The Cry of Mother Earth: Call to the First Ecosocialist International
The Cry of Mother Earth!
for the ancestors who,
with their lives and struggles,
plowed the spirit and the strength
of what we now call ecosocialism
CALL TO THE FIRST ECOSOCIALIST INTERNATIONAL!
(The spirits live, the magic continues)
Sanare, Lara, The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
October 31 – November 3, 2017
The mourning of Mother Earth calls us. Her cry resounds within us. It is ours. This call echoes her cry. We accept our responsibility. We call respectfully on her behalf because we understand and feel the pain: the voice and the cry of Mother Earth. How can we not respond, when we know that her destruction is our own, of all humanity, of all life?
A social relation imposes the domination of a few over the many, and over life as a whole. It is based on greed, on dispossession, on patriarchy and racism, on the generation and accumulation of profits. The few who dominate obey the illusory fantasy of their power and their insatiable, egotistical consumerism. Theirs is the history of progress, which demands and justifies expansive cycles of exploration, exploitation, exclusion and extermination. It is suicidal course of uncontrollable destruction, which occupies and encompasses our bodies and imaginations.
Ecosocialism is one of the voices which responds to the cry of Mother Earth, one among many convocations which emerge from our territories. Ecosocialism is a calling in which many others are evoked and resound; one of the many ways to name the pain of Mother Earth, which claims us, names us, and challenges us to change.
Thus we call upon ourselves: to liberate Mother Earth and to liberate ourselves: to resist and overcome the social relations that deny and destroy us.
We convoke ourselves with a sense of urgency. Mother Earth is dying. We are not referring to a threat, but recognizing the facts of an ongoing process, the consequences of a suicidal irresponsibility which drags us to the verge of destruction. The social relation of greed – for which there are too many people and not enough planet for the accumulation of profits to continue – has generated a global crisis. A total war against life has been launched in order to eliminate the surplus and to control the scarcity that this social relation have falsely conceived. This system is the only surplus that we must overcome and eliminate. And the only scarcity is the limited recognition that ecosocialism is the original model – that they made us sick with their counter-model; with their alternatives to ways of life based on ancestral principles and practices – which we must now reclaim, with the seeds and crops of the paths to the life we need.
We seem possessed by the greatest of absurdities. We assume that we are separate, distinct from “nature.” This project of death and arrogance makes us all accomplices. In reality, we have been exiled. We need to return, to reintegrate, to once again become daughters and sons of Mother Earth; to be inseparable and interwoven with her. We call upon ourselves to make this return to life a reality.
Who are we calling upon in response to Mother Earth´s cry and call to the First Ecosocialist International?
Here we share our collective criteria to call upon those who will take part in the First Ecosocialist International. In doing so, we also establish criteria for those who will not take part in it.
Those who never accepted exile call upon us: those who have resisted and remained rooted, who have been punished by a conquest which cannot tolerate them. The fact that they are still alive, speaking their languages and maintaining their traditions expresses the greatest and most beautiful capacity of resistance and rebellion in human history. Their survival, in spite of the mistreatment and abuse they have suffered, guides us and calls out to us. They are peoples rooted in their land, indelibly interwoven with Mother Earth. It is these peoples who today confront the greatest risks of extinction.
Those who have returned, who have experienced the desolation of their banishment, and have taken the path home: they too call on us to join them. This is also their place. We need to pay respect to their word and experience by making it our own.
Those of us who, in word and action, in multiple and diverse ways and on different paths, resound with our commitment to return, and who therefore are walking in this common struggle, call upon ourselves to be, as we are certain to become, from and with Mother Earth.
Those of us who know that resistance-rebellion and creating-transforming are inseparable and simultaneous duties, who realize that the social relation which suppresses us has invented this and other false dichotomies by separating and dividing that which must remain united, we call on ourselves to re-establish the unity of what cannot remain divided.
Mother Earth: Those who have remained interwoven; those who were exiled but have now returned; those who have joined in struggle to take the path back to your bosom and wisdom in word and action: we call upon one-another.
We know the biographies and the chronologies of the regime that condemns us to oblivion. We have memorized the scripts and we have learned to forge ourselves to the roles which assign us to classes and castes, places and behaviors, expectations and positions. We hear the anguish, the disagreement, the impotence, and the solitude. We see through the masks and the makeup – they are the bait which tempts us into the trap of permanent fear: the fear which makes us pursue illusions of stability and security; the fear of losing by which we are chained to the inexorable course of defending that which destroys us as individuals and peoples; the fear whose only possible path is obedience and desolation. Thus we convoke ourselves to gather at the First Ecosocialist International, to overcome the social relation that destroys and suppresses us, and to commit ourselves to reach out with respect and reciprocity to those who have not yet accepted the responsibility defend Mother Earth.
We are aware that the few who will take part in the convocation of First Ecosocialist International will not be all of us; indeed that most of us will not be there. Those who will meet in the first encounter of the Ecosocialist International must humbly realize this great limitation and assume an enormous responsibility: to weave a process between and beyond themselves; to carry it on all the required paths towards the liberation of Mother Earth. Although not replaced nor represented, the many absent may count on the commitment and experience of those present to consciously contribute to a movement of movements and a spiral of spirals. We seek neither answers nor leaders, but the weaving of many ways to free ourselves with Mother Earth.
