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WSF Global Day of Action: People Mobilize Locally and Globally for a Better World
25 Jan 2008
Boston, Mass.—Hundreds of thousands around the world will join forces tomorrow, January 26, 2008, for a historical celebration of social movements and social justice as they take action locally on the Global Day of Action called forth during the World Social Forum (http://wsf2008.net/). People all over the world will hold talks, demonstrations, concerts, vigils, and many other creative ways of resistance to clamor “another world is possible.”

In the Greater Boston area, the Global Day of Action launched last weekend with a Winter Soldier event organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War and their supporters, followed today by an immigration rally organized by the Boston May Day Coalition, and a People’s Music Winter Gathering tonight that seeks “to promote progressive ideas and transform ourselves and our communities through music to bring about a better world.” Other activities include an event to challenge the Free Trade Agreement in Colombia, a demonstration in support of Palestinians, and a talk about human rights in Haiti.
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As its press release reads, the World Social Forum is an open space where social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations come together to share experiences, formulate proposals, and network for effective action. “These movements are opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital and all forms of imperialism. Since the first worldwide encounter in 2001, the World Social Forum has become a permanent global process seeking and building alternatives to neo-liberal policies.”

The World Social Forum came to being on January 24, 2001, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and since then has expanded to cover every continent in world, held in several major cities from Caracas, Venezuela, to Karachi, Pakistan, to Mumbai, India, and Nairobi, Kenya, attracting millions of participants. The first U.S. Social Forum took place last year in June in Atlanta, Georgia, with as many as 20,000 participants. Boston also held its own social forum on July 2004.

But what has made the World Social Forum such a success, is its intractable motto of “another world is possible,” a world where economic justice, human rights, non-sexist and non-racist, sustainable alternatives are put into practice thanks to an ever-expanding network of people. Many think such world is possible because there is the will but also the vision to foster change.

Tomorrow, Boston will mark the Global Day of Action by hosting Orlando Acosto, Colombian union organizer and mineworker, to talk against the pending Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Colombia. Free Trade Agreements began to be negotiated bilaterally with countries after the FTA of the Americas failed in Cancun, Mexico. Since FTAs have become less popular, even among politicians, as the economic impact has taken a toll on all nations and dispaced millions of people accross their borders.

Together with Avi Chomsky and Jeff Crosby, Acosto will address key issues at heart of the social forum, economic policies that have empoverished the world and exacerbated social conflicts, while widening the gap between the rich and poor worldwide. The event will be followed by an action in solidarity with Colombia.

In multiple states in the United States, other actions include a National Day of Action for New Orleans (http://www.peopleshurricane.org/) and the housing crisis of predatory lending and appropriation, workers justice conferences and events, actions to highlight poverty within this country, and many more.

At the international level, activists are addressing global concerns of militarism, unrestrained corporate power, and climate change, to name a few, but they are also celebrating their collective voices through music, arts and dance. As such, this historical mobilization of people locally and globally, marks without a doubt a collective endeavor on making this world a better place for all.

LINKS:
http://wsf2008.net/
http://bostondayofaction.org/now/
http://www.bostonmayday.org/
http://www.ivaw.org/wintersoldier
http://peoplesmusic.org/Winter_2008/Concert.htm

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