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Days of Continental Resistance against the FTAA

From October 27 to November 1, 2002 Quito- Ecuador

The continental networks and campaigns, social organizations of our countries that compromise the continental campaign of struggle against the FTAA make a call for all to join the resistance and struggle against the FTAA summit that will be in Quito from the 27th of October to November 1 this year.

At the time that the Trade Ministers of 34 countries (except Cuba) meet in Quito to continue, on the backs of the peoples, advancing the negotiations called the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The peoples' and social organizations of our continent will meet in Ecuador to show our total rejection to this model of integration that our governments, submissive and compromised by neoliberalism are trying to put in each of our countries.

Under this false discourse, that the FTAA brings progress and well being to our peoples, our governments have started a process of negotiation that consolidates the hegemony of the United States through political, economic and military domination. This project of integration, that goes from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, seeks to put it in operation starting in 2005.

As was demonstrated in the Second Summit of the Peoples in Quebec and in the massive mobilizations in Porto Alegre, we ratify that the struggle against the FTAA needs to continue on all fronts because:

  1. The FTAA signifies, for our people, more social exclusion, more unemployment, more indebtedness, and including the end of the minimum social gains that the workers have gained through their social struggles.
  2. The FTAA also seeks a larger militarization and control of natural resources of the continent through the imposition of Plan Colombia and Plan Puebla Panama.
  3. The FTAA fortifies the domination of the large economies over the smaller ones. The United States and Canada alone represent nearly 80 percent of the GDP of the continent, the 33 other countries represent 20 percent of the GDP of the continent. In this context, we know that a model like the FTAA whose principal objective is to permit the massive investment of the multinationals, this only weakens our economies, violates the seventy of the countries of the continent and impedes all models of development based on diversity, multiculturality, balance and social justice.

For these reasons, for the right of sovernty, for the right of our people to a development that is just, democratic, protects the environment, for justice, for life, against neoliberalism, against debt, for an end to militarism and domination of the United States over our continent, we are all here and united in Quito to STOP the FTAA. So that the Ministers of Trade and their associates will hear our shout of total rejection to this new model of imperial domination with which the United States seeks to consolidate its domination over the whole continent.

The plan of action of Quito will be act of struggle and resistance, they will be also acts of popular education, of reflex ion, of analysis, of cultural and artistic demonstrations that represent the multicultural and multi sectoral richness of our struggles. We will be thousands, coming from our 35 countries to make our voices heard, to say stop and loud:

Yes to life!
No to the FTAA!

Another America is possible!
Quito, May 27 2002


Networks and regional/continentla organisations

Alianza Social Continental
Encuentros Hemisféricos de Lucha contra el ALCA
Grito de los Excluidos/as Continental
JOC América
Jubileo Sur / América
REMTE — Red de Mujeres Transformando la Economía

Networks and national organisations:

ACJR - Chile
ALAI - Ecuador
Acción Ecológica - Ecuador
ANAP - Cuba
CTC - Cuba
CETRAPIN - Ecuador
CNPA - México
Coordinación Nacional Campaña contra el ALCA - Brasil
Consejo Unidad Popular - Rep. Dominicana
Congreso Laboral Canadiense - Canadá
CONAIE - Ecuador
Centro Memorial Dr. Martín Luther King Jr.- Cuba
CUT - Brasil
CEOSL - Ecuador
Coordinadora de Movimientos Sociales - Ecuador
CTE - Federación Sindical Mundial - Ecuador
Diálogo 2000 — Jubileo Sur - Argentina
FDMCT"BS" - Bolivia
FENOCIN - Ecuador
Fund. María Luisa Gómez de la Torre - Ecuador
Fundación Solon - Bolivia
FEPE - Ecuador
Grito dos Excluidos - Brasil
JOC - Paraguay
JOC - Ecuador
Jubileu Sul - Brasil
Kensington Welfare Rights - USA
M. Afroboliviano - Bolivia
Movimiento Boliviano de Lucha contra el ALCA - Bolivia
NEHUEN - Chile
MST - Brasil
OPIP - Ecuador
PACS - Brasil
PAPDA - Haití
Red Jubileo - Perú
RQIC Québec - Canadá
REMTE - Perú
RMALC - México
Red de Acción Ciudadana frente al Comercio e Inversión - El Salvador
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