The Truth about Venezuela – Discussion and Cultural night The mainstream media lies!

Guest speaker Pacha Guzmán
“Building grassroots organisation from below”

A nigh in solidarity with the people in Venezuela,
A night of discussion, music, dance, poetry, nice food

THURSDAY MARCH 29th, 6:30PM
At: Edinburgh Gardens, Community Hall 
(Off Brunswick St. Fitzroy North, Tram 11-Stop 20. Behind the Fitzroy Bowls Club in Melbourne)

Pacha Guzmán, 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.

The FNCEZ is also part of the Bolivar & Zamora Revolutionary Current (CRBZ), for which Guzman is a national spokesperson.

Pacha explains:
“We are men and women from a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds that belong to the working people, to the poor sectors of Venezuela, who in our desire for the emancipation of the poor have come together, united behind the idea of a better world, to allow us to coordinate and unify our efforts in order to convert Popular Power and the Bolivarian Process into actions and concrete acts for everyone”.

“Venezuela from Below” Australian speaking tour, break through the lies of the mainstream media and hear about the current reality in Venezuela from the perspective of below from the grassroots social movements of workers, peasants indigenous living in Venezuela…

Drinks available, NOT BYO…
Entry: Suggested donation $5 ($10 solidarity). All funds raised going to cover costs of tour

Organise in Melbourne by: Latin America Solidarity Network (LASNET)
Supported by: Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network, Latin America Solidarity Network (LASNET), Latin America Social Forum (Sydney), Venezuela Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne), Australians in Solidarity with Latin America (ASLA), Colombia Demands Justice Campaign, Chile Solidarity Campaign, Mujeres Latinoamericanas 3CR radio program, Australia Cuba Friendship Society (Melbourne), the Socialist Alliance, Communist Party of Australia, Maritime Union of Australia (Sydney Branch) and the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

For more information call 0425 539 149 or email lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com.

Encuentro con el pueblo de Venezuela desde abajo y a la izquierda – “Construyendo Futuro.”

Martes 27 de Marzo, 6:30pm
Melbourne Trades Hall, Piso 4 por la puerta de vidrio
en las esquinas de las calles Victoria y Lygon Street en Carlton South
Invitamos a todos los latinoamericanos en Melbourne a un encuentro con la el pueblo Venezolano, construyendo futuro, con Pacha Catalina Guzmán militante del Frente Nacional Campesino Ezequiel Zamora (FNCEZ) y vocera de la Corriente Revolucionaria Bolivar y Zamora de donde el FNCEZ es parte.

Este encuentro tiene como objetivos dar cuanta de una vision desde los secotres populares que inspiran la revolucion bolivariana en la actual crisis que hoy enfrenta venezuela, nuestro interes es dejar en claro los principales elementos que definen la situacion actual de Venezuela desde una perpectiva desde la base desde el pueblo pobre organizado.

Este es el llamado y cordialmente quedan todos invitados.

Este evento es en Castellano, el Jueves 29 de Marzo tendremos evento Q & A forum and dinner “Venezuela from Below” in Edinburgh gardens community hall, from 7pm.

La Corriente Revolucionaria Bolívar y Zamora es una organización, de carácter antiimperialista, anticapitalista, y antipatriarcal y rofundamente Chavista.
Somos hombres y mujeres llenos de una diversidad cultural y étnica perteneciente a la clase trabajadora, al pueblo pobre de Venezuela, que en nuestro afán por la emancipación del pueblo pobre confluimos en la idea de un mundo mejor, que nos permita coordinar y unificar esfuerzos para traducir en acción y hechos concretos el Poder Popular y el Proceso Bolivariano.

La CRBZ es una gran fuerza social con mas de 15 años de militancia, fundada por campesinos y campesinas de 12 estados del país, que con los años se convirtió en un cumulo de expresiones orgánicas en lo urbano y distintos sectores orgánicos del país, con una clara visión unificadora, defender la revolución Bolivariana, apoyar a nuestro
Comandante Chavez, en un proceso que concilia con nuestros principios mas fundamentales y que además nos permite reconocer la Venezuela soberana y con autodeterminación antimperialista.

