Wishwas Diwali Fundraiser

Originally posted on the flying shuttle blog:

Wishwas Diwali Fundraiser Poster

Tonight was the long awaited Wishwas Diwali fundraising event at Naeem Khan‘s studio. Wishwas is an organization that expands opportunities for low-income communities through leadership development, personal finance management, business/entrepreneurship training, community building and through micro-credit/ micro finance loans. Through small cooperatives they create a safe place where immigrant women can come together and develop confidence, faith and trust in each other and their futures. Wishwas envisions a world where all women will have the opportunity to achieve financial freedom.

I was lucky enough to have been asked to volunteer at this event by the lovely Nimet Digermencioglu and I enjoyed every minute of my time tonight.

First of all, Mr. Khan’s studio is gorgeous and was the perfect backdrop for this event. As a renown and talented designer who has made dresses for a number of celebrities as diverse as Vanessa Hudgens and Michelle Obama (also including Padma…

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Tobacco growers say “no” on child labor – Southeast Farm Press

Tobacco growers say “no” on child labor
Southeast Farm Press
Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina does not condone the use of child labor and believes tobacco growers and farm labor contractors should not employ workers younger than 16 years of age for work in tobacco, even with parental permission.


Ebola: Oxfam warns on gaps in the number of laboratories and more foreign medical teams are needed

Ebola: Oxfam warns on gaps in the number of laboratories and more foreign medical teams are needed

Today (Friday 31st October) marks the half way point in the UN’s Ebola response plan for West Africa which aims to bring the outbreak under control by the end of November. Since October 1st, we have seen some positive and encouraging steps. For example, pledges have reached almost $ 1 billion and several nations have offered military and other support.


New England Can Feed Itself: A Vision for Regional Food Resilience

Farmers market

(Photo: John Tornow/Flickr)

Earlier this month, one hundred people gathered at a church in Jamaica Plain, MA, to consider this question: Can New England Feed Itself?

The answer is yes, New England can feed itself – at least halfway. Food Solutions NewEngland’s Food Vision (pdf), a rigorous analysis of New England’s history and natural resources, claims that our region could produce at least half of our own food if we farm three times as much land (up from 5% to 15% of our landmass) and shift from a “Business as Usual” diet to the “Omnivore’s Delight.” In a different scenario, called “Regional Reliance,” the Vision finds we could produce 70% of our food within our six states. Either of these scenarios represents a vast improvement over the current system, where only 10% of food is produced regionally.*

But before we get any further, it’s important to remind ourselves why we want regional food. “If we want a local or regional food system,” says Brian Donahue, the evening’s main speaker, “it’s important to ask: Why? What values are we truly serving?”

Brian is a professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis and a sheep farmer. He is also a lead author of A New England Food Vision, and he answers his own question by explaining that a local/regional food system does a better job at providing healthy food for all, supporting sustainable farming and fishing, and supporting thriving communities. These are the core values of the Vision.

So let’s get specific. In the Omnivore’s Delight scenario, New England would produce:

  • all of its own vegetables (half of which would be grown in small plots in urban and suburban areas),
  • half its own fruit,
  • some of its grain and dry beans, and
  • all its own dairy, meat, seafood, and other animal products.

We would continue to import grain for our animals and ourselves, tropical fruits like bananas and oranges, and items like sugar, coffee, tea, chocolate, and spices.

The Vision makes use of New England’s natural strengths, such as pastureland for cows and sheep, orchards for apples, and bogs for cranberries, while acknowledging that it is quite difficult to grow grain here. Grains are also a relatively good food to transport – they are comparatively light weight, store well, and can be sent on barges to local ports.

The Omnivore’s delight scenario also acknowledges that few people will be inspired by a diet that has no oranges, coffee, chocolate, or sugar, and so creates a Vision that still allows for these imports. Rather than push people to sacrifice and give up specialty items, Omnivore’s Delight offers an attractive alternative that could be enhanced if real crisis requires us to push further toward regional reliance.

