Reporting back from Chiapas, Mexico

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In April, Digital Democracy traveled to Chiapas, Mexico to work with indigenous communities facing eviction threats. We conducted interviews and technology trainings to build their capacity to advocate for their human rights.

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  • Reporting back from Chiapas, Mexico

    1. Reporting back fromChiapas, Mexico 1
    2. Where did we go? 8 days in Chiapas state5 days on site in the community
    3. Who went? Our teamFour collaborators with expertise in: - video - photography - mapping - communications - community development- local/regional politics and history
    4. Why? Our goals: 1. Work with community to better understand current threat 2. Provide them with tools &training they need to face this threat
    5. What did we do?ACTIVITIES
    6. 1. Community interviews
    7. 2. Testimonials
    8. 3. Community drawings & maps
    9. 4. Photography workshop 9
    10. 5. Video workshop 10
    11. 6. Satellite phone training 11
    12. 7. Battery/solarcharger training
    13. What did we accomplish? OUTPUTS 13
    14. Community overview on theuse of photography & video 14
    15. 20 women trained in photography & video 15
    16. 255 photostaken by trainees 16
    17. Community’s first satellite phone call placed to legal counsel
    18. 2 hours of video taken by villagers 10 hours of footagetaken for advocacy film 18
    19. 13 drawings & community mapscreated by 15 villagers
    20. What did we leave behind?3 Flip video cameras donated by Witness 3 digital cameras 1 satellite phone with service 1 solar panel charger + extra batteries 20
    21. What’s next?Indigenous communities remain under threat of eviction in Chiapas, Mexico. Our local partners are using their new skills & tech tools to advocate for dialogue with the government.They continue to create media, and hope to conduct in-depth mapping of their community later this year.
    22. Thank you for joining us on this virtual tour of our work in Chiapas. Stay tuned for updates from the community.

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