With special guests from Venezuela and other leading speakers including:
• Sandra Angeleri, writer, 'Women Weaving the Dream of the Revolution in the American Continent' & Professor, Universidad Central de Venezuela • Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan Ambassador, former Minister of Higher Education in President Chávez's government • Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vice-Chair, APPG on Latin America • Colin Burgon, Labour Friends of Venezuela • Dr Francisco Dominguez, Centre for Latin American Studies, Middlesex University
Following decades of US backed dictatorships and then failed IMF economic policies, recent years have seen much of Latin America transformed into a beacon for social progress. Progressive governments have matched economic growth with social inclusion and a widening of democratic participation.
Venezuela has been at the forefront of this progressive change. The government of Hugo Chavez has won more elections than nearly any other government in the world as a result of social policies to drastically reduce poverty and inequality, eradicate illiteracy and provide free healthcare by sharing the nation's oil wealth.
Venezuelans will once again go to the polls this October in a Presidential election that will see a clear choice between the continuation of this social progress and a right-wing opposition which will undermine many of these progressive social changes.