SOCIAL MOVEMENTS ASSEMBLY IN NAIROBI

AFRICAN STRUGGLES, GLOBAL STRUGGLES


Social Movements Assembly at the World Social Forum


Nairobi, 24 January 2007


More than 2000 activists loudly and energetically endorsed this statement at the Social Movements Assembly in Nairobi.
AFRICAN STRUGGLES, GLOBAL STRUGGLES


Social Movements Assembly at the World Social Forum


Nairobi, 24 January 2007


We, social movements from across Africa and across the world, have come


together here in Nairobi at the 2007 World Social Forum to highlight and


celebrate Africa and her social movements; Africa and her unbroken history


of struggle against foreign domination, colonialism and neo-colonialism;


Africa and her contributions to humanity; Africa and her role in the quest


for another world.


We are here to celebrate and reaffirm the spirit of the World Social Forum


as a space of struggle and solidarity which is open to all people and


social movements regardless of their ability to pay.


We denounce tendencies towards commercialisation, privatisation and


militarisation of the WSF space. Hundreds of our sisters and brothers who


welcomed us to Nairobi have been excluded because of high costs of


participation.


We are also deeply concerned about the presence of organisations working


against the rights of women, marginalised people, and against sexual


rights and diversity, in contradiction to the WSF Charter of Principles.


The social movements assembly has created a platform for Kenyans and other


Africans from different backgrounds and communities to present their


struggles, alternatives, cultures, talents and skills. It is also a space


for civil society organisations and social movements to interact and share


the issues and problems affecting them.


Since the first assembly in 2001, we have contributed to building and


strengthening successful international networks of civil societies and


social movements and reinforced our spirit of solidarity and our struggles


against all forms of oppression and domination.


We recognise that the diversity of movements and popular initiatives


against neo-liberalism, world hegemony of capitalism and imperial wars, is


an expression of a world resistance.


We have now to move towards a phase of effective alternatives. Many local


initiatives are already existing and should be expanded: what is happening


in Latin America and other parts of the world — thanks to the joint


action of social movements — shows the way to establish concrete


alternatives to world capitalist domination.


As social movements from all five continents gathering in Nairobi, we


express our solidarity with the social movements in Latin America whose


persistent and continuing struggle has led to electoral victories for the


Left in several countries.


Actions


We are calling for a broad international mobilisation against the G8 in


Rostock and Heiligendamm (Germany) 2-8 June 2007.


We will mobilise in our communities and movements for an International Day


of Action in 2008.



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