Berekeley, CA: North American Congress on Latin America, Inc., 1972. Presumed first edition/first printing. Wraps. 176 p. Illustrations. Glossary. Chronology. References. From Wikipedia: "The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1966 with the purpose of providing information on major trends in Latin America and its relations with the United States. The organization is best known for publishing the bimonthly NACLA Report on the Americas; it also publishes "books, anthologies and pamphlets for classroom and activist use." It also operates "Media Accuracy on Latin America", a website which analizes US media coverage of Latin America. NACLA has been, for the last 40 years, the premiere source of information providing English-language news and analysis not found anywhere else for journalists, policymakers, activists, students and scholars in North America and throughout the world. As stated on its website, NACLA's mission is "to provide information and analysis on the region, and on its complex and changing relationship with the United States, as tools for education and advocacy-to foster knowledge beyond borders." NACLA intends to provide information and tools in order to understand the world and therefore change it. Through information/media activism and popular education, NACLA believes that knowledge is essential for change. The founders of the North American Congress on Latin America, a "contemporary group of civil rights, antiwar, and labor activists" organized together in 1967 to challenge the elitist conventions of the "national interests" of the American people in order to express the "real interests" of those fundamentally opposed to those prior concepts. Rolling off a mimeograph machine in New York of that year, the "New Left student activists" who had just come together by its founding publisher, NACLA, released the first issue of NACLA Report on the Americas. The term "Congress" was utilized to carry in the spirit of "Congress of Unrepresented People, " a liberal faction of American activists unrecognized or supported by mainstream American elites to promote the "systematic analysis of wealth and power" in Latin America by focusing on the theme that what happens in the United States has a direct relationship on the unfolding history of the rest of the world. In NACLA s first year, the group was given free working space in the Presbyterian offices of the Interchurch Center in uptown Manhattan. Printing of the newsletter, promotional materials, stationery and small pamphlets was also underwritten by the Presbyterians. Those in-kind contributions aside, NACLA s first annual budget, including salaries, stood at just over $11, 000. Sources of income were newsletter sales (about $200 per month) and grants from the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church the Division of Youth Ministries of the National Council of Churches and the UCM. Few thought the group would survive long. U.S. policies and power drawn by the lens from a Latin American perspective would expose the parallel systems and contradictions causing powder keg events in the region. NACLA's intentions pursued U.S. interventions violating "Washington's self-declared democratic principles." NACLA's agenda followed the course of investigating those violations such as: the 1954-CIA orchestrated overthrow of the reformist Arbenz regime in Guatemala; the 1961 invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs by a Florida-based anti-Castro mercenary force; and the 1965 invasion and occupation of the Dominican Republic. The next decade produced further research of U.S. involvement in the 1973 overthrow of Salvador Allende's elected government in Chile corroborated by the "fears" of socialism succeeding in America. That year, the NACLA Report called "Facing the Blockade" documented the President Richard Nixon's Administration's "invisible blockade" of denying Allende and his regime's "credit arrangements necessary for export-import operations." Salvador Allende responded to NACLA's book called New Chile in his speech to the United Nations by saying "If you want to know how the U.S. Condition: Good. Signed by previous owner. Signed and dated by Eduardo Velez on contents page. Cover has some wear and soiling.
Keywords: Allende, Imperialism, Agrarian Reform, Foreign Investment, Chile, NACLA, Unidad Popular, Movement of the Revolutionary Left