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(en) Britain, London, Beyond ESF: 5 Days & Nights of Anti-Authoritarian ideas and action

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Date Sat, 9 Oct 2004 14:06:07 +0200 (CEST)

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An autonomous space during the European Social Forum in London, October 13th - 17th
In just under a week, over 30,000 social & political activists will be
descending on London for the 3rd European Social Forum. WOMBLES
have decided to organise outside of the ESF process and will be putting
on a 5 day and night event at a north london university, with
presentations, workshops, discussions from groups all over Europe as
well as live bands, cinema and food everynight.
This event will be self-organised and we invite people to get involved in
the process of organising this event. Our meetings are every Tuesday at 7.30pm at:

London Action Resource Centre (LARC)
62 Fieldgate Street
Whitechapel, London E1
(opposite derelict building)
For directions see www.streetmaps.co.uk

For information on all the other autonomous spaces,
see http://www.altspaces.net/

The 3rd European Social Forum takes place in London from 14-17
October 2004. Following on from the previous social forums in Florence
and Paris, it will attract tens of thousands of activists from diverse
backgrounds under the banner of "Another World is Possible". Though it
may be seen as a positive step by some of what has been termed by the
media as 'the anti-globalisation movement', in reality the ESF functions
as a place where political parties and social democrats co-opt and
dominate the new movement against capital for their own purposes. Read
the full WOMBLES critique of the European Social Forum >>>

During the past decades, struggles involving millions of people against
the regime of capitalism and the state, have shown a rejection of the old
leftist aspirations of seizing the state power, and continue to go beyond
the limits of those struggles by questioning the very existence of the state
and hierarchically organised power. WOMBLES, an anti-authoritarian
social struggle initiative, was formed from the inspiration of this
movement and continues, with projects like the Occupied Social Centre,
to create similar movements here in the UK.

Therefore during the ESF, we will not participate in this act of co-option
that has been sponsored by government institutions (the Mayor of
London), and political parties. We do however, want to continue the
radicalisation that we have seen during the recent mobilisations against
the World Trade Organisation, G8, IMF and World Bank summits and
call for participation in BEYOND ESF - a self-organised,
anti-authoritarian event which will run through out the ESF days. We are
also working with other initiatives as part of the 'Autonomous Spaces
During the ESF' to create visibility of other autonomous events.
Beyond ESF

Beyond ESF will be part conference, part direct action, part celebration of
cultures of resistance - an opportunity to create an alternative; a social
movement with infinite imagination and creativity against the apathy of
capitalist culture. We are for a new life, a new world, created from the
decaying shell of the old.

All this will be happening in a self-organised space, a space where local
residents, as well as thousands of people from around Europe will be able
to interact, to learn and to experiment with new ways of exploring our
future together. It will also be an opportunity to gather the forces of the
movement, and create collective strategies,bigger than any organisation
or structure. We invite all of those who work non-hierarchically to
participate in these events, to propose workshops, strategy discussions
and direct actions.

Related links

WOMBLES critique of the European Social Forum >>>

Background to Beyond ESF >>>

Original collective call for autonomous spaces during the ESF >>>

Find all Autonomous Spaces articles >>>

Search Google for Autonomous Spaces articles >>>

Find all European Social Forum articles >>>

UK Indymedia ESF section >>>
Themes for Discussion & Action

1. Repression & Social Control
Prisons, anti-terrorism laws, Anti-Social Behaviour orders, ID cards,
CCTV & surveillance, state repression of political activists.

2. Autonomy & Struggle
Social centres & autonomous spaces, free appropriation, anti-privatisation
struggles, anti-consumerism, reclaiming public transport.

3. Precarious Work
Flexible labour, casualisation, dole resistance, collective struggle in an
age of isolation.

4. No Borders & Global Migration
Detention centres, living 'illegally', deportation,police brutality, racist
control & persecution, EU overseas deportation camps, The VOICE
Refugee Forum (Germany) - 10 years of active resistance.

5. Zapatismo: 10 years on from the rebellion
News from Chiapas, international solidarity & influence.

6. G8 Scotland 2005
What does the G8 do & why should we mobilise against it?

Beyond ESF will open on the evening of Wednesday 13th October with a
'welcome assembly of autonomous spaces'. On the Thursday, Friday &
Saturday there will be a mixture of workshops & presentations from
ongoing struggles around Europe; and strategy discussions - aimed not
just at a one-off conference but helping to build networks, initiatives,
projects and actions in the future. There will also be a radio/alternative
media space & cinema space.

Every evening there will be an anti-authoritarian assembly for reports of
the day's discussions in the autonomous spaces. These assemblies will
also be used to take discussion forward for the following days.

Every night there will be food, cinema & live music. All events will be
free/donation and all food will be vegan & cheap/donation.

We will close on the morning of Sunday 17th with a final
assembly/spokes-council of the autonomous spaces & have a closing
party on Sunday evening.

For more information see http://www.wombles.org.uk/auto or email
wombles@hushmail.com if you would like to propose a workshop.

Middlesex University, White Hart Lane Campus, Tottenham. Opposite
White Hart Lane train station.

If you require accommodation please email autospaces@yahoo.co.uk and
let us know how many people are coming. This is very important to help
us plan for the right amount of space. We need help to organise
accomodation: please let us know as soon as possible if you can come
earlier to help make this self-managed project work.

We have set up infopoints so that people arriving in London can go
directly to these places to find out information about all of the
autonomous spaces, accommodation, maps and travel.

The locations are:

1. London Action Resource Centre (LARC)
62 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1
Nearest tube: Whitechapel or Aldgate East
Phone: 0207 377 9088
Open 24 hours from Wednesday 13 October - Sunday 17 October

2. RampART Creative Social Centre
15-17 Rampart Street, Whitechapel, London E1
Off Commercial Road and Canon Street Road, London E1
Nearest tube Shadwell or Whitechapel, bus routes 15, 100, 115
Phone: 07050 618 445
Open hours 9am-10pm Wednesday 13 October - Sunday 17 October

3. Camden Centre
Euston Road, Bloomsbury, London NW1
Opposite St Pancras Station & Kings Cross tube)
Open 10am - 6pm Thursday 14 - Saturday 16 October

4. 56@ Infoshop
56 Crampton Street, London SE17 3AE
Near Elephant & Castle tube
Email: 56a@safetycat.org
Web: http://www.56a.org.uk/
Open 12 midday - 9pm Thursday 14 October - Sunday 17 October

For maps see http://www.streetmap.co.uk

* WOMBLES critique of the European Social Forum
* Background to Beyond ESF
* Original collective call for autonomous spaces during the ESF

Autonomous Spaces - Beyond ESF links

* Main Autonomous Spaces web site
* rampART Autonomous Creative Centre
* Open ESF website
* UK Indymedia topic page for the ESF
* An anti-authoritarian perspective of the ESF process
* A non-political artistic perspective
* Official ESF website

Find all Autonomous Spaces articles

Search Google for Autonomous Spaces articles

Find all European Social Forum articles

To get involved email: autospaces@yahoo.co.uk

The WOMBLES have open meetings every Tuesday

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