SOME 120 people turned up to a meeting on Sunday of the coalition mobilising from England to the European Social Forum (ESF) in November.
Kenny Bell, secretary of the Newcastle city branch of the Unison union, opened the meeting, describing the range of support that already exists for sending large numbers of people to Paris in November.
'The PCS union executive is considering support for the ESF,' he said.
'The RMT backs it and is sending a national delegation. Unison supports it. And other unions, such as the CWU, are already showing an interest.'
In workshops it became clear that local mobilisation for the forum is already well under way in Ipswich, East Anglia, Newcastle, Manchester and Brighton.
The workshops took important steps towards widening the numbers of community groups, student unions, campaigns, trade unions and other organisations backing the ESF.
Kate Hudson, vice-chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, told Socialist Worker, 'CND is working with the peace movement across Europe to put on workshops at the ESF.
'We first became involved in the ESF at its gathering in Florence last year.
'We see it as extremely important to have people there.'
Many speakers expressed their optimism following the previous day's People's Assembly that the anti-war demonstration on 27 September can be huge and be a springboard to get thousands of people to the ESF from Britain.
The vast majority of the meeting agreed on who to send from Britain to speak at the big plenary events in Paris.
People left determined to ensure the movement in Britain, especially the huge anti-war movement, is brought to the forum in November.
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