Communities in Resistence

CHICAGO ENCUENTRO: COMMUNITIES IN RESISTENCE TO GLOBALIZATION: A Bridges Across Borders USA contingent, along with our Wayuu friend, Debora Barros Fince, participated in the 6th Encuentro on Globalization of Environment, Territory, and Justice, which was organized by the Colombian group Justicia y Paz and hosted by the 8th Day Center for Justice. Groups from all over the Americas and as far away as Spain and Italy sent representatives to work on building a global network of solidarity for the struggles of civil society and people’s movements of the Americas — the indigenous, Afro-Latinos, and the rural poor, in particular. Participants included representatives from the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), Argentina’s Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, and activists from the 6 Nations Iroquois Federation, among many others. We came away from this meeting awed and inspired, with many new friends and contacts, and with a trengthened and renewed commitment to help build international networks of cooperation and mutual aid.