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Imperialist War on Cuba and Venezuela: Afro-Caribbean Socialist Women Fight Back

When: Friday, May 24, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: encuentro 5 • 9A Hamilton Place • near Park Street station on Red Line • Boston

Join the Boston branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation for a 
special panel discussion on empire, race and socialism in Cuba and 
Venezuela. In conjunction with Witness for Peace New England, the July 
26th Coalition of Boston, and the Boston Venezuela Solidarity Committee, 
we are honored to host Jourdy James Heredia, subdirector of the Global 
Economy Research Center in Havana; Gisela Arandia, president of the 
Cuban chapter of the Regional Articulation of Afro-descendants in Latin 
America and the Caribbean; and Jeanette Charles, international 
solidarity liaison with Venezuelanalysis.com.

In the face of escalating US economic warfare against these sister 
nations, three radical Black women of the Caribbean and its diaspora 
will discuss the impacts of unilateral coercive sanctions on the Cuban 
and Venezuelan peoples; anti-racism and reparations within both 
revolutionary processes; and the ongoing construction of socialism, 
anti-imperialist solidarity and racial liberation throughout the Americas.

This event will be held in both English and Spanish, and interpretation 
will be provided.

Food and drink will be served, and unfortunately encuentro5 is not 
wheelchair accessible.

Jeanette Charles is a daughter of the Haitian Diaspora and was raised in 
working class Black and Brown Los Angeles, California. Charles currently 
serves as the International Solidarity Liaison for Venezuela Analysis 
and has worked as a writer and editor contributing to issues on 
Afro-Venezuelans, sex and gender diversity movements, land recuperation 
processes and the current political climate. She's worked in solidarity 
spaces with African and Indigenous peoples across Latin America and the 
Caribbean as a popular educator, human rights advocate and organizing 
solidarity brigades. She's lived, worked and studied in Venezuela for 
extended periods of time since 2010.
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Jourdy Victoria James Heredia *received a PhD**in Economic Sciences from 
the University of Havana and a PhD in Economic Sciences from the 
University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. She is the subdirector 
and lead researcher of the Global Economy Research Center in Havana, 
Cuba and Associate Professor at the University of Havana. She is a 
member of the editorial group of Cuba's World Economic Issues Journal 
and of the Foreign Policy Experts group organized by Cuba's Higher 
Institute for Foreign Relations. She has won the Annual Prize of the 
Cuban Academy of Sciences on two occasions (1999 and 2000) and the 
EU-LAC Foundation Prize in 2015. She has over 30 years of experience 
researching issues of European integration. She is the author of 
numerous articles in national and international journals and also of two 
books (The Euro Zone Crisis: Economic Foundations and Lessons for Latin 
America; and Food Security in the the European Union, Latin America and 
the Caribbean: The Cases of Cuba and Spain). She has lectured in 
universities throughout the world, including in Spain, Jamaica, Canada, 
Germany, China and Kenya.

*Gisela Arandia* is an author and researcher on issues of race and 
identity based out of UNEAC, the National Union of Artists and Writers 
of Cuba. She is currently the president of the Cuban chapter of the 
Regional Articulation of Afro-descendants in Latin America and the 
Caribbean (ARAC). She manages theConcha Mocoyu Yoruba Cultural Center, 
an innovative project which brought foreign funding down to the 
neighborhood level in Havana in order to support a critically needed 
self-apprenticeship program based in African roots. She holds a degree 
in journalism and has been a researcher and writer about race and Black 
people in Cuba since 1989. She published her book “Afro-Cuba Today” in 
2013, and also researches Black feminism, Black communities in poor 
neighborhoods and the impact of mass media on the self-esteem of 
Afro-descendent people. She does action research and combines academic 
work and social activism. She has conducted research at Center for 
United States Studies at the University of Havana, the École des Hautes 
Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and the Center for Cuban Studies 
at Florida International University, studying the Black Cuban community 
in Miami. She has participated in many international conferences on 
Afro-descendants in Africa, Latin America and the United States, and in 
2017, she received her doctorate from the University of Havana.

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