2018-Upcoming Latin American solidarity events in Australia

SOLIDARITY FORUM: LATIN AMERICAN INDIGENOUS & POPULAR STRUGGLES
JANUARY 25TH, 6:30PM
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/149897732335288/

Venezuela Embassy in Canberra
12 Keyar Street, O’Malley ACT, (CANBERRA)

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Latin American Indigenous and Popular struggles are becoming crucial for the continent, a wave of setbacks in progressive changes are on the way trying to destroy social, cultural and political advances of the popular and progressive democracies such us Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia among others.
Even in countries dominated by neoliberal dominant capitalist Elites, a myriad of popular and indigenous organisations are standing up for their rights and fighting for their culture, food sovereignty and against the voracity of big companies.
Criminalisation of movements is the normality in these countries. Using violence and repression against them, as have been the cases of Mapuche people in Chile-Argentina and recently the “legal” coup and elections fraud in Honduras.

VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY TELECONFERENCE
JANUARY 27, 5PM (SYDNEY)
Queries: lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com

PERU SOLIDARITY FORUM
FEBRUARY 3RD, 7PM
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/140244886654409/

Victorian Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street, Carlton South (MELBOURNE)

No Al Indulto! Solidarity Forum with Peru No Pardon! to Fujimori

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Speakers: representatives from Peruvian community in Melbourne and Teleconference with political and social movements directly from Peru.
Thousands of Peruvians took the streets to show their repudiation towards the decision of Peru’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski last December 23, 2017, to grant a humanitarian pardon to former president Alberto Fujimori who was in jail for crimes against humanity for 25 years.
Queries: lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com

LATIN AMERICAN SUMMER 2018 DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 6, 7 & 8 FROM 6:30PM
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1866097503700518/

Victorian Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street, Carlton South (MELBOURNE)
FREE ENTRY
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Documentaries and short films with indigenous and peoples fighting for their rights and protecting our mother land.
Latin American is not just an exotic place, is a place where daily people are demanding respect for their culture and land to the voracity of multinational corporation and accomplice state and governments.
A great occasion to educate ourselves about a reality to close to us thanks to the global technologies.
These three days of docos and short films will be and inspiring and motivating experiences to our commitment with our people and our mother earth.
Everyone welcome, drinks and food available
(for delicious dinner need to book to lasnet.solidarity@gmail.com or call, text to 0425 539 149)
Please check program in Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1866097503700518/

LASNET 2018 OPEN MEETING, BUILDING SOLIDARITY WITH OUR PEOPLES
FEBRUARY 17TH, 2PM-6PM
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1957177000977565/

Victorian Trades Hall
54 Victoria Street, Carlton South (MELBOURNE)

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Inspiring… Resisting… Creating New Possibilities for Change…

An invitation to all of those interested in education, information, support, get together and Solidarity with Latin American social/popular and indigenous/first nations movements welcome to our 2018 open meeting.

The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) 2018 Open Meeting (Annual Meeting – Get Together), Saturday February 17th, between 2pm – 6pm, at LASNET space in Victorian Trades Hall Council (corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton South, entry by Lygon street car park) Level 4, back-building.
After the meeting we will have a collective dinner and drinks, bring food to share if you like.

Colombians take to streets again to support peace deal

written by The Associated Press

Thousands of farmers, indigenous activists and students marched in cities across Colombia on Wednesday to demand a peace deal between the government and leftist rebels not be scuttled.

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It’s the second time in a week that Colombians are taking to the streets to support the accord signed last month with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and now hanging by a thread.

In Bogota, victims of the decades-long conflict carrying photos of dead loved ones were greeted by well-wishers handing white flowers symbolizing peace.

“We victims are in a state of limbo, we need the accord now,” said Diana Gomez, 38, whose activist father was killed a decade ago. She said her father’s murder remains unsolved — one of a flood of unsolved crimes committed during the bloody conflict that claimed the lives of 220,000 people and left almost 8 million displaced.

President Juan Manuel Santos, winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, is in talks with the opposition and FARC to make adjustments to the accord after it was narrowly rejected in a referendum six days after it was signed in front of world leaders.

But it’s not clear he can save the deal as opponents push for stiffer penalties for rebel leaders widely loathed by Colombians. Under the terms of the accord signed Sept. 26, guerrillas who confess their war crimes will be spared time in jail and instead ordered to carry out community development work in areas hard hit by the conflict.

