12 October FREE OUR AMERICA: No to free trade agreements

A day of Protest, Exchanges and Celebration of Resistance

12h00 -- 14h00 Vigil in Trafalgar Square

15h00 -- 18h00 Workshops SOAS

19h00 -- 23h00 Cultural Event SOAS

SOAS -- Students Union, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

 

Workshops

1492 ... Start of the Genocide!

Christopher Columbus and the conquistadores did not 'discover' the Americas on 12 October 1492. That day was the start of an orgy of greed and genocidal violence that killed tens of millions of our ancestors. Colonisation started with the subjectation and extermination of indigenous people, the enslavement of Africans, who were torn away from their families in a destructive assault on our sister continent.

Resistance from Latin America, Abya, Yala, Nican Tlaca

521 years after the invasion, the struggles of the indigenous peoples continues in the search for plurinational and pluricultural states that respect, consult and include the participation of indigenous people.

Down with the Free Trade Agreements!

Today we confront a new wave of aggression by multinationals seeking to exploit our labour and natural resources under the banner of 'free trade'. As the farmers strike in Colombia has shown, the Free Trade Agreements are designed so that the corporations from the rich countries benefit from impoverishing farmers and contaminating the environment.

Our Struggle for Rights as Immigrants in the UK

We struggle for rights as workers in badly paid and difficult conditions. As immigrants we are confronting criminalisation by the state through raids and deportations. We have a social fight to maintain our families and to learn the langauge. 

Another World is Possible ... A Different Future

ALBA (the Bolivarian Alternative for Latin Amercia and the Caribbean) is an initiative to form fair international relations outside the control of the empires. Besides this there is now the possibility of a peace process in Colombia. We will debate these processes from above and below, from the social and political point of view.

More information -- Red de Solidaridad con America Latina

rsolidaridadconamericalatina@gmail.com


Participating groups:  Movimiento Micaela Bastidas (Perú), Marcha Patriotica Sección Británica, Polo Democrático UK, Colombia Solidarity Campaign, MERU Verdadero, London México Solidarity Group, Tawantinsuyu Nation, Enlace Mapuche Internacional, Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB), Hands Off Venezuela, plus other organisations and independent friends.