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In the spotlight
An estimated 400,000 protestors chanted "This is what democracy looks like!" through Manhattan today. I joined the United for Peace and Justice rally a few blocks after it started, but had to jump a barricade to do so. Police were not allowing people from the spectator area to join the march at the beginning.
We have spent the last two days amid land reform and social change activists from all over Brazil and the world - and the World Social Forum has not yet begun!
Greetings from the World Social Forum 2005! The WSF opened with a march filling the sunny streets of Porto Alegre with drums, chants, flags, puppets, and dancing. Local papers reported 200,000 people joined the crowd.
The 2005 World Social Forum opened in a way very becoming of a huge gathering of social movements: a march through downtown Porto Alegre, culminating an open-air amphitheatre (where the actual opening ceremony took place). From urban residents calling for the creation of a new housing system, to the Korean International Workers group demanding U.S. troops pull out of Iraq, to the Union of small-scale family farmers, we all marched together through the streets of Porto Alegre. Drumming groups were on hand to provide the rhythym for our step, and people on stilts condemning biodiversity and habitat destruction wove through the crowd.
It's impossible to talk about food sovereignty without bringing up the issue of land reform, and vice-versa.
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