Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Mercosur Forum of Transforming Economies

17 January 2020

On the 29th and 30th of November 2019, the “Mercosur Forum: Other Transforming Economies” took place at Lona Cultural Marielle Franco, located on Barra beach in Maricá, and at UFRJ, Fundão campus, Rio de Janeiro / RJ. The activity was preparatory to the World Social Forum on Transformative Economies that will take place from 25 to 28 June 2020, in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

400 people participated. In addition to the Brazilians, the event was attended by participants from countries in Latin America and Europe, among them: Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and France. The forum proposes four currents of converging movements: feminist economies and gender perspective; Agroecological Movements and Food Sovereignty; Common Goods: Natural, Urban, Knowledge and Digital Commons; and Solidary and Social Economies (including fair trade, cooperatives and ethical finance).

The Platform for a Solidarity Mercosur Social exists since 1994 and articulates 18 organizations from the five countries of the Southern Cone: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. The purpose of this platform is to improve the exercise of citizenship by social organizations, as well as by sectors of the population in situations of poverty and exclusion. Among the thematic axes of action are agroecology, food sovereignty, youth, women and solidary economy.

The Justice Forum was a partner in this construction alongside the Community Action Center - CEDAC, one of the Platform's member organizations. He was present with 25 representatives of collectives and social organizations from different segments of civil society in the South of Rio de Janeiro: young workers students from the public school system (elementary and university education), solid waste collectors and popular educators working in the Agroecology movements, Solidarity Economy and Christian Worker Youth - JOC.

The activity enabled exchanges and exchanges of knowledge, flavors, rhythms and languages ​​and connected countryside and city, traditional peoples and communities, indigenous peoples, urban tribes, through the feminist, youth, agroecology bias that build new economies. Another world is possible, it already happens and we identify and see ourselves in it.

Sources and more information:

Maricá City Hall

For a full account of the event, see:

Mercosur Social y Solidario Platform