[Marxism] May Day Forum in Capital District of New York

Jon Flanders jonathan.flanders at verizon.net
Thu Apr 20 10:20:09 MDT 2006

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On behalf of the Hudson Mohawk May Day Committee, I wish to invite you
and your membership to our Eighth Annual May Day Activities.  All events
are free and open to the general public.

Thanks to Congressman Mike McNulty interceding on our behalf with the
U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia to reschedule Claudia Lopez’s visa
interview, we are pleased to announce that Claudia Lopez, an organizer
of the Federation of Factory Workers of Bolivia, will be one of the
featured speakers for the Eighth Annual May Day Forum on Monday, May 1,
2006.  It will be held at Bush Memorial Hall on the campus of Russell
Sage College, Troy, NY, from 7 PM to 9 PM.  

As a member of the Federation, Claudia Lopez played a key role in the
Coalition in Defense of Water and Life, the organization credited with
uniting peasants, environmentalists, teachers and blue & white-collar
workers in the successful fight against the granting of control of the
public water supply system in Cochabamba to global giant Bechtel
Corporation.  In addition, Professor Susan Gauss of SUNYA and William
Camacaro, a representative from the Venezuelan Consulate, will also be

Because this year’s theme is “Lessons from Latin American Workers,” a
community outreach event, “Una Fiesta Latina,” will be held on Sunday,
April 30th, 2 PM to 5 PM at St. Patrick’s/Holy Family Church, Albany,
NY.  The Fiesta will include flamenco guitarist Maria Zementauski, a
bilingual storyteller, dancing, food, and children’s activities.  

This is a most ambitious program.  Expenses for international airfare
and the Fiesta will exceed our current committee members’ sponsorship
resources.  Further sponsorships will be appreciated.  (Checks should be
made out to the Troy Area Labor Council with May Day Fund in memo field
and mailed to Fran Hyde, 1538 Tibbits Avenue, Troy, NY 12180.)  

In closing, please encourage your members to attend by
posting/distributing the enclosed program. Thank you in advance.
In Solidarity,
Mike Keenan, President, Troy Area Labor Council

Hudson Mohawk May Day 2006
“Lessons from Latin American Workers”

Sponsored by: Troy Area Labor Council, United University Professions,
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, NY Labor History
Association, Solidarity Committee, The Eighth Step and Bethlehem
Neighbors for Peace


Sunday, April 30th, 2-5 PM – UNA FIESTA LATINA
        St. Patrick’s/ Holy Family Church, 283 Central Ave. at Lake
Ave., Albany

Maria, a Troy resident, is one of the world’s few heralded female
flamenco guitarists, 
and one of even fewer female flamenco composers. She has performed in
Spain and
across the continental United States to great acclaim.
Plus FELIX PILSKI, stories in Spanish & English
Free Food and Children’s Activities

Monday, May 1st, 7-9 PM – Forum & Discussion
        Bush Memorial Hall, Russell Sage College, Congress St. between
1st & 2nd Streets, Troy

CLAUDIA LOPEZ, Federation of Factory Workers of Bolivia – “Water War of
The Coalition in Defense of Water and Life united peasants,
environmentalists, teachers and blue and white-collar workers in the
fight against the granting of control of the public water supply system
to global giant Bechtel Corporation.  This successful campaign, known as
the “Water War of 2000,” reversed the privatization of water in
Cochabamba, and created a community-based operation of the water supply.

SUSAN GAUSS, Ph.D. – The World of Mexican Workers: A Historical
Assistant Professor of History, & Latin American and Caribbean Studies,
at University of New York at Albany; Susan is currently working on a
book manuscript that examines the political and social origins of rising
industrialism in post revolutionary Mexico, as well as researching
issues of gender, class, and violence in the textile industry in Mexico
in the 1940's.

WILLIAM CAMACARO, Venezuelan Consulate Representative – Topic to be


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