4th Forum against Unnecessary Imposed Mega Projects 8th and 11th of May 2014 in Rosia Montana

4th Forum against Unnecessary Imposed Mega Projects 8th and 11th of May 2014 in Rosia Montana


The 4th Forum against Unnecessary Imposed Mega Projects (Stop UIMP) will take place in the village of Roșia Montană, Romania, between 8th and 11th of May 2014.
In this year’s edition of the forum we will strengthen the relations between different struggles in Europe and beyond, with focus on campaigns from Eastern Europe.
The economic crisis in Europe brought, for many people, a more critical attitude towards capitalism, towards the greed of corporations and the politicians’ power thirst. But at the beginning of the crisis, most of the Eastern Europeans were silent. After 45 years of totalitarian communism, capitalism seemed like a good idea. Then the “democracy dream” turned into a nightmare.
Unnecessary Imposed Mega Projects built by totalitarian regimes were replaced by Unnecessary Imposed Mega Projects built in the “free world” by multi-national corporations. Little by little, civil movements emerged, solidarity networks appeared and environmental and social campaigns started to grow in most of the east European countries. In the middle of generalized corruption and consumerism offensive, these campaigns made people learn how the real democracy looks like, why the right to protest is fundamental and that every corporation and every mega project should be stopped.
This year we meet in Roșia Montană, the birthplace of the biggest environmental and social campaign in Romania (“Salvaţi Roșia Montană”), which is fighting against the biggest gold mining project proposal in Europe. We want to support each other, we want to learn more about one another and we want to find solutions together. We need to coordinate better, we need to improve our resistance and we need to act together.
We are inviting you to join us in Roșia Montană, to participate in the Forum and to bring your own contribution to the struggle for protecting the people, the land and the nature against Unnecessary Imposed Mega Projects in Europe and elsewhere!
Roșia Montană is a commune with about 2500 inhabitants, of Alba County in the Apuseni Mountains of western Transylvania, Romania. It is situated 90 km circa from Alba-Iulia and 140 km from Cluj-Napoca and is easy to reach with public transportation.
A list with means of transportation to and from Roșia Montană will be available in short time on the website www.rosiamontana.org/fauimp4. However, if needed, we will provide help with planning the route.
Although we are not able to pay travel costs, money should not be an impediment for someone to participate. If you are in this situation or know people that really would like to participate and cannot afford travel costs, please write us and we try to do our best and find a solution.

Participants can stay in tents, in a free camping, near the kitchen and workshop tents. Therefore, please bring your own tent, mattress and sleeping bag.
For a fee of € 9 per night or even cheaper, we can provide you accommodation at the locals. The fee represents a support for the locals that offer their houses for participants.
Please think that the weather in may can be sometimes cool in the mountains, please bring warm clothes and rain booth with you.

to participate: http://tinyurl.com/qjgbjd4
Most of the information needed will be available shortly on the website www.rosiamontana.org/fauimp4,

Contact: : fauimp4@rosiamontana.org

European Summer University of social movements in Paris (Attac)

European Summer University of social movements initiated by the Attac network, in Paris 19th – 23rd of August 2014

Save the date ! We will now regularly send more information until August 2014.  The call is available in English, Spanish, German and French. Please circulate widely the information !

  • To analyse the crisis and understand what is at stake…
  • What are the social, ecologic, economic and financial dimensions of the crisis? How are austerity plans imposed upon us? What is the role of the European Central Bank?  The IMF?  Carbon markets? How do countries from the North avoid to facing up to their responsibility on climate change?

…while discovering and strengthening alternatives…

  • What are the current experiences of local production? How to lead the energy transition? What are the movements in Europe and in the world doing? What do they propose, struggle for, confront? What are the alternatives to austerity? How do they organize themselves? Can we imagine canceling debt globally?

…in order to take back our power over politics…

  • How to get rid of the oligarchy? How can we rethink and reinvent direct democracy? How can we organize to confront the rise of right wing extremism?

…within an activist yet festive and friendly space!

With debates, concerts, cultural activities, tours, and meetings with activists from all over Europe and the world. This summer university will include workshops, seminars, as well as spaces for direct experimentations – and even concrete action!

So if you want to know more about…  The IMF, relocalization of production, debt jubilees, the European Central Bank, alternatives to climate change, geoengineering, Occupy Wall Street, new forms of wars, austerity, financial capitalism, and so on

Because the crisis is the proof that the whole world is shaking at its foundations, this summer university, while European, is definitively open to movements throughout the world.

For more information, please check: www.esu2014.org
Contact : contact@esu2014.org

·         A few words of context :

15 years ago, Attac was born to mobilize against the domination of finance over every sphere of our societies.  The financial, economic and social crisis we are facing grows more destructive and creates new victims daily.  Unemployment, poverty and precarity are rising while public services and social protection are being dismantled, endangering the most basic human rights.
Our governments are not addressing the challenge of climate change. They collaborate instead with big corporations and refuse to undertake the ambitious transition we need.
Whereas solidarity in Europe and at the global level is at a dead-end, financial and economic institutions as well as governments and EU institutions continue to claim that there is no alternative, and that austerity, expansion of free trade and competitiveness are the only way out of the crisis.
There are alternatives – we’re building them!
We, however, are building, experiencing and sharing every day analyses and practices that show that other worlds are possible!

Far from being resigned and passively waiting  for better days, people have been mobilized all over the world – as an echo to the wave of movements, uprisings and occupations that have shaken the world since 2011, building a new geography of struggles and solidarity.

These struggles and daily actions against austerity and its consequences are both concrete and systemic. Their ambition is to challenge the hegemony of the neoliberal dogma, relying on practical experiences of relocalization and on new forms of solidarity. They seek to preserve, defend and improve public services and social rights. At the same time, they are exploring new paths towards a society of ecological sustainability and social justice.

Mosaïque monde activiste

3. Transnational Mumble Forum Call Update: Global Open Space – On the Road to #15O Global Revolution

The time and location of the meeting:
22nd August 2013, Thursday UTC (GMT) 18:00 /
MUMBLE Server: Occupytalk.org
Room: Assemblies & Round Tables > OPEN SPACE

For details of the schedule, location and time, how to get in Mumble, background documents and first call in multiple languages see below.

FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/216359545181091/218732704943775/?notif_t=like

This is an update to the call for a Global Open Space to be held on Mumble, with comrades participating from countries recently rose up as well as countries in move, hopefully all over the world.

For some, it will be the 3rd Transnational call after the re-resurgences in Turkey, Brazil, Egypt and Bulgaria in recent months, and a continuation of the discussion and planning a Road Map towards and beyond 15 October 2013. One thing we would like to think together is how can we empower our local resurgences and connect them each other even stronger maybe towards common visions of World Revolution towards #15O 2013.

Updates to the program:

• We have been inviting and encouraging comrades from different countries where large mobilisations and uprisings are still or re-taking place. We ask you all to join in an hour long exchange-update session from 17.00 PM GMT (18.00 London time), an hour before we start with the meeting.

• We would like to encourage all who wish to join and suggest a topic for discussion for the break out session, within the framework of ‘Global Convergence On the Road to #15O Global Revolution’. You can do it before, from now on, or during the meeting by writing down your topic in the table created under the title Open Space Schedule & Rooms on the collaborative document here:
You just need to insert the title of your topic and you name in one of the rooms created already like: Global, Gezi, White, Red, etc. It does not matter which one. In case there is no empty box left, create one or just write it in any of the existing ones. We will put it in order before the meeting:

In addition to the Global Open Space at 18.00 GMT, the Occupy (Inter)National Gathering has been working to create an all-day online Global Convergence Open Space to join in cannels, make connections, do presentations and skill shares. We would also like to encourage all to suggest activities for any part of the day. The schedule of suggested activities for Global Convergence Day:

Occupy (Inter)National Gathering: http://interoccupy.net/natgat2/

DETAILED SCHEDULE for the Global Open Space:
[16h00-18h00 Verifying Mumble settings / solving audio problems]

17h00: Updates from countries (Subroom – Global)

18h00: Intro (by a person of the open facilitation team), choosing facilitators/stack takers/notes takers, and open invitation to suggest sessions within the bulletin board (30 minutes)

18h30: 1st round – Open Space (brake out rooms): People create rooms for discussions about subjects they choose, all ideas are welcomed (45min)

19h15: 2nd round (Plenary session): Global convergence discussion on actions towards and beyond 15O (1h30)

20h45: Feedbacks and checkouts (30 min)

21h15: Open ended space to continue talking how to build towards / beyond15O, based on concrete actions


Report from the 1st Transnational Meeting June 27:

Report from the 2nd transnational meeting – July 21:

TIME & LOCATION of the 3rd Transnational meeting – Global Open Space

22nd August 2013, Thursday
UTC (GMT) 18:00
London: 19:00
Madrid: 20:00
Istanbul: 21:00
Rio de Janeiro: 15:00
New York: 14:00

Check your local time here: time zone converter (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html)

MUMBLE Server: Occupytalk.org
Room: Assemblies & Round Tables > OPEN SPACE

Mumble is a voice chat Open Source software (works similar to Skype but is not a corporate tool). Please follow these instructions to get connected. If this is the first time you use Mumble, please try to log in at least half an hour in advance, we will be there to help you.

