Posted on 15 July 2011
for fundamental social change. The conference probed on the role of people’s art in shaping the society of the future. A number of participating organizations displayed informative exhibits at the main entrance lobby and side foyers of the main hall. In addition, information activists conducted the IT Skillshare, a sharing session on information security and new media practices for activists.
Several IFPRS events tackled the current global crises and the role of the US and other big capitalist powers. The RESIST Forum discussed the multiple crises of the global order, how they threaten the peoples of the world especially in developing countries, and the possible alternatives and cases for system change. A separate forum discussed the current challenges of climate change. Meanwhile, two separate events – a Seminar on the US War on Terror and Counterinsurgency and an International Panel Discussion on US Military Bases – discussed the political and military dimensions of the crises and how these affect the human rights situation and peoples’ struggles worldwide. Participants launched a global anti-bases campaign.
As a counterpoint to the discussions on the global crisis, IFPRS organized a Seminar on People’s Resistance and Struggles for Liberation as one of its major events. The seminar featured two panels: one on People’s Resistance and National Liberation Struggles, and another on Indigenous Peoples Struggles for Self-Determination and Liberation. As a separate event, a Workshop on the Permanent People’s Tribunal attended by law students, practitioners and professors tackled the question of impunity and the rule of justice.
Still another key IFPRS event was the Asia regional forum of the Foro Internacional Democracia y Cooperacion (FIDC), during which delegates also discussed various aspects of the global economic and political crises and the responses of peoples of Asia. The event concluded with the signing of the FIDC Manila Declaration establishing the FIDC Asia-Pacific that aims to strengthen international solidarity and peoples’ movement in the region.
Two general assemblies – those of the International Women’s Alliance (IWA) and the International Migrant’s Alliance (IMA) – were also organized under the auspices of IFPRS. The IMA’s 2nd General Assembly came out with their General Plan of Action (GPOA) and other resolutions. Meanwhile, the IWA General Assembly forged the IWA Declaration and the IWA Constitution. Both alliances also had elected a new set of officers. A related event was The Global Movement of Migrants: Current Situation and Resistance against Imperialist Attacks. Meanwhile, a Solidarity Forum on Youth Struggles sought to view the changing “landscape of youth defiance” amid the current global disorder.
The concerns of the world’s peasantry and other small rural producers, particularly those in Asia and Africa, were well-represented in an International Forum on Aid and Development Effectiveness in Agriculture and Rural Development, sponsored by the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS). Led by the PCFS, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Asian Peasant Coalition, and IBON International, IFPRS participants then held the People’s Speak Out for Right to Land and Life – an outdoor protest march to the main office of the Philippine Department of Agrarian Reform
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