[Marxism] LA social movements map solidarity with ALBA alliance

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon May 27 01:07:17 MDT 2013

Federico Fuentes

An important summit of global significance, held in Brazil May 16-20, has
largely passed below the radar of most media outlets, including most left
and progressive sources.

This summit was not the usual type, involving heads of states and business

Instead, it was a gathering of social movement representatives from across
Latin America and the Caribbean -- the site of some of the most intense
struggles and popular rebellions of the past few decades.

This region also remains the only one where an alternative to neoliberal
capitalism has emerged. Pushing this alternative is the Bolivarian Alliance
of the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA). Spearheaded by the radical
governments of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba, it has eight member
states, but seeks to relate to people's movements, not just governments.

The purpose of the Brazilian gathering, the First Continental Assembly of
Social Movements Towards ALBA, was to go beyond a simple talk shop. It
aimed to set up a region-wide coalition that could, as its final
declaration states, “build continental integration of social movements from
below and from the left, promoting ALBA and peoples’ solidarity against
imperialism’s project”.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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