How to join Mumble – multi language: http://titanpad.com/mumbleguide




1) ENGLISH : Global Open Space – On the Road to #15O Global Revolution
2) FRANCAIS: Espace Ouvert Global – En route vers la Révolution Globale #15O
3) ESPAÑOL: Espacio Abierto Global, Caminando Hacia el #15O Revolución Global
4) TÜRKÇE: Küresel Açık Mekan #15O Küresel Devriminin Yolunda
5) POLSKI: Globalna Otwarta Przestrzeń – W drodze do globalnej rewolucji #15O


Global Open Space – On the Road to #15O Global Revolution

Facebook event:

This is a call for the third transnational Open Space to be held on Mumble, with comrades participating from countries recently rose up like Turkey, Brazil, Egypt, Bulgaria, as well as countries in move, like Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Germany, UK, US, Quebec, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Tunisia,… and hopefully all over the world. This third Open Space invites comrades to reflect and exchange their opinions on the common grounds that we share in our different country contexts and experiences. Also it aims to encourage collective and transnational actions in the future.

For some, it will be the 3rd transnational call and a continuation of the discussion and planning a Road Map for 15 October 2013. One thing we would like to think together is how can we empower our local resurgences and connect them each other even stronger maybe towards common visions of World Revolution towards #15O 2013. For others, a chance to connect to people working on similar community initiatives or global projects. The network of VIA22, that proposes global grassroots Assemblies on the 22nd of each month since October 22nd 2013, will be also joining this initiative. Others still will be joining for the first time as part of Occupy (Inter)National Gathering’s Global Conversation and Europie Festi-Forum of Alternatives.

In addition to the Open Space mumble at 18.00 GMT, the Occupy (Inter)National Gathering has been working to create an all-day call to join in online connections, presentations and skill shares. See below for more information on this collaborative endeavour.

Whatever we call the meeting, it will be a wonderful collaborative space taking place from
2 PM ET/1800 GMT to 6 PM ET/2200 GMT

Report from the 1st transnational meeting June 27:

Summary and Report from the 2nd transnational meeting – July 21:

Global Platforms: http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/panforum/

Join us and invite others, and please spread the word!

Hope to see you there!


22nd August 2013, Thursday
UTC (GMT) 18:00
London: 19:00
Madrid: 20:00
Istanbul: 21:00
Rio de Janeiro: 15:00
New York: 14:00

Check your local time here: time zone converter (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html)

MUMBLE Server: Occupytalk.org
Room: Assemblies & Round Tables > OPEN SPACE

Mumble is a voice chat Open Source software (works similar to Skype but is not a corporate tool). Please follow these instructions to get connected. If this is the first time you use Mumble, please try to log in at least half an hour in advance, we will be there to help you.

How to join Mumble – multi language: http://titanpad.com/mumbleguide


The rest of the Global Convergence Day at NatGat2:
So far scheduled events

Connecting with the Europie Fest, 23-25 August, and Reena Shadaan from the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal will be presenting in Kalamazoo and online.

Self-organized events:

Do you want to have a meeting on mumble, a Hangout, a Skpye call, a Maestro call or other platforms to teach others tech skills, give or hear reportbacks from activists on the ground in other countries who can talk about their struggles, tactics, what worked, what didn’t work? We will be creating a 24 hour bulletin board, like the one used for the Open Space calls, to self-organize various activities, like we did in the parks. Being virtual, there can be many activities in the same time slot, and spaces can later be melded if there is little or no participation.

We also talked about having some very early morning meetings (ET) to include both the Pacific people and Brazilians before or after work or late at night. Many people thought reportbacks were a good idea and organizing an event locally around them — to have small meetings of just a few people hanging out, listening in, contributing, reporting back from the ways of activism and collective networks in their part of the world.

There will be another announcement with the links for the documents, ways to help, coming soon.


Espace Ouvert Global – En route vers la Révolution Globale #15O

Ceci est un appel pour le troisième Espace Ouvert (Open Space) transnational qui se tiendra sur le programme chat/voix Mumble, avec des camarades habitant des pays qui se sont récemment soulevés, comme la Turquie, le Brésil, l’Egypte, la Bulgarie, ainsi que les pays en mouvement, comme l’Espagne, le Portugal, la Grèce, l’Italie, l’Irlande , Allemagne, Royaume-Uni, États-Unis, Québec, Canada, Mexique, Brésil, Chili, Israël, la Tunisie,… et partout sur la planète. Ce troisième Espace Ouvert Global invite les camarades à réfléchir et à échanger sur ce que nous avons en commun, et à partager sur nos différents contextes et nos expériences locales.

Pour certains, ce sera le 3ème espace transnational, qui permettra de poursuivre la discussion et la planification d’une feuille de route pour le 15 Octobre 2013. Nous aimerions réfléchir ensemble à comment renforcer nos luttes locales et de les relier les uns les autres encore plus forte peut-être vers une vision commune de la révolution mondiale vers #15O 2013. Pour d’autres, la possibilité de se connecter à des gens qui travaillent sur des initiatives communautaires similaires ou des projets mondiaux. Le réseau VIA22, qui propose des Assemblées globales les 22 de chaque mois depuis octobre 2012, rejoint aussi cette initiative. D’autres se joindront pour la première fois dans le cadre de la Conversation Globale du OCCUPY (Inter)National Gathering.

En plus du Global Open Space sur mumble à 1800 GMT, Occupy (Inter)National Gathering lance un appel ouvert à tous, pour des conversations en ligne toute la journée, des présentations et des partages de compétences. Voir ci-dessous pour plus d’informations sur cet effort de collaboration.

Peu importe comment on nomme cette rencontre, elle ouvrira un espace collaboratif créatif et motivant qui se déroulera de 14:00 ET/1800 GMT à 18:00 GMT ET/2200 GMT

Le 1er transnational réunion du 27 Juin: a compté avec la présence de 80 participants:
Resume: http://takethesquare.net/2013/07/05/rerport-minutes-of-the-transnational-online-forum-how-can-we-connect-now-our-struggles-and-squares-to-create-a-global-change-27-june-2013/,

Résumé du 21 Juillet et invitation à la prochaine réunion ici:http://takethesquare.net/2013/08/06/summary-and-the-full-report-of-the-2nd-transnational-open-space-forum-2013-world-revolution/

Global Platforms: http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/panforum/

Rejoignez-nous et s’il vous plaît passer le mot le plus largement possible!

Au plaisir de vous y voir!

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22 jeudi Août 2013
UTC (GMT) 18:00
Londres: 19:00
Madrid: 20:00
Istanbul: 21h00
Rio de Janeiro: 15:00
New York : 14:00

Vérifiez votre heure locale ici: convertisseur fuseau horaire (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html)

Mumble Serveur: Occupytalk.org
Salle: Assemblies & Round Tables> OPEN SPACE

Mumble est un logiciels Open Source de chat et voix (fonctionne de manière similaire à Skype, mais n’est pas un outil d’entreprise). S’il vous plaît suivez ces instructions pour vous connecter. Si c’est la première fois que vous utilisez Mumble, essayez de vous connecter au moins une demi-heure à l’avance, nous serons là pour vous aider.

Comment installer Mumble – Multilingue: http://titanpad.com/mumbleguide

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Le reste de la journée mondiale de convergence à NatGat2
la mesure événements planifiés
la connexion avec le Europie Fest, 23-25 Août, et Shadaan Reena de la Campagne internationale pour la justice à Bhopal vont présenter à Kalamazoo et en ligne.

