For four days culminating yesterday, eight members of WDM’s network and staff took part in Firenze 10+10 in Florence, Italy. Here three of us reflect on our experiences.
Veronica Pasteur, from the North and East London WDM group, explains:
As I write this I am sitting in a large drafty hall in the Fortezza da Basso, Florence, participating in the final session of the Firenze 10+10 gathering. There are several hundred activists, NGO representatives and trade unionists around me listening to feedback from the various convergences on the five key topics that have been discussed during the last four days.
It’s been an interesting few days – my first experience at an event like this and my impressions are varied. Ten years ago, 60,000 people gathered in Florence for the first European Social Forum (ESF) to discuss major issues facing Europe – like war, climate change, globalisation, racism – and develop joint campaigns and strategies to overcome them. The event in 2002 culminated in an anti-war march involving...