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Saturday, October 11, 2008

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The days are starting to run together, and I'm having trouble keeping track of which parts are associated with what day. It doesn't help much that I spend most of my time in the Iglu at the Indigenous events, and that those discussions are so heavily focused on plurinationalism and neoliberalism that they tend to blur together after awhile.

In the afternoon, the campesinistas were supposed to have a meeting in the Iglu, but for some reason they moved it to the campesino tent (which they were calling the indígena-campesina tent). Other than more banners and more slogans, the content was not that different and both have the symbolic altar in front of the stage. More of an organized presence of campesinos (ie, Via Campesina and the like) had come to the Iglu than an indígena presence at the afternoon session.

In the eventing, Grassroots Global Justice organized a reception for the United States Social Forum. Rumors are that the next USSF will be held in the summer of 2010 in Detroit, but that local arrangements are being problematic.

So, I get back to the hotel later than I would like, but after 3 days the morning rooster crowing no longer bothers me as much as it did the first morning. Today (Saturday) is the last day of sessions, and tomorrow is the final march. The forum flies by quickly.

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