Voices of Latin America is being launched today (18 January) 2019 at a grand fiesta, ‘¡Viva La Resistencia!’, at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, from 7:00 pm. Tickets are sold out, but you can watch and hear our speakers and readings on a live stream to LAB’s Facebook page from 7:45 – 9:00 approx.

  • Voices authors Louise Morris and Tom Gatehouse will discuss what we can learn from these ‘voices’ about social movements and the prospects for progressive social change across the region.
  • Pavel Nuñez, a Honduran musician, social media activist and educator from Honduras will speak about his experiences in one of the region’s poorest, most violent and most unequal societies.
  • Latin American actors will read brief extracts from the voices.
  • Richard Bourne will speak about LAB’s other recent publication: Amazon Besieged, by Mauricio Torres and Sue Branford.
  • There will be music from Colombian DJ ‘La Vecina‘, Latin American food from Peruvian caterers ‘The Hungry Llama‘, a bar and dancing.

Voices of Latin America – Social movements and the new activism collects many voices (more than 70 of them, from 14 different countries): of anthropologists and archaeologists; urban planners and architects; artists and musicians; journalists and politicians; women and LGBT people trying to halt gender-based oppression and violence; indigenous activists fighting oil drilling on their territory; residents of favelas resisting evictions; students staking their claim to a free, universal, and high-quality education; and many more.

The book is in 11 chapters, each weaving the voices of diverse social movement activists, recounting their experiences of campaigning, struggle, oppression and hope:

  1. Introduction: living life on their own terms
  2. Fighting machismo: women on the front line
  3. LGBT rights: the rainbow tide
  4. The student revolution
  5. Indigenous peoples and the rights of nature
  6. The hydroelectric threat to the Amazon basin
  7. Mining and communities
  8. State violence, policing, and paramilitaries
  9. Spaces of everyday resistance: the right to the city
  10. The new journalism: now the people make the news
  11. Cultural resistance

The authors

Tom Gatehouse, editor and co-author, is a writer and translator who has lived in Argentina, Spain and Brazil. He holds an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge. He has written for LAB and Red Pepper and his translations have appeared in Folha de S. Paulo, Agência Pública and Tales and Trails Lisbon, a recent collection of short stories and other writings. He lives in London.

Chapter authors: Sue Branford, Antonia Burchard-Levine, Marilene Cardoso Ribeiro, Linda Etchart, Tom Gatehouse, Mike Gatehouse, Emily Gregg,  Louise Morris, Ali Rocha

The website

Alongside the book is a website www.vola.org.uk which, after the book is published, will continue to gather additional material for each chapter: references, videos, further reports and interviews, reader comment and further news from our ‘voices’.

THIS WEBSITE IS STILL IN DEVELOPMENT AND WE HAVE A BACKLOG OF VIDEOS AND FURTHER READING TO ADD. WE HOPE READERS WILL SEND IN SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS AND ADDITIONS. WRITE TO US AT contactlab@lab.org.uk

What leading Latin America experts have said about this book

This is a wonderful X ray of modern Latin AmericaDuncan Green,

Voices of Latin America is a gem -Louise Fortmann

Here the reader listens to activists … NGO workers and movement leaders as they talk of issues about which they care passionately and that affect their everyday lives and being -Anthony Bebbington


Published by LAB and Practical Action Publishing, 18 January 2019

ISBN: 9781953399565 Cover Price £19.95. Available at a discount price of £18.95 from  https://developmentbookshop.com/voices-of-latin-america


 

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