Come to Jakarta in June 2001!

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Mon Dec 4 22:42:23 MST 2000


ASIA PACIFIC PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE
“Fighting Neo-Liberalism in the Asia-Pacific.”
Jakarta, Indonesia
7-10 June, 2001

Come to Jakarta in June 2001!
Join the struggle to globalise resistance to the neo-liberal offensive!

The conference will be held between June 7-10, 2001 and will be
organised by  the Indonesian Centre for Reform and Social Emancipation
(INCREASE ). The conference will be held in the city of Jakarta. From
within Indonesia, the conference will be supported by the affiliates of
INCREASE, namely, the National Student League for Democracy (Liga
Nasional Mahasiswa untuk Demokrasi, LNMD), the National Peasant Union
(Serikat Tani Nasional, STN), the Indonesian National Front for Labour
Struggle (Front Nasional Perjuangan Buruh Indonesia, FNPBI), the
People's Cultural Network (Jaringan Kerja Kebudayaan Rakyat, JAKKER),
the People's Youth Movement (Gerakan Pemuda Kerakyatan, GPK), and the
People's Legal Aid Foundation (Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Rakyat, LBHR).

Aims of the Conference

INCREASE sees the conference as having several complimentary aims.

First, INCREASE intends the conference to raise awareness within
Indonesia about the nature and role of neo-liberal ecnomic policies, as
well as the role of the international financial institutions - such as
the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the World
Trade Organisation (WTO) - in forcing neo-liberal policies upon the
peoples of the Third World in general and Indonesia, in particular. In
this context INCREASE hopes the conference will provide a forum whereby
Indonesian organisations waging campaigns to improve the welfare and
empowerment of the people can come to see their campaigns as linked to
the generalised fight against neo-liberalism.

Second, INCREASE hopes that the discussion among Indonesian
organisations, intellectuals and activists at the conference as well as
between the Indonesian participants and overseas participants will help
advance the process of the progressive movement in Indonesia being able
to develop its own alternatives to the IMF prescribed neoliberal
strategy being enforced at the moment.

Third, INCREASE wished the conference to also function as a vehicle for
deepening the cooperation between progressive forces in the Asia Pacific

region. Where feasible we also hope that it can help develop cooperation

between the Asia Pacific and other major areas, such as Europe, North
America and Latin America. At the moment, we have commitments from
partner movements in South Korea, the Philippines, Pakistan, East Timor
and Australia that they will attend and speak at the conference. We also

have confirmations of attendance from activists in the United States and

the Netherlands. We expect further confirmations in the next few months.

INCREASE hopes that concrete measures to deepen and concretise
cooperation will develop out of the conference.

Fourth, INCREASE wishes to introduce the international participants to
the struggle for reform and social empowerment, for fundamental social
change, in Indonesia. In addition to panels and workshops on a range
themes relevant to the general analysis and struggle against
neoliberalism, there will also be many panels and workshops that will
relate these issues to Indonesia. There will be speakers from all
sectors of society and from the progressive political parties and
currents in Indonesia. We intend that some of the affiliates sectoral
organisations of INCREASE will organise 7-10 exposure programmes in
their areas of activity immediately after the conference.

Conference themes

Some of the specific themes of the conference will include:
* The nature of the current crisis in liberalism
* Why is neo-liberalism the capitalists current preferred solution
* The nature of the international financial institutions
* Relations between (a) Europe and Asia-Pacific and (b) the US and
Asia-Pacific
* The impact of neo-liberalism in developed as well as developing
countries
* The role of the military in defending neo-liberal regimes
* Strategies for fundamental social change: democratic revolution;
popular power;
 socialism etc
* How to achieve international collaboration in struggle
* The role of feminist struggle
* The social economic crisis and the environmental impact
* Trade union organising and worker mobilising
* Peasant union organising; land issues; and peasant campaigning
* Political strategies and mass mobilising
* Culture and struggle

The conference will be an open, public, live-in conference. The agenda
will be decided by the INCREASE conference organising committee, in
consultation with partner organisations. INCREASE is, of course, in
hearing suggestions for additional themes and topics.

There will be a strong cultural component in the conference programme.

We will consider possibilities for protest mobilisations as part of the
conference closer to the date.

Exposure tours

Second, INCREASE will be facilitating 7-10 day exposure tours for
interested activists after the conference. There will be exposure tours
in the worker/trade union, peasant, student, cultural and women’s
movement sectors. Individuals or organisations can indicate their
interest in such tours on the registration form.

Sponsorship

We will soon begin the international publicity for this conference. We
would be very pleased to be able to include your organisation as a
sponsor of the conference.

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ASIA PACIFIC PEOPLES’ SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE
“Fighting Neo-Liberalism in the Asia-Pacific.”
Jakarta, Indonesia
7-10 June, 2001

REGISTRATION


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EXPOSURE TOURS.

Immediately after the conference, 7-10 exposure tours will be organised
by the affiliates of INCREASE in the worker, peasant, women’s movement,
student, and cultural sectors. There will be an additional cost for
this. If you wish to participate in one of these tours and would like
further information, please indicate below.

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Registration for international participants

Costs international participants at the conference are US$225
waged/US$125 unwaged. This includes registration fee, conference keynote

papers, accommodation, and three meals per day during the conference.

Registration and payment methods:

Australia:
Send cheques made out to Peoples Power fighting Fund to:
Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET),
P.O. Box 458,
Broadway 2007.

The Netherlands and Europe:
Contact Solidariteit met Timor en Indonesie (SOLITIN) at
solitin_otten at hotmail.com for payment and registration details.

For information on other international registration agents contact
increase at indo.net.id

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Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET)
PO Box 458, Broadway NSW 2007 Australia
Phone: 61-(0)2-96901230
Fax  : 61-(0)2-96901381
Email: asiet at asiet.org.au
WWW  : www.asiet.org.au
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