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The Easter Peace Camp report

Occupy Totnes Easter Peace camp was great fun and conducted on the whole peacefully and harmoniously even with friendly and co-operative intelligent local community police security awareness.

There was much community dialogue on issues as diverse as “alternative energy  machines”, “Design our future society” workshops as well as fireside debate , often lively, cool sounds from DJ Frankie on the  “Arabian nights” off grid powered decks under a magnificent full moon rising in Libra shly half covered in muslim clouds.

Special thanks also to Eileen Noakes for her inspiring, wise and visionary talk about spiritual evolution, the sacredness of all species and life, and the role of the human being in planting seeds of action in these amazing times of great change presenting us with both great dangers and also great opportunity. For a 95 year old (so I believe) she gave us a remarkable expression of a visionary feminine perspective from a co-worker and friend of Sir George Trevalyan.

The proposed “Peace Cinema” night fell foul of bad arithmetic with respect to the power equations of the off grid supply and unfortunately for the eager audience the inverter blew up due to overload as the projector was 750 watts and our 1200 watt inverter was faulty and the 300 watt one blew up.  Lessons to be learned here about Proper Prior Planning !

OK so lack of popular support in sufficient numbers from the Totnes community has meant inevitably we had to pack up the camp, perhaps Easter weekend was bad timing but when are we going to run out of excuses for our collective awakening ?  We will be back , possibly with day pop up actions or even another camp, so stay tuned and make sure you come along in person next time as the revolution cannot only be waged in cyber-space, it needs earthing too like any good power system.

OCCUPY TOTNES EASTER PEACE FESTIVAL CAMP IS NOW IN OCCUPATION AT VIRE ISLAND

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OCCUPY TOTNES EASTER PEACE FESTIVAL CAMP IS NOW IN OCCUPATION AT VIRE ISLAND on river in TOTNES near Seven Stars Hotel

Occupy Totnes has passed a concensus decision at GA to do a direct non-violent civil disobedient action Occupation of public space in Totnes over the 4 days of the Easter holiday ie Friday 6th April to Monday 9th April and then to hold a GA on Monday night 9th April to decide whether to continue or not depending on support.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to make this happen. However much or little time or resources you can contribute please do so and come along and join in the community dialogue and bring your tent, sleeping bag, musical instruments, food to share, friends and family mmembers and join in the Occupy Totnes camp and peace festival.

IT WILL BE FUN with MUSIC, CAMP FIRE, COMMUNITY SHARING, MUSICIANS OPEN MIC, VARIOUS LOCAL DJs with a variety of music for all tastes in daytime and evening up to 11pm when we will keep noise levels down out of consideration of local residents rest requirements, EDUCATIONAL CINEMA, FAMILY ATMOSPHERE, DAILY GENERAL ASSEMBLY, Alcohol and drug free zone.

Location of Occupation camp is AT VIRE ISLAND.   Supporters from out of town welcome.

We aim to gather the support of the 99% in our community (including some more intelligent and aware local councillers and our socially responsible community minded friendly local policemen) with a positive, peaceful, conscious, celebration of life, music, community, intelligent respectful community dialogue, alternative solutions to socio-economic problems and solidarity with the Global Occupy movement to transform our economic system and society.http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Kx8pBpOkcs

Inter-Assembly Comms

Hey Everyone in Occupy/15M UK !
[Pls forward this info to your local assembly tech team!]
Inter-Assembly Comms
This message is about a global platform to encourage clean, transparent and reliable communication between Assemblies (nationally and internationally). Initially this has two simple elements, and we recommend your local assembly engages with both of these.
Full info attached, and also at peoplesassemblies.org/newswire
Best wishes!
PS. some brief further info for the curious:
During March we are getting initial subscriptions and testing the system before rolling out in time for May. So far we have London, and a number of Assemblies in the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and the US on board, with much interest elsewhere. The two platforms are:
- a simple email list (subscription details are attached and see details at link)
- an open source RSS feed-based newswire
To participate in the newswire, you need to set up a new category on your local (official) assembly blog and then send us the RSS feed to pan-owner@lists.takethesquare.net
Then, whenever a post is made by your local assembly under that category it will feed (as open source content) to a global platform and link subscribers back to your web-site. Posts will be organised by continent, country and region and if your local blog uses the tags as recommended (see link for full info) also by topic (eg corporations, work, economics and so forth). It’s as simple as that!
Full details on both these platforms are in the attached word document, and also at the link: www.peoplesassemblies.org/newswire
Our next team meeting is Monday 12th March 1730GMT on Mumble Take the Square Server Global Assemblies room. Mail crdlondon@gmail.com for more info.
Please kindly send this message to your local tech team so we can get the ball rolling faster on this important initiative…!

