To: Organizing Committee of the
American Encuentro For Humanity And Against Neoliberalism
To: Organizations and individuals who are being called, from Belem, across the entire continent, to meet with us in Belem do Para.
To: The peoples of the American Continent:
Brothers and Sisters:
We received your Call to the 2nd American Encuentro For Humanity and Against Neoliberalism, to be held from December 6 to 11, 1999, in the City of Belem, Para, Brazil. The beauty of the text could alone sustain, and be in keeping with, the abundance of dreams promised by the extremely rich diversity of Brazilian social movements and their struggles. By having you as our hosts, the intergalactics of all Our America will be able to feel at ease, and we will be inspired to share the experiences, ideas and most daring intentions for humanity and against (already, in itself, old) neoliberalism.
The natural beauty of Belem/Para, and the struggle of its residents to socialize it, points to a scenario that augurs a true encuentro of Our America with itself, that is, a truly wonderful encuentro of those who are seeking and struggling to make their dreams reality. Because of that, from La Realidad to Belem, a dream is drawn: that of Our America being free, democratic and just.
It has been three years now since the 1st American Encuentro For Humanity and Against Neoliberalism, held in Chiapas, Mexico, and we are happy that Brazil, that country of continental dimensions and great variety of social struggles, is offering us the opportunity to join together, now in Belem do Para, in order to continue the necessary coming together that will allow us to build, among all of us, the path of a future with peace.
We Mexican zapatistas will be coming to Belem with the conviction that we will meet everyone there: social movements and organizations, citizens, religious, women, homosexuals, lesbians, young persons, unionists, campesinos, indigenous, blacks, political wings of various shapes, all, in order to confirm the breadth, diversity and strength of our hopes.
We Mexican zapatistas are now beginning to prepare for our attendance and participation in the 2nd American Encuentro. To all of our brothers and sisters of the continent, we are saying: let us walk together to Belem. We are going ready to lend our modest contribution to the common struggle of Our America. But we are going, above all, with the intention of listening to, and learning from, all of your efforts.
To our brothers and sisters of Mexico, we are calling you to build together a National Promotional Committee for the 2nd American Encuentro For Humanity and Against Neoliberalism, that will be in charge of the preparations for the participation of a broad Mexican delegation, open to any organization or individual who wants to participate in this encuentro.
Together, we shall try to decipher the unknowns of this end of millenium, we shall share the ideas that move us and inspire us, we shall share and be inspired by the experiences of resistance and struggle against inequality, against oppression and against exclusion, battles which our American peoples fight every day. And in that way we shall continue to weave the immense net of all us who are confronting the cynicism of a system which knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
To our Brazilian companeros, to our companeros of Belem do Para, we are grateful for your generous willingness to receive - in your enormous house in solidarity - a continent that, with all its wounds, will arrive willing to be a dignified and human future. Be assured that, from this moment on, we Mexican zapatistas will contribute all of our efforts towards the success of this effort of American unity.
"FOR A WORLD WHERE MANY WORLDS FIT"
The Zapatista Front of National Liberation (FZLN)
Originally published in Spanish by the Zapatista Front of National Liberation (FZLN) _________________________ Translated by irlandesa Date: Friday, September 3, 1999 22:03:11 -0500 From: fzln <firstname.lastname@example.org>