Jenny Bell

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Jenny (Jen) Bell is a New Zealand activist.

Save Happy Valley

2006 - Jenny Bell, Tim Bailey and Malcolm Carr of Happy Valley.

Zapatistas

In mid 2006 Jenny Bell also traveled to meet the Zapatistas in Chiapas, with Tim Bailey and Julie Webb-Pullman.

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According to the minutes of Wellington anarchist website Indymedia 10th June 2006 - meeting conducted a 128 Abel Smith Street;.[1]

6. Jen and Tim are probably going to Mexico next month and will be encouraged to post news reports on AIM.

Further evidence came from this posting on the Latin America Solidarity Aotearoa blog;[2]

Would you like to help fundraise for an ambulance for the autonomous Zapatista communities of Chiapas, Mexico? This is also an opportunity to raise awareness in NZ about the Zapatistas.

Ira and I have recently returned from a trip to Mexico, to find out more about the situation there and the opportunities for solidarity projects with the Zapatistas (and other indigenous movements in Mexico -i.e. CIPO-RFM).

We want to set up a group dedicated solely to this project (possibly operating under the umbrella of the Latin America Committee). We think that it would be good to have a group that is specifically focused on this project, as some people who would like to be involved don’t have time to work on other Latin America solidarity stuff :)

So we are having a meeting – at 128 Abel Smith St on Monday 31 July at 6pm.
Please come along to this meeting if you would like to be a part of the fundraising group. We will share information about the process of undertaking a project with the Zapatistas, and together we can decide how the group will function / what we are going to do!
If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved, please get in touch with details of suitable meeting times/places for you.
Hope to see you soon!
Jen

Other information on the website confirms that “Jen” is indeed Jen Bell.

Zapatista exhibition

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"Dignity in Resistance" is an exhibition of photographs taken in Zapatista Communities 2006-7 by [Jenny Bell|Jen Bell, Julie Webb-Pullman, and Julien, that will be on display in Poneke/Wellington, from Monday 14 April, 2008.

In 1994 the Zapatista’s said “Enough!!” and stood up to attempts to further dispossess them of their indigenous lands and culture. Within days of the 1 January armed uprising, a peace deal was brokered, since when they committed to pursue a peaceful path, constructing from below and to the left a “world in which many worlds fit”. Despite their public commitment to peace and inclusion, they have suffered, and continue to suffer, ongoing repression and attack from military and paramilitary alike.

Through the eye of the camera, this exhibition captures rare glimpses of largely unknown aspects of Zapatista life – at home, at church, at school, in the fields and the kitchens, and sharing their struggles and achievements at ‘Encuentros’, as well as the more familiar protests in the streets.

The photos have been selected for the strength, dignity, humanity and spirit of the subjects and their environment, in their struggle not only to survive, but to build a better world.

Place: Thistle Gallery, Cnr Cuba and Arthur Streets, Wellington.[3]"

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