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(en) Venezuela: ASF support call

Date Mon, 12 Dec 2005 09:20:32 +0200

Solidarity with the Venezuelan anarchist's efforts to create the
Alternative Social Forum in Caracas, January 2006.
>From Venezuela, the undersigned collectives and initiatives make this call
for solidarity amongst anarchist groups and individuals the world over
with the objective of creating in Caracas, between the dates of the 24th
thru the 29 of January 2006, the Alternative Social Forum
www.fsa.contrapoder.org.ve (FSA - for its Spanish acronym). We are deeply
involved in the preparation and organizational work for this event, which
has motives and objectives that coincide with what is being promoted by
the Venezuelan anarchist movement, and as a result we have made every
effort possible to solidify its successful creation; this is because we
understand that in the current situation of Venezuela and in the rest of
Latin America a Forum with these characteristics would be a opportune
space to spread anarchist ideals and practice.

Expressedly, the Alternative Social Forum presents itself as a challenge
to the VI World Social Forum (WSF) and the II Forum of the Americas, that
are to take place simultaneously in Caracas on the same dates, under the
sponsorship or patronage of the current Venezuelan government, whose
ideological references are overly known, just like those of their allies
in the Cuban dictatorship and those who currently combine the two states
as the model to follow. We should also remember that the previous World
Social Forums have been dominated by a reformist tone that has been
imposed by the mainstream social democracy and NGOs financed by
multinational capital, which has generated conflicts within those at the
heart of the anti-globalization movement who promote a consequently more
radical orientation. With this said, for the anarchist in this country, it
became clear that we would have little or nothing to find at such an
event, and as a result we have taken up the task of creating a "counter-
forum" the FSA, where it will be possible for us to gather and debate with
all those who share anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist positions,
aspiring to build a future of liberty and equality in solidarity. In the
preparation for the FSA, anarchist, as well as persons that do not
consider themselves as such but following a libertarian orientation have
participated in its creation that is reflected in everything that we've
created so far (see web page).
Because the FSA is a hemispheric-wide invitation, just as the WSF, we
estimate the turnout for this event to be very favorable to the anarchist
movement, not only locally but also at the continental scale. Also the FSA
creates a unique gathering that is difficult to repeat to unite anarchist
activist from inside and outside of this continent, which we will take
full advantage of the occasion to make this event as beneficial as
possible for the present and future relations at the heart of the Latin
American anarchist movement.

With these circumstances, the magnitude of the tasks that we are facing
has forced us to accept that we do not have the resources to count on for
this event. We are proud that we have been able to generate locally funds
that have sustained the majority of the expressions of the activities from
Venezuelan anarchist during the last years. But our participation in the
FSA implicates cost that only be covered by solidarity help from outside
the country. That help is what we are urgently asking for in this letter,
and can be offered by donations of materials to sell (publications, books,
musical recordings, video documentaries, stickers, ect.), or also by
donations in dollars or euros, that can be made in the following forms:

- Sending your donation through a Western Union service center to their
agency in Caracas, under the name Rafael Uzcategui. Venezuelan ID #

- A deposit in the checking or savings account of Antonio Serrano
Gonzalez. Banco Santander-Central Hispano account number:
00495275042711801250 (Spanish bank).

- In France, send a mail to Nicolas Reti=E8re stillangry@no-log.org for
more information (in french, english or spanish).

For donations in money or in materials, we would appreciate letting us
know before hand all the necessary information so that we may be ready to
receive it securely. Just e-mail us at ellibertario@nodo50.org and

And finally, we thank you in advance for the backing that you can offer.
We also invite you to check out ours websites so that you can get to know
better what we've been doing in Venezuela to create that new world that we
bring in our hearts and that is being born at this moment.

The undersigned,

Commission for Anarchist Relations / newspaper El Libertario

Comision de Relaciones Anarquistas de Venezuela - CRA /Periodico El

www.nodo50.org/ellibertario (website in spanish & english)

Center for Social Libertarian Studies

Centro de Estudios Sociales Libertarios - CESL


Anarchist Black Cross Venezuela

Cruz Negra Anarquista_Venezuela


Autonomous Infoshop La Libertaria

Ateneo Autonomo La Libertaria (Biscucuy, Portuguesa)


Rock Bank- ApatiaNo

Banda de rock ApatiaNo


Rock Band Los Dolares

Banda de rock Los Dolares


Cooperative of bands

Cooperactiva de Bandas


NGO- Nelson Garrido Organization

ONG - Organización Nelson Garrido


ralf@anarch.free.de (Ralf Landmesser)
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