2008-10. Americas Social Forum Guatemala 2008
October 12th, 2008
October 7-12, 2008.
Issues: Society / Resistance
Published in UpsideDownWorld.org, Marc Becker offers one of the few English language reviews of the forum: “Each social forum assumes its own character, and Jorge Coronado of the Hemispheric Commission from the Americas Social Forum, identified the Guatemala meeting as ‘the forum of resistance of the continental people’s movement.’ Coronado observed that participants debated ‘some of the most pressing issues that face social movement struggles: free trade agreements, neoliberalism, and the issue of mining, which affects rural and indigenous communities.’” To read Becker’s complete article, please click here. (4)
Guatemalan writer Kajkoj (Máximo) Ba Tiul produced a refreshing and constructively critical essay regarding the power structures within the entities that conform and organize the ASF process: “If we declare that Another World is Possible, then we must also take into consideration that Another Political Left is Possible, and of course, Another Social Movement is Possible. Why do we insist on believing we are the only ones with answers? Or why do we think that only because he or she has been a historic leader, such a person is the only one speaking the truth? How is it possible that we demand the democratization of the State, but we are not capable of generating democratic processes within our own organizational structures?” Ba Tiul’s complete essay can be read, also only in Spanish, here. (5)
Versión en español aquí.
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