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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Invitation to Latin American Solidarity Peña: Feb.24

The Ottawa region Latin American Musicians Collective,

A Tribute to
and the
Latin American Woman

*A evening of Latin American popular songs*

Saturday, February 24, 2001, beginning at 8:00pm
Sacre Famille Church, 152 Glenora Ave.

Entrance cost: $ 7

All proceeds will be sent to Chile to assist in the campaign for the
liberation of Marcela Rodriguez*, Chilean political prisoner.

Violeta Parra is considered an icon of the Latin American popular song and a
symbol  the Latin American woman. Her songs have influenced many of the
artists of the Latin American movement that would follow her.

* Marcela Rodgriguez is 47 years old. She once worked as a secretary. On
November 14, 1990, she was detained by Chilean military police as she was
assisting in the rescue of Marcos Ariel Antonioletti, militant of the Mapu
Lautaro, political prisoner since the time of Pinochet's dictatorship.
Marcela received a bullet in her spinal column, the cause of her
irreversible paralisis which has left 75% of her body immobilized. She has
had to be hospitalized more than 20 times and her quality of life has
deteriorated dramatically due to her not receiving adecuate medical

Recently, Chile's Catholic Episcopal Conference, for the Jubilee 2000, has
petitioned the Chilean Senate Human Rights Commission to include Marcela's
case in the list of prisoners who would receive amnesty for humanitarian
reasons due to serious illness.

The Peña Canción con Todos joins the international solidarity campaign that,
together with the Catholic Church, revindicate respect for human rights in
Chile, by expressing their moral, political and material support for the
cause of Marcel's life and freedom.

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