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Alberta Convergence for Social Forum a success!

Peoples' Social Forum

Council of Canadians organizer Aleah Loney was a key force behind the Alberta Convergence for the Peoples’ Social Forum which brought together about 55 people in Edmonton yesterday.

It was promoted as, “Attend a day­‐long gathering for the Alberta Expansion Group on June 14 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton to converge and plan the next steps forward, including ideas for workshops, travel to Ottawa, and continuing to build a Peoples’ Social Forum here in Alberta as well.”

Ricardo Acuña wrote in Vue Weekly, “Given the role that Alberta’s natural resources play in the national discourses on everything from pipelines and trade to labour, environment and First Nations, it is critical that the voices of Albertans be heard loud and clear at [Peoples Social Forum in Ottawa this August]. …To that end, a group of Alberta-based organizations, movements and individuals have organized a province-wide convergence in advance of the Peoples’ Social Forum. This Saturday, June 14, a broad cross-section of Albertans will gather at the University of Alberta to raise awareness about the Peoples’ Social Forum, and begin coordinating what Alberta’s presence at the national gathering will look like.”

The outreach for the Alberta Convergence also noted, “The Alberta Expansion Group will also work with local organizers throughout Alberta, including in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, and anywhere else to encourage and support the holding of local organizing meetings.”

For more about the day, see the Alberta Social Forum twitter feed, the Peoples’ Social Forum 2014 – Alberta Expansion Group Facebook page and this website.

For more about the national gathering this August 21-24, please also see Council of Canadians supports the Peoples Social Forum.