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State Violence & Revolution: Lessons from El Salvador

September 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm


In the 1970s and 1980s, Salvadoran revolutionaries fought to overthrow U.S.-backed military dictatorships and build democratic alternatives. This event features a panel discussion about the aspirations and lessons of the Salvadoran Revolution. Given the ongoing violence that is inflicted against Central American migrants, it is important to make connections between past and present-day struggles against empire and state violence. Panelists include:

Rosa Rivera Rivera: Former organizer of the Farm Workers Union, a militant peasant union. Founder of the Living Memory Committee in Arcatao, Chalatenango, a group dedicated to historical memory.

Carlos Henríquez Consalvi: Founder of Radio Venceremos, the clandestine radio of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front. Director of the Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen, a museum that advances social justice.

Diana Sierra Becerra: Historian, organizer at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, an MA-based immigrant and workers’ rights group.

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This event is part of the 2018 Feinberg Series: Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present.

The Zapatistas tell us, “Another World Is Possible.” Activists in the past have often been guided by the same belief: that alternatives to an unjust status quo are both conceivable and achievable. On the 50th anniversary of the mass movements of 1968, and in the face of growing threats to democracy, to racial, gender, and economic justice, and to environmental sustainability, the 2018 Feinberg Series explores revolutionary visions of the future. The series takes its inspiration from visionary movements led by poor people and people of color that have confronted the immediate challenges impacting people’s lives while simultaneously working to build alternatives. Drawing on the words of historian Robin D.G. Kelley, this series explores their “freedom dreams.” That is, it looks at “what people in particular movements dreamed of, what they thought they were fighting for,” and how they imagined and built new and radically different worlds.


September 13, 2018
5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Amherst, MA 01002
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