EVENT: Venezuela 2012: How Social Progress & Democracy are Transforming a Nation

25 February 2012 — Venezuela Solidarity Campaign

Monday March 5, 7-9pm, at the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, Parliament, SW1A 2LW (Westminster Tube.)

RSVP to info@venezuelasolidarity.co.uk essential for room details and to confirm your place.

With special guests from Venezuela and other leading speakers including:

• Sandra Angeleri, writer, ‘Women Weaving the Dream of the Revolution in the American Continent’ & Professor, Universidad Central de Venezuela • Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan Ambassador, former Minister of Higher Education in President Chávez’s government • Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vice-Chair, APPG on Latin America • Doreen Massey, Emeritus Professor (Geography) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University & Co-editor, Soundings • Colin Burgon, Labour Friends of Venezuela • Dr Francisco Dominguez, Centre for Latin American Studies, Middlesex University

Plus the launch of a new publication, 012: How Social Progress & Democracy are Transforming a Nation

Following decades of US backed dictatorships and then failed IMF economic policies, recent years have seen much of Latin America transformed into a beacon for social progress. Progressive governments have matched economic growth with social inclusion and a widening of democratic participation.

Venezuela has been at the forefront of this progressive change. The government of Hugo Chavez has won more elections than nearly any other government in the world as a result of social policies to drastically reduce poverty and inequality, eradicate illiteracy and provide free healthcare by sharing the nation’s oil wealth.

Venezuelans will once again go to the polls this October in a Presidential election that will see a clear choice between the continuation of this social progress and a right-wing opposition which will undermine many of these progressive social changes.

Remember to RSVP to info@venezuelasolidarity.co.uk for room details and to confirm your place at this event

Organised by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign – www.venezuelasolidarity.co.uk

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