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Presenting on the Right to Food and Food Sovereignty will be Roberto Perez Rivero. Roberto is a Cuban permaculturalist who has been instrumental in Cuba’s truly Green Revolution, which has resulted in more than 85 percent of that country’s agricultural production becoming organic. He is featured in the documentary “The Power of Communities: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil” (2006) and is currently the director of the Environmental Education and Biodiversity Program at the Havana-based Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity.
Also we are extremely fortunate to have Garry Leech, our own resident expert on Colombia. Garry is an independent journalist and author of numerous books including Capitalism: A Structural Genocide (Zed Book, Forthcoming, May 2012); The Failure of Global Capitalism: From Cape Breton to Colombia and Beyond (CBU Press, 2009); and Beyond Bogotá: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia (Beacon Press, 2009). He is also the director of the Centre for International Studies and a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Cape Breton University.
In terms of tapping the veins on labour rights and Canada-Latin America solidarity, we are looking forward to hearing from Louise Casselman, with the Social Justice Fund of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Louise lived for some decades as a solidarity activist in various parts of Latin America and will bring us news that connects the struggles of working people there with the labour movement in Canada.
Finally, Wyanne Sandler, Breaking the Silence Maritimes Coordinator (and one of the organizers of this meeting), will have just returned from Guatemala, immediately after the Presidential Election and will report on the implications of that very serious situation.