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It's Time to Globalize Hope
by Audrey Dupleich <>

"It's time to build our own globalization. Fight to globalize hope!" said the members of one of the working groups on the second day of the American Encounter that is taking place in Quito.

"By identifying our own power, which already exists", is how social fighters believe that new relations can be built on the Continent. One of the largest challenges facing the peoples of America is to approach a model of society based on social ideology instead of the present model based on economic factors.

The foundations for this new society have to be found in ethical methods of protest, in the reinforcement of popular organizations, in an increased effective militancy in base organizations. They will be the result of concrete action, building and strengthening the framework for social movements in areas such as the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World.

What power do we have?

"We have to understand the type of power that we are creating in our organizations", continues one group, because "the Continent is controlled by a dictator, and that dictator is capital". This approach leads to initiatives such as the need to create networks for exchange and alternative marketing mechanisms.

The need was identified to extend local self-government experiences, emphasizing formal democracy, reinforcing the Continent's social movements to cross the barriers of the nation-state.

One of the most urgent tasks identified by the work groups was to identifythe different subjects of diversity and establish links to integrate past experiences into new activities that are applicable on the Continent. America condemns the deterioration of the environment that is primarily caused by the logic of the market that is predominant on the Continent."Who could cut up the pachamama (motherland) into pieces and sell them?" asked one Peruvian participant. The lack of respect for the communities who have always inhabited the land my multinational companies supported by their governments, and the way that the environment is treated as something that is separate from the economy and society in general are, among others, two of the problems that were identified.

Human beings before markets

Faced with these problems, it was suggested that social movements, unions, native organizations and resistance networks should take up the environmental issue and work to restore the balance between the human race and nature.

It was decided that both cultural diversity and the relationship between man and nature should be part of formal education, so that new generations move towards the globalization of mankind, and not of markets.

>From Quito, Ecuador, America, 20 June 2001
American Continental Encounter


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