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(en) Argentina: 3rd Latin American Encounter of Autonomous Popular Organizations - Final Statement (ca,pt,it)

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Date Wed, 2 Mar 2005 18:17:35 +0100 (CET)

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The 3rd Latin American Encounter of Autonomous Popular Organizations has
drawn to a close in the town of La Plata, Argentina. The meeting saw the
participation of 400 people and over 50 popular organizations from all over
Latin America. These organizations exchanged their experiences and discussed
concrete proposals for advancing the popular struggles on our continent.
>> FINAL STATEMENT --- of the 3rd Latin American Encounter of Autonomous
Popular Organizations La Plata - February 2005 General Conclusions
The situation in Latin American countries is very similar. Imperialism is
producing violations of the most basic rights such as the rights to food,
health, housing, education and work.

The social-democratic governments are not opposing all this. On the contrary,
capitalism is operating as an instrument of change in order to continue
applying the neo-liberalist model. Some examples are the creation of
imperialist military bases in the region, the FTAA free trade agreement, the
payment of foreign debts and the policies of privatization. Social protest is
being criminalized and state terrorism continues. Though there are signs of our
class re-organizing itself through the new social movements, we are nonetheless
aware of the need to build popular power ["poder popular"] which canface up to

The building of popular power:

The term "popular power" is used to denote the fact that it is the people
ourselves who have the capacity to resolve our own problems by ourselves
without delegating the task to others. Popular Power exists every day wherever
we are present with direct democracy, direct action and horizontal structures.
Popular power destroys bourgeois power. By building popular power today we work
towards building a new society and in order to build this new, just society of
equality and solidarity, we must begin by practising these principles now. It
is a question of the correlation of forces between the classes and the
irreconcilable class interests can be resolved from a position of force.
Islands of popular power can be built, but we must grow on the basis of a
united project.

Popular power must be built on five fundamental bases:

* The disorganized must organize in order to combat the disorganization which
exists in the class and create the right environment where people can
participate with political independence and organic autonomy. This autonomy
must be understood as an integral part of a whole project. Organization on the
basis of the principles of direct democracy and horizontality will allow us to
apply suitable methodologies.

* Unite those who are alone, in order to combat dispersion and the
fragmentation of our people and to unify the struggles.

* Create an ideological struggle, in order that the class can discover its role
and its existence as an oppressed class. We realize the importance of political
education in order to collectively and consciously build from the grassroots.

* Protect our autonomy from political parties, from the church and from the

* Work towards re-building social ties and the values of solidarity in order to
break away from selfishness and social decomposition.

The strategic accumulation of the strength to build popular power must be
understood as part of a framework for empowering people, as ultimately it is
the people who will have to make the changes and there is no party or political
organization on earth who can substitute the people.

How we will proceed united:

It was agreed that we would engage in the following activities:
* React to the Bush visit to Argentina in November as part of the
Americas Summit, with mobilizations in every country with
organizations present here today, against hunger and against the FTAA.
* Participate in the activities on 11 October which will be taking
place everywhere in the region.
* Promote struggles to obtain the release of political prisoners.
* Publicize the situation of political prisoners in every country.
* Create an e-mail network in order to ensure speedy communication.

Next meeting:

The next meeting will be held during the last week of February in Montevideo,
Uruguay. The central theme will once again be the building of popular power.
The need to organize discussion by sectors was established and therefore the
first day of the meeting will concentrate on general discussion regarding the
building of popular power among all those present, while the second day will
analyze how to build popular power in each sector and aim to promote
coordination between the various sectors.

E-mail: comites_resistencia@yahoo.com.br

The 3rd Encounter saw participation by over 400 people from the following

Centro Social El Galpón de Corrales
Espacio de Solidaridad

Comité de Resistencia Popular – Porto Alegre
Comité de Resistencia Popular – Sao Paulo

Red Tinku

Biblioteca Popular Puel Mapu
Frente de Estudiantes Libertarios
Comité de Allegados Lucha y Vivienda

Frente Popular Darío Santillán
MUP, Movimiento de Unidad Popular
MTD Aníbal Verón
MTD La Verdad
MDO, Movimiento de Desocupados y Ocupados
MRV26, Movimiento Resistir y Vencer 26 de Junio
Centro Popular Agustín Tosco
CTD Trabajo y Dignidad
Santiago Pampillón
Barrios Unidos (Mar del Plata)
Tinta Roja (Mar del Plata)
Unión de Vecinos Organizados (Mar del Plata)
Centro de Derechos Humanos Zaragoza (La Plata)
Equipo de Educación Popular de la Universidad de Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Bs.
Equipo de Psicología Social de la Universidad de Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Bs.
Comisión Techo y Trabajo (Bs. As)
Gran Parlamento Indígena
Grupo Humanidad (La Plata)
Asamblea Angel Gallardo (Cap. Federal)
Proyecto 19/20 (Bs. As)
Libres del Sur (Bs. As)
COPA La Plata (Bs. As)
Colectivo Desalambrando (Bs. As)
Defensorías Populares Autónomas ASE (Bs. As.)
Cimientos (Bs. As.)
Asamblea Juan B. Justo y Corrientes (Cap. Federal)
Repique (Bs. As.)
Nexos, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (Bs. As.)
MTD 1º de Mayo (Bs. As.)
Foro Social de Salud (Bs. As.)
Izquierda Gay Lésbica, Transexual, transexual y bisexual (Bs. As.)
Fábrica Recuperada Tucuy Paj (Bs. As.)
Organización Barrial Juanito Laguna (Bs. As.)
Asamblea de Bajo Belgrano (Cap. Federal)
Grupo de Reflexión Rural (Bs. As.)
Comisión Independiente del Puente Pueyrredón (Bs. As)
Colectivo de Trabajo de Periodismo (Bs. As)
Indymedia (Bs. As.)
Hoy no se fía (Bs. As.)
CIAJ (Bs. As.)
Centro Cultural Kichari (Bs. As.)
Asamblea por el derecho al aborto libre gratuito y despenalizado (Bs. As.)
Comunidad Originaria Kilmes (Bs. As.)
Asamblea de Wilde (Bs. As.)
Coordinadora Libertaria (Córdoba)

CLAC (Canada)
La Boatella (Spain)
CNT (France)

Translation by FdCA-international relations

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