Havana, 30 June 2019
Revolution is a sense of the historical moment, it is to change everything that must be changed, it is full equality and freedom, it is to be treated and to treat others as human beings, it is to emancipate ourselves and with our own efforts, it is to challenge powerful dominant forces within and outside the social and national sphere, it is to defend values in which one believes at the price of any sacrifice. Fidel Castro Ruz, May 1, 2000
In Havana, Cuba, on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Agrarian Reform Law, 27 years after the formation of CLOC and 25 years after its first Continental Congress, 300 delegates from peasant, indigenous, afro-descendant, landless and artisanal fisherfolk organizations gathered, native peoples and agricultural workers, young people and women from 30 countries representing all regions of America, representatives of Via Campesina International from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America and more than 50 international guests to celebrate the VII Continental Congress of CLOC Via Campesina.
In the long journey of unity and articulation of the struggles we continue to reflect on the historical moment and the challenges of the International Peasant Movement.
In a context characterized by the sharpening of the geopolitical dispute and an imperialist offensive attacking progressive governments and criminalizing popular movements, promoting coups d’état and discrediting popular leaders with coordinated mechanisms from the military, judicial and mass media sectors violating democratic systems and human rights. The United States is attacking dangerously in order to regain domination over Latin American territory and subordinate the National States to their geopolitical and economic interests, causing hunger and poverty, unleashing a new stage of the cultural war that seeks to naturalize fascist hatred and discrimination. Millions of migrants must leave their countries because of the lack of opportunities, they are deprived of their right to migrate and subjected to all manner of violations of their human rights at the borders of the empire.
The climate crisis is being exacerbated by the development of industrial agriculture and the high levels of consumption in the so-called first world countries.
This is the framework of the new wars of oppression and conspiracy against the governments of the peoples, particularly against Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela, the imprisonment of Lula, the persecution of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner among others. We declare our solidarity with the Venezuelan people and with the peoples in struggle.
We reject the criminalization of social militants and demand the release of political prisoners from all over the continent.
We make our own the reflections, analyses and contributions contained in the Declaration of the V Youth Assembly and VI Women’s Assembly.
We reject patriarchy, racism, sexism and homophobia. We fight for democratic and participatory societies, free from exploitation, discrimination, oppression and exclusion of women and youth. We condemn all forms of domestic, social, labour, political, economic, psychological and institutional violence against women.
Peasant and popular feminism is part of our strategic horizon, it strengthens the peasant struggle and the construction of socialism. With Feminism We Build Socialism.
The participation and protagonism of the youth in the Congress and in our organizations strengthen the struggles and guarantee continuity.
We celebrate that after 17 years of struggle the United Nations has approved and adopted the Declaration of Peasant Rights, becoming a Legal and strategic tool for our struggles, recognizing the role played by our Comrade Evo Morales in the work and commitment of the Plurinational State of Bolivia to guarantee a broad and participatory process within the UN that allowed the declaration to reach international consensus.
We ratify our commitment of permanent and unconditional solidarity with the Cuban revolution. We condemn the increase in the economic war, the intensification of the genocidal, inhuman, illegal and immoral blockade imposed for almost 60 years on the Cuban people by the US government, as well as the full application of the Hemls-Burton law by the current US administration, and we demand the end of this policy.
We reaffirm our commitment to fight and demand the fulfillment of the proclamation approved at the second CELAC summit in Havana, to declare Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of PEACE. We also demand that the Colombian State comply with the peace agreements and dialogues.
We demand respect and non-interference in the internal affairs and self-determination of the peoples of our America and in that context our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico and their struggle against colonization.
We propose the task of deepening, in a self-critical manner, the causes that have motivated the fall and retreat of progressive governments in order to strengthen and reverse the relationship of forces that we have today in the continent.
We continue to travel the path taken in Havana in 2009, enriching a process of discussion, reflection and synthesis from our historical memory of the struggles against colonization and barbarism that for more than 500 years have been waged by the peoples, the independence efforts, the liberation struggles, and the classical theoretical contributions and socialist experiences, the contributions of Latin American intellectuals, with the certainty that our proposal is neither a replica nor a copy, but rather the adequate representation of the class struggle in our historical moment.
We ratify that our plan of action should prioritize grassroots work and popular organization, ideological political formation, and the development of popular communication in order to confront Agribusiness and the privatization of seeds, and advance toward territories free of financial capital, transgenic and agrotoxic, where agroecological production forges Food Sovereignty respecting Mother Earth.
We have all agreed that for the construction of the socialist model that we yearn for, our main challenge is to achieve the unity of all the left and revolutionary forces in each country and in the continent and to advance in the articulation of the social movements and the political parties of the left, that guarantees the accumulation of forces and the breaking of the Neoliberal Hegemony by raising the banner of the integration of the peoples and the construction of the great Homeland, deepening internationalism and solidarity.
The VII Congress of the CLOC that we conclude today constitutes a starting point for our organizations, countries and the continent to make reality the slogan that has preceded this process:
“From the territories, unity, struggle and resistance for socialism and the sovereignty of the Peoples”.
We will win!
Long live the Unity of Peoples!
Long live Solidarity and brotherhood among peoples!
Until Victory Forever!