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(en) Slovakia, Priama akcia - IWA Slovakia starts its "(Not)voting is not enough" campaign

Date Thu, 04 May 2006 18:31:33 +0300


Priama akcia - IWA Slovakia starts its "(Not)voting is not enough" campaign
(This is a translated press release from 28th April 2006 with few additional info)
Priama akcia - IWA Slovakia has started its
"(Not)voting is not enough" campaign with a picnic in
municipal park in the town of Snina (North-east of
Slovakia). The aim of the campaign is to promote the
practice of direct actions as a means of active
approach to solving actual problems a as an
alternative to voting (or non-voting).
The idea of the campaign is summed in a pamphlet with
same name which is free to download.
Several activities are prepared for May and June –
from actions of protest, to infostall in the streets,
leisure-time activities in nature, touring film
festival, concert tour and so on.

"Campaign "(Not)voting is not enough" is a campaign
that doesn´t aim to advocate any party or politician.
At the same time, we do not concentrate at
participation or non-participation at elections
because these acts are senseless for us.
Our aim is rather to encourage people not be afraid to
express their views and interests directly, without
middlemen.
And to do this not once in 4 years but everytime they
need.

We´ve decided to put our energy into this campaign
because we would like to show that life may become
vital, cheerful, inspiring and active.
Such as we ourselves can make it to be. Without
relying on politicians, businessmen or some
do-gooders.

Anyone can join the campaign – there are several
possibilities: educational or artistic actions,
infostalls in the strets, film festival with films
with examples of direct actions, concerts, benefit
actions, discussions on direct actions in own
locality, spreading of leaflets or pamphlets
„(Not)voting is not enough“ at public places, voting
with spoilt ballot paper, for example with your own or
incorrectly completed and so on.
And the best way is of course to organize any action
to one´s own idea.

Our approach to the theme is explained in more detail
in the "(Not)voting is not enough" text which can be
found at our website and at request also in printed
format as pamphlet:

„All we want to say is - don´t be afraid to engage,
don´t be afraid to start with something new, don´t be
afraid to get over your own bounds, don´t be afraid to
try to do things other way than the one we have been
learned to, don´t be afraid to join with other people
and don´t be afraid to say that relations based on
mutual aid count more than the ones based on
competition, greed, control and alienation.“

„We are well aware that after this campaign there will
be no boom of activists or that the campaign will win
major laurels. However, the more people there are who
- during or after the elections - gain some positive
knowledge or experience that will remind them of all
that they are capable to make without election
politics, the more hope there will be that another
world is really possible. Other than the one that is
determined by politicians at one side and our own
inactivity at the other side.“

Actual information can be found at web site
www.priamaakcia.sk.

The campaign is organised by Priama akcia (PA) –
Slovak section of International workers association
(IWA-AIT), a confederation od anarchist syndicates and
propaganda groups from 15 countries worldwide and that
are characterized by non-hierarchical organization,
are managed by the rank and file, have no paid
officials and push forward its interests by direct
actions.

Parliamentary elections in Slovakia take place on 16th
June 2006.

You can download our pamphlet in Slovak language at:
https://www.priamaakcia.sk/?action=view_article&id=102

Contents:
* Care a damn about useless disputes
* Can one do something other than voting or
non-voting?
* Elections as a pillar of parliamentary democracy -
Critical overview
* Elections as a way to change?
* Other view at solving problems in society -
relevance of direct actions
* Whoever you vote, the world turns around interests
of others
* Elections, trade unions and social movements
* Inspiration (reviews)
* Parties and the myth of lesser evil
* Bad politicians do not exist
* Our understanding of politics - let´s support each
other not the politicians!
* Who we are
* What we do
* From state to society
* Actions during the campaign
* What concretely you can do now...
* ... and why to participate anytime later

You can contact us at:
intersec(at)priamaakcia(dot)sk - International
Secretariat
priamaakcia(at)priamaakcia(dot)sk - General contact
www.priamaakcia.sk
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