The 1st Continental Assembly of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) will take place from October 17-25, in Managua, Nicaragua, after two years of their 5th Congress held in Quito, in 2010. The conference will aim to update the political work of CLOC-VC.
This Continental Assembly aims to build the socio-political capacity of peasant leaders and activists, including women and young people, political alliances, updating the workplan, expressing solidarity with the peoples especially hit by the capitalist system such as Honduras and Guatemala, and promoting internationalism and recovering the mystic within CLOC-VC. In a few words: “it aims to respond collectively with strong actions to the attacks by capital and the empire on our continent and the world”.
Real World Radio will be present in this Assembly as part of the permanent and strategic work of our radio as part of Friends of the Earth International and in alliance with La Via Campesina, whose 6th International Conference will also be prepared at CLOC’s Assembly.
The leader of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) Rafael Alegria, who has received death threats by businessmen and rural estate owners, talked about the 20 years of the organization. Read more
One of the efforts of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations-Via Campesina has been the promotion and mobilization around food sovereignty, which goes back to 1996. Read more
The peasants are facing the big challenge of understanding the advance of capital on agriculture and natural goods and of generating an alternative project that enables to overcome this agribusiness model in the countryside, warned the leader of the Rural Landless' Peasant Movement of Brazil, Roberto Baggio. Read more
The recent history of Guatemala doest not cease to surprise. Despite the change in the governments and successive presidents, the violence against the peasant and indigenous communities is scary. Daniel Pascual, leader of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) explained this during his speech as part of the act of solidarity held in “El Cipres”. Read more
Priest Miguel D'Escotto is the former chair of the United Nations General Assembly and foreign minister under the Sandinista administration of Nicaragua in the 1980s. He called for urgent solidarity with the peoples of Honduras and Guatemala, as part of an action of solidarity organized by the Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina). Read more
The use of agrotoxics produced by transnational corporations has reached alarming levels in Latin America. They represent the key element of the hegemonic agribusiness model in most of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more
The Continental Assembly of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina) discussed and approved its Charter as a necessary step towards strengthening the organization. The Assembly also approved new members. Read more
Honduras is one of Central America's most problematic places in terms of conflicts over land, even more so after the coup d'état that ousted its constitutional President, Jose Manuel Zelaya, in 2009. Read more
The areas for discussion at the 1st Continental Assembly of CLOC-Via Campesina, celebrated this week in Nicaragua's capital Managua, have been a space to expose and condemn the repression suffered by the resisting Latin American peoples. Read more
Twenty years after the creation of the Latin American Coordination of Countryside Organizations (CLOC-Via Campesina), the situation in the continent has changed radically since the 90s, a time dominated by neoliberal governments. Nowadays those neoliberal regimes were defeated in almost every country. Read more
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