[Pga_europe_process] workshop announcement + more

Milos Milosavljevic tnosugar at net.yu
Thu Jul 1 08:11:06 CEST 2004

a preliminary overview of the topics and workhsops so far will be
available by July 7-8 at the latest.. probably earlier. Serge is coming on
July 3rd and we plan to organise the applications that have been submitted
so far into a program matrix with his help. We can make regular
web-updates with short abstracts of the workshops on a daily or two-day


> i'm a bit confused about the framework for the programm. is it right
> that it shall be organised in different thematic days as ivana
> mentioned it a few days ago? and if yes: when will be which thematic
> area?
> and would it be possible to give an overview about the workshops that
> are announced up to now? we are really interested what is planned...
> whatever: with the following idea from for a workshop concerning the
> connection between at least three main topics, we won't really fit in
> the concept of devided days...
> and some short sentences to avoid this discussion from the beginning:
> about the term of "activist ghetto" i think that it's really useful for
> this discussion. about accusation of being somehow a racist term i think
> it's in that case not worth the discussion. our impression is that there
> are always people who live in front of their pc, spending their time
> with blocking the work of others. when there is such a lack of respect
> for other points of view in arguements, i think sometimes you have to
> ignore it...
> ...greetings, marion
>  -----------------------------------------------
>  *breaking the activist ghetto*
> already in the 2nd european pga-conference in leiden the question
> ("how to break the activists ghetto?") was a crucial topic. we hope and
> we want to contribute, that this debate will continue in the
> coming conference in belgrade on different levels.   on one hand we are
> interested, for example, to participate in a follow-up-workshop, which
> should raise the approaches of social or autonomous centers and its
> relationships to the quarters or broader social realities in their
> cities. on the other hand we want to propose and we would like to
> prepare (together with other interested groups) another
> two-parts-workshop under the headline of breaking the ghetto and with
> the subtitle of "migration, labourstruggles and (re)appropriation".
> The workshop will be devided in two different parts. We would like to do
> it on two following days, for example the more general part on
> sunday, eastern-europe-part on monday. -each part should last for 2
> blocks (if one 1 block lasts 1,5h)
> in the first part we want to start with more general informations,
> estimations and debates, including the question of the role of
> pga-network and its visibilty in such practices and projects. in the
> second part we want to refer to the specific situations in eastern
> european countries with the main interest of creating more projects of
> (transnational) east-west-cooperation.
> *breaking the acitivist ghetto
> -
> migration/mobility - labourstruggles - (re)appropriation*
> first part: *migration/mobility - labourstruggles - (re)appropriation*
> three topics, which interconnect - from our point of view - some of the
> most crucial questions concerning social conflicts and
> perspectives. what kind of social and political struggles are going on
> in these different fields? which way to estimate? as defensive
> reactions to particular problems or as challenging the whole system? and
> which way is the relationship between "us as political activists", who
> are mainly involved in organising projects and campaigns, and
> "ordinary people", who move or struggle or (re)appropriate on a daily
> base but often without any political articulation? what are our
> starting-points, on a theoretical as well as on a practical level, if we
> want to bridge these gaps and the different realities in societies in
> general?
> noborder as an antiracist network already connects activists from
> eastern and western europe. border04 (one initiative of this summer,
> which will be presented on the pga-conference...) as a travelling
> project along both sides of the new european borders is an attempt to
> develope more contacts and to deepen up researches about
> transitmigration as well as about labourmigration. the main target will
> be to find out, which way the borderregime is undermined and
> challenged on a daily-base by people, who take their right to move...
> the east-european anarchist newspaper project "abolishing the borders
> from below" refers not only to similar questions concerning borders, but
> it moreover tries to report about the various struggles in eastern
> european countries. the "abolishers" and other activists for example
> from poland could talk about the struggles for better wages or against
> privatisation, about the protests in factories or in the agricultural
> sector, about (re)appropriation of miners or in the resistance against
> evictions. yomango from barcelona "represents a very special marketing
> of appropriation" within the activist-scenery but also trying to
> popularize and to politicise the daily practices of steeling ...
> activists from all those projects are somehow connected with pga and
> will present their projects during the conference in belgrade. so we