“This isn’t a question of cosmetic changes,” former President Alvaro Uribe, who led the campaign against the peace deal, said Wednesday after delivering to government officials a list of proposals that he said will strengthen and provide broader support for the accord. “In a country of institutions like Colombia, transitional justice can’t consist of failing to punish those responsible for atrocious crimes.”

The FARC leader known by his nom de guerre Timochenko tried to put on a brave face Wednesday, saying that the guerrilla group is open to making adjustments even if it’s not willing to start negotiations again from scratch.

“Personally I think it may have been good that this happened,” Timochenko, referring to the referendum loss, said in a rare, hour-long interview with Caracol Radio. “It allows us to clear up many doubts and especially commit the important segment of the Colombian society that didn’t vote, more than 63 percent, to take an interest in this history-making event.”

Wednesday’s march on the Plaza Bolivar, adjacent to the congress and presidential palace, appeared to be larger than last week’s rally, a sign of how politically apathetic Colombians have been jolted into action by the fading prospects for peace. In recent days, the Plaza has been overtaken by dozens of tents set up by die-hard peace activists and on Tuesday was blanketed with a giant, white shroud containing the names of almost 2,000 victims of the conflict stenciled in ash.

Santos has applauded the outburst of activism, and on Wednesday reiterated the need to seek a quick solution to the impasse so that a ceasefire in place doesn’t unravel.

“The great majority of people have asked me to find a solution son because uncertainty is the enemy,” he said in televised address.

Latin America-Asia Pacific Popular Grassroots Movements And Indigenous People Solidarity Encounter, October 29-30

“Capitalism is in crisis but has not been defeated. It reinvents itself,seeking new avenues of release. It organises its fury against the undisciplined, rebellious peoples. It tries incessantly to recolonise them, to make them submit, to control them.” …
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Assassination Attempts Against the General Coordinator and a Community Leader of the COPINH.

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The Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) denounces to the national and internacional public that there were two assassination attempts against comrades Tomás Gómez Membreño, General Coordinator of COPINH and Alexander García Sorto, a community leader from Llano Grande, Colomoncagua.

In two separate events, yesterday, on October 9, these two comrades were shot at. Unidentified people arrived at the home of comrade Alexander García, fired numerous shots through the main door and the window of the bedroom where he, his wife and two daughters were sleeping. The shooters intended to murder Alexander Garcia and his family.

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On the same night, a person shot at the pickup truck of the COPINH, which was being driven by comrade Tomás Gómez Membreño, General Coordinator of the organization, as he left the meeting center of Utopía en route to his house.

The attempted murder against compañero Alexander García was the second try, because on May 6 this year, two months after the assassination of our General Coordinator, Berta Cáceres, he was shot by the former military Enedicto Alvarado, as he left his house. Alexander was wounded and almost killed that time. After that, Alvarado was processed, and his family has made threats against Alexander for not withdrawing the legal demand.

The COPINH denounces these assassination attempts against comrade Tomás Gómez, who took over the general coordination of COPINH after the assassination of comrade Berta Cáceres, on March 2 this year, and against comrade Alexander García. These are attempts to silence the struggle of the COPINH against the deathly projects that are being promoted in indigenous Lenca territories, pushed by this corrupt government that submits to the economic interests at both national and international levels.

Likewise, the COPINH denounces the shots fired at the Lenca Community of Rio Blanco, by hitmen hired by the DESA company, as a form of intimidation and threat against the community for opposing the destruction of the Gualcarque River and the seizure of territories of the Lenca people.

Now, 7 months since the assassination of our comrade Berta Cáceres, those who oppose the projects of death such as the Agua Zarca/ DESA dam on the Gualcarque River and the dam by HIDROSIERRA on the Black River in the municipality of Colomoncagua, continue to be targeted. These are attempts to kill those who defend their rights as Lenca people and who strive to build viable alternatives for the development of our communities and of the entire world, instead of submitting to the ambition for profit of a handful of people.

Now, 7 months after the assassination of our general coordinator, neither the government nor the institutions have responded to our demands to cancel the projects that the communities were never consulted about, to authorize an independent investigation on the assassination, to demilitarize the Lenca territories and to cease the persecution and stigmatization against the COPINH. We demand answers.

