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(en) Venezuela, Anarchists and the Caracas ASF/January 2006

Date Wed, 16 Nov 2005 20:37:42 +0200

The Venezuelan anarchist movement invites you to participate in the
Alternative Social Forum at Caracas in January 2006, a gathering of
anti-establishment social movements, in response to the bureaucratic
World Social Forum promoted by the Venezuelan government.
Groups and individuals from the radical, antiauthoritarian left in
Venezuela are promoting an Alternative Social Forum (ASF), in parallel
with the "official" (and state-managed) World Social Forum (WSF) that
will take place from January 24 to 29, 2006, in Caracas. In this
initiative are involved the local anarchists, including the CRA
(Comision de Relaciones Anarquistas), the CESL (Centro de Estudios
Sociales Libertarios), the newspaper El Libertario and similar
collectives. When discussing the defining characteristics of this ASF,
we insisted that it should give wide room to the anarchist proposals and
experiences for social struggle, which has been widely accepted by the
rest of the event promoters, since certainly they have great interest in
listening and debating what we have to say.

At the moment of writing this, the call is being made -both locally and
internationally- to participate in the ASF; there is also a lot of
effort being put into creating a more precise schedule, since there is a
wide spectrum of movements, groups and activists -both inside and
outside of Venezuela- who perceive that the official WSF is not the
space for exchange, promotion and empowerment radicals aspire to. In
that sense, we already envision the ASF as a space where the anarchists
who participate will find not only interested listeners and the
opportunity to discuss our ideas, but also a chance like no other for
indirect exchange between ourselves.

And so, we want to invite anarchists everywhere, and specially from
Latin America, come to Venezuela the fourth week next January. We call
upon you to participate in the ASF, which will provide us an ideal
environment, not only to exchange ideas and experiences with both our
own and others, but also to seize the occasion for the anarchists to
have that face-to-face contact that is neccesary for a better
communication and initiating joint initiatives. It must be made clear
that we are not proposing an Anarchist Forum or anything like that; we
only intend to promote the interaction between those who participate in
the anarchist scene in this continent.

We are open to all suggestions and comments you want to make about this
initial summons, particularly about ways in which we could benefit
better from this encounter of anarchists from many countries in
Venezuela. We also invite you to visit the ASF webpage,
<www.fsa.contrapoder.org.ve <http://www.fsa.contrapoder.org.ve>to stay
informed about the event, the ways in which you can participate, the
proposals, and the discussions it generates.

ellibertario@nodo50.org <mailto:ellibertario@nodo50.org>
www.nodo50.org/ellibertario <http://www.nodo50.org/ellibertario>
[In english = www.nodo50.org/ellibertario/seccioningles.htm
Nelson Méndez <mendezn@camelot.rect.ucv.ve
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