June 8-10 at LATTC, in the tradition of each Summit of the Americas since the 2005 Mar Del Plata Summit, we, unionists, activists, grassroots organizations and progressive people of the Americas are calling for a People’s Summit to counter the 9th “Summit of the Americas” to be held in the US for the first time, here in Los Angeles, CA.
The People’s Summit will host three days of art, music, speakers, debates, workshops, panel discussions, performances—all which uplift the voices of the people and imagine a new world; one that puts people’s democracy first.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Separately, Union del Barrio and a coalition of other group under the name “Anti-Imperialist Summit of Nuestra America” will be holding a protest on Wed. June 8 starting at 4 PM on the corner of Olympic & Figueroa, when Joe Biden is scheduled to appear at the Summit of the Americas in the LA Convention Center.]
The Summit of the Americas convened by the Organization of American States (OAS) has long been an arena to push US economic and political interests in Latin America and the Caribbean, without regard for the peoples of our shared continent. The Biden administration has stated that this ninth summit looks to “further advance this administration’s agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean.” On what grounds does the United States have the right to push its agenda on the rest of the hemisphere?
An alarming 38% of the homeless population in LA are African American, yet Black people only make up 9% of the LA population. In 2021, the LAPD shot 37 people, killing 17 of them – including 14-year old Valentina Orellana–Peralta. More than 1.7 million migrants were detained by Border Patrol at the US-Mexico border in 2021 – the highest levels ever recorded.
In the US, 140 million poor and working people across race, color, gender, sexuality, and place face worsening conditions at home and at work. A staggering 4.2 million youth experience some form of homelessness each year. Many more across society see that their basic rights are being stripped away such as the right to justice, the right to vote, and the right to collectively bargain.
Through disastrous policies with complete disregard for public health, over 1,000,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US while the wealth of US billionaires shot up by more than two trillion dollars throughout the pandemic. Is this the model of a “strong and inclusive democracy” that the US seeks to impose on the rest of the hemisphere? Despite growing inequality and cutting Covid relief for millions of families, the Pentagon budget has now surpassed $782 billion a year. US militarism continues to be a menace for working people abroad and at home.
When a powerful country imposes what it claims is ‘democracy’ on other countries, it demeans the idea of democracy and crushes the possibility of any real democracy from taking root. Such a ‘democracy’ – imposed by war or regime change – is destructive to the potential of the people and to a planet facing the threat of ecological devastation. No one country must be allowed to dominate others and no countries must be permitted to benefit economically and socially at the cost of the benefit of all peoples.
We will convene a People’s Summit of the Americas to ensure the voices of the poor and working people across the hemisphere are heard.
OUR SHARED VALUES
The need to fight together against white supremacy and the violent forces who wage a daily war against Black, Latino, Asian, Arab, Indigenous & Migrant communities in the US and abroad.
The right of workers to collectively bargain and organize unions without interference, intimidation, or retaliation from employers. Workers around the hemisphere are organizing for better conditions on the job in face of deteriorating wages, benefits, and safety conditions—exacerbated by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Full amnesty and rights for all immigrants. As a consequence of war, neo-liberal free-trade policies, and foreign-occupation on Global South countries, people are forced to uproot their lives and flee their homelands.
For a future of collective liberation that is free of discrimination, harassment and violence against Women, Trans, Intersex, Queer and Gender Nonconforming People.
The right of access to adequate housing, food, and healthcare. These are the most basic rights needed to guarantee a decent and dignified life and are increasingly being eroded.
To end racist police violence and mass incarceration, and free all political prisoners. Racist policing and mass incarceration are tools to enforce white supremacy. The US prison industrial complex, which incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, must be dismantled.
The erasure of the massive debts burdening countries in the Global South as the result of the legacies of colonialism and IMF plans. The effects of heavy debt prevent further development and adequate social spending on vaccines and health measures necessary to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The end of vaccine apartheid, where countries of the Global North horde supplies of vaccines while denying them to the peoples of the Global South. South Africa, India, and other countries in the Global South have called on the US to waive the vaccine patents, which artificially limit who is allowed to produce the vaccine for the sole reason of enriching large pharmaceutical companies.
The right of sovereign nations to decide their own policies and forms of government without foreign interference. The peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean have been subjected to coups, sanctions, and invasions when their policies don’t align with US interests. This contradicts the basic rights of sovereignty and independence.
The need to end the deadly sanctions against the countries of Latin America as well as to lift the criminal blockade against Cuba. Sanctions are a form of war against civilian populations. During the pandemic, sanctioned countries have been prevented from purchasing adequate medical supplies. Sanctions and blockades do great harm to ordinary people.
Panel | DEMOCRACY FOR WHO?: The consequences of U.S. interventions in the Americas
Panel | SOLIDARITY BEYOND BORDERS: Building a People’s Internationalism
PANEL | LET CUBA LIVE! Young Voices Against the Blockade
Panel | PEOPLE OVER PROFIT: Health as a Human Right Across the World
Plenary | THE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY
Concert | DJ Habibeats, Los Jornaleros del Norte, QUITAPENAS
Thursday, June 9
Panel | ENDING PATRIARCHY: Gender Violence and the Struggle for Liberation
Panel | SURVIVING TOGETHER: Food Sovereignty, Climate Justice, and the Future of Our Planet
Workshop | Rapid Response: Fighting for the Right to Stay in our Homes and Defeating Landlord Violence
Panel | ENVISIONING OUR FUTURE: The Role of Cultural Resistance in Social Movements
Workshop | Movement for the Movement with CONTRA-TIEMPO
Panel | PAN-AFRICANISM: In Today’s World
Panel | A PEOPLES ECONOMY: Resisting Debt, Sanctions and Resource Theft
Plenary | THE STRUGGLE FOR SOVEREIGNTY featuring former Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera
Concert | The Candy Rain, K Solar, Linqua Franqa
Friday, June 10
Panel | WORKERS RUN THE WORLD: Transnational Organizing for Labor Justice
Panel | A CONVERSATION WITH VENEZUELAN FEMINISTS: Deepening a Revolution while under Sanctions
Workshop | No War, No Warming—Building a Feminist Economy
Panel | WHOSE STREETS?: Fighting Against White Supremacy, State Violence, and Militarization
Plenary | OUR PEOPLE SPEAK!
Concert | Jillesque, Combo Chimbita