For environmentalists, Indigenous rights activists, feminists, socialists and all progressive people, Latin America is a source of hope and inspiration today. The people of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador and El Salvador, among others, are showing that radical social change is possible and a better, more just society can be imagined and built.
The tide of rebellion and revolution now sweeping Latin America is posing a serious challenge to imperialism's brutal global rule. For anyone who wants an end to war, exploitation and oppression, Latin America's struggles to create alternatives are crucially important.
Green Left Weekly is strongly committed to supporting the growing "people's power" in Latin America. We are proud of the fact that GLW is the only Australian newspaper to have a permanent bureau in Latin America, based in Caracas, Venezuela.
Through our weekly articles on developments in the region, GLW strives to counter the corporate media's many lies about Latin America's revolutions, and to give a voice in English to the people's movements for change.
The continent-wide rebellion is weakening imperialism's power. As a result, it is taking increasingly threatening steps to push back the power of the people. Our solidarity, to help the people of Latin America defend and extend their tremendous achievements, is vital.
Through providing facts and analysis, and publicising and organising Latin America solidarity activities in Australia, GLW has sought to promote greater understanding and solidarity between the people of Australia and Latin America.
We are therefore delighted to publish the first edition of Latin America Social Forum, a Spanish-language supplement to be produced regularly by the Latin America Social Forum in Sydney.
We hope the supplement will help build stronger links and solidarity between the Spanish-speaking communities in Australia and all those involved in the urgent struggles for the people and the planet. In the words of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez: "Time is short. If we don't change the world now, there may be no 22nd century."
GLW congratulates the Latin America Social Forum for launching this important publication, and looks forward to continuing to help build solidarity in Australia, and around the world, with Latin America's movements for freedom, democracy, sustainability and justice.