Young people in ATC hold assemblies to strengthen themselves organizationally

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By Sixto Zelaya

With more than 160 members of the Rural Youth Movement (Movimiento Juvenil del Campo, or MJC), assemblies of young people from different areas were held. Among them, there were 80 trade unionists and 80 young producers. At the end of last year, assemblies were held in the departments of Estelí, Matagalpa, Jinotega, Carazo, and Chinandega to strengthen youth’s knowledge of the organization in general, and in addition, to address the problems of social services such as education, health, sports, and unemployment of youth who have migrated from the countryside to the city.

During each assembly, the progress made by the government in regards to reconciliation and national unity in Nicaragua in the last 11 years was discussed, highlighting that it is the only country that does not buy from the United States. Nicaragua comes in third place globally when it comes to the inclusion of women, and it is the safest country in Central America.

In the process, the assemblies analyzed the political context of how the right-wing in the country surprised youth by reaching out via social networks to arm the coup attempt, with the sole objective of reaching the youth population that had access to social media. One could see how they paid to have ads on Facebook to disseminate fake news; violent images degrading the presidents of Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba; and images that promoted fascist hatred against Sandinismo.

One of the main issues that was delved into at the assemblies was the importance of political and ideological formation as a fundamental task for the future and that the spirit of unity and socialism live in the Nicaraguan youth.

Additionally, the assemblies discussed communication tools and the use of social media by young people. Youth expressed that you have to be more informed with the media and safe networks that provide information on the different topics to observe what are the real intentions of imperialism in Nicaragua.

The MJC will now carry out actions to create a digital structure where there is a national, departmental, and grassroots base so that the entire network is in contact through a communication person delegated by each department.

Similarly, the importance of youth entrepreneurship and cooperatives with the objective of reducing youth emigration, was discussed, thus reducing precariousness and exploitation in different work sectors. Another of the outstanding issues was the organization in the youth cooperatives, the unions, the county committees and, above all, to create municipal youth committees to influence the different departmental and national organizational identities.

All these issues addressed are of the utmost importance because participation of young people and adolescents is crucial, with diverse approaches in different subjects such as law, gender, agroecology, peace, and sovereignty of the peoples, which strengthens and promotes leadership.

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