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GROUPAL WORK SYNTHESIS

COMMON ESTRATEGIES FOR EVERY LINE OF ACTION

 Increment formative and awareness capacitation about our Movements.

  • Create constant opportunities of communication: debates, exchange, agenda, etc. Popular Movements website can be a tool.
  • Solidarity and partnership at international level between us and other rooms, in addition to the agendas that may be established in each of the “T”
  • Church’s support to the formative process, with economic resources but also as a link between governments.
  • – Articulate popular organizations and institutions like Church in dialogue, so that there is constant debate about concerns in the international agenda.
  • Generate local and global campaigns about problems involving Land, Housing, Work, People and Democracy, Territory and Nature, and Excpluded and Refugees.

 

PEOPLE AND DEMOCRACY

We conclude:

– We understand as a participatory democracy, one that incorporates mechanisms for the participation of the workers, women, indigenous, oppressed, civil society in general, decision-making, social control Public politics.

– We are in a context marked by a social transformation or mutation, in which the capitalist logic has also extended to political action. Individualism, the centrality of profit and profit have been inserted in political organizations, leaving less and less space to popular movements and distancing public administration from the interests of the common good.

– We note with sadness that the so-called representative democracies, increasingly represent more corporate elites, the capital, the banks and not always the people.- We are also witnessing a political persecution of social struggles in all corners of the planet, before which we raise our most energetic rejection. – In some countries, especially in Latin America, there has been an attack by local oligarchies on recent governments. We understand that this is due to the geopolitical importance of natural resources in the region and because its administration for the benefit of the population goes against the interests of minorities and political-economic elites. – However, we have also shared experiences of transformations and political changes that have taken place in various regions of the world, as examples of deepening democracy, through popular consultations, participative planning of local management, audits Social policies to public policies, initiatives of laws from and in favor of civil society. – We celebrate that many of the trade unions and popular movements are authentic vehicles of the exercise of participatory democracy, which have the capacity to demonstrate solidarity from the bottom up. The street, the assembly, the mobilization has educated us in citizenship, the street is still our support.

We propose:

  1. Build in unity and based on the diversity and plurality of our social organizations, a “SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AGENDA”, and ensure that it is recognized, assumed and executed by governments.
  2.  Elaborate and design, advocacy campaigns, citizen proposals and legislative initiatives that promote a participatory democracy, in which the protagonism is the people.
  3.  Promote spaces for dialogue with public institutions with the different structures of the public administration of the States, as an effective way to bring our demands
  4.  Promote that leaders of our popular movements integrate political action in the institutional areas, representing the people, grassroots communities and workers; Speaking our own language, carrying the feeling and the social demands; Translating our proposals into public policies in favor of the popular majorities.
  5. To translate social discontent, moving from the sectoral claim to increasingly integrated and structural proposals, combining if necessary, with global campaigns and mass mobilization to demand our rights and to take our proposals into account.
  6. Create networks and synergies that transcend the locality. Solidarity is fundamental to boosting and sustaining our struggles.
  7. To seek the democratization of the media, the diagnoses and the proposals of the popular movements.

TERRITORY AND NATURE

We concluded:

-We can not talk about the problems of land and territory without talking about the people living there, or the ecosystem that contains it.

– We can not address environmental problems without addressing the right to work and health of peoples, armed conflicts and the interests of multinationals that integrate the dimension of what Pope Francis calls “integral ecology.”

