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Title: Reclaim the Fields = European Camp To Cultivate Alternatives
Location: Minerve (France)
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Description: The young people of European Coordination of Via Campesina are organizing an European camp to gather people who wish to settle in agriculture, who are young peasants, landless peasants and/or who want to recover food sovereignty.
The growing global crisis on farming, climate, energy, biodiversity and societies has a great impact on billions of people’s lives. This crisis is tightly linked to the replacement of sustainable small-scale farming by industrial and corporate ways of production and consumption. Just as numerous billions have been given to the banks over the last year, the support of governments for neo-liberal policies continue to annihilate small-scale farming and peasantry all over the world. These policies destroy ways of life which have proved to maintain a harmonious link between human beings and their environment. In Europe these driving forces almost bring small-scale farming and peasantry to the point of extinction by making it difficult for settled peasants to survive and for young farmers to settle.
We want to be peasants to regain control over our lives and to put our values into practice. By cultivating we show our involvement in our land, environment and with the people, in our neighbourhood or in a faraway countries, with whom we share life on this little planet. In this way we help to secure a future for generations to come. We can put an end to the devastating process by strengthening the position of young peasants, re localizing the economy and using our creativity to create a vigorous and sustainable European countryside. A future in Europe is only possible if there are many new and young peasants!
There are a lot of struggles that we need to strengthen: for access to land, for fair agricultural prices, for the social recognition of farmers, against the domination of the industrial farming model and for fair agricultural policies. We want to gather to empower ourselves and make it possible for those who want to farm to do so.
The camp is open for young peasants and for those who are interested to become a peasant. You are warmly invited to come to exchange and share your experiences and to get inspired by those of others. There will be a wide variety of practical, political and theoretical workshops on access to land, urban farming, agricultural policies, agro-ecology, consumer-producer-alliances and more issues. You are welcome to contribute to the program with your own workshop: please let us know by filling-up the form on the website and by sending it to us before the 15th of September.
The camp takes place on a collective farm in southern France. It will be organized with the help of all the participants of the camp. A daily assembly will organize the life in the camp, like the collective kitchen, cleaning and announcements on the program. You will be asked for a small contribution for the meals and accommodation.
For further practical information please see the website www.reclaimthefields.org
If you wish to receive more information or get involved, please contact: email@example.com
Title: PARK(ing) Day 2009
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Description: Originally created by Rebar, San Francisco art and design collective, PARK(ing) Day is an annual, one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens independently but simultaneously temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.
Anyone can participate in PARK(ing) Day, though it is strictly a non-commercial project, intended to promote creativity, civic engagement, critical thinking, unscripted social interactions, generosity and play.
Title: CALL-OUT DAYS OF ACTION 2009 Squat-meet-up
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Description: This is a call out to people involved in squats and autonomous spaces for 2 days of direct action on the 18th & 19th of September 2009 around housing and the creation of more autonomous spaces at this time of crisis.
As the global economy grinds to a halt so too do the big capital development projects, luxury apartment blocks and shopping complexes that have threatened us with displacement for so long.
Meanwhile, this new round of crisis capitalism leaves thousands out of work, buried in debt and facing immanent home repossession. Instead of housing the homeless in these empties or canceling the debts of millions governments pump billions into the banks to save this rotten system and violently repress those that resist.
As a movement we have been on the back-foot for too long – now its time to start taking things back – to kick capitalism while its down and liberate the land from privatised enclosure; to take housing and create space where we can live outside of monetary exchange, share skills acquired through struggle thus far and reach out beyond our practiced modes of resistance to a proactive attack.
From Dijon to Berlin to the thousands of places where actions took place in defence of squats and autonomous spaces in April 2008 a process has begun, new groups have formed, networks grown, and more people have become involved. As a movement we recognise that power and domination must be contested at multiple sites – this is beauty of our mode of struggle and why we call for decentralised, coordinated and confrontational action on the on the 18th & 19th of September 2009.
ORGANISE YOUR RAGE – OCCUPY, RESIST, CREATE!
« (…) tenemos que ponerlo claro ahora. El capitalismo sobrevivirá la crisis. Pero el mundo no sobrevivirá otra vuelta del capitalismo. »
El domingo 11 de octubre tendrá lugar en Lieja un campo de las alternativas, ocupando durante un día el espacio público en la ciudad (esplanade St Léonard). Este campo será una ocasión de encontrarnos para compartir nuestras alternativas y coordinar las movilizaciones para la instauración de un modelo de ruptura, hacia un desarrollo socialmente equitativo y ecológicamente sostenible.