Paris is the setting for the second European Social Forum (ESF)-four days packed with politics, meetings, forums, workshops, protests, music and culture. This is the second European Social Forum. It follows the inspiring event that took place in Florence in Italy last November, which drew together 60,000 people and culminated in a magnificent million-strong anti-war demonstration. France provides an excellent setting for the second ESF.
At the beginning of August around 200,000 mostly French activists gathered in the Larzac region for a monster anti-capitalist festival. Earlier in the year France was rocked by a series of strikes. The European-wide anti-war movement will ensure a vibrant and broad mobilisation from around the continent.
Who will be there?
The ESF will be a huge gathering of campaigners, trade unionists, activists and ordinary people to discuss issues concerning us and strategies for campaigning in the coming months.
There will be discussions on the war, privatisation, neo-liberalism, democracy, the environment and much more. Some of the best speakers from the global justice movement will be there to share their ideas. This year a trade union event is planned for Wednesday 12 November and a big demonstration for Saturday 15 November.
Last year's ESF in Florence helped shape history. The beginnings of cross-European trade union networks were established, and the idea of making 15 February an international day of action against the Iraq war was agreed. Across Britain organisations and groups as well as hundreds of individuals are getting ready to join in the forum. Any activist can come for the whole event or for one or two days.
How do I book?
The ESF will take place in four venues in Paris: St Denis, Ivry, La Villette, and Bobigny. To book your place you must register on the website www.fse-esf.org
When you register for the ESF accommodation can be arranged for you in public buildings and sports halls, and even in the homes of activists in Paris. Or you can arrange your own accommodation. Paris is full of budget hotels, youth hostels and other affordable options.
How do I get there?
An entire Eurostar train has been chartered to get people across to Paris. Tickets (including registration for the event) are available at a cut price until September. There are various prices for the combined train and registration, depending when you book.
The price also gets sleeping bag style accommodation arranged for you. The train leaves on the morning of Thursday 13 November and will be back in London on the evening of Sunday 16 November. Please phone 020 7503 2072 for details. For people who can't make all of these dates there are plenty of other cheap ways to get to Paris by air, road or rail.
For further information contact the English Mobilisation for the ESF-phone 020 7053 2072 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
...you should get there too
EUROPEAN SOCIAL FORUM * PARIS * FRANCE * 12-16 NOVEMBER 2003