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Why the Colombian Student Movement is Winning!


By e5 organizer - Posted on 14 March 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6:30 p.m. For decades, Colombia has been mired in violent conflicts. Government-aligned paramilitary death squads have conducted thousands of assassinations and disappearances targeting trade unionists and farmers. Despite the bloody assault on human rights, Colombia has seen increasing levels of mass mobilizations such as the recent general strike and marches that brought to the streets millions of Colombians called by MANE (the Broad National Student Table). As a result the government was forced to withdraw the Washington-designed draft to the Higher Education Reform Act (Act 30 of 1992).

Today’s mass movement has opened up the possibility of a successful campaign by civil society against the rightist legislative agenda, against NAFTA, and overcome the political framework of rampant administrative corruption, gross social inequality, and bring a political solution to the legacy of violence and impunity.

Speakers: Sergio Fernandez: National University of Political Science Of Colombia.
Graduate in philosophy from the Pontific Universidad Javeriana in Colombia. Representative to the Academic Student Council of the National University of Colombia for the periods 2009-2011 and 2011-2013. Currently Speaker of the Student National Organization of the OCE, Speaker of the Student National Table MANE.

Carlos Gonzalez: Has Worked at the Universidad del Valle Colombia since 1979, Chairman of the Union of University Workers of Colombia [SINTRAUNICOL], and Sociologist at the University of Valle Colombia. Graduate Studies in "Psychosocial Processes for Organizational Effectiveness", "Community Development", "Governance and Citizenship" Research: "Missing in Cali 1990-1995." “Workers and Organizational Forms in its own History" has written numerous essays and articles.

For more information: email zdario182 [at] hotmail <dot> com or yelnats_02 {at} hotmail [dot] com, or call 617-372-4769.