[act-ma] 2/26 Evo Morales President of Bolivia in Boston and Providence
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Mon Feb 18 02:57:02 PST 2008
Evo Morales - Tuesday, February 26, 2008 - 7:00 p.m. - Downtown
Boston (ticket info below)
See the bottom for information on the event in Providence
Five hundred years in the making! The first indigenous President of
On February 26, 2008, Boston will welcome President Evo Morales of
Bolivia. At the cutting edge of an Andean movement of social change
from below, Evo came to power in 2006 following an innovative
combination of protest, mass actions, people power and consistent
electoral activity. His ascent marks the first time that a leader
representing the indigenous majority is at the head of government
since the advent of colonialism.
More than a new leadership, Evo Morales is leading a major social
transformation of Bolivia and Latin America. His government has
reworked the constitution to bring ordinary people into the
democratic process; it has restored sovereignty over natural
resources; it has placed human rights at the center of development,
recognizing for example, the human right to water. It has restored
dignity to peasants by legalizing traditional crops, including the
Above all else, economic development strategy and social welfare are
now part of the same process and not incidental to each other.
Social security protections have been extended to the aged and to
Rejecting self-defeating ideological prescriptions, Evo has welcomed
medical and development assistance from revolutionary Cuba and
Bolivia's future development and sovereignty is by no means
guaranteed. It is subject to a host of challenges ranging from
resources constraints to a global economic environment that is
hostile to developing economies. Nonetheless, the revolution
signaled by Evo's election, means that for the first time serious
efforts are being made to develop all of Bolivia and create
conditions that will keep Bolivians from having to cross borders in
search of livelihoods.
Evo's trip to Boston is being organized by a growing coalition of
grassroots organizations and advocacy groups. The evening's events
begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2008.
Exact location and admission information about the event will be
made available as soon as the security and logistical details have
been made available to the event organizers.
In the meantime, if you'd like to attend the event, please fill out
the form at www.EvoInBoston.org.
If you represent a community-based organization and would like
members of your community to attend the event, please send an e-mail
to info at evoinboston.org or call 617-482-6300. Community-based
organizations are encouraged to endorse the event and to work with
the organizers to enable the community to attend.
This event is free to the public.. He will be speaking in Spannish
with English translation.
He is also appearing earlier that day in Providence RI at Brown
Tuesday, February 26 at 4:00 at Salomon, Room 101.
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