In February 1989 the city of Caracas, Venezuela ground to a halt. Cars and building burned and bodies piled up in the aftermath of an uprising triggered by the financial austerity conditions of an International Monetary Fund loan. Now 20 years later, the new Bolivarian government has wiped out illiteracy, achieved universal access to healthcare, and has eliminated foreign debt.
Come join us in a conversation with Martin Sanchez of the Venezuelan Consulate for a unique perspective on the US economic crisis and the lessons learned from Venezuela's struggle to overcome the impacts of IMF imposed financial austerity programs and to repay its foreign loans. Also hear about the history of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution, and the social and economic transformations that have come about as a result of Venezuela's experiments with alternative economic models.
Lunch will be provided, translation will be available. $5-10 sliding scale donation, no one turned away.