From: Pam Burris [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, October 17, 2016 12:15 PM
Altar and Ceremony for Day of the Dead/El Dia de Los Muertos
(Donations to benefit Teatro Digna's production of DIGNA! in February, March)
October 30th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
South Side Presbyterian Church
(317 W 23rd St, Tucson, AZ 85713)
Teatro Digna contact for the special event
About Emilio Lomé and Alba Nora Martinez
Emilio Lomé is a Mexican artist, educator, and poet who recently received the Premio Nacional de Periodismo de Mexico (Mexican Pulitzer). Alba Nora Martinez is an artist, educator, and writer who has created many altars in Tucson. After the creation of this altar, Emilio will dedicate the altar to slain human rights attorney Digna Ochoa. 2016 marks the 15th year anniversary of her death.
About Digna Ochoa
In October 2001, renowned Mexican human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa was found shot dead in her Mexico City office. Ochoa's death at the age of thirty-six was declared a suicide by Mexico City prosecutors, despite evidence pointing to foul-play, her receiving death threats, and attempts on her life. Ochoa, a former nun, went on to represent farmers defending the environment in the state of Guerrero, Zapatista guerrillas in Chiapas, and indigenous peoples in her home state of Veracruz. In her pursuit of truth and justice she challenged powerful governmental agencies. She also uncovered torture and other abuses by the Mexican military and police. Ochoa was twenty-four when she discovered a blacklist of union organizers and political activists in the office of the state attorney general. A few days later, she was kidnapped and raped. Her family and fellow human rights activists rejected the finding of death by suicide, and fought for the case to be re-opened. Ochoa's case was reopened in 2005. Regrettably state prosecutors maintained suicide as the origin of her death.
Digna, the play
In a one woman play Digna Ochoa, returns from the dead to address an audience about the harrowing attacks she suffered in response to her defense of environmentalists by Mexican security forces. The play, is written by Pat Davis, featuring Alba Jaramillo, directed by Barclay Goldsmith, with music by Rebeca Cartes. Mark your calendars: February 23-26 and March 2-5 at 7:30 pm at THEATRE @YWCA, 525 Bonita Street, Tucson AZ.
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