Border Social Forum: About, Goals and Thematic tracks

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What is the Border Social Forum ( Foro Social Fronterizo)

The idea of a Border Social Forum grew out the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela in January 2006. A dozen organizations from Mexico and the US met over the proposal to organize an action to tear down the “Wall of Death” on the US-Mexico border. In the agreements of Caracas, it was agreed by the organizations to hold the first Border Social Forum and the action against the “Wall of Death.” The organizations pulled together a press conference and announced the Border Social Forum for May of 2006 and the action against the wall of death.

The organizing committee for the Border Social Forum was founded in the February 18, meeting in CD Juarez. 30 organizations decided unanimously to go ahead with the organization of the Border Social Forum but changed the date from May 3-5 to October 6-8 and now the date is set for October 13-15, 2006. The organizing committee of the Border Social Forum has been meeting on a monthly basis in CD Juarez.

Goals of the Border Social Forum

- Create a broad space where everyone fits (pluralistic and inclusive). Organize the first Border Social Forum 13-15 de October 2006 with 300-500 delegates.

- Have participating delegations from all of the border states (US-Mexico border)

- Obtain the most broad participation of the grassroots social movements (participation & program)

- The integration of the social movements of the global south and north

- Internationalize the struggles at the US-Mexico border regions

- Pull together an analysis of the present situation on the US-Mexico border (including Latin America & Caribbean).

- Produce a set of agreements that will pull together a border plan of action and solutions to the problems faced.

- Take action against the “Wall of Death” and get the military out of the border.

- Integrate the border plan of action into the World Social Forum in Kenya and the US Social Forum in Atlanta 2007.

What are the thematic tracks for the Border Social Forum?

The organizing committee in its consultation process has designated the following thematic tracks for building the program for the Border Social Forum. 1. Labor & work 2. Indigenous 3. Art & Culture 4. US-Mexico relations 5. Children & senior adults 6. Human Rights (Traversal) 7. Gender (Traversal) 8. Environmental justice 9. Migration 10.Youth (Traversal) 11.Education


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