Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI)
Second Iraqi Non-Violence Forum
Basra, October 20-22, 2012
USLAW Co-convenors Mike Zweig [standing-left] and Gene Bruskin [seated-right] confer with Iraqi delegates.
The Second Iraqi Nonviolence Forum will address the political crises that Iraq is currently experiencing, especially the lack of productive dialogue and discussion about how to solve the Iraqi peoples’ and society’s problems. Building upon our previous Forum held in Shaqlawa, Erbil in 2010, the working sessions will provide strong support for nonviolent strategies to address problems that prevent effective state and community building in Iraq.
We will join together to affirm the important role that nonviolent tactics and strategies can play in advancing security, providing vital services, and ending corruption.
The Forum is also a concrete and vital step towards convening the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), in Baghdad, in 2013. The Iraqi organizing committee of ISF, and an International advisory committee of ISF will be formed during this Forum.