Quebec: Alternatives' Weekend Retreat

Date: 
Jeudi, Août 21, 2003 - 13:00 - Dimanche, Août 24, 2003 - 23:55
  • When : From Thursday August 21st to Sunday the 24th
  • Where : Camp Notre-Dame,
    881, rang Camp Notre-Dame,
    St-Liguori, Québec J0K 2X0

Thursday, August 21

The empire2:00pm - Plenary : The imperialism of George W. Bush
  • Political genealogy of George W. Bush's majority government
  • Current political, economic and military strategies
  • Neo-colonialism and neo-racism : assault on civil rights
  • The rise or decline of the American Empire ?
7:00pm - Workshops
  • Re-conquest of the Middle-East
  • Threats in Latin America
  • India, Pakistan, Afghanistan : new issues
  • Europe versus America
  • African struggles

Friday, August 22

9:00am Plenary : The great shift to the right
  • The neoliberalism of the PLQ and the ADQ
  • What's in store with Martin and Manley
  • Foreign policy after the Iraqui war
11:00am Thematic workshops
  • What can we expect from the Liberals in Quebec ?
  • How to prepare for a post-Chretien Canada
  • Our foreign policy demands
1:00pm Plenary : The battle for the Americas
  • Canadian sovereignty at the dawn of the Free Trade Agreements of the Americas (FTAA)
  • Impacts on education, health, water and privatizations
  • Assessing the North American free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) : a grim portrait
3:00pm Thematic workshops
  • About the FTAA
  • The impacts on Quebec and Canada
  • Bilateral and sub-regional integration (Mexico, etc.)
  • Private and public goods : hidden meanings

Saturday, August 23

Resistance9:00am Alternatives' General Assembly1:00pm Plenary : Is there life beyond capitalism ?
  • Citizen power, popular power and participatory democracy
  • Elections, direct action, popular participation
  • Eco-socialism
3:00pm Thematic workshops
  • Popular power/participatory democracy
  • Elections versus direct action
  • Municipal level perspectives and limits
  • Eco-socialism
5:30pm Dinner event :
  • Activist art
7:00pm Workshops
  • Challenges for the New Brazil
  • The future of the anti-war movement
  • La consulta
  • Economic solidarity : why, how ?
  • New Information and Communication Technologies : tools of resistance ?
  • Street theatre : diversifying our action
9:00pm Party

Sunday, August 24

The Next Mobilization9:00am Plenary : Our global movement
  • The Peoples Social Forum : Quebec - Canada - Indigenous Nations
  • The next World Social Forum in India in 2004
  • Regional and continental forums
11:00am Thematic Workshops
  • World Social Forum
  • Organizing The Peoples Social Forum : Quebec - Canada - Indigenous Nations
  • Youth Camp
1:00pm The Great Controversy : Is the Left capable of effective politics ?
  • Should we revitalize existing parties or invent something new ?
  • Are social movements strong enough to be politically effective
  • Should we concentrate on local (municipal) issues ?
  • What is the "Second Quiet Revolution" ?
3:00pm End of the Weekend Retreat