There’s value to imports beyond simply taste, according to Brian. He noted that historically, when people have relied exclusively on a small area for their food, they suffered periodic cycles of mass starvation. The lesson is that in order to be resilient, a food system must be linked to other regions through trade. No matter what the future holds, Brian argues, New England would do well to import some food.

How Farming is Like Baseball

In order to achieve this vision, we will need a lot more farmers. To make this point, Eva Agudelo of the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) asked the audience if anyone was familiar with baseball. Everyone raised their hand (except the one Brit in the audience), though no one in the room was a professional baseball player.

Eva made the point that every American, if thrust onto a baseball field, knows the basics of what to do:  swing the bat, run the bases, etc. “Farming should be like that,” says Eva. “Only the most ambitious and talented people will ever be full-time, professional baseball players—or farmers.” But there are many other levels of involvement, from Little League to the City League to Triple A. If every American knew the basics of farming—as in, how to “run the bases”—and many were good enough for minor league farming, we’d go a long way toward producing the food needed for the Vision. (Not to mention how much fun we’d have digging in the dirt and making fresh strawberry pie.)

What’s in that Fish Stick?

The Food Solutions New England Vision relies on seafood for protein. There’s no way around it. But Brett Tolley pointed out that the seafood in the Vision isn’t anything like the fish stick you encountered at your school’s cafeteria. Brett is the son of a fisherman, and when he was in school he found these fish sticks not only disgusting, but “somehow embarrassing.”

To make matters worse, Brett’s Dad told him that the “fish” in the fish stick probably came from “very far away,” while the fish he caught here in New England also went someplace “very far away.” And in fact 90% of the fish we eat in the United States is imported from other countries, while most of the seafood caught in New England doesn’t stay here.

We have an enormous, and enormously important, task ahead of us if we want to revive our fisheries and ensure living wages for fisher-folk. Luckily, the folks at Brett’s organization, the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, are working on this. You can read more and get involved at their website.

Is 50% Enough?

After the event wound down, the buzz in the room centered on a question many were uncomfortable asking publicly: is 50% really enough? It’s a big question. Food Solutions New England has their reasons for landing on a 50% Vision, but the conversation is far from over.

There is widespread agreement that the “Business As Usual” food system needs to change. And in fact it will change, as pressures from a changing climate, resources shortages, and economic instability create a new landscape here in New England. The Vision offers us an opportunity to educate ourselves on what is possible for New England even as things shift, and to dream about what is desirable.

Furthermore, a vision can provide some guidance for getting to the system we want, but getting there will take the collaboration of millions of New Englanders. That’s why Karen Spiller, the evening’s final speaker, urged us to make the Vision a living document. She reminds us: “We all have a lot to offer to make this a living vision, building it together, andenjoying it together.”

Like anything else that’s going to be sustainable, our food system must be a labor of love. Luckily, growing food and catching fish have long been enjoyable ways of life for New Englanders, from the native inhabitants to today’s permaculture and urban agriculture enthusiasts. If we continue in this spirit of experimentation and enjoyment, and help others find their roles in the emerging system, then we’re on the right track.

* The percentages come from the number of cultivated acres required for various diets – for example, in the Omnivore’s Delight, half the acres under cultivation would be in New England, and half elsewhere, thus 50%.

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Sarah Byrnes is Economic Justice Organizer at the Institute for Policy Studies and leads their Common Security Clubs initiative. She has worked with Americans for Fairness in Lending, Americans for Financial Reform, and the Thomas Merton Center.
Orion Kriegman is Co-Director of NET New England, addressing challenges of community resilience at a regional level, and the co-founder of Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET), a community-driven project in Boston pioneering a “new” economy that is place-based, sustainable, and reduces race and class inequity.


Real Estate in Greece – New York Times

New York Times
Real Estate in Greece
New York Times
On a hilltop on the largest of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, this multilevel home, with multiple shaded verandas and stone perimeter walls, was built in 2004 on a 1.36-acre lot overlooking Orkos Bay and Plaka Beach. Known as Tower Villa, it


Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards 2014

“What took place on September 21, 1976 is not just history but memory. The deaths of Letelier and Moffitt created a narrative that today we share – for comfort and strength.”
—E. Ethelbert Miller, IPS Board Chair

For 38 years, IPS has hosted its annual human rights awards ceremony to honor the memory of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt by celebrating new champions of the human rights movement from the United States and elsewhere in the world.

