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november 22, 2013

Blockupy Frankfurt a/M: 22nd to 24th of November: European Action Conference

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In a statement the Blockupy network wrote about this years (May 31 and June 1) action in Frankfurt: “During Blockupy 2013 we experienced intense and powerful days of collective action and common resistance. On Friday, more than 3000 activists blockaded the entrance to the European Central Bank, making good on our announcement to carry our resistance deep into the heart of the European crisis regime.

(..)

We came together in a great camp that was more than simply a place to sleep: for activists from Germany and Italy, from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain, from Greece and Austria and many other countries it was a place for encounters and exchanges as well for planning actions.

The police’s assault on our international demonstration – with more than 20.000 activists – on Saturday was obviously intended to erase our successes from the previous days, and to split the coalition that had achieved them. Those responsible for the attack – especially the interior minister of the state of Hessia, Frankfurt’s senator for law and order, both from Angela Merkel’s conservative party – could not bear an international demonstration walking right past the ECB. In the run-up to the march, they tried to prohibit the march taking that route, but the courts cashiered their edict. In response, they simply went ahead and ignored the court’s ruling, thus highlighting just how little their talk of democracy and rule of law is worth. The danger that the spotless façade of the ECB might be tainted by a few splashes of paint was apparently reason enough to suspend freedom of assembly, and injure – sometimes seriously – more than 300 people through punches and kicks, through tear gas and pepper spray.

The attack on our demonstration was meant to demoralise and split the movement. They really thought that they could just ‘kettle’ 1000 activists from the anticapitalist block at the head of the demonstration, and that the other blocks would simply continue walking on the route that the police had always intended for us. Obviously, they seriously underestimated the resolve of and solidarity among the coalition and among the activists. An attack on one part of the demonstration is an attack on all of us.

Nobody took them up on their absurd offer to leave behind those in the kettle. Thousands stayed until late in the evening and bravely confronted the police until the very end. It is this common experience of courage and solidarity in the face of police violence that forged even closer bonds amongst our coalition and within the movement.

Blockupy has achieved an important political victory. The attack on our demonstration has turned into a political disaster for the interior ministry and the representatives of the authoritarian politics of crisis ‘resolution’. We are determined to continue preparing further actions at the European Central Bank, this raw nerve of the European crisis regime, where protest is so obviously effective and thus clearly undesirable.”

Footage from Enough is Enough TV of Police violence at last years Blockupy demonstration at June 1 in mobilisation clip for demonstration against police violence 1 week later (June 8, 2013):

You can read an eyewitness account of the police brutality (including many videos and pictures) during this years edition of Blockupy here: Blockupy 2013: Police Brutality in #Frankfurt – An Eyewitness Account

One week after the police attacks there was a demonstration against police violence and state repression with 12.500 people who marched in Frankfurt again. They marched the same route as the Blockupy demo should have been allowed to one week before. This time the police did not attack the demo after they were heavily critised in the mainstream press for their brutality during Blockupy 2013.

In October 2013 German newspaper “Junge Welt” reported that the state prosecuter started a preliminary investigation against 943 people who where kettled on June 1, 2013. This after many people filed a criminal complaint against several policemen and against the interiour minister of the state of Hessen because of police violence and deprivation of liberty during the 10 hour kettle. The legal battle of Blockupy 2013 isn’t over yet but activists are focusing on next years actions in Europe’s finance capital. If the state wanted to intimidate protesters they didn’t succeed as the demostration against police brutality and state repression showed only one week after Blockupy 2013. Activists are determined to come back in 2014 with even more people. The preparations for Blockupy 2014 start with a conference and actions during the Europe Finance Week later this month (Call and programm below).

Footage from Enough is Enough TV  of the demonstration against police violence on June 8, 2013 in Frankfurt:

Call for Blockupy’s European Action Conference – 22nd to 24th of November 2013

Against the European austerity regime, against the rule of the EU-Troika, for the transnationalisation of our resistance, for real democracy!

On May 31st and June 1st, the European Central Bank was effectively blockaded by thousands of protesters against the politics of troika. The central commercial zone of Frankfurt was blocked and stores had to shut down, there were loud protests at the airport against deportation, financial and real estate firms were marked and the right to the city was claimed, a care mob called attention to the increased burden on women in the European crisis. Blockupy 2013 brought about intense and powerful days of collective action and resistance. Our many disobedient actions highlighted the ways in which the politics of crisis and impoverishment affect our lives and the lives of millions of people around the world.

