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[OPIRG-EVENTS] TO CHICAGO! Latin American Solidarity Conference
Latin American Solidarity Conference
Chicago, March 17-18
At the International Conference Center
It's Time to Globalize the Resistance!
In the 1980's, solidarity activists stood together against US imperialism
and ruthless dictatorship in Latin America, preventing a direct military
invasion of Nicaragua and El Salvador, providing sanctuary for Guatemalan
and Salvadorian refugees fleeing military massacre, and bearing public
witness to the human rights violations committed by the United States
government and collaborating Latin American regimes. Now, faced with
corporate globalization, the approach of the Free Trade Area of Americas
(FTAA) discussion at a summit meeting next April, and a renewal of United
States militarism in Latin America, members of the Latin American solidarity
community will unite again to form collective strategies at a second Latin
America Solidarity Conference (LASC II) on March 17-18, 2001 at the
International Conference Center in Chicago. This follows a very successful
conference in Washington, DC, on April 15, 2000 where 600 activists heard
from 20 Latin American speakers on the wide array of hemispheric issues
confronting the solidarity movement.
Goals of the Conference
At LASC II, we will develop analyses, coordinating strategies, and calls to
action for solidarity work throughout Latin America in response to the many
harmful and damaging aspects of globalization. The conference will address
each of the following 11 topic areas: democracy, militarization, corporate
globalization, trade, the environment, labor, indigenous peoples, women's
issues, rural/agricultural concerns, human rights, and immigration.
Forming a Collective Strategy
For each of the topic areas, a pre-conference working group of interested
organizations will hold discussions to draft a working "mini-manifesto," a
brief document including statements of principle, positions on relevant US
and international policy, and calls to action for US activists, which will
be finalized in conference workshops and consolidated with the others into a
single strategy and position manifesto for the conference.
How to Get Involved
We are calling on all interested organizations to participate in the
conference and join the broadening hemispheric networks currently forming.
Please consider the following:
1) joining the Latin American solidarity listserv,
2) sending a representative to the March 17-18 conference,
3) joining the discussion of a pre-conference working group,
4) joining the conference planning committee,
5) co-sponsoring the conference as an organization.
To join the Latin American solidarity listserv (firstname.lastname@example.org),
send a blank message to email@example.com. If you would like
to participate in a pre-conference working group or in one of the committees
currently involved in planning the logistics and overall structure of the
conference, please contact Peter Mott at 716-381-5606 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more detailed information about the
conference itself contact the Alliance for Global Justice at email@example.com
To sign up for rooms/bunks, $16-32/night at the International Conference
Center, call 773-769-6363 ext 204.
TO CO-SPONSOR THE CONFERENCE, RESERVE A TABLE, OR PRE-REGISTER, PLEASE
PRINT OUT THIS PAGE AND USE THE FOLLOWING FORM:
City, State, Zip:
_____ SPONSORING: $100 for Organizations with paid staff, $25 for
_____ TABLE: $25/organization
_____ Pre-Registration: $50 includes 2 lunches and 2 light breakfasts
All Checks should be made out to the Alliance for Global Justice and
sent to: Alliance for Global Justice, C/O: LASC, 1247 E Street, SE,
Washington, DC 20003
If your organization would like to get involved in a LASC working group,
please contact Peter Mott at 716-381-5606 or firstname.lastname@example.org
in addition to the working group contact found below.
List of Working Groups
1.DEMOCRACY: Can there be democracy without national sovereignty?
Point Group: NISGUA
Contact: Marianne Mollman, 202/518-7638, email@example.com
2. GLOBALIZATION: Can there be national sovereignty with economic
Point Group: Massachusetts Chapter of Labor Council for Latin America
Contact: Gabe Camacho, 617/423-3335, firstname.lastname@example.org
3. MILITARIZATION: Can there be globalization without militarity repression?
Point Group: Office of the Americas
Contact: Blase Bonpane, 310/450-1185, email@example.com
4. TRADE: Can there be a decrease in poverty with free trade?
Point Group: Mexico Solidarity Network
Contact: Jessica Marques, 202/544-9355, firstname.lastname@example.org
Point Group: Campaign for Labor Rights
Contact: Emily Labarbara-Twarog, 773/583-7728, email@example.com
6. ENVIRONMENT/ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Point Group: ACERCA
Contact: Lauren Sullivan, 802/863-0571, firstname.lastname@example.org
7. IMMIGRATION: problems, options, policies
Point Group: Unfilled
8. INDIGENOUS ISSUES
Point Group: Committee for Indigenous Solidarity
Contact: Phil Wheaton, 301/270-9038, email@example.com
9. WOMEN'S ISSUES
Point Groups: Nicaragua Network, Wisconsin Coordinating Council on
Nicaragua (WCCN), Committee for Health Rights in the Americas (CHRIA)
Contact: Katherine Hoyt, 202-544-9355, firstname.lastname@example.org
10. HUMAN RIGHTS
Point Group: Rights Action
Contact: Grahame Russell, 202/483-6730, email@example.com
11. RURAL/AGRICULTURAL CONCERNS
Point Group: US-El Salvador Sister Cities/CRIPDES
Contact: USESSC national office, 732-398-9600, firstname.lastname@example.org
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