This year, IPS’ three exemplary awardees were recognized by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in a video shown during the ceremony:

Spanish Transcript

Amigas y Amigos, es un gran honor participar, aun a la distancia, en esta ceremonia. Les agradezco la invitación y lamento no poder estar con ustedes personalmente.

Durante casi 40 años, los Letelier Moffitt Human Rights Awards han mantenido viva la memoria de Orlando Letelier y Ronni Karpen Moffit, que han contribuido significativamente a la lucha por los derechos humanos universales de todos y todas, en un mundo donde la intolerancia, el odio y el desprecio por los valores de la vida y la paz siguen estando, lamentablemente, muy extendidos. Orlando y Ronni fueron, como cada uno de los que han recibido este premio desde su creación, héroes de los derechos humanos.

Para nosotros en Chile, la lucha por la justicia de la familia Letelier constituyó una señal pionera. Era la apertura de un camino que mostraba que era posible derrotar a la dictadura, incluso en los propios tribunales de justicia intervenidos y manipulados desde el poder. Supimos, gracias al empeño de años, que era posible hacer pública la verdad y desentrañar la maraña del terrorismo de Estado que se batió sobre miles de chilenos y chilenas solo por pensar distinto y por haber defendido un gobierno democrático y legítimo.

Hoy, cuando Chile avanza en un camino que busca abrir nuevos horizontes al progreso social y a la justicia removiendo las trabas para la libertad y la democracia que heredamos del autoritarismo, la figura de Orlando Letelier sigue teniendo una tremenda vigencia. Primero, porque seguimos trabajando por más verdad, justicia, y reparación para todas las víctimas de violaciones a los derechos humanos y sus familiares. Segundo, porque es imperativo que cada política pública se articule precisamente desde un enfoque de derechos. Así ocurre por ejemplo, con la reforma a la educación. En el año 2012 estuvieron en Washington recibiendo este mismo premio, Camila Vallejo y Noam Titelman en nombre del Movimiento Estudiantil Chileno. Hoy, estamos trabajando para hacer realidad una educación que sea un derecho social y no un bien de consumo que se transa en el mercado. Y en ese sentido, el espíritu y la memoria de Orlando Letelier siguen siendo un fermento activo entre nosotros. El entendió muy bien que la organización de la economía según el dogma neoliberal implicaba una substancial rechison de los derechos de la persona, una lección que el mundo empezó a comprender recién con la crisis del año 2008. Los derechos humanos, incluido el derecho a la salud, a la educación, los derechos de la infancia, de las personas mayores, de las mujeres, de los pueblos indígenas, no pueden estar sujetos a los vaivenes del Mercado. Ello es dañino para la democracia y atenta contra la justicia y la inclusión.

Finalmente, quiero felicitar a quienes reciben hoy este premio que lleva los nombres de Orlando Letelier y Ronni Karpen Moffitt. Robin Reineke, del Colibrí Center for Human Rights, a la MesoAmerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders y a Juan Méndez, Relator Especial de las Naciones Unidas sobre la Cuestión de la Tortura. Tengo la certeza de que todos ellos, tanto personas como organizaciones, ven en este premio un estímulo para continuar su lucha por un mundo donde los derechos humanos sean universalmente promovidos y respetados. Un mundo donde cada niño y niña, cada hombre y mujer sepan que pueden construir una vida en comunidad sin temor y en libertad. Muchas felicitaciones y muchas gracias.

English Translation

Dear friends, it is a great honor to participate, even at a distance, in this ceremony. Thank you for the invitation and I regret not being with you personally.

For nearly 40 years, the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards has kept alive the memory of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt, both of whom have significantly contributed to the struggle for universal human rights, in a world where intolerance, hatred and contempt for the values of life and peace are still, unfortunately, widespread. Orlando and Ronni were, just like all of the awardees who have received this award since its inception, human rights heroes.