Blockupy will return to Frankfurt in 2014 to resist the opening of the ECB’s new headquarters. Yet much remains open. We want to make plans together.

Blockupy 2013 has been one step on the path towards becoming part of a huge, common European and global movement. We want to continue down this path together with you. Therefore we invite you, our friends, colleagues and comrades from all over Europe and beyond, to the Blockupy European Action Conference from November 22nd to November 24th 2013 in Frankfurt.

The Blockupy European Action Conference will be the last of multiple European meetings of movements, networks and organizations this autumn – in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels, Rome. All these meetings aim towards finding ways to transform Europe from below, towards further exchanging and debating practices and strategies and towards forming transnational movements.

During the Blockupy European Action Conference we hope to exchange our different experiences of protest and resistance towards creating a different Europe. One core of the Blockupy idea and practice since 2012 is to link alliance building with disobedient, confrontational actions aimed towards mass participation for scandalizing the violent austerity measures and politics of impoverishment. Now we want to create a space to discuss Blockupy and other struggles up to now, to talk about possibilities for the future, and to sketch out a more transnational Blockupy for 2014.

Our goal with the conference is twofold:

  • To engage in strategic debate about the commonalities and gaps in our struggles, and
  • To find out together how Blockupy in 2014 could be successful as a platform for transnational resistance against the troika and politics of crisis.

The questions we have

  • How do we best create powerful connections between our struggles? How can we push together for a dynamic shifting of forces?
  • How do we relate disobedient forms of action (mass blockades, social and general strikes, taking and squatting public spaces, preventing evictions and many more) to alliance-building?
  • How do we connect the struggles in the European south and north? What are the needs of different struggles throughout Europe in crisis? How do we relate these to the aims and imaginations for common resistance in countries like Germany, headquarter
    of the EU crisis regime, where recent elections have shown voters casting ballot to continue these capitalist politics?
  • What role can Blockupy 2014 play within European crisis and the protests against it?

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Blockupy Frankfurt a/M: 22nd to 24th of November: European Action Conference

action-conference-2013-624x200In a statement the Blockupy network wrote about this years (May 31 and June 1) action in Frankfurt: “During Blockupy 2013 we experienced intense and powerful days of collective action and common resistance. On Friday, more than 3000 activists blockaded the entrance to the European Central Bank, making good on our announcement to carry our resistance deep into the heart of the European crisis regime.

(..)

We came together in a great camp that was more than simply a place to sleep: for activists from Germany and Italy, from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain, from Greece and Austria and many other countries it was a place for encounters and exchanges as well for planning actions.

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Blockupy 2013:  Police brutality in Frankfurt, Germany.

The police’s assault on our international demonstration – with more than 20.000 activists – on Saturday was obviously intended to erase our successes from the previous days, and to split the coalition that had achieved them. Those responsible for the attack – especially the interior minister of the state of Hessia, Frankfurt’s senator for law and order, both from Angela Merkel’s conservative party – could not bear an international demonstration walking right past the ECB. In the run-up to the march, they tried to prohibit the march taking that route, but the courts cashiered their edict. In response, they simply went ahead and ignored the court’s ruling, thus highlighting just how little their talk of democracy and rule of law is worth. The danger that the spotless façade of the ECB might be tainted by a few splashes of paint was apparently reason enough to suspend freedom of assembly, and injure – sometimes seriously – more than 300 people through punches and kicks, through tear gas and pepper spray.

The attack on our demonstration was meant to demoralise and split the movement. They really thought that they could just ‘kettle’ 1000 activists from the anticapitalist block at the head of the demonstration, and that the other blocks would simply continue walking on the route that the police had always intended for us. Obviously, they seriously underestimated the resolve of and solidarity among the coalition and among the activists. An attack on one part of the demonstration is an attack on all of us.

Nobody took them up on their absurd offer to leave behind those in the kettle. Thousands stayed until late in the evening and bravely confronted the police until the very end. It is this common experience of courage and solidarity in the face of police violence that forged even closer bonds amongst our coalition and within the movement.

Blockupy has achieved an important political victory. The attack on our demonstration has turned into a political disaster for the interior ministry and the representatives of the authoritarian politics of crisis ‘resolution’. We are determined to continue preparing further actions at the European Central Bank, this raw nerve of the European crisis regime, where protest is so obviously effective and thus clearly undesirable.”

