The next World Social Forum (WSF) will take place simultaneously in three cities — Caracas in Venezuela, Karachi in Pakistan and Bamako in Mali. It is set to take place from 25-29 January 2006.
All three will be vital gatherings for the movement, but the Caracas event assumes a special importance given the continual threats from the US against the government of Hugo Chavez.
Latin America is also the region that has seen the most powerful struggles against neo-liberalism — from the movement that toppled four governments in 14 days in Argentina to the recent uprising in Bolivia.
The Caracas WSF meeting will be an opportunity for activists from Europe to meet with the Latin American movements and to demonstrate their solidarity for Venezuela.
Stop the War Coalition groups and other campaign bodies should begin planning to send representatives to Caracas and begin fundraising.
Many trade unions are committed to supporting the WSF process, and have policy defending Venezuela, so it is possible to push for union delegations.
Student groups should also start organising.
The gatherings in Karachi and Bamako might be less high profile but both are also important events.
Many who went to the WSF in Mumbai will want to go to Karachi to engage with the growing movement in Pakistan, and the gathering in Mali is an opportunity to link up with those fighting privatisation and poverty in Africa.
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