Sunday, 10 October 2010

Latin America and the ecosocialist alternative - Hugo Blanco comes to Brighton

Come and listen to Peruvian peasant leader Hugo Blanco; Green MP, Caroline Lucas; and local environmental campaigner David Bangs discuss the challenges and the possibilities!

Thursday 14 October
7.30 pm
Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton

Hugo Blanco is touring the UK during September and October. The tour is being organized by Green Left and Socialist Resistance.

Hugo has been at the forefront of a huge struggle in the Peruvian Amazon, where the government has sold off the rainforests to the oil corporations, against the resistance of the indigenous people of the region.

The UN climate summit in Copenhagen last December showed that most of the world's governments, and the market economy they defend, are totally incapable of tackling climate change, the most pressing problem to face humanity in modern times. The follow-up meeting in CancĂșn, Mexico, at the end of this year, looks set to repeat the fiasco.
However, the People's Climate Summit, called last April by the Bolivian government along with indigenous and social movements from across Latin America, showed that there is an alternative.
Hugo Blanco is at the centre of these debates
A guerrilla leader back in the 1960s, he has been a leader of the Peruvian peasant movement for more than four decades, as well as a prominent political prisoner and, more briefly, an elected member of Peru's Senate.
In recent years, he has dedicated himself to campaigning for indigenous rights in Peru, especially through the paper he edits, Lucha IndĂ­gena (“Indigenous Struggle”), and has become one of the most prominent voices for Latin America's growing eco-socialist movement.

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