Earlier, I noted that The Social Forum forum is the open terrain where the meetings, the network-building and the the elaboration of the new END (European Nuclear Disarmament) movement ought to take place.

I should have written: is taking place. The European Social Forum in Malmö 17-21 September 2008 will have a workshop called "The Next European Peace Action Forum".  This is one of a whole series of workshops, seminars and activities, which all remind me of END.

Below, please find a listing of ESF-workshops relating to the European Peace Action:
  • Planning a nonviolent action This workshop is part of the “Role of nonviolence in the antimilitarist movement” strand within European Peace Action Forum. www.esf2008.org/registrations/ofog-sweden/planning-a-nonviolent-action
  • Practical skills for direct action - This workshop is part of the “Globalising Nonviolent Direct Action” strand within European Peace Action Forum. - www.esf2008.org/registrations/ofog-sweden/practical-skills-for-direct-action
  • Partnership for Peace and New NATO Countries... without joining - This workshop is part of the “Growing Influence of NATO and the Militarisation of the EU” strand within European Peace Action Forum. ... www.esf2008.org/registrations/ofog-sweden/partnership-for-peace-and-new-nato-countries
  • Nonviolence tools for campaign development ... reach your campaign goals - This workshop is part of the “Role of nonviolence in the antimilitarist movement” strand within European Peace Action Forum. ... www.esf2008.org/registrations/ofog-sweden/nonviolence-tools-for-campaign-development
  • Campaigns Against War Profiteering ... against corporations profiteering from war - This workshop is part of the “Globalisation of Militarism” strand within European Peace Action Forum. ... www.esf2008.org/registrations/ofog-sweden/campaigns-against-war-profiteering -
  • US Nuclear Weapons in Europe and Resistance - This workshop is part of the “Nuclear Weapons” strand within European Peace Action Forum. - www.esf2008.org/registrations/ofog-sweden/us-nuclear-weapons-in-europe-and-resistance
  • Resistance Against US Missile Offence Installations in Europe ... - This is part of the “Militarisation of Space” strand within European Peace Action Forum... www.esf2008.org/registrations/ofog-sweden/resistance-against-us-missile-offence
  • Space Industry in Sweden and Around Europe - This workshop is part of the “Militarisation of Space” strand within European Peace Action Forum. Following an introduction to all the issues within this ... www.esf2008.org/registrations/ofog-sweden/space-industry-in-sweden-and-around-europe
  • Camping Against Nuclear Weapons and Tracking Nuclear Convoys ... - ... transportation of nuclear weapons on public roads This workshop is part of the “Nuclear Weapons” strand within European Peace Action Forum. ... www.esf2008.org/registrations/ofog-sweden/camping-against-nuclear-weapons-and-tracking
  • AND MORE
The initiative to the current European Peace Action, which is an emerging coalition of organisations and networks, was taken by the Swedish network of activists, which calls itself Ofog. Here is the explanation of the name, from the website of Ofog:

Ofog translates into ”mischief”. But ofog is also a play with words. “Foga” is a Swedish verb meaning to conform, to obey. But in Swedish, if you put an O before a word, you turn it into its opposite.
“Foga” also means, roughly, fixating things together in a decided and unchangeable form, so in this meaning of the word, when we put the O before, this is an allusion to our function as a flexible, dynamic network.

The over-reaching theme for the European peace forum in Malmö will be how to strengthen our resistance against militarisation. The forum will be focussed on direct action.

Without strong resistance and direct action the goals cannot be reached. The European Peace Action may be the best that has happened to the European peace movement in  the last 20-25 years.