[Marxism] Vancouver Hosts International Conference to Honour 80th Birthday of Che Guevara

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Fri Jun 13 10:03:38 MDT 2008

Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba – VCSC
cubacommunities at yahoo.ca | 778.882.5223


June 13th, 2008

PRESS CONTACT: Tamara Hansen – 778.882.5223

Vancouver Hosts International Conference 
to Honour 80th Birthday of Che Guevara

June 13th & 14th, 2008
Welsh Hall (215 E. 17th Ave @ Main St), Vancouver, Canada

June 13th 2008 
Welsh Hall (215 E. 17th Ave @ Main St)

On June 13th and 14th, 2008, Vancouver will play host to Canada’s first ever international
conference on the ideas of renowned Latin American revolutionary and leader of the
1959 Cuban revolution, Che Guevara. The conference is titled “Che Guevara, Thinker
and Fighter! Are His Ideas Relevant for the 21st Century?” Activists and intellectuals
from around the world will discuss the importance of Che’s ideas today in a series
of workshops and panel discussions hosted by Vancouver Communities in Solidarity
with Cuba and the Free the Cuban 5 Committee-Vancouver. 

Che Guevara is one of the most well-known and celebrated revolutionaries of the 
20th century. Even forty years after his death, his ideas are influential in shaping
the progressive changes happening all around the world and in Latin America today.
The proof is the recent revolutionary developments in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador
and Nicaragua. The conference will explore the importance of Che’s ideas in the 
21st century 40 years after his death, as well as exploring Che’s ideas on economy,
humanity, volunteerism, and internationalism.

The conference will include presentations from a number of prominent speakers who
have been active intellectually in Canada, the US, and the Middle East. Featured
speakers include Dr. Isaac Saney, professor at Dalhousie University and author of
“Cuba: A Revolution in Motion”, as well as Samira Amndan, Diplomatic Attaché at 
the Venezuelan Embassy in Toronto. The conference will also feature guest speakers
Irma Gonzalez and Jairo Rodriguez, who are central leaders with Cuba’s youth organization,
the Union of Young Communists (UJC). The UJC is the largest leading youth organization
in Cuba, representing more than 600,000 members and reflecting immensely the ideas
of Che Guevara. Other speakers will include Walter Lippmann, Editor in Chief of 
Cuba News, and Ali Yerevani, Political Editor of the Fire This Time Newspaper.

The conference will be held Friday June 13th and Saturday June 14th at the Welsh
Hall (215 E. 17th Ave at Main St, Vancouver, Canada). Media interested in attending
are encouraged to contact 778.882.5223 to arrange space. To conduct an interview
with conference speakers or with conference media representatives, please contact
Tamara Hansen at 778.882.5223.


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