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In an effort to extend and deepen our understanding of the ways in which the Global North profits from the exploitation of the Global South, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity has organized a series of study sessions exploring the oppression created by extractive industries, and how local resistance movements engage these challenges.
In the mid-20th century, Haitian pigs and rice served as staples in a functioning Haitian agricultural system and economy; however, an imperialist occupation of Haiti beginning in the 1980s left the state impoverished, the agriculture devastated, and the people vulnerable to crisis—a crisis that has become all too real in the aftermath of a series of coups, last January's devastating earthquake, and the recent cholera outbreak and flooding. Haiti’s unique historical situation, and culturally significant experience of colonialism, imperialism, and capitalism, alongside democratic revolution and revolt, presents both challenges to, and creative possibility for, solidarity with the Bolivian movement.
The objective of this study session is to gain perspective on the common struggles and paths of resistance faced by the Haitian and Bolivian people, as well as the possibilities for solidarity with ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance of the People of the Americas) for political and economic regional security and sustainable change.
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