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munkeeunit
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Aug 11 2005 16:49
Future Bristol Social Forum Meetings

Future Social Forum Meetings.

The next meeting of the Bristol Social Forum, scheduled for wed 17th Aug, has been deferred to September 21st, as 17th August is also the date for the major Bristol rally calling for the reinstatement of Jerry Hicks, the sacked convenor of the Rolls Royce test areas.

Venue: Council House, College Green. Time: 7pm for a 7.30 start. Bring all union banners. More info:

http://www.bristol.indymedia.org/newswire.php?story_id=24108

Suggestions for agenda items, or a theme for the September 21st meeting are welcome. More details will follow soon. Please reply to this thread, or email suggestions to: bristolsocialforum@yahoo.co.uk

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Where we go from here is a question we continue to ask of ourselves and each other. Our e-group remains an important and successful new outlet for a wide range of groups and campaigns in Bristol, but as is ever the case, creating common ground, and deeper allegiances in the real world remains a largely elusive intention.

On a personal level I have to say this. I am constantly struck by the way in which many anarchists and socialists, in particular, continually deny they are in anyway part of the same social movement, while simultaneously sharing spaces at demonstrations, rallies and events, as well as on e-groups, mailing lists and newswires.

The denial of this space sharing, while the sharing of space continues apace, is a contradiction at the heart of social movements in general. What makes any attempt at a social forum unique is that it attempts, on one level, to confront those denials – denials which themselves are often bizarely made within those very shared spaces! – and to move beyond that perpetual brick wall of political and personal animosity.

Whether or not people are prepared to move on, and to try and discuss and synthesise many of their political and theoretical differences, is maybe not the issue. Maybe it is too much to expect people to share political spaces while simultaneously admitting that we share those very spaces. Shattering and confronting the illusion that we are all political islands may be simply too much for some people to bear or tolerate.

In the meantime the Bristol Social Forum does exist, and is a new shared space. What to do with it next is the question. Any answers?

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Anyone can email an event to the Bristol Social Forum:

Email: bristolsocialforum@yahoogroups.com

Visit: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bristolsocialforum/

And you are welcome to subscribe too if you like:

Email: bristolsocialforum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

munkeeunit
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Sep 14 2005 19:21

Hello,

The next meeting of Bristol Social Forum will be on Wed 21st Sept. 7-9pm, @ 1 in 8, 160 Gloucester Rd. Map:

http://www.streetmap.co.uk/streetmap.dll?G2M?X=359100&Y=175533&A=Y&Z=1

How to get to us by bus: From the City Centre. 71,73,75,76,77,99. To stop near to the 1 in 8 centre, ask for Pigsty Hill (just past us.)

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FIRST HALF

This month the Bristol Social Forum returns with an open discussion on issues surrounding strike action at Rolls Royce in Bristol, and the Gate Gourmet dispute, which recently brought Heathrow to a standstill.

If you have any views or similar experiences which you can share, come along and share them. If you have criticisms of the these disputes, the Bristol Social Forum is here to hear and debate those criticisms too.

Rolls-Royce Strike Action is Over

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/4237936.stm

Workers Vent Fury at Gate Gourmet

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4237754.stm

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SECOND HALF

What do you want from a Social Forum?

What can you do for the Social Forum?

The Bristol Social Forum constitution was put together during 6 months of public meetings in the run up to our successful launch at the end of April 2005. A reminder of the constitution is included below:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bristolsocialforum/message/420

While we do now have an outline criteria to organise around, we do not have enough people actively involved in the Bristol Social Forum to actively pursue these criteria created by that public consultation.

People may genuinely wish to see an active forum emerge, and may also feel they have other committments which make this difficult. Most people already involved in campaigns have exactly the same committments.

Please find a way to get involved.