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Forthcoming Events: London, Sheffield, Newcastle,Oxford, Bristol

NSC News | Tuesday, 9 February 2016 |

Ana Maria Gonzalez, Nicaraguan coffee and cocoa farmer will be visiting Bristol during Fairtrade Fortnight, 29 February - 13 March

Ana Maria Gonzalez, Nicaraguan coffee and cocoa farmer will be visiting Bristol during Fairtrade Fortnight, 29 February - 13 March

Saturday, 20 February, 10am – 6pm, Latin America Day school, SHEFFIELD. Left governments confront new challenges; Cuba defeats US isolation policy but end to the blockade pending; the ongoing struggles for reproductive rights and an end to male violence; the fight for climate justice. United Reform Church, Norfolk St, Sheffield S1.
Entry £8/£5 concessions include lunch and Latin American dance display.
Further details and registration cscsheffield@btinternet.com

Saturday, 20 February, 7.30 – 10.30pm, OXFORD. Celebration of 30th anniversary of the Oxford – Leon twinning link. Please bring any photos, mementos or records that you have of any trips to León (or events in Oxford)! Photos, paintings by Leon artists Alejandro Cabrera. Bar, nibbles, a quiz, delegation presentation and a chance to get together and swap stories. The Old Museum of Oxford ((on the corner of Blue Boar St and St Aldates). Sign up on http://tinyurl.com/30yearsOxfordLeon and/or inform Jane Mercer on bjmercer2011@hotmail.co.uk.

Saturday, 27 February, Stop Trident national demonstration in LONDON. Look out for the Latin American contingent highlighting the fact that Latin America has been a nuclear weapons free zone for nearly 50 years. The Treaty of Tlatelcolco signed in 1967 prohibits the testing, use, manufacturing, production, acquisition and deployment of nuclear weapons across the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Globally, it remains the most comprehensive treaty and has been used as a model for treaties, which now cover South Pacific, South-East Asia, Africa, Central Asian (2006), the sea-bed, Antarctic, and outer space. http://www.cnduk.org/campaigns/no-to-trident

29 February - 13 March, Fairtrade Fortnight ‘Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers!’ The focus this year is the problem of food security faced by millions of farmers and workers who grow the food we eat but don’t earn enough to know where their next meal is coming from. Consumers have the power to help change this by buying Fairtrade. Further information: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk

Nicaraguan Fairtrade producer to visit BRISTOL. Ana Maria Gonzalez Narvaez, a Fairtrade coffee and cocoa farmer from Union of Co-operatives SOPPEXCCA has been invited to Bristol during Fairtrade Fortnight. Ana Maria is a member of the Julio Hernandez Co-op which has 42 members and was set up in 2002. As well as coffee and cocoa Ana Maria also grows beans and corn and keeps goats on her smallholding. https://www.facebook.com/bristolnicaragua/

Nicaragua Fairtrade producer to visit Lewisham, LONDON. Aracelly Valle Salgado, general manager of the Union of Co-operatives CECOCAFEN, Matagalpa will be visiting Lewisham and speaking at Fairtrade and International Women’s Day events. This visit will bring together Lewisham, a Fairtrade Borough, and their twin town Matagalpa in a coffee growing area of Nicaragua. Events where Aracelly will be speaking to be confirmed. Further information: Nicola Marven, nicola.marven@lewisham.gov.uk

Saturday 5 March, Conference,LONDON. High Stakes in Venezuela and Latin America. An important and timely event to discuss the latest threats and challenges facing progressive change in Venezuela and Latin America more widely.
Venue: TBC. Speakers include: Professor Doreen Massey; Dr. Francisco Dominguez, Head of Latin American Studies, Middlesex University & co-author 'Right Wing Politics in the New Latin America'; Dr. Mark Dineen, University of Southampton; Dr. David Raby, University of Liverpool & author of 'Democracy & Revolution'; Tony Burke, Unite the Union Assistant General Secretary; Joy Johnson, journalist & political communicator; Jayne FIsher, SERTUC International Committee; Maria Vasquez-Aguilar, Chile 40 Years on Network; Pablo Navarrete, Alborada and more. https://www.facebook.com/events/219141425093440/

Sunday 6 March, 12.00 – 6.30pm. Marc Karlin films. NEWCASTLE. Tyneside Cinema , 10 –12 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QG Thirty-seven years since the 1979 Sandinista Revolution overthrew the Somoza dictatorship, this is a rare opportunity to see an unique archive of documentary films made in Nicaragua in the mid-1980s. The director, Marc Karlin who died in 1999, spent three decades as a leading figure within Britain’s independent film community, actively contributing to opening up television through Channel 4.

12-1pm Part 1: Voyages, based on the photos of US photographer, Susan Meiselas, during the insurrection in 1978/1979 that overthrew the 43 year dictatorship of the Somoza family

1.30 – 3pm: The Making of a Nation, recovery of the memory of Sandino, Nicaragua’s national liberation hero, and the forming of a Nicaraguan identity after more than a century of domination by US interests.

3.30 – 4.15pm: In Their Time, the daily working life of the journalists and photographers of Barricada, the official publication of the Sandinista government, the dilemmas of putting socialism into practice through reports on the war, the economy, the prison system and the political process leading up to the 1984 elections.

5.-6.30pm. Changes, follows a Sandinista political organiser in a rural zones in the lead up to the 1984 elections.


8 March, International Women’s Day celebration, BRISTOL with Fairtrade producer Ana Maria Gonzalez and singer Sophie Hosken-Taylor. La Ruca, 89 Glos Rd, Bristol BS7 8AS. https://www.facebook.com/bristolnicaragua/