Second Declaration of La Realidad for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism
The human and rebel voice, consulted on the five continents in order to become a network of voices and of resistance's continues.
The voice of all the people we are, the voice that speaks this Second Declaration of Reality for Humanity and Against Neo liberalism continues.
Brothers and sisters of Africa, Asia, America, Europe, and Oceania:
Considering that we are:
Against the international order of death, against the globalization of war and armaments.
Against dictatorships, against authoritarianism, against repression.
Against the politics of economic liberalisation, against hunger, against poverty, against robbery, against corruption.
Against patriarchy, against xenophobia, against discrimination, against racism, against crime, against the destruction of the environment, against militarism.
Against stupidity, against lies, against ignorance.
Against slavery, against intolerance, against injustice, against marginalisation, against forgetfulness.
Considering that we are:
For the international order of hope, for a new, just, and dignified peace.
For a new politics, for democracy, for political liberties.
For justice, for life, and dignified work.
For civil society, for full rights for women in every aspect, for the respect of elders, youth, and children, for the defence and protection of the environment.
For intelligence, for culture, for education, for truth.
For liberty, for tolerance, for inclusion, for having memory.
First. That we will make a collective network of all our particular struggles and resistance's. An intercontinental network of resistance against neoliberalism, an intercontinental network of resistance for humanity.
This intercontinental network of resistance, recognising differences and acknowledging similarities, will search to find itself with other resistance's around the world. This intercontinental network of resistance will be the medium in which distinct resistance's may support one another. This intercontinental network of resistance is not an organising structure; it doesn't have a central head or decision maker; it has no central command or hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who resist.
Second. That we will make a network of communication among all our struggles and resistance's. An intercontinental network of alternative communication against neoliberalism, an intercontinental network of alternative communication for humanity.
This intercontinental network of alternative communication will search to weave the channels so that words may travel all the roads that resist. This intercontinental network of alternative communication will be the medium by which distinct resistance's communicate with one another.
This intercontinental network of alternative communication is not an organising structure, nor has a central head or decision maker, nor does it have a central command or hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who speak and listen.
This we declare:
To speak and to listen for humanity and against neoliberalism. To resist and struggle for humanity and against neoliberalism.
For the whole world: Democracy! Liberty! Justice! From whatever reality of whichever continent!
Brothers and sisters:
We do not propose that those of us who are present here sign this declaration and that this encounter end today.
We propose that the intercontinental encounter for humanity and against neoliberalism continue on every continent, in every country, in each rural area and city, in each house, school or workplace where human beings live who want a better world.
The indigenous communities have taught us that to resolve a problem, no matter how great it may be, it is always good to consult all of the people we are. That is why we propose that this declaration be distributed around the world and that a consultation be carried out, at least in all the countries in attendance, on the following question:
Do you agree to subscribe to the Second Declaration of Reality for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism?
We propose that this "Intercontinental Consultation for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism" be realised on the five continents during the first two weeks of December, 1996.
We propose that we organise this consultation in the same way that this encounter was organised, that all of us who attended and those who couldn't attend but who accompanied us from afar in this encounter, organise and carry out the consultation. We propose that we make use of all the possible and impossible media in order to consult with the greatest number of human beings on the five continents. The intercontinental consultation is part of the resistance we are organising and one way of making contacts and encounters with other resistance's. Part of a new way of doing political work in the world, that is what the intercontinental consultation wants to be.
Not only that. We also propose that we already call people to the Second Intercontinental Encounter for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism.
We propose that it be carried out in the second half of 1997 and that it be in the European continent. We propose that the exact date and place of the encuentro be defined by the brothers and sisters of Europe in a meeting they hold after this first encounter.
We all hope that there will be this second intercontinental encounter and that it be held, of course, on another continent. When this second encounter is held, we want to make it clear from this moment on that we will find the way to participate directly, wherever it is held.
Brothers and sisters:
We continue to be uncomfortable. What the theorists of neoliberalism tell us is false: that everything is under control, including everything that isn't under control.
We are not the escape valve for the rebellion that could destabilize neoliberalism. It is false that our rebel existence legitimates the Power.
The Power fears us. That is why it pursues us and fences us in. That is why it jails and kills us.
In R/reality, we are the possibility that it can be defeated and made to disappear.
Maybe there are not so many of us, but we are men and women who struggle for humanity, who struggle against neoliberalism.
We are men and women who struggle around the world.
We are men and women who want for the five continents:
From the mountains of the Mexican Southeast.
The Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee--General Command of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.
La Realidad (Reality), planet Earth, August, 1996.