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World social forum
It has been nearly eleven years since the first World Social Forum happened, in January 2001 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Seen as a light of hope – new and strong – in a locked horizon, this political initiative led the Le Monde Diplomatique newspaper’s Director, Ignace Ramonet, to say, in its January editorial: “the new century begins in Porto Alegre”. Continue reading
After several years of stagnating, |1| the Assembly of Social Movements (ASM), a process that brings together anticapitalist social forces, achieved a significant qualitative leap forward during the latest WSF that was held in Dakar from 6th to 11th February 2011. Continue reading
Contrary to what some would like to believe, the World Social Forum process is alive and kicking and as strong as never before. From Feb. 6 to 11, 2011 the most recent WSF was held in Dakar, Senegal.
tworks of Third World Forum and the World Forum for Alternatives, associated with CODESRIA and ENDA Tiers Monde and supported by Tansform-Europe, Action Aid, South South Peoples' Solidarity Network, have been visibly present and active in the Dakar 2011 and probably more than in previous events of the WSF.
Participants from Asia and Africa mobilized in the roundtables and conferences organized by the institutions and the networks involved have probably gathered a good number of Africans and Asians who have intervened during the WSF 2011 Dakar. These roundtables and conferences were attended by a number of participants (more than 200 at any time), continuously over four days (Monday to Thursday) from 09 am to 19 pm. Participants from Latin America and Europe have also been present and active during these four days. The quality and level of interventions have often been remarkable.
Call for a European Conference against Austerity, Cuts and Privatisation and in Defence of the Welfare State
In Greece in May a series of general strikes shook the government. In France last autumn, millions went on strike and took to the streets to oppose the increase in pension age. There have been general strikes in Spain, Italy and Portugal. In Britain, a new student movement has taken to the streets against the dismantling of universal education. Ireland has seen its biggest trade union march for a generation and there have been large protests in Germany, Romania, Iceland and elsewhere.
In a world plunged ever deeper into an uncivilised global capitalist condition, the World Social Forum (WSF) is a crucial beacon of hope. Continue reading
This year, the World Social Forum will be held from 6 to 11 February 2011 in Dakar, Senegal. As usual, a delegation from the CADTM International network will be present. Almost 200 CADTM delegates from 23 countries and 4 continents will take part in this year’s Forum, 10 years after the first one in Porto Alegre in 2001. Continue reading
CADTM Africa’s Social Movements Caravan is organized in collaboration with many social movements and associations including No Vox, the Malian association of expel-lees, the Togolese association of expel-lees, the NGO Mars Togo, Visions solidaires Togo, Grami Afrique, Central African ATTAC groups, ROAD… Continue reading
The issues of the Dakar World Social Forum are organised around three main matters: the global situation and the crisis; the situation of social and civic movements; and world social forums process. Continue reading