Tuesday, April 17, 2012

VI Summit of the Americas Closes, US Isolated, Teens "Get Lit" at the WILTERN - April 28th!

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From: diane@getlit.org [mailto:diane@getlit.org]
Subject: Teens "Get Lit" at the WILTERN - April 28th!

Hi Best friends in the Whole World (& People that I love and Admire)!!!
Can you put this up on your facebook and send this out to everybody that you know??? THANKS IN ADVANCE!

Hi Everybody!
We are in the final stretch!  We really really need you! Please help us fill every seat in the house!!! 

COME OUT & SUPPORT THE LARGEST SLAM POETRY PARTY FOR TEENS IN LA'S HISTORY... THE CLASSIC SLAM! Tickets are FREE!!! "500 people have played in the history of the Wiltern...and 499 of them have been rock stars!" APRIL 28TH... it's all about POETRY. And teens. And scholarships. And Luis Rodriguez. And LA YOUTH... SHINING.

And here's a video too! 

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Here are 4 articles on the formal Summit, as well as the alternative People's Summit, from different Sources, with diifferent aspects and POV's. It's all pretty short (5 min. for me,) and Important for our near future. Look for the trends, who's missing, etc.) Ed

From: Cort Greene

Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 6:10 AM

To: Venezuela_Today; csny

Subject: [LAAMN] VI Summit of the Americas Closes Without Final Declaration, US Isolated

*I don't think the US ended up being that isolated or really cares what the region thinks evn if this is the last Summit of the mericas, considering all the side agreements made with many countries before and during the Summit.*

*It is interesting that Colombia could now be considered a de facto 51st state of the USA in all of this.*

*For a Socialist Federation of the Americas*



The People's Summit

From another part of the city of Cartagena, Enrique Daza, the coordinator of the Hemispheric Social Alliance, a movement of social organisations that organised the Fifth People's Summit, held in parallel to the Summit of the Americas, announced their "satisfaction" at the same time as President Santos received a standing ovation in the auditorium where the heads of state were gathered.

"They were not able to keep our demands hidden," Daza said at the close of the counter-summit.

The alternative summit rejected the United States' "imposition of its agenda" at the Summits of the Americas, and demanded an end to militarisation based on the pretext of the war on drugs, which in fact ends up criminalising social protest, he said.

In its final declaration, the People's Summit castigated the United States and Canada for insisting on the promotion of free trade treaties with other countries of the continent.

Canada came in for heavy criticism for fomenting a "predatory model" for the operations of its mining companies in Latin America. "The rights of investors cannot take precedence over the rights of people and of nature,"

the final declaration says.

The gathering of social movements, left-wing groups and human rights, indigenous, environmental and women's organisations also launched a veiled attack on socialist governments in Latin America.

While recognising the efforts of bodies such as ALBA and the fledgling Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the declaration expressed that "progressive and left-wing" governments in the Americas should take steps against the extraction of natural resources and the concentration of land ownership.

On the positive side, the People's Summit proposed independent integration within the region, and knowledge and respect for the contributions of indigenous people and peasant farmers to the art of "good living" and a culture of peace.



VI Summit of the Americas Closes Without Final Declaration, US Isolated

Apr 17th 2012, by Ewan Robertson

[The official photo of the heads of state at the Summit of the Americas was left with some conspicuous absences (VTV).

[image: Thousands of activists from across Latin America met for the alternative Summit of the Peoples (RNV).

Mérida, 16th April 2012 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – The Organization of American States' (OAS) VI Summit of the Americas, held 14 – 15 April in Cartagena, Colombia, closed on Sunday without the signing of a final declaration, with issues such as Cuba's inclusion in future summits and Argentina's claim to the Malvinas (Falklands) islands leaving the United States and Canada unable to reach a consensus with other Latin American and the Caribbean nations.

Meanwhile, an alternative Summit of the Peoples held by social movements from all over Latin America called for an end to the United States blockade of Cuba and declared US president Barack Obama a "persona non grata".

*A "Lack of Consensus" on Cuba and Malvinas*

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro emphasised that one of the main achievements of the Summit had been to create a "deep consensus" of support among Latin America and the Caribbean nations on Cuba's inclusion in future summits.

Although technically not a member of the OAS bloc, Cuba's suspension from joining the OAS was lifted in 2009, with U.S. opposition to the island being the main reason preventing Cuba's attendance at Cartagena this year.

"We want to make it clear that Cuba always has to be with us when a summit concerning all of America is called," said Maduro after talks finished yesterday.

