[IMC-Boston-Dispatch] 01/22: World Social Forum Press Conf... Jan 26: WSF Day of Action

Sofia JarrinT sofiajt at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 15 12:40:47 PST 2008


PRESS RELEASE
CONTACTS:
Monica Di Sisto  moni.disisto at iol.it  skype ID monicafair
Thiago Benicchio thiago.wsf at gmail.com skype ID benicchio
Alternative Media Ciranda.net email rita at ciranda.net skype ID ritaciranda

To join press pool write to: press at wsf2008.net 
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WORLD SOCIAL FORUM 2008: A GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION AND MOBILISATION
Millions of women and men, organizations, networks, movements, trade unions from all parts of the world the January 26th will act together all around the globe to show that another world is possible 
On January 22, 2008 at least seven global press conferences will announce details of the 2008 decentralized World Social Forum Global Day of Mobilization and Action. 

Millions of people all over the world will march, speak, celebrate, and dialogue in villages, rural zones, and urban centers. They will mobilize on the date of the 26th of January to coincide the Global Day of Mobilization and Action with the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland to confront this important neo-liberal gathering of the elites. 


In these same days the “old” world, represented by the World Economic Forum complete with its economists, experts, and ideologies that produce violence, exploitation, exclusion, poverty, hunger and ecological disaster and deprive people of human rights, will meet in Davos as usual. In contrast, the people’s movement of movements will raise their collective voices and take action all around the globe for the World Social Forum 2008.  

The World Social Forum is an open space where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations come together to lift up issues, debate ideas democratically, formulate proposals, share experiences, and network for effective action. These movements are opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital and all forms of imperialism. Since the first worldwide encounter in 2001, the World Social Forum has become a permanent global process seeking and building alternatives to neo-liberal policies.

World Social Forums have taken place at the end of January at different sites throughout the world each year for the past seven years, and their spirit will continue to be reflected in the activities planned at those same sites and worldwide in 2008.

On January 22nd, at least 18 press conferences will take place in 
- Atlanta, USA
- Zurich, Switzerland 
- Chennai, India
- Mumbai, India
- Erbil, Iraq
- Rome, Italy 
- Brussels, Belgium 
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
- Natal, Brazil
- Belem, Brazil
- Mexico City, Mexico
- La Habana, Cuba
- Ramallah, Palestine
- Manila, Philippines
- Seoul, Korea
- Beirut, Lebanon
- Barcelona, Spain

The press conferences will highlight actions happening in each country as well as stories from the front lines of people’s struggles.   

Millions of people, workers, organizations, networks, and movements around the world are struggling, against neo-liberalism, war, colonialism, racism, and patriarchy with rich and varied proposals of real-life alternatives. They represent all ages, peoples, cultures, and beliefs united by the strong conviction that ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE!

The website www.wsf2008.net is on line. From now until January 26th, the Global Day of Action, it will be the main communication tool for organizing actions as well as the main source of information about the World Social Forum 2008.
World Social Forum 2008
       
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