Our Mission

Latin America Solidarity Network (LASNET)
In Australia, LASNET aims to raise awareness of the struggles and resistances of Latin American grass-root organisations, "from the bottom up and to the left", and works to support these initiatives through local and national activism. We also aim to use the Latin American example as a way of providing hope to those of us struggling in Australia against greed and increasing authoritarianism. Building solidarity with peoples in Struggle in Latin America, Australia & Asia Pacific. We believe in a society without patriarchy, authoritarianism and violence...and without neo-liberal capitalism.
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Latin American Solidarity Conference Resolutions & Commitments 2012-2013

Latin American Grassroots Movements Solidarity Conference
Resolutions to continue moving forward & commitments 2012-2013

During the Latin American Grassroots Movements Solidarity Conference held in Melbourne, Australia, during 9-11 of November 2012, the meaning of the existing economic and social development model in Latin America was discussed and debated. It was concluded that neoliberal capitalism is NOT the way forward and that alternative models to neoliberal development should be generated as are already proposed in Latin America by poor and indigenous grassroots organisations. These organisations emphasise that development should be generated from the bottom-up. The best example of this is seen by today’s progressive governments in the region together with the courageous example of various social movements such as the MST (Brazil landless Workers Movement), the indigenous peoples in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, others and the marginalised popular sectors that with their struggle are showing an alternative to neoliberalism’s unjust model.

After three days of talks, sharing of ideas, discussions and meetings, the participants of the Latin American Grassroots Movements Solidarity Conference, with the contribution of activists from the MST(Brazil Landless Workers Movement), SINALTRAINAL (Colombia National Union of Food Industry Workers), CONFECH(Chile National Students Confederation), Group Against Peru Conga Project, the Cuban Ambassador to Australia, other organisations from Latin America, activists and academics from Anthropology, economics and Latin American Studies the following was decided and resolved:

1. - To support the United Nations resolution to lift the economic and political embargo against Cuba that has been in place for more than 50 years. This embargo (bloqueo) has been rejected for the last 20 years by most nation states (98 % of countries) with the exception of US and its main allies Israel and others. Last year 187 member states opposed the embargo with only 2 (The US, Israel) supporting it.

"This is about a cruel and aggressive policy," Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told the body (The UN), "absolutely contrary to international law that this government insists on maintaining knowing that it causes harm, hardships and violates the human rights of an entire people."

The conference also supports the Cuban Five Campaign and insists on the release of the Cubans that without justification are still in prison in United States on long sentences. We also call on the international community to express their concern and demands for their freedom to Obama’s administration.

2. - To call for a campaign in support of SINALTRAINAL unionists who have received death threats last week, among them Edwin Mejia who is currently in Australia on a speaking tour, asking all the organisations, unions, community groups and political groups and all interested to support the campaign to protect the well being of Colombian unionists. Different sorts of actions were proposed; supporting the Amnesty International campaign (www.amnesty.org/Colombia), sending a letter made during the conference through facebook/lasnetsolidarity and LASNET web pages (www.latinlasnet.org, or www.latinamericansolidarity.org), and encouraging people to send letters to the Colombian government and to spread information.
Also, to continue the solidarity and support work for unions in Colombia through SINALTRAINAL and calling for the Third Solidarity Delegation to Colombia for September 2013.

3. - To call for a Solidarity Conference with Latin American struggles for July 20-21, 2013 centred on the theme of “Multinational Corporations and their attacks on people’s rights”

4. - To continue and consolidate the campaign against Coca-Cola in Australia, “If you love life, don’t drink Coca-Cola”.

5. - To initiate and promote the campaign against agro – toxics chemicals (from multinationals like Monsanto, Syngenta) in Brazil as called for by the MST.

6. - To support the different initiatives commenced by the MST in defence of land, fair work, justice and equality for the Brazilian people.

7. - To coordinate and liaise with other groups campaigning against multinationals corporations such as, Monsanto, BHP-Billiton, Rio Tinto, Newmont, etc., in Australia.

8. - To continue our solidarity work and activism with grassroots organisations in Latin America, to continue our awareness campaign on multinational corporations operations in that region and to denounce their complicity in violating workers rights, plundering indigenous and poor rural workers land and increasing the misery and marginalisation of poor people.

November, 2012

Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) – Australia