Berlin conference: The list of participants continues to grow — two weeks ago we had 352 registrants from 58 countries; today that’s 420 from 68 countries. The number coming from Germany is now 84, up from 77. The team in Berlin is doing a fantastic job, meeting regularly and building up a solid programme of workshops and plenaries. We’ve now begun weekly Skype conference calls involving myself, Derek and Gisela and this will continue in the run-up to the event. We are doing a monthly mailing to all those who registered and in last week’s mailing we made a special appeal for people to volunteer as interpreters. Our volunteer translators have begun translating the conference website into Spanish (as well as English and German), and the registration form now works in 8 languages. And we now have a donations page in German (in the hope that our raised profile in the German labour movement may help generate donations). The ITUC has agreed to promote our conference in their next mailing to delegates to their upcoming world congress in Berlin.
Campaigns: We launched four new campaigns in the last two weeks after a period of relative calm. Here they are (with the current number of supporters in brackets): Korea [7,178], Bangladesh [4,007], Peru , and Canada . The last of these is a Canada-only campaign; all the others are global. We closed down the Sri Lanka campaign today and the USA (First Energy) campaign last week. We’re hoping to launch a Ukraine campaign in the next few days. Finally, our French language ActNOW RSS feed is greatly improved, with French text replacing the English that remained there.
New languages: We’ve had an offer to translate LabourStart into Hindi which is great, and something we’ve wanted for a very long time. Now that we have a Hungarian language edition, we need correspondents, so I wrote to all the Hungarians I could find on our English language mailing list — and the first of them has now volunteered to be a correspondent.
Books: Andy completed the translation into French of our second book (global labour movements) which is now on sale at Amazon, CreateSpace, etc. He did a mailing to our French language list which generated a lot of interest (nearly 50 sales in the first few days), and it appears that we’ll need to have copies of all our books, in English and French, in Berlin for sale to delegates. We’re also working hard on Dan Gallin’s book in order to get it ready well in advance of the Berlin conference — at which we’ll have book launch with Dan speaking.
My new contact details: Please note that I am contactable in many ways, but no longer at the old phone number. I’ve written up what I’m doing and why and encourage LabourStart correspondents to use email where possible, and in urgent cases only, to use Telegram or Skype to reach me.