January 9, 2017
Representatives of various leftist political parties and groups from across Latin America are meeting in Nicaragua, reviewing an official proposal to strengthen unity among progressive movements in the region.
According to sources closely linked to the event, today, Monday January 9, participants will consider proposals for the Consensus of Our America – a programmatic platform designed to combat actions by regional neoliberal oligarchies – which will be presented to the Sao Paulo Forum working group, according to Prensa Latina.
After a year which saw Argentina elect a conservative government, a parliamentary coup staged in Brazil, and hostile medial campaign against Venezuela, it is vital for social movements to unite, given such a complex state of affairs, emphasized event organizers.
At least 40 delegates from groups from over 10 countries are scheduled to attend the meeting.
The Sao Paulo Forum was founded by Brazil’s Workers Party in 1990 in the city of the same name, to unite efforts by leftist parties and movements in response to the ideological rupture created by the fall of the socialist camp in Europe and the advance of neoliberalism in countries across Latin American and Caribbean.
With Comandante Daniel Ortega set to be inaugurated on January 10 – after winning Nicaragua’s presidential elections for a third term on November 6, 2016, with 72.5% of the vote – leaders and representatives of political parties and social movements will come together in Managua, where from January 11-12, the meeting of theSao Paulo Forum working group will take place.