To us, in Chile, the struggle for justice for the Letelier family constituted a pioneering signal. It was the opening of a road which showed that it was possible to defeat the dictatorship, even in the courts of justice operated and manipulated by those in power. We learned, through the efforts of years, that it was possible to publish the truth and to dismantle the state terrorism that affected thousands of Chileans only for thinking differently and for defending a democratic and legitimate government.

Today, when Chile moves forward in a way that seeks to open new horizons for social progress and justice by removing obstacles to the freedom and democracy we inherited from authoritarianism, Orlando Letelier’s figure continues to have a tremendous influence on us. First, because we continue to work for more truth, justice, and reparations for all victims of human rights violations and their families. Second, it is imperative that every public policy is articulated precisely from a human rights perspective. This is the case, for example, with the education reform. In 2012, Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman were in Washington to receive the same award in the name of the Chilean Student Movement. Today, we are working to make education a social right, not a commodity that is traded on the market. And, in that sense, the spirit and memory of Orlando Letelier remain active among us. He understood very well that the organization of the economy according to a neoliberal dogma implied a substantial rejection of human rights, a lesson that the world began to realize with the 2008 crisis. Human rights, including the right to health, education, rights of children, older people, women, and indigenous peoples, cannot be subject to the ups and downs of the market. This is harmful for democracy and undermines justice and inclusion.

Finally, congratulations today to those who are receiving this award that bears the names of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt. Robin Reineke, from the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, the Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders and Juan Mendez, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture. I am certain that both individuals and organizations see in this award a stimulus to continue their fight for a world where human rights are promoted and respected universally—a world where every girl and boy, every man and woman, know they can build a community without fear and with freedom. Congratulations and thank you very much.



Special Recognition

Juan Mendez accepts his Letelier-Moffitt award

 Dr. Juan E. Méndez became a political prisoner in Argentina because of his legal defense of those threatened by torture and arbitrary arrest in the 1970s. Since being released and exiled as part of an international campaign, he has spent 15 years with Human Rights Watch, acted as Director of the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights, and is now a professor of International Human Rights Law at American University.

Award acceptance speech

Thank you very much. I am gratified and honored – and humbled as well – by your gesture in naming me for a special human rights recognition. It is especially exciting to share this year’s honors with Robin Reineke of Colibri Center for Human Rights and the Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders. I join all of you in congratulating them for these highly deserved awards.

I hope tonight gives us a chance to renew our commitment to a torture-free world. In my present task for the United Nations I am obsessed with the ground we have lost lately in the universal condemnation of torture and I am convinced that we need to regain that universal consensus if we are to conceive of effective abolition, in law as well as in deed, of torture in our life time. Some years ago we did have that consensus, but nowadays the culture prompts us to believe that torture is inevitable, that it may be ugly but “someone has to do it.”

We are conditioned to think torture works, or to think of it euphemistically as “enhanced interrogation” so we don’t have to insist on its absolute prohibition. I hope tonight we can renew our insistence that every single act of torture must be investigated, prosecuted and punished.

But this event is sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies, which prompts to talk about solidarity. My family and I are beneficiaries of the selfless acts of support and expressions of concern that for me are the practical manifestations of solidarity, and we experienced them first- hand at IPS from the moment we came to the US as exiles and relocated to Washington in the late 1970s.

If I was able to leave relatively early from a prison in Argentina it was because my American brother, John Hutchison, his wife Jean and his three Hutchison brothers relentlessly mobilized all contacts among policy-makers to put pressure on the Argentine military dictatorship to let me go into exile. John had the precious help of Bill Wipfler, then at the National Council of Churches, to help him learn the secrets of effective lobbying for generous causes while using the telephone and letter writing as tools. If I later became a human rights activist it was because I learned, as soon as I was allowed to leave my country, that – as they say in Uruguay –“la solidaridad no se agradece; se retribuye.” You don’t say thank you for solidarity, you return it.

That duty of solidarity to all others became for me in due course a gratifying professional engagement. In Washington in those years and thanks to the friendship of Bill Wipfler, Amnesty, IPS, WOLA and Human Rights Watch, I learned how to make it effective and to get results.

