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The first discussion part of the International NoG20 work meeting on friday will be broadcast live. Start at ~11a.m. The role of the G20 summit in July 2017 and the significance on the transnational mobilization and dimension.
WE ARE THE OTHER WORLD: DON’T MOURN, LET’S ORGANIZE!
UPDATE for the International meeting to prepare the mobilisation against G20 summit, July 7th/8th in Hamburg April 7 from 11 am to 6 pm
See for invitation (http://g20-protest.info/category/international-meeting-on-7th-of-april/invitation/), calls etc. see http://g20-protest.info; write to email@example.com for any question
Location: Gängeviertel, Valentinskamp 34, 20335 Hamburg
https://www.google.de/maps/place/Valentinskamp+34A,+20355+Hamburgfirstname.lastname@example.org,9.9827028,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47b18f17196aa139:0x406d94bfea5dc5d4!8m2!3d53.5553!4d9.98325, 2 stops with the subway U2 from the central station to station Gänsemarkt
Our common language will be English so that we can work and build the work structures we need, however, any translation for certain statements/contributions will have to be organized collectively, we will try to have people able to translate in these special situations in French, Spanish, Italian (permanent translation will not be provided)
Registration and accommodation:
Please register at http://g20-protest.info/category/international-meeting-on-7th-of-april/ for the meeting, the preparation of the meeting and for accommodation. There will be solidarity accommodation but only for people who say so beforehand (until April 3) so that we can provide it
Next 7th and 8th in July, the heads of the states of the most powerful countries in the world will meet for the G20 summit in the city of Hamburg. We know most of their faces and accuse them of pushing policies of domination and exploitation, of racism and xenophobia, of impoverishment and war. The G20 represents another phase of “global governance” that is augmenting the G8 (actually, the G7 since Russia’s accession of Crimea). The G20 was formed in 2008 when capitalist globalization entered a nearly fatal meltdown. In a context of near-permanent crisis, leading regional military, economic and political powers are attempting to bandaid structural problems – but at the same time compete within the “organized chaos” of markets.
On the one hand, the G20 promised to become a better forum with wider membership – including the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) bloc – so as to amplify the power and legitimacy of the multi-polar neoliberal world order. On the other hand, G20 policies are resulting in the deterioration of living conditions for millions of people, women and men, who pay the price for this model of global injustice, along with environmental devastation including climate catastrophe.
For twenty years, our movements for “global justice” have opposed this top-down power and rejected the philosophy known as neoliberalism, its realities and future risks. Today, we see the ecological crisis and the destruction of life unfolding before our eyes; we see financial crisis “management” resulting in the concentration of extreme wealth for few (the 1% have as much wealth as half the planet) and mass impoverishment for the majority of the people; we see a proliferation of armed conflicts, in which ordinary people – especially those resisting the injustices – pay the highest price with their lives, while the military industry gets unprecedented high profits; we see millions of people being forced to leave their homes in pursuit of shelter and a better life, while walls, on land and sea, are built and condemn them to death.
This disastrous situation turns even more disastrous by giving birth to “its own monsters”. The old representatives of the “status quo” and establishment cling to their privileges, while reactionary forces emerge out of this mess. The latter use the social disasters and multiple crises to push for an order that in reality only protects the “old centres”. Nationalism, protectionism, the diminishing of public space and socio- political rights are accompanied by claims to speak on behalf of the “Volk” (the homogenous, ethnically cleansed people). This is just another class, race and gender war to secure the privileges of the few. However, with a truly monstrous face.
We have fought impoverishment and war since decades and in various ways. We fight locally and globally. We do not only resist, but also practically demonstrate the alternatives. Twenty years ago the movement of movements used to say, another world is possible. Today, in front of the disaster capitalism and the “political monsters” that it is producing, we claim that not only another world is possible, but that WE ARE THE OTHER WORLD, possible and necessary!
While the state elites make deals in Hamburg, we strongly believe that this summit is not only the right moment and place to act, to stand together on the streets of the city of Hamburg with loud voices and in manifold ways. Our answer to the summit of the powerful must be also a transnational convergence of resistance and alternatives, of unity and solidarity. It is time now to give the no-G20 mobilisation a broad international breath, starting at the European level.