We demand the closing of Agua Zarca/DESA and all of the other illegitimate, unconsulted deathly projects in our territories.

We demand respect for the lives of all the members of COPINH.

We demand justice for the murder of Berta Cáceres.

Berta did not die, she multiplied.

With the ancestral strength of Berta, Lempira, Mota, Iselaca and Etempica, we raise our voices full of life, justice, dignity, freedom and peace.

Sent on October 10, 2016 from La Esperanza, Intibucá.

From Resistance to Subversion: What do we Celebrate on October 12?

By: Dr. Juan E. Romero J. / Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / October 12, 2016

The idea of resistance was used by the Spanish invaders to express the opposition of indigenous peoples to control in the cultural, political, social and economic areas. Spaniards created an imagery where indigenous communities were labeled as “barbarian”, “uncivilized”, “backwards”, and “inhumane”, which was convenient to ease the task of plundering and imposition of the doctrines of the Western-European world.

Thus, the Spaniard’s idea of “resistance” described the unwillingness of these societies to adapt to the Western order. This was vital to achieve their goal of plundering. In the philosophy of European right, the first place is taken up by the basis of private property. On that principle, the whole system of property and social hierarchy was built, which supported the worldview and the workings of the modern European society. The violent contact imposed ethic and juridical difficulties: the human groups that were established in the territory that we now calle America had been there, without a doubt, since long before the Europeans arrived. That is, they were the “first owners” of the territory and its riches, according to European law. So Europeans, according to their own legal system, were forbidden to control those lands and resources. But this would have been a disaster for their enterprise —because their interest was, first and foremost, of a commercial nature. So how could they bypass this obstacle? Easy: they declared indigenous peoples non-human. That was enough for them to feel entitled to grab their riches. There were tales about the monstrosity of these beings: creatures without heads, with eyes in their chests, who ate one another, like animals. The Church contributed the theological explanation: the world, and everything in it, is a work of God, and He gave it to those who believe in him —not to the infidels.

Indigenous peoples were not only non-human, but also “children of the devil” himself, and it was a “Christian duty” to reclaim those territories from the influence of evil. The result was a premeditated plundering, accompanied by murders and extraordinary displacements. Exactly what we would now call a “crime against humanity”. Nevertheless, they concealed and justified their atrocities —with the notable exception of Bartolomé de las Casas.

In the beginning (that is, from late 15th century to mid-16th century), indigenous resistance was thoroughly crushed. The technological superiority of the invaders, thanks to their use fo gunpowder and horses, was crucial.

The resistance was heroic but ineffective, but in the 16th century it became an organized action to fight for rights (albeit limited) and participate in areas of society (also limited). There was a transition from resistance to subversion.

What is subversion? It’s a praxis that reflects the internal incongruences of a social order, and points to new goals. After resisting without results, indigenous groups turned to subversion, and used their historic knowledge, their “expertise” (lessons and values forged over centuries of social relations) to begin a new path in organized struggle, which progressively evolved to the form it has today.

Indigenous resistance became a subversive social movement, whose essential nucleus is the defense of the environment, which is a consequence of their vital experience. This form of subversive social movement has three characteristics that make it special in their relation with National States.

1. Indigenous culture is a counter-culture, which permanently criticizes the forms and logics of capitalism and the official history of those National States.
2. They usually demand autonomy in the management of their territories, to make up for the theft they were victims of
3. They strive to preserve their social, economic and environmental practices, which sometimes are in conflict with the practices of the national states, which are usually focused on the profit-oriented exploitation of nature.

Colonialist views on indigenous societies as backwards, without future, submissive and obedient have been substituted by the New Latin American Constitutionalism, particularly in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela, for movements of resistance against globalization and capitalism. The Zapatista movement in Mexico is one example of this view, and also the indigenous movements against Chevron in Ecuador, or the organizations in Bolivia, or the resistance against the Mining Area in Venezuela.

We must also discuss history and historiography, because we’re still commemorating October 12, the date on which America was discovered by Europeans —even though we have changed the name and tone from “Day of the Discovery” to “Day of Respect to all Races” or “Day of Indigenous Resistance”. We must stop using the landmarks of European modernity and create our own narrative.

