[Pga_europe_process] PGA / ESF / LARC Report

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Confronting Institutional Racism in the PGA at LARC

The meeting on confronting institutional rascism in the PGA was not attended
by the many PGA organisers who were in London. In fact when I went to
the Middle Sex Sessions I was told by most of the PGA organisers that
they would not be coming. Neither would they send any apologies.

The LARC meeting, however, did draw LARC users and other interested parties.
We discussed the possibilities and needs of a global conference and the
PGA organisational process. We also discussed LARC's role as a PGA infopoint
and why there were only LARC users at a PGA meeting here.

It would seem that while the European PGA Organisers are happy to promote
a "A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can
have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in
which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker" They are less
than happy to see this put into practice in confronting the practices
of individuals and "Non Governmental" Organisations that operate within
its own structure.


The meeting at LSE on Saturday was boycotted. The LSE is an imperial
capitalist institution. Olivier who was speaking there, had already excluded
us from the 'Fascilitating Consensus' meeting in Belgrade and has refused
to discuss the reasons for this.


On Monday I went along to the Samba band meeting at LARC to develop understanding
and a working process for the global conference in Nepal. However, I
was asked to leave : although, just like the 'Fascilitating Consensus
meeting in Belgrade' I hadn't even had the chance to introduce myself.
In this event, since I am a LARC user I complied with these peoples wishes
and removed myself from the meeting in order to fascilitate it.

I will be bringing this issue up at the next LARC user group meeting.
We have tried to tackle the issue of institutional rascism in the PGA
Europe organising process and have come against silence, censorship,
denial and exclusion. Being the only Paki involved I find this astonishing.
Being called 'white' by Trasgu , someone who obviously has alot of power
in the PGA Asia process, I find it unacceptable.


We'Sex Zapatista

PGA Peoples Global Action
ESF European Social Forum
LARC London Action Resource Centre
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