2016 Fall Speaker’s Tour Announcement!
María Gabriela Pilar del Blanco, Venezuela
Over the last year, more US based solidarity activists, organizers, teachers, laborers, students and others have become more interested in Venezuela. People want to learn more about the country’s achievements and challenges. What is Bolivarian socialism? Who was Hugo Chavez? What is happening on the ground? Are the opposition protests legitimate? Is the country facing food scarcity ? Do Venezuelans really have universal health care and free public education?
This upcoming fall WfPSW speaker’s tour seeks to these answer these questions and more while also building stronger solidarity ties between US and Venezuelan grassroots to address the impacts of US foreign policy and sanctions on this progressive Latin American country.
We are honored to announce that we will be touring with Venezuelan LGBTI organizer and writer María Gabriela Pilar del Blanco (Gaby) member of the Revolutionary Sex and Gender Diversity Alliance (ASGDRe). Gaby, 33, is originally from the Afro-Venezuelan town of Higuerote, Miranda and a long time member of ASGDRe. She has participated in Latin American regional movements such as ALBA and is part of LGBTI focused communal farming and production initiatives. ASGDRe has done extensive work in Venezuela to socialize LGBTI issues and educate Venezuelan society about the history and spectrum of gender and sexuality movements across Latin America. Her collective works closely with a diverse array of movements including the campesino or farmer movement, feminists, students and Afro-Venezuelans as well.
Gaby will be touring with us in October 2016 to speak about her work and the organizing of other LGBTI organizations in Venezuela as well as how to build solidarity with the Bolivarian Process during these crucial times. Please contact us at email@example.com or call 805.669.VIVA for more information about tour stops, scheduling a visit with your community, logistical support or making a donation.
Jeanette, SW Regional Organizer