Saturday, April 15, 2017

Members of Congress are home on recess for the next two weeks. This our best chance to make sure we're being heard -- but many representatives are canceling town halls, rescheduling town halls, or just plain ignoring constituents. Whether they want to show up or not, OFA supporters are holding them accountable this recess. What would you ask your representative?


Organizing for Action

Yesterday, this administration bragged that they could withhold important payments and subsidies to health insurers -- just to gain negotiating leverage in their failing quest to repeal Obamacare. 

What they are proposing is sabotage, plain and simple.

There's no question that this move is cruel -- it would jeopardize access to health care for millions of people. And it's just the latest example of the administration's continued callous attitude towards Americans' access to health care.

If you agree that access to affordable, quality care is more than a political bargaining chip, speak out against efforts to sabotage Obamacare now.

Access to care -- getting much-needed cancer treatment, visiting a doctor to check in on a pregnancy, or even getting a regular check-up -- is crucial for most Americans. It's often a matter of life and death. It's irresponsible to explicitly try and sabotage Obamacare like this, and even worse to brag about it.

Just a few months ago, leaders in Congress cobbled together an inadequate, unacceptable, and unpopular replacement for Obamacare. They couldn't pass that bill thanks to folks like you -- people who stood up, got organized, and spoke out, letting Speaker Ryan and other Washington Obamacare opponents know that ripping health coverage away from 24 million Americans is a bad idea. When they realized they lost, they sat back and started calling for Obamacare to fail. 

But Obamacare isn't in a death spiral, so now the same opponents have to explicitly work against it at every turn.

People like you are still here to defend our friends, family, and neighbors who depend on Obamacare. It's up to all of us to keep raising our voices against cruel, irresponsible attempts to sabotage it.

Speak up

Jack Shapiro

Director of Policy and Campaigns
Organizing for Action

Eduardo Neves to present "Was There Ever a Neolithic in the Neotropics?: A Discussion from the Amazon"

Story imageNew Trends in Latin American Studies Series
Featuring: Eduardo Neves (Anthropologist, Visiting Professor at Harvard)

It is accepted today that the Amazon was an ancient center of plant domestication in the Americas. However, it is also becoming clear that the management of several tree crops that were never domesticated provided an important source of resources for ancient Amazonian societies as well. Some of these tree species are known to be currently hyperdominant are overrepresented in floristic surveys done across the basin and it is likely that such ecological pattern results from human management in the past. If true, this means that the Amazon forests have a cultural history as much as they have a natural history. This presentation will draw from Eduardo Neves' own ongoing research in Southwestern Amazonia as well as research from others to provide a criticism of concepts such as domestication and agriculture when applied for the Amazonian past. It will be proposed that their application obscures rather than helps one to understand how complex forms of interaction between people and nature unfolded over the millennia in the tropical past.
Location: 216 Burr Hall
Date/Time: 04/19/17 at 12:00 pm - 04/19/17 at 1:20 pm
Category: PLAS Lecture
Department: Program in Latin American Studies


Join Us on April 18, 2017Time: 8:00 AM to 10:30 AMLocation: 1"Brazil stands among the worlds foremost agricultural producers, and its farm exports contribute decisively to food security of nations and populations on all continents. The farm sector currently accounts for 21.5% of Brazil's Gross Domestic Products and for half of its export earnings, thereby contributing toward economic well-being and social stability. Though Brazilian farmers enjoy no subsidies, they remain competitive on international markets.  Brazil is the worlds largest exporter of sugar, coffee, orange juice, soy beans, and chicken. And stands among the leading exporters of products, such as corn, soybean oil and beef. Notwithstanding such achievements, there is still space for diversification and productivity gains.  Brazil can count upon significant competitive advantages, including vast areas of arable land, immense natural reserves, and among the worlds largest fresh water resources. Brazil has made great strides in agricultural research and technology, thereby increasing yields, while exercising social responsibility and environmental sustainability." 
The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, EMBRAPA
Thomas DeCoeneCEO, GCA LLC
Sergio BuenoPartner, Agricola Rio Galhao
Renato CavaliniManaging Partner and Senior Vice President, Brookfield Brazil
Henrique Americano de FreitasExecutive Vice President and South America CEO, Westchester Group
Mark Moore, Manager, Bunge Global Agribusiness
Rafael PillaFounder, FARM Investimentos

