WSF and People’s Alternatives: Sharing the Experiences of Belem
Some of us participated in the 9th World Social Forum held in Belem, Brazil from January 27 to February 1, 2009. The focus of this year’s WSF was on indigenous peoples’ movements. Impelled further by the global economic crisis, WSF’s ‘open space’ became an even more intense site to share and work towards strengthening alternatives. Moving beyond a critique of global capitalism, the mood in Belem was a deeper affirmation of peoples’ movements for radical structural change. The Latin American context with its strong indigenous movements and a solid shift to the left provided a convivial space for indigenous peoples’ movements to articulate their political, social and cultural vision and strategise its translation into politics and policy.
We felt that it was important for some of those who were at Belem to
share their experiences and discuss strategies to add more momentum to
the political debates and striving for alternatives in India.
Please do join us for this important discussion.
27th February at 3pm at the ICR office
Ashok Chowdhury & Roma, National Forum for Forest People and Forest Workers
Bijulal, Indian Social Institute
33D, DDA-SFS Flats, Vijay Mandal Enclave
New Delhi 110016