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News :: Globalization : Social Welfare
Beehive Design Collective: FTAA Roadshow is in Boston
17 Oct 2003
Modified: 02 Nov 2003
On Thursday, October 16, 2003, the Beehive Design Collective gave the first of two Boston area demonstrations from their latest tour: the FTAA (Free Trade Area of the Americas) and Plan Colombia Roadshows.
On Thursday, October 16, 2003, the <a href="";>Beehive Design Collective</a> gave the first of two Boston area demonstrations from their latest tour: the <a href="";> FTAA</a> (Free Trade Area of the Americas) and <a href="";>Plan Colombia</a> Roadshows. The demo, an in-depth portable mural of a collaborative illustrated poster project, was engaging, educational, and an inspiration to students and community members, young and old. The Beehive Collective uses an innovative illustration-based communication strategy that encourages open dialog on the topics of globalization, genetic engineering, colonialism and many other important social and environmental issues. Their next Boston demo will be held this Sunday, October 19, at Critical Breakdown, a free, monthly open-mic event held at the <a href="";> Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center</a>, 85 W. Newton St., South End, Boston.
The Plan Colombia story, seen this past Thursday at <a href=""; target="_blank">MassArt</a>, focuses on the connections between Colonization, Militarization and Resource Extraction in the Andean region of South America. Using leaf-cutter ants and wasps to illustrate the difference between the mindless globalization of U.S. corporate interests and the cooperative diversity of the people whose environment, culture and lives are threatened by capitalist greed. The comfortable presentation style of the Beehive Collective, with cloth pictures and confident yet soft-spoken voices, helped create a safe space for people to raise questions, make comments, and share information with a larger community. Many members of the audience shared first-hand experiences and knowledge about the topics described through the Plan Colombia piece, and their input helped illustrate the violent realities of corporate interests.
Collective members explained the layers of interpretation for their work. Their technique attempts to show the complicated relationships between individuals and our growing global society. Plan Columbia can be read at 3 or more levels � the �Nightmare of Plan Columbia�, the story of �500 Years of Resistance� to Wasp (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) colonialism, and the �Leafcutter Ants� who represent those individuals who constantly fight the battle against misinformation and human greed. Using visual descriptions of the individuals and institutions that are involved, some as literal as the larval �L�Arnold Schwarzenegger�, or the water sucking Coca-Cola privatization mosquito, the pictures show a complex interaction between the drives and the desires of the people and institutions involved. Plan Colombia describes the Wasp�s nest of American Colonialism, the multi-billion dollar military operations in Colombia, the drug war, bio-warfare, corporate parasites and the communities directly affected by corporate expansionism.
This two-month tour is a �pollination� process; as the Beehive Collective travels down the East Coast, from Maine to Miami, they are visiting schools and organizations wit their political graphics and illustrated storyline. <I>If you are interested in experiencing their narrated telling of Plan Colombia, their next demo is planned for Critical Breakdown on Sunday, October 19th, 6-9pm at the Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center, 85 W. Newton St., South End, Boston, MA. </I> A list of the other individuals, organizations and hip-hop media scheduled to perform at this free, open-mic event include Sharada Sekaran with the Drug Policy Alliance, Mama Rut, Boston Fair Trade Action, photos by David Henry, an indie film and much more.
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<i>To learn more about Critical Breakdown, contact Erik Wissa at 617-661-6130 or e-mail ewissa (at) Critical Breakdown is a monthly open-mic event that brings people of all ages together through hip-hop, spoken word and other forms of socially conscious performance art. Events are free and open to all ages. Critical Breakdown is held at the <a href="";>Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center</a>, 85 W. Newton St., South End, Boston MA. <a href="";>Directions</a>.
To learn more about the Beehive Design Collective, please visit their website at: Telephone at (207) 255-6737, mail to 3 Elm St., Machias Maine 04654 or e-mail to: bees (at)</i><br>