The crisis of the neoliberal economic order that began late in 2007 has not been overcome in the years since. It has taken on the form of a shifting catastrophe migrating from one part of the world to another. Controlling the movement of capital, and imposing an economic quarantine in the form of protectionist policies, are the minimal steps needed to struggle against this epidemic. But putting these measures into practice is blocked by the neoliberal ideology, hegemonic on a global level, and by the demands of international institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the G-20.
Call to Participate in #Blockupy 2013 in #Frankfurt May 30th to June 1st, struggles against the #Troika
International Call to Participate in Blockupy 2013 in Frankfurt May 30th to June 1st and other struggles against the Troika
Everywhere we resist and revolt against the crisis and its governance, we put strength in living struggles and conflicts, and on these pillars we build and weave a new Europe that is born from grassroots.
The Europe we live in, far from the noble thoughts that might have inspired it once upon a time, has been built by a top-down process, driven by pacts and agreements among governments. This has taken place within the framework of neo-liberal ideology, under strong pressure to please financial markets and companies. The result is the concentration of power in the hands of a few institutions, themselves the direct expression of governments which claim to be ‘ours’.
CALL FOR WORKSHOPS AND PARTICIPANTS – 8-9 June, London
From the uprising in northern Africa to the assemblies in Spain, followed by the spreading of Occupy, new social movements have sprung up all over the world. Our structures, ways of organising and tactics are still in their embryonic form: working through experimentations and learning from the inevitable difficulties. To progress and strengthen these processes, it is important that we come together to reflect on them and build visions.
Therefore, we invite you to participate in GlobalSkillsXChange in London this June.
Workshops will take place on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of June, followed by a week of actions and events for democracy, against G8*. We will share tools, skills and experience to take back to our local struggles, while defining common projects/actions/campaigns for global collaboration - moving away from capitalism and fake democracy towards fair, sustainable futures.
The event will focus on 4 axes:
- Real democracy, assemblies and horizontal organising
- Economical, social and political alternatives
- Strategies of resistance and action
- Online platforms/resources/tools
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#18M Call to gathering all over spanish embassies asking for immediate approval of the ILP bill -Affected by Mortgage- @PAH_BCN
Hello all from the PAH Barcelona,
As many of you might already know, during the next month and a half the
People’s Legislative Initiative (ILP) advanced by the PAH, (Spain’s
Mortgage Holders Platform) will be discussed in the Spanish Congress and
Senate house. This ILP is a law proposal backed by a million and a half
people who signed in approval of what the PAH is asking for: dacion en pago
-meaning cancellation of any outstanding mortgage debt upon handover of
property (with retroactive effect), an immediate increase in social housing
(using existing and unoccupied properties currently held by banks) and a
halt to evictions.
The Popular Party, which holds a majority in congress has already advanced
that they will not accept the PAH’s proposed text. For this reason, the PAH
in Barcelona and all across the Spanish state, are organizing a number of
tactics, both as direct actions and as online campaigns. The idea is to
increase social pressure and show the government that the majority of the
population (over 88%) support the PAH’s legislative initiative.
In conversation with DAL Paris, we’ve been thinking of organizing a joint
international demonstration. We wanted to invite all social movements we’ve
closely worked with over the past years to partake in it. The objective is
to show the Spanish government and the public at large that the PAH’s
petitions are also widely supported abroad. We are thus writing to invite
you all to join this international action.
The proposed collective support will take place on *March 18th* and it
would be a demonstration in front of as many Spanish embassies as possible,
asking for immediate approval of the PAH’s legislative proposal. These are
crucial dates to put pressure on the Spanish government, right before they
must take a vote on the future of Spain’s housing law.
We would love to have as much support as possible from the social movements
we’ve closely worked with, thus we are contacting you in the hope you will
be able to participate. It is important for us to show the Spanish
government that we have a large support for our demands not only locally
but internationally as well. We hope we can count on you!
Let’s keep in touch,
Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (PAH)
Llamamiento a la movilización europea el 13 de Marzo / Call to European mobilization on March 13th #EuropeanSpring
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POR UNA PRIMAVERA EUROPEA
Nuestra Democracia contra su austeridad! – Llamada a la acción contra la Cumbre de Primavera de la UE.
“Por una primavera europea” es un llamado a acciones, huelgas y manifestaciones en toda Europa el 13 de marzo, y también una manifestación paneuropea y acciones creativas en la ciudad de Bruselas el 14 de marzo. Está dirigido a la Cumbre de Primavera de la UE, donde los líderes de todo el continente se reunirán los días 14 y 15 para fortalecer la respuesta del Consejo Europeo a la crisis.
La respuesta hasta la fecha de las élites económicas y políticas en la Unión Europea asciende a un ataque masivo contra el bienestar, los derechos sociales y la democracia. Esto ha conseguido socavar la democracia, que se refleja en las políticas de la UE, incluida la imposición de la austeridad, las demandas de profundos recortes en el gasto social, los intentos de debilitar las leyes laborales y la desarticulación de los derechos laborales duramente ganados tiempo atrás.
Este proceder es peligroso profundamente injusto y debe ser revertido. Mientras estas políticas han sido diseñadas para rescatar a los grandes bancos y las grandes empresas, nosotros, la gran mayoría, estamos obligados a pagar por los excesos de los privilegiados.
