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(en) US, NYC, Autonomous Social Movements Caravan, New York City, October 29, 2003

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Date Thu, 23 Oct 2003 09:14:47 +0200 (CEST)

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On a Journey from Maine to Miami...
The Autonomous Social Movements Caravan is Rolling into NYC!
On Wednesday, October 29th come to the Good Shephard-Faith Church in Midtown
Manhattan for creative presentations from and discussions with women and men
from the unemployed workers movements of Argentina and from the Brazilian
movements for indigenous autonomy and prison abolition.
Bringing their stories, songs, images, and puppets(!), the caravan delegates
will link the specifics of their movements to the current struggle against the
FTAA and provide an interactive insight into what has been described as "the
most inspiring popular movement since the Zapatistas." [Delegate Bios Below]
This event is a collaborative effort of the Autonomous Social Movements
Caravan, the argentina autonomista project, and The Beehive Collective.


Wednesday, Oct. 29th 6:30-9pm

Resisting Capitalism and Building New Worlds:
Autonomous Social Movements in Argentina and Brazil

Creative Presentations and Discussion
-Good Shepherd-Faith Church
152 W. 66th St (between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave)
Take 1,9 to 66 St/Lincoln Center
Suggested $5 Donation--no one will be turned away for lack of funds!

(NOTE: Due to the recent tragedy, the Staten Island Ferry event on Tuesday
evening has been cancelled.)

>From Argentina:
1. Nelida Argentina Jara (Neka)
Neka is an organizer with the Unemployed Workers Movement (Movimiento de
Trabajadores Desocupados, MTD) in Solano, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
More information: www.solano.mtd.org.ar
*Neka is on tour with Gracial Monteagudo, coordinator of the Argentina
Autonomista Project: www.autonomista.org

2. Soledad Bordegaray
Soledad is a school teacher from the Unemployed Workers Movement, La Matanza.

>From Brazil:
1. Hiparidi Dzutsi'wa Top'Tiro
Hipa is a leader of the indigenous ethnic group, the Xavante, and co-founder of
the village Udzo'Uhu which is based on building self-sufficiency and autonomy
for the Xavante. He is also president of the Associacao Wara--an organization
based in Sao Paolo, Brazil which is committed to the cultural survival of the
More information : www.wara.org.br.
*Hipa is traveling with Daniela Batista Lima who is not Xavante but works with
the Associacao Wara and speaks not only Portuguese but Spanish and English as

2. Alessandro Campos
Alessandro is a psychologist and works in the area of mental health and
education. He has been in the struggle "antimanicomial" for more than 20 years
and is fighting for the end of psychiatric hospitals in Brazil. He also
participates in diverse educational projects with Acao Local por Justica Global
(Local Action for Global Justice) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Help Get the Word Out (this is a grassroots, DIY event!):
Flyers can be downloaded off the web at
www.wogan.org/NYCflyer (english)
www.wogan.org/NYCespanol.pdf (spanish)


It is clearly visible: an electoral Left is on the rise in South America. Hugo
Chavez perseveres in Venezuela; Lula, Gutierrez and Kirchner have won the
presidencies in Brazil, Ecuador and Argentina; and Evo Morales' popularity is
on the rise in Bolivia. The hopes of many for greater freedom and equality are
being carried on their ability to employ State power to meet these ends. Their
rise to power is made visible not only by the corporate media but also by the
prominence given to them within major Left venues such as the World Social

But there is another Left on the rise in South America as well. It is a Left
that seeks to change the world without taking State power, a Left that is
almost invisible to the gaze of the corporate media and that has been pushed to
the periphery of events such as the World Social Forum: the autonomous Left.

In order to make the invisible visible the Autonomous Social Movements Caravan
with delegates from Argentina and Brazil is touring through the Eastern US
between October 20 and November 24 to build interest in, and support between,
autonomous social movements and activists throughout the Americas.

The caravan also serves to instigate and support organizing against the Free
Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Ministerial in Miami (Nov.17-21) and to close
the School of the Americas (SOA/WHISC, Nov. 21-24, Fort Benning, GA). Through
creative presentations the caravan highlights connections between the
FTAA/capitalist globalization and US global military domination: often called
the "new face of colonialism."

For More Info. visit http://www.autonomista.org or write to rj@riseup.net

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