Latin America Conference 2018

NSCAG News | on: Monday, 19 November 2018

London, Saturday, 1 December 2018, Congress House, 23-28 Great Russell St, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3LS (Tottenham Court Rd, Russell Sq) 9:45am

Special guest speakers Dr Mariela Castro, Cuban MP & director of CENESEX (National Centre for Sex Education); Dr Florence Levy, Nicaraguan MP and trade unionist; Guillaume Long, former Ecuadorian Foreign Minister

Also // Rocio Maneiro, Venezuela // Tariq Ali // Chris Williamson MP & many more.

The Trump Presidency has overseen a worrying rise in US interventions in Latin America, with the blockade of Cuba being tightened, sanctions threatened on Nicaragua, and Trump pushing for military intervention in Venezuela. But the resurgent right-wing in Latin America is facing resistance, with the Left winning the Mexican election, and trade unionists and popular movements mobilising to defend social progress across the region. Come along to hear eyewitness accounts and get involved in standing up to Trump’s interventions in Latin America.

With contributions from over 50 campaigners, politicians, trade unionists and academics from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela and the UK.

Features films, stalls, music and discussion on:

â–  Standing up to Trump in the US’ backyard – resisting intervention and racism

â–  For the Many, Not the Few - Celebrating victory in Mexico

â–  20 years since Chavez’s election – a spark for 21st century socialism

â–  Cuba 60 – building a better world under the eye of the empire

â–  Brazil after the elections – fighting for justice & democracy

â–  No to Trump’s ‘regime change’ agenda in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua

Sessions on Nicaragua include:

Nicaragua's right to national sovereignty - No US intervention

The seminar will focus on the evidence that what happened in Nicaragua was an attempted coup orchestrated both internally and externally, and fuelled by the involvement of the Trump administration. It will look at the role of health workers and their trade union FETSALUD during the coup and measures taken by the government to address the economic, social and psychological consequences in the context of an intense international propaganda war and continued threats of US sanctions.

• Dr Florence Levy, Nicaraguan MP and member of FETSALUD

• Dr Francisco Dominguez, academic & member of the EC of NSCAG

Chair: Louise Richards, NSCAG

Nicaragua: Poverty is political, human rights for all

The universal declaration of human rights includes the right to food, housing, health care, education and a decent standard of living. Between 2007 and 2016, the Nicaraguan government’s political commitment to these fundamental rights reduced levels of poverty from 42.5% to 29.6% of the population. This represents a significant improvement in the lives of tens of thousands of people particularly women. This seminar will explore how this political will was transformed into practice through investing in health, education, infrastructure development and social programmes and supporting the development of the social economy. How will this commitment be sustained in the face of the economic downturn resulting from the attempted coup and the intensification of US aggression?

• Dr Florence Levy

• Helen Yuill, NSC

Chair: Ben Gregory, Wales NSC

Nicaragua will also feature in a session on education:-

Education for all in Latin America – a right not a privilege

• Dr Mayelín Gonzalez, University of Havana

• Jesus ‘Chucho’Garcia, Venezuela

• Julie Lamin, Member of NSCAG EC

Chair: Philipa Harvey, NEU

Alborada will the showing the 25 minute documentary ‘The New Battle for Nicaragua’ as part of their Latin America film festival. It will be followed by a Q&A with the presenter Marcel Cartier.

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£10 WAGED, £8 UNWAGED (in advance) £12/£10 on the door.

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