Fwd: Solidarity in the time of COVID-19, October 2021

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Molly Molloy

Oct 11, 2021, 11:33:31 PMOct 11
October news from Mayan weavers and their supporters at Weaving for Justice.

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From: Weaving for Justice <weavingf...@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Oct 11, 2021 at 9:14 PM
Subject: Solidarity in the time of COVID-19, October 2021






Taylor Rey of Las Cruces modeling a huipil woven on a back-strap loom by a weaver from San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala. Donated by Jim Swearingen to Weaving for Justice to raise scholarships for Maya youth.


Friday October 29th & Saturday October 30th, 2021

11 am – 5 pm, NMSU University Museum Courtyard, Kent Hall,

1280 E. University Ave., Las Cruces, New Mexico


20% discount for all students!


All proceeds from sales of donations will go to Maya students in Belize, Guatemala, and Chiapas, Mexico to help them continue studying, despite the many obstacles they face.  Weaving for Justice partners with the Maya Educational Foundation in this project (www.mayaedufound.org)   

Parking is free on campus on Saturdays. Other days single-day and weekly NMSU visitor parking permits are available through the NMSU website: https://park.nmsu.edu/visitor/ Although we will be outside in the Museum courtyard, we would appreciate your wearing a face mask to help us all stay safe.  Contact weavingf...@gmail.com for more information.




Fifty-three individuals generously donated over 1,000 woven garments, household items, jewelry, books, pottery, and tourist items from Mesoamerica and other parts of Latin America to Weaving for Justice to raise funds for scholarships for Maya children and youth. The photo above is of one special donor family - Robert and Miriam Laughlin and their daughter Liana. The year is 1960 and Bob and Mimi are with Liana and her godfather, Romin Teratol of Zinacantán, Chiapas. Romin became Bob’s partner in his research on the Tsotsil language of Zinacantán. Bob went on to become a renowned linguist of Mayan languages, Mimi a writer of short stories about life in highland Chiapas. Both Bob and Romin have passed on. Romin’s son, Xun, is now Director of Sna Jtz’ibajom (House of the Writer), an organization of Maya writers in San Cristóbal de Las Casas which mentors University students who will benefit from this fundraiser.






Great Aunt:


There’s no end to sickness,

death won’t go away.


At least you’re not the only one;

I’m going to die, too.


All of us wil become Earth.

All of us will be mud.


There are no two ways about it:

I’m coming right behind you, here beside you.


Little marigold:

Flower of death:


How many are buried beneath this cross?

How many underneath our prayers?


By Maruch Méndez Pérez from

Incantations: Songs, Spells and Images by Mayan Women



Days of the Dead are coming soon, a special time to remember loved-ones who have passed on. If you plan to make an altar in your home, we recently received many cloths like the one in this photo which make a lovely background for photos and offerings. The cloths are woven by weavers in Mujeres Por La Dignidad, a Zapatista co-op based in San Andrés Sakam Ch’en de Los Pobres, Chiapas. They come in many colors and are 10 “ wide x 20 “ long and cost $25. If you are not able to come to our October sale and would like to purchase a cloth, we sell the black one on Instagram.


Saturday, October 16th sale at our store!


From 10 – 4 pm on October 16th we will have our monthly sale at our store at Makai Suites, 525 E. Lohman Ave., upstairs in Suite C, Las Cruces, New Mexico. All proceeds from sales of textiles from Chiapas co-ops go to the weavers to help them stay on their lands and not be forced to migrate. Please stop by if you are in our area.


We also sell remotely on Instagram, both the donated textiles as well as textiles from Chiapas cooperatives. Links to our Instagram and Facebook pages are on our website homepage – www.weaving-for-justice.org  


We welcome DONATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS which help us sustain our all-volunteer organization and assist the weavers during these difficult times. You can find the DONATE button on our website homepage. While there you’ll see links to our membership page and our 2021 ANNUAL NEWSLETTER with an overview of our work with weaving groups and scholarship students over the past year.






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