Autonomy and Resistance Gathering 2018

Autonomy and Resistance Gathering 2018
Latin America, Asia Pacific and Beyond!

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November Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th, Victorian Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South (Melbourne) Victoriab – Australia

3 days of speakers, panels, workshops, film screenings and more…

Main Topics:
Decolonization
Land defense from multinationals
Autonomy and self-determination
Prisons and Criminalization
Visions for development beyond neoliberal capitalism, colonialism and patriachy

Speakers:

Sina Brown-Davis (Aotearoa/NZ)
Maori, Tongan and Samoan anti-colonial and anti-capitalist activist

Kristy-Lee Horswood (QLD)
Gamilaraay activist, Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR), Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy (BASE), Voices of The 3%

Meriki Onus
Gunditjmara and Gunnai organiser and co-founder of the Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance (WAR), Djap Wurrung Protector

More Speakers TBC

FRIDAY 2nd FILMS NIGHT
5pm-10pm (ENTRY $5/$10)
“Black and Cuba”
This award-winning documentary follows street-smart Ivy League students who are outcasts at their elite university, band together and adventure to the enigmatic Caribbean island of Cuba, whose population is 60% Black. Their journey through the streets of Havana and Santiago reveals enthralling scenes of Cuban life including hip hop performances, block parties, and candid spontaneous encounters with AfroCuban youth. As they film their experience, the travelers discover connections between Cuban and American perspectives on human rights, race, and revolution.
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/34256

“Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguan Valley”
When a 21st century coup d’état ousts the only president they ever believed in, these farmers take over the plantations. With no plans to ever give them back.
“A thoroughly captivating window into history as never told by the winners — beautiful, enraging, profoundly inspiring.” – Naomi Klein, Author of the global bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything.
Beginning with the first coup in Central America in three decades, the film picks up the story of the farmers who responded to the coup by taking over the plantations of the most powerful man in Honduras. The camera follows three of the movement’s protagonists and one brilliant journalist from the capital city over the four years between the coup and the elections the farmers hope will return democracy to Honduras. But will the same people who took power by the bullet give it up by the ballot?
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/resistencia

“Amazônia Eterna (Eternal Amazon)”
At a time when the world is discussing the impact of human actions on the environment, Amazônia Eterna presents a critical analysis of how the world’s largest tropical rainforest is understood and appreciated.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2zez1ydR24

Shorts:
Berta Vive! – life and death of Berta Caceres
The Land is Our Mother – Mapuche struggle and links to Australian Forestry

SATURDAY & SUNDAY – Plenaries, workshopd, nice food and environment 

Check agenda in links

Seminar: Latin America Fights – Seminario: Allá se respira lucha…

Seminar on Latin America struggles and resistances recent developments…
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Saturday October 13, 11am – 5pm (movie screening from 6:15pm)
Victoria Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street, Carlton

One day of information and discussion on recent and current developments in Latin America
Especially struggles on women, workers, indigenous and social and political movements from below:

Exploring last changes in Nicaragua social explosions;

US announced interventionists policies in Venezuela and peoples responses, Multinationals companies attacks on social leaders in Colombia, Honduras and Chile;

Brazil elections: Lula da Silva and his aspirations to be elected president in a sea of right-wing sabotages, lies and betrays to Brazilian people, what people response to the antidemocratic measures of Temer government;

Colombia elections results and prospect to near future;

Indigenous struggles in Latin America and repressive response form the states and governments, exploring latest actions against Mapuche people in Chile and Argentina;

South Pacific alliance with the hysterics and “smart” Mr. Trump…

El Salvador and Guatemala resists Neoliberal policies… and the people??

From 6PM documentaries screening
6:15 “The Chicago Boys”
7:30 “CHAVÉZ”

Food and drinks available
More Info: write to lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com or call 0425 539 149

2018-Upcoming Latin American solidarity events in Australia

SOLIDARITY FORUM: LATIN AMERICAN INDIGENOUS & POPULAR STRUGGLES
JANUARY 25TH, 6:30PM
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/149897732335288/

Venezuela Embassy in Canberra
12 Keyar Street, O’Malley ACT, (CANBERRA)

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Latin American Indigenous and Popular struggles are becoming crucial for the continent, a wave of setbacks in progressive changes are on the way trying to destroy social, cultural and political advances of the popular and progressive democracies such us Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia among others.
Even in countries dominated by neoliberal dominant capitalist Elites, a myriad of popular and indigenous organisations are standing up for their rights and fighting for their culture, food sovereignty and against the voracity of big companies.
Criminalisation of movements is the normality in these countries. Using violence and repression against them, as have been the cases of Mapuche people in Chile-Argentina and recently the “legal” coup and elections fraud in Honduras.

VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY TELECONFERENCE
JANUARY 27, 5PM (SYDNEY)
Queries: lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com

PERU SOLIDARITY FORUM
FEBRUARY 3RD, 7PM
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/140244886654409/

Victorian Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street, Carlton South (MELBOURNE)

No Al Indulto! Solidarity Forum with Peru No Pardon! to Fujimori

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Speakers: representatives from Peruvian community in Melbourne and Teleconference with political and social movements directly from Peru.
Thousands of Peruvians took the streets to show their repudiation towards the decision of Peru’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski last December 23, 2017, to grant a humanitarian pardon to former president Alberto Fujimori who was in jail for crimes against humanity for 25 years.
Queries: lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com

LATIN AMERICAN SUMMER 2018 DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 6, 7 & 8 FROM 6:30PM
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1866097503700518/

Victorian Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street, Carlton South (MELBOURNE)
FREE ENTRY
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Documentaries and short films with indigenous and peoples fighting for their rights and protecting our mother land.
Latin American is not just an exotic place, is a place where daily people are demanding respect for their culture and land to the voracity of multinational corporation and accomplice state and governments.
A great occasion to educate ourselves about a reality to close to us thanks to the global technologies.
These three days of docos and short films will be and inspiring and motivating experiences to our commitment with our people and our mother earth.
Everyone welcome, drinks and food available
(for delicious dinner need to book to lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com or call, text to 0425 539 149)
Please check program in Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1866097503700518/

LASNET 2018 OPEN MEETING, BUILDING SOLIDARITY WITH OUR PEOPLES
FEBRUARY 17TH, 2PM-6PM
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1957177000977565/

Victorian Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street, Carlton South (MELBOURNE)

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Inspiring… Resisting… Creating New Possibilities for Change…

An invitation to all of those interested in education, information, support, get together and Solidarity with Latin American social/popular and indigenous/first nations movements welcome to our 2018 open meeting.

The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) 2018 Open Meeting (Annual Meeting – Get Together), Saturday February 17th, between 2pm – 6pm, at LASNET space in Victorian Trades Hall Council (corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton South, entry by Lygon street car park) Level 4, back-building.
After the meeting we will have a collective dinner and drinks, bring food to share if you like.

Latin American Solidarity Upcoming Events

LASNET-Meeting  Venezuela and the Left Tuesday August 23rd, 7pm
At LASNET Space – Trades Hall Basement corner of Lygon & Victoria Streets in Carlton South
Venezuela and the left – workers control… With Venezuelan Activist, visting Australia, Johan Rivas, from Venezuelan Socialismo Revolucionario.
First hand report from Venezuela under Chavez, all welcome

LATIN FIESTA – PARTY (POSTPONED  due Hall problems to Saturday October 29, 7pm, same place, bands and program)

Northcote Uniting Church Hall, 251 High St. Northcote
Two amazing live Latin American bands
“SON3” & “SON DE LA CALLE”
Plus exiting dance group “RITMO Y COLOR” from Peru &
“Colombia” dance group
$15/10 waged/ conc. – Latrobe Students and staff $10 – Solidarity $20

Chile -Colombia Open Forum
Thursday September15, 6:30pm to start 7pm
Latrobe University City Campus, 215 Franklin St. City
“The other September 11” & the new popular struggles wave…,
“Colombia after Uribe” &
“Relevance of Colombia-Venezuela relationship to South American region”
Speakers: Academics, Activists, music and discussions

Friday October 7, Melbourne Trades Hall, 7pm
Films night Fifth Cycle: “Multinational Corporations and its future”

Importance of Che Guevara after 44 years of his physical disappearance: Doco -“Che Lives” (40 minutes) October 8th, 1967, Ernesto Che Guevara was detained in Bolivia and killed on October 9, under the command of the CIA-USA

Saturday October 8,
Our hopes and new possibilities for change

Seminar Peoples’ Struggles & Multinational Corporations
Latrobe University – City Campus, 215 Franklin St, Melbourne

Space One: 12-4pm
Discussions, short footages, lunch, speakers, activists, ideas, proposals…more
-Multinationals role in war, violence and hunger in Latin America
– Impacts of Multinational policies in Australia and Asia Pacific Region
-How the State and government are accomplices in Multinationals policies and effects.
– Are Multinationals a contribution to development and progress?

Space Two 4-6pm – Speakers, music, poetry, open space/forum
Remembering our pass, our memory homage to all those that gave their life for others, our tribute to Che Guevara, who fell struggling so other can continued their and our life
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More Info: call 0425 539 149 or 0414 970 410, write to: lasnet@latinlasnet.org
https://latinamericansolidarity.wordpress.com/ and now, again, after been hacked http://www.latinamericansolidaritynetwork.org
Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) – Red de Solidaridad con los Pueblos Latinoamericanos

Mexico Solidarity Seminar

Thursday, 21 July
Latrobe University City Campus
215 Franklin St, City
Melbourne

6:30 doors for a 7pm start
Food and drinks will be available
Entry by donation – with all proceeds going to support human rights and popular organisations in Chiapas and Juarez.

Everyone welcome

The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET), in conjunction with the Latin American Solidarity Society at Latrobe University, is proud to present the Mexican Solidarity Forum with activist and academics interested in Mexican people situation. Since 1996, LASNET has been working in solidarity with the Zapatista movement and for peoples’ human rights in Juarez.

Today is time to reinforce our solidarity work with Mexico and we call on all people interested to join us in our effort because justice, dignity, peace and peoples’ rights cannot wait any longer.