Footage from Enough is Enough TV of Police violence at last years Blockupy demonstration at June 1 in mobilisation clip for demonstration against police violence 1 week later (June 8, 2013):

You can read an eyewitness account of the police brutality (including many videos and pictures) during this years edition of Blockupy here: Blockupy 2013: Police Brutality in #Frankfurt – An Eyewitness Account

One week after the police attacks there was a demonstration against police violence and state repression with 12.500 people who marched in Frankfurt again. They marched the same route as the Blockupy demo should have been allowed to one week before. This time the police did not attack the demo after they were heavily critised in the mainstream press for their brutality during Blockupy 2013.

In October 2013 German newspaper “Junge Welt” reported that the state prosecuter started a preliminary investigation against 943 people who where kettled on June 1, 2013. This after many people filed a criminal complaint against several policemen and against the interiour minister of the state of Hessen because of police violence and deprivation of liberty during the 10 hour kettle. The legal battle of Blockupy 2013 isn’t over yet but activists are focusing on next years actions in Europe’s finance capital. If the state wanted to intimidate protesters they didn’t succeed as the demostration against police brutality and state repression showed only one week after Blockupy 2013. Activists are determined to come back in 2014 with even more people. The preparations for Blockupy 2014 start with a conference and actions during the Europe Finance Week later this month (Call and programm below).

Footage from Enough is Enough TV  of the demonstration against police violence on June 8, 2013 in Frankfurt:

Call for Blockupy’s European Action Conference – 22nd to 24th of November 2013

Against the European austerity regime, against the rule of the EU-Troika, for the transnationalisation of our resistance, for real democracy!

On May 31st and June 1st, the European Central Bank was effectively blockaded by thousands of protesters against the politics of troika. The central commercial zone of Frankfurt was blocked and stores had to shut down, there were loud protests at the airport against deportation, financial and real estate firms were marked and the right to the city was claimed, a care mob called attention to the increased burden on women in the European crisis. Blockupy 2013 brought about intense and powerful days of collective action and resistance. Our many disobedient actions highlighted the ways in which the politics of crisis and impoverishment affect our lives and the lives of millions of people around the world.

Blockupy will return to Frankfurt in 2014 to resist the opening of the ECB’s new headquarters. Yet much remains open. We want to make plans together.

Blockupy 2013 has been one step on the path towards becoming part of a huge, common European and global movement. We want to continue down this path together with you. Therefore we invite you, our friends, colleagues and comrades from all over Europe and beyond, to the Blockupy European Action Conference from November 22nd to November 24th 2013 in Frankfurt.

The Blockupy European Action Conference will be the last of multiple European meetings of movements, networks and organizations this autumn – in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels, Rome. All these meetings aim towards finding ways to transform Europe from below, towards further exchanging and debating practices and strategies and towards forming transnational movements.

During the Blockupy European Action Conference we hope to exchange our different experiences of protest and resistance towards creating a different Europe. One core of the Blockupy idea and practice since 2012 is to link alliance building with disobedient, confrontational actions aimed towards mass participation for scandalizing the violent austerity measures and politics of impoverishment. Now we want to create a space to discuss Blockupy and other struggles up to now, to talk about possibilities for the future, and to sketch out a more transnational Blockupy for 2014.

Our goal with the conference is twofold:

  • To engage in strategic debate about the commonalities and gaps in our struggles, and
  • To find out together how Blockupy in 2014 could be successful as a platform for transnational resistance against the troika and politics of crisis.

The questions we have

  • How do we best create powerful connections between our struggles? How can we push together for a dynamic shifting of forces?
  • How do we relate disobedient forms of action (mass blockades, social and general strikes, taking and squatting public spaces, preventing evictions and many more) to alliance-building?
  • How do we connect the struggles in the European south and north? What are the needs of different struggles throughout Europe in crisis? How do we relate these to the aims and imaginations for common resistance in countries like Germany, headquarter
    of the EU crisis regime, where recent elections have shown voters casting ballot to continue these capitalist politics?
  • What role can Blockupy 2014 play within European crisis and the protests against it?

actionconferenceActions on Friday

All guests are invited to join the protests against the Euro Finance Week (18.-22. November) already on Friday, November, 22th at 2 p.m. we will have a noisy manifestation in front of the Alte Oper. For more info see: http://notroika.org/

Afterwards we offer a city walk to some stakeholders of the crisis, including a visit of the site of the new EZB building.