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OCCUPY TOTNES EASTER PEACE FESTIVAL CAMP

Occupy Totnes has passed a concensus decision at GA to do a direct non-violent civil disobedient action Occupation of public space in Totnes over the 4 days of the Easter holiday ie Friday 6th April to Monday 9th April and then to hold a GA on Monday night 9th April to decide whether to continue or not depending on support.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to make this happen. However much or little time or resources you can contribute please do so and come along and join in the community dialogue and bring your tent, sleeping bag, musical instruments, food to share, friends and family mmembers and join in the Occupy Totnes camp and peace festival.

IT WILL BE FUN with MUSIC, CAMP FIRE, COMMUNITY SHARING, MUSICIANS OPEN MIC, VARIOUS LOCAL DJs with a variety of music for all tastes in daytime and evening up to 11pm when we will keep noise levels down  out of consideration of local residents rest requirements,  EDUCATIONAL CINEMA, FAMILY ATMOSPHERE, DAILY GENERAL ASSEMBLY, Alcohol and drug free zone.

Location of Occupation camp to be announced via Facebook group, posters, banners, radio etc on Friday 6th April. Supporters from out of town welcome and you can meet in Rotherfold square at 10am on Friday 6th April to be guided to the Occupy Totnes camp.

We aim to gather the support of the 99% in our community (including some more intelligent and aware local  councillers and our socially responsible community minded friendly local policemen)  with a positive, peaceful, conscious, celebration of life, music, community, intelligent respectful community  dialogue, alternative solutions to socio-economic problems and solidarity with the Global Occupy movement to transform our economic system and society.

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY at 3pm Sunday 4th March at Heaths Gardens (Pooh Corner) where the old Occupy camp was. Agenda to include proposal to create a direct action occupation in Totnes in early spring. All are welcome regardless of political persuasion and all will be given a chance to be heard should they so wish. Pass it on.

Give Peace a Chance

What we need is a firm and fundamental committment to peace, awareness of which starts within each individual, and non-violent direct action and civil disobedience.  The end does not justify the means as what is born out of violence and conflict will not usher in the new society and new global consciousness of community, power sharing and shared resources and  Gaian local democracies.

Abandonment of Gandhis famous and successful adherence to non-violence will lose our cause massive public support (including my own), and give the state the excuse they need to justify more draconian “anti-terrorist” laws to annihilate personal and collective freedom of expression and action. Small militant activist cabals may cause a stir in the media and a storm of police and eventually military violence in return as the state fights to suppress and control the “terrorists” as they will be branded, but it will not win our war for the minds and hearts of the 99% without whom our cause is lost anyway.

Lets not kid ourselves, without huge widespread support from the masses of the population we have no real power to change anything. The awakening of the masses from their unconsciousness and naivety in the face of what the elite new world order power structure is attempting to do is our only realistic strategy for a truly transformed and fairer society. This is not about changing society through violent revolution (that was tried by the Marxists et al and didnt deliver on its promises of a better world )  its about changing the minds of the people through information and education so that when enough people are awakened to the true nature of our political and economic structures their demands for change cannot be ignored.

Violence is a failure of communication , both in the personal relationship sphere as well as in the political and social arenas.  As John Lennon famously said, Give Peace a Chance, we have tried every other approach and where has it got us collectively as a species, to the brink of nuclear and biological warfare and the extinction of the human race as well as the degradation of our ecosphere, Gaia. Enough already of these warmongers , Peace is a powerful presence and force, the very nature of who we are, time to give it a chance like we never have before.

