Dario Azzellini

Venezuela: Where the Wealthy Stir Violence While the Poor Build a New Society

Before Hugo Chávez became president of Venezuela in 1999, the barrios of Caracas, built provisionally on the hills surrounding the capital, did not even appear on the city map. Officially they did not exist, so neither the city nor the state maintained their infrastructure. The poor inhabitants of these neighborhoods obtained water and electricity by tapping pipes and cables themselves. They lacked access to services such as garbage collection, health care and education altogether.

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Why I'm Confident About Venezuela's Future: Chavez Death Won't Kill Social Transformation

“Chávez was one of us,” say the poor from the barrios in Caracas, the people throughout Latin America, and Bronx residents together with probably two million poor people in the US, who now have free heating thanks to the Chávez government. Sean Penn said of Chávez: “Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion.” These are sad days. 

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Occupying Language: Inside the Global Revolutions

This is an excerpt from Occupying Language, by Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini, just released from Zuccotti Park Press

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On Newness and History as Occupy and the World Celebrate May Day

 This article is based on the pamphlet, May Day – The Secret Rendezvous with History and the Present, by the Occupied Media Pamphlet Series, and the forthcoming book, Occupying Language, also with the same series as well as Adelante Alliance.    http://www.zuccottiparkpress.com/posts.html

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