[WSF-Discuss] Call to participate in the next WORLD SOCIAL FORUM, August 9-14, in Montreal
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World Social Forum 2016 in Montreal (Canada): Call for mobilization to social and citizens’ movements
We invite social movements from around the world to make the next World Social Forum (WSF) a meeting essential for sharing our mobilizations and our resistance and for strengthening our struggles. We want the WSF in Montreal to be not only a place for sharing broad guidelines, but also to be a space that allows social movements to put forward political responses that can change the course of history.
For the first time the WSF 2016 will be held in a northern country, in Canada, and in a new political context. In the October 2015 elections, Canadians voted the conservative government out of power ending ten years of ultra-neoliberal economic policies based on predatory extractivism and a deep social conservatism.
The struggle against Tar Sands and oil pipelines in Canada, the mobilizations of indigenous peoples for their rights and the strength of social movements all contributed to this political change and was one of the reasons for the decision to hold the WSF in Montreal.
The struggles have been ongoing since the Quebec student strikes in 2012. These include the opposition movement to austerity policies, the fight to defend the environment and the historic mobilization of the trade union movement as part of negotiations in the public sector.
This shows that in North America, Quebec is an important territory of resistance to neo-liberalism and a place where initiatives to build collective alternatives to the dominant system multiply (peasant and ecological agriculture, urban agriculture, social and solidarity economy, multi-sectoral coalitions and many other civic actions).
Another world is necesary, together we make it possible
The existing capitalist model dominated by increasingly aggressive neo-liberal elites, has widened the gap between the 99% of the world’s population and the richest 1% throwing the planet into an unprecedented social crisis. Austerity and structural adjustment policies have been imposed across the majority of countries while corruption continues unabated.
Nations are subject to restrictive economic policies that make victims of all of us, and especially of society’s most vulnerable members; women, youth, the elderly and communities that are discriminated against for their race or ethnicity. The unravelling of the social fabric continues and public services disappear under the transnationals’ insatiable appetite for privatization.
The corporate dominated economic system based on overproduction and overconsumption is directly responsible for climate changes that threaten the integrity of ecosystems and the survival of humanity. 2015 was a year marked by the Paris agreement on climate change and by the adoption of new sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the United Nations. These agreements rather than being bold and confronting the crisis, reflect instead the failure of political elites’ will to act.
Social inequality is growing and the horizon of global warming greater than two degrees celsius foreshadows a dramatic disruption of the climate for the most vulnerable populations across the world.
The constant wars and migrations of populations are the symptoms of a profound crisis of the system that feeds isolationism, hatred, xenophobia and racism, and tramples on human dignity and democracy.
Over the past fifteen years, Social Forums have developed significantly. They have been held on various continents and have dealt with concrete issues affecting people. Social Forums have mobilized hundreds of thousands around the world and demonstrated that alternatives exist, and that action is required.
As part of large mobilizations against free trade agreements, against the World Trade Organization, against the G7 and against the Davos World Economic Forum, social and citizens’ movements have come together to proclaim that another world is not only possible, but that it also urgently needed.
This first WSF in the North continues this collective commitment. It presents unique challenges from the point of view of the participation and mobilization of social movements. However, it offers the opportunity to take action and to continue building a global convergence of struggles for a world of social and climate justice.
We invite social movements and civil society from across the world to gather in Montreal from the 9th to the 14th of August 2016 to proclaim that we are that other possible world!
World Social Forum 2016 in Montreal (Canada): Call for mobilization to social and citizens’ movements | World Social Forum 2016* If your organization / collective wants to sign the call for mobilization to social movements and citizens, contact communications at fsm2016.org
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