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(en) UK, Alternative to the European Social Forum 2004

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Date Fri, 28 May 2004 08:30:39 +0200 (CEST)

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The third European Social Forum will take place from 15-17 October
in London. The European Social Forum was launched from the World
Social Forum meeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Its first two massive
gatherings were in Florence (2002) and Paris (2003).
The ESF should be, according to their website "a unique opportunity
where social movements, trade unions, NGOs, refugees, peace and anti-
imperialist groups, anti-racist movements, environmental movements,
networks of the excluded and community campaigns from Europe and the
world can come together to discuss how to achieve global social justice
for all and debate ways of making 'another world possible'."

However, the truth has been a slightly different matter, with the
ESF's democratic constitution being sidelined by big
organisations, notably Ken Livingston's Greater London
Authority. To get into the Forum you will now have to cough up
at least £30.

This is a website to help with the co-ordination of a libertarian,
democratic and horizontal intervention into the ESF.

For anybody interested in such a project, there is a meeting to
discuss organising an autonomous event here:
7.00pm Thursday May 27th
Occupied Social Centre
156 - 158 Fortess Road
Tufnell Park, NW5 (directly. opposite Tufnell Park tube)
Read the call-out here.

Find Out More *
The main ESF website is online at www.fse-esf.org.
Another ESF site is at www.esf2004.net.

Here are a selection of the stories which have been written about
the sad absence of democracy in the ESF organising committee,
in reverse chronological order:

? ESF rejects democracy for TU cash
? UK ESF - concrete outcomes and suggestions...
? ESF-UK efforts -- breakthrough!
? Sign-on statement to democratise the ESF!

Discuss organising autonomously for the ESF on the enrager.net
Organise! forum.
* Autonomous Event During ESF

Dear friends,

We don't want to pay £30 to go to political discussions, or sit through
political speeches, or watch as the various leftist sects recruit, sell,
and shout their crap. We want instead to be involved in a dynamic, horizontal,
revolutionary, anti-capitalist PARTICIPATORY event that would be a space
to inspire ourselves and others, to meet the movement on our own terms
and not whilst staring at a platform of would be leaders. We want a space
to discuss, argue, socialise and act upon our collective decisions.

Therefore we are calling an initial meeting, to discuss what the
various strands of the horizontal, autonomist, anarchists and grassroot
movement feels should be organised and what people are willing to help

7.00pm Thursday May 27th
Occupied Social Centre
156 - 158 Fortess Road
Tufnell Park
(directly. opposite Tufnell Park tube)

There will be nice Italian food by donation

e-mail: wombles@hushmail.com

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