Conference Program

Friday, Nov 22nd:

  • 2:00 p.m. Noisy Manifestation against Euro Finance Week, Alte Oper
  • Afterwards City Walk to the new ECB building site
  • 6:00 p.m. „You are leaving the democratic sector“, Public Opening Meeting, Studierendenhaus
  • 8:30 p.m. „Get together“ of conference participants

Saturday, Nov 23rd:

  • 9.30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. „Disobedient Resistance for Democracy without Capitalism“, Plenaries and Workshops about transnational counter-power
  • 7:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. „How to create strong and European Blockupy actions in 2014“ Evening Plenary
  • Party
Sunday, Nov 24th:
  • 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Debates and decisions about dates, common structures and action concepts for 2014

Registration

In order to get a good overview of the approximate numbers of participants, we kindly ask you to register beforehand. We’ve set up a small Form for this. Please fill it out: here

Organsational Stuff

Everything from the Venue, to the accomodation, translation, food an so on can be found here

 

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november 17, 2013

Global Uprising Conference, Amsterdam, 15-17.11.2013

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#GlobalUprisings Day 1: Part 1 with film

#GlobalUprisings Day 1:  Part 2 Paul Mason

#GlobalUprisings Day 2, Part 1:  Origins of the Uprisings and Why They Haven’t Stopped

 #GlobalUprisings Day 2, Part 2: The Euro Crisis Reports on Crisis and Revolt

#GlobalUprisings Day 2, Part 3: The Euro Crisis Reports on Crisis and Revolt

#GlobalUprisings Day 2, Part 4: Direct Action in The Housing Crisis final bit

#GlobalUprisings Day 2, Part 5: Experiments in Self Organization From Squares to Neighborhoods to Factories

#GlobalUprisings Day 2, Part 6: Film program

#GlobalUprisings Day 2, Part 7: Closing Plenary The Visibility and Invisibility of SocialClass in times of Crisis

november 16, 2013

Global Uprising Conference in Amsterdam

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LIVESTREAM: http://live.debalie.nl/jwplayer66/jwplayer6.html

This is the full program for events taking place at De Balie. The conference includes many other events at spaces around the city starting Wednesday 13 November. For more information on these other events please see the “additional program” below. Information about all events will be available at De Balie throughout the weekend.

DAY ONE:

Friday 15 November 2013: 20.00-22.00

Welcome from Stichting Democratie en Media with an introduction and short film from the makers of the globaluprisings.org film series (Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh).

21.00-22.00: Opening Keynote from Paul Mason

Paul Mason is the current Culture and Digital Editor of Channel 4 News, having previously been economics editor of BBC2‘s Newsnight, and is the author of numerous critically acclaimed books including Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere, a frontline report on today’s global revolts and revolutions. In this opening plenary, he will discuss his research on the causes of the current global uprisings and how these movements might lead to major social change.

DAY TWO:

Saturday 16 November 2013: 10.00-11.30

Opening Plenary: Origins of the Uprisings and Why They Haven’t Stopped

This panel is an introductory session that explores some of the underlying causes of the uprisings in a small selection of countries to draw out both the historical specificities of each place and the commonalities between them. The panel will explore what happened in Egypt during the Arab Spring and present the latest uprisings in Brazil and Turkey to provide updates on the current situation. The panelists will offer their insights on why and in what way the resistance grew in the first place, and why it is still ongoing. This panel will provide a backdrop for the many discussions and experiences to be shared in the panels throughout the next two days.

Lobna Darwish (Cairo, Egypt), Victor Khaled (Florian, Brazil), Foti Benlisoy (Istanbul, Turkey) with Antonis Vradis (Athens, Greece) as discussant.

Saturday 16 November: 12.00-13.00

Film screening: Ruins (53min) a film by Ζoe Mavroudi

Α documentary about the criminalization of HIV. The story of a group of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Greek Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their mug shots and personal data were published in the media, in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections.

Saturday 16 November 2013: 13.00-14.30

(three simultaneous sessions)

1. The Euro Crisis: Reports on Crisis and Revolt

While many mainstream news outlets and politicians across Europe try to tell us that the crisis will soon be over, unemployment rates continue to rise and austerity measures continue to have dramatic consequences on people’s ability to meet their basic needs. So far, some of the countries worst hit by the euro crisis have been Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal where in some cases sustained efforts to combat austerity measures have grown into radicalized mass movements of hundreds of thousands of people participating in general strikes, occupations, massive general assemblies, riots, campaigns to squat empty buildings, and a growing solidarity economy to meet their basic needs. In other countries the protests have been slower to take hold. This panel will look at the causes and consequences of euro crisis from the point of view of those who are living and organizing within the countries that have been worst hit.

