The social and popular organizations of the Continent met at the V Summit of the Peoples, the true voice of the Americas, between April 12 and 14 in Cartagena de Indias simultaneously with the VI Summit of the Americas. We deliberate on the problems that we consider truly fundamental for our peoples and we advance in the construction of proposals.
The social and popular organizations of the Continent, gathered at the V Summit of the Peoples, the true voice of the Americas, held between April 12 and 14 in Cartagena de Indias simultaneously with the VI Summit of the Americas, we point out that:
We strongly reject the insistence of the United States government to impose its agenda and decide on the course of the deliberations of these Summits. Proof of this is its veto on Cuba's participation and its militarization strategy, which uses the failed war on drugs as a pretext, attention to natural disasters and migration control, as a way to maintain its hegemony. A fundamental component of this strategy is the criminalization of social struggles.
His imperialist policy was expressed in his support for the coup in Honduras and his support for the illegitimate regime of Porfirio Lobo, the attempts to destabilize Haiti, the maintenance of the economic blockade of Cuba and the continuity of the Guantanamo military base as well as, opposition to Argentina's sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
After the Trinidad and Tobago Summit, the Obama administration failed to comply with the offer to build a new type of relationship with Latin America. Despite its defeat in the FTAA proposal, the US government, in order to overcome the acute economic crisis that it has faced since 2007, is determined to promote free trade agreements and the set of the neoliberal agenda that are an obstacle to regional integration and they have plunged most of the countries of the Continent into backwardness and misery.
For its part, the Canadian government has promulgated a policy of free trade agreements and mega-mining industry and extraction of natural and energy resources throughout Latin America. Their companies are causing irreversible damage to the environment and biodiversity, violating the rights of peoples to their territories. Social and environmental conflicts are multiplying in the region as a result of this predatory model.
We recognize the progress made in autonomous regional integration efforts, such as those proposed by ALBA, UNASUR and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, CELAC. However, the construction and consolidation of democratic, progressive and leftist governments must advance towards overcoming the model based on extractivism, agro-export mono-production and land grabbing. This violates essential rights such as free, prior and informed consent and prevents the deployment of the full capacity of the social movement as forces capable of deepening changes.
The confluence of these government currents with social and political movements can be preserved to the extent that the peoples deepen unity, social and political mobilization and do not renounce their autonomy and their right to control. We register with satisfaction that the popular struggles are being maintained and strengthened in peaceful resistance to the neoliberal model.
Thousands of men and women fighters, from women's organizations, trade unions, students, peasants, indigenous people, Afro, small producers and sectors of churches and ecumenical people from the hemisphere attended this V Summit of the Peoples, the True Voice of the Americas. We deliberate on the problems that we consider truly fundamental for our peoples and we advance in the construction of proposals and therefore, among other demands, we demand:
- The elimination of foreign military bases, the end of colonialism, the cancellation of joint military and police exercises and training, the closure of the School of the Americas and the elimination of the Inter-American Defense System and the cessation of the deployment of the IV Fleet over our seas.
- The end of militarization under the pretext of the war on drugs, and its replacement by a comprehensive, multilateral policy with an emphasis on public health measures.
- The end of the militarization of civil functions such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and migration control.
- The end of the criminalization of the social struggle, the use of indigenous, Afro and peasant territories as theaters of war: no to forced recruitment, to the use of women as spoils of war and forced displacement. In the case of Colombia, where the internal armed conflict persists, militarization has brought these peoples to the brink of extinction.
- The abolition of free trade and investment agreements that deepen poverty, social exclusion and inequality, which particularly affect women.
- The cessation of the indiscriminate promotion of foreign investment, seeking instead relations of cooperation and reciprocal benefit and deepening the processes of autonomous integration. Investor rights cannot take precedence over the rights of peoples and nature. It is necessary to condemn the transnationals as the main actors of the model.
- A new regional financial architecture that incorporates: Banco del Sur, Latin American Reserve Fund and puts an end to the impoverishing policy of indebtedness.
- Real solutions to the environmental and climate crisis that point to its structural causes through a rethinking of the financial architecture change in the development model. We defend life and common goods against the commodification of nature promoted by multilateral financial institutions and northern countries.
- Respect for the right of the peoples to decide their agrarian policies and ensure their food sovereignty, preserve and consume their native products. All of these threatened by monocultures, biofuels, transgenics and large-scale mining.
- That the generation of decent work be prioritized for all, the guarantee of freedom of association and collective bargaining, and the end of violence against rural and urban workers on the continent.
- Effective changes in educational systems that ensure full access to education, with democratic participation of educational establishments and against the privatization and commercialization of education. In defense of the right to education, we support the demand of the continent's student movement for its gratuity and universality.
- Restore Cuba's right to belong to the multilateral system. Demand that the United States end the blockade against Cuba and end hostility towards governments that do not follow its dictates.
- The deepening of autonomous integration processes without interference from the United States government and the construction of broad integration processes from the peoples, with respect, recognition and incorporation of the contributions of the communities to a society based on cooperation and Good Living and building a culture of peace. - The brother peoples of the continent, we support Colombia in the search for a negotiated and peaceful solution to the armed conflict.
We regret that the beautiful city of Cartagena is at the same time an example of inequality and poverty. Today of militarization on the occasion of the official Summit of Presidents.
We make a call to all social sectors of the American Continent, so that in a united way we undertake the struggles that vindicate the principles and aspirations contained in this declaration, inviting them to accompany the massive, peaceful and civil mobilization for the achievement of the proposed ends.
Finally, we consider that the official Summit of the Americas cannot continue to be an exclusive scenario, of subordination to the empire and simulation of false harmonies. This is our voice, the true voice of the peoples of the Americas, and we proclaim it to the world.
Cartagena, Saturday, April 14, 2012