The Socialist Solidarity Campaign will be having a discussion on the Sao Paolo Forum on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (12:00 p.m. EDT). The Sao Paolo Forum was founded by the Workers Party of Brazil in 1990 under the name of opposing neoliberalism. It brings together the major reformist left forces throughout Latin America. It calls for the integration of Latin America. However, at the same time, many of the parties involved in the Forum (including Lula’s Workers Party) have implemented neoliberal austerity measures while in office. The Workers Party is possibly the major influence in the official left in Latin America. With its candidate, Lula da Silva, likely to win the next presidential election in Brazil, this influence will only increase.
Of concern to supporters of international working class solidarity is the influence of the workers party and the Sao Paolo Forum around the issue of Russia’s imperialist invasion of Ukraine. The governments of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba have been silent on this issue, and Lula himself has said that Zelensky bears equal blame to Putin in this invasion.
The majority of the Western left gives overt or covert political cover for Russia’s invasion. It is important to understand this process in the “global South” and to make links with those on the left in the global South who have resisted this. The Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign is organizing this meeting as an important step in this direction.
Speaker: Simon Rodriguez.
Simon is a Venezuelan socialist, a frequent writer on Venezuela, author of the book “Why did Chavismo Fail?” , editor of Venezuelan Voices (https://venezuelanvoices.org/) and a member of the Venezuelan Party for Socialism and Freedom.
Simon’s presentation will be followed by an open discussion.