Fourth Encuentro

By Layan Fuleihan. Originally from New York City Indymedia.

On December 4, 2011, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, a grassroots, immigrant-led organization that fights against gentrification and displacement in East Harlem—fights for social justice—hosted the “New York Encuentro for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism.” It was a gathering of about 350 people, of people from all over New York City and different states, young, old, men, women, and children. Many people from Occupy Wall Street were dispersed among community organizers, students, and all the other interested, curious, and passionate people attending.

Message from Uruguayan writer Raul Zibechi to the New York Encuentro for Humanity & Against Neoliberalism

Sisters and Brothers:

We are living in very special moments in lives of those from below. In these years the possibility of building a better world, one in which we may live with dignity, is at play. The risks, however, are enormous. Everything suggests that the powerful have opted to conserve their privileges, even if it means jeopardizing the continuation of the human species on this planet.