Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Two Events Tonight

At The Foundry near Old Street:
A Taste of the World Social Forums in Kenya and India
From 6 pm.

The World Social Forum is an international platform, “an open meeting place where groups and movements of civil society opposed to neo-liberalism and a world dominated by capital or by any form of imperialism, but engaged in building a planetary society centered on the human person, come together to pursue their thinking, to debate ideas democratically, formulate proposals, share their experiences freely and network for effective action” (from the Porto Alegre Charter).

Reports on and analysis of the WSF in Kenya and surrounding events that took place in January 2007 from activists that attended. Views on the future of the WSF and ways forward for global activism. Photographs of the WSF Kenya and India on display.

Films:

WSF March Kenya 2007, (12mins) and Everyday Occurances in Kenya (10mins) (James Whitehead 2007) Footage of the World Social Forum in Nairobi Kenya in January 2007 and events surrounding it.

The World Social Forum - Feminist Perspectives (50 mins) (The Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, 2004): a view of the World Social Forum in Mumbai India in 2004 focusing on female activism and gender issues the film captures many issues and social movements represented at the forum.

Rumble in Mumbai (58mins) (Jawad Metni,2004): over 100,000 people attended World Social Forum held in India in 2004, all looking to build solidarity - and a better world. Featuring interviews with Shirin Ebadi, Jose Bove, and Walden Bello, as well as the eloquent speeches of Arundhati Roy, Mustafe Barghouti, Jeremy Corbyn, and Irene Khan.

Speakers: James O'Nions (Radical Activist Network), Ewa Jasiewicz (UK activist on the People's Parliament in Kenya), Melanie Alfonso (Solidarity Not Charity).

Music: Acoustic music from Hayereyah: Original Roots reggae from Brixton/London, Harmonica and percussion.



Meanwhile, over at The Smoke Rooms, 100 Clapham Park Rd, near Brixton / Clapham Common / Clapham North Station, an acoustic night featuring the splendid pear-contra-mouseball Sarah Loiuse.

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