|November 2002: The first European Social Forum, in Florence|
10 years ago social activists across Europe met in Florence,
Italy, to oppose neo-liberal policies across Europe, to say no to debt in the
global South and to warn that if policies remained in place, Europe would face
a crisis in the near future. The European Social Forum was born. Around the
same time initiators of the Tax Justice Network were meeting to discuss how to
oppose the invidious effects of tax havens and how to bring attention to the
corruption and inequality caused when criminals, MNCs and the wealthy are able
to live by a different set of rules.
10 years on the European Social Forum is re-convening in
Florence (Nov 8th - 11th) to promote solidarity among networks and
organisations across Europe. You can follow the conference on twitter
The Tax Justice Network, founded at a meeting on 9th
November 2002, is supporting two slots in the packed programme : ‘Capitalists
Mafias and Mafious Capitalism’ organised by Liberia International, where we
will cover Corruption Services: the supply side from the Pin Stripe Mafia; and ‘Tax
Competition or Just Taxation’ organised by ATTAC Europe, Kairos Europe/ Réseau
pour la justice fiscal.
The conference has begun with many calls for working
together. Herris from Transform spoke of the Greek experience "Greece is a
guinea pig for European neo-liberalism and a fertile ground for fascism, but it
is also a laboratory of social resistance and alternative proposals".
Corrina from Blockupy Frankfurt (and many others) called for
support for the General strike next week (November 14th) and for Blockupy actions
(blocking access to institutions, finance centres etc in acts of civil
disobedience) in the coming spring.
She ended: "Be courageous to fight, be
courageous to win"