May 10th 2016, 16:15 to 18:00 hrs.
The New School – Wolff Conference Room
6 East 16th Street, Room D1103
Michel Cohen (LAC overview) JosÃ© Galvez Contreras (Honduras)
David LÃ³pez GarcÃa (Mexico) Margarita Gutman (Argentina)
Rebecca Hollender (Bolivia) Martha Jaimes (Colombia)
Francisco Miranda (Peru) Luisa Nassif Pires (Brazil)
Valentina Ramia (Ecuador) Patricio Schimgelow (Argentina)
1. We stand against the impeachment of the democratically re-elected President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. According to the Brazilian Constitution, there are no legal reasons to impeach her, therefore, we see this process as a coup d’etat.
2. We frame the strategy used against President Rousseff within a larger wave of reactionary movements that are opposed to progressive Latin American governments all over the region.
3. Constitutions should not be illegally used as a strategy to overthrow progressive governments. Let the people of each Latin American nation evaluate and decide on the future of their governments in democratic and legitimate elections.
4. In a world that is increasingly controlled by the power of economic and corporate agendas, we must insist on the autonomy of democracy in Latin America.
5. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are fundamental in resisting the corruption that encompases the Latin American region. We must demand a stronger protection of freedom of speech as a human right and put an end to the private and public manipulation of the press.
6. The achievements of progressive governments on social rights and redistribution of wealth must be maintained despite partisan or private agendas.