Wed August 11th at 7pm @ the Multnomah Friends Meetinghouse (4312 S.E. Stark Street):
Revolution in Crisis
Benji Lewis reports back from his experiences as a journalist in Caracas, Venezuela.
Conspiracies, tortures, murders, corruption and false divides have plagued the oil laden country of Venezuela and its people for decades. A backlash to the policies of the Washington Consensus turned the hand of a long, and often violently, suppressed revolutionary undertow into a mainstream political and social transformation led by Hugo Chavez. Benji Lewis will be offering analysis and helping to facilitate an open discussion on just what is taking place in Venezuela and throughout the southern Americas. The goods, the bads and the uglies are all to be brought to the table as we study a movement that has been on the verge of collapse from internal and external forces since its inception; yet - instead of collapsing - has managed to accomplish incredible aims in building a modern and just society.
Benji is an Iraq Veteran who publicly refused recall and redeployment orders and recently lived ten months in Venezuela working as a journalist. Benji plans to return to Venezuela to report from the frontlines of the accelerating hostility between US-backed Colombia and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.