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Left On The Move Newsletter – 02.21.2019

Left On The Move Newsletter – 02.21.2019

The new edition of the Left on the Move Newsletter reports on some of the events and political struggles developed in early 2019.

The environmental disaster of Brumadinho-MG, a city where the mining company Vale’s dam ruptured, killing hundreds of lives and devastating the environment of the region, is also included in this newsletter. The environmental engineer Bruno Teixeira analyzes the responsibilities of the mega-company and the immense risks embedded in the proposal for environmental flexibility of the Bolsonaro government.

About the Venezuelan crisis, we share a note signed by political organizations from Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador that encourages dialogue between the different political actors in the conflict that is becoming increasingly belligerent every day. At the same time that Latin America must reject any interventionist pressure coming from Washington, humanitarian aid must be mediated by international bodies above the hidden interests of the colliding forces.

The U.S. left already has a candidate for the presidential elections in 2020: Bernie Sanders announced this week a new attempt to get nominated by the Democratic Party. We have on the newsletter the statement made by the veteran senator of Vermont regarding the reasons that motivate him to run for the White House.

Rejecting the emergency statement issued by Donald Trump for the purpose of lifting the xenophobic wall on the border with Mexico, this newsletter features an article by Greg Grandin, professor of New York History, originally published in Jacobin Magazine.

In order to exalt the importance of active international solidarity, we have published on our website the exchange of messages between teachers from Oakland and São Paulo in the fight against the privatization and dismantling of public schools in the USA and in Brazil. Finally, from Peru, we share the Huancayo Manifesto, produced after the meeting in January of different left-wing forces committed to building a new future for the Andean country.

An excellent reading to all and until the next edition!

EDITORIAL BOARD LEFT ON THE MOVE  – 02.21


BRUMADINHO-MG

HOW MUCH IS WORTH A LIFE? WE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE CRIMINAL DISASTER AND THE IMMEDIATE RECOVERY OF ENVIRONMENTAL AREA!  | by Bruno Teixeira 

The Fundão dam disruption, in Mariana/MG, in november 2015, led to a leak of 50 million square meter of mud full with mining tailings, that violently struck Rio Doce and left millions of citizens of the region without water and work. The crime murdered 19 persons, left a ton of dead fishes and led to a major hit on the coast, causing destruction every place that the mud hit. However, three months after the crime, no one was taken responsible.

VENEZUELA

FOR DIALOGUE IN VENEZUELA AND FOR PEACE IN LATIN AMERICA | by Various Organizations

– We salute the recent meetings held in Montevideo, Uruguay, to present both an Agreement Mechanism and an International Contact Group. Only those who want a war scenario in Venezuela can deny the importance of both processes and their complementarity. It is the framework of these meetings that must dialogue and negotiate the various elements of the crisis, including its political and humanitarian aspects.

BERNIE SANDERS

WHY I’M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT | by Bernie Sanders

I am writing to let you know I have decided to run for president of the United States. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country.

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY AMONG TEACHERS

A MESSAGE OF SUPPORT AND THANKFULNESS FROM THE TEACHERS OF OAKLAND TO THE TEACHERS OF SÃO PAULO | by Oakland Teachers

Greetings from Oakland, California! It is exciting to see the teacher strike wave becoming an international fight. We here in Oakland have been energized by the strikes in West Virginia, Arizona, and especially Los Angeles, where the teachers had not struck for 30 years, and overwhelmingly won both their demands and many other concessions from the district through powerful, concerted efforts that shut down the schools.

 

TRUMP’S WALL EMERGENCY ORDER

THE VAST, STUPID, USELESS WALL | by Greg Grandin

In a short story published in 1950, “The Wall and the Books,” Jorge Luis Borges tells of Emperor Shih Huang Ti, who ordered China’s Great Wall built and all the books in his kingdom burned. It’s Borges, so every reason he gives for these two seemingly contradictory desires — to create and to destroy — is followed by another explanation that cancels out the first.

PERU

HUANCAYO MANIFESTO – “VOICES TO CHANGE PERU” | by Various Organizations

In the city of Huancayo, we’ve self-summoned the political organizations Perú Libre, MAS Democracia, El Movimiento Nuevo Perú, the Peruvian Communist Party, Frente de Integración Regional – FIRME and the Movimiento Mi Región to the Left Organizations Meeting “Voices of Change”, with the goal of starting a dialogue and setting down the bases of a democratic, popular and citizen project that can offer the country a political alternative, and a democratic and constitutional exit for the current crisis.

 

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