October 14th - 17th: European Social Forum, London

SMASH CAPITALISM - against precarity - reclaim flexibility


The European social Forum 2004After Florence (2002) and Paris (2003) this year tenthousands activists will meet in London. The ESF is a unique opportunity, where social movements, unions, NGOs, anti-racist initiatives etc. from all over Europe and the World come together and discuss, how "another world" can be made possible. More Info on the offical ESF website.

On the other hand there has been massive critique, how the concrete preparation process in London took place - especially concerning the dominance and the undemocratic behaviour of some organisations. We are in solidarity with the struggle of the so called 'horizontals' to defend the open charcater of the ESF and to prevent a instrumentalisation by certain political parties. More Info on that can be found here.

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Together with the NORTHEUROPEAN ANTICAPITALIST NETWORK (NEAN) we actively participate in the preparation of seminars and workshops both inside and outside the ESF in London. An overview of the workshops, seminars and meetings can be found here.

Especially we want to promote the seminar "The demagogic use of anti-globalisation phrases by the far right", that takes place on Saturday 11.30 - 1.30 inside the official programm. Translation will be available in English, French and German. AVANTI will report about the situation in Germany and present some thoughts, how our movement should react on fascist threat. More info about the seminar ...

Inside the big International Demonstration on Sunday there will be an ANTICAPITALIST BLOCK. The NEAN-groups have agreed on the common slogan "SMASH CAPITALISM - against precarity - reclaim flexibility" for this block. The Anticapitalist Block is open for the participation of more groups and organisations. A premiinary version of a written call can be found here. 

Interesting workshops and seminars in London:

Inside the official ESF:

1. Reclaim the commons 
Workshop arranged by the Northeuropean Anticapitalist Network, ACT! (Berlin), Chainworkers (Milano) and others.
Saturday, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m., ULU 3 A, Malet Street

2. The demagogic use of anti-globalisation phrases by the far right
Seminar with AVANTI, United and others
Saturday 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m., NATFHE, 27 Britannia Street

3. Anti-dystopia and Euroradical identities
Workshop with Michael Hardt arranged by chainworkers (Italy), Global Roots (Copenhagen), Globalisation from below (Stockholm) and others
Saturday 7.00 - 9.00 p.m., ULU Upper Hall, Malet Street

Inside the "autonomous spaces":

1. Life despite capitalism
Event on ‘Commons and Communities’. Several NEAN-groups will participate in the workshops.
Saturday 9.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m., London School of Economics, Clement House, Aldwych

2. Creating Free Public Transports
Workshop with Globalisation from below, planka.nu (Schweden) and pummit.org (Finnland)
Thursday, 1.30 - 3.00 at BEYOND ESF, Middlesex University, White Hart Lane Campus

3. Social Centre Project
Workshop arranged by Wombles (UK), Globalisation from below (Stockholm) and Siperia (Finland)
Friday, 11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. at BEYOND ESF, Middlesex University, White Hart Lane Campus

4. The Europrecariat strikes back
Assembly arranged by  chainworkers (Italy) 
at BEYOND ESF, Middlesex University, time still unclear

International Demonstration:

SUNDAY, 1.00 p.m.
Come to the Anticapitalist Block:
SMASH CAPITALISM - against precarity - reclaim flexibilty


Samstag, 16.10.2004, 11.30 - 13.30 Uhr : Seminar beim ESF

"The demagogic use of anti-globalisation phrases by the far right"
Antiglobalisierungs-Propaganda durch die extreme Rechte

Fascists and far right parties more and more try to intervene in anti-globalisation and social protests. Activists and researchers from different European countries will share their expiriences and discuss how the intervention of the far right 'anti-globalists' can best be beaten off.

Participants in the panel:

  • Bernard Schmid, France
  • Christoph Kleine, AVANTI, Germany
  • Weyman Bennett, Joint Secretary of Unite Against Fascism, UK
  • Representatives of DEMOS, Copenhagen/Denmark
  • Rafal Pankowski, UNITED / Never Again, Poland

There will be simultanious translation in English, French and German

Saturday, October 16th, 11.30 - 1.30, NATFHE, 27 Britannia Street