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I strengthen rural, youth and working-class communities to be agents of social change.
When I'm not reading for a law degree through the Univ of London(Int'l Programme), I'm engaged in political social change projects such as a recent public forum on the global Occupy movement. I also work for a community-based organization in the rural, northeast coast of Trinidad that focuses on enhancing family life skills, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, rural communications, and biodiversity protection. Before that, I was a book and magazine editor in New York City for many years, with a focus on revolutionary politics, social movement organizing, and the politics and history of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Well, to paraphrase the Caribbean intellectual C.L.R. James: It's about MOVEMENT--"Times would pass, old empires would fall and new ones take their place, the relations of countries and the relations of classes had to change, before I discovered that it is not the quality of goods and utility which matters, but movement; not where you are or what you have, but where you have come from, where you are going, and the rate at which you are getting there."
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Well, I've actually been hosting and acting as tour guide for friends and newcomers to T&T for many years--particularly with guests of my family's Bed & Breakfast. In April 2009, I helped organize a hemispheric grassroots gathering of participants from over 20 countries in Trinidad and Tobago--and ended up, of course, on the beach.
As host: one guest from Amsterdam who stayed with me in Trinidad also stayed with me in my apartment in New York a week later--so one shared city ultimately became two, and we're still friends many years later. And later, two guests from Europe were lucky enough to have my beachfront home to themselves while I was traveling over Christmas.
Social justice activism and leftist intellectual theory and history; Caribbean and Latin American literature, history, culture and politics; Independent book publishing; Argentine Tango!
Music, Movies, and Books
Currently reading: The Art of Not Being Governed (James C. Scott);
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Traveled alone by bus through the gold trail of central Brazil (Minas Gerais), to reach Brasilia and join 13,000 members of the MST (Landless Peasant Movement's) on their March for Agrarian Reform in 2005.
Teach, Learn, Share
For the last few years I've been lecturing mainly to labor, youth and rural groups on Latin American and Caribbean social movements, politics and current affairs. New areas I'm learning more about include Land rights, environmental activism and funding for rural grassroots organizations.
Countries I’ve Visited
Barbados, Brazil, France, Guadeloupe, India, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Trinidad and Tobago, United States