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The movement is mobilising

Issue No. 1921

The dispossessed are mobilising

With 300 people registering daily to come to the European Social Forum (ESF), one group making special efforts to organise support are asylum seekers.

Hundreds of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are heading for the ESF, to be held in London from 14 to 17 October, to link up the fight against racist deportation with the fight against global poverty, and for workers’ rights.

Trade unions in Manchester are funding transport to the event for local asylum seekers. The journalists’ NUJ union is funding 25 refugee journalists.

There is also a delegation of around 50 Illos people from Diego Garcia who have been displaced from their homes by the British government to make way for a US air base. Delegations from community organisations include ones from Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Uganda and Congo.

The scale of interest and enthusiasm for the ESF is enormous—for many refugees and migrants it gives hope of making new connections in the fight for justice.

We need more money to buy the special £10 solidarity tickets—so get raising money and spreading the word.

by Elane Heffernan

E-mail the ESF refugee network at or phone 07812 769 897 to get more information and make donations.

Bosses do know where the action is

“the largest political gathering of the autumn political conference season won’t be the Conservatives, Labour or the Liberal Democrats but the estimated 30,000 people who will converge on London for the European Social Forum, a gathering of groups seeking global social justice.”

This is how Tom Bentley and Paul Miller described the ESF in the the Financial Times magazine last Saturday.

Respect calls for new European left

RESPECT: THE Unity Coaliton is encouraging its supporters to throw themselves into building the ESF.

Respect is organising what is set to be an important fringe meeting on “The new left in Europe”.

Speaking at the meeting will be Rifondazione Comunista general secretary Fausto Bertinotti from Italy, Respect MP George Galloway, Olivier Besancenot from France’s Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire, Guantanamo author Victoria Brittain, Suzanne Kim from the German initiative for a new left party, and Respect national secretary John Rees.

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Sat 2 Oct 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1921
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