Over 100 people attended a packed seminar on Thursday April 22 at London’s Canning House on ALBA: Building a New Latin America with speakers including representatives of Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The seminar was organised as part of the ongoing work of SERTUC, the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign – supported by OH Parsons and a number of trade unions – in raising awareness of the tremendous changes sweeping Latin America.
I was delighted to again be invited to be a plenary speaker at the annual Latin America Conference in December 2009. What you will read inside Latin America Adelante is a selection of the contributions made by keynote speakers on the day and articles concerning the key issues facing the struggle for social progress in Latin America. (more…)
Colin Burgon MP underlines the very real threats organising against progressives in the region.
Against the seemingly unstoppable domination of free market capitalism in recent decades, it was important for progressive people to remind ourselves that the darkest hour is just before the dawn. That dawn arrived with the wave of left wing governments elected to power in Latin America from the late 1990s. (more…)
The annual Latin America conferences have become one of the most successful events of their kind in the UK. You can register for the 2010 Conference on December 4 here . Since December 2005, thousands of delegates from across the country have come to hear speakers from more than 30 countries discuss and share experiences of developments in the Caribbean and Latin America.
UK contributors have included Harold Pinter, Tariq Ali and Tony Benn. From Europe, the US and the region itself trade union and social movement leaders, writers, artists, politicians, campaigners, film directors, diplomats and academics have all shared platforms.
Most importantly, the conferences have heard first hand from the peoples of Latin America; of their struggle to free themselves from the hegemony of US domination, their battle to gain control of national resources, and their fight to defend their gains and achievements.
From Cuba to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia the people of the region are finding their voice, realising their power and determining their own futures.
The Latin America conferences provide an insight into the reality of the region and effective ways for people in the UK to find out more and support these struggles and movements in Latin America by getting involved in solidarity work.
This website is not just a reflection of previous conferences, but looks forward to a whole series of events, seminars and actions throughout 2010 on this theme. This began with the ALBA seminar at Canning House on 22 April and this year’s activity culminates in the Latin America 2010 conference at Congress House on Saturday 4 December 2010.
Visit us regularly for the latest news and events and please show your solidarity with the people of Latin America by joining the organisations which work tirelessly to publicise their cause in this country.
A better world is possible.
Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas: A progressive alternative to the Washington-backed Free Trade Area of the Americas
The Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America, known as ALBA for its abbreviation in Spanish, was launched in Havana in 2005 by Cuba and Venezuela. (more…)