martes, febrero 13, 2007

Toronto: Evo Morales and the Future of Bolivia, One Year into the Movement

Monday February 19th
7pm (sharp!)
489 College St. Suite 303
(Ontario Coalition for Social Justice)

Join LASC (The Latin American Solidarity Committee) for an open and friendly discussion and debate on the first year of the Movimiento al Socialismo (Movement Toward Socialism, MAS) government in Bolivia, led by President Evo Morales.

How substantial are the processes of indigenous liberation? Is Bolivia moving toward revolutionary socialism, moderate social reform, populism, or a continuation of the neoliberal model? What is the significance of the May 1, 2006 nationalization of hydrocarbons (natural gas and oil)? How should we understand the Constituent Assembly? What are the origins and meaning of the right-wing autonomist movement in the "media luna" (half moon) departments of Santa Cruz, Tarija, Beni and Pando? What were the bases of the recent bloody conflict in the mines late last year and the street battles in Cochabamba last month? Where does Bolivia fit into the wider regional dynamics of popular upsurge in Latin America, and what are the threats posed by imperialism? We'll take up these questions and more in a free-wheeling discussion after a twenty-minute introduction by Jeffery R. Webber

Jeffery R. Webber is a member of the Latin American Solidarity Committee (LASC) and an editor of New Socialist. He's spent a considerable amount of time in Bolivia since his first visit in 2000, and has published various articles on Left-indigenous movements and the new MAS government in Left magazines, journals and websites.

Before the meeting we encourage you to read these four articles:

What is a LASC Educational?
LASC educationals seek to understand and impact significant real world experiences and issues.

A LASC educational involves naming what the experience or issue is. This means collectively describing and sharing our knowledges, experiences, and values around the issue and connecting those issues with our lives.

A LASC educational also involves an analysis of the concrete issue. Why is the issue important? This more abstract step helps learners reach their own individual and collective insights.

Finally, a LASC educational must involve planning and doing as the critical next stage in the learning process. We ask, now what? In popular education, learning without action leads to guilt, apathy, and powerlessness; that is, precisely what we are working to change. Doing is where we begin to act as a result of our learning. However, doing does not involve asking others to act in our place, but means taking personal responsibility for active and conscious social change.

The Latin American Solidarity Committee

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