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Hailing from all corners of the United States and Canada, 22 delegates ranging from the ages of 10 to 80 traveled to Nicaragua from January 7-16, 2023 to investigate the conditions and the lives of Nicaraguan women on a delegation organized by the Jubilee House Community – Casa Benjamin Linder and Alliance for Global Justice. We had the opportunity to meet with a plethora of community organizers, workers, and public officials: from peasant feminist farmers to self-employed unionists; from urban community health workers to nurses and doctors; from battered women’s program directors to women leaders in the police, National Assembly, and Ministry of Women. We met with Nicaraguans from all walks of life and heard their stories of resilience and empowerment despite two hundred years of imperialist aggression and efforts to undermine their sovereignty. With the lowest crime rate in Central America, we found Nicaragua to be a safe, welcoming place that prioritizes the human rights and needs of its people.
We were inspired by the power and protagonism of Nicaraguans and particularly Nicaraguan women and their participation in their communities and governments. Over the past 16 years, the Sandinista government has promoted proactive, preventive, and community-based programs that prioritize the needs of women, children, and the marginalized. The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report of 2022 ranks Nicaragua 7th worldwide for gender parity and first in women’s educational attainment, literacy, and women in parliament and cabinet positions. These accomplishments reflect the Sandinista government’s investment in its people, with 57% of its budget dedicated to health and education. Since 2007, when the Sandinistas were reelected, the wellbeing of the Nicaraguan people has improved significantly: infant mortality was reduced by 55% and maternal mortality by 66% by 2021. During the COVID-19 pandemic the country has never shut down, but has used public health and popular education methods to keep deaths to 37 per 1 million population (in the United States 3,260 of every 1 million residents have died). Today, around 90% of the population two years and older has received at least two doses of vaccine, the Nicaraguan economy has continued to grow, health and education services have not suffered, and the country has avoided incurring excessive debt like many of its neighbors.
The Sandinista government implements a rights-based framework for policy-making that provides the mechanisms for all people to actualize their human rights to water, housing, education, health, safety, and food. In 2007, under the U.S.-backed neoliberal government, 24% of youths had no schooling. By 2020, that had dropped to 4%. In 2006, one in four people were illiterate. Today, less than 3% of the population is illiterate. Nicaragua is now virtually food self-sufficient, growing practically everything needed to feed its population.
These strides in social indicators are also thanks to the Sandinista government’s community-based model of participation in civic life that empowers all sectors of society and leaves no one behind: often referred to as “el pueblo presidente” (meaning, “the people are president”). More than 600,000 land titles have been provided to peasants since 2007 (55% of them women), and about a third of the national territory has been legally deeded to 304 Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. As a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Nicaragua has passed laws to guarantee women equal rights, free healthcare and education, and 50% political representation, requiring that half of candidates for elected office be women….
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Program: We will hear from Building Unity organizers around the state who are preparing to launch the statewide “Wisconsin Tour for Justice and Democracy” that will travel over 1,000 miles and host 8 Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Forums in 8 regions of Wisconsin, during the 8 weeks leading up to Election Day, April 4, 2023.
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BEIJING, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) — The seventh Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) was held Tuesday in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Upon the invitation of President Alberto Fernandez of Argentina, the rotating president of CELAC, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a video address at the summit.
President Xi noted that Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are important members of the developing world. They also take an active part in global governance and make important contributions to it. CELAC has grown to be an indispensable driving force behind global South-South cooperation. CELAC has played an important role in safeguarding regional peace, promoting common development and advancing regional integration.
Xi stressed that China always supports the regional integration process of Latin America and the Caribbean.
“We highly value our relations with CELAC, and take CELAC as our key partner in enhancing solidarity among developing countries and furthering South-South cooperation. That is why China has been working with LAC countries to steadily strengthen the China-CELAC Forum and take the China-LAC relationship into a new era characterized by equality, mutual benefit, innovation, openness and benefits for the people,” he said.
Xi said more and more countries in the region have engaged in high-quality Belt and Road cooperation with China, supported and participated in the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, and are working with China in building a China-LAC community with a shared future.
He stressed that the world is in a new period of turbulence and transformation. “We can only tackle the challenges and tide over this trying time through greater solidarity and closer cooperation,” he said.
He added that China is ready to continue working with LAC countries to help each other and make progress together, and advocate “peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom” — the common values of mankind.
China is ready to join hands with LAC countries to promote world peace and development, build a community with a shared future for mankind, and open up an even brighter future for the world, Xi said. ■
Upon the invitation of President Alberto Fernandez of Argentina, rotating president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a video address at the seventh Summit of CELAC. The summit was held in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, on Jan. 24, 2023. (Photo by Martin Zabala/Xinhua)
By Fighting Words Staff
During the 20th Annual Detroit MLK Day, a special appeal was made to progressive forces to oppose the lifting of the moratorium on water shutoffs in Detroit.
The new Lifeline program enacted by the Detroit Water & Sewerage Dept. (DWSD) has presented obstacles to the enrollment of people needing assistance.
The People’s Water Board held a picket line outside the DWSD headquarters on Tues. Jan. 17, 2023 located in downtown Detroit.
Activists then marched to the Spirit of Detroit statue outside City Hall for a press conference to denounce Mayor Duggan’s administration for its failure to address the concerns of the overwhelming majority of working, oppressed and impoverished population groups within the city.
At present the Michigan ACLU is suing to halt the tens of thousands of impending shutoffs amid an ongoing public health crisis.
On January 28th, we will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Pecan Sheller’s Strike! Join us as we remember one of the most critical labor struggles in San Antonio’s history and how that past can inform local labor struggles today.
Today marks thirteen days that ATU Local 689 members working for Loudoun County Transit private contractor Keolis will have been on strike. The 130 workers who operate, maintain, and dispatch buses went on strike at 3 a.m. on January 11. “From the very beginning, our members have been strong and united against Keolis, a French multinational corporation and one of the largest public transit operators in the U.S.,” said ATU. Low wages are at the center of the strike, forcing many of ATU 689’s members to move out of the county with Loudoun County being one of the country’s most expensive places to live. Keolis underbid the contract to operate bus service, severely impacting the Local 689 members who keep the system moving. “On the second day of the strike, the company put their ‘last, best, and final’ offer on the table, resulting in our members walking out of negotiations after an insulting proposal that fails to address our issues,” said ATU. “Our members are standing strong and biding their time on the picket line until they get what they’re due.” Click here to hear ATU 689 President Raymond Jackson’s update on the Loudoun County transit strike on last week’s Your Rights At Work WPFW radio show.
|Scientists in Cuba believe that the breakthroughs they have made in the healthcare and technology sectors should be used to save and improve lives beyond the country’s borders. This is why the island nation has […]|