The fact that this date is still commemorated is another form of subordination and cultural dominance. Colonialism is still present in out culture, and at the basis for the social and economic inequalities that greatly harm Latin America. In order to become decolonized, we must stop using European historic and cultural interpretations and build our own on the grounds of our anti-capitalist, anti-globalization and environmentalist movements.

Mexico Solidarity Seminar

Thursday, 21 July
Latrobe University City Campus
215 Franklin St, City
Melbourne

6:30 doors for a 7pm start
Food and drinks will be available
Entry by donation – with all proceeds going to support human rights and popular organisations in Chiapas and Juarez.

Everyone welcome

The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET), in conjunction with the Latin American Solidarity Society at Latrobe University, is proud to present the Mexican Solidarity Forum with activist and academics interested in Mexican people situation. Since 1996, LASNET has been working in solidarity with the Zapatista movement and for peoples’ human rights in Juarez.

Today is time to reinforce our solidarity work with Mexico and we call on all people interested to join us in our effort because justice, dignity, peace and peoples’ rights cannot wait any longer.

Because the only struggle lost is the one that is abandoned.
¡Para todos y todas, todo!, For all, everything!

Main speakers

Ralph Newmark, Director of The Institute of Latin American Studies( ILAS) at Latrobe University. He will present an overview and introduction on Mexico situation.

Silvia Rosas, A Mexican Journalist living for the past few years in Australia.
Mexico has been caught in the middle of a spiral of violence since 2006. Roughly 35,000 persons, including numerous reporters, have been killed since then.

According to statistics from the National Human Rights Commission, about 70 journalists have been killed in Mexico during this period, while another 13 remain missing.

In addition, this organization reports 21 attacks on media facilities and says that since 2005 has received 473 general grievance complaints from journalists and human rights defenders.

However, the journalists have declared that the main obstacle to investigating crimes against journalists is state authorities’ lack of collaboration and transparency, as well as reticence from the victims’ families due to distrust of the authorities.

As result, Mexico is considered the most dangerous place in the Americas to be a journalist and the third in the world after Pakistan and Iraq.

Colm McNaughton is a multiple award winning radio documentary producer who focused on unfolding events on the Mexico / US border.

His radio documentary ‘La Frontera’ (available at:http://www.abc.net.au/rn/360/stories/2010/2844252.htm) recently won a silver medal at the New York Radio Festival 2011.

He will speak about the his experiences on the border as well as explaining his understanding of unfolding events in the region.

Rodrigo Rojas, LASNET activist

Will present the solidarity work for Mexican people and follow up discussion on what we can do from Australia to continued helping Mexican people in their struggle for human rights and social justice.

Why is so important to support the people of Mexico Today?

Sociologist and nationally syndicated columnist John Ackerman borrowed a phrase from Argentina’s recuperated factory movement to sum up his proposal for the movement: “Que se vayan todos” (“they all must go”), referring to Mexican politicians. “We have to demand the immediate ouster of all high-ranking officials who are involved in this criminal war at the federal and state levels,” argues Ackerman. “Beginning with, of course, [Secretary of Public Security] Genaro García Luna, [Defense Secretary] Guillermo Galván, and Calderón (current President). These politicians have spent enough time in office, and they’ve demonstrated that they are incapable of assuring social peace.”

When Felipe Calderón declared war on organized crime, some towns racked by violent cartel rivalries initially welcomed the military’s presence. However, it quickly became apparent that the military brought more chaos and abuses, not law and order. “The military doesn’t solve anything because it commits a lot of abuses,” a farmer from Galeana, Chihuahua, told Proceso reporter Marcela Turati. “They beat people, steal vehicles, rob from houses. Their trucks look like moving companies, they drive around loaded with so much furniture.”

Moreover, nearly every sector of Mexican society has confirmed its participation in the protests: labour, indigenous peoples, students, journalists, intellectuals, opposition politicians, feminists, artists, drug war victims and their family members, former political prisoners, Mormons, sex workers, autonomists, peasants, communists, marijuana legalization advocates, migrants in Mexico, Mexican immigrants living abroad, Catholic church leaders…even the commanders of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) have ordered Zapatistas to take to the streets to “end Calderón’s war.”

