||Issue No. 151||06 September 2002|
Looking for the Light
Interview: Packing a Punch
Bad Boss: Basher Takes Back Passage
Unions: Five Star Shafting
Economics: TINA – Rest In Peace
International: Against Bush's "War on Terrorism"
Environment: Saving the World
History: A Radical Scribe
Poetry: With A Little Help From My Friend
Satire: Colonel Gaddafi Promotes Himself to General
Review: Workplace Dictatorship
The Locker Room
Week in Review
Charity Begins At Home
Sydney to Host Social Forum
Inspired by the World Social Forum, held annually in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Sydney Social Forum aims to be the broadest possible gathering of progressive community organisations, NGOs, unions, activists, artists, thinkers and others to discuss ideas and strategies for progressive local and global social change. It will also be an opportunity for people to learn, network, exchange ideas and form new alliances.
Over the course of the weekend, the SSF will facilitate a variety of meetings, workshops and other activities, such as music and film presentations, and is being billed as an open space for all those who wish to participate.
The rise of an international "anti-capitalist" movement has mobilised a growing number of particularly young activists and helped breath new life into existing and ongoing struggles and campaigns. The Sydney Social Forum is a result of the willingness of a broad range of organisations to meet, share information and tactics, and explore common ground in response to the rise of neo-liberalism and corporate globalisation.
Specifically, the aim of the forum is to allow participants to:
· gain a broader understanding of activism in Sydney, share experiences and form links and networks to help build movements for change;
· share and discuss analyses of the state of the world, visions of an alternative world and strategies to get from one to the other;
· discuss and learn more about the nature and significance of the international Social Forum movement, from the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre to the emerging regional and city-based Social Forums.
With the announcement of the upcoming mini-ministerial meeting of the WTO in Sydney, the SSF will also be a forum for discussion and planning for meetings and protest action around November 14 and 15.
Thematic forums will cover alternatives to "globalisation", the War on Terror, organising resistance to racism and nationalism, the environment movement, experiences of activism in Sydney, as well as the World Trade Organisation in the light of the upcoming mini-ministerial meeting.
The workshop programme will feature over 50 discussion topics, from the organising challenges we face as a result of corporate globalisation (held jointly by the CFMEU and AMWU) to refugee rights, the Middle East, the environment, Indigenous struggles, youth issues, privatisation, Latin American resistance to neo-liberalism, and alternative media, to GM foods and animal rights. There will even be a workshop on "meditation for social activists".
The SSF aims to become a regular event which can help all of us to improve our understanding of issues of social justice, globalisation and sustainability, how our communities are affected, and how we can work together for positive change.
Organisers encourage all union activists to attend and be part of this most important gathering of thinkers and concerned citizens.
SYDNEY SOCIAL FORUM
University of Technology, Sydney
Participating organisations include:
AidWatch, Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific, Animal Liberation, ATTAC Australia, Australian Catholic Movement for Intellectual & Cultural Affairs, Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, Brisbane Social Forum, Community Activist Technology, CFMEU, Democratic Socialist Party, Edmund Rice Centre, Greenpeace, Greens NSW, International Socialist Organisation, Mineral Policy Institute, New Internationalist magazine, Now We The People, People for Nuclear Disarmament (NSW), Proutist Universal, Refugee Action Coalition, Research Initiative on International Activism, Socialist Alliance, Student Environment Activist Network, The Wilderness Society, 2SER Community Radio, UTS Students Association, World League for Protection of Animals and more.
For registration and workshop information, programme of thematic forums and keynote speakers, on-line discussion and more, visit the SSF website: http://www.sydneysocialforum.org or email organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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