From the crisis’ edges to the power’s core
Everywhere we resist and revolt against the crisis and its governance, we put strength in living struggles and conflicts, and on these pillars we build and weave a new Europe that is born from grassroots.
The Europe we live in, far from the noble thoughts that might have inspired it once upon a time, has been built by a top-down process, driven by pacts and agreements among governments. This has taken place within the framework of neo-liberal ideology, under strong pressure to please financial markets and companies. The result is the concentration of power in the hands of a few institutions, themselves the direct expression of governments which claim to be ‘ours’.
Every real direct involvement and expression of people has progressively been avoided as much as possible. And will be even more so in the future, when national parliaments will simply be increasingly “informed” about what are the needed and mandatory decisions and country-specific measures to be taken.
The governance that the Troika enforces is rude and brutal, based on austerity imposed upon our lives, privatizations of the commons, cuts on social spending and solidarity, tight control and barbarous oppression of migrants.
In this framework, there is no possible compromise with the power that is shaping and driving the governance of crisis in Europe.
The only way out we see is a direct, diffuse, widespread and autonomous social opposition that rises up from grassroots, that not only speaks up furiously against that governance but that also fiercely builds effective conflicts and shared and common alternatives at all levels – from the local to the European.
We think it’s time, respecting the autonomy of specific local movements, to weave and organize a network of struggles that resists and takes back to the people what is being swept away: basic income and social care, houses, basic common goods like water, energy and transportation, high-quality knowledge, labour and social rights, the freedom of movement, and, in general, the possibility to achieve dignity and freedom in life.
This is how we intend to actually blockupy this Europe and to rebuild our Europe from the grassroots: through living struggles and conflicts that are open, viral and mutant; social practices that can be invented, replicated and run by all of us.
The Europe we imagine is not the institutionally-constrained, geographically-bordered region that is usually meant. We think of Euro-Mediterranean Europe, instead, as an entity defined by the common and diverse struggles taking place against that same rude and brutal enforcement of neo-liberalism. It means a new topography of struggles, from Western Europe to the Balkan regions, from Eastern Europe to the whole South-Mediterranean area, considering the ‘Arab springs’ as a living part of the constituent process we look for.
We all now live at the edge of the neo-liberal Europe. Our life has been made as such: constantly in crisis, constantly at the desperation’s edge.
We don’t want to make it anymore. We want our life back, our dignity back. We want our future back, since life without a future is worth nothing.
So we call from all over Europe, people that are struggling, people who want to struggle, people who want to tread on kings to march at the core of power and be counted. The public discourse must be twisted from the tracks of acquiescence, the chance of taking action everywhere is now being connected on a general European level.
So we’ll be in Frankfurt from May 30th to June 1st, taking part in the action days to block the ECB.
So we’ll be in Frankfurt to give strength and body, in thousands and thousands, to the struggle against the crisis, the Troika, against those that shaped this Europe that we do not want anymore. All those who want to deprive us of what makes life worth living, what we want, we need, we deserve, must go away.
Que se vayan todos!
It’s a matter of love, dignity and rage.
Save the dates:
- We will meet along the week of action around the second anniversary of 15M
- In Frankfurt for BLOCKUPY (30th of May to 1st of June)
- For decentralized international protests on June 1st gathered by the alliance “Peoples united Against the Troika”/”Que Se Lixe a Troika”
- In Athens for the AlterSummit (7th to 9th of June)
- And every time in all the local struggles for our goal: Blockupying Europe.
approved by the International Preparatory Blockupy Meeting in Frankfurt, April 27th