The Workers’ Summit of the Americas was organized to counteract the Summit of the Americas organized by the US Department of State in Los Angeles, California. The conference was a place where the countries that are besieged by the US (Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba), and who have been barred from participation in the Summit of the Americas, could participate.  It was held in Tijuana, Mexico from June 10 – 12.


When The Empire Calls

by Mumia Abu-Jamal


My brothers, sisters, and comrades in Tijuana, I welcome you delegates of the excluded. People from Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and beyond. Many of you come from poor nation, countries with relatively low GDP; like Cuba for example which has a GDP roughly equal Ghana. As I write to you from the richest nation on earth, I have to add but I also write from a nation cannot protect its own children. See the ugly massacre in Texas where 19 babies were slain in elementary school while cops crowded the halls. Here, tens of thousands of former students can’t afford to pay their loans to schools and colleges. Again, look at Cuba, where people can go from kindergarten to medical school for free. And not just Cubans, students can go to medical schooling Cuba even if they aren’t from Cuba. And remember Cuba isn’t a rich country, it does what it does because it dedicates its resources to public service: Medicine.


What does it matter if America with all its riches couldn’t prevent the death of 1 million people, 1 million people because of COVID-19. In fact, you can go to any ghetto in America and see hunger and poverty. People who live in food deserts, people who are homeless, in fact, you’ll also find the greatest level of imprisonment in the world. So why should poor nations listen to rich nations? What do they to teach us? Racism? Class Strife? Violent cops? Corrupt politicians? Greedy businessman? Militarism? The poor and excluded of the world only each other if we work in solidarity we sure can do better. Thank you —muchas gracias! With love, not fear, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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