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***Online registration for this event is now closed. You can buy tickets on the door for £12 waged/ £10 unwaged. Registration for this event starts at 9.15am, the event will be starting at 9.45am.***

With countries across Latin America facing a resurgent right and the threat of intervention from Trump, this year’s Latin America Conference will be the most crucial yet. It takes place on Saturday 2 December 9.45am-5pm in London at Congress House. Come and hear what is happening and what we can do together.

An impressive line up of over 50 speakers are set to speak representing progressive movements and governments in countries across Latin America, alongside politicians, academics, journalists, trade unionists, campaigners, lawyers and artists from Britain and around the world.

Download the conference programme at bit.ly/LA17programme

Key Speakers include:

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David Choquehuanca Cespedes, former Bolivian foreign minister, prominent intellectual, Aymara Indian leader, and current general secretary of ALBA

 

 

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Ken Loach, celebrated British filmmaker:

“My country, to its shame, follows the bully that is the United States. But we are not powerless we can act together.“

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Tickets

Online registration for this event has now closed. You can buy tickets on the door for £12 waged/ £10 unwaged.

A wide range of topics will be discussed on the day, including:

  • The Empire Strikes Back: The resurgent right in Latin America
  • Corporate media and Latin America – telling just one side of the story
  • Che Guevara – a revolutionary legacy, 50 years after his death
  • The WTO Summit and free trade imperialism – coming up this December in Argentina
  • Build Bridges Not Walls: Standing Up to Trump’s Hate and Militarism in Latin America
  • Music, Culture and politics: how can the arts be a catalyst for social change?
  • Colombia: where now for peace?
  • Venezuela and the lessons of Chile: exposing destabilisation, economic war and US intervention
  • Climate change and social justice – with a US president who thinks climate change is not a problem, what now?
  • Correa’s Citizens’ Revolution in Ecuador: 10 years of social progress
  • Argentina: Neoliberalism, forced disappearances, debt and free trade
  • Democracy in Cuba – 2018 elections and beyond
  • Mexico:  Standing up for Democracy and Human Rights
  • ALBA and Latin American unity – Putting people and planet before profit
  • In defence of Lula: Brazil’s president for the many, not the few – his legal team reports

Speakers include:

Egle Sanchez, Venezuelan Trade Union Federation; HE Teresita Vicente, Cuban Ambassador; HE Carlos Abad, Ecuadorian Ambassador; Victoria Brittain, journalist; Chris Williamson MP; HE Rocio Maniero, Venezuelan ambassador; George Galloway, broadcaster and former MP ; HE Roberto Calzadilla, Bolivian ambassador; Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London; HE Guisell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaraguan ambassador; Ben Chacko, journalist, Morning Star; Joabe Cavalcanti, Brazil Workers Party; Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, NEU (NUT section); Mickey Brady MP; Andrew Murray, Unite the Union; Dr Tony Kapcia, Nottingham University; Grace Livingstone, author ‘America’s Backyard’; Valeska Teixeira Martins, Lula’s legal team, Brazil;  Jorge Forero, sociologist, Ecuador; Geoffrey Robertson QC; Dr Steve Wilkinson, Cuba specialist; Mark Weisbrot, Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, USA; Alicia Castro, former Argentinian Ambassador to UK and Venezuela and former cabinet minister; Pablo Navarrete, filmmaker; and many more.

Plus ALBORADA film festival showing documentaries from and about Latin America.

 

Like and follow  us on Facebook @LatinAmericaConference and Twitter @LatAmerica17  Contact us via email: info@latinamerica2017.org.uk T 020 7490 5715

 

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The Empire Strikes Back – Hear Ken Livingstone on Trump & Latin America

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Hear Ken Livingstone on Trump and Latin America at Latin America 2017 on Saturday December 2, 9.45am-5pm (registration from 9.15am), Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS. Online registration has now closed, you can buy tickets on the door for £12 waged/ £10 unwaged.

ARTICLE: The Empire Strikes Back

Latin America is under threat from an increasingly aggressive Trump administration, writes Ken Livingstone.

FOR decades now, the US has sought to intervene and bring down progressive governments — or indeed just governments that seek to assert their national sovereignty — in Latin America, using a range of methods, from “soft coups” to military coups, from sanctions to blockades, and from international isolation to direct military action. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump’s Sanctions Aim To Financially Starve Venezuela

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trumppicBut a growing range of countries are beginning to oppose them, writes Tim Young (26/10/17)

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has piled the pressure on Venezuela by announcing more sanctions, despite growing opposition from a range of countries to such aggressive acts.
The latest sanctions join those directed personally at Venezuelan President Nicolas

Maduro and his vice-president, and wider sanctions announced in August, aimed at starving the country of financing by restricting Venezuela’s financial dealings with US institutions.

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First Speakers announced!

