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category national | irish social forum | news report author Tuesday March 30, 2004 11:15author by Barry Finnegan - ISF Communications Working Group + DSF Working Groupauthor email john.finnegan3 at mail dot dcu dot ieauthor phone 01-8741223 Report this post to the editors

SESF Details (May '04 Waterford) + DSF Minutes 25-3-04

Dear all,
here we have Dublin Social Forum Working Group minutes from last Thursday
25th March, planning the 2nd ISF for Sat. 19th - Sun 20th June, 2004, Dublin.
And Details of South East Social Forum Alternative Environmental Summit
Fri. 14th - Sun. 16th May 2004, Waterford.
all the best,

Minutes of a Dublin Social Forum Working Group meeting held on Thursday
25th March 2004 @ 7.30pm in the Comhlámh office, 10 Upper Camden St., Dublin
Present: Paul Kinsella (CPSU, Workers Party), Clare Butler (Gluaiseacht,
Green Party), Mark OConnor, Barry Finnegan (ATTAC), Miren (Brazilian Social
Forum), Mary Kinane (Comhlámh Trade Group)
Apologies: Paul Butler
Chairperson: Clare Butler
Minute-taker: Mary Kinane

1. Introduction
Introductions were made to Miren, minutes of the last meeting were
read and it was agreed to follow the previous agenda.

2. Update on Venues for 2nd ISF June
PB is maintaining contact with Labour Youth of Trinity but it was felt that
there is a need for other societies in Trinity to get involved too in order
to get the venue. CB will liaise with PB re. her contacts in Trinity. The
Royal College of Surgeons is available Saturday but not Sunday and at 900,
it was felt that this was too expensive.
CB will also get in touch with a contact in DCU.
Miren will pursue ATGWU and DIT Aungier St.
It was felt that it was difficult to get colleges for ISF events unless
one knew students or student societies in the college. If anyone reading
this knows or has contacts with possible venues, please get in touch or
pursue it. MK has a standard request letter, which will be sent out on the
ISF communications-emailing list.

3. Follow up on Speakers
Re. International Trade and Development, MK has confirmed Conall OCaoimh
and provisionally Tony Joyce.
Re. Militarism, CB reported that Ed Horgan and Tom Cloonan are unavailable.
Ruairi Quinn has agreed. Tom Cooney is to be followed up and CB will also
ask Roger Cole or Patricia McKenna.
Re. Environment, BF will ask DDB whether speakers have been confirmed.
Re. Fortress Europe, PB has had no definite replies yet. PB is also to ask
Dick Roche and someone from the Institute of European Affairs.
Re. Liberalisation and Public Services, BF is to ask DAPSE and David Begg.
Re. Social Justice, MOC has confirmed Robin Hannon and Brendan Young but
needs to give them the new dates.
It was agreed that everyone designated to contact speakers should report
back by the next meeting and to use the emailing lists in between if anything
arises. By confirming speakers as soon as possible, it will be easier to
get groups interested in attending and hosting workshops.

4. Outreach
MK spoke to Roy Hassey of the Southeast Social Forum. Currently, they are
meeting once a week and have their programme and speakers finalised for
the May 14th-15th environmental social forum summit, which will coincide
with the EU Environmental Ministers meeting in Waterford. The Forum doesnt
have a website at the moment but are interested in establishing links to
the ISF website when updated.

It was agreed that we should aim to have a stall or space at the Convergence
Festival. MK will ring to book a space. There is a need to work on leaflets
that can be distributed for this event plus other events such as the May
Day events. The invite leaflet for groups to get involved needs to be sent
out as well.

BF will contact Vincent Brown again re. his availability to facilitate on
the new dates.

5. Communications/Website
BF reported that we have a person, Cathy, who is happy to be the webmaster
of the ISF website. Currently a new code is being written to update the
site and this should then allow us to be able to publish up minutes of meetings,
etc. using the new password. There will be a space on the right-hand side
of the webpage which will feature all Indymedia related articles on the
ISF. Costs involved are ?165 (domain for one year and half of hosting an
account). There was some discussion over the existing Topica emailing lists.
It was agreed that there were too many and these were not being used. It
was agreed that currently the most efficient way of communicating is to
use the Topica ISF-Comm-talk emailing list. Everyone needs to ensure they
are signed up to this first. Others who cannot attend meetings are also
encouraged to sign up as it allows people to be more active in between meetings.
Minutes can also be sent to this list.