We propose:

  1. Fight for food sovereignty and against multinationals and the use of agrochemicals and transgenics in our land. We want to recognize the cultural significance of land and water, common property, shared resources and human rights.
  2. Generate actions to oppose the privatization of water and extractive activities by multinationals.
  3. To demand compliance with the United Nations Declaration declaring water and basic sanitation as “human rights essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”
  4. Influence to achieve the democratization of land and the restructuring of land ownership, to be redistributed among those who work.
  5. To move towards the existence of forms of collective property, to avoid their commercialization and lucrative use.
  6. Seek the recognition of new forms of territoriality, such as: agrarian peasant territories, indigenous reservations, community councils, areas of peasant-indigenous self-management.
  7. Create and finalize global networks to plan and coordinate actions in the defense of the environment, representing the 5 continents, for example: the “World Environment Day” (June 5) and the “World Day of Defense Of food sovereignty “(October 16).
  8. To reject and denounce all types of persecution, extortion and criminalization of land fighters.
  9. Disseminate the motto: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to promote changes in practices and reduce pollution levels of the environment. In this task, the cartoneros and recyclers must participate, since they are the ones who daily develop this fundamental task for the care of the environment.
  10. To fight for the political recognition of the peasantry as a social subject and seek its real role in the sectoral decision making that affects them.
  11. To demand the application of the right to the consultation established in Resolution No. 169 of the International Labor Organization, for any initiative to be carried out in their territories.
  12. Advocate for the enactment of laws that prohibit the exploitation of natural resources and extractive activities harmful to the environment (such as the use of pesticides) and whose ultimate purpose is the profit of transnational corporations. The State must regulate that these activities contemplate mechanisms in favor of the defense of nature and its consideration as a common property, as well as penalties to violators.
  13. Reject polluting industrial and land-based production processes that affect biodiversity.

14 Summon the academic and scientific sectors that contribute technological knowledge to generate alternative production processes that allow to take care of the mother earth while maintaining the source of work for thousands of families.

15 Promote public investment in basic infrastructure to facilitate access to drinking water.

WORK

We conclude:

– The paradigm of work as “employment” has been exhausted. In both the southern and northern countries, workers have systematically lost labor and social rights. We need to understand ourselves in a model of decent work, because those who work, men and women, are worthy and dignified in equal rights.

– We are experiencing situations of exploitation and precariousness throughout the world. Work used to guarantee access to the most basic social rights, today that consensus has been broken and the members of the popular movements have invented many different ways of accessing decent work and conquering the rights that correspond to us. However, our initiatives are constantly threatened by capital, large companies and their businesses, by states that do not listen to our demands, by the police that persecute and harass us and constantly threaten our source of work.

We propose:

  1. Implement a supplementary social wage for workers in the popular economy and basic workers (income for life, income of responsibility).
  2. To be recognized as workers in order to advance in the conquest of the rights that correspond to us. There is tension around the concept of “informality.” Some colleagues, we reject that term emphasizing that we are not informal, but builders of a “popular economy.”
  3. Strengthen the bonds and initiate a dialogue and collaboration with the unions, which have historically been the engine of the struggles of the organized labor movement, since our futures are linked. This dialogue must take place at both local and international levels. In several of our countries we have created unions and forms of association of the workers of the popular or informal economy.
  4. Develop joint international actions on May 1st, the workers’ historic day of struggle. Through these actions, we seek to reaffirm our struggle for decent work throughout the world by vindicating the unity of the working class (beyond the fragmentation of which we are victims).
  5. Implement programs of economic support and training for cooperatives and other forms of popular and associative work that we have created.
  6. Implement programs for job creation and access.

HOUSING

We conclude:

 – We understand that the housing fulfills a social function and that in this sense it should not be object of speculation and profit, nor constituted in merchandise and object of speculation

  1. – Policies for the eradication of emergency villages, settlements, favelas and informal neighborhoods have been reconsidered, progressing towards the implementation of urban integration policies and urbanization of the popular neighborhoods.

