Inspiring Dignity and Defiance

In early February, Jim Shultz and Melissa Crane Draper, coeditors of Dignity and Defiance: Stories from Bolivia’s Challenge to Globalization and directors of the Democracy Center, embarked on a month-long, coast-to-coast book tour. Speaking to packed, standing-room-only audiences from San Francisco and Seattle to Washington D.C. and New York, they are informing and inspiring discussion about globalization’s effects in Latin America. On Monday, Shultz joined a panel on Grit TV with Laura Flanders to discuss the future of U.S. policy in Latin America (above), and on Tuesday he spoke with Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman (interview to air soon).

Dignity and Defiance tells the story of Bolivia’s resistance to globalization, from the Cochabamba Water Revolt that set a precedent for future protest, to the history of the coca leaf and the fight to prevent Bolivia’s gas, oil, and other resources from being siphoned by private corporations. Each chapter combines the experiences of Bolivian citizens with history and analysis, providing an in-depth look at the issues and examining the potential for reform. Calling for change in Bolivia and beyond, the courageous voices in Dignity and Defiance echo across the world.

The Dignity and Defiance tour is in Massachusetts today and tomorrow, with events in Boston, Northampton and South Hadley. Over the next week, they will move west, landing in Minneapolis on February 23 and Chicago on the 24th. For a complete schedule and reports from the road, visit the Blog from the Book Tour.