By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
18 November 2010
We, the International League of Peoples’ Struggle, express our militant solidarity to the New Social Congress in Mexico City on November 19-21. We salute the organizing committee for their success in preparing the congress and to all the delegates for their conscientious response to the call for participation in the congress.
We are pleased that the delegates include persons and representatives of organizations and social movements who are adversely affected by the neoliberal economic policies and the crisis that these have brought about, who are committed to the historic principles of the Mexican people, who fight the oppressive and exploitative policies and pave the way for a new constituent assembly.
We support your call for a new constituent assembly. We understand completely that your call starts with Article 39 of the Constitution of the United States of Mexico, which reads as follows: “National sovereignty resides essentially and originally in the people. All power emanates from the people and is instituted for their benefit. The people at all times have the inalienable right to alter or modify their form of government.”
We share your view that the current disastrous socio-economic and environmental crisis calls into question the foundations of capitalist-patriarchal civilization and is a serious threat to the survival of the human species. The crisis is the result of the parasitism of financial capitalism and the relative overproduction of goods. It is further worsening because of the exorbitant rise of public and private debt and excessive profit-taking by the banks and war-related corporations under conditions of production decline and massive unemployment.
A prolonged global economic depression has come into force. It is accompanied by the rise of the most reactionary prejudices, repression and state terrorism, military intervention and wars of aggression and the occupation and recolonization of dependent and underdeveloped countries. In your part of the world, we see the US war machine threatening and pressuring the countries of ALBA (Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America), and UNASUR (Union of South American Nations).
As in other parts of the world, the people of Latin America are resisting the impositions by US imperialism and its reactionary agents. In your own country you are living up to its history of continuing struggle between the exploited and exploiting classes, between the reactionary and revolutionary force and between the forces of foreign domination and national independence. Your struggle has taken civil and peaceful forms and at certain times revolutionary armed struggle.
We presume that, as you celebrate the second centennial of the War of Independence and the first centennial of the Mexican revolution, you are inspired to raise the level of struggle to a new and higher one against US imperialist domination and against the local oligarchy. It is of the highest importance that you articulate the discontent and resistance of the people against the extreme oppression and exploitation and to unify the people and demand the radical transformation of the socio-economic and political system.
We hope that you can realize a new Constituent Assembly as the culmination of a comprehensive and thoroughgoing process of mass awakening, organization and mobilization at the grassroots of Mexican society. Amid the decay of the electoral institutions and the crisis of political representation, the people of Mexico are desirous of the empowerment of the working people.
We wish you the most utmost success in building a strong Social Congress and consequently in arousing, organizing and mobilizing the broad masses of the people on all major issues and at all territorial levels. All of us look forward to a bright future of the people of Mexico. We wish them to enjoy genuine national independence, democracy, social justice, all-round development, prosperity and peace. ###