TPTG (Athens, Greece), Ricardo Noronha (Lisbon, Portugal), Mick Byrne (Ireland), Ana Mendez de Andes (Madrid, Spain) and John Clegg (London, UK) as discussant.

2. Direct Action in The Housing Crisis

At the heart of the economic crisis has been the question of housing with unprecedented foreclosures and evictions of low-income, migrant and non-white communities, especially in Spain and the US. Housing has brought the problems of capitalism to the surface turning abstract questions of economy into questions of basic human rights and survival with an urgency that was not previously present. With empty homes in abundance and homelessness on the rise, the illegal act of placing people in these homes gains legitimacy in the eyes of the public, blurring the line between legality and legitimacy. In Spain, the foreclosure crisis has led to mass movements of thousands of people and public occupations of whole buildings organized through neighborhood assemblies. In the US the response has been to move families back into their foreclosed homes or to scout for other abandoned homes for the evicted families. In both countries the question of how to organize collectively around home evictions, how to prevent evictions, and how to do so as part of a larger political project for self-determination to ensure that people have more power over their most basic needs is an immediate and pressing concern.

Elvi Mármol (Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca, Spain), M Adams (Take Back the Land, US), Agnes Verweij (Rotterdam, Netherlands) with Max Rameau (Take Back the Land, US) as discussant.

3. What do the uprisings mean for feminist and LGBTQ organizing?

This panel explores how activists have been organizing throughout the uprisings to raise awareness about gender inequality and to create safe spaces where everyone can be themselves and can take an active part in shaping our political future. In Egypt women came out onto the streets in large numbers during the revolution, but recently a new tool has been used against them to scare them off the streets: violent gang rapes during protests. The government has responded by blaming the women, saying they should have stayed at home. In the US there were many complaints during Occupy that the movements were not able to create safe spaces where everyone felt welcome. This panel explores how activists have been navigating this terrain not only to respond to exclusion and violence but to transform the political dynamics that create these hierarchies in our everyday lives.

Mariam Kirollos (Cairo, Egypt), Jill Richards (Oakland, US) with Mikki Stelder (Amsterdam, Netherlands) as discussant.

Saturday 16 November 2013: 15.00-15.30

Film screening: Autumn Sun: The Story of Occupy Oaklanda film by David Martinez

2013, 25 min, Color, HD Video

“Autumn Sun” tells the story of Occupy Oakland, which was part of Occupy Wall Street, a movement that swept the nation in 2011 and 2012 responding to inequality, austerity, and undemocratic government in the United States. From New York City, where the movement began, to Missoula, Lexington, Austin, Philadelphia and more cities, Occupy activists set up tent cities in public spaces and organized the camps based on collective decision making. Occupy Oakland was always a special case, however. The city’s deep history of radical politics and active social movements meant that Occupy Oakland would always demand more and compromise less, and this film documents the movement’s dynamic story, through all of the tear gas and laughter that was Occupy Oakland.

Music by Ava Mendoza, The Rube Waddell Band, and Luis Guerra.

Saturday 16 November 2013: 15.30-17.00

(two simultaneous sessions)

1. Networking Resistance in the Mediterranean

In late 2010, Tunisia lit the spark that exploded across North Africa and the Middle East. Uprisings spread to Egypt, Bahrain, Syria and Libya, to become known as the Arab Spring. While most western media painted the uprisings as fights for representative democracy, the actual causes were diverse and the aims much broader. From riots over the price of bread to anger about their regime’s support of Israel and the consequences of living under neoliberal economic policies, especially structural adjustment programs. The resistance inspired movements around the world and quickly travelled across the Mediterranean with the movement of the squares in Southern Europe in the summer of 2011. This panel looks on the one hand at why active networking and building connections, despite the simultaneity of these events, was not more widespread and on the other hand at what kind of networking and solidarity would be useful. Rather than viewing networking as the coordination of protests, this panel attempts to look are how people can provide practical support for each other across nation-state borders as a way to break state-based narratives of social change. Some examples of local struggles will be presented with the aim to try and learn from those struggles what went right, what went wrong, and in light of that try and identify the struggle as broader than confined by nation-state borders. Over the past few years vast networks of practical solidarity have emerged, mostly on the local or national level. When governments do not provide people with the basic care they need (food, shelter, medical care, education, etc.) people build their own infrastructures (from food banks to whole sewage systems, connecting their own phone lines, building their own schools and mosques). This panel explores how networking across and beyond borders could help to support these local projects of self-determination.

