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Gerry Adams to address opening rally of European Social Forum in London

13 October, 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, party MEPs Mary Lou McDonald and Bairbre de Brún and Deputy Mayor of Belfast Joe O Donnell will attend this year's meeting of the European Social Forum which is taking place in London on 15 - 17 October. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will address the opening rally on Thursday evening and a session on the peace process on Friday. Mary Lou McDonald will speak at the seminar 'Peace in Ireland - Visions for the Future', Bairbre de Brún will speak at the seminar 'Living in Fear: Civil Liberties and 'The War on Terror' and Councillor Joe O Donnell willl speak on the theme 'Ireland - Living with Sectarianism and Racism'

The European Social Forum will be launched with a large opening event on Thursday 14th October followed by three days of discussion and debate involving leading activists, NGOs, development organisations, trade unions and individuals from around the world as well as music, drama, film-showings and exhibitions celebrating the global movement. The key themes addressed will be:

  • War and peace
  • Democracy and fundamental rights
  • Social justice and solidarity: against privatisation (deregulation), for workers, social and women's rights
  • Corporate globalisation and global justice
  • Against racism, discrimination and the far right: for equality and diversity
  • Environmental crisis and sustainable society

European Social Forum: the Irish dimension

Welcome Rally Thursday 14th Oct - 7pm Southwark Cathedral,London Bridge,London SE1 9D

Speakers:GERRY ADAMS MP -President Sinn Féin, KEN LIVINGSTONE -Mayor of London, SUSAN GEORGE -writer on third world debt, DR ALEIDA GUEVARA -daughter of Che, Thenjiwe Mtintso -ANC, CLLR CHARLES ADJE -leader Haringey Council,MEENA MENON -writer on environment,health and womens ‚ issues, FRANCES O ‚GRADY -TUC Deputy Gen Sec

Living in Fear:Civil Liberties and 'The War on Terror ‚ Seminar, Alexandra Palace* - Friday 9am - 12pm

Speakers include:GARETH PEIRCE -Britain,THOMAS MATHIESEN -Norway,academic, DR SIDDIQUI -Britain, Muslim Parliament, BAIRBRE DE BRUN MEP -Sinn Féin,Ireland, MARTXELO OTAMANDI -Basque journalist.

Lessons of Ireland - Friday 1pm - 3pm - Alexandra Place

Speaker:GERRY ADAMS MP -President Sinn Féin Chair:DR MARY HICKMAN ,London Metropolitan University


Hidden Wounds Workshop,Argyll Room,NATFHE,Britannia Street,WC1 - Friday 15th 4pm - 6pm

Speakers include:ALY RENWICK and former soldiers speak of their experiences.Chair:PETER MULLIGAN

British State and Collusion in Ireland - Workshop,NATFHE,Britannia Street,WC1 Friday 7 - 9pm

Speakers:MICHAEL FINUCANE -Solicitor and son of Pat Finucane,PAUL O ‚CONNOR -Pat Finucane Centre,Derry, BRENDAN CURRAN -An Fhirinne (Truth)Campaign,Ireland,MARGARET URWIN and BERNIE MCNALLY -Justice for the Forgotten, Ireland.Chair:TONY DONAGHY -President RMT

Ireland:Living with Sectarianism and Racism - Workshop,Palms Room,ULU,Malet St,WC2

Speakers:JOE O'DONNELL -Short Strand Residents, Belfast and Deputy Mayor of Belfast;PAUL O'CONNOR -Pat Finucane Centre,Derry;JAMAL IWEIDA -President Belfast Islamic Centre

Seminar,Alexandra Palace* - The Plight of Roma/Gypsies and Travellers:challenges for Europe

Speakers include:CRISTI MIHALACHE -European Roma Rights Centre,TOM SWEENEY -Irish T raveller Movement Britain,LASZLO FARKAS -Rom Som Organisation,FLORINA ZOLTAN -Roma Community Centre

Seminar,Alexandra Palace* Peace in Ireland:Visions for the Future

Speakers:INEZ MCCORMACK -UNISON Northern Ireland,MARY LOU MCDONALD MEP -Sinn Féin, MICHAEL FINUCANE -solicitor and son of Pat Finucane,PATRICIA MCKENNA -former MEP and Green Party Ireland.Chair:BILLY HAYES -General Secretary CWU. School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,Keppel St,WC10

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