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(en) Venezuela: Appeal for donations for new Libertarian Social Studies Centre opening Sunday in Caracas (ca)

From "Nelson Méndez" <mendezn@camelot.rect.ucv.ve>
Date Fri, 12 Nov 2004 12:01:18 +0100 (CET)

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Dear comrades, This mail is being sent on behalf of the Venezuelan Comisión de Relaciones
Anarquistas (CRA) to inform and to ask for solidarity with a project (see
below) which is the first of its kind in our area: the opening of a Libertarian
Social Studies Centre (Centro de Estudios Sociales Libertarios - CESL),
together with a social library.
At the same time, we are extending the print run and distribution of our
bi-monthly newspaper "El Libertario", increasing the production and diffusion
of audio-visual and printed libertarian material, and organizing various events
linked to the promotion of the anarchist ideal with a continuity which we have
never before had in this country. Certainly it is all very nice, but it also
puts us in a jam due to limitations in our present finances. Although we have
worked hard so that the CESL will be self-financing (as the newspaper already
is), it will not be possible for a few more months, and right now the expenses
connected with the premises and the library are accumulating, and quickly
exhausting the funds we had collected previously for these purposes.

This is why we are making an urgent appeal for financial solidarity. The
contributions of any amount that are received over the next few days, weeks and
months will be essential for the project to get off the ground and establish
itself. There follows some more detailed information about the CESL, and we
sign off now in the hope that you can make some fraternal contribution.

Health, happiness and (A)!

Nelson (for the CRA - El Libertario, Venezuela)


What is the "Centro de Estudios Sociales Libertarios"?

The CESL in an independent, self-managed non-profit organization without ties
of any kind to parties or organizations, whose primary objective is the study
and spreading of values such as self-management, mutual aid, solidarity, social
justice and cultural advancement in general. THe CESL is inspired by the
historic libertarian study centres, European squatters, Italian social centres
and, in general, by the spirit of self-learning which comes from the knowledge
of anti-authoritarians. Due to Venezuelan laws, the Centre operates as a
"non-profit foundation".

What does the CESL actually plan to do?

* Open a social library (to be inaugurated on 14th November 2004)
* Organize forums and debates
* Carry out workshops on areas such as communication, graphic design,
self-management, the plastic, visual and theatrical arts
* Produce printed and web-based material
* Distribute independent printed and audio-visual material

How can people participate in the CESL?

Anyone can participate in the CESL as a member or user. Members of the Centre
will have special benefits. They can borrow materials from the library, receive
the CESL bulletin, obtain dis-counts for workshops and the material the Centre
produces. They also have the right to participate in the organization, in the
general assemblies and in decision-making.

How can I join?

There are two ways to become a member:
* By paying annual dues, the amount of which will be decided by consensus by
the general assembly
* By actively cooperating in the Centres activities and daily running.

How is the CESL financed?

* Through the monthly or annual subscriptions of ordinary members (amount to be
decided by General Assembly)
* Through donations received from people or public or private institutions
which must be approved by the Assembly
* Through the production of self-managed activities designed to raise funds.

So does the CESL accept subsidies from the institution of political or economic

No. The working philosophy of the CESL is self-management, which implies that
its promoters will generate the finances to support it as far as their
abilities permit. Upon the approval by the Assembly, any person or institution
can make precise donations, but these will in no way influence the philosophy,
running or objectives of the Centre.

What is the social library?

In this first stage our priority is to open a social library which will
function regularly. We believe that education and knowledge are fundamental for
any collective project which aims towards people realizing their potential to
the fullest degree. At present, the CESL has a collection of over 1,000 books
and 2,500 specialized periodicals in the fields of the Social Sciences, Gender
Studies, Anarchism, Alternative Culture, Philosophy, Globalizatinn and Human
Rights, that are waiting for a suitable physical space in order to be made
available to the public at large.

What is the relationship between the Centre and the journal "El Libertario"?

The Centre and the journal "El Libertario" are two different things, each with
their own profile. Many of the present promoters of the Centre also work with
El Libertario, but being part of one by no means automatically implies
affiliation to the other. The CESL seeks to carry out the task of cultural
promotion that goes beyond the specific nature of an anarchist collective.

How can I help the CESL financially?

* By buying any of the material that we produce (see the Self-management
section of the Centre's website)
* By committing yourself to paying a monthly or annual quota
* By contributing material, equipment and/or payments for services required for
the CESL's activities
* If you are in Venezuela you can make a contribution to Banesco account
No.6012 8894 6133 3337 in the name of Luís Silva, CI: 10868928
* If you live elsewhere, you can deposit or transfer money to the Banco
Santander Central Hispano in the name of Antonio Serrano G., account number
0049 5275 0427 1180 1250 (Please warn us by e-mail when you do so). If the
amount is too small to warrant a bank transfer, or if you prefer to donate in
another way, please write to us at our e-mail address
centrosociallibertario@yahoo.com . A full financial statement will be regularly
available on the wesite.

How do I contact the CESL?

E-mail: centrosociallibertario@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.centrosocial.contrapoder.org.ve
Postal address: Fundación Centro de Estudios Sociales Libertarios, Apartado
Postal Nº 49110, Caracas, Venezuela
Where to find us: Calle Blasina, esquina San Luís, casa nº 37,
Sarría, La Candelaria parish, Caracas. [You can reach us from the
Metro station Bellas Artes, take the microbus for Sarría and get off at the
corner of San Pedro, 50m. east of the corner of San Luís and the centre]

Translation by nmcn/ainfos

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