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The 2015 Manila Socialism Conference Against APEC and for People’s Alternatives will be held on November 15, Sunday, at Marikina City Quadrangle, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. The Conference coincides with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit which is a gathering of all the heads of state of 21 APEC countries.

The Conference is an attempt to discuss among 300 representatives of various movements in the Philippines (labor, women, urban poor, peasants, youth and students) the disastrous effect of APEC and the various alternatives that the people can undertake to minimize or reverse its impact. The Conference is hosted by Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) and Transform Asia. There are also international delegates from Parti Socialis Malaysia and Socialist Alliance in Australia.

It is fitting that the Conference will be held in Marikina City as one of the major calls of the conference is a nationalist genuine industrialization that will protect and revive local industries in the country. A showcase will be the revival of the Marikina shoe industry which enjoys its heyday in the 1970s after collapsing in the 1980s and 1990s due to the ravages of neoliberal globalization.

On November 14, a day before the Manila Socialism Conference, there will also be a launch of SLAM APEC (Solidarity of Labor and Movements Against APEC) in the same venue after lunchtime. Then on November 17, there will be another Conference led by People’s Forum Against APEC which will involve a broad range of civil society groups. November 18 will be big people’s mobilization against APEC and neoliberal globalization. Everyone who’s been oppressed by APEC and its instrumentalities is invited to come to all these events.

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