En toda Europa las luchas y huelgas se están produciendo en contra de estas políticas injustas. Estas luchas son nuestras luchas, y rechazamos los intentos violentos de los Estados europeos para suprimirlas. Ahora es el momento para solidarizarnos entre los países y sectores, para ser la fuerza de una verdadera democracia y justicia social. Estamos tratando de construir una sociedad donde las soluciones, muy diferentes a las defendidas por las élites e impuesta por la UE, puedan ser propuestas y discutidas por todo el mundo.
Hacemos un llamamiento para llevar a cabo acciones, huelgas y manifestaciones el 13 de marzo en toda Europa como parte de una semana de resistencia europea, con una movilización masiva el día 14 en Bruselas, dirigida a la Cumbre de Primavera de la UE. Vamos a mostrarle a aquellos en el poder que nuestro movimiento creciente, tarde o temprano, será lo suficientemente fuerte como para cambiar el rumbo de Europa en beneficio de todos.
- Supresión de todos los tratados de la UE sobre austeridad y legislación!
- Por una transición ecológica!
- Desarticulación de los mercados financieros!
- Deuda: No debemos, no pagamos!
- Expulsen a la Troika, no a la gente!
Participantes: personas de (no todos figuran porque no se registró todo el mundo) CCOO, Comité Action Europe, CEO, CATALUYN, TNI, ATTAC-SPAIN, ATTAC-Germany, ATTAC-Wallonie/Brussels, Citizens Assemblies Spain, Blockupy Frankfurt, Die Linke/GUE-NGL, Peoples movement Denmark, SUF Denmark, the Greens Finland, Firenze 10+10, Rosalux Brussels, colectivo con base en Bruselas por la justicia ambiental y más (alrededor de 35 pers.)
Open call to join forces for a massive European day of action and mobilisation During the EU Spring Summit in March 2013
Following the call for action launched at Firenze 10+10 to mobilize for an European a day of action around the Spring European Council Summit; social organizations, social movements, trade unions and citizens gathered in Brussels the 15th of December.
We had a constructive meeting in Brussels, we welcomed the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) call for a Day of Action around the Spring European Council Summit the 13th or 14th of March, but since neither the format, the alliance building, the concrete date was clear, we had to postpone several concrete decisions.
However the following was decided:
· The day(s) of action will take place 13th and or 14th of March 2013, depending on the date of the ETUC demo.
· The day of action will either consist of
Please help spread this link containing information on economic disobedience, the banks’ bailout and the real price of Spain’s spending on the military: Thank you!!
Video with German subtitles: http://youtu.be/IVUKOuwuEfY
Our comrades from “No pagamos” are looking to distribute the video and other information both within Spain and abroad so that people get a better understanding of the situation over here.
The Spanish Congress decides on ratification or repeal of the “Royal Decree on urgent measures to strengthen the protection to mortgage debtors”, designated name to the recent evictions partial moratorium adopted by the Government.
PAH (Platform of People Afected by Mortgage) remember that this decree will not solve the problem of evictions, but may even make it worse.
First, this moratorium is insufficient because it excludes most people affected by requirements that are arbitrary and discriminatory (For example, will benefit a family with a child under three years, but not one in the same economic conditions with two children aged 4 years). All the people who may lose their home for economic reasons are vulnerable cases. Is significant that suicide cases for eviction in recent weeks, none of them would benefit from the decree.
Second, it does not address the debt problem: only provides a moratorium of eviction for two years maximum in a few cases. During that time, interest continue to increase and, when finish the moratorium, debt will be even higher. It does not say anything about the people already affected by the 400,000 foreclosures that have already been made in Spain and those that opened this debate. Thousands of people sentenced to be banned for life financial, with unpayable and illegitimate debts.
Third, the decree can get worse the situation because it ignores all the people affected by eviction from primary residence, is a case of extreme vulnerability. Losing your home without where to go is the worst thing that can happen to a person or family. Therefore, all those affected are in a desperate situation. Considering this, the decree may cause some of these people end up attacking their own health to the requirement of “serious illness”, or decide to have a child to enter the category of “family with child up to 3 years “, or even the occurrence of false allegations of gender violence, as it is another criteria of” vulnerability “established by the decree. So, this measure can end up causing more damage than it was supposed to solve.
In any case, there is time to rectify. Even late, the drama of the evictions and mortgage debts that affects thousands of families requires urgent action to address the situation. Therefore, we urge the Government to listen to the PAH: if something we have is depth knowledge and experience in the field. Our demands are not only supported by most of the population and, unlike banks, our opinions are not contaminated by speculative interests but pursue the implementation of human rights and the general welfare.
If you really want to solve the problem, listen to the PAH
Signed by PAH (Platform of People Afected by Mortgage)
Source: [sp] http://bit.ly/UtzpJo
Conclusions on Florence10+10, the Debt Audit groups attended:http://bit.ly/TCS8O1
During Florence10+10, ICAN network had its second international meeting. Organisations and grassroots movements working on debt are coming together. There are two mailing lists on debt: one existing one for those focusing more on audits – in the ICAN network – and another just created (*) for coordinated actions, sharing information, ideas, etc. We will think about how to bring them together once we see what dynamic comes out of the new one:
* firstname.lastname@example.org - https://lists.takethesquare.net/mailman/listinfo/wontpay (link for signing up).