Mission statement of the Occupy Britain website

Welcome to all our users, Occupy Britain is a website growing at an exceptional rate, not only in solidarity with the worldwide movement, but because there is a genuine desire for change. The message is simple

  • The 99% (We the people) will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1% the so called elite
  • We will no longer allow illegal genocide (war) to carry on in our name
  • We will no longer allow brutality at the hands of our protectors.
  • We want the freedom to live within our means and produce enough to sustain without being a slave to the £££ $$$
  • Most of all… we want to see the 99% have access to the same levels of life as the 1% who we currently stand under, understand?

Occupy Wall Street Manifesto September 29th 2010

This was unanimously voted on by all members of Occupy Wall Street last night, around 8pm, Sept 29. It is our first official document for release. We have three more underway, that will likely be released in the upcoming days: 1) A declaration of demands. 2) Principles of Solidarity 3) Documentation on how to form your own Direct Democracy Occupation Group. This is a living document. you can receive an official press copy of the latest version by emailing c2anycga@gmail.com.

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

GA 30/01/12

Agenda

1  Mission statement/ Purpose of Occupy Totnes group

 

After some discussion of the issues a concensus was passed concerning the Global mission statement .

Concensus passed:  That Occupy Totnes adopts the Global mission statement of the international Occupy movement as far as concerns the global issues.

As for the local issues to be included in the Occupy Totnes mission statement we will continue the discussion at the next GA .

2 How do we grow the Occupy Totnes group

We are too small in numbers to achieve a successful Occupy camp at this point  as attendance at GAs   is about 8 to 12 people .

We need to communicate our message to the wider local community and invite people to join us and attend our GAs.

We discussed the need and relevance of communicating and contacting members of other local groups with allied interests and aims such as The Truth Juice movement, Transition Town Totnes etc

Concensus passed:  That we attend and support as a group the regular monthly Truth Juice events in the Barrel House on the first Wednesday of every month starting with the Truth Juice event this Wednesday 1st February at the Barrel House.

We also discussed how to inform and educate the wider local community about our group and  movement for change.

Concensus passed:  That we do a “Pop up” one off information point (tent, gazebo, stall ) near to  the market area of Totnes  on Friday 10th February in order to affirm a “presence” in our community and inform people about the issues.

3 Facebook and Media

We discussed the issues around our communications media including press and radio perceptions and social media ie Facebook. We ran out of time with this one but the importance of personal respect and the non-tolerance of sexist, racist , religiously intolerant, violent or abusive behaviour including verbal abuse at GAs and in our Facebook comments and posts was reiterated. These criteria are adopted at all Occupy camps and GAs and they were ratified by concensus at our first GA last year in the Civic Hall.

 

The next GA is on Monday 6th February at 6pm at a NEW VENUE  107, High Street, Totnes in the Rotherfold next to chip shop. All welcome . Please invite interested people.

15M Global Strike – What is the plan?

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15M Global Strike – What is the plan?

 

 

1.1 Arab Spring: One goal, One strategy

The Arab Spring was sparked by the first protests that occurred in Tunisia on 18 December 2010 following Mohamed Bouazizi‘s self-immolation in protest of police corruption and ill treatment. With the success of the protests in Tunisia, a wave of unrest sparked by the Tunisian “Burning Man” struck Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Yemen, then spread to other Arab countries.
Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia on 14 January following the Tunisian revolution protests. In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak resigned on 11 February 2011 after 18 days of massive protests, ending his 30-year presidency.

A major slogan of the demonstrators in the Arab world has been “ash-shab yurid isqat an-nizam” (“the people want to bring down the regime”) and they did it in Tunisia and Egypt with a sustained campaigns or “non-stop protest” involving strikes, demonstrations, marches, occupations…

Note:
The Icelandic rejection of the debt and the Greek mobilizations against austerity plans, as well as the surge of new technologies with the uprising of movements such as Anonymous, Zeitgeist, Wikileaks, Democracy Now, Reopen911 or Yes men, amongst others, have also been of great influence to this (r)evolution.

