts.  In 1999, Food For Chiapas
organised an internet conference with Ryerson
University in Toronto. 

This CD is the latest effort by the Food For Chiapas
Campaign, in co-production with Ra Records. Food For
Chiapas is a non-profit Aboriginal directed
organisation. We work in solidarity with the 22,000
Tzotzil, Tseltal, Tojolabal, Chol and Mam Mayans
forced into refugee camps by the Mexican military and
para-military with the support of their NAFTA
partners, the U.S. and Canada. 

80% of the funds raised from the sale of this CD will
be sent by Food For Chiapas to Enlace Civil, an NGO
based in San Cristobal de Las Casas.  Volunteers there
will purchase food and other necessities for the
displaced peoples and communities in resistance in
Chiapas.  The remaining 20% will be re-invested in
this project for future CD manufacturing. 

Riding the Back of the Feathered Serpent: Off the
Record - Songs for Chiapas is dedicated to those who
have fallen and to the brave brothers and sisters of
the EZLN. For Zapatista solidarity groups interested
in purchasing bulk/wholesale orders for your groups
fundraising efforts, please email

Make sure to check out www.foodforchiapas.org and




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