Wednesday, Nov. 13 @ 7:00pm
Queens Pride House
76-11 37th Avenue 2nd Fl.
Jackson Heights, Queens
In recent years, Colombia has seen a series of large scale protest movements challenging the goverment’s pro-corporate agenda. The Indigenous Minga (2009) demanding respect of communal territories, the MANE’s broad student strike (2011), and the uprisings of Catatumbo, Coffee Growers and rural workers (all in 2013) are examples of the growing militancy in Colombian social movements.
This explosion of mobilization has occurred as peace negotiations are held in Havana to end the 50-year armed conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The peace negotiations focus on the need for extensive agrarian reform. Even so, Colombia’s farmers continue to struggle for economic and social justice, since “free trade” policies and the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement have undercut the ability of small farmers, indigenous communities, and other agricultural producers to make a decent living, and has reduced Colombia’s ability to feed itself by more than 30% since 1990. The growth of social mobilization has come as direct result of the implementation of these free-trade agreements which are nothing less than a direct attack on rural workers’ standard of living.
About the speaker
Oscar Gutiérrez is a leader from the militant coffee association, Dignidad Agropecuaria. He is touring the US to talk about the detrimental impact of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement on agriculture in Colombia and how rural workers are uniting to change that. He will describe the lessons from previous episodes of struggle and the challenges ahead.
Meeting will be in English and Spanish, with interpretation. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org