The first half of the century, the age of the World Wars and the start of the Cold Warwas dominated by the rivalries of those powers. The second half saw the replacement, largely through the agency of those wars, of the European state system by a world system with many centres of both power and discord.
Official flyer Hundreds of popular organisations and social movements from across Latin America and the Caribbean met this past weekend in the Summit of the Peoples in Lima, Peru.
The summit is a regular parallel to the official Summit of the Americas, which brings together governments from the entire Western Hemisphere. The movements which find themselves here again include union organizations that fight for the defense of the labour rights of the working class, trade associations, feminist organizations that fight for gender equality, youth and student organizations that defend the rights of youth as a leading actor, campesino organizations that continue to fight for the right to land, indigenous organizations that resist the onslaught of savage capitalism, environmental organizations that confront the predatory extractive model, organizations that defend the rights of sexual diversity, community organizations that fight for the rights of the citizenship, regional platforms that face neoliberal free trade projects, organizations that fight for fiscal justice, regional networks of civil society and dozens of collectives and movements that struggle day to day against political power and economic capital in its different expressions.
We find ourselves once again in a scenario of confrontation and frontal struggle in our America, between the forces of neoconservatism of the submissive elites and the social, popular, progressive and left forces.
We are living through a counter-offensive of the imperial power that tries to erase the democratic advances and those of social and political inclusion that progressive governments have promoted in this last decade and a half.
In Peru, the expression of these neoconservative forces trying to regain hegemony is an illegitimate summit that is not the expression of Latin American and Caribbean citizenship which has met in the framework of the VIII Summit of the Americas.
The heads of states come to talk about governance and corruption in a country in which all Peruvian presidents of the past 30 years have outstanding accounts with the justice system for crimes committed whilst in power. They want to continue with their corrupt policies by now promoting the Public-Private Partnerships to follow their dark negotiations.
In this scenario, the popular organizations of Peru, united in the Unitary National Combat of Struggle CNUL front and the General Confederation of Workers of Peru CGTP called on the social and popular movements of our America to meet us in the framework of the Summit of the Peoples, in order to advance in the social articulation to face the neoliberal model in the continent.
The neoliberal airs blow again in the continent, the policies to advance the precariousness and deregulation of employment are generalized, progress in dismantling public pension schemes, promoting austerity policies aimed at dismantling social protection programs, negotiations are revived for new Free Trade Agreements FTAs.
Therefore, the agenda of the continental resistance against neoliberalism also must become strong again around these following points: In our agenda, we prioritize the struggle for gender equality. Without equality of wages for women, without parity in political participation, without equal access to decent jobs, without respect for their sexual and reproductive rights, we will have societies that are neither equal, nor democratic, nor inclusive.
We express our unwavering solidarity with fellow President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, who today faces the whole apparatus of the illegalisation of politics and the hatred of the Brazilian elites for being the reference point of the oppressed and excluded.
What happens with Comrade Lula is the expression of the fascist-like turn in Brazil as a result of the parliamentary coup against Dilma Russeff.
Today we are Lula and Brazil. The Cuban revolution continues to be, in spite of the aggressions and the difficulties, the best example of dignity, which makes it an example to follow.
We demand therefore the end of the criminal economic, financial and commercial blockade of the United States against Cuba as strongly demanded by the General Assembly of the United Nations, as well as the immediate return of the territory illegally occupied by the US military base in Guantanamo.
We reaffirm our unwavering solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela. We strongly condemn imperialist aggression, economic war and political harassment against Bolivarian Venezuela.
We demand respect for the sovereignty of the homeland of the Venezuelan people who, sinceinitiated a popular constituent process that has marked the path of a reference of anti-imperialist struggle for Latin American unity and for our American socialism.
We reaffirm our solidarity with the Bolivian revolutionary process led by our comrade Evo Morales. We reaffirm our support for the historic claim of the Bolivian people, for a sovereign exit to the Pacific Ocean, we ask that the peoples of Chile and Bolivia urge their governments to reach a peaceful resolution through dialogue.
The Citizen Revolution led by comrade Rafael Correa has shown the world that progressive processes can make transformations that put the human being above capital, shown that the redistribution of wealth, the defense of sovereignty and the respect and protection of rights human beings are fundamental to achieve the society of good living.
From the Summit of the Peoples, we expressed our concern about any regression in the achievements made in Ecuador and, above all, any restoration of neoliberal postulates linked to the interference of the State Department of the United States. We reject the racist and xenophobic policies of Donald Trump towards our brothers and sisters in Mexico, who in addition to suffering from their corrupt political elite and the consequences of neoliberalism, repression and corruption, must deal with the construction of a WALL against them.
We oppose the criminalization of migration; migration is a right. Haiti was the first cry of freedom and independence in Our America. But with this victory the fight is not over, we will continue in the anti-colonial battle for a free Puerto Rico!
We send our solidarity to the hundreds of thousands of Hondurans who have demonstrated and continue to resist the repression of the dictatorship.Jan 19, · Hispanic Americans rise in the United States January The history of the United States houses many different cultures, ethnic groups and immigrants yet of these Hispanic Americans have thus far been known to be the quickest growing minority until recently.
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