[WSF-Discuss] Fw: Montreal Will Play Host To the World Social Forum in August 2016

William Carroll wcarroll at uvic.ca
Sun Apr 5 11:30:40 CDT 2015


From the belly of the beast (and Canada’s Harper regime IS beastly – probably second to Israel among the reactionary governments of the capitalist democracies) I can confirm that this is a real worry.  However, there is a federal election this October, and it is quite possible that Stephen Harper & co. will be dismissed.  Any incoming government would be rather different, I think, in its approach to global civil society, WSF etc. , shifting from George W Bush-style neoconservatism to something closer to Lester Pearson’s liberal internationalism.
So, I would recommend keeping an eye on this issue and , should the Harper regime remain in power in 2016, prepare for the worst, along the lines Peter has articulated
Bill Carroll
University of Victoria
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Patrick:
Without even asking Gina, who is sitting diagonally from me, one meter away, on her own computadora, I can assure you that this question was addressed!
That does not, however, mean that we can avoid organising a multi-pronged campaign, at all relevant levels, to ensure that the borders are open for WSF participants. I would, however, assume that however forceful such a campaign and whatever gestures the Canadian state might make, that there will be people/countries/organisations excluded. In such cases, there would need to be 'name and shame' demonstrations at Canadian embassies, consulates - and even companies - around the world. And maybe one should warn the Canadians that this will be the case if they refuse visas to a global civil society event.
Pw


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On Sun, Apr 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM, Patrick Bond <pbond at mail.ngo.za<mailto:pbond at mail.ngo.za>> wrote:
Full support, I know some of the organisers as extremely capable comrades.

But as I recall, the many discussions about Montreal hosting in the prior years focused on the border problem: hostility to people from the South when it comes to visas, and also to North American activists who have been prevented from crossing due to their activist record. The Ottawa regime has a fortress mentality. Has that been addressed?

Cheers,
Patrick
On 2015/04/05 04:08 PM, jasper teunissen wrote:
Don't think this was posted already on this list:
http://www.fsm2016.org/en/montreal-will-play-host-to-the-world-social-forum-in-august-2016-2/
Montreal Will Play Host To the World Social Forum in August 2016
30 March 2015<http://www.fsm2016.org/en/montreal-will-play-host-to-the-world-social-forum-in-august-2016-2/>Non classé @en<http://www.fsm2016.org/en/category/non-classe-en/>Van Quoc Vinh<http://www.fsm2016.org/en/author/vanqv/>

Montreal Will Play Host To the World Social Forum in August 2016.
Unprecedented in a Northern Country!

Tunis, March 29th 2015:
Today, March 29th 2015, it was decided that Montreal would be hosting the next World Social Forum taking place in August 2016. Following a meeting that took place during the 2015 World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis, the International Council officially confirmed that the next global civil society meeting for an alternative world would be held in Montreal. According to Chico Whitaker, a founding member of the WSFs, “this first Northern World Social Forum is a historical opportunity for us to revitalize global social struggles; and all of this will be carried out by the passion and idealism of Quebec’s youth!”

More than 50,000 people are expected to convene in downtown Montreal next year for this exciting event. The WSF hopes to become a space for the collective construction of solutions to the various challenges we currently face (ecological, economic, security, social and political crises). Quebec’s youth and its new social movements were able to convince the International Council to sign off on the WSF being hosted in a Northern country for the first time since its inception in 2001. This surprising twist of events epitomizes the importance of alliances between peoples and nations in creating a better world for today and tomorrow.

It is with this in mind that the 12th edition of the WSF aims to facilitate Canada and Quebec’s civil society’s contribution to global social struggles.

About the 2016 Montreal WSF Collective
Starting in May 2013, a collective made up of socially-involved citizens, as well as more than 140 organizations from syndical, indigenous, feminist, international solidarity, community, student and environmental arenas have worked together in order to build a strong organizational base for the 2016 World Social Forum in Montreal.

About World Social Forums
World Social Forums aim to create a space for the emergence of alternatives and debates, as well as for the convergence of struggles across the world. The first World Social Forum was held in Porto-Alegre, Brazil, in 2001 in reaction to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Raphaël Canet
Tunis : +216 55 25 55 16 (March 29, 30, 31
Montreal : 514 883-9594

Carminda Mac Lorin :
Tunis : +216 55 255 516 (March 29, 30, 31)
Montreal : 514 381-7090

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