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Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective
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Friday, February 20, 2015
PESTICIDES NEXT DOOR – PUBLIC THEATRE PERFORMANCE ON STRAWBERRY INDUSTRY DANGERS
Bay Area theatre troupe, investigative journalism organization to stage public theatre performance in Downtown Oxnard
Where: Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard
When: Saturday, February 28, 2015, 1pm-5pm
Join Tides Theatre (San Francisco) and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) for a FREE public performance of “Alicia’s Miracle,” a play written by Octavio Solis in response to a groundbreaking investigation into the strawberry industry’s reliance on dangerous pesticides.
1pm: “Alicia’s Miracle,” a play by Octavio Solis
2pm: Discussion with cast and CIR reporters
3pm: “Alicia, Tu Milagro,” en Español
4pm: Discusión con el reparto y periodistas de CIR
California’s strawberry growers, especially in Oxnard, rely on extremely heavy amounts of toxic pesticides to gain large profits through the cheap production of fruit for sale across the United States. However, the costs of this $2.6 billion industry have created a burden on our environment as well as on those who reside in agricultural communities, not only in the fields but in our neighborhoods and our children’s schools, resulting in ever-increasing amounts of respiratory disorders, birth defects, and illness.
The play will include two performances, one in English and one in Spanish, followed by discussions with the cast and CIR staff. There will also be a workshop by California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) on pesticides and farmworker rights. Come and learn about this issue of vital importance which affects our community every single day.
This rare public theatre performance comes as a result of the collaboration between STORYWORKS (CIR & Tides Theatre) and the Oxnard-based Todo Poder al Pueblo Collective.