MOVEMENTS ASSEMBLY IN NAIROBI
than 2000 activists loudly and energetically endorsed this statement at
the Social Movements Assembly in Nairobi. A full report of the assembly --
all the proposals and actions presented by more than thirty
from movements, campaigns and networks -- will be published later this
STRUGGLES, GLOBAL STRUGGLES
Movements Assembly at the World Social Forum
24 January 2007
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;
and her contributions to humanity; Africa and her role in the quest for
are here to celebrate and reaffirm the spirit of the World Social Forum
a space of struggle and solidarity which is open to all people and social
regardless of their ability to pay.
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
are also deeply concerned about the presence of organisations working
against the rights of women, marginalised people, and against sexual
and diversity, in contradiction to the WSF Charter of Principles.
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
society organisations and social movements to interact and share the
and problems affecting them.
the first assembly in 2001, we have contributed to building and
strengthening successful international networks of civil societies and
movements and reinforced our spirit of solidarity and our struggles
all forms of oppression and domination.
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.
have now to move towards a phase of effective alternatives. Many local
initiatives are already existing and should be expanded: what is happening
Latin America and other parts of the world -- thanks to the joint action
social movements -- shows the way to establish concrete alternatives to
world capitalist domination.
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
are calling for a broad international mobilisation against the G8 in
Rostock and Heiligendamm (Germany) 2-8 June 2007.
will mobilise in our communities and movements for an International
Day of Action in 2008.