JOIN US FOR THE GGJ REPORT BACK ON THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM IN DAKAR Friday March 11, 10AM PT/ 11AM MT/ Noon CT/1PM ET (1.5 hours)
- Call-in: 888-296-6500
- Passcode: 387-157#
This is an open call so feel free to forward to friends and allies!
A tremendous delegation of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJ) members and staff went to the 10th World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal from February 6-11. Caravans from all over West and North Africa brought thousands of delegates, with many more coming from southern counties like South Africa and Zimbabwe. Activists from Egypt and Tunisia inspired with personal stories of their uprisings, and with a call to the rest of the world to support the region’s fights for self-determination at this critical turning point in history.
This energy was present at the center of all the social movement work that took place in Dakar, particularly at the Social Movements Assembly on February 10th. The Social Movement Assembly, organized by GGJ, Via Campesina, World March of Women and other movements brought together more than 3,000 people to represent their collective struggles and affirm the call for two global days of mobilization: March 20th -- an international day of action in solidarity with African and Arab peoples in their fight for self-determination, whose victories strengthen the struggles of all peoples, and a global day of action against capitalism on the 12th of October, to demand alternatives to the current extractive and exploitative global economic system.
This is just one example of how, in spite of messy logistics, the World Social Forum in Dakar proved to be a critical space for those forces that came ready to advance work already in motion. Join the call to hear about some of this work and key lessons and advances that GGJ delegation members helped to achieve in Dakar. These include: developments in climate justice strategy on the road to Durban and Rio +20, challenges and successes in advancing the fight for global migrant rights, the importance of the social movement assembly process and lessons for US-based movement building, and considerations for the future of the world social forum.
Please RSVP to cindy @ ggjalliance . org
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