What’s happening in Latin America?
Stories and films in a friendly environment — music by DJ Mono.
+ Rosa del Carmen Curihuentro : journalist and Mapuche indigenous activist from Chile + Heriberto Salas : ‘People for the Defence of the Earth’ and ‘the other campaign’, Mexico + Maria de Lourdes Vicente da Silva : Landless Workers’ Movement (MST), Brazil
When: Friday, 17th November, 7:00 pm
Where: Lentil as Anything, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St., Abbotsford
Food: Pay as you feel
More Info: 0402 754 818 // 9419 6444
Organisers: Lentil as Anything and the Latin American Solidarity Network
From the foundation of Via Campesina in 1993 and the Zapatista uprising a year later in 1994, to the birth of the World Social Forum in 2001 and the current electoral swing against neo-liberalism, Latin America has been a crucible for international movements against market globalism. This Forum brings together three members of these movements – from Mexico, Chile and Brazil – to share stories and insights.
Heriberto Salas is a representative from ‘People for the Defence of the Earth’, which has spearheaded the resistance against the forced removal of the community to make way for a new airport in Mexico City. Recently this movement has engaged with ‘the other campaign’, initiated by the Zapatistas, and been met by massive police repression and killings.
Rosa del Carmen Curihuentro is a journalist and a Mapuche indigenous activist who is heavily involved in the struggle against the theft of Mapuche lands by transnational corporations in the south of Chile.
Maria de Lourdes Vicente da Silva is an organiser with the Landless Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, which has seen the distribution of millions of acres of land to landless workers across the country.
See also : incendio (wildfire) : una publicación de solidaridad y teórica Latinoamericana (a bilingual journal of Latin American theory & solidarity)
The Melbourne Social Forum has also organised an event — a ‘G20 Alternative’ Forum — for Sunday, November 19:
The open public meeting is a democratic alternative to the closed G20 meeting that will be held in Melbourne at the same time. The G20 Alternative Forum will focus on open space workshops promoting alternative policy, and addressing debt relief, poverty reduction, climate change, and more generally renewing strategies of the global justice / alter-globalisation movement. There will also be an opportunity to hold workshops.
Location: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Speakers / large group dialogues: RMIT’s Casey Plaza (Bowen St, off La Trobe St)
Workshops: RMIT Building 37 (corner Swanston St. and A’Beckett St)
Food: RMIT’s Student Union Function Room (off Swanston St.) provided by Lentil as Anything