Speaker: Oscar Olivera
Title: “From Cochbamba to Democracy”
Date: Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Description: From 2000 to 2005, Bolivian social movements won a succession of important political victories, reversing unpopular government decrees and gaining increased freedoms for ordinary Bolivians. Average citizens became active practitioners of civil resistance and made their voices heard as never before.
This wave of popular struggle resulted in the election of the nation’s first indigenous President, Evo Morales, in 2005. Morales’ rise to power in Bolivia has created complex challenges for the social movements that brought him to power: How can movements maintain their independence when someone from their ranks assumes executive power? When new governments begin to commit the same abuses as their predecessors, how can social movements respond?
Oscar Olivera discusses these issues, and talk about his more recent efforts to use community work projects to strengthen self-reliance and sustain people’s organizing capacity outside the realm of state power.
Watch this Presentation:
- “An interview with Oscar Olivera.” Cochabambino. April 28, 2011. Available online
- Dawson, Ashley. “The Cochabamba Water Wars: an Interview with Oscar Olivera.” Social Text. July 5, 2011. Available online
- Dean, Matteo. “Oscar Olivera: Opposition in Times of Evo.” Desinformémonos. August 11, 2010. Available online
- Lackowski, Peter and Sharyl Green. “Democracy from Below in Bolivia: An Interview with Oscar Olivera.” Upside Down World. June 20, 2012. Available online