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International working conference “No to war - No to NATO”, 17/18 October 2009, Berlin

Saturday, October 17th and Sunday, October 18th 2009:
International working conference “No to war - No to NATO”

Saturday, October 17th 2009
10.30 am: Meeting of the ICC
12.30-2 pm: Start of the Conference
Welcome by Arielle Denis, Reiner Braun

Plenary:
• Lecture: NATO, Obama and the Crisis
Speaker: Elmar Altvater
Facilitation: Arielle Denis

2–2.15 pm: Short Break

2.15–3 pm: Plenary:
• Evaluation of the peace politics and actions from the Strasbourg Anti NATO protest up to now (including NATO/EU relations, Nato enlargement to the East including missile shields, NATO/UN agreement, EU elections, Pakistan, NATO strategy debate, eg.)
5-minute-introductions: Monty Schädel (Germany), Arielle Denis (France), Andreas Speck (WRI), Kate Hudson (GB), Petros Constantinou (Greece), Cynthia Cockburn (GB), Temur Pipia (Georgia), Jordy Calvo (Spain)

3–5 pm: Plenary:
• Open Discussion
Facilitation: Hannelore Tölke

5–5.30 pm: Break

5.30–8 pm: Plenary:
• Discussion of the political basis of our anti NATO network and the anti NATO campaign of 2010-2012
• Discussion about our NATO campaign: thoughts for future common goals and actions
• Discussion of our position on violence at future actions

Introduction speech: First ideas for political basis and the campaign
Speaker: Reiner Braun
• First discussion
Facilitation: Kate Hudson

8–8.30 pm: Establishment of the working groups for the next day (list of working groups: see Sunday)

Procedure to establish the working groups:
The final decisions on the working groups will be made on Saturday at 8pm. All working groups with more than three interested people will take place. We ask all of you to help - if you are interested - in preparing and sharing one of these working groups. The preparation of the working groups should be an ongoing process.

8.30 pm: Party

Sunday, October 17th 2009

8.30–11.00 am: Working groups:
Possible workings groups could be (final decision on Saturday evening)
1. From now to the NATO summit 2010
2. The “future NATO” (global NATO, NATO relations to Russia, etc)
3. NATO/EU, NATO/UN relations
4. Afghanistan/Pakistan and a possible campaign
5. Israel-Palestine
6. Nuclear weapons and NPT
7. Feminist critic of militarism
8. Structure of the network: political basis, coalition building, enlargement
(other and further working groups are possible)

11.30am–1.30 pm: Plenary
(prepared by: Reiner Braun, Arielle Denis, Kate Hudson, Annie McStravick, Andreas Speck, Hannelore Tölke):
• Summary of conclusions and decisions
• Decisions about organisational structures
• Decision about time and location of the next meeting

2-4 pm: Meeting of the new “Committee”

Organisational Notes:
1. Registration: please send an email to: kongress@ialana.de
2. Contribution: 25 Euro, 5 Euro (reduced)
3. We will organize English – French and German simultaneous translation on Saturday and Sunday in the Plenaries.
4. The Afghanistan working meeting on Friday afternoon will be in English, the evening meeting in German and English depending on the speakers.
5. Accommodation: some private accommodation is available. Please send your requests for private accommodation to lucatio@gmx.net. Otherwise please book your own accommodation. The following (cheap) hotels/ hostels are close to the location of the conference:
• Pegasus Hostel: http://www.pegasushostel.de
• Hotel Comenius: http://www.hotel-comenius-berlin-city.de/
• Juncker's Hotel Garni: http://www.junckers-hotel.de/
• Ibis Berlin City Ost: http://www.ibis.com
6. Changes in the program are possible.
7. We will send a second, detailed program in mid September.

Kommentare

Anti-militarist platform. Founding meeting in Portugal

Hi,

We met about a dozen people in Lisbon, and created an anti-militarist anti-NATO platform (it's PAGAN = Plafatorma Anti-Militarista, Anti-NATO). We agreed the same guide lines as the Berlin conference organizers, namely: non-violent struggle against NATO and all forms of militaristic power, affiliation of individuals (allthought anybody can have his/her own affiliation to other groups), decision in assembly and pointing towards consensus. We have created a discussion list, a blog and scheduled another meeting where we will evaluate the progress made in the campaign, and listen to the report from one of us about the Berlin working conference.

http://antinatoportugal.wordpress.com/
We can be contacted at the following e-mail: antinatoportugal@gmail.com

Solidarity,
MB