événements auto-organisés

Voulez-vous avoir une réunion sur mumble, un lieu de rencontre, un appel skpye, un appel maestro ou d’autres plates-formes pour enseigner à d’autres compétences tech, donner ou entendre reportbacks de militants sur le terrain dans d’autres pays qui peuvent parler de leurs luttes, de tactiques, ce qui a fonctionné, ce qui n’a pas fonctionné? Nous allons créer un tableau d’affichage de 24 heures, comme celui utilisé pour les appels d’espace ouvert, de s’auto-organiser diverses activités, comme nous l’avons fait dans les parcs. Être virtuel, il peut y avoir de nombreuses activités dans le même intervalle de temps, et des espaces peut ensuite être fusionnées s’il ya peu ou pas de participation.

Nous avons également parlé de tenir certaines réunions du matin très tôt (HE) afin d’inclure à la fois les populations du Pacifique, et les Brésiliens avant ou après le travail, ou tard le soir. Beaucoup de gens pensent que des comptes-rendus d’actions seraient très intéressants, surtout s’ils sont enracinés dans des événements locaux – nous encourageons la tenue de petites réunions de quelques personnes qui écoutent et contribuent à travers des brèves présentations à propos de leurs voies d’activisme et des réseaux collectifs dans leur coin du monde.

Il y aura une autre annonce avec les liens pour les documents, les moyens d’aider, à venir bientôt.


Espacio Abierto Global, Caminando Hacia el #15O Revolución Sigtur Global-South
Esta es la llamada para el “tercer Espacio abierto transnacional” que tendrá lugar en Mumble, con participantes desde países que despertaron recientemente como Turquía, Brasil, Egipto, Bulgaria, como países ya en movimiento, tal como España, Portugal, Grecia, Italia, Irlanda, Alemania, UK, US, Quebec, Canadá, Méjico, Chile, Israel, Túnez,… y esperamos que todos los que se encuentran en el mundo. En este tercer Open Space invitamos a los camaradas a reflexionar e intercambiar sus opiniones en un espacio común donde compartimos sobre nuestros diferentes países, contextos y experiencias. También se tiene el objetivo de fomentar acciones colectivas y transnacionales para el futuro.

Para algunos, esta será la tercera llamada transnacional y una continuación sobre la discusión y planificación de un “mapa de carreteras” para el 15 de octubre de 2013. Una cosa que deberíamos pensar juntos es como podemos empoderarnos de nuestras “ideas” locales y conectarlas entre sí, incluso más fuerte, quizás visiones comunes de la revolución mundial que el #15O 2013. Para otros, es la oportunidad de conectar a personas que están trabajando en iniciativas comunitarias o proyectos globales similares. La red VIA22, propone una asamblea global el 22 de cada mes, a partir del 22 de Octubre de 2013, también se unirá esta iniciativa. Otros se unirán por primera vez como parte del “Occupy (Inter) Nathional Gathering’s Global Conversation.

Además, del Open Space mumble a las 18:00 GMT, el Ocupy (Inter) National Gathering ha estado trabajando para crear una llamada diaria a la que unirse (en internet) para hacer conexiones, presentaciones y entrenamiento de habilidades. Véase abajo para más información sobre el proceso de colaboración

“Nosotros llamamos al encuentro”, será un maravilloso espacio de colaboración que tendrá lugar:
2PM ET/18:00 GMT a 6 PM ET/ 22:00 GMT

El 1er encuentro transnacional fue el 27 de Junio y tuvo 80 participanteshttp://takethesquare.net/2013/07/05/rerport-minutes-of-the-transnational-online-forum-how-can-we-connect-now-our-struggles-and-squares-to-create-a-global-change-27-june-2013/, y el 2º

Resumen del 21 de julio y tuvo entre 50 y 60

Global Platforms: http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/panforum/

Únete a nosotros e invita a otros, y por favor comparte!!!

Esperamos verte!



22 de Agosto de 2013, juevES
UTC (GMT) 18:00
Londres: 19:00
Madrid: 20:00
Estambul: 21:00
Rio de Janeiro: 15:00
Nueva York: 14:00

Compruebe la hora local aquí: convertidor de zona horaria

Reloj de cuenta atrás http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/generic?iso=20130721T19&p0=136&msg=Second+Online+Open+Space+for+World+Revolution

MUMBLE Servidor: Occupytalk.org
Habitación: Assemblies & Round Tables > OPEN SPACE

Mumble es un chat de voz Open Source software (trabaja parecido al skype pero no es una herramienta corporativa). Por favor, sigue las instrucciones para conectarte. Si es la primera vez que utilizas Mumble, por favor intenta iniciar la sesión al menos media hora antes, nosotros estaremos aquí para ayudarte.

Como unirte a Mumble – multi language: http://titanpad.com/mumbleguide


El resto del Global Convergence Day en NatGat2

Hasta la fecha

eventos programados

Conectando con el festival europeo, 23-25 Agosto, y Reena Shadaan desde la campaña internacional para la justicia en Bhopal se presentará en Kalamazoo y en la Internet.

Eventos autoorganizados

¿Quieres tener un encuentro en mumble, pasar el rato, una llamada en skype, una llamada maestro o otras plataformas para enseñar otras habilidades tecnológicas, dar o escuchar “informes” de activistas de otros países quienes pueden hablar sobre sus luchas, tácticas, que trabajan o que no trabajan? Nosotros crearemos un tablón de anuncios 24 horas, parecido al usado por las llamadas del Open space, autoorganizar varias actividades, como hicimos en los parques. Al ser virtual, pueden hacerse varias actividades en el mismo momento y después se pueden fusionar los espacio si hay poca o no hay participación.

También hemos hablado sobre tener encuentros a primera hora del día (ET) para incluir a las personas del pacifico y brasileños antes o después de trabajar, o después por la noche. Algunos piensan que los informes (reportbacks) son una buena idea y están organizando un evento a nivel local sobre los mismos — tener pequeños encuentros de pocas personas pasando el rato (hang out), escuchando, contribuyendo, informando de las formas de activismo y las redes de colectivos en las diferentes partes del mundo.

Habrá otro anuncio con los enlaces de los documentos, caminos de ayuda en breve.


Küresel Açık Mekan #15O Küresel Devriminin Yolunda

Bu çağrı Türkiye, Brezılya, Mısır ve Bulgaristan gibi son dönemlerde ayağa kalkan ülkelerden olduğu gibi İspanya,Portekiz, Yunanistan, İtalya, İrlanda, Almanya, İngiltere, ABD, Quebec, Kanada, Meksıka, Şili, İsrail gibi harekette olan ülkelerden ve tüm dünyadan yoldaşların katılımıyla üçüncü transnasyonel Açık Mekan toplantısını Mumble’da düzenlemek içindir. Bu üçüncü Açık Mekan yoldaşları farklı ülke şartlarımız ve deneyimlerimizde paylaştığımız müşterek temellerimizi yansıtmaya ve fikir alışverişine davet ediyor. Bununla birlikte gelecekteki kolektif ve transnasyonel eylemleri de cesaretlendirmeyi amaçlıyor.

Bazıları için bu üçüncü transnasyonel çağrı, tartışmanın ve 15 Ekim 2013 için yol haritasını planlamanın devamı olacaktır. Beraber düşünmek istediğimiz, Dünya Devrimine doğru ortak bakış açılarına #15O 2013′ e dogru, yerel mücadelelerimizi nasıl güçlendirebileceğimiz onları birbirine daha güçlü bağlayabileceğimizdir. Diğer katılımcılar için benzer halk girişimlerinde ve küresel projelerde çalışan insanlarla irtibat kurmak için bir şanstır. 22 Ekim 2013 den itibaren her ayın 22′sinde küresel halk meclisleri/forumlar düzenlemeyi tasarlayan VIA22 ağı da bu girişime katılacak. Diğerleri ilk kez Occupy Ulus(lararası) Toplantılarının Küresel Söyleşisi (Occupy (Inter)national Gathering) Alternatiflerin Europie Festi-Forum unun bır parçası olarak katılıyor olacak.

18:00 GMT’ deki Açık Mekan Mumble toplantısına ek olarak Occupy Ulus(lararası)Toplantısıtüm gün boyunca online bağlantılar, sunuşlar ve beceri paylaşımlarını yaratmak için çalışıyor olacak. ortak çalışmalar üstüne daha fazla bilgi için aşağıya bakınız.

