Latin America & the Caribbean

Actor and activist Danny Glover and veteran actor and former Screen Actors Guild president Edward Asner, called on fellow artists to add their name to a letter to US President Barack Obama asking him to issue an executive clemency order to free the Cuban Five. Glover and Asner are co-chairs of Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban Five” The Cuban Five are five Cuban men jailed in the US for their role in collecting information on behalf of the Cuban government on potential terrorist acts by violent anti-Cuban groups in Miami.
The Fabio Di Celmo Committee for the Five, (CFDCF) of Quebec-Cuba Solidarity, has been organising picket lines in front of the US Consulate in downtown Montreal the first Thursday of every month for more than three years in solidarity with the Cuban Five. The five are Rene Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernandez, and Ramón Labanino and Fernando Gonzalez. They were arrested 12 years ago on September 12, sentenced to long prison terms and held in terrible penitentiary conditions.

BRISBANE — To celebrate the 57th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Revolution, the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society organised a night of Cuban poetry readings, live music and food and drinks. On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro led an attack by opponents of the Batista dictatorship on the Moncada Barracks. The event was held at the Queensland Council of Unions building. Veteran left-activist Jim Sharp read some poems from his new book, which was launched on July 31.

Fidel Castro Handbook By George Galloway MQ Publications, 2006 Review by Ramona Wadi In the introduction, to the Fidel Castro Handbook author George Galloway describes himself as “a partisan for Cuba, for the revolution, for the leadership”. While a partisan view may be shunned in journalistic terms Galloway has no hesitation in embracing a revolution and being loyal to a cause that inspired working class and other exploited people throughout the world.

Location: Boorloo Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen Street, Perth ( next to McIver Station)

Report back, discussion and questions with three long term Venezuela solidarity activists fresh from the LASNET Solidarity Delegation to Venezuela March 2019.
Speakers:
Frederico Fuentes (Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network)
Lucho Riquelme (Latin America Solidarity Network - LASNET)
Joe Montero (Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance)

Wenesday 27 March

7pm

Trades Hall,

Lygon St,

Carlton

 

Location: 43 Below, Cnr. Hay and Barrack Streets.

Topic -'Situation in Venezuela'

Featuring Pacha Guzman, a leading activist with the Venezuelan-based Ezequiel Zamora National Campesino Front (FNCEZ). The FNCEZ is Venezuela’s largest peasant-based organisation and is a member of La Via Campesina and the Latin American Coordinator of Campesino Organisations. Entry: $5 ($10 solidarity). All funds raised going to cover costs of tour. Tour supported by: Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network and many others.  


Brazil at a crossroad; the campaign for democracy

Brazilians current president Temer is enacting a militarisation of Brazil. Ten human rights activists have been murdered in the last five months, including prominent socialist, lesbian councilor Marielle Franco. 

Alongside this attack on democracy is a vicious privatization campaign aiming to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich. 

Brazilians are responding through mass protests, including hundreds of thousands rising up demanding justice for Marielle Franco. 

Music by CANDELA  band
Food and drink available on sale
Entry: $15 per person or $25 per couple
Cash only or direct credit in advance
Only 100 people due to convid restrictions so please book early.
 
ACFS bank account details:
Name: ACFS WA
BSB: 066005 Acc # 10020115 
Reference: Initials and 10 tix

Santiago Rising (directed by Nick MacWilliam, 89 mins, Alborada Films, 2021)

Santiago Rising takes place on the streets of Chile’s capital city in late 2019, as large public protests over economic inequality engulf the country.

The film charts the build-up to the historic vote, in October 2020, that saw Chileans vote for a new people’s constitution to replace the one imposed during the brutal Pinochet dictatorship.

Did you miss Green Left's screening of the new documentary Santiago Rising? Don't worry, because we are happy to once again, in collaboration with Alborada Films, give you the chance to see it.

Santiago Rising takes place on the streets of Chile’s capital city in late 2019, as large public protests over economic inequality engulf the country.

Santiago Rising
Directed by Nick MacWilliam, 89 mins, Alborada Films, 2021
February 27, 6pm (AEDT)
A quarter of proceeds raised will go to Green Left.

Narrated by Alice Walker, Maestra (Spanish for teacher) explores the experiences of nine women who, as young girls, helped eradicate Cuban illiteracy in the 1961 literacy campaign within one year. 

Fifty years later, the brigadistas reminisce about the independence and self-confidence they gained from the great adventure and the trust the country placed in them. Film by Catherine Murphy. 2013. 32 min.

Chaired by Ian Ellis-Jones, (Green Left journalist and commentator on Cuba)

Speakers:

This forum will discuss the popular uprising in Colombia in the wider context of South American politics.
 

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