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Author Event: Compañeras

March 9, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Compañeras by Hilary Klein-book cover

Compañeras by Hilary Klein-book coverCo-sponsored by IPS’ Break the Chain Campaign and IPS’ Networking for Justice on Global Investment, along with CASA of Maryland’s domestic workers project, CISPES, and the Washington Peace Center, you’re invited to a unique International Women’s Month event.

Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice. Compañeras shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame engrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within. With a foreword by activist and academic Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (author, most recently, of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States), Compañeras sheds light on one of the most compelling social movements in recent history and offers unique insights into how gender transformations may be achieved.

Hilary Klein spent six years in Chiapas, Mexico, working with women’s projects in Zapatista communities. After she compiled a book of Zapatista women’s testimony to be circulated in their own villages, women in the Zapatista leadership suggested that Klein compile a similar book for an outside audience. Klein has been engaged in social justice and community organizing for twenty years. She currently works at Make the Road New York, a membership organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities. She is originally from Washington, DC, and received her BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Follow Hilary on Twitter:


“A guiding light for a new generation of feminists and others who would challenge patriarchy, poverty, gender oppression, racism, and all the other inhumanities maintained by global capitalism.” – Elaine Brown, Black Panther Party leader and author of A Taste of Power and The Condemnation of Little B

“Beautifully written, Compañeras is a story of love and courage that gives a new depth to our understanding of the Zapatista movement and resonates beyond Chiapas.” – Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation

“Belongs on the bookshelves of social justice activists and scholars everywhere” – Chandra Talpade Mohanty, author of Feminism Without Borders

“Hilary Klein is a major talent and a welcome fresh voice” – Luis Alberto Urrea, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for The Devil’s Highway

“Hilary Klein is one of the most engaging presenters I have ever encountered. Her in-depth knowledge of the autonomous world of the Zapatistas is matched only by her passion and skill as a public speake.” – Andrej Grubacic, Professor and Director of the Anthropology and Social Change Program, California Instituite of Integral Studies


March 9, 2015
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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1525 Newton St NW
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