More of the Same in Central America, September 6, 2017

“Save the Date”

Rochester Committee on Latin America


Upcoming ROCLA Program

Wednesday, September 6th, 7:00 PM

More of the Same in Central America”



presented by

Grahame Russell

Downtown United Presbyterian Church*

121 North Fitzhugh Street 
Rochester

For information: Dr. Arnold Matlin, ahmatlingvcp@Igc.org

Grahame Russell, the Director of Rights Action, will present an update of U.S. policies toward Central America based on his on-the-ground experience.  He argues that, “From Democrats to Republicans, from Obama to Trump, U.S. military, economic and ‘drug enforcement’ policies perpetuate the violence and repression, poverty and racism, corruption and impunity that force tens of thousands of Central Americans to flee their homes, communities, and countries, year after year, decade after decade.”

Russell is a lawyer and global human rights and development activist. For over 10 years, Grahame lived in Mexico and Central America, working with grassroots organizations and NGOs. Since 1995, Grahame has been co-director of Rights Action. Rights Action raises funds for community-controlled projects in Guatemala, Honduras, Chiapas, El Salvador, and Oaxaca.  Rights Action carries out education and activism work in the U.S. and Canada related to global human rights, and environment, and development issues.  Grahame regularly writes and gives public presentations about these issues.  ROCLA awarded Russell the International White Dove Award in 2001.

Free and open to the public

*The church is accessible to the handicapped and looped for the hearing impaired

Who Speaks for Nature? Indigenous Environmentalists against Extraction in Ecuador.

Presentation by Karleen West,
SUNY Geneseo

October 4, 7:00 pm
Downtown United Presbyterian Church,
121 North Fitzhugh Street,
Rochester, NY

The church is accessible to those with handicaps and looped for the hearing impaired.

Karleen West is Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at SUNY Geneseo. She will discuss her latest research on the struggles of indigenous communities against international companies promoting natural resource extraction and giant megaprojects in Ecuador. Her research focuses on Latin American politics, and includes interests in ethnic politics, political parties, comparative institutions, and political behavior. She has published in several different journals.

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