rn> Latin America: solidarity opportunities


Richard Moore

Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 20:47:59 -0800
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Dear Richard,

you may forward the following to John if you'd like, or post it to 
your list.... i know little about Bolivia except that i have met some 
amazing indigenous activists from that country. The indigenous 
people, especially the women, seem to be incredibly well organized. 
Given that the indigenous people are a majority of the population, 
somewhat like the pre-apartheid South Africa, i would imagine that a 
progressive organization would want to establish connections with 
pre-existing indigenous organizations...

i do know that in Ecuador, the indigenous organizations have taken a 
leadership role in a broad based mass movement that includes labor, 
campesinos, and other disenfranchised folks. Also in Ecuador they 
have had enormous success with non-violent organizing; in the last 10 
years they have non-violently toppled two regimes -- it has not been 
a complete success in that the state leaders have been promptly 
replaced with other politicians just as bad, but having the popular 
movement led by the indigenous people bring the whole country to a 
halt for three days in a non-violent strike is a good beginning, in 
my book...(funny how we hear so little about it in the mass media :-)

one of the most intriguing things to me about the indigenous 
activists i have met from both Ecuador and Bolivia  is the very 
honorable tradition of "self-criticism" -- that is, in any action, 
activity, organizing effort, whatever, always evaluating the outcome 
in terms of the learning from it, "what could i have done better", 
rather than the blaming and in-fighting that seems to break apart so 
much of the movement elsewhere -- the times that i experienced it, it 
felt very genuine. (I used to be a volunteer with an organization 
that served as a continental network for indigenous people's 
struggles, and had the privilege of meeting some of these folks a 
number of times....)

also, i have been very impressed by how grassroots the organizing 
efforts are... local communities organized, and then an organization 
at the regional level, and from there to the national. very solid 

so, whether the organization John is planning to start is primarily 
indigenous or not, it seems that regardless, there is much that could 
be learned from the indigenous movement...

all best wishes,

Rosa Zubizarreta

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>Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2000 22:48:42 +0100 (MET)
>To: "Richard K. Moore" <•••@••.•••>
>Subject: Re: chapters already sent
>Thank you so much for the chapter, I will look forward to
>recieving chapter 2. One more thing, I am starting an
>organization here in Bolivia, any suggestions, thought or
>comments? I would really appreciate it.
>John Lujan Pastor

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Subject: "Free" trade delegation to Guatemala


Rights Action
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invites you to join an
Educational Delegation to Guatemala

"Free" Trade & Human Rights in "post"-Conflict Guatemala

IN GUATEMALA, delegation members will: 
*   study the nature of Guatemala's unjust "free market"
    economic development model,
*   learn of how NGOs and CBOs (community-based
    organizations) are working to build an economic development
    model that guarantees respect for the economic and social
    rights of the majority poor, as well as their cultural,
    civil and political rights, and the environment,
*   learn of on-going repression (violations of political
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"SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS", Quebec City, April 2001

This delegation is planned as lead-up to the FTAA "Summit of
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The FTAA will fortify and broaden the reach of the present
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