Image: the public of the Assembly of Democracies, at the Pituaçu Stadium, at the WSF 2018, in Salvador – Bahia. Midia Ninja.
We, organizations that participated in the facilitation process of the World Social Forum 2018, held in Salvador from March 13 to 17, have witnessed and participated in the meeting of 80,000 voices from a great diversity of social struggles social around the world to affirm our common ability to confront and change oppressive realities. To resist is to create, to resist is to transform was the call of the WSF 2018.
Brazil, home of the 2018 edition and cradle of the World Social Forum, so deeply connected to the struggles for democracy in the continent, is today experiencing the most serious moment of attacking against democratic yearnings since the coup perpetrated through an unjustified process of impeachment, without crime of responsibility, against the president Dilma Rousseff.
At this moment, after thearrest warrant of former President Lula, in a clear political positioning of the courts, the voices that cry out for democracy are impelled to the most dramatic resistance against the abuse of the institutions that should promote Justice and political punishment of leaderships popular. Media and generals blackmail the High Court to obtain an unconstitutional result, which does not express the conviction of the collegiate, in addition to breaking the scene to spread fears that were only equal in times of recent dictatorship.
The undersigned WSF 2018 facilitating organizations call on all the Brazilian and international organizations participating in the WSF and on all world civil society, their movements and organizations of struggle, to take a clear stand against the coup that they are now seeking to be consummated with the arrest of former President Lula.
This dramatic moment in Brazil demands the union of all those who fight for a more just and democratic world.
We call for international support and solidarity with the political, partisan, union, social, and popular members who are without any affiliation, who stand up in every country, especially in São Bernardo do Campo, in a position of resistance to this deathblow which is being deployed against the Brazilian people. To resist is to create To resist is to transform
Brazil, April 5, 2018
Organizations of the Brazilian Collective and Facilitating Group of WSF 2018
Filhos do Mundo
Rede Ciranda de Comunicação Compartilhada
Rede Mulher e Mídia
Conselho de Entidades Sócio Ambientalista da Bahia (COESA)
Fórum Nacional de Democratização da Comunicação (FNDC)
Fórum Baiano de Economia Solidária (FBES)
Fórum Nacional de Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional de Povos Tradicionais de Matriz Africana (Fonsanpotma)
Instituto Paulo Freire /CEAAL
Movimento Nacional de Direitos Humanos (MNDH)
Mulheres Negras da Bahia (representantes do Fórum Nacional e da Articulação de Mulheres Negras da Bahia)
Instituto Àwúre Incentivo Cultural Afro Brasileiro
Damien Hazard, Mauri Cruz – Associação Brasileira de Ongs – Abong
Maria Liège Rocha – Federação Democrática Internacional de Mulheres – Fdim
Rogério Pantoja, Leonardo Vieira – Central Única dos Trabalhadores – Brasil
Salete Valesan – Clacso
Nilza Iraci – Geledes
Sheila Ceccon – Instituto Paulo Freire – IPF
Rita Freire – Rede Ciranda de Comunicação Compartilhada
Ahmad Jaradat – Alternative Internation Center Palestine – AIC Palestine
Hermann Dworczak – international network against rightwing populism and rightwing extremism “Prague Spring 2“
Reseau Marocain Euromed des ONGs
Michel Lambert – Alternatives International
Jennifer Cox – Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign – PPEHRC USA
Sally Burch – Agencia Latinoamericana de Información – ALAI Ecuador
Celita Echer – DAWN
Bachir Moutik, Association des Familles des Prisonniers et Disparus Sahraouis – Afapredesa
Diakalia Ouattara, Forum National sur la Dette et la Pauvreté-FNDP (Costa de Marfim)
Annie Pourre e Massa Koné, No Vox International
Mireille Fanon-Mendès France, Fondation Frantz Fanon (França)
Fethi EL HADJALI, Comité de Vigilance pour la Démocratie en Tunisie (Belgique)
Mouhieddine Cherbib, Comite pour le Respect des Libertés des Droits de l’Homme en Tunisie
Messaoud Romdhani, Forum tunisien des droits sociaux économiques
Katarina Popović, International Council for Adult Education – ICAE
Bernard Duterme, Centro tricontinental – CETRI
Leo Gabriel – Áusrria
Cooperativa La Eulogia, Economía Social y Solidaria
Comité pour le Respect des Libertés des Droits de l Homme (Tunísia)
Cooperazione e Solidarietà Internazionale- AOI (Itália)
Articulación Regional de Afrodescendientes de América Latina e El Caribe-ARAAC
Groupe anti-gaz de schiste d’Oran, Yacoubi Mohamed (Argélia)