By: Fernando Vicente Prieto / Source: Notas / May 19, 2017
Between May 15 and 17, the Political Coordination of the Movements for the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA Movements) met in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Peru and Venezuela were present.
David Choquehuanca, Secretary General of the ALBA-TCP (Commerce Treaty of the Peoples), attended as a special guest. It’s the first time the a secretary general of the ALBA-TCP bloc participates in an ALBA Movements meeting.
“Choquehuanca’s presence is very important, because it enabled us to set a common ground of analysis to begin a joint plan between the governments and the movements, in which both have complementary tasks, but specific to each one’s nature”, said Gonzalo Armúa, member of the Operative Secretariat of ALBA Movements. The organizations are planning to organize a summit with the presidents later this year.
Armúa also affirmed that this meeting in Buenos Aires “is a part of the process. We’ve been able to move towards the goal that we set in the Second Assembly we held in Colombia in December 2016: to begin to set the bases for a project of plurinational integration”.
“In this sense, we’ve identified six strategic points that are the backbone of our project: solidarious internationalism, the ideological struggle for our culture and identity, the defense of our mother Earth, the project for an economy compatible with good living, the democratization of our societies, and a people’s feminism”, he added.
One of the most prominent debates at the meeting was the struggle for power in the context of the great diversity of views and strategies on the institutional arena that is present among the movements of ALBA Movements. “We need to combine the struggle on the streets with an electoral proposal in order to modify the correlation of strength to our favor”, Armúa believes. “We can’t forgo the institutional struggle, no matter which method of intervention we use. Some movements of ALBA Movements even have legislators or are part of government coalitions, like some forces of Bolivia and Venezuela”, he detailed, and added “some movements are having that discussion, others have been working on that line for some time, but it concerns all of us”.
Armúa highlights that “we all agree on that we need to redouble the struggle on the streets; the people have to participate in any kind of change and we have to find a way so that in every country this reflects in real and profound institutional change”.