SITUATION OF THE NET
Eastern Countries : all national coalitions and organizations have to make a priority effort to find money for travel : there are a lot of people willing to come, and we can‚t leave them at home.
In general, all national coalitions and organizations have to make a big effort in these last days in order to improve participation in all the various social movements, clarifying ESF is not a conference, but the first step towards the European alliance of social movement to improve social mobilization. Florence will be an important mobilization in itself.
ASSEMBLY OF SOCIAL MOVEMENT
As in Porto Alegre, ESF can‚t approve any final text. For this reason, the Assembly of the European Social Movement on November 10th ˆwhere the movements will present and sign their agenda of mobilization- formally is not part of the official programme of ESF.
In the same time, the link between ESF and the Assembly is much closer than in Porto Alegre, being ESF organized by the social movements : decisions about European mobilizations, campaigns and networking will come out from the discussion in the seminars, workshops, assemblies, meetings in Florence.
According to this consideration, the Assembly of the Social Movements will collect, organize and present the proposals come out from the discussion in Florence.
The preparation of the Assembly starts now and will go on during the ESF days, in order to present on Sunday morning, the result of a collective and participatory work. The net enlargement working group is in charge to manage the preparatory process.
The Assembly will approve two text :
1. a call against war in Iraq, promoting a European day of action with mass demonstrations all over Europe
2. the call of the European movements with the agenda of the next year
IMPORTANT : concerning methodology for preparing the two texts and for organizing the Assembly, I’m sending you an additional and specific text.
EUROPEAN MARCH ˆ 9TH OF NOVEMBER
The demonstration will be held in the afternoon of 9th of November. A very big participation is expected, with special trains and coaches coming especially for this event.
The whole town of Florence, which is not so big, will be involved in the event. In order to manage the big presence of people, the largest streets of the town will be used.
The march will end with a concert. Before the concert, the antiwar call and a very short appeal for improving the European Social Movements alliance will be read in many European language by militants (an idea is to use our volunteers translators)
In the ESF official programme, the march will be presented using the following text, which combine the antiwar priority and the complex of social movements‚ platform (this is the English version, each national coalition can of course add their own slogan against war) :
Europe against neoliberism, racism, for social justice and rights is also
EUROPE AGAINST WAR
Don’t attack Iraq
Additional antiwar demos will be self-organized by organizations and coalitions during the ESF days (i.e. a demonstration in front of Camp Derby Nato base)
NEXT EUROPEAN MEETING AND EUROPEAN COORDINATION IN FLORENCE
The next intermediate coordination meeting will be held in Florence, on Sunday November 3rd.
At least one representative of each national coalition will remain in Florence after this meeting in order to start the permanent European Coordination which will be in charge of the daily management of the ESF process for the whole week.
A first European Meeting for the ESF 2003 in Paris will take place in Paris on the 7th and 8th of December 2002. This meeting will be the occasion for a political evaluation of the ESF in Florence.
SELF ORGANIZED SPACES
Around the common prepared programme (conferences, seminars, workshops, demo and concert, media center, cultural events, social movement assembly) in Florence many self-organized initiatives will take place, promoted by coalitions and organizations. The result will be a programme made by a combination of in and off initiatives.
The self-organized initiatives and spaces are welcome, and the logistic team is already doing its best to find appropriate spaces for them, according to the situation in town and to the general needs.
All the self-organized initiative known until now are not against or outside ESF : they want to express specific identities in the common framework. The organizations and coalitions promoting self-organized spaces are asked to make registration to ESF of their delegates and to inform ESF coordination about their programme of initiatives.