Throughout the whole ESF London organising they have disrupted and controlled the process. The process has been far from “open and accountable” The London ESF is becoming a farce and a disgrace. The majority of people still want it to happen, however, a small group in the shadows are disrupting and polluting the whole ESF movement. The WSF and ESF are forums for the social moments that created the humane globalization movement explicitly not for the old dogmatic left political parties.
It’s hard to say what can be done with this situation as these people have long experiences of packing meetings, manipulating chairs, imposing agendas and telling lies through nit-picking truth. The globalisation movement has no experiences, or stomach, from this kind of behaviour and avoids it by working in very different ways.
ESF practicalities/culture/media working groups
Notes: for non alt-ghetto readers the SWP are an authoritarian unreconstructed socialist party. GR (Globalise Resistances is a “front” organisation for the SWP). The GLA is run by Ken Livingston who has recently re-joined the Labour party – that’s Tony Blear and the UK government.
RESOURCES TO GET INVOLVED
* Mobilise lists http://lists.mobilise.org.uk/wws/lists/esf (non official organising lists)
* Democratise_the esf list http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/democratise_the_esf (non official organising list)
* esf_culture homepage http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/esf_culture (ESF working group)
* esf_media homepage http://lists.riseup.net/www/info/esf_media (ESF working group)
* Early stage open website http://www.esf2004.net
* Closed website http://www.mobilise.org.uk
If the are more resources please add them as comments. A WIKY is needed to facilitate the overall agenda and working groups.