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While the Occupy Movement has taken the world by storm, a long history of different types of social movement occupations have marked Latin America for decades. This panel draws connections between the Occupy Movement in the US and its historical and contemporary counterparts in Latin America. Participants will discuss Brazil's landless farmer movement, the occupation of factories and businesses in Argentina following the country's 2001 economic crisis, the occupation of land by farmers and urban activists in Paraguay and today's powerful student movement in Chile, which has occupied the streets and schools of the nation. This panel will look at the distant and recent history of occupying as a short- and long-term tactic of the some of the most powerful social movements in the hemisphere, and tie it to today's struggles emerging out of the global Occupy Movement.
Chair: Scott Harris, co-founder and executive producer of Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine, a 21-year-old syndicated weekly public affairs program broadcast on 50+ stations across the U.S. He has been active in Latin American issues since first being involved in the Central American solidarity movements of the 1980s and founded the Norwalk, CT - Nagarote, Nicaragua Sister City Project which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011.
Michael Fox, above left, is the editor of the NACLA Report on the Americas. He has worked for many years as a freelance journalist, radio reporter, and documentary filmmaker covering Latin America. He is the co-author of Venezuela Speaks!: Voices From the Grassroots (PM Press, 2010) and the co-director of the documentary films Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas and Crossing the American Crises: From Collapse to Action, both available through PM Press.
Nathan Schneider, above right, is an editor of WagingNonviolence.org, for which he began covering the planning of Occupy Wall Street in August of 2011. His writing about the Occupy movement has appeared in The Occupied Wall Street Journal, Harper's, The Nation, The New York Times, Tidal, the Boston Review, and elsewhere.
Esneider Arevalo, above, center, is a NYC-based member of Friends of the MST, a network of individuals and organizations that support the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) in the struggle for social and economic justice while securing respect for human rights. Esneider is a native of Colombia and has been active in Latin America solidarity work for more than two decades; he joined FMST after working directly with the MST in Brazil in 2003.
This panel examined different modalities of political and economic change called for by the Occupy movements -- from incremental reform to radical transformation. Panelists attempted to answer the question: What type of change is needed to address the full gamut of failed policies and structures in our broken system -- from corporate control of the political process, to environmental degradation, a crumbling infrastructure, economic disparity, a failed health care system, etc. Can these problems be tackled incrementally or only through radical structural change and central planning?
Chair: Richard Hill, above right, has been a producer at WPKN in Bridgeport, CT, for the past 20 years. His music, culture and public affairs shows have included interviews and discussions with hundreds of political activists, scholars, public figures, artists and musicians. He teaches a course in media literacy at an arts magnet high school in New Haven and produces a high school radio show (Youth Radio CT) that airs on WPKN and is posted at www.youthradioct.org.
Gar Alperovitz, above, second from left, is a historian, political economist, activist and writer. He is currently the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland and is a former Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University; Harvard’s Institute of Politics; the Institute for Policy Studies. His latest book is titled, "America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy."
Chris Rude, above, left, is a political economist with an interest in finance. He has taught economics at New York University and the New School and political science at York University in Toronto. Prior to this, he was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and on Wall Street. He has a doctorate in economics from the New School and a master's and bachelor's in political science from the University of Chicago. He currently serves on Union for Radical Political Economics’ Steering Committee and is active in the Occupation.
Amin Husain, above, third from left, is an organizer with Occupy Wall Street, starting in the months preceding the occupation. He has a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University and a master's in law degree from Columbia University. Amin practiced corporate finance at a large law firm in NYC for five years before leaving law to study art at the Whitney Independent Study program. Prior to coming to the United States, Amin lived in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and was active in the first Palestinian uprising.
Laura Gottesdiener, above, second from right, is an organizer with Occupy Wall Street. During the occupation, she was active in the functioning of the park, and she is now involved in action planning and media creation, including editing the theory magazine Tidal and creating online platforms. She has worked as a journalist for a variety of independent and mainstream platforms, including The Arizona Republic, Ms. magazine, The Huffington Post and even, briefly, a News Corp. subsidiary. Through journalism and her travels, she has worked in a Buenos Aires discotech, for an art therapy program in a men's psychiatric hospital, as a pedicab driver in Central Park, for a pig farm in New Zealand and at what she thought was a coffee farm in Hawaii. She holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University.