Toplantıya ne deresek diyelim, 2pm ET/18:00 GMTden 6 PM ET/ 22:00 GMT ye kadar muhteşem bir ortak çalışma mekanı olacaktır

27 Hazirandaki Birinci Transnasyonel toplantının raporu:

21 Temmuz’ daki İkinci Transnasyonel toplantının özet ve raporu:

Global Platformlar: http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/panforum/

Katılın, davet edin ve lütfen dünyaya yayın

Görüşmek ümidiyle!


Ne Zaman: 22 Ağustos 2013, Perşembe
UTC (GMT) 18:00
Londra: 19:00
Madrıd: 20:00
İstanbul: 21:00
Rio de Janeiro: 15:00
New York: 14:00

Yerel saatinizi buradan kontrol edebilirsiniz:

MUMBLE Server: Occupytalk.org
Room: Assemblies & Round Tables > OPEN SPACE

Mumble acik kaynak yazilimli bir sesli chat programidir. Skype’ a benzer çalışır ama bir şirket aleti değildir. Bağlanmak için lütfen açıklamaları takip edin. Mumble’ ı ilk kullanımınız olacaksa lütfen en az yarım saat önceden bağlanmaya çalışın. Yardım etmek için orada olacağız.

Mumble’a nasıl bağlanılır çok dilde: http://titanpad.com/mumbleguide

NatGat2 de Küresel kavuşma gününün geri kalanı
Şimdiye kadar kesinleşmiş etkinlikler

Europie Fest ile bağlanmak, 23-25 Ağustos ve Reena Shadaan (International Campaign for Justıce ın Bhopal’ dan) Kalamazoo’ da online sunum yapacak

Kendi organize edeceğiniz etkilikler

Mumble toplantısı, Skype görüşmesi, Maestro çağrısı veya diğer platformlarda diğer katılımcılara teknolojik beceriler öğretmek,mücadeleleri taktikleri neyin yürüyüp neyin yürümediği üzerine konuşabilecek diğer ülkelerden aktivistlerden öğrenmek ıster misiniz? Parklarda yaptığımız gibi kendi organize edeceğiniz çeşitli etkinlikler için 24 saatlik bülten tahtası oluşturacağız.Sanal olarak, aynı süre içinde pek çok farklı etkinlik olabilir az katılım olması veya katılım olmaması durumunda alanlar birleştirilebilir.

Pasifikten ve Brezilya’lıları da dahil edebilmek için işten önce, sonra veya geç saatlerde erken sabah toplantıları yapmak üzerine de konuştuk. Pek çok kişi rapor tutmanın iyi bir fikir olduğunu ve onlar etrafında yerel bir etkinlik düzenlemenin- az kişinin katıldığı dinleyip katkıda bulunduğu, dünyada kendi bölgelerindeki aktivizmin ve kolektif ağlara rapor verdiği- iyi bir fikir olduğunu düşünmüştü.

Dökümanlara linkler, yardım etme yolları ile ilgili başka bir duyuru da yakında eklenecektir.


Globalna Otwarta Przestrzeń – W drodze do globalnej rewolucji #15O

To jest wezwanie na trzecie międzynarodowe spotkanie Otwartej Przestrzeni (Open Space)poprzez Mumble z mieszkańcami, którzy właśnie powstali, z: Turcji, Brazylii, Egiptu, Bułgarii, oraz z krajów wciąż w ruchu: Hiszpanii, Portugalii, Grecji, Włoch, Irlandii, Stanów Zjednoczonych, Meksyku, Tunezji…i mamy nadzieję z całego swiata. Podczas tego spotkania zapraszamy wszystkich do wymiany opinii i refleksji nad wspólnymi płaszczyznami które dzielimy, pomimo różnych narodowości, kontekstów kulturowych i doświadczeń. Jego celem jest także dodanie odwagi nowym kolektywom i aktywistom na przyszłość.

Dla niektórych będzie to trzecie spotkanie i kontynuacja zaczętych dyskusji oraz planowanie Road Map for 15 October 2013. Jedna rzecz, nad którą powinniśmy zastanowić się wspólnie to jak upełnomocnić nasze lokalne powstania i połączyć je wszystkie tak aby wzmocnione zamieniły się w Światową Rewolucję #15O 2013.
Dla innych jest to szansa aby poznać ludzi pracujących w podobnych inicjatywach lub globalnych projektach. Sieć VIA22, która proponuje międzynarodowe spotkania 22 dnia każdego miesiąca od 22 października (october) także będzie obecna. Udział wezmą także po raz pierwszy aktywiści z Occupy (Inter)National Gathering’s Global Conversation and Europie Festi-Forum of Alternatives.

Razem z Otwartą Przestrzenią mumble o 20.00 ruch Occupy (Inter)National Gathering pracuje nad stworzeniem całodniowego połączenia on-line, z prezentacjami i szkoleniami, wymianą doświadczeń itp. Poniżej znajdziesz więcej informacji na ten temat.

Jakkolwiek nie nazwalibyśmy tego spotkania, będzie to wspaniała okazja do międzynarodowej dyskusji w godzinach od 20.00 do 24.00.

Relacja z pierwszego spotkania, które odbyło się 27 Czerwca:http://takethesquare.net/2013/07/05/rerport-minutes-of-the-transnational-online-forum-how-can-we-connect-now-our-struggles-and-squares-to-create-a-global-change-27-june-2013/,
Podsumowanie i relacja z drugiego spotkania (21 lipca) http://takethesquare.net/2013/08/06/summary-and-the-full-report-of-the-2nd-transnational-open-space-forum-2013-world-revolution/

Global Platforms: http://www.peoplesassemblies.org/panforum/

Dołącz do nas i zaproś innych oraz podziel się tą wiadomością ze wszystkimi!
Do zobaczenia!
22 sierpnia 2013, czwartek
Warszawa 20.00
London: 19:00
Madrid: 20:00
Istanbul: 21:00
Rio de Janeiro: 15:00
New York: 14:00
Los Angeles: 11:00
Honolulu: 08:00
Australia: 04:00 (23 Aug)
Singapore: 02:00 (23 Aug)

MUMBLE Server: Occupytalk.org
Room: Assemblies & Round Tables > OPEN SPACE

Mumble to program dźwiękowy (jak skype) działający na zasadach Open Source, nie jest programem korporacyjnym. Aby się połączyć przeczytaj instrukcje poniżej. Jeżeli jest to twoje pierwsze spotkanie na Mumble, prosimy o przybycie pół godziny wcześniej aby zorientować się jak działa program. Będziemy tam aby pomóc i podpowiedzieć co i jak.


Reszta Global Convergence Day na NatGat2:
program w przygotowaniu:
-połączenie z Europie Fest, 23-25 August i Reeną Shadaan z Międzynarodowej Kampanii dla sprawiedliwości w Bhopalu (Indie) z Kalamazoo (w USA)
Jeżeli chcesz zorganizować własne spotkanie, szkolenie, podzielić się swoim doświadczeniem, poradzić się, omówić taktyki, poprzez Mumble, Skypa, Hangout lub inne platformy to właśnie jest okazja. Tworzymy 24 godzinną tablicę ogłoszeń, coś na wzór hydeparków w rzeczywistej przestrzeni. Wykorzystanie internetu daje nam możliwość spotkania ludzi z całego świata w jednym momencie.
Zastanawiamy się także nad stworzeniem porannych spotkań (ET) aby włączyć ludzi z innych stref czasowych, tak aby mogli w nich uczestniczyć przed lub po pracy.
Niedługo pojawią się informacje z linkami do dokumentów i sposobami pomocy.


Summary and the full report of the 2nd Transnational Open Space Forum: 2013 World Revolution – Road to #15O

Below summary is being circulated in order to inform you about the 2nd Transnational Open Space Forum held on Mumble on 21 July, and the next forum that will be held on 22 August.  The perspective is to connect our struggles and networks online as well as in the real world in order to strengthen each other and continue on the path towards making global change real.

Download the entire report and the minutes here: 2013WorldRevolution2ndOpenSpaceinMumble 

Summary of the 2nd Transnational Mumble Meeting that took place on 21 July 2013 and was attended by over 50 people from different countries.

