FORUM ON COMMUNITY VS. CORPORATE MEDIA: LESSONS FROM VENEZUELA AND BEYOND

April 13th marks the people’s victory over the US-backed coup d’état against President Hugo Chavez that took place in 2002. Venezuelan corporate media played a significant
role in organizing and supporting this coup.

This is a forum on the role of media in democracy and politics, learning from the community and alternative media experiences in Venezuela to build People’s Power
and challenging the corrupt corporate media.

Documentary Screening + Forum + Debate + Music + Food 

with presentations from:
– Carlos Hurtado – representative of the National Association of Community Media, Free and Alternative (ANMCLA) 
in Venezuela and President of LARA TVE

– Luis Britto Garcia – Award-winning Venezuelan narrator, essayist, cartoonist, underwater explorer and author

Afternoon panel to feature Community and Altnerative Media panel speaking about context in Canada:

– Meagan Perry, rabble.ca 
– Jesse Benjamin, basicsnews.ca 
– Fr. Hernan Astudillo, Radio Voces Latinas 
– Megan Kinch, Media CO-OP 

When: April 14th, 2012 / 10am – 4pm
Where: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S1J5
(click to see the map)

*** admission is free + food and simultaneous translation will be provided ***

Schedule for Event on April 14, 2012:

10:00 AM National Anthem of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as interpreted by the Venezuelan artist Marielba Chacon, Welcome by the Consul General of Venezuela in Toronto, Martha Pardo de Marquez and Santiago Escobar, Representative from the “Avanzada Bolivariana” Campaign
10:10 AM Opening of the photo exhibit of the events of April 11, 12, and 13, 2002
10:20 AM Video about April 11, 12, and – The Bolivarian Revolution and a Song for the People
10:40 AM Presentation on the events of April 2002 by:
– Ana Carolina Rodriguez, Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Ottawa
– Francia Marval, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Montreal
– Martha Pardo de Marquez, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Toronto
11:25 PM Videoconference with Prof. Luis Brito Garcia
12:00 PM Lunch Break with Venezuelan Music featuring Venezuelan Artist Marielba Chacon
1:00 PM Reading of a poem “A song for Life” by Ms. Nery Quintero
1:10 PM Music by Canadian Artist and Revolutionary “Wasun”
1:20 PM Presentations by Representatives of Alternative and Community Media
– Carlos Hurtado, President of Community TV station “Lara TVE” and representative of the National Association of Alternative, Community and Free Media (ANCMLA) Venezuela.
Topic: Community Media and the Radio Spectrum in Venezulea 
2.20 PM Panel – Topic: The current context for alternative and community media in Canada with representatives from:
– Meagan Perry, rabble.ca  
– Jesse Benjamin, basicsnews.ca 
– Fr. Hernan Astudillo, Radio Voces Latinas 
– Megan Kinch, Media CO-OP –
3:40 PM Close of the event with Lucho Granados Ceja, Avanzada Bolivariana: Journey towards the presidential elections in Venezuela in 2012

Organized by the AVANZADA BOLIVARIANA, Venezuela solidarity campaign and the Consul Generalof the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Endorsed by the Latin American Solidarity Network

more info at: www.venezuelasolidarity.ca


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