Philip Rizk (Cairo, Egypt), Budour Hassan (Palestine), Alp Temiz (Istanbul, Turkey), Luhuna Carvalho (Lisbon, Portugal) with Ayça Çubukçu (London, UK/Turkey) as discussant.

2. Experiments in Self-Organization: From Squares to Neighborhoods to Factories

Over the past two and half years, a common organizing structure emerged in many of the neighborhoods, towns, cities and countries around the world. This structure became known as the ‘general assembly’: mass gatherings of people in public spaces where activists, workers, and communities could come together to make decisions in a less hierarchical and more decentralized way. This panel explores some of the many different forms of self-organization and horizontal decision-making that are being practiced around the world today to explore what the benefits and limitations of these models are as an organizing tool and as an alternative political structure. This panel will explore the radical content of these organizing models, which specific social relationships they challenge and how and why these models sometimes lose their content by looking at concrete examples of how they have functioned.

Aylin Kuryel (Turkey), Dimitris from the Vio.Me. worker-run factory (Thessaloniki, Greece), Peter (Barcelona, Spain), Jasper Bernes (Oakland, US) with Andrej Kurnik (Maribor, Slovenia) as discussant.

Saturday 16 November 2013: 17.15-20.00

Film program

Scenes from the Front Lines: A Collection of Short Films

This series of short films follows movements fighting austerity measures, repressive regimes, and right-wing groups in the midst of economic crisis and authoritarianism. From Montreal to Cairo to Athens to Istanbul, this collection brings together the work of various filmmakers and video collectives to provide an insider’s view from the global political unrest that continues today as people around the world fight to build a new political and economic system. The films included are produced by filmmakers and video activists who will be present to discuss their films, including: Ross Domoney, Global Uprisings, Mosireen, Submedia and more.

Saturday 16 November 2013: 20.00-22.00

Closing Plenary: The Visibility and Invisibility of Social/Class Struggle in times of Crisis

Keynotes: Silvia Federici (in absentia), George Caffentzis and David Graeber

Discussant: Sabu Kohso

This plenary brings together three of the most important social theorists working on the topics of work, debt and resistance to discuss the social composition of the current revolt and different mobilizing factors within the crisis of capitalism. The discussion will deal with the difference between debt and wage struggles, forms of work, domestic labor struggles, the class character of debt, and a review of previous debtors’ movements, their commonalities, and limits.

Silvia Federici (who cannot attend in person) will also be present in the form of her paper which will still be read despite her absence. Her paper will explore Immigrant domestic workers and the international production and circulation of feminist knowledge and organization.

David Graeber will delve into the history of how work regimes have come to serve and maintain the power of finance capital through the everyday production of “bullshit” work that has no productive purpose or social value.

George Caffentzis will explore the way invisibility/visibility functions in the debt economy and explore the potential for the formation of a debtors movement in response to the debt economy and its counter-revolution of everyday life.

Saturday 16 November 2013: 22.00 onwards PARTY at the Vrankrijk!

with DJ No Skills, riot video mash up with DJs and VJs from around the world (Spuistraat 216, 1012 VT Amsterdam) http://vrankrijk.org/

DAY THREE:

Sunday 17 November 2013: 11.00-12.30

(three simultaneous sessions)

1. Migration: Creating divisions and exclusions through discourses of Racism and Nationalism disguised as ‘Policy’

The free flow of capital in our world today stands in strong contrast to the boundaries, borders, walls, fortresses and detention centers we create to stop the free flow of people. At the current moment, the use of ‘migration’ and ‘migrants’ as the scapegoat for problems that have been created by banks, politicians and the financial system is pervasive in European politics. While hundreds of people are drowning at sea trying to reach Europe, those of us already in Europe are continuously told by our politicians and media that ‘migrants’ are to blame of our financial and social problems. As the crisis deepens, we see that this age old practice of blaming the foreigner, opens the door to the rapid growth of violent racism and the rise of Nazi-parties and right-wing groups in Europe in ways we would have deemed unimaginable after WWII. This panel explores some of the problems currently facing migrants (asylum seekers or otherwise) who have successfully made the journey to Europe.

Wij Zijn Hier (Amsterdam, Netherlands), The St.Pauli Manifesto and Lampedusa in Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), Carlos Delclos (Barcelona, Spain), Jaya Klara Brekke (Athens, Greece) with Hara Kouki (Athens, Greece) as discussant.

