[act-ma] Jan 28/29: Venezuela Speaks! Book Presentations & Forums

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Venezuela Speaks! Voices from the Grassroots
  Book Presentations & Forums

Thursday, January 28th

Encuentro 5, 6:30pm
33 Harrison Ave, floor 5, Boston, MA 02111 phone (617) 482-6300

Friday, January 29th

Lucy Parsons Center, 7:00pm
549 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118-1125
phone: (617) 267-6272

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.

Join two of the co-authors, Carlos Martinez and Michael Fox, for a
presentation and forum.  Yanahir Reyes, a Venezuelan activist that has
participated in the women’s movement for years will also be joining
the co-authors.  Reyes is the co-founder of a radio program focused on
women’s issues called Milenia Palabra de Mujer at the Caracas-based
community radio station Radio Perola.  As a public school teacher, she
helped create a school in one of Caracas many poor barrios, using it
as a popular education center to organize mothers in the community.
With her support, the mothers went on to form their own organization,
Asociación Civil “Primeros Pasos de la Mujer” (Women’s First Steps
Civil Association).  She will talk in depth about the process of
constructing popular power in Venezuela and the achievements and
challenges facing the women’s movement.

Books will be available for purchase ($20) and signing.

--Venezuelan food and refreshments will be provided --

To see the full schedule, click here:
To learn more about the book, visit the PM Press website at:
https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=169 .
For more Venezuela Speaks! updates and tour dates please visit:
www.venezuelaspeaks.com or join the Venezuela Speaks! Facebook Group
by clicking on the following link:
For more information contact Carlos at
carlos at globalexchange.org

“Venezuela Speaks! is a geography of struggle, a sociology of passion,
and an ethnography of hope, of the unrelenting insistence that people
have a right to control their own lives, and that in doing so, a
better world will be made.”
-Greg Grandin, author of Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United
States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism.

"The revolution within the Revolution are the many, powerful voices of
the everyday people of Venezuela. They have suffered and survived the
era of the oligarchy; they rose up in El Caracazo (1989), dreaming of
another world; they voted in numbers and often for the Bolivarian
regime, and they came out on the streets to defend their government in
2002. These are the people. They have words. Venezuela Speaks! gives
us a taste of them."
-Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People's History of
the Third World.

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