There is still so much to do to relieve suffering and to afford justice to victims. We have come a long way, but our solidarity is no less required today than it was then.

Thank you again.


Domestic Award


Robin Reineke is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights
in Tucson, Arizona. The Colibrí Center maintains the most comprehensive dataset of missing persons last seen crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and assists families in their search for missing loved ones while informing the public of the human rights crisis on the border. Previously, Robin worked for the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, where she was part of a team which pioneered efforts to identify the remains of thousands of migrants who died in Arizona’s forbidding desert while crossing into the U.S.

Award acceptance speech

To everyone at the Institute for Policy Studies, thank you for honoring me and the Colibrí Center for Human Rights with the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. My gratitude goes especially to Joy Olson and the Washington Office on Latin America for the nomination, as well as for the constant support of Colibrí during these early years. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with leaders like the Washington Office on Latin America and the Institute for Policy Studies. You are an inspiration.

The word for hummingbird in Spanish is Colibrí. In 2009, the remains of a man were found in the desert of southern Arizona. His body was one among hundreds of others discovered that year. Upon examination, investigators found a small, dead hummingbird in his pocket. We named the Colibrí Center for Human Rights for this man, the thousands of others who have died in the deserts of the American southwest over the past decade, and to honor the symbolism of the hummingbird—seen in many Latin American cultures as a symbol of hope, and a messenger between the living and the dead.

At Colibrí, we know that hope lives in dark places. We know that migrants, in the words of Padre Solalinde, shine a bright light on the things that need to change. We know that sometimes, the dead are the most powerful witnesses of truths we are reluctant to recognize. They force us to take a closer look at our own lives, to try to be better.

Dr. Bruce Anderson, my mentor and the forensic anthropologist at the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner, recently hosted a group of visitors at the lab. After viewing the decomposed remains of migrants who had perished near the border, Bruce said, “I’m sorry you had to see that. That is failed U.S. immigration policy in our lab.”

As painful as it is, I want more people to see it. To understand that this is what our border has become for many—a place of death, suffering, and fear. Over the past decade and a half, more than 6,000 bodies have been discovered on the U.S.-side of the border with Mexico. To put that death toll in perspective, in just 12 years, our wall has already been more than 40 times more deadly than the Berlin Wall’s near 30-year existence.

Thousands of children are growing up without a parent. Families are searching for the missing, and the skulls of the dead litter the deserts of the southwest. Along with countless others, I ask, “Cuantos mas?”

The dead call us to action. They call us to the highest task of simply becoming more fully human. To me, more fully human is to follow the example set by people like Bruce Anderson—to treat the dead the way we would want our own loved ones to be treated.

To follow the example of Emiliano, who, at 8 years old, sent a photograph of his missing mother to other families searching for their missing loved ones, and wrote on the back, “You are not alone.” To follow the example of my team member, Reyna, in the audience tonight, who came up to me after a presentation and said, “how can I help?”

The dead call us to action. Before we can heal our border, we must remember the humanity of migrants, or we risk losing our own. Thank you.


International Award

IMD accepts their Letelier-Moffitt award.

The Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders (IMD) was created to respond to the alarming violence faced by women who promote social justice and human rights in the region. Founded in 2010 by six local, regional and international organizations, the Initiative brings together a range of women defenders — from journalists to LGBT activists, from mothers pursuing justice for family members to indigenous women defending their land against illegal mining.

Award acceptance speech (Spanish)

Muy buenas noches. Reciban afectuoso un saludo de las defensoras de derechos humanos que nos articulamos en la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras y de las organizaciones que coordinamos este esfuerzo, todas ellas aquí presentes.

Queremos en primer lugar expresar nuestro agradecimiento al Institute for Policy Studies por habernos otorgado el Premio Internacional de Derechos Humanos Letelier- Moffitt.

Dedicamos este reconocimiento a las más de 39 defensoras asesinadas en México, Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador entre 2011 y 2014, a todas las defensora de derechos humanos que han sido encarceladas o enjuiciadas injustamente por el gobierno y a todas aquellas que son agredidas y amenazadas por su labor, pero también por vivir en una región marcada por el machismo y la violencia contra las mujeres.