Maduro confirmed on Friday that the nations of the eight-member Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), which includes Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Ecuador, will not attend future summits without the presence of Cuba.

"The ALBA countries, and we are sure the other countries of Latin America, aren't going to attend this type of summit called "the Americas" anymore if the US's obsolete politics of exclusion is imposed," he stated, indicating that as a result it could be the last Summit of the Americas.

The ALBA also released a statement on 13 April to coincide with the Summit, calling for Cuba's inclusion at any future summits and an end to the US economic blockade of the Caribbean country.

Presidents of Ecuador and Nicaragua, Rafael Correa and Daniel Ortega, didn't attend the Summit in protest at Cuba's exclusion.


Summit host Juan Manual Santos, President of Colombia, reported to press yesterday that the gathering did not reach a Final Declaration due to "not having reached an agreement on the issues of Cuba and the Malvinas".

He insisted that this didn't mean the summit was a "failure," citing the "differences between the US, Canada and the rest of the Western Hemisphere on those issues" which rendered the stalemate inevitable.

"We knew there wasn't going to be agreement" he said.

With regards to the Malvinas Islands, Argentine president Cristina Kirchner thanked the backing of "more than 30 countries" at the summit that voiced support for the Argentine claim to the islands, which currently belong to the United Kingdom.

Maduro also went on to express his desire to see initiatives put forward so that a negotiation process for the "decolonisation of the Malvinas islands"

could be undertaken.

The Summit did agree on three official communications, as well as to work together in the areas of natural disasters, citizen security, integration of infrastructure, the use of information technology, and the eradication of poverty.

Meanwhile the OAS was mandated to undertake a review of its regional anti-drugs policy, with some voices calling for legalisation and regulation of the trade over the militarised approach favoured by the US.

The Summit of the Americas ended with the presidents of Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Haiti and Peru absent from the official photo. The Presidents of Brazil and Argentina left before the closing ceremony.

The next Summit of the Americas is set to be held in Panama in 2015.

*The "Secret Summit" *

The Summit also received sharp criticism from some journalists for holding the talks behind closed doors. Reporters for Venezuelan state channel VTV complained of "information censorship" and that the 1,600 accredited journalists at the summit were "totally restricted" in their access to information on the debates between the heads of state.

The Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega dubbed it the "secret summit,"

arguing that "the decision was imposed by the North, as issues were going to be debated that could have shown that Cuba isn't isolated, but rather the Empire [the US]".

Meanwhile Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, also attributed the secrecy to "a fear that the peoples of the world will hear who are the enemies of integration and inclusion".

*The Summit of the Peoples *

Alongside the meeting of heads of state in Cartagena, an alternative V Summit of the Peoples was held by social movements from across Latin America.

Over three days thousands of activists discussed social, political and economic issues concerning the continent, as well as holding a march through the streets of Cartegena.

The Summit of the Peoples agreed upon a Final Declaration, which called for opposition to neo-liberalism, for social rights to be guaranteed and the promotion of a "new financial architecture" in the Americas comprising the Bank of the South and the Latin American Reserve Fund.

The movements also demanded the demilitarisation of the continent and the closing of all US military bases, as well as an end to the US blockade of Cuba.

The Summit of the Peoples Final Declaration can be read in Spanish herehttp://www.rnv.gov.ve/noticias/?act=ST&f=29&t=181566


*Source URL (retrieved on 17/04/2012 - 8:15am):*


*Poor google translation but will help understand a little more their statements:*

DECLARATION V SUMMIT OF THE PEOPLE, in Cartagena <http://www.rnv.gob.ve/noticias/index.php?act=ST&f=29&t=181566>

V Summit of the People, April 2012, Colombia April 15, 2012, 03:05 PM

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Cartagena, Saturday, April 14, 2012, 17:27 *social and popular organizations of the continent, gathered at the V Summit of the People, the true voice of the Americas, held from 12 April 14 in Cartagena de Indias simultaneously to the Sixth Summit of the Americas, we note that:*

We strongly reject the insistence of the U.S. government to impose its agenda and decide the course of the proceedings of these summits. Evidence of this veto the participation of Cuba and its strategy of militarization, which uses the pretext of the failed war on drugs, attention to natural disasters and migration control as a way to maintain its hegemony. A key component of this strategy is the criminalization of social struggles. His imperialist policy was expressed in supporting the coup in Honduras and support for the illegitimate regime of Porfirio Lobo, the attempts to destabilize Haiti, the maintenance of the economic Cuba and the continuity of the military base of Guantanamo and the opposition to the sovereignty of Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

It was obvious after the summit in Trinidad and Tobago, the failure of the Obama administration of supply to build a new relationship with Latin America. Despite its defeat in the proposed FTAA, the U.S. government to weather the severe economic crisis faced since 2007, is committed to promoting free trade and the whole neoliberal agenda that are an obstacle to regional integration and have been driven into backwardness and misery to most countries of the continent.

