Join with hundreds of local community activists, trade unionists, environmentalists, thinkers, artists, concerned citizens and international speakers for three days of open space workshop discussion, debate, strategising, info and skill sharing and inspiration at the 4th Sydney Social Forum.

Chris Nineham Stop the War Coalition (UK)
Dimitri Vilensky Chto delat?/What is to be done? (Russia)
Independent Children & Women Workers Forum (Bangladesh)
Houston Global Awareness (USA) Texans For Peace (USA)
Sally McManus Secretary, Australian Services Union (NSW)
Kevin Bracken Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia (Victoria)
Donna Mulhearn Peace activist and journalist
Ghassan Hage Sydney Uni, author of "Against Paranoid Nationalism"
Dave Sweeney Australian Conservation Foundation

APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad Refugee Action Coalition
Sydney Stop the War Coalition Greenpeace EcoLiving Centre Economic Reform Australia REDWatch
ReconciliACTION Indymedia Nature Conservation Council of NSW Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine
Subplot International Socialist Organisation

Civil Rights Network NSW and more...

SSF SUPER SESSION: OUR WORLD, OUR RIGHTS, OUR FUTURE
MONDAY 29 August - 6:00PM - THE MINT
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Sharan Burrow President Australian Council of Trade Unions
Andrew Ferguson Secretary CFMEU (NSW Construction)
Chris Nineham Stop the War Coalition (UK)
Anna Samson Stop the War Coalition (Sydney)
Cate Faehrman Director Nature Conservation Council of NSW
MC: Stuart Rees Sydney Peace Prize


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THE TAKE FILM SCREENING WITH THE DIRECTOR AVI LEWIS
OCCUPY. RESIST. PRODUCE.
VISIT: www.thetake.org


Avi LewisOn the 14th and 15th of July, hundreds of people attended preview screenings - presented by the SSF and APHEDA-Union Aid Abroad - of the brilliant documentary THE TAKE, about workers' resistance to globalisation in Argentina as they reclaim their work, their dignity and their democracy. Director Avi Lewis took questions from the audience and inspired us to see a common struggle against neoliberalism, particularly as we face down the Howard government's plans for breaking the power of unions and our right to collectively bargain in our workplaces.

 

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS

Over 200 people attended the Media That Matters short film festival on 7 June. Sponsored by New-York based Media Rights and the SSF, 16 short films by local and international film makers were shown covering a wide variety of issues including culture-jamming, sustainable agriculture, civil liberties and more. Another fantastic lead-in event to the 2005 forum.

WSF FOUNDING FIGURE CHICO WHITAKER IN SYDNEY
On 16 May the SSF hosted a World Debt Day Forum with World Social Forum founding figure Chico Whitaker, a great event which helped raise the profile of the WSF and help build momentum for the 2005 SSF.

 


DEBATES IN THE WSF: WHERE IS THE WSF HEADING?

The last World Social Forum at Porto Alegre, Brazil, from 26-31 January 2005 was huge, but also provoked intense debate about the direction of the event, and the next steps. In particular, a document produced by 19 prominent intellectuals - "The Porto Alegre Manifesto" - caused a stir. Below are some links to current debates:

Group of 19: The "Porto Alegre Manifesto"
Foltz et al: Future of the WSF Process
Bello: Less Euphoric WSF Returns to Brazil
Osava: Risks Posed by Success
Callinicos et al: Critical Reflections on WSF



HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 3rd ESF

To take a look at some highlights of the 2004 European Social Forum, held 14-17 October in London, you can follow this link.

 


30A PROTESTS
PROTEST THE FORBES GLOBAL CEO CONFEFERENCE

30 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER
@ OPERA HOUSE
www.30A.org


SSF ORGANISING
Want to help organise the 2005 SSF? Come along.

Every THURSDAY
Level 3, Gaelic Club
64 Devonshire St
Surry Hills



WHAT IS THE SSF?
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FROM THE VAULT
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