LAB was present at Wales’ own Latin America Festival, called El Sueño Existe, held in Machynlleth every other year since 2001. We had a lively session on our latest books, Amazon Besieged and Voices of Latin America; LAB author Louise Morris took part in the discussion workshop on Reproductive Rights in Latin America, while Rachel Simon spoke at the workshop entitled ‘Do Women Do Politics Differently?’, which looked at examples of women’s involvement in grassroots political organising in Latin America; we sold over £300-worth of books and there was lots of interest in LAB’s work. Jeremy Corbyn was at the festival and spoke movingly of his lifelong commitment to Latin America (he first went to Chile in 1969). Among the festival’s guests was Sonia Silva, a Salvadorean campesina, from the Nueva Esperanza community in the Bajo Lempa, a psychologist, and community activist. Sonia is now living in the UK with her family, refugees fleeing from gang violence in El Salvador.
Many of the festival sessions were recorded on video.
Mexican photographer Catalina Mesa took photographs for LAB: