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Crisis in Bolivia: Understanding and Responding to the Coup

December 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Crisis in Bolivia: Understanding and Responding to the Coup

Sunday, December 8th 7 PM – 9 PM
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Bolivian President Evo Morales was removed from office on November 10th in an apparent coup. The new government, led by interim President Jeanine Añez, has violently repressed protesters demonstrating in opposition to the coup. The New York Times documented clashes in Cochabamba that left 9 protesters dead and the Grayzone Project a massacre of at least 9 in El Alto. Come participate in a discussion about the best way to stand in solidarity with the people of Bolivia. We’ll talk about activism in Bolivia, the suspicious US history of interference in Latin America, and what steps to take here in Massachusetts.

Three Bolivian activists will be joining us by video. One is a young Quaker indigenous woman who is an educator and a climate change activist. She will speak about her country where she says, “the governent was taken wildly by the armed forces allied with rightwing political parties recently, and has locked up indigenous people.” Another is an activist working to strengthen the language and the culture of the Aymara people. The third has worked in Bolivia’s prisons to reduce violence.

Stephen Kinzer, an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. He also wrote two books about the region. One of them, co-authored with Stephen Schlesinger, is Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala. The other one, Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua, is a social and political portrait that the New Yorker called “impressive for the refinement of its writing and also the breadth of its subject matter.” Columbia University awarded Kinzer its Maria Moors Cabot prize for outstanding coverage of Latin America. Read his latest column for the Boston Globe on Bolivia.

photo of Steve StrifflerSteve Striffler writes and teaches about labor, migration, and the left in relation to Latin America and the United States.  He recently published Solidarity: Latin America and the US Left in the Era of Human Rights, which explores the history of US-Latin American solidarity from the Haitian Revolution to the 2000s.  He is currently co-editing (with Aviva Chomsky), Labor in 21st Century Boston: The Fight for Economic Justice, which is expected in the Fall of 2020.

Read Andrew King’s article, “Bolivia’s Interim Government Moves to Roll Back Morales’s 21st Century Socialism“.

Community Church Boston is easily accessible from Copley Station on the Green Line or Back Bay Station on the Orange Line.

Parking is available at the Back Bay Garage at 199 Clarendon Street. Only $8 with vouchers provided at the event!

Cosponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Community Church of Boston, Venezuela Solidarity Committee of Boston, Encuentro 5, Chelsea Neighbors United to End the War, Boston May Day Coalition, and the Center for Marxist Education


Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St
Boston, 02116
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(617) 266-6710