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Latin America Conference 2017 – Saturday December 2, 10.00am (registration 9.15am), Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS.

Online registration for this event has now closed. You can buy tickets on the door for £12 waged/ £10 unwaged.

Speakers to include: David Choquehuanca Cespedes, Bolivia and ALBA ● Egle Sanchez, Venezuelan TUC ● HE Teresita Vicente, Cuba ● HE Carlos Abad, Ecuador ● Victoria Brittain, journalist ● Chris Williamson MP ● HE Rocio Maniero, Venezuela ● George Galloway ● HE Roberto Calzadilla, Bolivia ● Ken Livingstone ● HE Guisell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaragua ● Ben Chacko, Morning Star ● Julia Felmanas, Brazil ● Tony Burke, Unite ● Lauren Collins, academic ● Jeremy Dear, Int. Journalists Fed. ● Lindsey German, Stop the War ● Kate Hudson, CND ● Sally Hunt, TUC ● Tony Kapcia, academic ● Grace Livingstone, author ● Colin Burgon, former MP ● Christine Blower, NUT ● Pablo Navarrete, Alborada ● Doug Nicholls, GFTU ● David Raby, academic ● Sian Errington, Stand up to Trump ● Francisco Dominguez, academic ● Bernard Regan, CSC ● Derek Wall, Green Party

Latin America 2017- tickets now available!

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Latin America Conference 2017 – Saturday December 2, 9.45am-5pm (registration from 9.15am), Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS.

Online registration for this event has now closed. You can but tickets on the door for £12 waged/ £10 unwaged.

Featuring talks, films and workshops on Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia and more!

Speakers to include: David Choquehuanca Cespedes, Bolivia and ALBA ● Ken Loach, filmmaker ● Egle Sanchez, Venezuelan TUC ● HE Teresita Vicente, Cuba ● HE Carlos Abad, Ecuador ● Victoria Brittain, journalist ● Chris Williamson MP ● HE Rocio Maniero, Venezuela ● George Galloway ● HE Roberto Calzadilla, Bolivia ● Ken Livingstone ● HE Guisell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaragua ● Ben Chacko, Morning Star ● Julia Felmanas, Brazil ● Tony Burke, Unite ● Lauren Collins, academic ● Jeremy Dear, Int. Journalists Fed. ● Lindsey German, Stop the War ● Kate Hudson, CND ● Sally Hunt, TUC ● Tony Kapcia, academic ● Grace Livingstone, author ● Colin Burgon, former MP ● Christine Blower, NEU (NUT section) ● Pablo Navarrete, Alborada ● Doug Nicholls, GFTU ● David Raby, academic ● Sian Errington, Stand up to Trump ● Francisco Dominguez, academic ● Bernard Regan, CSC ● Derek Wall, Green Party ● PLUS MANY MORE!

For email queries please contact admin@cuba-solidarity.org.uk 

 

Latin America 2016 report: Solidarity at a crucial moment

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The 2016 Latin America Conference came at a crucial period as the region confronted coups, neoliberal resurgences, pivotal peace agreements and destabilization attempts.

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Over 500 people and 70 speakers attended, with topics including:

  • Still the US’ backyard? Latin America after the US Presidential election
  • Cuba: building a better world under the eye of the empire
  • After Chavez – The Empire Strikes Back in Venezuela
  • Emergency in Brazil & Argentina – repression & resistance to neo-liberalism
  • Europe’s crisis, Latin America and global alternatives to Neo-liberalism
  • A Zone of Peace – US bases out of Latin America!
  • What next for Mexico after 4 years under the new ‘PRI’ and President elect Trump
  • Nicaragua: a story of hope and inspiration and surviving against the odds and renewed US intervention
  • High stakes for Ecuador’s Citizen’s Revolution ahead of 2017 elections
  • Latin America, Free Trade Agreements & Corporate Greed
  • Bolivia – political and international developments
  • Making Black Lives Matter – Black Liberation in the Americas & the Caribbean
  • Paraguay : Repression & Resistance – developments since the US – backed coup
  • Confronting Climate Change – what now for the Paris Agreement?

The event was given added poignancy by the news that Fidel Castro, the central figure in resisting attempts by the US and elites to control Latin America had died that morning. The conference opened with a moving tribute to his legacy by Bernard Regan, and a minute’s silence from the conference floor.

The first session was a round-table featuring perspectives on Latin America after the US Elections. Contributors included journalist Victoria Brittain, Canadian academic Keith Bolender, Nicaragua’s ambassador to London Guisell Morales Echaverry and Argentinian trade unionist Gabriel Rodriguez

Morning workshops include sessions on Cuba-US relations, opposing destabilization in Venezuela, Latin American Unity through ALBA , The situation in Mexico, and the story of hope in Nicaragua. Read the rest of this entry »