1.2 Real Democracy Now, birth of a new movement

All through the winter of 2010 the collective “Democracia Real Ya!” (DRY), in association with approximately 200 smaller organizations, had been preparing a huge demonstration for  real democracy in Spain. The protest movement gained momentum on May 15 with a camping occupation in Madrid’s main square, the Puerta del Sol, spreading to squares in 57 other major and smaller cities in Spain, and then to Spanish embassies all around the world.
Via its Spanish server tomalaplaza and its international version Takethesquare, the re-baptized 15M movement (also called “indignados” by the media) became a transnational movement. It exploded in Greece ten days later (on May 25) and while taking  place, with lesser intensity, in France, Italy, Portugal and Ireland with a culmination point on June 19 when “the outraged” took the street in hundreds of cities around the world in support of this first global day (3.000.000 just in Spain).

In opposition to the Arab spring, 15M doesn’t fight towards ending a regime but has a holistic objective, it demands a Real Democracy, not just a revolution but an Evolution. The organization denounces the way big businesses and banks dominate the political and economical sphere and aims to propose a series of solutions to these problems through grassroots participatory democracy, which is based on people’s assemblies and consensus decision making. It maintains no affiliation with any political party or labor union and has not appointed any single leader and is unwilling to join any of the existing political bodies. It also promotes non-violent protesting.

1.3 15O Road to dignity, Occupy the world

On mid June 2011, Takethesquare network and the international DRY platform started to work together on a global day for October 15 with a first objective of exporting the movement (assemblies and possibly camps) to a maximum of cities around the world.
The first international meeting took place in Lisbon on the 10 and 11 of July with participants from Iceland, Greece, Spain, Italy, etc.
Israel social justice protest rose up on July 14 with hundreds of thousands of people mobilized in the different protest camps all around the country.
Around this time 8 marches began walking, from different areas of Spain, towards Madrid, starting people’s assemblies in every village they crossed, while organizing the second international meeting (a week-long social forum) which would be held on July 23 in their destination.
After this, a new march left Madrid to walk to Brussels, and was quickly joined by six other European itinerant protests (coming from Barcelona, Saragossa, Toulouse, Sicily, Berlin and Amsterdam). They stopped in Paris on September 17 for the Global Anti-Bankster Day, (thought of as a means to test the international coordination before the 15O), when actions like the occupation of stock markets and central banks were taken against the financial dictatorship in a number of cities such as Barcelona, Athens, Tel Aviv, New York and Mexico; and the third international meeting (AgoraParis) was held.
In September the first Hub meeting in Barcelona, took place. Hubs meetings are working areas focused on a concrete project but open to a maximum of collectives, this one in particular being focused on the coordination of the 15O Global Day.
The fourth international meeting (AgoraBrussels) was held from the 8 of October until the 15O Global Day, when millions of people took to the streets in almost 1000 cities around the world, setting up General Assemblies and Occupations. Although incomparable in their intensity to Tunisia, Egypt, Spain, Greece and Israel, the actions of 15O still were present in all the continents and in 82 countries.

Note: Under the strong cultural and mass-media influence of New York, movements in a lot of cities changed their name to “Occupy” and focused their action in denouncing the “1%” with anti-capitalist actions like the 5th. of November Bank Transfer Day, the RobinHood Tax March or the G20 counter summit and the occupation of other stock markets and banks in London, Zurich, Frankfurt…

2/ PRINCIPLES AND DEMANDS, AIMS OF THE MOVEMENT

2.1 Who are we at a local and global level?
Regarding our background we can conclude that we are:

a) Non-stop protests maintaining occupations, strikes, direct actions, information campaigns, day after day to apply real pressure on institutions (political, financial, military, environmental…) we want to reform or rebuild.

b) Communities including camps, squats, itinerant walkers, neighborhoods, eco-villages, co-operatives and alternative projects… self-managed by what we all recognize as the only real democratic process (horizontal, open to everybody, non-partisan, transparent, non-violent, inclusive…) through the General Assembly.

c) Working groups of people co-operating on specific projects (communication, direct action, outreach, international, economy…), revolving around:
– a nucleus of full time “focused” people who feel responsible of the reaching of the specific objectives of
– a “working group” which works and meets regularly and is sometimes joined by
– “occasional” people who cannot assist to the whole process but can contribute and execute specific tasks of projects made for the
– “interested” people who will be present on the day of the action/activity or will profit from the service given by the group but who don’t have the time to participate to the work (and might be “focused” on another group).

