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Benny Wenda’s 2015 schedule in California

May 12, 2015

Benny Wenda is a West Papua human rights leader living in political exile in England. He is spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), the broad coalition seeking self-determination for the territory. In February, Benny met with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who has urged the United Nations to review the discredited 1969 "referendum" in which the former Dutch colony of Papua was incorporated into Indonesia, and compared the oppression and ongoing human rights abuses with the apartheid of South Africa.

This is Wenda’s first visit to the West Coast and he will be speaking to several diverse communities in California and Hawaii, delivering an intimate account about the conditions of West Papua. Information has been difficult to attain due to the ongoing restrictions imposed by Indonesian authorities banning foreign journalists and human rights groups from traveling into the region.

Here’s the current breakdown of Benny Wenda’s 2015 schedule in California

—IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA–

THURSDAY MAY 14

4:00-5:30: Eastside Cafe presentation with Urban Zapatista
5469 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90032
http://eastsidecafe.org/

7:00pm-9:00pm: UCLA, Campbell Hall 3232

FRIDAY MAY 15

9:00am: Uprising Radio 9:00

2:00pm-4:00pm: Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum
695 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
http://www.pieam.org/

8:00pm-11:00pm: The Mint
Blue King Brown/Big Mountain/ AK Rockefeller
6010 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
http://themintla.com/

SATURDAY MAY 16

11:00am-12:00pm KPFK- Freedom Now

1:00pm-2:00pm: Heritage of Aloha Festival
Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Drive in Santa Fe Springs
http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/heritage-of-aloha-fest

4:00pm-7:00pm: Oceanian Indigenous Communities of Southern California
Grace Methodist Church
2325 East 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90814

SUNDAY MAY 17

3:00pm-5:00pm Drum Circle Leimert Park

6:00pm-9:00pm KRST Unity Center of Afrakan Spiritual Science
7825 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90047
http://www.krstunitycenter.org/

—-In the BAY AREA—-

TUESDAY MAY 19

6:00pm-9:00pm City College of San Francisco
Benny Wenda addresses Critical Pacific Island Studies Program
Public event, TBA
50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

WEDNESDAY MAY 20

6:30pm-9:00pm Oceania Coalition of Northern California
Teach-In Free West Papua InterTribal Friendship House
523 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

THURSDAY MAY 21

6:00pm-8:30pm Center for Political Education
522 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Note: All events are subject to change.

For updated see https://www.facebook.com/BennyWenda2015CA

Twitter: @imiponoprojects
call (808) 218-4367

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