This April 17th marks International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, commemorating the worldwide struggles of farmers, fishers, landless workers, and indigenous peoples to defend the world’s food, land, and water from corporate takeover. Celebrate this important date with the screening of a new film on the struggle over land in Venezuela, joined by the filmmaker plus amazing campesina leaders from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and NYC!
What: Celebration of International Peasants’ Day and screening of “Tierras Libres” with special guests:
- Filmmaker Edward Ellis
- Venezuelan campesina leaders Elba Duran and Edi Lopez (invited)
- Dominican campesina leader Scarlet Alcantara,
- NYC farmer and activist Karen Washington
When: Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 PM
Where: 1199SEIU Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Center, 310 West 43rd Street, Manhattan, NYC
Sponsored by: Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of NY. List of endorsers forthcoming. Add your organization’s name to the list! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Involved! This event is free and open to the public. Please bring seeds, flowers, produce, candles, images, etc. for a memorial altar for campesinos who have lost their lives in the struggle. If you are able to contribute food and/or volunteer, email email@example.com.
About the film: Venezuela has a long and tumultuous history of struggle over land, dating back to the colonization of indigenous lands by Europeans. More recently, the Venezuelan countryside has been characterized by extreme inequalities in land ownership, with the much of the land concentrated in the hands of a few and the majority of peasant families without land. A decade ago, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez passed a radical new agrarian reform law giving peasants a legal framework to reclaim idle and underused land. This ignited a new wave of violence that has led to the widespread assassination of landless farmers. This film is about the struggle of peasants in Venezuela to defend their rights as they struggle for food sovereignty.