Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) member Larry Fisk will give a presentation on Venezuela, democracy, and the future of Latin American integration.
Larry visited Venezuela from December 2-22, 2015. He went to observe the Venezuelan parliamentary elections held on December 6. The conservative opposition unexpectedly won the elections and gained control of the National Assembly. This happened during a time of economic struggle for Venezuela, when the price of Venezuelan oil dropped below $30 a barrel.
Larry's presentation will discuss the Venezuelan government's ambitious efforts to improve the lives of poor and working class Venezuelans by providing affordable housing, free universal health care, and free university education. Since the Venezuelan government began these programs in 1999 under the late President Hugo Chavez, the living standards of poor and working class Venezuelans have improved tremendously. The Venezuelan government's social programs earned international praise.
Larry will discuss the 1999 Venezuelan Constitution and explore Venezuela's leadership role in promoting Latin American and Caribbean cooperation and integration and the uncertain political and economic future Venezuela faces.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Vigil at Bank Square, downtown Little Falls, intersection of Hwy 27 (Broadway Ave.) and First Street (where we met all years past) at 1 pm-2 pm.
Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace (BACP) held a vigil against police brutality in solidarity with national protests against police brutality, including a major demonstration in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, December 13.
The vigil demanded an end to police brutality and racial profiling and that police officers who commit police brutality be held legally accountable. The vigil opposed the militarization of the police force and protested disparities in justice based on class, race, and ethnicity.
The vigil also supported strong reforms to the criminal justice system against police brutality, racial profiling, harsh prison sentences for non-violent offenses, solitary confinement, and institutional bias in the justice system based on class, race, and ethnicity. The vigil supported justice for police brutality victims.
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