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Film and Speaker – Sat 6 December

Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , on November 28, 2008 by floweroftheword

The Zapatista Solidarity Committee is supporting a talk and a showing of the latest Hands Off Venezuela campaign film “No Volveran”.

Where: Newtown Community Center,corner of Colombo and Rintoul St.

When: 5-8pm the Saturday the 6th of Dec.

The Speaker—

John Peterson is one of the founders of the Workers International League and Chief Editor of the Marxist journal Socialist Appeal. He is an Americas correspondent for the popular “In Defence of Marxism” website (www.marxist.com). In addition, he is also the National Secretary for the U.S. Hands Off Venezuela Campaign. He is active in the local and national anti-war, immigrant rights and Latin America solidarity movements and has spoken on these and other subjects across the U.S. as well as Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Britain, Italy, Belgium and France.

The Film—

‘No Volverán – The Venezuelan Revolution Now’, an exciting feature length documentary about the Venezuelan Revolution. In this in-depth investigation the film makers take us on a journey through the fervor of the Presidential Elections in December 2006, traveling deep into the shanty towns (barrios), and to several factories under workers’ control, to find out why there is a movement to over-through Capitalism, what Socialism of the 21st Century is, and how it is changing people’s lives. Community activists show us around their neighborhoods in the barrios to see first hand how difficult life is for the urban poor. Residents tell us how they used to struggle daily against poverty, crime and police brutality. They felt abandoned by previous governments, and when they tried to organise they were often oppressed. But life here has clearly changed.

Following these workers and others, the film takes us on a journey through the politics of past and present. Francisco Rivero, National Director of Ideology of the Movement for Direct Democracy, takes us through the different stages of the revolution, and explains that Socialism of the 21st century is a complete break from many of the previous so-called socialist ideologies. These were run from above by bureaucracies. Socialism of the 21st century is democratic socialism, where political power is transferred to the common people. Here ordinary working people must take over the running of society.

The Talk—

The talk will be from 5 to 6pm, film showing from 6 to 7:30pm and will have time to answer questions and discuss afterwards.

There will be refreshments provided,

Entry by Koha
All proceeds to support Zapatista health care provision in Chiapas, Mexico

Hope to see you all there!