2. Interesting workshops and seminars in London.
Thousands of people come together at the European Social Forum in London to discuss how another, better world can look like and what steps are to be taken to achieve this change. As many others we are concerned and outraged about the obvious lack of democracy, equality and justice in Europe and in the world.
The European governments are constantly militarising their foreign policy. Together with the USA they go more and more often to war, in order to enforce economic and strategic interests. European armies are highly involved in the occupation of Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.
At the borders of Europe an undeclared war against immigrants is taking place that has already killed well over 5.000 immigrants. However this new border regime is challenged everyday, and often successfully, by thousands of women and men, who succeed in crossing the borders. Migration is a powerful, autonomous social movement of people building better lives, deserting oppression and the poverty of their home countries.
On the other hand we have to see the social and economic function of the European border regime. Rather than really sealing the borders it is a selective mechanism of inclusion of the migrants (and of migrant labor) through their illegalization.
The situation of the paperless immigrants is an extreme example of what we call precarity. Precarious life is defined by unsteady income and forms of non regulated and highly exploited labour. As the neoliberal transformation of society is proceeding, precarity of work and life becomes a widespread general phenomenon that affects millions of people. Social security and social rights are replaced by the build-up of police forces, public surveillance and more prisons.
We are convinced that there is no way back in the lost world of permanent work with nine-to-five working days. The hopeless attempt to preserve the last remains of the social democratic welfare model can’t open up new perspectives as it was designed for old way of working. Flexibility is exactly what we struggle for - but not in the sense of the neoliberal project, where flexibility means the complete submission of individuals under the needs of capital. We want to reclaim flexibility, we want to be in control of our time, our work and our lives – and at the same time to break the rule of capital.
Protests and appeals are not enough to change the world - we need to connect and organize the struggles of our everyday lives, in order to create the counter-power that can overcome and abolish capitalism. We do not need new or old centralized parties, but the resistance has to be built up both locally and globally and must be under full democratic control by the people themselves. In the face of capitalist globalisation we need a globalisation from below: an international network of anti-capitalist resistance.
That is what we want to discuss on the various events we attend and that is, why we call you to participate in the
in the International Demonstration, Oct 17th, 1 p.m., Russell Square
Northeuropean Anticapitalist Network.
Interesting workshops and seminars in London:
Inside the official ESF:
1. Reclaim the commons
Workshop arranged by the Northeuropean Anticapitalist Network, ACT! (Berlin), Chainworkers (Milano) and others.
Saturday, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m., ULU 3 A, Malet Street
2. The demagogic use of anti-globalisation phrases by the far right
Seminar with AVANTI, United and others
Saturday 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m., NATFHE, 27 Britannia Street
3. Anti-dystopia and Euroradical identities
Workshop with Michael Hardt arranged by chainworkers (Italy), Global Roots (Copenhagen), Globalisation from below (Stockholm) and others
Saturday 7.00 - 9.00 p.m., ULU Upper Hall, Malet Street
Inside the "autonomous spaces":
1. Life despite capitalism
Event on ‘Commons and Communities’. Several NEAN-groups will participate in the workshops.
Saturday 9.30 a.m. - 6.30 p.m., London School of Economics, Clement House, Aldwych
2. Creating Free Public Transports
Workshop with Globalisation from below, planka.nu (Sweden) and pummit.org (Finland)
Thursday, 1.30 - 3.00 at BEYOND ESF, Middlesex University, White Hart Lane Campus
3. Social Centre Project
Workshop arranged by Wombles (UK), Globalisation from below (Stockholm) and Siperia (Finland)
Friday, 11.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. at BEYOND ESF, Middlesex University, White Hart Lane Campus
4. First Assembly of Europe's Precariat
at BEYOND ESF, Middlesex University,
Saturday, 4.00 - 6.00 p.m.
SUNDAY, 1.00 p.m.
Come to the Anticapitalist Block: SMASH CAPITALISM - against precarity - reclaim flexibilty