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Twenty-Five Years of Bolivarian Revolution Webinar

Sunday, February 4, 2024
  • 11:00 a.m. CST (North America)
  • 12:00 noon EST
  • 5:00 p.m. BST (London)
  • 9:00 a.m. PST
  • 10:30 p.m. IST
  • 1:00 a.m. (Feb. 5) CST (Beijing)

About this Event

Twenty five years ago the Bolivarian revolution, one of the most monumental events of the century, brought the working class to power in Venezuela. Since its inception, the US empire has used all of the weaponry in its imperialist toolbox in attempting to overthrow the popular revolution. From strict sanction regimes to the kidnapping of the revolution’s leader, Hugo Chávez, the Chavistas have been able to sustain power in the hands of the people, fighting off the encroaching interests of the transnational imperialist bourgeoisie and its anti-patriotic bourgeois friends within Venezuela. Today we convene with a group of scholars and organizers, both within and outside of the Chavista process, to discuss the achievements and future of the Bolivarian revolution. This event is co-sponsored by the International Manifesto Group, Venezuela Analysis, Orinoco Tribune, the Midwestern Marx Institute, and the Critical Theory Workshop.


Carlos L. Garrido is a Cuban American graduate student and assistant in philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His research focuses include Marxism, Hegel, and early 19th century American socialism. His academic work has appeared in Critical Sociology, The Journal of American Socialist Studies, and Peace, Land, and Bread. Along with various editors from The Journal of American Socialist Studies, Carlos is currently working on a serial anthology of American socialism. His popular theoretical and political work has appeared in Monthly Review Online, CovertAction Magazine, The International Magazine, The Marx-Engels Institute of Peru, Countercurrents, Janata Weekly, Hampton Institute, and in Midwestern Marx, which he co-founded and where he serves as an editorial board member. As a political analyst with a focus on Latin America (esp. Cuba) he has been interviewed by Russia Today and has appeared in dozens of radio interviews in the U.S. and around the world.

Cira Pascual Marquina is a Political Science professor at the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela in Caracas, a teacher and organizer at the Pluriversidad Patria Grande, El Panal Commune’s educational initiative, and part of the Venezuelanalysis editorial team. She is also co‐producer and co‐host of the Marxist education program Escuela de Cuadros. Pascual Marquina, a member of the International Communal Democracy Network, is co-author of Venezuela, the Present as Struggle: Voices from the Bolivarian Revolution (Monthly Review Press) and co‐compiler of two books: Para qué sirve El Capital: un balance contemporáneo de la obra principal de Karl Marx and ¿Por qué socialismo? Reactivando un debate (both Editorial Trinchera).

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza is an expert in international relations, Venezuelan politics, and communication. He served for several years as Consul General of Venezuela in Chicago (United States); before that, he was part of the foundational editorial team of He is the founder and editor of the Venezuelan anti-imperialist news outlet Orinoco Tribune.

Edward Liger Smith is an American Political Scientist and Director at the Midwestern Marx Institute. He is a historian of anti-imperialist and socialist projects, and also writes on the American healthcare system and on the role southern slavery played in the development of American and European capitalism. In his weight class, he is amongst the best wrestlers in the country, a sport which he coaches for full time at Loras College.

Danny Shaw teaches Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the City University of New York. He works as a Director and professor at the Midwestern Marx Institute’s International Department and as an international affairs analyst for TeleSUR, RT, Press TV and other international news networks. He is the author of six books: including the forthcoming poetry book called 48 Poems for Gaza: 75 Questions for Israel.

Saheli Chowdhury is a co-editor and contributor of Orinoco Tribune. She is a Bengali socialist interested in anti-imperialist struggles throughout the world and especially in the Global South.


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