The focus of the gathering will be to build relationships, to strategize ways forward and to plan actions for activists and organizers in the movement: it will not be an academic conference. While we will not necessarily agree at the end of the day, we would like to be able to be speak to and about each other in common languages, develop framings we can use when working in alliance, and start to build a coherence to health justice movements across the continent.
We’re hoping the day will serve as a visioning, a launchpad to reinforce a cohesive, coherent movement for health justice across our networks. We have a dizzying array of people who are wanting to come: from people reclaiming traditional systems of care, to those working on environmental health concerns; from anti-austerity organizers, to anti-imperalist activists; from those seeking access to care regardless of migration status, to unions of public servants.
As we prepare for the Assembly by shaping a flow for the day, we would very much like to have your input to ensure the day responds as much as possible to your interests. Please let us know what would you like to do with the time you have with us. We also wonder if people might be interested in starting conversations beforehand over email and Internet calls in order to make sure time together is used more efficiently.