World Social Forum 2016 in Montreal (Canada): Call for mobilization to social and citizens’ movements

9 February 2016

Appel à la mobilisation des mouvements sociaux et citoyens
Llamado a la movilización de los movimientos sociales y ciudadanos
Apelo a mobilização dos movimentos 
Appello alla mobilitazione dei movimenti sociali e degli individui

We invite citizen’s movements from around the world to make the next World Social Forum (WSF) a meeting essential for sharing our mobilizations, our resistance and for strengthening our struggles. We want the WSF in Montreal to be not only a place for sharing broad guidelines but also be a space that allows social movements to put forward political responses that can change the course of history.

For the first time the WSF 2016 will be held in a northern country, in Canada, and in a new political context. In fact, in the October 2015 elections Canadians voted the conservative government out of power ending their ten of ultra-neoliberal economic policies based on predatory extractivism and a deep social conservatism.

The struggle against Tar Sands and oil pipelines in Canada, the mobilizations of indigenous peoples for their rights and the strength of social movements all contributed to this political change and was one of the reasons for the decision to hold the WSF in Montreal.

The struggles have been ongoing since the Quebec student strikes in 2012. These include the opposition movement to austerity policies, the fight to defend the environment and the historic mobilization of the trade union movement as part of negotiations in the public sector.

This shows that in North America, Quebec is an important territory of resistance to neo-liberalism and a place where initiatives to build collective alternatives to the dominant system multiply (peasant and ecological agriculture, urban agriculture, social and solidarity economy, multi-sectoral coalitions and many other civic actions).

Another world is needed, together it is possible

The existing capitalist model dominated by increasingly aggressive neo-liberal elites, has widened the gap between the 99% of the world’s population and the richest 1% throwing the planet into an unprecedented social crisis. Austerity and structural adjustment policies have been imposed across the majority of countries while corruption continues unabated.

Nations are subject to restrictive economic policies that make victims of all of us, especially of society’s most vulnerable members; women, youth and racialized groups. The unravelling of the social fabric continues and public services disappear under the transnationals’ insatiable appetite for privatization.

The corporate dominated economic system based on overproduction and overconsumption is directly responsible for climate changes that threaten the integrity of ecosystems and the survival of humanity. 2015 was a year marked by the Paris agreement on climate change and by the adoption of new sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the United Nations. These agreements rather than being bold and confronting the crisis, reflect instead the failure of political elites’ will to act.

Social inequality is growing and the horizon of global warming greater than two degrees Celsius foreshadows a dramatic disruption of the climate for the most vulnerable populations across the world.

The constant wars and migrations of populations are the symptoms of a profound crisis of the system that feeds isolationism, hatred, xenophobia and racism, and tramples on human dignity and democracy.

Over the past fifteen years social forums have developed significantly. They have been held on various continents and dealt with concrete issues affecting people. They mobilized hundreds of thousands around the world and demonstrated that alternatives exist, and that action is required.

As part of large mobilizations against free trade agreements, against the World Trade Organization, against the G7 and against the Davos World Economic Forum, social and citizens’ movements have come together to proclaim that another world is not only possible, but also urgently needed.

This first WSF in the North continues this collective commitment. It presents unique challenges from the point of view of the participation and mobilization of social movements. However, it offers the opportunity to take action and to continue building a global convergence of struggles for a world of social and climate justice.

We invite social movements and civil society from across the world to gather in Montreal from the 9th to the 14th of August 2016 to proclaim that we are that other possible world!