We had multiple discussions on how to build a global convergence of different movements like Zapatista, Anonymous, students, indigenous people, immigrants, African uprisings, Occupy, 15M, Blockupy, Via22, Yo Soy132, Chapullers, Change Brazil, movements from India, China so on towards 15O and beyond. We imagined a networked, coordinated global blockade and asked if we are ready of that? We reflected on how to globalize the struggles for free knowledge and privacy, against abuses of corporations, government surveillance, police brutality and military interventions.

We discussed that 15O worldwide and a feeling that symbolic demonstrations are not effective on their own and had brainstorms about actions to be planned possibly at the same time all over the world. It was expressed that the need to not just make demonstrations, but to engage in actions that have real impact on the functioning of the system and realise the alternatives we are fighting for with the involvement of all the people in the building of the action from the beginning. Possible way to engage by starting a collective game.

Boycott and disobedience campaigns are seen as crucial as well in order not to give our individual and collective support to their system. We talked about the experience of Toqueabankia blockade in Spain, the experience of Blockupy Frankfurt (blocking banks, deportation airports and unfair shops in Germany; struggles to regain the land in order to cultivate; experiences of occupation of empty buildings and turning them into shelters and social centres, cultural and political events in a very open, participatory, inclusive and horizontal way. Examples were:

  • Alternative and free shops, consumers groups,
  • International Boycott campaigns against occupation policies and transnational and economic powers
  • Actions to stop building of big project like fast train, bridges, expo, and others,
  • Blocking of infrastructures (digital & physical) in order to stop capitalist accumulation; by re-inventing the strike form.

Suggested next steps:

  • Building a Road to Dignity map, in order to visual the timeline towards and after the15O,  as a completely  open process where all people could join from their local squares  and add all the processes being planned (previous maps from 2011 and 2012)
  • Continue to build-up connections and interest at meetings and events leading up to and beyond 15O (see the list of events below)

The Occupy National Gathering Working Group (NGWG) and Via22 proposed to have the 3rd Transnational Open Space forum during the (Inter)Occupy National Gathering Global Convergence Day on 22 August. Besides the Open Space Forum between18.00 PM GMT-22.00 PM GMT there will be a round the clock online communication, media and global convergences.


The  Blockupy 2013 days of action were one step on the path towards becoming  part of a huge, common European and global movement. We want to  continue walking this path together with you: we want to talk about our  respective struggles, want to have a strategic debate about whether  Blockupy 2014 can be a common point of crystallisation, how we can  develop our collective strength, how to intervene into the situation,  how to create practical opportunities. To discuss all this, to make it  happen together with our friends, colleagues and comrades from all over  Europe, we therefore invite you a European Action Conference in  Frankfurt on the weekend October 25th to 27th. We want to have lively  discussions about strategies and approaches, want to kick off an  international and participatory European preparatory process for the  Blockupy mobilisation and against the planned opening of the new ECB in  2014.

  • 1–3 November:  2nd Agora99 transnational meeting in Rome 

Last year’s meetings web site: http://99agora.net/










NEXT MEETING WILL BE IN MUMBLE on 22 August, 18.00-22.00 GMT

Server: Occupy talk, Room: Open Space 

HOW TO JOIN MUMBLE: Download and install mumble: http://mumble.sourceforge.net/

Needs and suggestions from the meeting:

  •  Translators, facilitators, turn watchers (assist facilitator) note takers,
  • Report backs from other movements
  • Skill share of stories from other movements, even ones earlier to hear  what worked; report of tactics that worked on the streets, then record  and share widely
  • Mobile research project that has pieces that can be broken down and worked on by many in different countries

Think Globally, Act Locally, Live Glocally

Another World Now! 


#Occupy Gezi, #Occupy Taksim recopilation of informations, video, solidarity acts

https://www.rebelmouse.com/OccupyGezi/    Occupy Gezi in Rebelmouse 
http://twitter.com/15Mbcn_int International Comission Barcelona 15M
Pirate Party of Turkey @KorsanParti
https://www.rebelmouse.com/OccupyGezi/    Occupy Gezi in Rebelmouse 
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sngsng   — he also speaks English
Videos from Turkey: 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151510902558985  violence and brutality from Police
29th of May
30th of May Istanbul 
31st of May Istanbul 
1st June Istanbul 
2nd June Ankara 
2nd June Istanbul
Protesters storm NTV building in Maslak, Istanbul chanting. NTV, along  with other mainstream media, failed to cover the #direngeziparki  #direngeziparki events, http://bit.ly/10TdyLS
(in French)
De : asli torcu <aslitorcu@yahoo.com>
À : “aslitorcu@yahoo.com” <aslitorcu@yahoo.com> 
Envoyé le : Samedi 1 juin 2013 21h50
Objet : occupygezi-résistance
comme vous le savez, depuis quelques jours, il y a un mouvement de contestation en Turquie qui est débuté à Istanbul et pris l’ampleur dans tout le pays (vous trouverez son déroulement http://www.lemonde.fr/turquie/)
Les medias ne diffusent pas les informations et le peuple est face à une violence sans précedent. Je vous prie de diffuser autour de vous plus possible ces infos et apporter votre soutien. Résistance continue en ce moment. Vous trouverez ci-dessous quelques liens:
live streaming: http://www.vgtv.no/#!/video/65035/live-direktebilder-fra-istanbul- http://t.co/hJQRQIxH5f
J’essaye de diffuser plus possible sur ma page facebook (https://www.facebook.com/asli.torcu.3?ref=tn_tnmn) et sur twitter (aslitorcu)
Merci d’avance
00 33 (0) 6 67 46 57 43
00 90 (0) 532 610 52 16
  • Occupy London Statement of Solidarity May 2013
  • Solidarity from Armenia to Istanbul protesters
Solidarity Events:
1st of June 
  • Portugal, Lisbon: povo Português apoia Povo Turco em Lisboa Portuguese people supports Tu
  • Berlin Supports Istanbul
Chicago : 150 people
San DIego :
New York : 
  • manifestations in Düsseldorf,  Duisburg, Cologne (1500) ….
2nd June 
  • Toronto in Solidarity with Istanbul Gezi Parki Occupiers Sun. 2PM ET – 6 PM ET
  • Madrid; Spain 8 pm, in puerta del SOL  Madrid.  
Also 1st of june solidarity was expressed in the march  People United against Troika in the main speach and with banners 
  • punto+sol+alistream:
  • Wroclaw, Poland 3pm
  • Krakow (Cracow), Poland
  • Warszawa (Warsaw), Poland
  • Grenoble (France) : Solidarité avec Occupy Taksim dans le parc de la Villeneuve de Grenoble concerné par un projet de rénovation urbaine : http://on.fb.me/16D39Mi
  • Cologne (2)
3 June
  • Mexico City, Mexico, 12:00
4th June 
  • 19:00 Uhr Dortmund: Soli-Kundgebung für die Aufständischen im Gezi-Park in Istanbul
Tausende Menschen in der Türkei widersetzen sich den profitorientierten Plänen der herrschenden und besetzen seit dem 28. Mai den Gezi Park in Istanbul. Aus einer Besetzung wird einer der größten Aufstände der letzten Jahre. Zeigen wir unsere Solidarität mit den Aufständischen! Kundgebung. “Isyan! Devrim! Anarsi!” – “Aufstand! Revolution! Anarchie!“ – “Revolt! Revolution! Anarchy!” Anarchist*innen aus dem Ruhrgebiet
5th June 
  • Madrid 17h  in front of Turkey Embassy  Calle Rafael Calvo 18,  metro Ruben Darío 
Duman Eyvallah Tribute to Occupy Turkey

Meeting on 16th of May invitation

Next online meeting of GlobalSquare (also known as Occupy the WSF initiative) will be held on THursday 16th of May , 6pm GMT, 7pm UK, 8pm CET
Check your local time here: time zone converter (http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html)

The meeting will be on Mumble
Mumble  is a voice chat Open Source software
Location: Occupytalk.org server, Room: Assemblies & Round Tables  go to OPEN SPACE
How to join Mumble: http://www.global-square.net/how-to-join/

Facilitation  of the meetings start half an hour before.
If this is your first time  it can be good to join in earlier and try to fix possible  connection/sound problems. You are more than welcome to share this invitation in your networks!

