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(en) Europe PGA* call out for the preperation pga meeting and balkan eastern europe infotour

Date Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:03:33 +0300


Peoples Global Action 5th European conference International preparation Meeting in Thessaloniki 19th - 21st of October 2007 Help and ideas are needed to organize the next conference and to go on with the pga dynamic. We would like to anounce a preparation European meeting of the PGA process in Thessaloniki the third weekend of October. The aim of the meeting is to discuss the topics, location, time and organization, of the conference and continue building contacts within the PGA process. We want to go on working on the constitution of the next convenor collective, on its links with the balkan pga network and on the way other collectives around europe can participate to the preparation of the conference. --- Next PGA convenor - Who Are We? --- A small presentation of temporary convenors.

We are activists from the Greek region who launched and encouraged the
idea of a PGA conference in north greece. All of us are involved with
several projects, collectives and networks. At the moment we are
especially activists involved with Indymedia tools, autonomous spaces, diy
and enviromental issues like biotech and agriculture. We hope for the
convenor group to be in Balkan as well as Greek. For this reason, we have
not yet decided upon a name for this convenor collective.

We invite every group involved with the PGA dynamic, every activist with
an affinity to the 5 hallmarks of the PGA and the idea of a global
grassroots anti-hierarchical network to come help us with this conference
process.

proposed agenda of the meeting


- logistics

- contacts and communication

- digital tools

- convenor collective

- dates and location of the conference

- topics of the conference

(location of the meeting will be anounced soon)


But what does PGA mean? ----

The network peoples global action is a global project inspired by
zapatista insurrection and the new forms of internationalism developed in
the 90s.

From the 23th until the 25th of February 1998, movements from all around
the world
met in
Geneva-Switzerland to discuss the idea of a network of resistance
against the global market and the WTO.
Since it helped people coordinating anticapitalist and
anti-authoritarian struggles and projects aroud the world, to share
experiencves and discuss strategies.
PGA is a network based on
decentralisation and autonomy, a network without representatives,
members or juridical personality. ----

The PGA network in europe has
allready attempted and organised 4 meetings. Several hundreds of
activists, exchanged experiences and prospects, organised campaigns and
actions, reclaimed the daily communication via internet and physical
meetings. These meetings took place in Milan (italy) 2001, in Leiden (the
netherlands) 2002, in belgrade post yugoslavia 2004 and in southern france
2006 (the centralised meeting took place in Dijon).

The majority of the PGA meetings (3 out of 4) took place in physical
autonomous spaces. That was clearly a political choice. For the people and
the collectives involved in the PGA it is vitally important to support
autonomous projects, spaces where people try to organise their daily life
beyond the capitalistic relations of dominance.


The 5th meeting of PGA in europe

After a lot of difficulties and problems to find a space and a convenor to
moderate the next PGA conference, activists from the greek region launched
and encourage the idea of a PGA conference in north greece. Choosing this
location was the outcome of lengthy discussions which will be included in
the presentation text (call out) for the 5th PGA conference.

Not only for the needs of this conference but also for the further
networking and coordination of the resistance we are starting a
one-month infotour in the balkan region.

A few words on the PGA conference subjects :

Although a more detailed subject list will follow in the near future,
aiming to analyse issues that will either be discussed in the upcoming PGA
conference or have been discussed in previous conferences, we briefly
state that we are currently working on the following subjects:

- Digital struggles and tools for an alternative flow of information /
indymedia tools - radio projects etc.

- Against biotechnology of dominance and biotechnology corporate lobbies

- Autonomous spaces

- Precarity

- No border

- The Balkans

- The Middle East

- Student Struggles

- Zapatistas and indigenous spaces

- Eco-communities (land and autonomy)

- Antiglobalisation movement (g8, summits etc)

- Repression / control state and Solidarity

- Patriarchy, sexism in the activist scene

- Climate change and environmental topics

- DIY

- Food not bombs

* We consider evident enough the fact that the conference subject list * is
open to any additions


Proposal for the discussion on the course and process of the network

*infopoint network
*global conference
*future campaigns
*future of pga
*tools of the network
*next european conference

Working groups we wish to operate in sight of this conference:

- translation

- group for visas

- technical team

- location

- newsletter

- presentation and networking


Join the PGA Balkan Infotour - September-october 2007 !

Presentation of the PGA balkan eastern europe infotour

Following the belgrade conference in 2004 there has been great
enthusiasm
about the beginning of a balkan network of collectives, grassroots,
antiauthoritarian, anticapitalist and other groups or individuals.
Unfortunately, this enthusiasm was not fruitful enough perhaps due to the
lack of concrete objectives, or even perhaps some participants sensed the
traditional "networking for the networking" problem.

The idea of an infotour is not a novelty. Nonetheless, it is the first time
activists from a balkan country decided to visit groups and individuals who
share resembling ideas and the face similar problems.

We feel necessary to stress the following concepts about the infotour:

a) Not only we begin this journey on the occasion of the PGA conference,
which alone is a perfect opportunity to meet and act in solidarity in the
future, but also we aim to discuss, perhaps for the first time, about tools
and ideas that can give us ability to border on common grounds.

b) To call anti-authoritarian, autonomous anti-capitalistic and other groups
groups to assist in the shaping and the organisation of the PGA
conference.

c) To discuss and exchange views on the current status in the Balkans, the
rise of capitalism and the state violence, especially after the wall has
fallen and a series of wars have ravaged this region.

d) Finally, we want to emphasise that our call targets on groups,
collectives and individuals who act and think of themselves beyond
hierarchical social structures, who struggle against dominance and
capitalism without consent.


Infotour stops and dates:

- thessaloniki

- Istanbul

- Sofia

- bucharest

- Ljubljana

- Budapest

- bradislava

contact mailto:infotour_@no-log.org
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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.
PGA is a tool for coordination, not an organization. PGA has no members
and
does not have and will not have a juridical personality. Nor
organisation or
person represents PGA.
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