Many thanks to Daniel Nina for sharing the Declaration of the Fourth International Congress of Peoples of African Descent and Revolutionary Transformations in Latin America and the Caribbean [Declaración del IV Encuentro Internacional Afrodescendientes y Transformaciones Revolucionarias en América Latina y el Caribe] drafted on June 22, 2011, in the context of the commemoration of Two Hundred Years of Signing the Declaration of Independence and International Year of Peoples of African Descent. Here are excerpts with a link to the original below:
We, Africans and people of African descent, are called together by our ancestral spirits, which have always guided us in our struggles for the construction of a better world under the highest principles of humanity and solidarity, love, respect, sovereignty and dignity.
[. . .] With thanks for the invitation of the Bolivarian Government, under the leadership of President Hugo Chávez Frías, the Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, and the Afro-Venezuelan Social Movement, ALBA, and ASA, we have gathered in the city of Caracas as a prelude to the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, as part of the commemoration of the two hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the Americas—while celebrating the International Year of Peoples of African Descent—for analysis, reflection, and perseverance of our participation in building participatory democracies that are alive in revolutionary and progressive countries of the Americas, the Caribbean, and Africa from the perspective of building a multipolar world.
That the descendants have played a key role in the construction of the independence of the Americas and the Caribbean through half a millennium of humanity and today more than ever, our role is key to social, liberal, and revolutionary progress of our peoples, states and governments.
That in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, under the leadership of President Commander Hugo Chávez Frías, peoples of African descent have had qualitative improvement of their social conditions and an unprecedented participation in the construction of the Bolivarian process in the history of Venezuela.
That the alliance of people of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean facing asymmetries of regional development urgently needs an integration mechanism and appropriate resources to eradicate these asymmetries without the additional costs of ethnic indebtedness, such as is experienced in many countries where international banking has yielded catastrophic results as well as social and economic debt.
[. . .] That the International Year of People of African Descent decreed by the United Nations has been a major initiative for recognition in this continent of over 150 million inhabitants.
FIRST: That in the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that will be established on 5 July 2011 in the city of Caracas, there will be an acknowledgment of the moral, political, social, cultural and spiritual contributions of people of African descent in building the independence and democracy of our America, not only as a declarative fact but also with the creation of a Advisory Board of African Descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean.
SECOND: To create an inter-ministerial National Council for Communities of Peoples of African Descent in Venezuela with the purpose of deepening efforts for the eradication of poverty, racism, and discrimination.
THIRD: To establish the ALBA Afro-Descendant Fund to contribute towards historic reparations of black communities for the countries taking part in this organization, and for those that have not yet joined ALBA, to be incorporated in order to contribute to sustainable development of impoverished sectors.
For full proclamation (with all decrees, in Spanish), see http://www.elpostantillano.com/pagina-0/creativo/6260-america-latina-en-movimiento-.html