Independent Radical Publishing
Tue, 25 Jun 2019, 18:00
Rich Mix, London (UK), Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
Event at Rich Mix, London
Join hip hop artist Lowkey in conversation with Alborada contributing editor and author Victor Figueroa-Clark on the legacy of Salvador Allende’s socialist government in Chile and the lessons for today’s Left.
While Latin America has experienced a rightward turn, the prospect of a socialist Labour government under Jeremy Corbyn seems ever more possible in Britain. Lowkey and Victor Figueroa-Clark assess what today’s Left can learn from the experiences of Chile during the Allende government of 1970-73.
Allende implemented mass programmes of wealth and land redistribution which improved the lives of millions of people but engendered the wrath of the Chilean elite and the United States. Allende was toppled in a US-backed coup of 11 September 1973 that installed the military dictatorship of General Pinochet.
With Corbyn facing an unprecedented campaign to undermine his leadership in the media, the political establishment and even within the Labour party, what can we learn from the experiences of Chile? What lessons are there for countries in Latin America trying to confront US domination? And how can Allende’s legacy be seen in other parts of the world?
Lowkey is a British-Iraqi hip hop artist and activist whose third album ‘Soundtrack to the Struggle 2’ was released in April 2019.
Victor Figueroa-Clark is an Alborada contributing editor and the author of Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat (Pluto Press, 2013).
The event will be chaired by Natasha Josette (Level Ground) and introduced by Alborada co-editor Pablo Navarrete.
Ticketing: £6 early bird, £8 advance, £10 door.
Door open at 6pm // Discussion and audience Q+A: 7pm-8.30pm
Copies of Lowkey’s new album and Victor’s Allende book will be on sale before and after the event. There will also be free back issues of Alborada Magazine, and Alborada mugs, DVDs and Tshirts for sale.
Tickets will be available soon (sold by Rich Mix).
@FigueroaUK (author of @allendebook)
Victor Figueroa Clark