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American struggles point to new social and economic relations
by Audrey Dupleich <>

At the end of the working groups' discussion during the International Encounter in Quito, the participants established commitments for revolutionary action aimed at putting social factors before economic aspects, proposing the construction of new relations between nations, such as the creation of a free trade zone based on the exchange and barter system.

Exchange and barter is perceived as an exchange of goods and services according to each citizen's needs, in a equalitarian manner and based on solidarity, in which the value of labor is not based on the time spent obtaining a product or the profit that it represents, but in satisfying mutual requirements. The development of other projects was also proposed, based on common objectives that cross nation-state borders, among which is the urgent need to open markets for small producers.

We believe in cultural diversity

"We believe that a culturally diverse continent should be created based on a project promoting cultural identities and calling for the consolidation of the values that have been defended historically because they represent American unity", says one of the texts that were subject to agreement between American nations, where unity is understood as a permanent construction process "reinforced by geographical, economic, political and social peculiarities".

Cultural diversity was perceived as a collective political position based on dialogues that respect differences. This process implies structural changes and a new approach to daily life, in addition to going further than a mere acknowledgement of identities, since it requires citizens' participation in its definition and development.

The American people explicitly acknowledge the subjects of their diversity and propose reinforcing relations from the local to the continental sphere. The idea is then to take up this struggle together, ignoring nation-state borders, and establish continent-wide social movements.

Local elements together in the Alliance

With a view to complying with the commitment accepted by American nations, the need was identified to effectively make use of the Alliance as a space for socializing both local and generalized problems, and converting it into a platform for the struggle against the current model's standardizing and genocide ideology.

This organization of local struggles will mean that strategies and activities will tend to be based on unity and solidarity, since the idea is to create a project for life, both for native populations, African descendents and socially excluded groups, based on their expectations and demands.

An ambitious commitment based on the Alliance was the idea of creating a law on cultural rights allowing for legal action to be taken against cases of destruction and not merely protests. In other words, the Alliance becomes a space for proposals and the creation of new social and economic relations between American people.

>From Quito, Ecuador, America, 21 June 2001
American Continental Encounter


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