2. Urbanization and Revolt

While many of the uprisings of 2011 were against austerity, dictatorship and representative democracy at a time of economic crisis, recently uprisings have also taken place in countries with growing economies. In contexts of both economic growth and economic crisis, there is heavy investment in fixed capital projects such as bridges, roadways, construction, along with large scale urban renewal projects. A common rallying cry in these contexts of urban development and gentrification is the negative consequences of these projects for the people living within the affected communities and the unequal distribution of the economic benefits these projects supposedly produce. As governments and corporations attempt to impose urbanization and development in order to domesticate and transform people’s neighborhoods, struggles over urban space have intensified. The form these struggles have taken, however, at times differs due to the history of each location. Some neighborhoods have a long history of self-organization which has supported combative forms of resistance and has radicalized new movements. Struggles over public space have been central to the most recent movements where a key tactic has been the occupation of public squares, the creation of communes, temporary free-zones and challenging the way public urban space is policed and managed. This panel explores the many different ways that urbanization and revolt are intertwined.

Çiğdem Öztürk (Istanbul, Turkey), Gizele Martin (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Amanda (Santiago, Chile) with Ali B (Oakland, US/Istanbul, Turkey) as discussant.

3. International Student Struggles

This session addresses the international wave of student movements against privatization and austerity that preceded and mushroomed during 2011 and how these movements led up to, fed into, and continue to organize during the current wave of international uprisings. The student movement has been a key galvanizing force bringing thousands of young people onto the streets at a time when they collectively feel that they are “without a future”. This session will address some of the consequences of having such a large international class of well-educated, unemployed, and in many cases heavily indebted, young people. Student movements have built strong connections with workers both within the Universities/Schools and beyond and have infused struggles against precarious labor. Looking at changes in the education system, we get a frightening, but essential picture of how social inequalities will look in the future as stipends are being cut and tuition is increasing, meaning that education is growing increasingly inaccessible to many. For those who can access it, they often graduate with enormous debt and no employment prospects.

Silvia Gutiérrez (Valparaiso, Chile), Alia Al Ghussain (Sussex, UK), Jeremy Crowlesmith (Utrecht, Netherlands) with Natacha López (Sweden) as discussant.

Sunday 17 November: 14.00-15.30

(two simultaneous sessions)

1. Media, Communication, Outreach

This session will explore the many ways in which movements relate to both mainstream and social media. How did the movements reach the wider public? How did they develop new technologies themselves? What forms of face-to-face communication were essential? The speakers represent a mix of experiences and positions vis-à-vis the media. Some of them engage with the mainstream media in creative and subversive ways, others develop humorous campaigns with a spectacular elements to attract the attention of the public as well as mainstream media, while still others develop alternative channels of communication to reach the public through social media, video and blogs or by designing software and hardware tools to facilitate communication within, between and from the movements.

Not an Alternative (New York City, US), Leonidas Martin (Enmedio, Barcelona, Spain), Salma Said (Mosireen, Cairo, Egypt) with Jerome Roos (ROARmag.org) as discussant.

2. Reinventing the Strike

Over the past two years several new trends in strike organization have emerged. Instead of strikes that are organized through the mechanisms and leadership of trade unions, recently many strikes have been called for and coordinated by movements such as Occupy, the 15 May movement, the movement of the squares, anarchists, autonomists, and independent workers. This has resulted in “social” strikes that targeted not only production but also consumption with total shut down of large industry in and small businesses due to massive refusal to work, but also to consume. At the same time in countries where unions are heavily limited due to legal frameworks that forbid general strikes or cooperation between unions, movements such as Occupy have successfully utilized loopholes in safety regulations to organize port shutdowns. The rise of the movements of the squares has created a new political force that can call for strikes and organize not only employed members of unions, but also the unemployed, non-unionized, and precarious workers. This panel focuses on these new trends and looks at how these can be coordinated and expanded in the future.

Javier (Oakland, US), M (Barcelona, Spain), Nauss Steeves (Montreal, Canada) with Brandon Jourdan as discussant.

Sunday 17 November 2013: 16.00-18.00

Closing Plenary: The Permanent Crisis

Keynote: Paul Mattick Jr.

The global economic crisis has affected nearly everyone in every corner of the globe. In his book Business as Usual, Paul Mattick Jr. explains the global economic crisis in relation to the development of the world economy since World War II, framing it also as a fundamental example of the cycle of crisis and recovery that has characterized capitalism since the early nineteenth century. In this closing plenary, Paul Mattick Jr. will discuss the ongoing crisis of capitalism and what it might mean for global social movements.