The aim of this meeting is to discuss what is Globalsquare about, how we work and how we meet, what could be the future of this network

Concrete proposal as how to connect different international meeting as the 19th of May People of the world square in Madrid, the London workshop on 8th/9th june, the open assembly in Athens during the Alter summit and the 31M/1st of June will be discussed

For this reason will be very interesting to have people from all the world and from places where this events/actions/demonstrations and conference are taking place

We normally build the agenda collectivly so if you wold like to add some points to the thematic already been decided in the previous meeting fell free to do it in the pad of the meeting


Signs we use in the text chat during our mumble meetings:

WWWW or +1  = agree
MMMMM or -1   = disagree
****turn****        = ask for turn
+++++             = direct response
TTTTT               = technical point
#####           = please kindly try to conclude your intervention, I understood you :)

Some information about GlobalSquare
web site: http://www.global-square.net
Mailing list: You can subscribe here / vous pouvez vous inscrire ici:


All from Global Square in Tunis: http://titanpad.com/globalsquaresassembliesTunis

Mumble meeting: Open discussion about the future of the WSF, 3 May 2013, 19:00 GMT, 20:00 CET

babelsOpen discussion about the future of the WSF and possibilities to participate in the process for organising it

Following the participation of GlobalSquare to the World Social Forum in Tunis, we would like to discuss further the issue of the participation of individuals from the social movements in such events.
In particular with regards to the World Social Forum we will be discussing, the significance of such an event, if it is worth engaging in the organising process for the next one, and if so in what way.
We welcome also people who were not at the Forum to share their ideas and concerns by taking part in this online meeting, or adding comments to the pads :

Agenda & Minutes pad: http://titanpad.com/globalsquare11
Discussion pad: http://titanpad.com/Cc2DXOM7vW

(If we have time for it, we will also run through the international events planned in the next 2 months)

Friday 3rd of May at 7pm UK time, 8pm Continental Europe
Check local time here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Server: Occupytalk.org > Assemblies & roundtables > OPEN SPACE
How to join Mumble: http://www.global-square.net/how-to-join

FSM: un autre mensonge est possible

By Marouane originally published here

“You can fool some people sometimes, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.”
« يمكنك أن تخدع بعض الناس في بعض الأحيان، ولكنك لا تستطيع أن تخدع كل الناس كل الوقت ».
Bob Marley

L’édition tunisienne du FSM vient de se clôturer le 30 Mars dernier. C’était une expérience unique pour des associations, organisations et citoyens du monde entier se retrouver et d’établir les réseaux nécessaires pour alimenter leur engagement respectif. Dans ce texte, je m’intéresse au lien entre la situation actuelle en Tunisie et la tenue du FSM à Tunis.

Sans aucun doute, des personnes et des militants du monde entier sont venues à Tunis pour ‘essayer’ d’avoir une idée sur la ‘révolution’ en Tunisie et ses suites. Il n’est pas certain que la majorité d’entre eux aient pu entrer en contact avec les acteurs des premières lignes de la révolution, notamment les Tunisiens des quartiers défavorisés de Tunis ainsi que ceux des régions éloignées qui ont activement participé à la révolte populaire.

L’exclusion de ceux qui sont à la marge et des mouvements sociaux de base a toujours été un thème récurrent dans les forums sociaux mondiaux et le FSM 2013 n’a pas fait l’exception. S’il est clair que la participation au forum de Tunis a été massive, une grande majorité de Tunisiens n’ont pas pu y participer et encore moins y proposer des activités, ce qui est assez ironique vu que la conjoncture historique du moment devrait favoriser les échanges de savoirs et de pratiques à partir de ceux qui ont mené les révoltes populaires. Au lieu de cela, nous avons vu un déferlement de milliers d’associations et ONG, qui pour la plupart sont venues exposer leurs activités dans leur secteur bien défini, et sont restées incapables de sortir de leur domaine d’activité spécifique, et qui leur ai souvent dicté par les failles du système capitalise (droits de l’homme, droits des femmes, développement, éducation, dette, migration, etc). Si la pertinence et l’efficacité de ces ONG est discutable, l’impossibilité de dépasser cette approche sectorielle et de lutter pour le concept flou de ‘la justice sociale’, pose encore plus de problèmes.

Pour comprendre cette situation, des pistes de réflexions se retrouvent essentiellement dans le décalage existant entre ONG locales et internationales et les mouvements sociaux en processus révolutionnaire. Pour le premier groupe, il s’agit de réformer, d’encadrer, d’améliorer, de représenter, de démocratiser, de financer, etc. Alors que pour le deuxième, c’est plutôt confronter, réclamer, s’approprier, révolutionner, étaler les scandales, se battre, lutter, bloquer l’économie etc. Il ne s’agit pas seulement de capitalisme et mondialisation mais aussi du rapport à l’État.

Comme l’histoire nous le rappelle avec amertume, le 14 janvier 2011 a marqué le début de la ‘transition démocratique’; Ben Ali est parti mais son système est resté en place: le système policier, les différents ministères, les détenteurs cachés du pouvoir, etc. Très vite, un agenda de transition démocratique a été imposé au processus révolutionnaire en cours, créant une contestation populaire d’envergure (Kasbah) qui s’est estompé au bout de quelques mois. Clairement, beaucoup de Tunisiens voulaient continuer à en découdre avec le monstre qu’est devenu l’État tunisien: le système de répression, la corruption endémique, l’impérialisme économique subi, les politiques de sous-développement, etc. étaient discutés, analysés, déconstruites partout et par tout les tunisiens dans la rue et ailleurs, et ceci juste après la ‘révolution’.

Force est de constater que pendant le FSM, l’État Tunisien a été présent à travers ses différents ministères. Certains ont vu que le secteur touristique se réinventer en créant un nouveau type de tourisme : le tourisme militant, produit parfait pour relancer un tourisme low cost, profitant aux élites et exportant une image d’une Tunisie paisible et prête aux investisseurs étrangers, car la révolution est finie n’est-ce pas?. La Tunisie du jasmin, ca ne vous rappelle rien?

La présence massive des ministères de l’État a permis de vivre pendant une semaine dans un ‘Disney Land’, loin de la pauvreté, des marginaux, de la violence, etc. Un chauffeur de taxi m’a confié que la semaine du FSM lui rappelait le temps de Ben Ali quand le tourisme roulait bien. Mais quand il allait être presque arrêté par la police ce soir-là, il a rappelé que la présence policière pendant le FSM lui rappelait aussi le temps de Ben Ali… Sans commentaires… Un autre ami m’a confié que la présence massive des forces de sécurité dans un forum ‘social’ est un affront et fait revivre des traumatismes à ceux qui ont été victimes de répression de la part des ‘forces de l’ordre’ pendant la révolution et après…

Pour beaucoup, le processus de démocratisation post-14 Janvier 2011 a été contre-révolutionnaire. On pourrait en dire de même concernant le FSM 2013 à Tunis en ce qui concerne la ‘société civile’. Si le FSM a été peuplé d’ONG locales et internationales, cela veut aussi dire que les mouvements sociaux de base ont perdu une occasion historique de se connaître, de s’unifier et de reconnaitre leur ennemi commun : le capitalisme (et non pas seulement le néolibéralisme), l’État impuissant, ainsi que la colonisation économique, culturelle, celle de l’imaginaire ainsi que celle du rouleau-compresseur de la modernité et du progrès made in Occident. La NGOisiation de la ‘société civile’ est une facette du phénomène de ‘sociéte civile’, car les ONG peuvent être vues comme des émissaires du Capital et de l’État alors les mouvements sociaux ont par contre besoin de confronter le Capital et l’Etat. On peut voir se dessiner un schéma de colonisation basé sur un certain modèle de ‘société civile’ à l’occidentale qui institutionnalise les luttes, prétend les ‘représenter’ les marginaux, monopolise la parole et la présence médiatique et surtout suit un agenda conforme aux besoins des bailleurs de fonds internationaux, déresponsabilisant la ‘société civile’ locale face à ses priorités et ses choix pour suivre des politiques imposées. C’est une économie politique des luttes sociales qu’il faut absolument déconstruire car cette NGOisation va s’intensifier dans le future et surtout est un frein certain vers l’auto-détermination des peuples.

La colonisation se retrouve même dans les bases conceptuelles et historiques qui se réclament de l’humanisme, de l’universalisme, de la laïcité, du déterminisme, du racisme, de la science et du rationalisme essentiellement à la modernité européenne. Ceci équivaut généralement à renforcer l’idée que l’Occident a le monopole de la modernité, alors qu’il existe différentes modernités, éparpillées dans le temps dans d’espace des différentes civilisations. Dans le cas tunisien, la manière de voir et penser la politique ne pourra pas s’ancrer dans la réalité si la modernité arabo-musulmane n’est pas prise en compte dans toute sa diversité et complexité historiques et ontologiques. Cette autre modernité permettera la recherche d’autres alternatives dans la compréhension du capitalisme et sa déconstruction.

