[act-ma] 12/08 Crisis in Bolivia: Understanding and Responding to the Coup

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Tue Dec 3 05:31:50 PST 2019

Crisis in Bolivia: Understanding

and Responding to the Coup

*Sunday, December 8th 7 PM – 9 PM*
*Community Church of Boston*
*565 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116*

Bolivian President Evo Morales was removed from office on November 10th 
in a coup. The new government, led by rignt-wing, evangelical interim 
President Jeanine Añez, has violently repressed protesters demonstrating 
in opposition to the coup. The New York Times documented clashes in 
Cochabamba that left 9 protesters dead 
<https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/16/world/americas/bolivia-anez-morales.html> and 
the Grayzone Project reports a massacre of at least 9 in El Alto. 
<https://thegrayzone.com/2019/11/27/right-wing-coup-bolivia-complete-junta-hunting-dissidents/> Deadly 
repression continues.Come learn what is happening and how to stand in 
solidarity with the people of Bolivia.

*Ruben Hilari Quispe (Jilalu Qhisphi in Aymara)* of the Aymara nation of 
the Andes, is an activist and a linguist living in El Alto, Bolivia, a 
new and growing city that is comprised of mostly Aymara. He works to 
strengthen the language and culture of the Ayamara people. He will give 
us a video report from Bolivia on the current situation for activists in 
El Alto.

*Stephen Kinzer*, an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered 
more than 50 countries on five continents. He also wrote two books about 
the region. One of them, co-authored with Stephen Schlesinger, is Bitter 
Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala. The other 
one, Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua, is a social and 
political portrait that the New Yorker called “impressive for the 
refinement of its writing and also the breadth of its subject matter.” 
Columbia University awarded Kinzer its Maria Moors Cabot prize 
<https://www.printfriendly.com/p/g/MU7PRd> for outstanding coverage of 
Latin America. Read his latest column for the /Boston Globe/ on Bolivia. 

*Steve Striffler* writes and teaches about labor, migration, and the 
left in relation to Latin America and the United States.  He recently 
published /Solidarity: Latin America and the US Left in the Era of Human 
which explores the history of US-Latin American solidarity from the 
Haitian Revolution to the 2000s.  He is currently co-editing (with Aviva 
Chomsky), /Labor in 21st Century Boston: The Fight for Economic 
Justice/, which is expected in the Fall of 2020.

*Community Church Boston is easily accessible from Copley Station on the 
Green Line or Back Bay Station on the Orange Line.**Parking is available 
at the Back Bay Garage at 199 Clarendon Street. Only $8 with vouchers 
provided at the event! (*photo © 2019|Theme by MH Themes 

Sponsors:Massachusetts Peace Action, Venezuela Solidarity Committee, May 
Day Coalition, Polo Alternativo Democratico Colombiano, Chelsea United 
Against the War


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