2.2 What do we want at a local and global level?

- The first and maybe only thing we all want is for power to be given back to the people, by joint-decision making. Because since the beginning of this movement we have always practiced and improved on this process, we now know what real democracy looks like and will only recognize a way of organization through self-management.

As a movement, we want to expand this process to a maximum of places around the world (15O plan or geographic expansion), creating and connecting a maximum of communities that work with it.
– We all agree that our methodology of assembly/consensus is the way to organize our communities and all the institutions that rule our lives (political, economical, educational, environmental…). Although there is a group who want to reform these institutions and make them adopt our process and another group who wish to create their own institutions from scratch, all the members of our movement want and recognize the same process (15M plan or systematic expansion).

2.3 What are our next concrete objectives at a local and global level?

a) Generalization of the non-stop protests:
A first phase of local convergence of struggles or “outreach” missions, (will) give way to the coordination of fights towards a sustained and general action which can be global.
Therefore, our direct action groups must firstly generalize the actions and, in collaboration with outreach groups, give a maximum of different sectors of the population (farmers, students, immigrants, workers, retired…) the tools to coordinate direct actions.

b) Generalization of the communities:
A first phase of linking/supporting/creating local co-operatives (will) give way to the coordination of those alternative projects in holistic co-operatives which can, in turn, be global or regional.
Therefore, our different public services and alternative projects have to collaborate in holistic platforms to answer to the needs of our communities (education, health, food, transport, culture…)

3/ 15M GLOBAL STRIKE AND SYSTEMATIC EXPANSION

Because it will be the working groups that do the concrete tasks of this project and not the assemblies or the communities, we have to divide the work in 4 steps which represent each of the elements of a working group.
And because we need responsible people to ensure the objectives are met, we always start with the focused people.

3.1 Focused people, from the global to the local agenda.

LOCAL
The first phase of the plan takes place from the present moment until AgoraRoma 14-18 of January.
The people who are currently reading, agreeing and feeling responsible of this plan (or at least of the first phase) have to focus on the first objective: The adaptation of the global plan to their local situation, by creating platforms that will allow for an exponential expansion of this project. Any one person (or a few people) could set up a group -hopefully before January 18-, consisting of at least one focused person on each of these areas:
Direct Action
Outreach
Labor
Communication
International (can be part of communication)
Economic alternatives
These people should meet with at least once a week until the end of the second phase.

Once this objective is reached, the focused people can either disappear, organize the spokes council, focus on another project, join a working group or go to work…

GLOBAL
This global plan will be presented during AgoraRoma for the participants will work on. Hopefully, focused people will add their input based on their local situations, both during and before the event, via Mailing List / N-1 / Facebook
The sophisticated project must be available in twenty days in as many languages as possible.
The international work is mostly virtual, and for this project consists on improving:

  • Global Communication, diffusion of our local information on global platforms and the global information on our local networks (Internet, papers, TV, radio…)
  • Global Organization, participating in the international coordination by at least joining the international meetings (either virtual ones or AgoraRoma, Hub Meeting, Akropolis2012) or reading the minutes, and giving out that information.

    - Translation of information to one’s language.

    Clearly, it would be enough for the focused people to find a minimum of one person responsible of each task.

    3.2 Working groups, from the local agenda to concrete missions
    The second phase of this project will last from AgoraRoma until the Hub Meeting of Bologna in March during the European action week.
    During this phase we will debate this proposal locally in the different GA’s, make decisions and apply this global agenda through concrete local missions and working groups. Before the Hub meeting, the platforms or working groups should be created, with a minimum amount of people responsible of the coordination of the two objectives (generalization of the non-stop protests and of the communities). Here some ideas but the details have to be decided locally:
    Direct Action: rural and student fights, industrial strikes, involve pensioners and public sector, etc.
    Economic Alternatives: producer networks, exchange systems, banks of time, link co-operatives, etc.
    Outreach: to neighborhoods, foreigner communities, artist collectives, etc.

