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(en) pga : invitation to april preparatory meeting and call for the conference

From pgaeuconfcontact@riseup.net
Date Thu, 8 Apr 2004 16:43:34 +0200 (CEST)

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The Drugaciji Svet je Moguc! (DSM!)? coalition invites you to a Preparatory meeting
in Belgrade, Serbia for the upcoming European Peoples Global Action conference.
+ call for the conference in various languages.
Dates: 16th, 17th and 18th of April
All other infos, pga presentation newsletter and report from previous
preparatory meeting are available on www.pgaconference.org
Please, do send us all info regarding you arrival, accommodation needs,
and everything else you find to be important. Reports of the previous
preparation meetings can be found at http://www.pgaconference.org
There is a limited budget for travel expenses available, mainly for
representatives from poorer European regions.

DSM! Contact team: drugacijimejl@yahoo.com

for general requests about the conference : pgaeuconfcontact@riseup.net

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Calling all grassroots,
anti-capitalist movements, groups and collectives...... (read below)


++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Aufruf an alle
antikapitalistischen Initiativen, Graswurzel-Bewegungen, Gruppen und
Kollektive... (read below)

Llamamiento a todos los movimientos, grupos y celectivos de base y
anticapitalistas... (read below)

appel à tous les mouvements, groupes et collectifs de base
anticapitalistes (lisez ci-dessous)

Calling all grassroots, anti-capitalist movements, groups and

The 3rd European conference of the Peoples` Global Action (PGA) network:
from the 23rd until the 29th of July 2004 in industrial zone around
Belgrade, Post-Yugoslavia.

Peoples Global Action is a global network of local struggles, worldwide
network that works towards a durable political, social, borderless and
directly democratic alternative to capitalism and all systems of
oppression, far away from the logic of parties , states and ideological
aparatuses of the state (etatized trade unions, NGO's and so on and so
forth). It is a place where anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist
initiatives meet.

PGA hallmarks:

The purpose of PGA exchanges and the PGA network is to connect local
groups that agree with the PGAs hallmarks:

1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive

2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious
fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human

3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can
have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in
which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.

4. A call to
direct action and civil disobedience, support for social movements
struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize respect for life
and oppressed peoples rights, as well as the construction of local
alternatives to global capitalism.

5. An organisational philosophy based on
decentralisation and autonomy.

PGA is a tool for coordination, not an organization. PGA has no members
and does not have and will not have a juridical personnality. Nor
organisation or person represents PGA.

Drugaciji Svet je Moguc! (DSM!) coalition is the European convener of the
upcoming PGA conference. DSM! invites all friends from Europe to take part
in organization process.

We would like to emphasize that at this point we are sending a call, while
more detailed information on thematic areas, travel etc. will be available
soon online or in newsletters.


* Because of the Peoples' Global Action network: we strongly feel that the
presence of the PGA network in the European East is of tremendous
importance for strengthening and expanding of our network.

* Because it is important, in this time of US interventionism and
militarism, to organize an alternative European conference of radical
political networks, instead of accepting the false dilemma posed by new
European nationalism and Eurocentrism.

* Because it is equally important
not to accept the false choice of defending national state economies
against the economy of the United States or of the United Europe. *
Because of the Eastern European political struggle: since the level of
organizing among East European groups working in accord with PGA
principles is still scarce and unconnected, we are sure that staging the
next conference in this part of ex-post Yugoslavia is going to be very
beneficial for the PGA process in this region. We think that it is about
time to leave summit-hopping behind us and to link networking and local
struggles. There is hardly a better place to do this than in Eastern
Europe - and Post-Yugoslavia in particular.

* Today, (post )Yugoslavia is a country with 250,000 people that were
killed in the war (from 1991 to date), while a million and a half
internally displaced people did not return to their homes, meaning that
their repatriation remains politically impossible. The number of people
who have emigrated is close to this figure and always rising, as people
prepare every day to cross the border of the new Berlin wall [into] the
Schengen state, which separates the new Roman empire from the "Barbarian
menace". The number of missing people fluctuates on a daily basis , with
the exhumation of mass graves and remains of the unidentifed victims lying
in white body bags, pushed from one administrative form to another to get
their "case closed" (Tuzla).