 

Signatories:

* If your organization / collective wants to sign the call for mobilization to social movements and citizens, contact communications@fsm2016.org

  • AFRICANS DESERVE REPARATIONS
  • Aitec-IPAM
  • Alaa Talbi, FTDES / Forum Social Maghreb et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Tunisie)
  • Alternatives (Canada)
  • AmiEs de la terre – Québec (Canada)
  • Antonio Pacor, FMML / wsftv.net et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Italie)
  • Asociación Ciudadana para la Defensa y Promoción de la Salud del País Valencià – ACDESA (Espagne)
  • Association des jeunes solidaires pour le progrès
  • Association des Travailleuses & Travailleurs Accidentés du Matawin – ATTAM (Québec)
  • Association étudiante de la TÉLUQ (Québec)
  • Association pour la défense des droits de l’eau et de l’assainissement – ADDEA (Sénégal)
  • ATTAC Argentina
  • ATTAC Burkina-Faso
  • ATTAC France
  • ATTAC Germany
  • ATTAC Japan
  • ATTAC Québec
  • ATTAC Sénégal
  • ATTAC Wallonie-Bruxelles
  • Axe Formel Résultant sur une Immigration Consensuelle et Admissible – AFRICA (Cameroun)
  • Centrale des syndicats du Québec (Canada)
  • Central Única dos Trabalhadores – CUT (Brésil)
  • Centre d’éducation et d’action des femmes de Montréal
  • Centre de recherche et d’information pour le développement – CRID (France)
  • Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (Canada)
  • Change Human’s Life (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Chico Whitaker, Commission brésilienne justice et paix et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • Collectif Balai Citoyen
  • COLLECTIF DES SANS VOIX / NO VOX TOGO
  • Collectif FSM Montréal 2016 (Canada)
  • Comité catholique contre la faim et pour le développement – CCFD / Terre solidaire (France)
  • Confédération des associations latino-américaines de Québec, CASA latino-américaine (Québec)
  • Confédération des syndicats nationaux – CSN (Canada)
  • Confédération paysanne (France)
  • Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain (Québec)
  • Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques – CQAM (Québec)
  • Damien Hazard, Association brésilienne des ONG – ABONG et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center, KENYA
  • Développement et Paix
  • Diversité artistique Montréal (Québec)
  • Egyptian Canadian Collation for Democracy – ECCD (Canada)
  • Egyptian Revolutionary Council – ERC
  • El Grano de Arena
  • Ercan Ayboga, Mesopotamian Social Forum et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • Espace Vie et Action (Togo)
  • Fabio Merladet, Université populaire des mouvements sociaux – UPMS et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec – FTQ (Canada)
  • Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (Canada
  • Flora Brioschi, CTB / FETIM (Brésil)
  • Fondation France Liberté – Danielle Mitterrand (France)
  • Forum international des femmes francophones
  • Forum jeunesse de l’île de Montréal (Canada)
  • Groupe-Ressource du Plateau Mont-Royal (Québec)
  • Gus Massiah, CRID et membre du Conseil international du FSM (France)
  • Hugo Braun, ATTAC Europe et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Allemagne)
  • Intersindical Valenciana (Espagne)
  • Janeth Lozano, Red de Educación Popular entre Mujeres – REPEM et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Colombie)
  • Jennifer Cox, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campain et membre du Conseil international du FSM et du US Social Forum International Committee
  • Jeunesse espérance Bénin
  • Kamal Lahbib, Forum des alternatives Maroc – FMAS et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Maroc)
  • Katarina Popovie, ICAE et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Uruguay)
  • Leonardo Vieira, CUT et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • Les7duQuébec.com (Québec)
  • Marcia Pinheiro, Communidades Tradicionais (Brésil)
  • Mareu Mantovani, Stopthewall et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Palestine)
  • Mauri Cruz, CAMP – ABONG et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • Melike Yasar, Kurdish Network et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Kurdistan)
  • MISUTIDY GENERATION FOUNDATION (RD Congo)
  • Moema Miranda, Ibase et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • Nalu Farie, Marche mondiale des femmes et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • National Garments Workers Federation (NGWF)
  • Network the Global Resource Bank society
  • Ouattara Diakalia, Forum Social Africain et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Côte d’Ivoire)
  • Parrainage civique de l’Est de l’Île de Montréal (Québec)
  • Patricia Borcelos, IFB (Brésil)
  • Projet ÉCOSPHÈRE (Québec)
  • Réseau intercontinental de promotion de l’économie sociale solidaire (RIPESS)
  • Réseau québécois sur l’Intégration continentale -RQIC- (Canada)
  • Revenu de base Québec
  • Rita Freire, Forum mondial des médias libres – FMML  / CIRANDA et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • Sheila Ceccon, Institue Paulo Freire / Clacso-Flacso et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Brésil)
  • Teivo Teivainen, NIGD et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Finlande)
  • Têtes blanches toujours carré rouge (Québec)
  • Uddhab Pyakurel, Nepal Social Forum et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Népal)
  • Union paysanne (Canada)
  • World Federalist Movement (Canada)
  • Youssef Habache, Comité pour le développement – CPD et membre du Conseil international du FSM (Palestine)

