After his successful trip to Venezuela, the editor of Marxist.com, Alan Woods, accepted an invitation to speak at an important conference of workers in occupied factories from all over Latin America. The conference is taking place this weekend in the industrial city of Joinville in the south of Brazil. It is being organized by CIPLA, an occupied plastics factory in Joinville.
A Panamerican Gathering in Defence of
Rights, Land Reform and Industries has been called in Joinville, SC, Brazil,
for December 8-10. The meeting is being called mainly by
the movement of occupied factories and is the continuation of the First Latin
American Gathering of Occupied Factories which took place in Caracas in
first round in the Brazilian elections can only mean further instability for
the largest country in Latin America. The
Brazilian ruling class looks with fear at the developing revolutions in Venezuela, Bolivia,
At any time, over any issue, the masses of Brazil could rise up
Trezentos representantes dostrabalhadores das fabricas ocupadas do Brasil, do MST, do Centro de Direitos Humanos (CDH), representantes de trabalhadores de fábricas ameaçadas de fechamento ou demitidos, representantes de sindicatos, da CUT, do movimento popular, da juventude trabalhadora, com a participação fraterna de representantes de fábricas recuperadas na Venezuela, na Argentina, no Uruguai, na Bolívia, nos reunimos no auditório da Cipla, e discutimos democrática e livremente como organizar e mobilizar nossas forças para que nenhum posto mais de trabalho seja perdido e como conquistar a estatização das fábricas ocupadas. Joinville, 18 de dezembro de 2005.
We have received this appeal from workers in Brazil in an occupied factory that are being threatened by a court decision to remove machinery from the factory. Please take part in the protest and solidarity action.
Back in April the judicial authorities issued threats to imprison the
workers and militants occupying the Cipla and Interfibra factories in
Joinville, Brazil. Now at last the campaign we played a big role in
has at least achieved a partial victory. Serge Goulart wrote to us
explaining the present state of play.