Declaration of the Social Solidarity Economy Movement in Defense of Democracy in Brazil

The movements for social solidarity economy express their support and solidarity with the Brazilian society and solidarity economy, which live crucial moments in defense of democracy and transformations achieved by the social movement in recent years.

We invite organizations of the social solidarity economy on all continents to support this Declaration and to disseminate information about the alarming situation in Brazil with their media and social movements, with the aim of breaking the hegemonic discourse imposed and state clearly that it is a blow against democracy.

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April 18th, 2016.


Declaration of the Social Solidarity Economy Movement in Defense of Democracy in Brazil

Breaking democratic institutions or taking illegal and unconstitutional paths in Brazil, a great country that has lived under a military dictatorship and wishes to overcome these years, is unacceptable. This break in the democratic process would also destroy immense achievements of the Brazilian society and important social, economic and political advances conquered in the last fifteen years, particularly those achieved by the social solidarity economy.

Numerous Brazilians are linked to the solidarity economy. According to a survey carried out with more than 15,000 solidarity enterprises, nearly three million Brazilian families have built solutions and collective benefits that have improved their quality of life and their communities in recent years, through various forms of solidarity economy enterprises and cooperatives. These achievements were made possible by public programs and policies promoted by the federal government and many state and local authorities, and the commitment of solidarity economy organizations and networks.

Promoting and encouraging production, marketing, consumption and financial services and others by the solidarity economy was possible thanks to the implementation of several national programs (aimed at strengthening family farming, school feeding, employment generation and productive microcredit, fair trade, among others) and the creation of public bodies such as the National Secretariat for Solidarity Economy-SENAE and many local bodies that position the Solidarity Economy in Brazil as a state policy.

The events that aim to undermine the democratic rule of law in Brazil are not only part of an attempt against the legitimacy of the national government democratically elected, but they also seek to impose a model that would undermine the advances and transformations conquered by the civil society. The necessary fight against corruption, not only in Brazil, should contribute to improving the institutions, not deteriorating them, and much less to destroying the democratic normalcy.

The international movement of the Social Solidarity Economy unites its voice with the voices rejecting calls to take authoritarian measures in Brazil and invites in solidarity the Brazilian society, with respect for its Constitution and laws, to deepen a development model based on sustainability and solidarity, and to pursue decisively its efforts to overcome social exclusion and deepen social justice and living well for everyone.

April 18th, 2016.


The following organisations signed the Declaration:

Alianza por el Derecho Humano a la Alimentación de Guatemala
Asociación Nacional de Colombianos y Colombianas en Venezuela
Beautiful Solutions
Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network
Canadian Community Economic Development Network
CAYAPA Revista Venezolana de Economía Social
CEDAL-Centro de Derechos y Desarrollo
Centro de Direitos Humanos de Itajaí
Centro de Ecologia y Desarrollo, Mexico
Chantier de l’économie sociale du Québec
Ciudadanos por la Integracion
Confederación Latinoamericana de cooperativas y mutuales de trabajadores (COLACOT)
Confiar Cooperativa Financiera
Confiar Cooperativa Financiera
Consumidores por el Desarrollo – Perú
COOFINEP Cooperativa Financiera Colombia
Cooperativa de la Seguridad Social COPSES
Cooperativa San Roque, Antioquia, Colombia
Cooservunal
Cristianos sin Fronteras
Earth Rights Institute
Foro Salud Arequipa
Foro Salud Peru
Fórum Brasileiro de Economia Solidária (FBES)
Fundación Naturaleza para la Vida
Groupe d’économie solidaire du Québec (GESQ)
Grupo Género y Economía Perú
Grupo Iniciativa de Economía Solidaria -CHICLAYO
Grupo Red de Economía Solidaria del Perú (GRESP)
Highlander Center
Instituto de Desarrollo de la Economía Asociativa (IDEAC)
Marcha Mundial de Mujeres PERU
Mesa Nacional Cooperativa y Solidaria de Colombia
No Más Accidentes de Transito
Nueva civilizacion Uruguay
Ojja Publicidad y Compañía Limitada
PROHAM- Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia
Red de Comercialización Comunitaria Alternativa (COMAL)
Red de Economía Social Solidaria de Costa Rica
Red de Economía Solidaria de la Macro Región Nor Oriental-RESNOR
Red de Mujeres Transformando la Economía -Ecuador
Red de Organizaciones de Economía Solidaria (REDESOL) de República Dominicana
Red Uniendo Manos Perú
Red de Mujeres Transformando la Economía – Bolivia
Sociedad Cooperativa de Asesores para el Avance Social (SCAAS)-México
Solidarius Italia
Southwinds SSE
U.S. Solidarity Economy Network
USA Cooperative Youth Council
Worcester Solidarity And Green Economy Alliance

Ripess
RIPESS is a worldwide network of continental networks promoting the Social Solidarity Economy, in order to transform our economy by putting people and the planet at the center of our activities.