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International Conference Debt, Common Goods and Domination- Resistance and Alternatives towards Well-Being (Buen vivir)
3->5 of June 2015, Buenos Aires Capital
12 March 2015

The problems of public debt, dependence and imperialist domination are within the main reasons of impoverishment, inequality and plundering in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in other regions; especially, when taking into account that the system of debt is linked to the current mode of production and development.

We are convinced that paying a debt, which is illegitimate, illegal, odious and un-payable, implies a social, ecological and democratic cost. Therefore, we insist on the necessity of strengthening resistances and building up alternatives to regain sovereignty and exercise our right to self-determination, defending our lives and common goods.

Historically, public debt has been an important instrument, used by the imperial powers, to strengthen colonial ties in the economic, political and cultural realm, as well as in order to take advantage of the lives, territories and natural resources of the people and the countries which they control. Today, and beyond the claims made by the so called hedge funds, the control exercised through public debt is becoming more and more profound all
over the world, which reinforces the tendency of domination at the expense of a decent salary and living conditions of the workers and peoples of the world.

The answer of the global financial system, spearheaded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the Interamerican Development Bank (BID) and other more recent ones such as the Financial Action Task Force, to the economic and financial problems indebted countries face, are still austerity politics, privatization and liberalization. Within this framework, resistance of the peoples has become of vital importance. It has led to positive experiences for example in Ecuador or Iceland, demonstrating that alternative approaches exist, which avoid the disastrous consequences that indebtedness has had on countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Greece or
Spain, amongst others.

15 years after the historical sentence “Olmo-Ballesteros”, in which the Argentinean judicial authorities proved the existence of more than 477 irregularities and frauds concerning the debt, we keep on paying. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to re-discuss the issue and strengthen our capacity of mobilization and joint action, not only in Argentina but in the entire region and worldwide. We also need to move towards the immediate suspension of payment, until the current amount of debt is not found to be
legitimate, for which it is indispensable to realize further investigation and to establish open audits, counting with public participation.

In this context, we announce the organization of an International Conference which will take place in Buenos Aires from the 3 to the 5 of June 2015. We call at all social, cultural and political networks all over the world and especially in Our America, to share with us their ideas and alternatives challenging the hegemonic system and discourse. We also
direct this invitation to all organizations, movements and individuals who suffer the effects, uphold protests and propose alternatives with respect to the current environmental, distributive, productive and developmental model, since public debt contributes substantially to the enlisted problems and is a limiting factor to their solutions.

We are directing ourselves to the movements of workers, indigenous people, farmers, elderly people, youngster and women; to movements engaged in questions of sovereignty, of the cultural sector, intellectuals and all other political and social organizations of the most diverse nature on the entire planet which have been spearheading resistances, trying to push forward alternative forms of organizing society.

PROGRAM (preliminary)

Wednesday, 03.06. 2015, 18-21 o´clock: Inaugural Panel.

Thursday, 04.06. 2015, entire day: Decentralized activities, such as workshops and round tables.

Friday, 05.06. 2015, 10-14 o´clock: Assembly to bring together and analyze the conclusions of the workshops.

From 17 o´clock: Tribute to Alejandro Olmos, who died on the 24 of April 2000.

From 19 o´clock: Public ceremony of closure on the streets, accompanied by different artistic acts, which puts an official end to the International Conference.


The Conference is open to all interested in the subject. It is expected that many Argentinean organizations and movements will be participating. At regional and international level, the participation of the Committee for the Abolition of the Third World Debt and the network Jubileo Sur are confirmed. Delegates from the Encuentro Sindical Nuestra América (ESNA) as well as the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Economía Política y Pensamiento Crítico (SEPLA) and la Red en Defensa de la Humanidad, will also be present. Invitations have been send to many other networks, organizations and movements.

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The people need to know what it is about! The only debt is with the people! No illegitimate, odious and fraudulent debt has to be paid! Suspension of payment and investigation of debt- in defense of the Common Goods!


Abya Yala Nuestra América
Abya Yala is the name given by the Kuna Indians of Panama and Colombia to the American continent before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and the Europeans. The expression “Abya Yala” means “land in its full maturity” in the language of the Kunas. The indigenous Aymara leader of Bolivia Takir Mamani proposed that all indigenous peoples of the Americas should name their homelands by this name, and use this name in their documents and oral declarations, arguing that “to place foreign names on our cities, towns and continents is to subjugate our identity to the will of our invaders and their heirs.” Abya Yala was chosen in 1992 by the indigenous nations of America to name America instead of Amerigo Vespucci.