Nuestro carácter internacionalista nos llevo a formar parte de La Vía Campesina, La coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones Campesinas, articulamos con el Movimiento Sin Tierra del Brasil, y además tenemos un profundo compromiso con las organizaciones de Latinoamérica y el mundo que miran hacia Venezuela como un
referente en los procesos de emancipación de los pueblos pobres del mundo.

Courses, Subjects & Workshops

[SPANISH] Curso en Castellano vía teleconferencia desde Chile con activistas Guevaristas

JUNIO [LASSC-SP] – “La Vigencia del Pensamiento Guevarista en America Latina”

Sábados, 16, 23 y 30 de Junio, 11am-2pm

Tres Sesiones: Entregadas Vía teleconferencia en lugar de clases

Contenidos:

Desde Chile ponemos a disposición de las y l@s amig@s en Australia un curso que hemos organizado, a modo de síntesis y todavía de ensayo de nuestras ideas, sobre el “pensamiento y práctica del guevarismo”.

Es pertinente señalar en primer lugar que lo que podemos entender y denominar como “guevarismo” no es un sistema completo ni acabado de categorías ya definidas. Más bien, es una apuesta política en construcción, la cual si bien se recoge de varias décadas atrás y de numerosas experiencias políticas, organizativas e intelectuales que ya han pensado cosas similares (no estamos descubriendo el hilo negro), hoy asumimos el desafío de retomarlas y llevarlas a la práctica.

Como siempre, la experiencia concreta será la jueza de nuestros aciertos y errores tanto en los planteamientos teóricos de la política revolucionaria, como en la habilidad con que éstos sean desplegados prácticamente.

Agradecemos a l@s amig@s de la Izquierda Guevarista de Chile por su fraterrna y buena disposicion en esta iniciativa.

El curso está estructurado de la siguiente manera, en una secuencia de tres sesiones:

Sesión 1 (sábado 16 de Junio): “Breve historia de la izquierda latinoamericana”.

Donde se pretende enmarcar los orígenes históricos de las diversas corrientes de izquierda, los contextos regionales a lo largo de los siglos XIX y XX, los contextos mundiales y la influencia sobre América Latina de las revoluciones triunfantes en “Oriente”, la URSS, China, Vietnam, etc. Para de esa manera situar históricamente la Revolución Cubana, los planteamientos de Fidel, el Che Guevara y lo que podríamos entender como “guevarismo” en tanto legado revolucionario desde los 70’ en adelante.

Sesión 2 (sábado 23 de Junio): “Conceptos fundamentales del guevarismo”.

En esta sesión se ahonda en conceptos e ideas tales como: socialismo humanista, alienación, moral comunista, concepciones del marxismo, internacionalismo, revolución latinoamericana, crítica de la economía-política, democracia, educación y cultura en el socialismo, etc. Todo lo cual da cuerpo a una corriente que, creemos, podemos llamar “guevarismo”.

Sesión 3 (sábado 30 de Junio): “Pertinencia del guevarismo en el Siglo XXI”.

En esta última sesión se vierten algunas reflexiones (completamente abiertas) sobre los debates en torno a la noción de “proyecto” que como organización y como sector político hemos desarrollado durante el último tiempo. Y problematizar de qué forma, hasta ahora, concebimos y pretendemos ir dando contenido y forma al proyecto revolucionario en la actualidad.

Tres Sesiones: Entregadas via teleconferencia en sitio de clases

Lugar: Melbourne Trades Hall (Ubicado en 54 Victoria Street, Carlton South, en las esquinas de las calles Lygon y Victoria en Carlton South [Melbourne)

Día: Sábados, 16, 23 y 30 de Junio

Hora: [11am-2pm]:11am-12:30pm, 12:30 Almuerzo (puede adquirir en local, previa reserva), 1pm-2pm

Costo: Donación (Sugerida $10 por día, o lo que pueda donar, sino puede igual bienvenido)

Inscripción hasta el día Jueves 14 de Junio llamando al 0425 539 149 o escribiendo a lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com

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Courses delivered in English, face to face by Academics and Activists:

[ENGLISH] Subject-Workshop, face to face

APRIL [LASSC1] – “The Latin America and world economic tools workshops”  
Sundays 15, 22 and 29 April 2018.

