[mgj-discuss] Call a Discussion Circle on the National Mall - May 18 / Current List
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Tue Apr 30 07:00:37 EDT 2002
Washington DC Social Forum
The preparatory event: "A picnic for civil society"
National Mall (4th St. 7th St.) Saturday, May 18
Current List of Discussion Circles (i.e., 10-20 person preparatory forums):
Tax the Bank Initiative
Against the Privatization of Services and the War on the Poor
Conference of Washington Area Peace Groups
DC General: Next Steps to Restore the Hospital
Dialogue of Washington Area Churches on Peace
Shelter, Housing, and Economic Rights
Green Swamp Initiative of SE North Carolina
United Mexicans for a General Amnesty
End Commercial Logging on Public Lands
Media Democracy: Countering Corporate Influence On The FCC
Political Prisoners in the USA
The Use of Theory for Social Change
Women's Conference On Eco-Feminism
You or your organization can call a discussion circle on May 18. All that is need is for you to call 10 to 20 people together on one of the problems or potentials of Washington DC.
Maybe, you know of other groups or individuals in the Washington metropolitan area who have never had a forumelectronic or otherwise. Please share this message with them and encourage them to share their voices and experiences. You could be the bridge to a new experiment in social action.
Social Forums are popping up in parts of South America, Africa, and Europe and now they have begun in New York City, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Each city shapes them differently but they have this in common: they are "open meeting places for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange of experiences and interlinking for effective action, by groups and movements of civil society." World Social Forum website.
On May 18 people may actively begin building toward conferences, actions, rallies, documentaries, pilot which will take place during the first social forum September 21 October 2. Or people may simply want to exchange best practices, share resources, or find new allies who are passionate about the same issues.
If you would like to set up an issue-based discussion circle, please contact:
Ellie Lau at 202-425-0632 or Mark Cimino at markgcimino at yahoo.com
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