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International Solidarity Forum Oct 11-14 - Agenda


"Fighting and organising globally against neo-liberalism" Trades Hall & RMIT Storey Hall. Melbourne, Australia
Trade unionists, social movement activists, academics, students, progressive political parties and all interested members of the community are invited to participate in the Latin American & Asia Pacific International Solidarity Forum. The four-day forum aims to strengthen international coordination and solidarity with those fighting neoliberalism.

More than 30 representatives from progressive organisations and campaigns in 22 countries will address the forum. (see list below)

Forum Agenda

THURSDAY, October 11 Victorian Trades Hall
9.00-10.00am Registration
10.30-12.30pm Plenary - Resisting war and neoliberalism
12.30-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-3.15pm Multiple Workshops
3.30-5.15pm Multiple Workshops
5.30-7.30pm Major Session- Che Guevara 40 years on: the influence of his example and ideas today
plus two concurrent workshops

FRIDAY, October 12 Victorian Trades Hall
8.30-9.30am Registration
9.30-11.15am Multiple Workshops
11am-1.00pm Major Sessions
1. The global influence of the Zapatistas
2. Confronting the new colonialism in the Pacific
1.00-2.00pm Lunch
2.00-3.45pm Plenary Workers' struggle, global fight
4.00-5.45pm Multiple Workshops
6.00-9.00pm Public meeting - Rebellion and liberation in Latin America

SATURDAY, October 13 RMIT Storey hall, RMIT
8.30-9.30am Registration
9.30-11.00am Plenary - Indigenous struggles and resistance
11.00-1.00pm Plenary - Movements of resistance in the Asia Pacific
1.00-2.00pm Lunch
2.00-4.00pm Plenary - The Venezuelan revolution and its global impact
4.30-6.30pm Multiple Workshops at Victorian Trades Hall
7pm til late Solidarity Fiesta @ Brunswick Town Hall

SUNDAY, October 14 - Victoria Trades Hall
8.30-9.30am Registration
9.30-11.00am Plenary - Strategies for ecological and human survival
11.15-1.00pm Major session - Alternatives to neoliberalism
plus two concurrent workshops
1.00-2.00pm Lunch
2.00-3.45pm Multiple Workshops
4.00-5.30pm Plenary - Building links, strengthening international solidarity

Register early and help fund the forum

You can register and pay online using PAYPAL (a secure third-party payment site). PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.

Or you can Download a registration form and send the completed form with your payment attached to
LAAPISF, PO Box 813, North Melbourne 3051. Make cheques/money orders payable to Latin America & Asia Pacific International Solidarity Forum.

Or you can deposit registration fees directly into the forum bank account. Please then email info@solidarityforum.org to confirm and identify the payment.
Bendigo Bank; BSB: 633000 Account number: 130716889

Submit a workshop proposal

Conference organisers are inviting all interested groups and individuals to submit workshop proposals. All submissions must be recieved by September 24th. You can submit your proposal online

Visit the October Forum website
Further Information: Email solidarityforum2007@yahoo.com

International participants

Aotearoa/New Zealand
* Sina Brown Davis, Maori/Pasifikan activist
* Vaughan Gunson, Socialist Worker NZ
* Phillip Ferguson, NZ Workers Party
* Abul Hossain, President, United Labour Federation
* Eduardo Yssa, National Coalition for the Defence of Water, Basic Services, the Environment and Life of Bolivia
* Roger Annis, Canada Haiti Action Network
* John Riddell, Socialist Voice
* Suzanne Weiss, Venezuela We are With You
* Ismael Duran, musician and grassroots community activist
* Payo Grondona, musician and cultural activist
* A representative of Xeg-Xeg Development and Communication Mapuche Coalition, Temuko-Chile
* Liliany Obando, National Federation of Agricultural Farming Unions (Fensuagro)
Nélida Hernández Carmona & Ifrahim Miranda León, Cuban Consul-General & Consul in Australia
El Salvador
* Sigfrido Reyes Morales, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) Member of Parliament and Political Commission member
* Efren Calapucha, Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE)
* N Vasudevan, Trade Union Solidarity Committee, Mumbai
* Dita Sari, President, People's Democratic Party
* Agus Priyono, Chairperson, National Liberation Party of Unity (PAPERNAS)
* Irene Xavier, Coordinator, Transnational Information Exchange-Asia Malaysia
* Estela Morales, Radio new generation and The Other Campaign, a Zapatista initiative
* Farooq Tariq, General Secretary, Labour Party Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
* John Chitoa, Coordinator, Bismarck Ramu Group (Madang)
* Rosa Koian, Coordinator, Village Information Centre, Madang
* Ric Reyes, Laban ng Masa
* Crispin Beltran, Anakpawis
South Korea
* Reverend Jang Chang Weon, Osan Laborers and Migrants Shelter, Asia Pacific Workers Solidarity Links Korea
Timor Leste
* Avelino Coelho, General Secretary, Socialist Party of Timor
* Tomas Freitas, Luta Hamutuk ("Struggle Together")
* Mericio "Akara" Juvenal, Luta Hamutuk
* Jose Teixeira, Fretilin, Member of Parliament
* Vladimir Villegas, Vice-Minister for Asia, Middle East and Oceania, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
* Eva Golinger, author of The Chavez Code and Bush vs Chavez: Washington's War on Venezuela
* Sandino Carrizales, youth and environmental movements activist
* Dr Carolus Wimmer, International secretary, Communist Party of Venezuela
* Nelson Davila, Venezuela's Charge d'Affairs in Australia
* Tran Quoc Khanh, Vietnam's Deputy Consul General in Australia
* Vietnam General Confederation of Labour delegation
* Tran Dac Loi, the secretary general of the Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation
West Papua
Anak Jehudi, Patron, West Papuan Students Association, Port Moresby, PNG

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