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“Another World is Possible: Cuba and Revolutionary Community Development” is the title of a panel discussion to be held at Colby College in Waterville on Thursday, February 21, at 4:30 p.m. Members of New York’s La Abeja Obrera (Worker Bee) Community Construction Project will discuss the Cuban revolution, U.S.-Cuban relations and Cuba’s classification as a terrorist state. The event is part of Colby’s Women’s Studies Colloquia and will be held in room 5 of the Arey Life Sciences Building.
Panelists include: Mia Herndon, assistant director of the Third Wave Foundation, a national activist and philanthropic organization for young women; Betsy Maclean, founder of La Abeja Obrera, associate director of the Center for Cuban Studies and member of Colby’s Class of 1994; Eric Miles, program director of the Groundswell Community Mural Project and member of Colby’s Class of 1993; and activists and Abeja Obrera members Karen Oh, an artist and member of Colby’s Class of 1993, Tchaiko Omawale a filmmaker, and Shonali Saha, a medical student.
Panelists will discuss the transformation of La Güinera, a Cuban town that through the efforts of local women is now one of the United Nations’ 50 model global communities. In response to Cuba’s classification by the U.S. as a terrorist state, panelists also will discuss how solidarity work with Cuba has changed since September 11 and how it continues to be affected by those events and the current war on terrorism.
La Abeja Obrera’s mission is to develop the global activist community by facilitating local and international work projects in places where grassroots development strategies have united community members and transformed marginalized neighborhoods. The group travels to Cuba twice a year to assist local community organizations with housing and development projects, and regularly assists nonprofit organizations in the U.S. with similar projects.