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The 7th edition of the World Social Forum brings the world to Africa as activists, social movements, networks, coalitions and other progressive forces from Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean, North America, Europe and all corners of the African continent converge in Nairobi, Kenya for five days of cultural resistance and celebration; panels, workshops, symposia, processions, film nights and much much more; beginning on the 20th of January and wrapping up on the 25th of January 2007.
While War Resisters' International is critical of some of the tendencies within the World Social Forum (and the European Social Forum), it is important for an international nonviolent and antimilitarist network to engage with the Social Forum process. The theme of the 7th WSF, "People's Struggles, People's Alternatives", is especially relevant to the WRI network. WRI's Statement of Principles says: "Addressing the causes of war requires a commitment to social transformation. WRI seeks to join with others in building a world based not on fear of military might, nor on domination and hierarchy, but based on relationships of equality, where basic human needs are fulfilled, where women and men have an equal voice, different cultures and ethnic groups are accepted by one another, borders do not divide, and the natural environment is respected. We work to build societies where everyone can have a say in the decisions that affect them and where collective responsibility and voluntary cooperation replace imposition."
In this spirit, War Resisters' International will participate in the World Social Forum in Nairobi.

Andreas Speck
WRI Office