    At least one person focused on each area should meet once a week until the end of this third phase Once the working groups dedicated to concrete missions are created, the focused people can either disappear, organize the spokes council, focus on another project, join a working group or go to work…

    The second Hub Meeting will take place in Bologna and will focus on the coordination of the 15M Global Strike. While AgoraRoma will open the theoretical debate, the main goal of the Hub meeting will be the practical coordination of transnational actions and co-operatives around May 15.

3.3 Occasional, from the working groups to concrete alternative projects

This third phase will start from the Hub Meeting until May 1st, with the help of #Akropolis2012 (April 1 to 15), where a lot of alternative projects and topics will be presented and debated to learn from each other and draw inspiration from other movements.
In this phase, the working groups work on linking concrete alternative projects into holistic co-operatives and concrete actions into general non-stop protests, involving the “occasional” people.
It’s an interesting phase because we can’t foresee the local or global situations but if we do our best, we will have, for the first time, concrete weapons against the 1% and concrete solutions for the 99%.
May of 2012 will bring with it big changes, the global movement will start to be increasingly coherent, and represent a real alternative. It will became dangerous to the old system and attractive for a big part of the population.
RevolutionS will be able to start…

3.4 Interested, involving the 99%

This last phase will start the May 1st on the international May Day, and and will last indefinitely. To integrate the interested people and catch the attention of the non-interested, it will be  divided in four steps.

Note: all the information presented on this document has been taken from the current global agenda and of course everyone is free to create more meetings and actions locally and to rise them to a global level.

May 1: General Assembly / Unite!
The major unions and political parties will meet during the morning and we cannot disturb this traditional ritual (partisan, vertical, opaque…), but we cannot miss this opportunity to give back this symbolic day to the 99%, making everybody converge in a big consensus meeting about the next days of action.
Therefore, part of our strategy will be to call to the General Assembly of the 99% (horizontal, transparent, open…) at the end of the day to decide on how we will continue the fight together. We will surely have a lot of support (especially from the anarchists and radical left unions), since the main announcement about the local/global plan for the 15M Global Strike is what everyone will be waiting for, and this will send a strong message to the traditional organizations: “support either the politician’s gathering or the people’s assembly“.
This assembly will start by going through the process and it‘s important to explain the need of self-management to everyone (to organize the fight, to coordinate alternatives, to take part of the decisions…) and how we exercise real democracy. This will be succeeded by feedback from the working groups, which will be the occasion to present the movement, its cooperative projects and action plans, and invite people to join a group. (for the actions of May 5, 12, 15…)
It will be useful to start a project from this symbolic assembly, for example the drafting of a common statement, the decentralization to neighborhood assemblies, a self-managed fund for the strike, creation of a central info point, marches to occupy working areas, etc

May 5: General Bank Transfer / Move Your Money!
To continue and dynamize this non-stop protest, the proposal is to start an international campaign for everybody to take their money out of the commercial banks and transfer it to ethic banks (bank account), credit unions (savings), or invest it in ethic or alternative economies, or build their own financial institution, we can also promote the strike fund.
This action will be coordinated not only by the “economic alternatives” working group, but also “communication” and “direct action”. There will be two fronts: firstly, taking the money out of the  bankers’ elites, and secondly, making more money available to sustainable projects which will contribute to everyone’s interest and help to heal the world.
It will consist on a big information campaign, through texts, videos, conferences, actions, to denounce what traditional banks are doing with our money but also promote the financial alternatives and the projects they finance. We invite all the communities to open the debate locally, to share this materials and create new ones adapted to their local situations.


May 12: General Occupation / Act!

Because not everybody is able to strike, people have added the 12 of May to the next global day of action, meant for both strikers and supporters. The global movement will re-take the central squares, which is the best way to mobilize massively for the big Transition, and open platforms of coordination of fights and cooperatives.
Because we need maximum participation during the demonstration and the General Assembly to ensure a good occupation of the squares, it’s best to support it fully and perform all other occupations during the night, or previous or following days.

