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(en) [Pga_europe_resistance] PGA CALL for the 3rd European conference of the Peoples` Global Action (PGA) network

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Date Sat, 13 Dec 2003 13:25:17 +0100 (CET)

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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.

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 the time of US interventionism and
militarism to organize an alternative European conference of
radical political networks, instead of acepting the false dillema
posed by new European universalism 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 the part of ex-past 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, (ex-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 politicaly 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 Shengen 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 are not the ones on the cover pages, but
tucked away in the back of newspapers, somewhere between the
sports and culture section, in the array of classified adds: legal
and illegal visas, human trafficking, laid-off people accepting
any avialable job, renting a workforce, as well as offers in human
organs (it is often the case that the invisible offer their
kidneys for sale in order to provide their children with
education, - an commerce 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:
burgois 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 word "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 corse 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", 45% of the population on the
last elections went boycotted parlamentarian democracy as an option.

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

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

The absurd feeling of returning into 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 big and unanimous propaganda
fleg, exist another side of capitalism.

-Because our country has been put up for sale and faces mass
deregulation of labour rights, which is, paradoxally, something that the
citizens of West European countries have to worry about as well

- Becasue 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 UNHCR
statistical data, the population of Serbia and Montenegro rank third in
the world in s eeking asylum in other countries. For this reason, this location is
adequate common ground for tackling the crucial issue of immirgation,
which is equally important for East and West.

- Because it is high time to shift the European radical movement from
place of occasional victories (Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil...) to the ground of
it's total defeat - ex (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 of, 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 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 human 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 activists 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 activities.

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 help us to organize a
successful conference.

The next preparatory meeting will take place January 10 - 12, 2004

We expect to have the goals and thematic areas defined before the
scheduled date of this preparatory meeting. A more detailed
Application form for participating groups will be available soon.

From: Andrej Grubacic <zapata-A-sezampro.yu>
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