More information to follow!185 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York

Anna Mester – Brazil's (Re)Encounter with "Africa"
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This presentation will explore “Africa” as a cultural and historical construct and the museum as a space which discerns, creates, and writes historical discourse of and about “Africa” in the present. I will study two exhibitions A nova mão afro-brasileira and África ancestral e contemporânea: as artes do Benin to understand how the museum serves as spaces of discursive and historical contention for the (re)writing of Black histories across the South Atlantic.

Co-sponsored by Africana Studies.

Reflections on Brazil’s Global Rise and its Future: A Conversation with Celso Amorim
April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University Seminar on Latin America
Reflections on Brazil’s Global Rise and its Future: A Conversation with Celso Amorim
Join the University Seminar for a conversation with Ambassador Amorim, former Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations, Minister of Defense and author of “Acting Globally: Memoirs of Brazil’s Assertive Foreign Policy”.
Introduction by Dr. Albert Fishlow.
Monday, April 24
7 – 8:30 pm
Faculty House, Room 1
Date:April 24
Time:7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:University Seminar on Latin America
Event Tags:
Brazil, Foreign Policy, Globalization, Politics, University Seminar on Latin America
Organizer: University Seminar on Latin America

 Proposing a Law with your Cellphone: Technology as a tool to promote Civic Participation and Improve Democracy
May 3 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies at ILAS invites you to its discussion titled, “Proposing a Law with your Cellphone: Technology as a tool to promote Civic Participation and Improve Democracy” with Ronaldo Lemos, Tinker Visiting Professor at SIPA and ILAS and Director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio).
Some scholars claim that Brazil has become a laboratory for the development of civic technology and new participatory tools. The country is indeed the birthplace of “participatory budgeting”. In addition, Brazil created one of the very first crowdsourced laws, the so-called Marco Civil da Internet (Brazil´s Internet Bill of Rights protecting free speech online, privacy, net neutrality and other Internet rights). In this talk, I will explain how Marco Civil was created, and the challenges of building a crowdsourced law. I will also introduce the Mudamos platform, a new technology built for Brazilians to come together and introduce new legislative Bills directly in Congress, using their cellphones.
Ronaldo Lemos is an internationally respected Brazilian scholar and commentator on technology, intellectual property, and culture. He is a director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio) and professor of law & innovation at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). He is currently a Tinker Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He holds law degrees from University of Sao Paulo Law School, and Harvard Law. Lemos was one of the creators of the Marco Civil, a law enacted in 20014 regulating the Internet in Brazil protecting civil rights, privacy and net neutrality. He is a member of the Council for Social Communication in Brazil’s Congress, created by Brazilian Constitution to deal with matters related to media and freedom of expression. Lemos writes weekly to Folha de S.Paulo, a national newspaper in Brazil. He hosts a TV show focused on innovation at Globonews, a cable news channel, and has contributed to a number of other publications, including Foreign Affairs, Harper’s Bazaar, and Bravo!. In 2015 he was appointed a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. In 2016 he was appointed a fellow with Ashoka. Dr. Lemos serves as a board member in various organizations, such as the Mozilla Foundation and Access Now.

New York City Latin America History Workshop: “Loving Los Spurs: A History of Basketball Fandom in Greater Mexico”
April 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Join the New York City Latin American History Workshop (NYCLAHW) in a lecture, entitled “Loving Los Spurs: A History of Basketball Fandom in Greater Mexico” with Frank Guridy of Columbia University.
***Seminars run from 11 am to 12:30 on Fridays and are followed by lunch.
Please note that this year’s spring meetings will take place at The New School (Location TBA).
For inquiries and comments, as well as to receive updates and draft papers in advance, please contact Emmanuel A. Pardo,
Sponsored by Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Stony Brook University; History Department & Institute of Latin American Studies, Columbia University; CUNY Graduate Center Doctoral Program in History; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University; Committee on Historical Studies & The New School for Social Research.

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