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Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots

Venezuela Speaks! coverThursday, January 28, 2010, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. While Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez continues to capture headlines, a much larger story involving a wider cast of characters has gone largely ignored. Venezuela Speaks!, published by PM Press, is a collection of interviews with activists and participants from across Venezuela’s social movements. From community media to land reform, cooperatives to communal councils, from the labor movement to the Afro-Venezuelan network, Venezuela Speaks! sheds light on the complex realities within the Bolivarian Revolution.

HR-4321: Comprehensive Immigration Reform in Age of Obama

A Discussion with Aarti Shahani, Mizue Aizeki & Joe Nevins

Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 5:30 p.m. Immigration reform will soon be on the national legislative agenda. All options on the table punish immigrants for global economic and policy failures. To consider the different bills, in particular the one that many progressives may offer critical support--HR 4321 aka the Guiterrez Bill--three important thinkers, Aarti Shahani (founder of Families for Freedom), Mizue Aizeki and Joseph Nevins (most recently authors of Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid) will join us for an early evening conversation and light dinner.

See here for summaries: 1. from the Immigration Policy Institute (this is an Adobe Acrobat [PDF] file)

Honduras' Future in Light of the Guaymuras Accord

Friday, November 13, 2009, 7:00 p.m. An analysis of the events and the future of Honduras after the signing of the Guaymuras Accord of Tegucigalpa/San Jose for national reconciliation and the strengthening of democracy. Featuring: Rodolfo F. Pastor, Visiting Prof. of History -Faculty of Arts and Science, Harvard University and former Minister of Culture of Honduras under President Manuel Zelaya and Simon Rios, founding member of the Committee in Solidarity with Honduras and musician. Sponsored by the Commitee in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance

Patricia Hernandez: “Autonomous Education” from Chiapas to Mexico City – Urban-Zapatista Links

Saturday, November 7, 2009, 6:30 p.m. Mexico-US Solidarity Network invites you to join us for a discussion of popular education in Zapatista indigenous communities and the role of urban academics as resources in constructing an autonomous education system.

Patricia Hernández, a sociologist specializing in education & gender, has worked since 2001 with indigenous communities to develop their primary and secondary schools, following a model of "autonomous education." She worked intensively with indigenous teachers—called "education promoters" (promoter@s)—to develop the secondary school for indigenous children living in the Zona Selva Tzeltal. Local leaders, who oversaw the project, wanted the community's demands for land, food, peace, justice and democracy to serve as the content for classes on history, language and mathematics.

So What is the G-20 Anyway, and What Does It Mean to Me?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 6:30 p.m.Join us for a discussion to explore the following questions: What is the G-20? What kinds of policy decisions or economic strategies come out of G-20 summits? How do these policies and decisions affect our communities and our lives? What needs to be done to build a stronger, more democratic economy from the bottom up? We hope to have a speaking panel, TBD. Contact A New Way Forward Boston for more information or sign up for the Boston ANWF Google Group.

A Night in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance

Friday, August 14, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Come hear reportbacks & updates from eyewitnesses of the Honduran coup. A fundraiser for groups fighting the business/military dictatorship, we will have food, dance, & drink, plus live musical performances to be announced. Visit Honduras Resists! for latest the news and updates.

Organizing the Climate Change Movement

Friday, July 24, 2009, 7:00 p.m. The e5 forum returns with Thomas Ponniah hosting Maggie Zhou (Secure Green Future) and John Andrews (Green-Rainbow Party) on the future of the Climate Change movement. Victor Wallis (editor, Socialism and Democracy) will join as a discussant.

Greek Uprising Six Months Later

Friday, July 17, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Join Chris Spannos and Nick Stylopoulos to look back at the Greek uprising triggered by the police killing of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

Nick moved to the USA from Greece, 10 years ago and he is now an Instructor at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. His passion and pleasure is being an activist, a grassroots media reporter and a blogger. He is a member of the Greek antiauthoritarian movement and the Greek antiauthoritarian newspaper "Babylonia", which translates and publishes in Greek, many articles from ZNet/ZMagazine every month. He is an advocate of Participatory Society and Participatory Economics and works on the Hellenic Project for Participatory Society.

Chris Spannos is fulltime staff member with Z Communications and ZNet. He is editor of the book Real Utopia: Participatory Society for the 21st Century (AK Press, 2008).

The Guatemalan Dream: Fair Trade & Fair Politics

Thursday, June 18, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Omar Mejia, co founder of Café Conciencia and filmmaker Willy Barreno, will present their work creating economic development and awareness by weaving a network of community run cooperatives in Guatemala, the Guatemalan migrant
community in the United States and the American consumer who is interested in Fair-Trade and Organic principles. They will speak about connections with rural and indigenous communities who will self-preserve and grow by having equal access to food, shelter, employment and education. We are invested in the hopes that Guatemala’s producer community and U.S. market will cultivate a relationship that generates a sustainable and dignified way of life so that immigration in exchange for food is not the only option.

This event is organized by the Boston Interpreters Collective.