 

Additional Program at open spaces around the City:

 

Wednesday 13 November 2013:

Joe’s Garage

Pretoriusstraat 43

1092 EZ Amsterdam

www.joesgarage.nl

3pm till evening:

Open space, Lonely Collective Day Cafe

8pm:

Critical Student Evening.

Speakers: Frank Lopez (subMedia.tv) & Naus Steves on student strikes in Montreal and fracking in New Brunswick (Canada).

Thursday 14 November 2013:

Joe’s Garage

7pm onwards:

Meet and greet for conference attendees and local activists with a people’s kitchen. Benefit for the Kazova occupied textile factory in Istanbul.

Friday 15 November 2013:

Bollocks/Binnenpret

Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16

1075 TX Amsterdam

http://binnenpr.home.xs4all.nl/bollox.htm

11-6pm:

Meet and greet/convergence point for conference attendees with Coffee & Tea

6pm:

Soup

D4net / Voedlink Voko

Bilderdijkstraat 165-F

Amsterdam

http://d4net.nl/VOEDlink

12-6pm:

Open space and additional programming

Joe’s Garage

6:30pm:

Discussion “Solidarity is for white women. A discussion about feminism and intersectionality”

Saturday 16 November 2013:

Vondelbunker

No address, enter Vondelpark from center, walk until the bridge and it will be on your right-hand side. This is a collectively run free space in a former nuclear shelter located under the bridge in the Vondelpark.

10am-1pm:

Coffee & Tea

D4net / Voedlink Voko

12-6pm:

Open space and additional programming/Livestreaming of de Balie program

 

Bollocks

2-6pm

Anarchist library

4pm:

Talk & discussion: Mobilisation for the yearly Blockupy protest in Frankfurt.

6pm:

Soup

Joe’s Garage

2-6pm:

Open space and give away shop

Vrankrijk

Spuistraat 216

1012 VT Amsterdam

http://vrankrijk.org/

10pm:

CONFERENCE PARTY!

with DJ No Skills, riot video mash up with DJs and VJs from around the world.

Sunday 17 November 2013:

Vondelbunker

11-6pm:

Coffee & Tea

D4net / Voedlink Voko

12-6pm:

open space and additional programming

Joe’s Garage

6-12pm:

Acoustic Music, food & more and benefit for arrested activists in Maribor, Slovenia.

8pm:

An update about the ongoing resistance to repression in the aftermath of the December uprising and the solidarity needed.

 

Molli

Van Ostadestraat 55 HS

1072 SR Amsterdam

www.molli.nl

10pm:

drinks

Monday 18 November 2013:

D4net / Voedlink Voko

12-4pm:

Open space and additional programming

D4net / Voedlink Voko:

4pm:

Two comrades from Barcelona will talk about the last few years of general strikes, plaza occupations, the growth of nationalist movements, conflicts with pacifists and social democrats, and more, focusing on what anarchists have learned participating in heterogeneous struggles.

OCCII

Amstelveenseweg 134

1075 XL Amsterdam

http://occii.org/

8pm:

Occupied London collective – Moving on from The Greek Streets: the future of Occupied London as a radical media project.

Joe’s Garage

7pm:

Kaikoesie Benefit, people’s kitchen

Tuesday 19 November 2013:

Antartica

Amundsenweg 1

1056 AS Amsterdam

www.schoolantarctica.wordpress.com

7pm:

Food & info night about Gezi/Taksim Resistance in Turkey (Screening of the film Taksim Commune and discussion with participants from the current uprising).

 

 

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BLOCKUPY 2014: International Strategy and Action Conference – Frankfurt, DE

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Date:

Friday, November 22, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, November 24, 2013 (All day)

Location:

Frankfurt,

Germany

Towards a strong European Blockupy 2014 Mobilisation! – NEW DATE! for the European Action Conference: Nov 22nd to 24th 2013 in Frankfurt

Blockupy 2013 saw intense and powerful days of collective action and resistance. Our many disobedient actions highlighted the ways in which the politics of crisis and impoverishment affect our lives and the lives of millions of people around the world. Now, Blockupy is coming back. In September, 150 activists from different groups came together in Frankfurt to discuss how we to make Blockupy an important stage in pan-European mobilisation against austerity. The Action Conference in November will kick off the European 2014 Blockupy campaign – against the deadly Troika austerity – and therefore (among others) against the planned opening of the new ECB. Be part if it. For more information see the wesbite, or the email below.

https://blockupy-frankfurt.org/en/ – Contact: international [at] blockupy-frankfurt.org

Link: https://blockupy-frankfurt.org/en/

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