> want to raise the question (at the end of the first part of this
> workshop), which role pga as a network can win in connecting and
> catalysing these different projects and -vice versa - if it would be
> useful to give pga a certain visibility by being identified with such
> cooperative projects (for example on its website ...)
> ((remark: the idea for this workshop did not appear accidently. in the
> context of mobilising for the belgrade-conference in our region we had
> organised a series of information-events within last weeks: with
> activists from noborder about the new migration-regime, with
> "abolishing the borders from below (berlin) about networking and
> social struggles in east-europe, and with yomango (barcelona) about
> appropriations.... in all discussions somehow a similar question was
> touched: which way to refer to broader social realities and to daily
> struggles of people ...))
> second part:
> *the situation in eastern europe and the question of transnational
> cooperation ...*
> - migration/mobility in the process of eu-enlargment the new eastern
> members had to adopt the socalled schengen-acquis and to follow the
> migration- and visa-policy of western-european interests.
> labourmigration: although the new eastern eu-citizens are more or less
> excluded for further seven years from the most western european
> labour-markets, some conditions will open up new opportunities and it
> will be a very interesting question, which way people use the new
> spaces to gain a better income. of course, capitalism wants to play one
> ethnical group against each other, for example in the agriculural sector
> in spain, where selforganised and resisting maroccan workers are more
> and more replaced by cheaper east-european workforces. a
> transnational, and particular east-west-workers-communication or even
> organisational process is necessary... transitmigration: how far the
> schengen-plan will really work, to exclude refugees and undesired
> migrants by shifting the bordercontrol through the eu-enlargement to the
> east, is still an open question. every day people manage to cross
> borders "illegally", to move in their migrant-communities and to
> suceed to undermine the migrationregime.
> - labour-struggles within the last 15 years most productive and
> profit-promising sectors of easteuropean economy had been privatized and
> taken over by western global players. moreover the transnational
> companies (tnc) utilize the east for outsourcing of the most
> labour-intensitive parts of production to benefit from low wages. such
> privatisations and intensified exploitation, the destruction of whole
> sectors, the closure of a lot of companies, the subsequent increase of
> unemployment and the lack of (compensating) public money brought a lot
> of new tensions and conflicts, but also more and more social protests
> and labour-struggles to east european societies.  in many cases
> western companies with their globalised production- and
> distribution-chains are directly or indirectly involved in these
> problems. to support for example a labour-struggle in a tnc and to put
> pressure to a global player to reach at least certain demands (for
> example concerning wages or working conditions..) an
> east-west-cooperation could be very useful or even necessary. an
> isolated struggle risks much more to fail, and simultanous activities
> and wider international public attention enhance the chances to gain
> some positive results.
> - (re)appropriation all over eastern europe you can find them: big
> markets where you can buy everything, eg. also faked passports. all
> kinds of label-piracy from newest dvd's till nike-shoes are sold. one of
> the various ways how people use forms of approriation to organise their
> survival. confronted with a high rate of unemployement, with much lower
> wages and less social aid by the state than in western
> european states finding ways besides the legal framework seems to be
> really necessary for many people in eastern europe. four days long in
> lecova, slovakia a supermarket has been repeatedly attacked by a group
> of more than 80 romas who looted food. they declared that they were
> forced to loot as they don't have anything to eat. in poland struggles
> against eviction of flats have emerged. the inhabitants were not able to
> pay the rent - and not willing to become homeless. and also the
> struggles against privatisation of factories can be seen as a term of
> reappropriation, be it in front of the factory gates in ozarow near
> warsaw or in occupied factory of "jugoremedija" in the city of
> zrenjanin, serbia...
> we want to take a look in which points the situation in eastern europe
> is special. what are experiences in "breaking the ghetto" when
> activists manage to really link to ongoing daily based struggles?
> where do we see situations challenging us to trie? how can we learn from
> the different experiences? how could the network help to
> coordinate? how can we create more projects of transnational east-west
> cooperation? might it for example be possible to pick some example to
> show the whole chains of exploitation: from the production, the
> working conditions in eastern european factory to the profit of a
> western european supermarket... and what might be useful tools to
> really have some visible output?
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