We convene those coming from specific realities where concrete challenges need to be addressed and overcome with the vision of a collective horizon. We will not convene those who subordinate processes and realities to imagined or prescribed landscapes. We recognize that we have been fooled, confused, captured and suppressed in diverse ways and that we need to acknowledge our ambivalences and contradictions. We come together to face and overcome these. We call upon those willing and able to consistently take responsibility for their contradictions and overcome their mistakes.
We call upon those who are braiding theory and practice to come and share their struggles: for freedom from oppression, dispossession and death; for freedom to live, to weave ourselves to life and to Mother Earth.
We recognize that our home is surrounded and infiltrated by those who, captured by the greed that moves a mistaken social order, have the power, the capacity, the means and the need to destroy it and us. This situation urgently demands our wisdom: to propose paths and design plans, to recognize, confront and overcome this threat and aggression with moral and strategic action. To convoke the First Ecosocialist International, we must bring together processes and peoples who cannot be bought, who don’t surrender, who don’t get tired, and who won’t deceive or be deceived.
We have decided to make the most of four days, between the 31st of October and the 3rd of November 2017, to be moved, and to lay the foundations for a short, medium and long-term plan of collective action. We must begin to respond in this short time with the greatest wisdom to achieve maximum impact. Thus we aim to identify and prioritize select processes and individuals, who, responding to the criteria outlined here, will exchange experiences and propose directions. The purpose is not to exclude, but on the contrary, to begin to move forward from solid ground and vision towards inclusion. This initial plan of action will be presented both humbly and firmly as the axis of a spiral whose vocation and commitment is to contribute to compose word and action word in harmony, until all are free from project of death that overwhelms us, until all are interwoven again with Mother Earth.
This is a first step. No person or process can claim ownership or leadership of what shall be done and achieved collectively; we accept this responsibility as a priority. We respond to this calling to the First Ecosocialist International, which is a calling to confront and overcome the challenge of the cry of Mother Earth: To create and transform, to resist and rebel – both far beyond and closer to home than the boundaries of this life-threatening system. To organize ourselves on this shared path to freedom will be our only reward and commitment.
Based on these criteria, we assume the responsibility to call upon a limited number of participants who can realize the work demanded of us. With this call which echoes towards all continents and territories, all peoples, processes and individuals searching to achieve balance and harmony, we are proceeding to convene participants to Abya Yala and Turtle Island. This process begins immediately, promising permanent communication between those of us who have committed ourselves to it.
The spirits embodied themselves in us, suggesting a program which appeals through the portals of being and feeling, with simple and elemental points of entry: to listen to the cry of Mother Earth echoing within ourselves, and to find ourselves with each other in a collective pattern and plan.
If not you, who? (We are who.)
If not here, where? (Here is where.)
If not now, when? (Now’s the time!)
From the Pluricosmovisionary Commission
(Twelve states of Venezuela, ten countries, three continents)
Locals (Monte Carmelo y Sanare, Lara):
Semillero Socialista de Monte Carmelo / Consejo Comunal de Monte Carmelo / Comuna María Teresa Angulo / Asociación de Productores de Monte Carmelo / Cooperativa “La Alianza” de Las Lajitas, / Asociación Civil MonCar / Feria de Consumo Familiar de Monte Carmelo / Colectivo Senderos del Saber de Monte Carmelo / Liceo Bolivariano Benita de Jesús García de Monte Carmelo / Liceo Bolivariano Rural ¨María Teresa Angulo¨ de Bojo / Cooperativa 8 de Marzo de Palo Verde / Sistema de Trueke del Territorio Comunal “Argimiro Gabaldón” de Sanare / Emisora Comunitaria Sanareña 101.9 FM de Sanare / Colectivo de Investigación ¨El Maestro Café¨ de Sanare
Consejo Popular de Resguardo de Semillas “Renato y El Caimán” de Lara / Consejo Popular de Resguardo de Semillas “Los Mintoyes de Mistajá” de Mérida / Consejo Popular de Resguardo de Semillas “Cumbe Adentro” de Yaracuy / Consejo Popular de Resguardo de Semillas “Arawac” de Aragua / Consejo Popular de Resguardo de Semillas “Ancestrales” de Táchira / Diseminadores de Semillas de Lara / Red de Konuker@s Biorregion Oriente / Red de Konuker@s Biorregion Centroccidente / Red de Konuker@s Biorregion Andina / Calendario Productivo Socio Cultural / Escuela Popular de Semillas / Escuela Popular de Piscicultura / MST Venezuela (Movimientos Sociales por el Trueke, la Paz, la Vida y el Ecosocialismo) / Sistema de Trueke Urachiche de Yaracuy / Sistema de Trueke Merideño de Mérida / Sistema de Trueke Paraguachoa de Nueva Esparta / Sistema de Trueke Biorregion Turimiquire (Monagas, Sucre y Anzoátegui) / Comuna “El Maizal” / EPATU KONUKO (Espirales Populares para las Artes y Tradiciones Universales del Konuko) / GREP (Guerilla Republik Venezuela) / FRAV (Frente Revolucionario de Artesanas y Artesanos de Venezuela) Capitulo Mérida / Colectivo Cimarrón de Zulia / Colectivo Oko de Quibor / Estudiantes del IALA (Instituto Latinoamericano de Agroecología “Paulo Freire”) de Barinas / Colectivos, Organizaciones y Movimientos Sociales Venezolanos que hacemos parte de la Red Nacional de Guardianes de Semillas de Venezuela.