La spécificité du FSM 2013 est sa tenue dans un pays en processus révolutionnaire, et c’était une occasion ratée de poser des actions concrètes face à des problématiques urgentes afin de compléter les discours et ateliers du FSM. Il y a le dossier des réfugiés de Choucha, le prêt récent du FMI, le dossier de l’impunité de la police, etc. C’était une occasion rêvée de soutenir des mouvements sociaux en lutte et pourtant rien ne s’est passé.

Maintenant, décider si le forum est révolutionnaire ou réformiste parait futile après tout cela. Voici une proposition concrète : annuler la charte de porto alegre du FSM et lui donner un nouveau nom : Forum des Professionnels du Social, forum des ONG et de l’État, forum de l’État hôte (ajouter votre proposition dans cette page collaborative, n’hésitez pas à y contribuer : http://pad.tn/p/FroumName ).

De cette manière, on pourra arrêter de créer de nouvelles frustrations à chaque édition du forum et de laisser de la place à un nouvel imaginaire qui permettra de réellement renforcer les mouvements sociaux de base et d’entamer sérieusement un projet révolutionnaire, projet qui a déjà commencé en Tunisie en 2011. La grosse voiture polluante, basée sur de vieilles technolgies, pseudo-scientifique, encombrante et couteuse qui dit au monde entier qu’elle s’appelle vélo, reprendra alors son nom de voiture. Ce qui permet à ceux qui en ont besoin de bâtir un vélo léger, efficace, rapprochant les gens entre eux et luttant contre le capitalisme avec des moyens simples, locaux et ancrés dans la réalité. Au lieu d’utiliser les méthodes des maitres actuels du monde comme lors du sommet de Davos : un groupe restreint d’hommes blancs décide pour l’avenir de l’humanité dans un espace militarisé et ou tout est fait pour que ce soit un minimum ‘démocratique’, le FSM utilise les méthodes de Davos… A bon entendeur.

Un point de départ par exemple en Tunisie : les communautés de base restent pour la plupart des citoyens : le café, le hamam, la mosquée, le bar, le stade de football, le quartier, la famille petite et élargie etc. Autant d’endroits que les gestionnaires et ingénieur des ‘transformations sociales’ ignorent. L’obsession destructrice de distinguer le publique du privé ne fait que perpétuer les schémas de colonisation…

Le mensonge de la révolution tunisienne en a amené un nouveau, celui du FSM, qui rappelle au peuple tunisien et à tous les peuples en lutte qu’un autre mensonge est possible.

Why we occupied the World Social Forum

By Marisa, originally published here

At the Tunis meeting of the World Social Forum in March. (WNV/Marisa Holmes)

At the Tunis meeting of the World Social Forum in March. (WNV/Marisa Holmes)

At the eastern end of the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, in the center of Tunis, there is a giant clock tower that looms over all who pass. There I stood, on my first day in the city, with media activist Vlad Teichburg. He turned to me and said, “The revolution has come full circle.”

On Dec. 17, 2010, the Tunisian vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in the streets of Sidi Bouzid, sparking a wave of uprisings and revolutions throughout North Africa. I watched from a distance on social media in anticipation. That spring, the 15M movement began in Spain, and then came the call from Adbusters to “#occupywallstreet.”

Inspired by these movements, the organizers of the World Social Forum decided to meet in Tunis from March 26 to March 30, 2013. It was to be the first such convergence in an Arab country. The stated purpose was to work “for a collective reflection on social movements, on the meaning of new struggles, and on the World Social Forum process itself, as well as the perspectives and strategies for the future, so as to guarantee the effective fulfillment of another possible and urgent world for everyone.”

In this spirit I made my pilgrimage to Tunis. I wanted to reflect on new struggles, but what I found were inflexible and outmoded structures. It was only in the cracks — the spaces in between — that I found the possibility of another world.

The forum

In 2000, at the height of the alter-globalization movement, activists attempted to shut down the World Economic Forum at Davos but were derailed by the Swiss government. In light of this defeat, a coalition of Brazilian organizations with ties to the Workers Party and activists from ATTAC-France stepped away from direct confrontations and opted for a counter-summit in the global south in which NGOs, trade unions and social movements would come together. They called this event the World Social Forum.

The first forum was held in Porto Allegre, Brazil, in 2001 — inspired, in part, by the Zapatistas’ encuento meetings. Thousands of people came, twice as many as expected, and they self-organized with an open-space methodology. According to sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein, “What the first WSF demonstrated was that the forum model of horizontal discussion among movements worked and had positive political consequences.”

After that, a charter was written outlining the World Social Forum’s purpose, which included being an open, de-centralized, non-party and non-governmental space for cross-cultural exchange of experiences. In addition to the charter there was a desire to extend the planning process to other groups. Thus, an ad hoc body called the International Council was formed with representatives from over 100 NGOs and trade unions.

In subsequent years, the International Council became the de facto steering committee of the World Social Forum. The forum continued to meet regularly and grew in attendance, but it faced many challenges. Hosting tens of thousands of people from across the globe required mobility, coordination, cooperation of local governments and financial resources. As a result, organizations with ties to governments and access to large sums of corporate money were able to play a major role in the forum. This also meant that social movements — especially those that levied radical critiques or came from impoverished communities — were left with less leverage in the process.

At the 2007 World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, for instance, there were protests against its inaccessibility. The venue was located far outside the city, and the gates were guarded with military force. The radio transistors meant for translation did not work. Worst of all, the cost for entry was too high for most Kenyans to afford, and the fees for vendors precluded local businesses while favoring corporate contractors, including Coca-Cola.

Over the years, some progress has been made with regard to entry fees and translation, but the forum remains a contested space.

The occupation

Most of us who participated in the movement of squares — from Tahrir to Puerta del Sol to Zuccotti — had never met in person. I had the chance to meet a few of my counterparts at the Agora 99 meeting in Madrid and at Firenze 10+10, the most recent European Social Forum. Out of that experience came a group that planned to attend the World Social Forum in Tunis.

We saw an opportunity to coordinate with one another, to learn from our experiences and to open up the forum process. In the lead-up to Tunis we connected over e-mail, collaborative writing pads, and a series of Mumble conference-call meetings. Our stated purpose was to work “toward, around and beyond the WSF.” We called ourselves Global Square.

Rami Brahem speaks to the Global Square assembly at the World Social Forum in Tunis. (WNV/Marisa Holmes)

Rami Brahem speaks to the Global Square assembly at the World Social Forum in Tunis. (WNV/Marisa Holmes)

Upon arriving in Tunis we made our way to the forum site at University El Manar on the edge of the city. As a sprawling archipelago of buildings cordoned off with imposing green gates, it resembled a military compound more than a place of learning. Tunisian workers with WSF badges stood guard asking for our passes. The cost of registration was on a sliding scale according to region, favoring North Africans.

This arrangement was an improvement over the past, but to organize events within the forum required such things as tents, sound systems and translation equipment, all of which cost hundreds of euros. This prohibited low-income people and those with language barriers (such as Tunisians) from convening their own discussions. Instead, they could only attend meetings others had organized.

Global Square made contact with the commissions established by the International Council before the forum began. We were promised space for our events, tents, translation assistance and a free sound system. But none of this materialized.

Without even a place to meet, we decided to occupy a square inside the gates. We liberated tents that had been provided to the forum by the Saudi Royal Kingdom and UNCHR, the U.N. refugee agency. Another group friendly to Global Square offered us a sound system. In Occupy fashion, we improvised and self-organized to meet each other’s immediate needs. Shawn Carrié from Occupy Wall Street explained to passersby, “This is the first step. We set up camp. Tomorrow, the square will be filled with people.”

The square was located inside the Climate Space, where there were socially responsible and eco-friendly workshops sponsored by Petrobras, the Brazilian oil giant. The workshop led by Mova Brasil, a literacy project for young people and adults, for instance, was developed in direct partnership Petrobras.

