Latin American democracy is in crisis. Much of the region is suffering from economic decline amid spiralling levels of violence and human rights abuses. Many of the hard-won advances on poverty, inequality and social rights of recent years are at risk of being reversed. And yet, despite this hostile climate, autonomous social movements have multiplied and thrived. In Latin America Bureau’s new title, Voices of Latin America, some of the protagonists of these movements tell their stories. Join editor Tom Gatehouse for a discussion of this project, with readings from the book by local actors and video footage of some of the featured activists.
Tom Gatehouse grew up close to Crickhowell but lived subsequently in Argentina, Spain and Brazil. He holds an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge. He has written for Latin America Bureau and Red Pepper and his translations have appeared in Folha de S. Paulo, Agência Pública and Tales and Trails Lisbon, a recent collection of short stories and other writings. He lives in London where he works as a writer, editor and translator.