For its part, the Canadian government has declared a policy of free trade and industry mega mining and extraction of natural resources and energy in Latin America . Their companies are causing irreversible damage to the environment and biodiversity, violating the rights of peoples to their territories.

The social and environmental conflicts multiply in the region as a result of this model predator. recognize the progress in regional integration efforts independently, as proposed in the ALBA, UNASUR and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean CELAC.Sin But building and strengthening of democratic, progressive and left should move towards overcoming the model based on the extractive, export-oriented monoculture and the hoarding of land.

This violates basic rights such as free, prior and informed and prevents the deployment of the full capacity of movement socialcomo forces capable of further changes. The confluence of these streams government with social and political movements, can be preserved to the extent that deepen peoples unity, social and political mobilization and not give up their autonomy and their right to control.

We note with satisfaction that popular struggles are maintained and strengthened in peaceful resistance to the neoliberal model. At this V Summit of the Peoples, the True Voice of the Americas, attended by thousands of fighters and fighters from women's organizations, unions, student rural, indigenous, Afro, small producers and sectors of churches and ecumenical in the hemisphere.

Deliberate on the problems that we consider our people truly fundamentalespara and advance in the construction of proposals and thus, among other demands, we require:

- The elimination of foreign military bases, the end of colonialism, the cancellation of training exercises and military and police sets, the closure of the School of the Americas and the elimination of the Inter defense and the end of the Fourth Fleet deployment on our seas.

- The end of the militarization under the pretext of the war on drugs, and its replacement by a comprehensive policy, multilateral and emphasis on public health measures.

- The end of the militarization of civilian functions such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and migration control. - An end to the criminalization of social struggle, the use of indigenous territories, afros and peasants war scenarios: no to forced recruitment, the use of women as spoils of war and forced displacement. In the case of Colombia, where armed conflict persists, militarization has been on the brink of extinction to these people. - The removal of free trade and investment that deepen poverty, social exclusion and inequality that particularly affect women.

- The end to the indiscriminate promotion of foreign investment, seeking instead cooperative relations and mutual benefit and deepening integration processes autonomously. The rights of investors can not be above the rights of people and nature. It should condemn transnational main actors of the model. - A new regional financial architecture, to include: Bank of the South, Latin American Reserves Fund and end the impoverishing debt policy.

- Real Solutions to the environmental crisis and climate point to structural causes through a rethinking of the financial architecture change in the pattern of development.

Defend life and the commons against the commodification of nature driven by multilateral financial institutions and the northern countries. - Respect the right of peoples to decide their agricultural policies and to ensure its food security, conserve and consume their native products . These threatened by monoculture, biofuels, GMOs and large scale mining.

- To prioritize the generation of decent work for all and all, the guarantee of freedom of association and collective bargaining and an end to violence against rural workers and urban continent.

- Changes effective education systems to ensure full access to education, democratic participation of the educational establishment and against the privatization and commodification of education. In defense of the right to education, we support the demand of the student movement of the continent for its free and universal.

- Reset Cuba's right to belong to the multilateral system. Require U.S. the lifting of the blockade to Cuba and an end to the hostility towards governments that do not follow their dictates.

- The deepening of integration processes without interference autonomous U.S. government and the construction of extensive integration processes from the people, with respect, recognition and incorporation of input from the community to a society based on cooperation and the Good Life and building a culture of peace.

- The fraternal peoples of the continent, support to Colombia in search of a peaceful negotiated solution to armed conflict. regret that the beautiful city of Cartagena is both an example of inequity and poverty. Militarization today on the occasion of the Summit executive officer.

We call on all sectors of society in the Americas, to undertake a unified way the struggles claiming the principles and aspirations contained in this statement, inviting them to accompany the mass mobilization, peaceful and civil to achieve the proposed objectives. Finally, we consider that the official Summit of the Americas can not remain an exclusive scenario, subordination to the empire and simulation of false harmonies. This is our voice, the true voice of the peoples of the Americas, and so proclaim to the world.

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