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    2222== Outreach Material ==
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    24 [coming soon...]
     24''Join together, in real time, with participants of the Social Forum of the Americas in Guatemala, for a simultaneous workshop on collaborative democracy and the Internet. This workshop is a unique opportunity for those of us in New York to attend the forum, interact directly with Latin American activists and organizers, and contribute to building a collaborative and democratic agenda on the Internet.
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     27'''Hemispheric Internet Agreement: A Simultaneous Workshop on Collaborative Democracy in the Americas
     28Social Forum of the Americas
     29'''
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     31Tentative Date: October 9
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     33Locations: Guatemala City, San Carlos University / New York City, Brecht Forum
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     35The Americas Social Forum (ASF) is part of the World Social Forum (WSF) process initiated in 2001 and has become the largest space for the articulation of social initiatives, the development of critical thinking, and the construction of alternatives to the neoliberal order, under the common belief that Another World is Possible.
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     37Several of MF/PL member organizations are attending this year's ASF and MF/PL itself is being represented by co-director Jamie McClelland and member Maritza Arrastia. The Collaborative Democracy workshop
     38(https://support.mayfirst.org/wiki/internet_rights_workshop/) was previously presented at the U.S. Social Forum in 2007, NYC Grassroots Media conference in 2008, and soon at the Critical Resistance conference this weekend.
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     40The workshop will be based on our Internet rights workshop. In the workshop we will use the Internet itself to collaboratively build a common document. However, we will introduce several key, new features:
     41   * The goal will be to come to an agreement on our Internet agenda, rather than focusing on Internet rights
     42   * We will run the workshop over the Internet, with one session in Guatemala, one in New York, and one in Caracas (if we can, but minimally in both Guatemala and NYC).
     43   * We will operate in both Spanish and English
     44
     45The workshop falls within the themes defined by the forum organizers, specifically: The ideological dispute: communication, culture, knowledge and education.
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     47The submitted workshop proposal is here:
     48https://support.mayfirst.org/wiki/proposal/foro_social_workshop_2008
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     50The problem is that we're not sure when our workshop is going to take place although we think it will probably happen around October 9 or 10, hopefully during the afternoon. But that's up to the organizers of the Social Forum and they haven't ironed those details out
     51quite yet.
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     53The Social Forum of the Americas is taking place in Guatemala starting October 7 and I can't think of a moment when an event of this type was more appropriate. Internet work is no longer a field pursued only by technical people. It has become one of the most critical areas in use by all organizers. Developing a common agenda, hemisphere-wide, on how to develop, organize and expand the Internet is critically important for the left. This workshop is designed for activists of all technical capabilities to collaboratively build a common, hemispheric, agenda for the Internet.
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     55The workshop usually attempts to put together a statement of Internet rights through collaborative discussions using Internet technology. This time, we're going to do a statement of rights for Internet users throughout the Hemisphere and think about ways to work to push for and realize those rights.
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     57And the workshop itself will reflect that hemispheric approach. It will be held in two locations simultaneously: San Carlos University (the site of the Social Forum of the Americas) and the Brecht Forum in New York. This isn't two workshops in two places; this is one simultaneously conducted workshop, over the Internet, with participants in those two places.
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     59It's an attempt to start working on a model for collaboration among the people, movements and organizations of the Americas: to grapple with the differences in perceived Internet needs and rights (and how those are prioritized) as well as culture and language and the basics democratic collaboration. Many of the planners are hoping that this "model" can help contribute to collaborations of this type in many areas.
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     61[direct:
     62We're reaching out to our member organizations that represent the "best of the Left" in New York City and surrounding areas. Our invitation to you is direct and our goal is that each of you will send at least one representative from your organization to the Brecht forum. In its own way, this could be a historic event and, at the very least, we want to demonstrate to our brothers and sisters in those other locations that we here in this country are serious about this kind of collaboration: one that is essential to guaranteeing all our futures.
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     64The event at the Brecht Forum is open to all our members and we're especially asking member organizations to send a couple of representatives. Mark the date, think about who from your organization can attend, plan to bring along a laptop if you have one and we'll be back to you as soon as we know the details. Please RSVP (malloryk@mayfirst.org) for the event so that you may receive an email with the specific date and time as soon as we find out the ASF schedule. Also, there is limited space at the Brecht Forum, so we need to monitor attendance.]
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     66[outreach:
     67We have a planning committee working on the event and some ideas about how to make it successful at the Social Forum and in New York but we really need your involvement to make it happen in New York.
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     69We're reaching out to our member organizations that represent the "best of the Left" in New York City and surrounding areas. Our invitation to you is direct and our goal is that each of you will send at least one representative from your organization to the Brecht forum. In its own way, this could be a historic event and, at the very least, we want to demonstrate to our brothers and sisters in those other locations that we here in this country are serious about this kind of collaboration: one that is essential to guaranteeing all our futures.
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     71Specifically, we're asking you, as a MF/PL member to act as a node for outreach. Please, if you can, forward this invitation widely with a personal endorsement from yourself or on behalf of your organization. Encourage potential participants to RSVP to mallory@mayfirst.org]
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     73[media:
     74We have a planning committee working on the event and some ideas about how to make it successful at the Social Forum and in New York but we really need your involvement to make it happen in New York.
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     76We're reaching out to our friends and members that represent the voice of the Left in New York City and surrounding areas. Our invitation to you is direct and our goal is that you not only participate in articulating your political vision for the Internet, but that you support our efforts to reach as many important thinkers as well as document our efforts. In its own way, this could be a historic event and, at the very least, we want to demonstrate to our brothers and sisters in those other locations that we here in this country are serious about this kind of collaboration: one that is essential to guaranteeing all our futures.
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     78Specifically, we're asking you, as a MF/PL member to help us with press and publicity. Please, if you can, blog, write, and get the word out about this event. And of course, attend! Bring your cameras and notebooks and help us to document this potentially historic demonstration of Collaborative Democracy across the hemisphere.]
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     80Mallory Knodel is coordinating outreach for the U.S. part of the workshop and so if you have questions or want to let us know you're coming, etc. email her: mallory@mayfirst.org. Please also CC her on any emails to your lists. We hope to see you there!
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    2682== Workshop Registration Questions and Answers as submitted to the Foro Social ==