It’s important to organize the infrastructure and the action/resistance plan before the gathering. Remember not to be discouraged if an occupation doesn’t succeed on the first day, because, this being a global non-stop protest, we can always gather more strength and try again later. >May 15: General Strike

 

May 15: General Strike / Strike!
There are several options to give political content to this first global strike:
The most strategic, democratic and practical choice is to decentralize the actions, by inviting a maximum amount of sectors of the population to strike and create their own direct actions and with their own demands (both of which can be included as part of bigger, [more] general actions or statements). Every group of strikers will evaluate the duration of their actions and it’s important that they all have their voice during the GA’s from this day onwards, thus opening a big platform of struggles, both local and global, and inviting people to support other actions and demands.
Another option is to write a statement of shared local and/or global demand(s) or point(s) in common (such referendums, reforms of the democracy, the right to protest, etc) over the next five months. The GA of May 1st can be a good occasion to build a consensus on the final draft.
We cannot impose any action or political content for the Global Strike but we can propose a global demand from an international working group to all the assemblies.
Regarding the aim(s) of our movement (a movement of methodology before ideologies), if we were to make one single demand, it could be the sovereignty of the assemblies, our vision of the real democracy. This is very interesting, because we will invite, for example, the citizens in their squares and the workers in their factories to reclaim the sovereignty of their own assemblies as part of their occupation.
Both options are compatible, but, while it’s necessary to intensify the non-stop coordinated actions on one hand, we’ve learned that we also have to promote the co-operative projects on the other. Alternative projects include anti-authoritarian schools, people’s kitchens, kitchen gardens, credit unions, assemblies, self-managed factories, free shops and services, alternative media, etc., obviously working with our horizontal and transparent methodology.
Even such a traditional concept of Strike is being reinvented by our global movement, transformed into Transition Strike, Wikistrike or Strike 2.0, in which the workers/consumers who helped maintain the system stop to do so and apply their energies to alternative projects in a permanent flow or exodus towards the future.
On the agenda: expropriate public spaces (universities, hospitals, parliaments, squares…), means of production, natural resources, free energy, mass-media, etc., while we continue to create new projects and improve on the existing ones, in order to start and prolong this process of global change. The 15M isn’t the end, but the beginning of the transition.

 

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Last updated 20 days ago by niel

where was this text decided and when and by whom?

marita, from madrid

marita 25 days ago

Itś a proposal who can be modified here https://n-1.cc/pg/pages/view/1011418 and we have an end date for the difinitive version in this text (January 18), the only thing which be decided was the mission to write this call in different squares meeting.

niel 25 days ago

Hi Niel,

thanks for the text!

You have added a note to Part 1.1. to include Iceland and Greece in
the background text: this is a good idea!

But: you also suggest adding different movements like “Anonymous,
Zeitgeist, Wikileaks, Democracy Now, Reopen911 or Yes men”: I would
not add these, because there are so many more, so it does not make
sense to have an incomplete arbitrary list. And some people say that
Zeitgeist is linked to Scientology, I don’t know whether that is true
but it is surely not a good idea to add them…

cheers,
changenow

niel 25 days ago

Hi Niel,

I have a proposal for a distributed people’s global meeting, which I hope can be of interest to all this. I’m working with other people to take the idea around and refine it more. It will hopefully be presented at the upcoming dutch national occupy meeting, and I hope to find other people who can help with fleshing out the idea more and planning how to put it in action. May 1st would be a great first trial of this. here are some blogs where I’ve written a bit about it:

https://n-1.cc/pg/blog/read/1039040/a-peoples-global-meeting

https://n-1.cc/pg/blog/read/1075319/3-january-2012

“The people’s global meeting would be a distributed set of meetings happening simultaneously in a thousand or more cities across many thousands of interest groups, activist movements, groups of environmentalists, neighbourhood groups and just about any group you could imagine that takes some responsibility for its environment. I would like this initiative to begin in 2012. It will be my own individual proposal to put the pieces in place for this enormous occurrence by putting it forward to as many groups as I can to do a large scale “test” of it, and so lay the basis for the real thing.”

Please let me know any thoughts and if you know anyone who might be interested in helping,

and all the best with that brilliant initiative for May!

Ale

Skoria Radioattiva 23 days ago

tl;dr but in overview this text looks great

mikifus 19 days ago

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