May 16, 2019
Living Life on Their Own Terms
Verso Books
May 16, 2019
6.30pm - 9.00pm
Verso Books
20 Jay Street Suite 1010
Brooklyn, New York 11201 United States
Please join us for a discussion and reception as we celebrate the launch of "Voices of Latin America: Social Movements and the New Activism"

These are alarming times in Latin America. The presidency of Jair Bolsonaro not only represents an existential threat to minorities in Brazil, but to democracy itself in Latin America’s largest nation. The ongoing political turmoil in Venezuela has led to a major humanitarian crisis: the threat of US intervention is real. Meanwhile, the election of the hard-line Iván Duque in Colombia has put the country’s fragile peace deal at risk.

 Latin America is now the world’s most dangerous region for land, environment and human rights defenders. Recent years have seen the assassinations of prominent activists such as Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco and the Honduran indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres. And yet, despite this hostile climate, autonomous social movements have multiplied and thrived.

Voices of Latin America, published by Monthly Review Press, brings together interviews with more than 70 activists on the ground, from Mexico to Chile, from the wetlands of Belize to the streets of São Paulo. These extraordinary first-person testimonies not only showcase the rich diversity of these movements, but also provide compelling examples of integrity and courage, and of effective resistance through solidarity and collective action.

Join us for lively debate and a glass of wine with panellists including editor Tom Gatehouse; Land is Life Executive Director Casey Cox; Brooklyn Museum Director of Education Adjoa Jones de Almeida; political sociologist Gabriel Hetland; Camila Valle, feminist and NYC Latin American activist.

“Voices of Latin America reflects the human experience of everyday oppressions, struggles, resistances and hopes that animate grassroots politics in the region.… An important and inspiring read” — Professor Anthony Bebbington, Clark University