• Iraq Social Forum

  • Greetings from Iraq - ISF2 2015 - considering extension

    from pierre on Jul 12, 2015 04:04 PM
    Dear friends and colleagues from Iraq
    Thank you  Ali for your message and the organizing of "ISF season 2" now
    ISF2015 is in line 8 of the WSF calendar for 2015
    As for me, if  there is  interest to build from the experience of ISF 2013
    , http://openfsm.net/projects/iraq-social-forum/isfphotos1 , am ready to
     contribute in an iraqi-centered team in charge of "extension of ISF 2015".
    This document is giving an idea about an "ISF2 extension statement " that
    could possibly  be considered -
    i note that, in your message
    1/you are mentionning "parallel" activities which i would  suggest to
    rename "local" activities in ISF 2015", ISF 2015 having Baghdad as main,
    but not unique, venue.
    2/ some  among the 100+ volunteers are not  in iraq, and could be involved
    in developing local activities outside iraq as we had in 2013
    I am available for  skype conversations about this extension perspective
    This would be a follow up on  a conversation held in Tunis with Ali ,
    Jinan, and Ahmed, last March 30th, just after experience of extension
    around tunis WSF 2015, which remained not enough coordinated and combined
    with action of iraqi delegation coming to tunis
    Also am involved, ( along with other people also in the isf english list)
     in the preparation of  WSF2016 next August 2016 which will be extended
    around Montréal
    This may give,  after ISF2, further occasions  for  decentralized
    international interactions to iraqi civil society
    Looking forward to comments and conversations
    Greetings from Paris
    *Da:* Iraqi social forum <info@...>
    Dear friends and colleagues
    Greetings from Iraq
    As our country witnesses the longest series of violence events, resulted in
    hundreds of innocent Iraqi causalities, who had no guilt, other than being
    Iraqis who had out up with long years of dictatorship and mtilitary coups;
    then other years of occupation ant its outcomes of corruption and quota
    system; hence, the Iraqi civil movements had to rise up to it's
    responsibility, trying to improve our reality.
    We the ISF were a part of that wide civil movement in Iraq, and we
    organized the first session of the ISF in Sept 2013. Today, as I write to
    you this e mail, the ISF secretariat is doing its best to prepare the
    second session of the ISF that will be held on the 01st- 03rd Oct 2015 in
    Baghdad. We have the ambition to organize parallel activities in other
    Despite all the difficulties, we called for volunteering in helping with
    organizing the second session.  We were amazed with the size of the
    response we got for volunteering. During the first week, we had 100 Young
    men and women volunteering for the second session, and some of them, to our
    greatest pleasure, we form all over the country and some neighboring Arabic
    countries as well.  We've also called for all the Iraqi civil movements to
    register their activities with in the second session program.
    One of the most important event that we are trying to organize will be the
    Baghdad Marathon, which we are planning to make it synchronized with the
    ISF and will be on the 2nd Oct 2015 in Baghdad's streets.
    You have generously provided us with your solidarity and support; for that
    we are in deep gratitude.. Thank you and we are looking forward to hear
    from you
    Kind Regards
    Ali Saheb
    Iraqi Social Forum Coordinator
    skype: ali_ros87