Speaking Tour: What People’s Power looks like – a view from Venezuela

with Katrina Kozarek
From the Ataroa Socialist Commune and a long term activist in the Nacional Association of Community, Free and Alternative Media (ANMCLA).

Since 2006, in an effort to deepen and fortify the Bolivarian Revolution, Venezuela has begun to create a new geometry of power, where direct democracy and participation where the economic, social and political planification and decision making takes place from the grassroots level through communal councils, communes, communal cities and the possibility of a communal state. This has been an experiment in action in Venezuela that aims to bring the country to the point of no return towards a truly democratic and socialist future.

In this forum we will explore some experiences of this process of organization of popular power in Venezuela and what it means in the wake of the former President Chávez death, as the country, once again confronts economic, media and pyscological warfare from the Venezuela Right-Wing Opposition.

Speaking Tour near you:

– Thursday, Nov 7th – 6:30 PM, University of Toronto,
80 St. George Street. Lash Miller Chemical Labs, LM 162.
*Activity to be held in English.
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– Monday, Nov 11 – 6:30 PM, University of Guelph campus.
Room 441 in the UC building.
*Activity to be held in English.
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– Tuesday, Nov 12th – 6:00 PM / Centro Hispano de York,
1652 Keele St., Unit 107, Toronto, ON

*Activity to be held in Spanish
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– Wednesday, Nov 13th, 2013 – 6:30 PM, Rum Runners Pub,
1 King St. W. Downtown Kitchener, ON
*Activity to be held in English.
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– Thursday Nov, 14th – 6:00 PM, Centretown United Church,
507 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z5
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– Friday Nov, 15th – 6:00 PM, Centro Cultural Simon Bolivar,
394 de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, QC

*Activity to be held in French.
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More info or If you would like to endorse this speaking tour, reach us at venesolnet@gmail.com

Katrina Kozarek is a social activist, documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer currently located in Barquisimeto, in the state of Lara, Venezuela. She is active in the Ataroa Socialist Commune and a long term activist in the Nacional Association of Community, Free and Alternative Media (ANMCLA).

Katrina grew up in Apollo , Pennsylvania, and has been active in the Bolivarian process since her arrival in Venezuela in 2003. She is a co-founder of the ‘Street and Media Collective’ (Colectivo Calle y Media), renowned for its audio-visual productions from the grassroots, where she was involved in the production of documentaries such as Venezuela Bolivariana: People and Struggle of the Fourth World War, The Old Man and Jesús: Profets of Rebellion, Down with Colonialism, Free the Pachamama, and television series, such as Rostros de La Vega: Memories of my Barrio.

Currently, she is a member of the group ‘Urgent Voices’ (Colectivo Voces Urgentes) a militant colective dedicated to popular education in audiovisuales and productions about local social and political movements.

Katrina currently manages production in the community television station ‘LaraTve’ . At the same time, she produces a program focused on popular struggles and the construction of popular power from the perspective of revolutionary women from socialist communes and popular communities in Venezuela.

In 2013, Katrina participated in the creation of the Popular Press Center Nuestroamericano, an example of construction of peoples alternative communication from social movements of Ecuador.

She has also participated in several international forums in North and South America, where her contributions have focused on popular struggles and the construction of free, popular and alternative communication.
Katrina Kozarek es una activista social, documentarista y productora multimediatica, actualmente ubicada en Barquisimeto, Edo. Lara, Venezuela. Ella activa en la Comuna Socialista Ataroa y es militante de La Asoc. Nacional de Medios Comunitarios, Libres y Alternativas (ANMCLA).

Katrina nació en Apollo, Pensilvania, y ha estado activa en el proceso Bolivariano desde su llegada a Venezuela en al año 2003. Ella es co-fundadora del Colectivo Calle y Media, conocido por sus producciones audiovisuales desde la base como Venezuela Bolivariana: Pueblo y Lucha de la IV Guerra Mundial, El Viejo y Jesus: Profetas de Reblión, ¡Abajo COLONialismo! ¡Pachamama Libre! y eseries de televisión como Rostros de La Vega: Memorias de Mi Barrio y Vida Comunera.

Actualmente, ella milita en el Colectivo Voces Urgentes, un colectivo dedicado a la formación en comunicación popular y producciones sobre los movimientos populares y la construcción del proceso revolucionario.

Katrina actualmente participa en la televisora de la Comuna Socialista Ataroa “LaraTVeC” donde produce un programa de mujeres de la comuna sobre su participación, logros y problemáticos en la revolución Bolivariana, Chavista y Socialista.

En el año 2013, Katrina también participó en la creación del Centro de Prensa Nuestroamericano, un ejemplo de la comunicación popular, libre y alternativa que surgió desde los movimientos populares en Ecuador.

Ella ha participado en varios foros y conferencias en el Norte y Sur del continente, con enfoque en los movimientos populares, la construcción del estado comunal y la necesidad de una comunicación alternativa, libre y popular.

Organized by the Hugo Chavez Peoples’ Defense Front
Sponsored by Opirg Toronto
Endorsed by ILPS Canada barrio-nuevo.org

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