Extract from EZLN April 2011 Communique:

SISTERS AND BROTHERS:
COMPAÑERAS AND COMPAÑEROS:

THE PSYCHOTIC MILITARY CAMPAIGN BY FELIPE CALDERON HINOJOSA, WHO HAS TURNED THE STRUGGLE AGAINST CRIME INTO A TOTALITARIAN ARGUMENT TO DELIBERATELY GENERALIZE FEAR IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY, IS CONFRONTED NOW WITH THE DIGNITY OF THE ORGANIZED VOICES OF RELATIVES OF THE VICTIMS OF THIS WAR.

…WE CALL ON OUR COMPAÑER@S OF THE OTHER CAMPAIGN IN MEXICO AND THE WORLD, INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, COLLECTIVES, ORGANIZATIONS, MOVEMENTS, AND ORIGINAL PEOPLES ADHERENTS TO THE SIXTH DECLARATION OF THE LACANDON JUNGLE, TO JOIN THE RIGHTEOUS DEMAND OF THIS NATIONAL MARCH TO THE DEGREE OF YOUR POSSIBILITIES AND CONDITIONS, BE IT ACCOMPANYING THE MAIN MARCH, WHICH STARTS IN THE CITY OF CUERNAVACA, MORELOS, ON MAY 5, 2011, IN MEXICO CITY ON MAY 8, 2011, OR BETWEEN MAY 5 AND 8, 2011, IN YOUR LOCATIONS, WITH SILENT MARCHES WITH BANNERS AND POSTERS, DEMONSTRATIONS, CULTURAL ACTS, ETC., WITH THE FOLLOWING SLOGANS:

END CALDERÓN’S WAR!

From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
FOR THE CLANDESTINE INDIGENOUS REVOLUTIONARY COMMITTEE – GERENARL COMMAND OF THE ZAPATISTA ARMY OF NATIONAL LIBERATION(EZLN-Mexico)

Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos.
Mexico, April 2011.

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Venezuela: Manifiesto del Movimiento Continental Bolivariano


“La unidad de nuestros pueblos no es
simple quimera de los hombres, sino
inexorable decreto del destino.”

Simón Bolívar

Secretario Ejecutivo / Mariátegui
06/12/09

Un fantasma recorre nuestra América, nuestra Abya Ayala, despertando la esperanza del universo, sobresaltando los imperios ahora trémulos de espanto en su naufragio financiero y crisis total… Es el espíritu de Bolívar y su acero, su proyecto político y social tremolando como bandera al viento. Viene al frente de una gran legión donde se divisan todos los héroes y próceres de nuestra independencia y con ellos un ejército de pueblos resuelto a alcanzar la libertad, porque “ya es tiempo de reparar los antiguos agravios”, de concreción del sueño de Bolívar de erigir en este hemisferio una Gran Nación de Repúblicas, que sea escudo de nuestro destino. Bienvenido “fantasma” en la alborada de rubíes del socialismo. El pensamiento de Bolívar sigue vivo. Bolívar está vivo entre nosotros.

Por más de 500 años hemos sido saqueados y empobrecidos por coronas y por imperios, que como sanguijuelas nos han chupado hasta el alma. Las riquezas de Abya Ayala-Nuestra América, sus entrañas de plata y oro, de petróleo, carbón y gas, de ferro níquel, de cobre y gemas, patrimonio de nuestro futuro de dignidad, nos fueron y siguen siendo arrebatadas violentamente para fundar su predominio mundial y erigirse en el septentrión como potencias de iniquidad. Todo el esplendor de su injusticia es el costo de nuestra pobreza. Aquí llegaron los primeros intimidando con sus arcabuces y sus sables, con sus caballos y su pólvora, con sus mastines y su cruz, plantando el estandarte colonial de la opresión, del expolio y de la muerte.

Actuaban bajo el impulso de delirantes bulas papales que parecían firmadas en las profundidades del averno. 70 millones de indígenas y 140 millones de negros murieron en las cadenas de la servidumbre y de la esclavitud, envueltos en la enloquecida vorágine de la ambición de los tronos europeos. Los desalmados justificaron el pavoroso crimen de lesa humanidad aduciendo que los sacrificados no tenían alma. El puente de plata y oro que tendieron desde la cumbre del Potosí hasta los palacios de la infamia fue levantado sobre los pilares descomunales de la sangre americana. Ningún derecho podían invocar para oprimir a un pueblo. 300 años después, tras una cruenta guerra anticolonial fueron derrotados en las alturas de Ayacucho. Sucumbieron ante el ejército libertador en medio del tronar de mosquetes y arcabuces, del choque de las espadas y de la embestida de los caballos llaneros y de las largas lanzas.

