Fundraiser: Nicaragua Solidarity Then & Now

When & Where
Eric Quesada Community Center
518 Valencia St (near 16th Street)
San Francisco, CA 94110
March 22, 2014 - 7:00pm
Malia Everette
510 290 0573

A Benefit to Stop Sex Trafficking and Promote Women’s Health

Altruvistas, ICAS/ Juntos Adelante and NICCA are thrilled to host a Salon and Evening of Film, Poetry and Music benefiting The Mama Licha Clinic Project and Grupo MOES. The night will include Bay Area film premiere of ‘En La Casa, La Cama y La Calle’ (At home, in bed and in the streets) and a preview trailer for upcoming film ‘Abrazos de San Pancho’.  Both films delve into Nicaragua’s complex political and social history. San Francisco Poet Laureate, Professor and Activist Alejandro Murguia will attend and speak at the event.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit midwifery and community health clinic The Mama Licha Clinic Project, and women’s rights and anti-human trafficking organization. Grupo MOES, both based in Esteli, Nicaragua.  The event will also include wine, food, music  and a silent auction.
 BAY AREA premiere of ‘En La Casa, La Cama y La Calle’ (At the Home, in the Bed and in the streets) by Filmmaker/Director Liz Miller
 Liz Miller’s documentary is set in Nicaragua, a small country with a revolutionary history.

From a small country with a revolutionary history, comes a compelling TV drama with a big vision. The documentary En la casa, la cama y la calle, follows an inspiring Nicaraguan women’s rights group, Puntos de Encuentro, as it works to end sexual violence at home, in bed and in the streets through a powerful blend of mainstream media and grassroots organizing.
Made by women and aired on commercial television, Puntos de Encuentro’s family drama Contracorriente (Turning the Tide) has reached millions of viewers in a half dozen countries in Central America and the Caribbean, and is at the center of a campaign to prevent the growing wave of sexual exploitation and trafficking.

En la casa follows Tamara, a first time actor who plays the role of Jessica, a teenager who gradually finds herself trapped in a sexual exploitation ring and on the verge of being trafficked. Now a national spokesperson on the issue, Tamara explores the complexity of her role both on and off screen. Bismarck, the charismatic actor who plays ‘the pimp,’ shares his personal motivation for getting involved and why raising awareness among young men is so critical, while Silvia Elena, who in the series plays the role of Jessica’s mother and an incest survivor, tirelessly advocates for youth to speak out and break the silence.

Chronicling their process over three years, En la casa gets behind the scenes with this visionary team of writers, actors and producers “making television not to get to Hollywood, but to make a difference.”

 Liz Miller is a documentary maker, trans-media artist, and professor interested in new approaches to community collaborations and documentary as a way to connect personal stories to larger social concerns. She provides training to human rights, labor, and women’s organizations in media production, digital storytelling, and media advocacy campaigns. Years of documentary media experience and a background in political economics, electronic media art, and Latin American studies fuel her ongoing explorations of new media as art, advocacy, and as a powerful educational tool. Liz teaches media production in Communications Studies at Concordia University in Montreal and she has been on the board of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television for six years. Her films/educational campaigns on timely issues such as water privatization and immigration have won awards and been integrated into educational curricula and influenced decision makers. Having lived in Central and South America for over six years, she continues to collaborate with groups in the region and her newest project, En la casa, la cama y la calle (at home, in bed and in the streets) is a collaboration with the feminist organization in Nicaragua Puntos de Encuentro.

Miller’s objective is to spread the word about an innovative communication strategy that is making a difference. Miller will donate copies of the film to collaborating groups to use as an educational tool in their respective communities.

Alejandro Murguia is the author of Southern Front and This War Called Love (both winners of the American Book Award). His non-fiction book The Medicine of Memory highlights the Mission District in the 1970s during the Nicaraguan Solidarity movement. He is a founding member and the first director of The Mission Cultural Center. He was a founder of The Roque Dalton Cultural Brigade, and co-editor of Volcán: Poetry From Central America. Currently he is a professor in Latina Latino Studies at San Francisco State University. He is the author of the short story “The Other Barrio” which first appeared in the anthology San Francisco Noir and recently filmed in the street of the Mission District. In poetry he has published Spare Poems, and this year a new collection Native Tongue. He is the Sixth San Francisco Poet Laureate and the first Latino poet to hold the position.

The mission of ICAS/Juntos Adelante is to promote more just distribution of health, financial, intellectual, and artistic resources, abundant in the developed world, to women-owned and operated organizations and businesses in developing nations. By transferring the wealth of services, products and resources in the developed nations to less developed nations, the end goal is to encourage self-sustainability of women initiated organizations dedicated to health and human rights in their communities

The project of Juntos Adelante is to promote more just distribution of health, financial, intellectual, and artistic resources, abundant in the developed world, to women-owned and operated organizations and businesses in developing nations. By transferring the wealth of services, products and resources in the developed nations to less developed nations, the end goal is to encourage self-sustainability of women initiated organizations dedicated to health and human rights in their communities.

Alicia del Carmen Huete, or "Mama Licha" as she is known in the community, lives in Estelí, a town in the northern highlands of Nicaragua. She ran a clinic out of her home, open 24 hours a day to everyone in her community for years. Her vision has always been clear and her resolve unmatchable. Understanding the critical need for improving access to reproductive health services in Nicaragua, Mama teamed up with Juntos Adelante to build a free-standing clinic for women's health clinic.Mama Licha's mission is a selfless dedication to her community, working to provide needed services to those with few resources. As a human rights activist she has always seen all patients regardless of their ability to pay. She is beloved by the community and has worked as a nurse and a midwife for 34 years persevering through the Revolution and then the Contra War. Just like many midwives throughout the world, out of a deep sense of dedication to the lives of women and children, she believes that in order to create a healthy community, it must start with treating the whole woman, to in turn raise a healthy family.

Mama provides basic gynecological services, prenatal care and STD testing; and teaches the only childbirth & lactation preparation class designed for pregnant woman and their partners. She is leader among 80 local midwives, appearing in the newspaper and on radio and local TV regularly to discuss reproductive health issues. Mama Licha often goes to local cigar factories to lead roundtable discussions on various health topics and volunteers with health brigade of 60 to 90 volunteer health workers to remote areas of Nicaragua where there is no health care.  She attends regional conference and was chosen as a keynote speaker at the International Midwifery Confederation in 2004

ICAS/Nicaragua Center for Community Action (NICCA) is a grassroots, volunteer organization whose purpose is to do solidarity work in support of the Nicaraguan people's struggle to build an independent and just Nicaragua.  We take inspiration from their example, and strive as well to build a more just society in our own country.  NICCA raises material aid for    Grupo MOES and the Campesino a Campesino program, and works in coalition with a variety of other progressive organizations.  

MOES  is a women’s empowerment not-for-profit organization based in the city of Estelí, Nicaragua.                 
 It’s mission is to prevent violence against women and commerical sexual exploitation through empowerment  and promotion gender equality through both personal development and community action. MOES organizes and provides individualized services to over 80 women who are prostitutes and victims of violence in the region. The organization also conducts research around sex trafficking & prostitutions, with a focus on what motivates women to organize, defend and protect their rights collectively. MOES collaborates closely with the publie health centers to increase awareness and sensitize providers and offer more compassionate care to women who are victims of abuse and prostitution.  MOES provides community leadership by creating a peer structure to locate, identify and include women who are silently living as victims of sexual violence in Esteli and Trindad, Nicaragua.

Suggested donation:
$20 general Admission
$10-$15 students
No one turned away for lack of funds