A summary of the speech Chalmers gave at the panel “Sovereignty, Peace, Unity and Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean.”
He opened saying: “I’m here to bring a message from the peoples in struggle.” He recalled that Chávez created the CELAC as a place for our countries to coordinate without the US in the middle, and that those efforts made by governments have to join with the resistance and the struggle of the peoples.
He noted that precariousness is becoming worse and the capitalist system is reaching unprecedented levels of accumulation of wealth, on one hand, and the expansion of poverty, on the other, and that’s why we must fight against capitalism. The Caribbean is a very important region, geopolitically speaking, due to its immense reserve of biodiversity, which is seeked after by capitalism to turn it into a place for profit.
We’re witnessing an escalade of aggression against our peoples and an enormous offensive of the right throughout the continent. They want to restore a system of neoliberal hegemony and dismiss all of the necessary changes, and one of their methods is destroying organisms of integration and dividing the peoples. That’s why one of our challenges is continuing our process of accumulation [opposite to isolation] of struggles.
We have challenges, but the answer to them must be to build unity—real, active, and militant unity.
We demand the withdrawal of the MINUSTAH, which is important to Haiti but also a threat to the peoples of the region.