The most important news is not to be found on the cover pages, but tucked
away in the back of newspapers, somewhere between the sports and culture
section, in the array of classified ads: legal and illegal visas, human
trafficking, laid-off people accepting any available job, renting a
workforce, as well as trafficking in human organs (it is often the case
that the invisible offer their kidneys for sale in order to provide their
children with education, a trade that is still legally prohibited in
Yugoslavia). Many of those who have committed crimes are still free and at
large, while the agents of the "civil society" (read: bourgeois middle
class) and their chief promoters - foreign NGOs fighting for "human
rights" - are exactly those who would have to pay for the change in status
quo and the real improvement of life conditions in our country, with the
loss of their several hundred thousand jobs and mega-wages; in one phrase
"nonsense as a political category" rules our lands.

This brings the paradox to its pinnacle, because capitalism brought
"peace" (the western media and the international community off course have
made a great effort to present the model liberal-capitalist, in whose
times the greatest initial robbery of public property, privatization and
fortune-making took place - i.e. Slobodan Milosevic, as the "last
communist of the century", connecting his overthrowing with the
importation of liberal democracy, even with the use of bombs).

Despite 10 years of isolation and a large amount of enthusiasm for a
decisive capitalist "liberation", in the last elections 45% of the
population boycotted parlamentarian democracy.

For all these reasons, confusion is at its peak in Yugoslavia today.

The civil war, military aggression (by its own military in its own
country), embargo, NATO aggression, NATO occupation, reconstruction,
parliamentarianism, negationism, rampaging capitalism, ethno-fascism,
modern atavism, atavistic modernism, mass destitution, ie. the most black
dream of European reality. These are only a few of the reasons for the
Yugoslavs' feeling of complete misunderstanding with the rest of a "normal
world", which has not experienced a civil war and the listed political
nonsenses in the past ten years.

The absurd feeling of returning to something that already existed, the
bloody breaking up of the United Yugoslav states in order to enter the
United states of market Europe, are but another element of the average
Yugoslav's feeling of hopelessness, driven into the "joyful expectation of
the civilized Europe".

That's why we feel it is of extreme importance to promote direct democracy
and self-organisation as legitimate resistance and possible "alternative
way(s) and direction(s)", spreading among our population the idea that
behind the big and unanimous flag of propaganda, another, darker side of
capitalism exists.

* Because our country has been put up for sale and faces mass deregulation
of worker's rights, which is, paradoxically, something that the citizens
of West European countries have to worry about as well.

* Because DSM, as the convenor of the next PGA conference in Europe, feels
that our country has been given the role of a filtering corridor and
courtyard before the gates of Schengen Europe. According to the last UNHCR
statistical data, the population of Serbia and Montenegro rank third in
the world in seeking asylum in other countries! For this reason, this
location is adequate common ground for tackling the crucial issue of
immigration, which is equally important for East and West.

* Because it is high time to shift the European radical movement from the
place of occasional victories (Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil...) to
the ground of its total defeat, ie. (post-)Yugoslavia

When and Where?

July 23 to 29, 2004 in Resnik, Rakovica, industrial zone around Belgrade
(Post Yugoslavia) Do we need your involvement? Oh yes! Our local context,
as our guests from the last meeting (October 2003) are now aware, is very
troublesome in many regards.

We cannot do this alone.

But who are we?

Many of you still do not know us. So who are we?

DSM is a group of groups, collective of collectives united under the
slogan "Drugaciji Svet je Moguc!". Together, we are striving to create a
new political space unaffiliated with political parties or the so-called
non-governmental sector. This new space prefers direct political action to
generally accepted forms of engagement, such as lobbying or voting. We
insist on a social dialogue that is different from the one proposed by our
government and the NGO sector. The horizontal social dialogue we would
like to be part of involves marginalised social groups that are
systematically prevented from exercising their basic rights. We also
distance ourselves from the concept of civil society and instead suggest
the concept of a "participatory society".

Despite being a relatively young movement, DSM has managed to attract a
significant number of persons with various social and professional
backgrounds. Our diversity provides us with a steady flow of ideas, which
we have started to carry out through short and long-term projects and

Our country has been under isolation for a very long time and what the
people need most is a wake up call. And this is what we are doing and will
continue to do - by providing information, through direct action and an
open-minded approach that will try to convince people to co-operate in
building a new society, rather than to compete for the crumbs contemptibly
tossed to them by the ruling oligarchy.

In conclusion, we hope that all who are concerned can trust our incentives
and positive plans for action and could get involved to organize a
successful conference in our ex-future country.

Mail to: drugacijimejl(at)yahoo.com
(Administered by: SUS Collective, member of DSM! coalition)

Go to: http://www.pgaconference.org

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