Our occupied square, while a bit haphazard, had none of these corporate strings attached, and the result was a truly open space for cross-cultural dialogue. We could handle translation ourselves because we were an international group; every day we held open assemblies with translation available in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Arabic on an as-needed basis, and that seemed to work. We held workshops on facilitation, tactical media and open assemblies in which anyone could speak regardless of organizational affiliation.

On the second day a young Tunisian student from the university spoke of being tortured twice during the revolution. He said, “I am angry, and I just want to find people that feel the same way.”

Rami Brahem, a Tunisian activist working with Global Square, explained to me, “During this time at the WSF you are invited to conferences, where a man, rarely a woman, over 60 years, moves and speaks for three hours while you’re supposed to sit there, listening to them talk about things that you generally already know.”

“There is one exception in this forum,” he added, “and that is a small open space hosted by a group called Global Square, composed of people who share a common ideal they call ‘horizontality.’”

The table

After the forum, the International Council began a series of meetings to plan the future of the council and the World Social Forum. The meetings were held at the Hotel Majestic on Avenue de Paris in downtown Tunis. After experiencing the forum I wanted to see its organizers in person.

I made my way there on foot, dodging pushcarts and train cars. An example of art nouveau architecture, the Hotel Majestic had curved corners and sweeping terraces. A banner was draped elegantly over the entrance that read “Forever Majestic.”

The International Council of the World Social Forum meets in downtown Tunis. (WNV/Marisa Holmes)

The International Council of the World Social Forum meets in downtown Tunis. (WNV/Marisa Holmes)

After entering I was led by a security guard to the conference room. The room was arranged so that all International Council members were in the center around a boardroom table draped in white fabric and lit by chandeliers. It was made clear that only council members could speak; the rest of us could merely observe.

Many of the International Council members themselves have voiced criticisms of how it operates. Chico Whitaker, a Brazilian activist who helped organize the first World Social Forum, is one of the most prominent critics. He wrote a series of proposals for the council to review in preparation for Tunis. “As a body that does not ‘direct’ the Organizing Committees of each Forum, but exists above them, the IC carries with it an ambiguity that creates a permanent tension,” Whittaker wrote. “What I would like to propose is radical: in our next meeting, on the occasion of the WSF in Tunis in March 2013, decide to dissolve the IC.”

He then went even further and asked for the movement of squares — which he called the “New Movement” — to step up and resist the current process. He suggested, “The New Movement could even incorporate them (the IC) into its own strategy.”

At the International Council meeting there were hours of speeches by representatives of various trade unions and NGOs who all expressed their disappointment with not getting what they wanted out of the forum. Then Whitaker spoke and delivered his proposal — his self-described “bomb.” The facilitator cut him off, announced a lunch break and explained that the International Council members would eat first, followed by the rest of us.

After break, council members announced that they would allow people other than themselves to take turns speaking, so some participants in Global Square got on stack. They were placed at the very end and given three minutes each to speak. Saif, a 15-year-old Tunisian boy who had been coming to Global Square, said, “I just have one question: Why do the capitalists have an anti-capitalist forum?” Shortly thereafter, the meeting came to a close.

The virus

Some of us from Global Square remained in the room to debrief. We picked up microphones and pretended to be International Council members. We joked about forming committees for committees. Then, in a spontaneous act of occupation, we removed the table, rearranged the space and made a circle. The hotel workers were laughing along with us. They even helped out by checking the sound system.

The next morning the International Council members came and sat in the circle, giving no indication that the new format wasn’t intentional on their part. They made vague statements concerning the critiques made the day before, and then they went on with business as usual. They formed committees in which there was much discussion, but the only decision made was to meet again in six months at a location yet to be determined.

After returning home to New York, I am uncertain what the future holds for the World Social Forum. The convergence has been a catalyst for movements around the globe to connect for more than a decade. However, it continues to face many crippling problems.

If there is to be another World Social Forum, imbalances of power must be addressed much more deeply. It must be mobile and de-centralized, utilizing new technologies to broaden participation. Resource allocation must be critical and democratic. The roles and tasks of the organization must be made visible and accountable. Only then will the forum achieve a horizontal space.

It is clear, even to International Council members themselves, that a new direction is needed. But they are too comfortable in their current structures. Bringing about change will require them to face the contradictions of their own power. I hope that they take this opportunity to learn and grow from the “new movements” that inspired them to meet in Tunis in the first place.

I recently spoke with Rami Brahem again. He saw the desire for horizontality spreading more and more in his country. He told me, “The virus is everywhere!”


Mes impressions sur le FSM

By Rami
Tunis. Mars 2013. Nous sommes au forum social mondial où se déroule un rassemblement de gauchos socialo plus ou moins radicaux qui se posent encore et toujours la même question : Comment peut–on s’organiser tous ensemble ? Créer des réseaux ? Changer les choses ?
Pendant ce temps-là, vous êtes convié à des conférences où un homme (rarement une femme), de plus de 60 ans (sauf exceptions), s’installe et parle pendant 3heures pendant que vous êtes censé resté là, à l’écouter parler de choses qui vous semblent généralement secondaires ou que vous saviez déjà. Mais c’est l’occasion de faire des rencontres, approfondir une expérience, faire la fête ou simplement changer d’air.
Il y a cependant une exception dans ce forum « social » « mondial ». Un petit espace ouvert accueille un groupe appelé GlobalSquare, composé de personnes qui partagent un idéal commun qu’ils appellent « l’horizontalité ».  
Ils organisent des assemblées ouvertes où chacun peut s’exprimer et décider des sujets à aborder, ainsi que des workshops thématiques participatifs. Parmi les activistes présents, certains ont vécu les débuts du mouvement du 15Mai, qu’on appelle les indignés, et d’autres ceux d’Occupy Wall Street ou d’Occupy London. Mais le virus est partout : Grecs, néerlandais, tunisiens, brésiliens, chacun vient partager ses expériences horizontales, ses critiques, ses espoirs.
A mesure que le nombre de participants s’accroit, l’esprit qui les rassemblent change de nom au gré des envies : il passe de celui de démocratie directe à celui d’anarchie, voire de communisme pour les plus audacieux. Tout le monde veut se l’approprier ! Mais il appartient à tous et ‘horizontal’ semble faire consensus. A mesure que je discute avec les autres activistes, je redécouvre alors de la bouche de Shawn, l’un des actifs du mouvement d’Occupy Wall St, un mot indéfini que j’osais à peine prononcer : Les horizontalistes.
Bien que les participants du FSM soient pour la plupart satisfait de découvrir un lieu où ils peuvent s’exprimer avec tous, passant ainsi du rôle de spectateur à celui d’acteur,  une participante me fait une remarque intéressante à la suite de la première assemblée : « Dans les ateliers classiques, il n’y a aucune participation et aucun partage, on s’y ennuie, tandis qu’ici, il y a tellement de participation qu’on ne va pas discuter en profondeur de quoi que ce soit et qu’on n’arrive nulle part ».
Qu’à cela ne tienne ! Le lendemain, l’assemblée se répartit en sous-groupes où les discussions peuvent être plus approfondies et le surlendemain, on arrive sur du travail concret et une proposition d’action. On entend des discours émouvants, les cœurs s’expriment, on quitte l’enceinte du forum pour rejoindre la rue et organiser une assemblée directement avec les tunisiens. 
Ces expériences de dialogue et de partage sont précieuses et enrichissantes pour nous mais une frustration flotte dans l’air. Le lendemain reste incertain. Les discussions les plus intéressantes n’ont pas lieu à mes yeux dans les assemblées, mais plutôt entre les activistes des différents mouvements ‘horizontaux’ qui échangent sur ces mêmes questions que tous semblent partager. L’avenir ? S’organiser ? S’unir ?
Et puis, qu’en est-il de ce nouveau mot à la fois ancien et nouveau que personne n’ose définir, puisque ce ne serait pas ‘horizontal’ de définir l’horizontalité étant donné que tous doivent décider de ce qui concerne tout le monde ; et que chacun semble avoir sa propre vision de ce qu’est l’horizontalité et de ce qui la caractérise.
C’est pour moi l’objet d’une frustration hors norme. Il me semble que le temps est venu d’apporter à un large public une alternative à ce système qui soit concrète, pratique et viable. Un espoir que nous pourrions tous partager. Pour cela, encore faudrait-il nous mettre d’accord sur le concept d’horizontalité et dépasser des formes simplifiées d’organisations pour en arriver à la réponse que tout le monde attend.

Rami Brahem