Open Call to Community Groups

X http://www.regionalsocialforum.ca/06CommunityLetter.pdf (external link)

The organizing committees of the 2006 Regional Social Forum (RSF) are pleased to invite progressive community members and groups to the Second Annual Regional Social Forum to be held on June 1-4, 2006! Please consider this letter as an expression of our interest in engaging with diverse community groups in our hopes to provide an annual open meeting space for dialogue, networking, and consciousness-raising.

June 1-4, 2006, the Regional Social Forum (RSF) will provide an open meeting space for progressive individuals and community groups open to exploring and committed to creating a just, peaceful, and sustainable world on personal, local and global dimensions.

Many diverse members of civil society, mostly concentrated in South-Western? Ontario, have come together to create an annual regional social forum, inspired by the World Social Forum movement (www.worldsocialforum.org). The Forum will provide the space and time to share ideas, information, experiences, and networks via four days of workshops, roundtables, testimonials, cultural and artistic performances/activities, film screenings, and other media of consciousness raising, dialogue, and progressive social change. Our Opening Ceremonies will take place on Friday, June 2nd in the evening and our Closing Ceremonies will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, June 4th. A detailed programme – including information on these ceremonies, our keynotes, major roundtables, etc. – will be available on our website in May 2006.

There are many ways through which community groups are encouraged to get involved: Groups can organize workshops/testimonials, performances, display booths, film screenings, art/photography exhibitions, meal preparations during the Forum, and much more. There are no costs involved in any of this and we encourage community groups to take ownership of this space and create it so it is fruitful for (y)our work. If you are interested in exploring these possibilities, please contact us at . Also, we encourage you to promote this event in your circles – publicity materials will soon be available. We appreciate your solidarity.

In general, there are no costs to attend the Forum; online pre-registration is encouraged. Tenting and child (care) spaces are also available free of cost on our beautiful site, 531 Windermere Road, London. Healthy meals will also be provided at minimal (suggested) costs on site. On London bus route. For more information regarding the Regional Social Forum – to register as a participant, workshop facilitator, or performer; to access our programme; to volunteer; or to donate to the Forum – please visit our website at www.RegionalSocialForum.ca (external link) or email us at . We would be very happy to come to one of your meetings or events to discuss these possibilities.

Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Another World Is Possible,

The Regional Social Forum Organizing Committees regionalsocialforum@gmail.com

www.RegionalSocialForum.ca