Así tuvieron que salir de América. Nos liberamos de los tiranos por la senda de la guerra y del honor, haciendo uso del derecho imprescindible y sagrado de la resistencia a la opresión. Debió vibrar el ejército libertador ante la arenga de fuego de Bolívar: ¡Soldados! Vais a completar la obra más grande que el cielo ha encargado a los hombres, la de salvar un mundo entero de la esclavitud. ¡Soldados! Los enemigos que debéis destruir se jactan de catorce años de triunfos; ellos, pues, serán dignos de medir sus armas con las vuestras que han brillado en mil combates. ¡Soldados! El Perú, y la América toda aguardan de vosotros la paz, hija de la victoria; y aún la Europa liberal os contempla con encanto; porque la libertad del Nuevo Mundo es la esperanza del universo. ¿La burlaréis? No, ¡no! ¡no! Vosotros sois invencibles…

Y hoy la lucha de los pueblos sigue siendo invencible, y Nuestra América, esperanza del universo. Los Estados Unidos estaban persuadidos del triunfo inexorable de las armas libertadoras; por eso empezaron a afilar las garras de su estrategia desde el momento en que observaron en lontananza el relampagueo del levantamiento de Tupac Amaru en el Perú y de los comuneros de la Nueva Granada. Querían postergar nuestra independencia a la espera de desarrollar el músculo que les permitiera disputarle a Inglaterra el predominio comercial en Nuestra América. Ebrios en su cálculo aritmético resolvieron entonces declararse neutrales; neutrales para no vender armas a los independistas y proveerlas al mismo tiempo a los opresores españoles en aras de la libertad de comercio. Llegaron a la perfidia de aprobar una ley que castigaba con 10 años de prisión y 10 mil dólares de multa a todo ciudadano que aportara armas a la independencia de la América del sur. “No teníamos más armas para hacer frente al enemigo que nuestros brazos, nuestros pechos, nuestros caballos y nuestras lanzas”… Pero tuvimos al gran Petión del primer Estado antiesclavista y libre de América que le entregó a Bolívar no sólo fusiles y pertrechos, sino la bandera social que necesitaba el triunfo de la revolución continental.

En 1823, de manera inaudita los Estados Unidos, en ejecución de su reconocida como abominable diplomacia, se autoproclamaron dueños del hemisferio clavando en el tierno corazón de Nuestra América el estandarte rapaz de la doctrina Monroe, “América para los americanos”. Se inventaron que por decreto de la divina providencia, Hispanoamérica les pertenecía, que éramos su “Destino Manifiesto”, cuando en realidad, para lo único que pareciera haberlos destinado la providencia es para “plagar la América de miserias a nombre de la libertad”. Se nos fueron metiendo poco a poco agazapados en la intriga y la conspiración. Nada hubiesen logrado sin el concurso de los apátridas traidores… Sembraron la cizaña de la división y desmembraron el ejército libertador, garantía de independencia y libertad.

Luego asesinaron a Bolívar y mataron a COLOMBIA, categoría hermanadora y de unidad de pueblos. Cuánta razón tenía el Libertador al vaticinar que Los Estados Unidos como el amo del reino más poblado de América, sería muy pronto señor de toda la tierra; por fortuna,-decía- se ha visto con frecuencia un puñado de hombres libres vencer a imperios poderosos. Si no me creen, hagan grabar estas palabras en una pirámide de bronce, para que sea leída por las nuevas generaciones, ya que el futuro me dará la razón.

Al poco tiempo se adueñaron de más de la mitad del territorio de México. Encadenada colocaron en su bandera la estrella de Puerto Rico. Invadieron repúblicas, derrocaron gobiernos insumisos, impusieron dictadores y presidentes títeres, pero por donde quiera haya metido las narices su codicia, ha encontrado la resistencia del decoro. Aunque ese sigue siendo su propósito, nunca pudo engullirse al verde caimán de Cuba, y en su avance neocolonial siempre chocaron con sandinos y caamaños y con la resistencia de un pueblo, que por ahora es un gigante encadenado. Ya veremos cuando rompa los grilletes.

