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(en) Europe, another Invitation to the next european gathering of PGA - 19/8 - 3/9 2006

Date Fri, 09 Jun 2006 16:16:02 +0300


Introduction
PGA - People's Global Action - started in 1998, it has been a tool and
a diffuse structure coordinating groups and people sharing common
struggles and practices, in accordance with various anticapitalist and
anti-authoritarian principles (see the hallmarks opposite). PGA
initiated the Intercontinental caravan in 1999, as well as
international action days of actions against the G8, the WTO, the
World Bank, the IMF... In Seattle, Genoa, Prague, and in a number of
less popular events, PGA was a driving force behind numerous actions
and reflections. At the convergence of international initiatives and
local struggles, groups close to the PGA are now looking for new
drives to challenge stagnation.

In Europe, groups who identify with the PGA principles meet about once
every two years, through the initiative of a "convenor" collective.
Since 1998, these conferences have been the opportunity for several
days of exchanging practices and knowledge, and of establishing bonds,
which allow us to be better organized in common actions.

The last conferences were held in Leiden (Netherlands) in September
2001 and in Belgrade (Serbia) in July 2004. Each time, they drew
hundreds of people together and generated contacts, exchanges and
strategical reflections. This year, the francophone group STAMP is the
convenor and the next european gathering of PGA will take place from
the 19h of August to the 3rd of September 2006.

STAMP is an open-structure, created for the conference. It gathers
individuals & collectives involved in direct action, autonomy and
self-managed spaces around France, but welcomes any participation.

Website: http://pgaconference.org/
Contact: stamppgaconference.org

PGA hallmarks:

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

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
beings.

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.

Schedule

From August 19th to August 27th, 2006

Decentralized gatherings in Frayssinous, Bellevue, Toulouse, Lyon and
Dijon: five urban & rural sites will simultaneously host discussions
on specific topics, and carry practical projects linked with local
concerns. We're looking forward to your debates, workshops,
screenings... on these issues and others!

August 28th & August 29th, 2006

Cleaning & collective road-movie: with trains, hitch-hiking, buses,
trucks, bicycles throughout France.

From August 30th to September 3rd, 2006

Centralized conference in Dijon: once altogether, reports on thematic
discussions, new workshops & debates, sharing of strategical
reflexions and action projects, decision-making on organisation,
orientations and projects for PGA Europe.

Everyday, the PGA

We refuse the partitionning of life in roles and their
hierarchisation. We want to mix theory, dish-washing and revolution.
We wish everyone to share concerns on logistics & daily-tasks, as much
as interest for contents. DIY construction moments & practical
projects will most likely also allow us to know each other through
common achievements, while paying attention to the relationnal
dimension of the encounters.

Locations

Frayssinous
Rural hamlet
Les 4 Chemins
Phone: +33-(0)5-65-998-672
E-mail: stamp-frayssinouspgaconference.org

Topics
- Kids, education, ageism & social control (discussion with kids &
adults altogether)
- Anti-industrial struggles: strategies of struggle against the
techno-industry and its world; peasant resistance against agro-industry.

Practical activities
- Woodcutting, masonry
- Gravure workshop
- Radio workshop
- construction for a playing space for the kids, with the kids

Lyon
Collectif Friche Artistique Autogérée
E-mail: stamp-lyonpgaconference.org
Phone: +33-(0)-682-592-368

Topics
- antipatriarcal & antiheterosexit struggles, feminisms & gender issues
- necrotechnologies (biotech, nanotech, pharmaceutical industry,
technopoles...)
- control societies & securitarian politics (videosurveillance,
biometry, repression & new technologies)
- racism, post-colonialism, struggles around immigration, the
abolition of borders;
- analysis & reflexions on the social movement from Spring

Practical activities
- samba workshops
- screenprinting workshop: poster creation

Bellevue
Bellevue farm
Phone: +33-(0)-555-679-526
E-mail: stamp-bellevuepgaconference.org

Topics
- how to gain in practical, political and social autonomy through
exchanges, ressource-sharing, mutualisation and community building?
- "global environmental destruction" due to the capitalist system;
development of autonomous & ecological alternatives;

Practical activities
- milking
- bread making
- gardening
- construction
- woodcutting

Dijon
Espace autogéré des Tanneries
E-mail: stamp-dijonpgaconference.org
Phone: +33-(0)3-80-666-481

Topics
- development & preservation of autonomous spaces (squats,
self-managed spaces, collective projects in cities and in the
countryside);
- digital struggles: Indymedia & the movement; defense of activist
servers & autonomous communication structures; digital resistances
(P2P, free software, etc.).
- when streets are burning: accounts & perspectives on unrest in
France, spring 2006; challenging the ghettoisation of radical struggles

Practical activities
- construction of a space for meetings, office and library
- final setup of structures for the centralized conference

Toulouse
Autoc Toulouse
E-mail: stamp-toulousepgaconference.org
Phone: +33-(0)-675-157-665

Topics
- housing autonomy, energy autonomy;
- access to land: experience sharing;
- gentrification & urbanism: reshaping neighbourhoods, erasing social
link, enforcing social control

Practical activities
- DIY construction building-site;
- various activities (radio, leaflets, etc.)

Complementary info

Registration

Please bear in mind that each decentralized location has physical,
human & environmental constraints. Since room is limited, it is
crucial to register as soon as possible to take part in the
conference. A form is available on http://pgaconference.org/.

Visa & transportation

If you need help for travel expenses & getting a visa, please get in
touch as fast as you can (before the end of June).

Financial support

We aim to have a number of Eastern-Europe activists to participate in
these encounters. For most of them, this implies receiving financial
support for covering visa and travel costs. As of now, our fund is
extremely limited, and we're calling for solidarity to be able to
fulfill this precise goal. Donations are are to be addressed to
"acceuil caravane": STAMP c/o Longo Mai, 04300 Limans, France.

Contact
Website: http://pgaconference.org/
E-mail: stamppgaconference.org
Phone (for visa information only): +33-(0)-687-025-844
Phone (general info, from July 9th): +33-(0)-380-666-481
caravan99 at lists.riseup.net

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