Con este premio honramos su vida, su trabajo, y recordamos que es gracias a la determinación de mujeres como ellas que este mundo sigue albergando la esperanza de un futuro mejor.

De manera especial queremos aprovechar esta ocasión para expresar nuestra solidaridad y sumarnos a la exigencia de justicia de las madres y familiares de los 3 estudiantes de la Escuela Normal Rural de Ayotzinapa que fueron ejecutados extrajudicialmente y de los 43 estudiantes detenidos por policías municipales el pasado 26 de septiembre y que a la fecha continúan desaparecidos en el estado Guerrero, México.

Actualmente, son en gran medida las defensoras de derechos humanos quienes están enfrentando la emergencia humanitaria y las violaciones a derechos humanos generadas por la creciente violencia en México y Centroamérica. Son las familiares de víctimas de desaparición forzada o ejecución extrajudicial que buscan justicia, son las que denuncian los casos de feminicidio y demandan acciones frente a la impunidad; son las que proveen ayuda humanitaria a las personas migrantes, son las que defienden territorios ancestrales del saqueo y la devastación ambiental y las que defienden derechos no reconocidos o incluso penalizados en algunos países de la región, como es el derecho servicios de aborto legal y seguro.

Por denunciar la impunidad y las violaciones a los derechos humanos, pero también por salirse de los roles tradicionales asignados a las mujeres, las agresiones contra defensoras de derechos humanos son una realidad preocupante en nuestra región. Entre 2012 y 2013, la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras registró 1,356 agresiones en México, Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador. De estas agresiones al menos un 40% presentaba un componente de género, es decir, tenía como objetivo inhibir la participación política de las mujeres y mantener la discriminación.

Frente a esta situación, defensoras de derechos humanos de cinco países de la región mesoamericana, hemos decidido cuidarnos a nosotras mismas y sumar fuerzas para cuidar a las defensoras que se encuentren en riesgo. Para ello, hemos construido alianzas y redes entre más de 360 defensoras de derechos humanos que nos respalden siempre que suframos una agresión, que necesitemos un espacio de descanso o que requiramos reconocimiento público a nuestro trabajo.

Recién estamos iniciando el camino y todavía nos queda mucho por aprender, no obstante nos sentimos orgullosas de lo logrado por la Iniciativa Mesoamericana de su fundación en 2010 a la fecha. En estos casi cuatro años:

  • Hemos impulsado la creación de 4 redes nacionales de protección a defensoras que contribuyen a superar la soledad y el poco apoyo que muchas veces las mujeres tenemos cuando nos enfrentamos a la violencia. Sabemos que es responsabilidad de los Estados asegurar condiciones de seguridad las personas que defendemos derechos humanos, sin embargo, en las actuales condiciones de impunidad y falta de acceso a la justicia, la supervivencia de nuestro trabajo en favor de los derechos humanos, depende en gran medida de la protección y cuidado que logremos entre nosotras.
  • Además, hemos sido pioneras en la documentación de la violencia que enfrentan las defensoras tanto por el trabajo que realizamos como por la discriminación de género existente y
  • Hemos creado tres centros de refugio y autocuidado especiales para defensoras y sus familias y acompañado a más de 100 defensoras que han requerido algún tipo de protección.

En estos años hemos aprendido que la protección no es solo un asunto de tener guardias de seguridad o cámaras de vigilancia, sino que se trata de contar con redes de apoyo, de advertir y evitar el desgaste, de enfrentar la discriminación y la violencia en nuestras propias familias y organizaciones y de aumentar el reconocimiento social del trabajo que las mujeres hacemos por los derechos humanos.

Estamos seguras que, solo si construimos organizaciones y movimientos capaces de desafiar y erradicar la violencia, podremos mantener vivos los ideales que Orlando Letelier, Ronni Karpen Moffiitt y miles de mujeres y feministas de todo el mundo nos dejaron como legado.

Muchas gracias…

[English translation of award acceptance speech forthcoming.]


For photos from the event, please visit our Flickr album.

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