This series of workshops will work towards ensuring that people will have knowledge of the functioning of the economy, the issues facing the world economy as well as Latin America and will have knowledge of the prospective tools that are needed to solve the problems we face.

The workshop will require participants to choose an issue that they are concerned about,
research a solution and share it with the rest of the workshop.
The workshop will also involve group work when reviewing economic knowledge as well as the presentation of economic content by the facilitator.

Course/workshop organises and delivers by Adrian Soh, PhD on Economics, currently lecture at Monash University

Three sessions delivered face to face

Location: Level 4, back-building Victorian Trades Hall, [corners of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton South]
Day: Sundays 15, 22 and 29 April
Time: Between 3pm and 6pm with breaks within
Costs: donations (Suggested $10 per session, or whatever you can afford, none will left out)

Register /Enroll deadline Wednesday April 12th by calling 0425 539 149 or email lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com

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[ENGLISH] Subject face to face

MAY [LASSC2] – “Tango, Samba, Salsa and Society, The history of Argentina, Brazil and Cuba through Music” 
Sundays 13, 20 and 27 May.

In this historically based subject, the senses are engaged by using popular culture, in particular music and food, to explore political, economic, social and cultural themes in Latin American history. Tango is employed to analyse Argentina, Samba to understand Brazil, and Son/Salsa to examine Cuba. The history of Latin Americans in the United States and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America are also investigated. We will especially look at the Cold War and then the globalisation of neo‐liberalism and culture in the 21stcentury.

What will you get from studying this subject:
This subject will give you an historical understanding Latin America and also some of the most important issues we face in the 21st century: persistent poverty, conflict, racism and environmental degradation.

Special features of this subject:
This subject incorporates aspects of Dr Ralph Newmark’s award winning “Aural History” methodology which uses music a way of understanding History.

Subject organises and delivers by Dr Ralph Newmark from the Institute of Latin American Studies from La Trobe University.

Three sessions delivered face to face

Location: Level 4, back-building Victorian Trades Hall, [corners of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton South]
Day: Sundays 13, 20 and 27 May
Time: Between 3pm and 6pm with breaks within
Costs: donations (Suggested $10 per session, or whatever you can afford, none will left out)

Register / Enroll deadline Wednesday May 9th by calling 0425 539 149 or email lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com

 

…Other subjects and courses will be announced soon…

 

 

 

 

 

First Nations gathering night, films, dinner & Latin American punk rock concert

First Nations gathering night, films, dinner & Latin American punk rock concert.

Friday March 2nd. 2019, 7:30PM
Community Rooms, Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy North.. off Brunswick Street.
Tram route 11, stop 20

7:30 Zapatista and Mapuche documentaries AND
Delicious vegan and meat Dinner ( booking 0425 539 149, recommended)
Chilean cocktails and bar

9:00 Latin punk rock band “Justiciero”
https://justiciero.bandcamp.com/

All proceeds supporting Indigenous Mapuche school in so-called Chile and funds for Mapuche-Aboriginal Solidarity for Indigenous Land (MASIL) and LASNET commitments with grassroots struggles in Latin America.

All welcome

More info: lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com

$5/10 entry or whatever you want to support this great project, thanks

 

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.

Action to Free Jailed Mapuche Leader Machi Francisca Linconao

freemachiURGENT SNAP ACTION
Urgent snap action in solidarity with the Mapuche leader Machi Francisca Linconao (Mapuche spiritual authority) who is currently in jail since March 2016 and has been on hunger strike since December 23, 2016 and her health is rapidly deteriorating. When recently asked about the situation of the Machi in jail, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has ignored the matter and refused to comment.

The Chilean government and representatives are responsible for the continuous human rights violations and unjust imprisonment of the Mapuche people and their leaders.
International solidarity is needed with our spiritual Machi Mapuche leader Francisca Linconao who is at serious risk of dying from the unjust imprisonment.

Come and support this action which will be this Friday 6th January, on steps of State Library of Victoria (cnr Latrobe and Swanston St) at 5.30pm.

International pressure to the Chilean Government is urgently needed, together with can stop the impunity and unjust incarceration of the Mapuche people and their leaders.

Freedom and justice to allr the Mapuche people.

If you need more information you can call 0425 539 149 or email lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com.