Call to mobilization of social movements and citizens


We invite social and citizens’ movements from around the world to make the next World Social Forum (WSF) a meeting essential for sharing our mobilizations, our resistance and for strengthening our struggles. We want the WSF in Montreal to be not only a place for sharing broad guidelines but also be a space that allows social movements to put forward political responses that can change the course of history.
For the first time the WSF 2016 will be held in a northern country, in Canada, and in a new political context. In fact, in the October 2015 elections Canadians voted the conservative government out of power ending their ten of ultra-neoliberal economic policies based on predatory extractivism and a deep social conservatism.
The struggle against Tar Sands and oil pipelines in Canada, the mobilizations of indigenous peoples for their rights and the strength of social movements all contributed to this political change and was one of the reasons for the decision to hold the WSF in Montreal.
The struggles have been ongoing since the Quebec student strikes in 2012. These include the opposition movement to austerity policies, the fight to defend the environment and the historic mobilization of the trade union movement as part of negotiations in the public sector.
This shows that in North America, Quebec is an important territory of resistance to neo-liberalism and a place where initiatives to build collective alternatives to the dominant system multiply (peasant and ecological agriculture, urban agriculture, social and solidarity economy, multi-sectoral coalitions and many other civic actions).
Another world is needed, together it is possible
The existing capitalist model dominated by increasingly aggressive neo-liberal elites, has widened the gap between the 99% of the world’s population and the richest 1% throwing the planet into an unprecedented social crisis. Austerity and structural adjustment policies have been imposed across the majority of countries while corruption continues unabated.
Nations are subject to restrictive economic policies that make victims of all of us, especially of society’s most vulnerable members; women, youth and racialized groups. The unravelling of the social fabric continues and public services disappear under the transnationals’ insatiable appetite for privatization.
TThe corporate dominated economic system based on overproduction and overconsumption is directly responsible for climate changes that threaten the integrity of ecosystems and the survival of humanity. 2015 was a year marked by the Paris agreement on climate change and by the adoption of new sustainable development goals (SDGs) at the United Nations. These agreements rather than being bold and confronting the crisis, reflect instead the failure of political elites’ will to act.
Social inequality is growing and the horizon of global warming greater than two degrees Celsius foreshadows a dramatic disruption of the climate for the most vulnerable populations across the world.
The constant wars and migrations of populations are the symptoms of a profound crisis of the system that feeds isolationism, hatred, xenophobia and racism, and tramples on human dignity and democracy.
Over the past fifteen years social forums have developed significantly. They have been held on various continents and dealt with concrete issues affecting people. They mobilized hundreds of thousands around the world and demonstrated that alternatives exist, and that action is required.
As part of large mobilizations against free trade agreements, against the World Trade Organization, against the G7 and against the Davos World Economic Forum, social and citizens’ movements have come together to proclaim that another world is not only possible, but also urgently needed.
This first WSF in the North continues this collective commitment. It presents unique challenges from the point of view of the participation and mobilization of social movements. However, it offers the opportunity to take action and to continue building a global convergence of struggles for a world of social and climate justice.
We invite social movements and civil society from across the world to gather in Montreal from the 9th to the 14th of August 2016 to proclaim that we are that other possible world!

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