[Pga_europe_process] A caracol outside the FSM

javier javier at spc.org
Wed Dec 8 21:06:02 CET 2004

hi people

i am in porto alegre working with the translations of the wsf, but also
hanging out with the camp people

a proposal is already going out to have joint discussions on the ftaa
and g8 discussions with the people coming from uk

it would be great to have more ideas and to know if many people are
coming from europe

ciao, javi

On Wed, 2004-12-08 at 16:39, Olivier De Marcellus wrote:
> Hello,
> Got this news.
> Could be a good space to continue after the successful London 
> experiences, for those who were planning to go to the FSM.
> Also to discuss the PGA global meeting that is being planned for 
> september in Nepal.
> Olivier
> -----Message d'origine-----
> *De :* Montyneill at aol.com [mailto:Montyneill at aol.com]
> *Envoyé :* mardi, 7. décembre 2004 03:02
> *À :* Montyneill at aol.com
> *Objet :* Caracol Intergalactika Porto Alegre 2005
> FYI- I got this from person I met yesterday who is has been involved 
> somewhat in efforts to get PGA re-started in US, also trying to get an 
> Encuentro going in Worcester, MA. Folks he is working with, about whom I 
> know very little, are seeking to use fact of World Social Forum, as 
> described below. Monty
> --------------------------
> In the zapatista caracoles, we can see each other, find each other,
> listen, recognize each other. At the intergalactic encounters we
> whisper,
> amplify, contaminate, enlarge each other. We are ourselves, we are ach
> other: resistance opens up.
> Caracol Intergalactika  Porto Alegre 2005
> 'Caracol', like the towns of the Zapatistas. 'Intergalactika', because
> that's the breadth of resistance.
> What?
> To be installed in Porto Alegre, 26th-31st January 2005 to bring
> struggles
> together, radicalize the resistance to capitalism and reclaim the World
> Social Forum.
> What for?
> Through a programme of workshops and process meetings, this year's
> caracol
> aims at facilitating groups with similar or
> different projects to find their overlaps and ways of cooperating with
> each other. Over the last years we have been everywhere, we have
> listened,
> spoken, learnt and taught. Now what we want is beyond just a space, or
> an
> encounter; we want to think about the future: to plan, to collectively
> organize common projects, made of people, knowledge, hope and solidarity
> the living matter of our strength in the years to come.
> How?
> -- workshops: spaces of skill-sharing and exchange of experiences. The
> first round (two days) will bring together groups that work on similar
> areas (non-violent direct action, tactical media, occupations, art
> activism, land issues, ecology, .).  During these days, we'll be
> discussing projects that we already have or want to start, and looking
> for
> concrete ways of linking them up and cooperating. The second round two
> days) will bring together groups from different areas, and trying to
> find
> ways of crossing the different projects  for example, a tactical media
> campaign on GMOs, art activism in urban or rural occupations,
> development
> of communication tools for popular movements etc.
> -- actions: direct actions in Porto Alegre and the territory of the WSF,
> with space to coordinate different tactics and characteristics, where we
> can try out new alliances, know each other, develop trust, solidarity
> and
> radicality.
> -- process meetings: report back about the ideas that have come up at
> the
> workshops, and evaluate the way things are going and propose solutions
> for
> the continuity of the experience.
> A day in the life of the Laboratory would be something like this:
> Late morning: action
> 13h30  15h30: workshop
> 16  18h: workshop
> 18h  19h30: process meeting
> Some ideas/ projects already proposed have been around: direct action
> and
> the criminalization of protests, reappropriation and occupations,
> precarity, tactical media, activist research/ research activism. the
> list
> will only be closed after we start (or finish).
> How to take part?
> We invite all before coming to Porto Alegre to post their projects,
> ideas
> and proposals on the wiki (newsproject.omweb.org) or to send them to
> intergalactika at riseup.net. You can also join the list:
> caracolintergalactika at lists.riseup.net
> Where?
> Our central coordinate in the small temporary global territory of the
> Forum will be the 'periphery', a stretch of land between the Youth Camp
> and the
> official spaces of the WSF.
> Why at the WSF?
> Especially for those in Latin America, the opportunity the WSF offers is
> unique: that of meeting or re-encountering people like us, who do
> similar
> things in entirely different ways, from close or far. We want to be with
> these people, and ask questions, and find answers together.
> Why?
> Because resistance, the one which is everywhere, is our knowledge and
> our
> art; because we need to recognize each other in our struggles; because
> we
> have to keep on creating the ground on which we can and must grow
> together; because in struggle we want to experiment
> with another world.
> Because struggle is the only one that creates worlds.
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