To subscribe to the ISFCommGroup, please follow the instructions:

Send an email to this address:
Do not write anything in subject line or body text.
You will then receive an email from Topica.com asking was it you that sent
the mail. All you do then is click reply and send. Then you get an email
from Topi ca.com welcoming you and confirming that you are subscribed to
the ISF Communication elist and it tells you what email address to send
to when you want to mail everyone on the list. i.e. ISF_CommTalk@topica.com

6. A.O.B.
It was agreed that on the night of Thursday April 29th, the DSF will hold
their meeting in the Convergence Media Centre as there is an opportunity
to meet with people who are involved organising the next ESF in London who
are interested in sharing experiences.
Next meeting Thursday April 1st in Comhamh, 10 Camden St. at 7.30pm

South East Social Forum website:
South East Social Forum Organise Demonstration and Alternative Environmental
South East Social Forum

As part of Irelands EU Presidency, the EU environmental ministers will
be meeting in Martin Cullens constituency, Waterford on May 15th & 16th.
The South East Social Forum is organising a protest and alternative summit
under the title of People and Planet Before Profit - Another Europe is Possible.

The protest assembles in the Glen, Waterford city centre at 2.45pm on Saturday
15th May to march to the Waterford Institute of Technology where the EU
summit is happening.

Speakers at the alternative environmental summit include: Patricia McKenna
MEP (Green Party), Mick OReilly (ATGWU), Karin Dubsky (Coastwatch), Richard
Boyd Barrett (Irish Anti War Movement), Jean Somers (Debt and Development
Coalition), also speakers from SIPTU, Zero Waste, AFRI, Feasta, DAPSE, CHASE,
The Waterford Council of Trade Unions, Sustainable Ireland, Busworkers Action
Group and many more.

The alternative summit opens on Friday 14th May and runs until Sunday 16th
May in four venues - Granville Hotel, The Quay, Waterford
The Showboat, The Glen, Waterford
The Forum Theatre, The Glen, Waterford
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford

See below for full list of speakers, times and venues.

For more information on the South East Social Forum contact 086-3274015
/ southeastsocialforum@yahoo.com or go to our website:

South East Social Forum
People and Planet Before Profit:
Another Europe Is Possible
Alternative Environment Summit And Demonstration @ The EU Environment Ministers
Meeting May 14th, 15th & 16th, Waterford City

Saturday 15th May @ 2.45pm
From The Glen, Waterford to WIT, Cork Road

Opening Meeting
People And Planet Before Profit: Another Europe Is Possible
The Granville Hotel, Friday 14th May, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Patricia McKenna MEP, (Green Party)
Dick Roche, (President, Waterford Council Of Trade Unions)
Jean Sommers, (Debt & Development Coalition)
Daithi Doolan, (Sinn Fein)
Brid Smith, (Dublin Bin Tax Campaign)

Yes To Irish Neutrality: No To A Europe
Of War And Militirastion
The Showboat, Saturday 15th May, 10.30am-12.15pm
Richard Boyd Barrett, (Irish Anti-War Movement)
Eoin OBrion, (Belfast City Councillor)
Andy Storey, (AFRI)
James Bowen, (Palestine Solidarity Campaign)

Global Climate Change, Environmental & Economic Sustainability,
Genetically Modified Organisms
Including the Exhibition: Sustainability Begins At Home
From Enfo & Sustainable Ireland

The Forum, Saturday 15th May, 11am-2pm
Lunch Break @ 12.10pm-12.50pm
David OKelly, (Feasta)
Davie Phillips, (Sustainable Ireland)
Will StLeger, (Stop Esso Ireland)
Michael OCallaghan, (GM-free Ireland)
Dr. Elizabeth Cullen, (Irish Doctors Environmental Association)

Yes To A Europe Of Worker and Social Rights:
No To A Europe Of Profit And Privatisation Of Public Services
The Showboat, Saturday 15th May, 12.45pm-2.45pm
Mick OReilly, (ATGWU)
Mike Jennings, (SIPTU)
Barry Finnegan, (DAPSE)
Rory Hearne, (Convenor, Another Europe is Possible)
Owen McCormack,(Busworkers Action Group)

Waste Solutions: Reducing Waste To Zero
The Granville Hotel, Sunday 16th May, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Jack OSullivan, (Zero Waste)
Deirdre DeBurca, (Green Party)
Jody Power, (Anti-Waste & Incinerator Alliance)
Carmel Cronin, (CHASE)

Our Marine Environment
Dunmore East, Sunday 16th May 11am-2pm
Workshop: Biodiversity and Sustainable Use Of Natural Resources
Focusing On The Marine Environment
Followed By Field Trip: An Illustrated Guide To Looking At Real Life and
How It
Should Be
Karin Dubsky, (Coastwatch Europe Network)
James McCartan, (Coastwatch Europe Network, Tramore Co-ordinator)

Music and Entertainment throughout the weekend
Jenkins Lane Market, Waterford City
Organics and Fair-Trade
A Variety Of Local Produce


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