FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2023
Upcoming Forum in DC Focuses on Transforming U.S. Policies Towards Latin America
WASHINGTON – CODEPINK’s Latin America Team is proud to announce the Latin America and the Caribbean policy forum In Search of a New U.S. Policy For A New Latin America and the Caribbean: Burying 200 Years of the Monroe Doctrine, happening April 28-29 at American University.
CODEPINK and over 50 partners will bring together some of the foremost leaders and experts in Latin American and the Caribbean foreign policy and history for a critical discussion about the need for a transformation of U.S. policy to improve relations between the United States and its southern neighbors.
Author and journalist Juan D. González is the keynote speaker featured in the forum’s opening plenary. Gonzalez is an award-winning journalist and investigative reporter who spent 29 years as a columnist for the New York Daily News. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award, he is co-host of Democracy Now!, author of "Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America.”
The conference focuses on four critical U.S. policy issues that hinder the success of the new emerging people-centered, democratic and sovereign Latin America and the Caribbean: sanctions, militarism, economics and immigration. Each session offers commentary and analysis from leading experts in the fields (see below).
“Since the 1890s, the U.S. has invaded country after country, staged coups, manipulated elections, supported death squads, exploited labor and resources, and caused immense misery and suffering. But the tide is turning and the days when the U.S. could run roughshod over Latin America are coming to an end,” says Peter Kuznick, author and history professor at American University who is hosting the forum. “This conference will chronicle that history and analyze the current dynamic struggle between the proponents of democracy, freedom, and equality on the one hand and the defenders of the status quo on the other.”
The topics and speakers include:
Resisting Sanctions and Demanding Sovereignty
Francesca Emanuele, Professor Francisco Rodríguez, Cuban journalist Liz Oliva Fernández and Dr. Steve Ellner. Moderated by Professor Frederick B. Mills, PhD.
Countering Militarism with Peace and Cooperation
Panel: Jemima Pierre Ph.D., Dr. Jorge Zuñiga M, and Professor Maldonado Torres. Moderated by Rev. Claudia De La Cruz.
Forging an Independent Economic Model
Panel: Alexander Main, Director of International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research; Nick Estes, author and Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico; and Professor Kevin Young.
Unearthing the Root Causes of Immigration
Panel: Carla Garcia, International Relations Coordinator at OFRANEH; Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA. Moderated by Marco Castillo, human rights activist, anthropologist and political analyst.
For more information regarding the forum, please contact: Samantha Wherry - [email protected] or Michelle Ellner - [email protected] or visit https://www.americaspolicyforum.org/.
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