United African Alliance Community Center of Tanzania / Africa Mother’s Foundation of Kenya / Kenya Debt Relief Network / Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka / Charlotte O’Neal (Black Panthers) of USA / Ecosocialist Horizons of USA / Pueblos en Camino of Puebla, México / CODEPANAL (Comisión de Defensa del Patrimonio Nacional) of Bolivia / Red Universitaria de Ambiente y Salud – Médicos de Pueblos Fumigados, of Argentina / Las y los Liberadores de Uma Kiwe, Norte del Cauca, of Colombia
Guaja/Monte Carmelo, Sanare, Lara,
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
October 28th, 2016
The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela
Locals: (Monte Carmelo y Sanare, Lara)
Baquianos del Conocimiento de Monte Carmelo / Panadería La Campesina de Bojo / Asociación de Productores Agroecológicos El Alto de Guarico / Comuna Socialista Sueño de Bolívar / Comuna Kiriwa / Comuna Caimán de Sanare / Comuna Asunción Piñero / Comuna Argimiro Gabaldon / Comuna Un Nuevo Amanecer del Guaical / Comuna Pingano / Comuna Jirajara / Comuna en construcción Santiago Hernández / Comuna Ezequiel Zamora / Comuna Las Quebraditas / Comuna Ciudad de Angostura / Comuna Albarical / Comuna Gran Sabana / Comuna en construcción Miraflores Unidos / Coordinación de Educación del Municipio Andrés Eloy Blanco con todas sus Escuelas y Liceos / Misión Sucre, Misión Robinson y Misión Rivas de A.E.B / Universidad Politécnica Territorial Andrés Eloy Blanco / Universidad Campesina de Venezuela Argimiro Gabaldon / Red de Escuelas Agroecológicas Ezequiel Zamora /
Programa Todas las Manos a la Siembra / Movimiento Todas las Manos a la Siembra / Movimiento Pedagógico Revolucionario / Zona Educativa de Lara / Colectivo Ecosocialista “Chávez Vive” / ASGDRE (Alianza Sexo-Genero Diversa Revolucionaria) / Sistema de Trueke Guatopori Guaicaipuro de Los Teques, Miranda / Trueke Tinaquillo de Cojedes / Sistema de Trueke Kirikire de Los Valles del Tuy, Miranda / Colectivo Maestras Cimarronas de Veroes, Yaracuy / Colectivo ArteBrisa de Mérida / Danza Teatro “Poco a Poco” de El Tocuyo, Lara / Fundación Bosque Macuto de Barquisimeto, Lara / Frente de Resistencia Ecológica de Zulia / Colectivo “La Mancha” / Trenzas Insurgentes (Colectivo de Mujeres Negras, Afrovenezolanas, Afrodescendientes) de Caracas / Circulo de Hombres de Caracas / Colectivo INDIA (Instituto de Investigación y Defensa Integral Autogestionaria) de Caracas / Plataforma Socialista “Golpe de Timón” de Carabobo / A.C. Portavoces del Ambiente (Producción Audiovisual Ambiental) de Cabudare, Lara / Comuna Padre Juan Bautista Briceño, Parroquia Trinidad Samuel (Rural), Municipio Bolivariano G/D Pedro Leon Torres, Lara / Cooperativa El Sabor de mi Tierra Margariteña 321 R.L. de Nueva Esparta / A.C. Tierras y Hombres Libres (Agricultores Ecologistas Ambientalistas) el Vallecito, Mérida / UPF La Granjita del Nono de El Salado, Ejido, Mérida / Centro Nacional de Conservación de los Recursos Fitogenéticos de Maracay, Aragua, Dirección General de Diversidad Biológica, Ministerio del Poder Popular para Ecosocialismo y Aguas / MORAHC (Movimiento de Organizaciones Revolucionarias Ambientalistas y Humanistas de Caricuao) / Colectivo Socioambiental Marahuaka de Caracas / Fundación Reyes de Corazón de Caracas /
La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology (New Orleans, USA) / a new black arts movement (USA) / Urban Art Beat (USA) / Commusaic (Belgium) / the c.i.p.h.e.r. (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya) / Health of Mother Earth Foundation (Nigeria) / Kabetkache Women Development Centre (Nigeria) / Peoples Advancement Centre (Nigeria) / No REDD in Africa Network / Justicia Ambiental (Friends of the Earth, Mozambique) / Young Christians in Action for Development (Togo) / …
To adhere to this convocation (processes, organizations, movements):