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Nicaragua, Latin America: forthcoming events

NSC News | Thursday, 13 October 2016 |

Dr Paul Oquist, Nicaraguan Minister for Public Policy & Nicaragua's chief negotiator at the Paris Climate Change Conference, will be one of keynote speakers at the Latin America Conference 26 Nov

Dr Paul Oquist, Nicaraguan Minister for Public Policy & Nicaragua's chief negotiator at the Paris Climate Change Conference, will be one of keynote speakers at the Latin America Conference 26 Nov

Something for everyone with an interest in Nicaragua and Latin America....

* Pub quiz to raise funds for Nicaraguan pre-school

* Public meeting and Rally on US intervention and destabilisation in Venezuela and Brazil

* Briefing on Nicaraguan elections and trade unions

* Music and dance in Reading to celebrate twinning with San Francisco Libre

* The Annual Latin America Conference 26 November where one of the keynote speakers will be Dr Paul Oquist, Nicaragua Minister for Public Policy

* Mexican film and music

* Oxford's Cuban band Ran Kan Kan plays benefit for Oxford - Leon Link

...and more..


Friday, 14 October: London. Pub Quiz to raise funds for pre-school in Managua: 7.30pm Upstairs room, The Calthorpe Arms, 252 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8JR, nearest tubes: Russell Square, Kings Cross, Chancery Lane. Entry costs £5 per person. Every penny goes to our school in Nicaragua to pay the wages of seven teachers. Decent yet inexpensive food served in the pub until 9.30pm. For more information please contact Tony on 07901 716045. Organised by Islington – Managua Friendship Association, see http://www.imfa.org.uk

Saturday, 15 October. London. US intervention and destabilisation, the examples of Venezuela and Brazil. Unite House, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8TN (Tube: Holborn)

10am – 12 noon. Building solidarity against US intervention and destabilisation: Miqueas “Piki” Figueroa, (cultural activist from Caracas will join us to talk about the history and achievements of the Tiuna El Fuerte Cultural Park and how the space has contributed to change the lives of dozens of young people living in slums and poor urban areas.); Rocio Maniero, the Venezuelan Ambassador; Guisell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaragua's Ambassador; Tony Burke, Unite Union Assistant General Secretary

1pm – 3pm NO TO BRAZIL'S COUP: SOCIAL PROGRESS VS REACTION IN LATIN AMERICA, Julia Spatuzzi Felmanas, Workers Party of Brazil; Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, Civil Aviation Secretary, International Transport Workers Federation; Jacobo Torres, International Officer, Venezuelan TUC; Dr. Francisco Dominguez, co-author, 'Right Wing Politics in the New Latin America;' Pablo Navarrete, British-Chilean journalist & documentary filmmaker; Susan Grey, No Coup in Brazil; Fintan Warfield, Sinn Fein Senator and LGBT rights activist; Kate Hudson, CND; Marina Prentoulis, Syriza

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rally-no-to-brazils-coup-social-progress-vs-reaction-in-latin-america-tickets-27705236107

Wednesday, 26 October. London. Mexico Night - a journey into the sounds, smells, tastes and colours of Mexico with a night certain to wake up your senses. Showing of the film adaptation of the book Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) followed by a chat direct from Mexico with book’s author Laura Esquivel …plus delicious Mexican street food. For more details about the event and tickets: https://www.batterseaspanish.com/events/spanish-latin-american-film-food-night or https://www.facebook.com/events/1811753715776511

Saturday, 29 October, Reading, 7pm. Nicaragua dance evening, Live music and dance in celebration of Reading’s twin town of San Francisco Libre. Upstairs bar provided by Global Café. RISC, 35 – 39 London Rd, RG1 4PS https://twitter.com/SflReading/status/781622796455702528

Wednesday, 2 November, London. Briefing on elections and trade unions in Nicaragua and drinks reception 5.45, Unite, 128 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8TN (Tube: Holborn). All welcome.

Four days before the Nicaraguan elections this will be a great opportunity to hear from Nicaraguan Ambassador Guisell Morales. Christine Blower, NUT, will also talk about her experiences on her recent visit to Nicaragua. Drinks and nibbles will be provided at the end of the meeting. More details here

Registrations: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trade-union-briefing-tickets-28221202376

Saturday, 19 November. Oxford’s 20 piece Cuban-style band Ran Kan Kan, benefit for the Oxford Leon Link. Admission £10. Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX

Saturday, 26 November, Latin America 2016, 10am – 5pm. Congress House, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LS

Featuring contributions from over 50 campaigners, politicians, trade unionists, journalists and academics, from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Venezuela and the UK, including:

Iván Márquez, Lead FARC negotiator in Colombian peace talks (Video link) * Francisco Torrealba, Venezuelan Member of Parliament * HE Robert Calzadilla, Bolivian Ambassador *HE Teresita Vicente, Ambassador of Cuba * HE Guisell Morales-Echaverry, Nicaraguan Ambassador *Dr Paul Oquist, Nicaragua Minister for Public Policy *Chris Williamson, Former Labour MP * Tony Burke, Unite the Union * Diana Holland, Unite the Union * Gabriel Rodriguez, International Transport Federation * Andrew Murray, Unite the Union *Christine Blower, NUT, *Andy De La Tour, actor and writer, *Ken Livingstone, former Mayor of London * Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, President, US National Lawyers Guild * Keith Bolender, Canadian academic * Victoria Brittain, Journalist * Sue Branford, Latin America Bureau * Dr. Imti Choonara, Nottingham University, * Dr. Francisco Dominguez, Middlesex University, * Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition * Kate Hudson, CND * Dr. Steve Ludlam, Sheffield University

Registration: https://latinamericaconference.wordpress.com/

Monday, 28 November, Oxford. Nicaragua Then and Now - A Seminar, 5pm The Latin American Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford OX2 6JF Speakers: Paul Oquist, Minister of Public Policy, Nicaragua, Prof Valpi Fitzgerald, St Antony’s College, Oxford