Saturday, January 14, 2006

Bolivia Transition Project Reponse Team Members

On January 17, 2006, the Bolivian Transitional Response Team from the Center for a New American Socialist Democracy will arrive in Bolivia. Response Team members Troy P. O’Dend’Hal and Karah Woodward will be cataloging the events surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Evo Morales in Bolivia’s urban centers.

The 10-day project will collect and record events on the ground through interviews with the local population, both governmental and non-governmental organizations and international media. The goal of the project will be to provide Bolivian and foreign news outlets with articles, photographs and video footage regarding these events, along with a summary multi-media presentation to be released in March of 2006.

Karah Woodward joins the Center for a New American Socialist Democracy as the Senior Media Policy Analyst. Currently she is pursuing a Masters of Arts in urban policy and media at the City University of New York’s Hunter College. She has co-authored an article for Dollars and Sense Magazine that won a 2005 Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for student journalism. Her work has been published in City Limits Magazine, The Amsterdam News, Caribbean Life and The Courier. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Ms. Woodward is now joining Troy P. O’Dend’Hal, the Senior Policy Analyst for CNASD, to record and examine forces within Bolivia that challenge policies endorsed by free market capitalism. Her specific duties as a Response Team member will be to identify and document the global media’s role in promoting the ideals of free market capitalism, paying particular attention to major international media outlets and governmental organizations. A comprehensive observation of Bolivian and foreign media, accompanied by interviews with NGOs and governmental agencies will provide context for coverage leading up to the Presidential inauguration.

On Sunday, January 22nd, the Response Team will be on-the-ground in La Paz, Bolivia to capture video footage and provide first-hand observations of the inaugural ceremonies by gathering the reactions and responses of local citizens and international observers.