Aquí siguen llegando con sus flotas de portaviones y fragatas, con la zarpa del “busines” y su neoliberalismo, con su Banco Mundial y sus privatizaciones, con su Fondo Monetario Internacional y sus marines, con la desinformación y el colonialismo cultural de sus usinas ideológicas, con sus Comandos de Movilidad Aérea (AMC) y sus emplazamientos operativos de avanzada… Aviones C17, P3 Orión, bombarderos estratégicos, la IV flota, la CIA y el Mossad, el SAS británico, tecnología militar de punta, ALCA, Plan Colombia, Panamá- Puebla, todo el poder bélico y la disuasión enmascarados en el Smart Power o poder inteligente de su nueva estrategia neocolonial, todas sus potencias concentradas para frenar el avance de Bolívar el Gran Héroe, el proyecto de libertad de nuestros próceres, y ahogar el nuevo grito de independencia de los pueblos. El golpe militar de Honduras es la práctica de esta política intervencionista maquillada con la hipocresía.

Les asusta el fantasma de Bolívar, la resurrección en la conciencia de la urgencia de la unidad de nuestros pueblos en una Gran Nación de Repúblicas, el surgimiento, como quería el libertador, de un nuevo polo de poder en este hemisferio, que al irradiar humanidad se convierta en esperanza del universo. El espectro justiciero que pregona “pronto estoy a marchar con mis queridos compañeros de armas a los confines de la tierra que sea oprimida por tiranos”, llena de incertidumbres su sueño absurdo de disponer de un mundo encadenado a su dominio. Como sea quieren apagar la chispa integradora que es el ALBA, la Alianza Bolivariana para las Américas, porque le temen al incendio de la pradera colonial que convertirá en cenizas su fantasiosa creencia del Destino Manifiesto. Debemos rodear y llenar de pueblo al ALBA, acompañar en su camino hacia una nueva sociedad a los hermanos de Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua y Cuba que han resuelto cuestionar el predominio de Washington interponiendo el sentimiento de patria y dignidad que recorre el continente. Está Nuestra América en pie de lucha contra el nefasto orden neoliberal, a la vanguardia de la resistencia de los pueblos contra el dominio brutal del capitalismo.

Crece la ola bolivariana de cambios que avanza incontenible sobre el continente y la América insular. Ya no valen intentos para detenerla. La instalación masiva de bases militares móviles en Colombia para actuar de acuerdo a las necesidades de seguridad de los Estados Unidos, son emplazamientos imperiales para contener el avance del proyecto político, económico y social de Simón Bolívar redivivo. Son la concreción de las elaboraciones de los estrategas de la opresión, contenidas en los sucios papeles de Santafé IV. Buscan aplastar la inconformidad social, asegurar militarmente el predominio, convertir a Colombia en base de agresión para el asalto de los pozos petroleros de Venezuela, las riquezas y la biodiversidad de nuestra Amazonía, e intentar la privatización de los recursos hídricos de la América del sur.

Nuestra América no es de los norteamericanos ni es el patio trasero de ninguna potencia imperialista. Sus riquezas naturales son la garantía de nuestro futuro de dignidad, soberanía e independencia. Resistiremos a las pretensiones de los peores y los más fuertes al mismo tiempo. “Jamás política ha sido más infame que la de los (norte) americanos con nosotros”. Es la unidad el arma más poderosa con que pueden contar los pueblos para acometer contra la tiranía de los imperios en la batalla por la humanidad. Sin perder la identidad y autonomía de las fuerzas vivas que integran el proyecto, el salto de calidad de Coordinadora a Movimiento Continental Bolivariano, que implica mayor compromiso militante, será garantía de avance hacia la construcción de nuevo poder y soberanía del pueblo en Nuestra América.

El Movimiento Continental Bolivariano convoca todas las luchas de los pueblos, a las organizaciones políticas y sociales del hemisferio, a todas las razas de este macrocosmos de la humanidad, a sus liderazgos populares y revolucionarios, a los partidos y movimientos, a las nuevas rebeldías, a la fuerza volcánica de la juventud, a las mujeres en lucha, a todos y a todas, a encontrarnos en este gran espacio estratégico de unidad y acción al que nos llaman el Libertador Simón Bolívar, Miranda, Artigas, el Che, Morazán, Lautaro, Martí, Amaru, Katari, Alfaro, Sandino, Farabundo, Prestes, Betances, Caamaño, Manuelita, Marulanda, Zapata y Villa, y todos los héroes y heroínas de la libertad americana. “La unidad nos abrirá los caminos de la esperanza”.