Because the only struggle lost is the one that is abandoned.
¡Para todos y todas, todo!, For all, everything!

Main speakers

Ralph Newmark, Director of The Institute of Latin American Studies( ILAS) at Latrobe University. He will present an overview and introduction on Mexico situation.

Silvia Rosas, A Mexican Journalist living for the past few years in Australia.
Mexico has been caught in the middle of a spiral of violence since 2006. Roughly 35,000 persons, including numerous reporters, have been killed since then.

According to statistics from the National Human Rights Commission, about 70 journalists have been killed in Mexico during this period, while another 13 remain missing.

In addition, this organization reports 21 attacks on media facilities and says that since 2005 has received 473 general grievance complaints from journalists and human rights defenders.

However, the journalists have declared that the main obstacle to investigating crimes against journalists is state authorities’ lack of collaboration and transparency, as well as reticence from the victims’ families due to distrust of the authorities.

As result, Mexico is considered the most dangerous place in the Americas to be a journalist and the third in the world after Pakistan and Iraq.

Colm McNaughton is a multiple award winning radio documentary producer who focused on unfolding events on the Mexico / US border.

His radio documentary ‘La Frontera’ (available at:http://www.abc.net.au/rn/360/stories/2010/2844252.htm) recently won a silver medal at the New York Radio Festival 2011.

He will speak about the his experiences on the border as well as explaining his understanding of unfolding events in the region.

Rodrigo Rojas, LASNET activist

Will present the solidarity work for Mexican people and follow up discussion on what we can do from Australia to continued helping Mexican people in their struggle for human rights and social justice.

Why is so important to support the people of Mexico Today?

Sociologist and nationally syndicated columnist John Ackerman borrowed a phrase from Argentina’s recuperated factory movement to sum up his proposal for the movement: “Que se vayan todos” (“they all must go”), referring to Mexican politicians. “We have to demand the immediate ouster of all high-ranking officials who are involved in this criminal war at the federal and state levels,” argues Ackerman. “Beginning with, of course, [Secretary of Public Security] Genaro García Luna, [Defense Secretary] Guillermo Galván, and Calderón (current President). These politicians have spent enough time in office, and they’ve demonstrated that they are incapable of assuring social peace.”

When Felipe Calderón declared war on organized crime, some towns racked by violent cartel rivalries initially welcomed the military’s presence. However, it quickly became apparent that the military brought more chaos and abuses, not law and order. “The military doesn’t solve anything because it commits a lot of abuses,” a farmer from Galeana, Chihuahua, told Proceso reporter Marcela Turati. “They beat people, steal vehicles, rob from houses. Their trucks look like moving companies, they drive around loaded with so much furniture.”

Moreover, nearly every sector of Mexican society has confirmed its participation in the protests: labour, indigenous peoples, students, journalists, intellectuals, opposition politicians, feminists, artists, drug war victims and their family members, former political prisoners, Mormons, sex workers, autonomists, peasants, communists, marijuana legalization advocates, migrants in Mexico, Mexican immigrants living abroad, Catholic church leaders…even the commanders of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) have ordered Zapatistas to take to the streets to “end Calderón’s war.”

Extract from EZLN April 2011 Communique:

SISTERS AND BROTHERS:
COMPAÑERAS AND COMPAÑEROS:

THE PSYCHOTIC MILITARY CAMPAIGN BY FELIPE CALDERON HINOJOSA, WHO HAS TURNED THE STRUGGLE AGAINST CRIME INTO A TOTALITARIAN ARGUMENT TO DELIBERATELY GENERALIZE FEAR IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY, IS CONFRONTED NOW WITH THE DIGNITY OF THE ORGANIZED VOICES OF RELATIVES OF THE VICTIMS OF THIS WAR.

…WE CALL ON OUR COMPAÑER@S OF THE OTHER CAMPAIGN IN MEXICO AND THE WORLD, INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, COLLECTIVES, ORGANIZATIONS, MOVEMENTS, AND ORIGINAL PEOPLES ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, TO JOIN THE RIGHTEOUS DEMAND OF THIS NATIONAL MARCH TO THE DEGREE OF YOUR POSSIBILITIES AND CONDITIONS, BE IT ACCOMPANYING THE MAIN MARCH, WHICH STARTS IN THE CITY OF CUERNAVACA, MORELOS, ON MAY 5, 2011, IN MEXICO CITY ON MAY 8, 2011, OR BETWEEN MAY 5 AND 8, 2011, IN YOUR LOCATIONS, WITH SILENT MARCHES WITH BANNERS AND POSTERS, DEMONSTRATIONS, CULTURAL ACTS, ETC., WITH THE FOLLOWING SLOGANS:

END CALDERÓN’S WAR!

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
FOR THE CLANDESTINE INDIGENOUS REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEE – GERENARL COMMAND OF THE ZAPATISTA ARMY OF NATIONAL LIBERATION(EZLN-Mexico)

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, April 2011.

More Info:

call 0425 539 149 or 0414 970 418

write to: lasnet@latinlasnet.org

visit:
http://observatoriointernacionalcpm.wordpress.com
http://www.latinamericansolidaritynetwork.org
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