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Anti-Capitalist Declaration of Solidarity Re: Resistance to the FTAA (english)
by the Louisville Consulta
12 Jun 2003
To the indigenous pueblos and all communities in resistance in Mexico, Mesoamerica, and South America:
To the people in resistance in North America:
To the national and international press:
We are a group of anti-capitalists from around the east, south, and midwest regions of the land occupied by the United States government. We are women, men, gender queers, straight, queer, parents, children, young, old, people of color, white, privileged, underprivileged. From June 6-8, 2003 we met to discuss our response and resistance to the upcoming Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) ministerial slated to take place November 20-21, 2003. As a result of our collective discussion, we declare:
We stand with all those in resistance to government and corporate powers that control, dominate and occupy our lives, resources and lands.
We reject the Free Trade Area of the Americas because it will:
.diminish biodiversity and ecological integrity
.exploit people across the world—women, children and people of color in particular
.decrease workers' rights, safety and the right to organize
.limit mobility of immigrants while allowing capital to move more freely
.threaten the existence and autonomy of indigenous communities
.undermine the self-determination of all communities
We reject the privatization schemes for water, health care and other essential public services.
We reject the militarization of all nations, which plays an inherent and essential role in maintaining a capitalist order. We also reject wars between nations that serve to cement that order.
We reject police violence and repression in our communities and attacks on civil liberties in the United States.
We reject the Plan Puebla Panamá (PPP) and any corporate centered development projects that do not consider the needs and desires of the communities they affect.
We declare ourselves in solidarity with those who protest the upcoming World Trade Organization (WTO) meetings in Cancún, México.
We will vigorously mobilize to shut down the FTAA ministerial meetings in Miami, November 2003.
We are confident in our struggle—the CEOs and the government officials who do their bidding are few, we are 6,000,000,000.
We issue this declaration to inspire effective resistance to global capitalism just as we are inspired by the many faces of resistance in Latin America and Mexico to create a world with dignity for all people. The communities of autonomy and joy emerging from our struggles are not bound by state or country lines, and in Miami we will cultivate this spirit throughout the Americas—for all our sakes!
The Louisville Consulta June 8, 2003
www.ftaaresistance.org (coming soon)