Icemos la bandera de la Patria Grande y el Socialismo, del antiimperialismo y la unidad de los pueblos en lo más alto del Chimborazo de la conciencia latinoamericana y caribeña para tener Patria y humanidad. “Sólo sobre la base del amor los pueblos hallarán la gracia de la sobrevivencia en dignidad y fraternidad”. El capitalismo fracasó. No es humano. Nació chorreando sangre por todos sus poros. El egoísmo es injusticia. En el planeta 1.020 millones de seres humanos padecen hambre y más de 40 millones mueren por esa causa al año. 3.000 millones viven en la pobreza y sufren desnutrición. Cerca de 1.000 millones no tienen empleo, el desenfreno por las ganancias está destruyendo nuestra casa planetaria… Es un derecho inalienable luchar por un mundo mejor. La alternativa anticapitalista es el socialismo, hito próximo de la historia que debemos rubricar con la lucha de los pueblos.

Una creación heroica; eso debe ser el socialismo latinoamericano… Un socialismo asentado en nuestros valores. Nuestra América-Abya Ayala es un pueblo con historia. Los estrategas de nuestro destino, nuestros pensadores, fueron al mismo tiempo libertadores. Nunca concibieron la independencia y la libertad, aisladas de la revolución social, y esta no es posible sin la fuerza irresistible de la unidad. Un bloque de pueblos libres constituido en equilibrio del universo, debe ser el fruto de la unidad. “La unión es lo que nos hace falta para completar la obra de nuestra regeneración. Esta unión no nos vendrá por prodigios divinos, sino por efectos sensibles y esfuerzos bien dirigidos. Una sola debe ser la patria de todos los americanos. Formemos una patria a toda costa. La América así unida (…) podrá llamarse la reina de las naciones y la madre de las repúblicas”. Esta es la enseñanza del Libertador. La Patria Grande es nuestro destino.

A 200 años del grito de independencia alistemos nuestras huestes para entrarle de frente, con el alma, a la crucial batalla del Ayacucho del siglo XXI. Nuestros héroes trazaron el camino que hoy debemos continuar. En la gloriosa Pampa de Ayacucho peleó un ejército internacionalista de venezolanos, argentinos, ecuatorianos, chilenos, granadinos, peruanos, y guerreros de la vieja Europa, hasta derrotar y expulsar de Nuestra América el último bastión de la perfidia colonial y de la opresión del poder español. “Es la hora de la unidad de los pueblos de América”. En Bolívar nos encontramos todos. Que el Movimiento Continental Bolivariano, sus liderazgos políticos y sociales, se erijan en el Estado Mayor que conduzca la marcha de los pueblos hacia el triunfo de la revolución continental.

Acometamos contra el injusto orden neocolonial al impulso de la arenga encendida del Mariscal Sucre en el momento inminente de aquella histórica batalla del 9 de diciembre: ¡Soldados! de vuestros esfuerzos de hoy depende el destino de América. Tenemos que ser, con nuestra libertad, esperanza del universo. “¡Victoria absoluta o nada!”. “Estamos en la hora de las determinaciones. Tomemos la palabra por espada, la espada por palabra, y en el equilibrio de la conjugación de la justicia lancemos la ofensiva cierta por la emancipación de la humanidad”.

Para acelerar la marcha del sueño de Bolívar y de nuestros héroes nacionales, elevemos nuestro espíritu a las cumbres de la conciencia y la fraternidad para contemplar en ellas la necesidad de construir alternativas políticas hacia nuevos gobiernos, que inspirados en la urgencia de Patria Grande y Socialismo, funden la nueva era de los pueblos. Bolívar y los próceres están con nosotros. Kutimunqan kutikapamunqan chaymantas, pispochakuna takichkan: Han de volver a nosotros, y por eso los pájaros cantan. Nosotros somos la historia; juntos triunfaremos.

Congreso Constitutivo del Movimiento Continental Bolivariano Caracas,

diciembre 7 al 9 de 2009