The World Social Forum is going back to Tunis in 2015

Held in Casablanca from 16 to 18 December, the International Council (IC ) of the World Social Forum (WSF) has chosen the city of Tunis for its next edition. This decision is supported and welcomed by Alternatives , a member of the International Council since its inception. The 2015 World Social Forum is expected to be held in Tunis in March 2015.

Tunis is the cradle of the Arab Spring and the new age of mass popular and youth non-violent social mobilizations. It has inspired the Spanish Indignados , the U.S. Occupy and several other movements around the world. Tunis has also revived the Social Forum format in March 2013 with a program that featured the return of the dynamic and innovative spirit that characterized the very successful initial World Social Forums held in Brazil.

60,000 peoples, representing more than 4500 progressive organizations from 128 countries, gathered in Tunis last March in a gesture of support for the Revolution of January 2011 as well as recognition of the continued struggle of Tunisian men and women for their dignity and rights. WSF 2013 was hailed by all as a great success.

Canada sets its sights on August 2014

Even though Montreal’s candidacy for WSF 2015 was not retained, Quebec and Canadian progressives have a lot of work ahead as they are invited to take part in the first Canada-wide Peoples’ Social Forum planned for Ottawa in August 2014

In preparation for nearly two years, the Peoples’ Social Forum 2014 brings together social movements from Quebec, Canada and Indigenous communities in a historical process of alliance designed to build an extra-parliamentary opposition to the austerity policies of the current federal government.

Between 10,000 and 20,000 people are expected to attend this first-ever Canada-wide Social Forum.

 

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For more information: Michel Lambert (514) 577-0942