CoDev Newsletter (March, 2023)

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CoDev and BCTF together with teachers in Cuba

This past January, Alexandra Henao-Castrillon, along with a vibrant delegation of B.C. teachers, travelled to Cuba to meet with the Cuban teachers’ union (SNTECD), the BCTF’s international solidarity partner of 26 years.

Together, the teachers made progress on their collaborative language learning project and participated in the 18th International Pedagogy Congress. CoDev and the BCTF also brought over much urgently needed health care supplies, electronic equipment, and other educational materials.

While in Cuba, Alexandra sent a digital postcard to all CoDev members updating them on the delegation and conveying solidarity from Cuba. Stay tuned, CoDev members, for more postcards to come!

Forum on Social Protest, Democracy, and Human Rights in Peru

Early in February, the Indigenous Educators Network of the IDEA Network and the Latin American and Caribbean Students Continental Organization (OCLADE) hosted a timely online forum to discuss the political and social crisis in Peru and convey solidarity with the social movements waging resistance to state violence and working to defend fundamental human rights.

Deanna Fasciani, CoDev’s Executive Director, joined an international panel to share how Canadian civil society is extending solidarity with the people and Peoples of Peru.

To watch the event, click here

CoDev’s new Communications & Campaigns Director

This January, Marianne Bechara joined the CoDev team as its Communications & Campaigns Director. Marianne, a trained journalist, holds more than 20 years of experience in the communications field. Specializing in content creation, digital marketing, and TV production, she has worked with progressive politicians in Brazil, as well as on health and education campaigns across the country.

In Vancouver, Marianne has worked with a not-for-profit organization focused on the local Latin American community. In addition to bringing her talents and passion to CoDev, Marianne is pursuing further post-secondary education in the area of social justice. Welcome and bem-vinda, Marianne!

Annual Fundraising Dinner: save the date!

After four long years, CoDev’s Annual Fundraising Dinner is back! On June 3rd, at the Maritime Labour Centre, in Vancouver, let’s celebrate our long-time and new friendships and partnerships, as well as the important work that local and international solidarity activists are doing every day. Also, on display, a mouth-watering dessert auction for your table to bid on!

Tickets will be available soon. In the meantime, save the date and spread the word!

CoDev in the news!

RCI, the international broadcasting service of CBC, has recently published an article about CoDev entitled, “Crear un Mundo Más Justo, una Alianza a la Vez” – in English, “Creating a More Just World, One Partnership at a Time”. Journalist Paloma Martinez-Mendez visited the CoDev office and met with Deanna Fasciani (Executive Director), Alexandra Henao-Castrillon (Education Program Director), and Natalie Illanes Nogueira (Human and Labour Rights Program Director) to discuss CoDev’s work and values, international solidarity and social justice, and their own life journeys leading them to CoDev.

Read the complete article here

Photo credit: Paloma Martinez-Mendez

CoDev member-exclusive event with Puerto Rican teachers

On March 18th, 2-4pm, in Vancouver, CoDev is hosting a members-only, in-person event where attendees will be able to exchange with leaders of the Puerto Rican Teachers’ Federation (FMPR) who will be in Vancouver this month. Puerto Rican teachers are on the frontlines battling privatization and austerity and championing climate action and quality public education. CoDev members will receive further event details soon.

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