October 10 2008
Greetings from the North American New Humanist Forum to the European Forum in Milan
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Warmest greetings from the North American New Humanist Forum, which was first held in New York City in November, 2007, and will meet again in Mexico City in May, 2009!
For almost 40 years, Humanists have been working all over the world to overcome violence in ourselves and in human society. This movement has been met with violence and censorship, yet it has continued to grow.
In this dangerous moment of crisis, it is more important than ever for Humanism to become a strong reference. Today we face worldwide recession, the spread of nuclear weapons and increase in the threat of their use (driven by the United States), the collapse of institutions.
At the same time, a deep search for change is emerging -- in many South American countries, especially in Bolivia, where a profound and non-violent revolution is unfolding, led by Evo Morales -- in the young people that are impelling Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States. This is very important because the US has to stop attacking the world and begin to live up to its promise and ideals.
The Anti-humanist model of economic exploitation enforced by violence is a dead end. Now is the time to build a model based on a new and just relationship between labor and capital, on ending speculation, and on real democracy, including laws of political responsibility and other mechanisms to guarantee the free expression of the will of the people.
In such a moment, it is all the more important to generate environments of interchange free from the manipulation of ideas that has paralyzed the political and social institutions as they try to respond to the growing crises. And this forum will be a great contribution to building the future world we imagine in the depth of our hearts – a world that is just and peaceful, in which each person is recognized as important, a human world with progress for everybody.
Thanks and congratulations to all!
President-Elect Barack Obama