Alborada presents a screening of
'Favela Rising' documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united.
Directors: Jeff Zimbalist & Matt Mochary
Winner of 36 awards
Saturday 10th October (Free entry)
Film starts at 4.20pm (Running Time: 80 mins)
A regime with a dismal human rights record still enjoys UK support
Thursday October 1st 2009, by Mark Donne - The Independent
The issue that dominates the foreign policy agenda of every major British trade union is the supply of military aid to the government of Colombia – the most dangerous nation on the planet to be a trade unionist. Between 2002 – when the former Oxford University student President Alvaro Uribe came to power – and 2008, more trade unionists were assassinated in Colombia than in the rest of the world combined.
**Monday 12th October
Alborada presents a public talk:
The Coup in Honduras: Repression, Resistance and the Struggle for Democracy.
On 21 September the democratically elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, returned to the country following his forced expulsion by a military coup in June.
The Honduras dictatorship responded by barricading President Zelaya in the Brazilian Embassy, cutting off water, electricity and telephone lines to the building and unleashing a wave of repression against peaceful protestors who had gathered to welcome back their elected President.
Movimientos @ Chamucos
New basement bar venue for Movimientos with documentaries, live acts and dancefloor mayhem from Movimientos DJs playing everything from Salsa, Cumbia, reggaeton, latin Hip Hop, House and Global beats.
Monsalve play Super funky Afro-Latin beats and experimental grooves from Venezuela +Latin folk from Movimiento Cultural Amigo Artista
Repression ordered to the neighborhoods of the Honduran capital, forcing the poor to fight or starve.
Watch the video here:
Guest speaker: Aida Quilque, a spokesperson of the Minga of Indigenous and Popular Resistance, champion for the rights of the indigenous communities in the Cauca Valley, Colombia.
With ‘La Minga' film show, plus solidarity panel with Polo Democratico Alternativo UK and movements of Coordinadora Latinoamericana.
More info here:
Juan Almendares reports on the growing resistance movement to the Honduras coup
Honduras: From Repression to Resistance
Wednesday September 23rd, by Juan Almendares - Red Pepper
Latin America’s second political and military coup d’état of the 21st century took place in the small and largely invisible ‘Banana Republic’ of Honduras in June 2009.
The coup was a direct result of efforts by de facto local powers to topple President Manuel Zelaya’s democratically elected government. These local powers comprise the country’s traditional political and economic elites and their ideological proponents in the judiciary, church and national media. There is also undoubtedly an international component; Honduras is a critical strategic ally of the United States and home to one of the largest US military bases in the hemisphere. Indeed, it is impossible that this coup could have happened without the prior knowledge of the US government.
The Streets Speak: Colombian Graffiti Artists Have Their Say
September 21st 2009, by Raimondo Chiari - Upside Down World
Recent political graffiti from the streets of Bogotá provides creative commentary on militarism, US military bases, President Álvaro Uribe and extrajudicial military killings.
See the photo essay here:
Regular reports in English describing the very latest situation in Honduras as it unfolds:
The Road to Zelaya's Return: Money, Guns and Social Movements in Honduras
September 21st 2009, by Benjamin Dangl - Upside Down World
Nearly three months after being overthrown by a violent military coup, Honduran president Manuel Zelaya has returned to Honduras. "I am here in Tegucigalpa. I am here for the restoration of democracy, to call for dialogue," he told reporters. The embattled road to his return tested regional diplomacy, challenged Washington and galvanized Honduran social movements.