July the 8th, 2016, 4pm (Brazil) – Auditorium 01 – Faculty Zumbi dos Palmares – Clube de Regatas Tietê – São Paulo – Brazil
A decade after the defeat of the FTAA – Free Trade Area of the Americas – our continent faces a new neoliberal offensive.
This offensive is clear in the radicalization of the different forms of appropriation and abuses of the rights of peoples and attacks on indigenous peoples, peasants, workers, women, youth, as well as racial, cultural and sexual diversities, who after great struggle and resistance regained their ability to lead the processes of change in the region.
Moreover, the coups in Haiti (2004), Honduras (2009), Paraguay (2012) and the ongoing coup in Brazil, show that the market which dominates our lives wants to end the recent process of transformation carried out by the people, which resulted in more rights for everyone, greater social inclusion, sovereignty over their territories and common goods and more democratic forms and tools for political and popular participation.
We are participants and heirs of the struggle against military regimes in Latin America and the Caribbean and against State institutionalized violence, that throughout the continent are rising against the agenda of free trade, privatization, exclusion and poverty represented in the defeated neocolonial FTAA project, seeking to find answers so that “Another World is Possible”. Today we say: we will not allow in our continent a new cycle of dictatorship, imposed by executive, judicial and legislative powers at the service of the interests of a capitalist market.
The principles of solidarity and internationalism unite us, as well as the certainty of the need for a systemic transformation against capitalism, patriarchy, colonialism and racism.
It is a new moment to resume a united action by the people of America to oppose those who insist on carrying out their agenda of destruction, disintegration and exclusion.
We call on the diversity of organizations, social movements and expressions committed to social transformation to advance this networking process and to take to the streets of Our America on November 4, 2016 to shout with one voice:
No stepping back!
We, the people, continue to struggle for integration, self-determination and sovereignty, against free trade and transnational companies!
Organizations initially joining the call: Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations / La Via Campesina (CLOC-VC), World March of Women (WMW), Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (FoE), ALBA Movements, Center Martin Luther King, Cuban Chapter of ALBA Movements, Jubilee South / Americas, PIT-CNT Uruguay, Public Services International (PSI), Campaign to Dismantle the Power of Transnational Corporations and Stop Impunity.