We propose:

  1. Advance the design of laws and regulations that guarantee the right to housing as an inviolable right.
  2. Encourage the declaration in usufruct of idle housing, in favor of the people. Where they exist, a tax should be implemented and expropriate those that do not fulfill their social function.
  3. Rethink the design and model of housing based on our cultures and traditions, generating spaces in the key of the needs and desires of our people.
  4. Implement the participatory design to create and consolidate the sense of community through the construction of collective solutions.
  5. Advocate for the planning and implementation of a policy of urban integration, housing as a basic human right, regularization of land tenure and access to decent housing.
  1. Implement self-management and model of mutual aid: Housing solution alternatives promoted by social organizations should contemplate collective ownership of land and housing, and grant the right of usufruct by guaranteeing access to a decent roof.
  2. Promote the month of October, as the month of the “global habitat struggle” (October 10, UN celebrates the World Habitat Day) where collective action is taken to defend the right to housing
  3.  Start a global campaign “zero evictions” with the support of Pope Francis.
  4.  Facilitate access to idle church lands to promote the construction of the three “T’s”.

 

LAND

We conclude:

– The offensive that we suffer on the part of the capital against peasant and indigenous agriculture has the consequence of the hoarding and concentration of land, the patenting of seeds and the objectification of common goods such as land, water, hills and forests .

– Popular movements consider that small-scale and community-based peasant agriculture should be the model for feeding humanity and protecting nature. We must reject policies that do not respect and poison the earth and the human being.

We propose:

  1. Implement direct actions through participation with legislative initiative, global pacts for the defense of essential common goods.
  2. To fight the expulsions in general, both of the peasants of their lands and of the families of their homes. In these struggles we reject foreign aid that does not respect local knowledge, the cultures of the people and their ways of life.
  3. Develop actions against seed patenting. Food sovereignty depends on freedom of access to seeds
  4. To organize social services such as health and sanitation that give dignity to the people, defending the identity and respecting the peasant and indigenous traditions.
  1. Fight against alienation and land grabbing. Implementation of international laws that limit the access capacity of foreign and concentrated capital to land. Land must be collectively owned and ensure the fulfillment of its social function which is to feed and give life to the people.
  2. Build an agrarian reform, promoting local employment and fighting against pesticides, thereby defending the health and dignity of the human being and planet earth.
  3. To do mass pedagogy by creating channels of popular participation in harmony with the culture that make the people aware of defending food security and a vital security for those who suffer reprisals for defending the democratization of land, human rights and the collective good And sustainable with and for the human being and the world that surrounds and gives us life

 

MIGRATION AND REFUGEES

We conclude:

– The problem of migration contemplates two main dimensions, economic and social.

– The scenario of global crisis that we are living in the XXI century, as anticipated by Francisco, responds to the desire to maximize profit and capital by the multinational corporations that govern the world and that provoke the looting and plundering of the common goods.

– Those who are unable to access land, roof and work are forced to migrate, to take refuge in other lands, looking for a destination where to live a dignified life

– Migration is a dehumanizing act, those displaced by wars, environmental catastrophes, and economic reasons, we suffer from harassment, discrimination and criminalization by the authorities of the countries to which we arrived. Immigration brings problems such as trafficking, prostitution and drug trafficking, where the powerful abuse the humble in a situation of total lack of protection.

We propose:

  1.  To urge States and Governments to implement the plan of action of the International Decade of Afrodescendants of 2015-2024 approved by the United Nations.
  2. To demand the existence of a universal citizenship, which dilutes the borders and establishes an inclusive migration policy. That States implement mechanisms and create new places of reception that respect the rights of migrants and internally displaced persons, housing, work, health and education of children.
  3. To create an observatory that allows to typify actors and characteristics of victimizing events, in all regions and countries of the world.
  4.  Create international opinion courts, with the capacity to impose ethical and symbolic sanctions to raise awareness at the international level.
  1. Creation of a global economic fund within the framework of the UN that allows immediate intervention in situations of risk that may cause migration and displacement of the population such as earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones and diseases of the world.
  2. To reaffirm the right of self-determination of peoples and nations to live in peace and in their territories.
  3. Demand international recognition of migrants and displaced persons for hunger and economic reasons under the status of “refugees”. Express a deep rejection for the existence of “refugee camps”, places of deep marginalization and we propose the construction of sites of integration, coexistence and dialogue, where the dignity of the people is respected, promoting the culture of the encounter.