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Status: 16th August 2015
The program is a work in progress and will be updated regularly in the next weeks. All the workshop and event details will follow. The final program with all the details and workshops descriptions will be printed as a booklet and distributed in the camp. If you want to contribute with own workshops, according to the main topics, feel free to contact us. The program group will than get in touch with you.
Sunday 16 August to Tuesday 18 August
Tuesday 18th August
20:00 First Camp-assembly
– Introduction to local struggle in Chalkidiki and to the city
– Presentation of program and technical details
22:00 Bar opening and party
Wednesday 19th August
First day of discussions: Struggles in times of crisis
15:00 Assembly1: Social struggles in times of crisis (VIO.ME, ERT3, ... )
The last years we saw a wave of social struggles coming up – in different corners of Europe and the world. It is clear that the restistance to the ongoing crisis management of capitalism and the destruction of the social, ecology and the common brought together many individuals together to a common cause. It made visible what many thought does not exist – especially in the isolated autonomous and antiauthoritarian movements. Many struggles surprised us! Some of them also developed into social movements, some of them brought up practices that were adapted by different movements in different regions. And many of them showed up chances but also limits. With chances we mean the meet-up of social struggles with antiauthoritarian groups and movement, the opening to society, the developping of offensive strategies. With limits we mean not leaving the classical backgrounds of politics, the trust in false syndicalism or in old fashioned left ideas. In Spain from defending against house eviction the people went one step further and began to occupy houses. In Greece from the defeat of mass gatherings, people went to the self organization of life and work. In Turkey in the struggle of Gezi park the ecological question met social and gender dimensions. In general there was a development of defensive into offensive struggles, from mass movements to self organization, and the leaving of one dimensional views on society.
In the assembly about social struggles we want to take a closer look on what is the actual situation. By beginning with the presentation of different struggles in Greece, like the fight for public media or the occupied factory VIO.ME, we want to continue with reports from different regions and then together talk about the limits and chances of social struggles.
Assembly2: Ecosocial struggles - Presentation and coming together of different initiatives from different regions (Chalkdiki, Ecological struggles in Turkey and Cyprus, No TAV, Gezi park movement, COP21, ...)
The word “crisis” has become a buzzword used to justify and cover-up actions of governments but also those of corporations that would have otherwise been received with stronger objections by groups such as local communities, civil society and social movements. In this context, ecological “crises” should be understood as developments linked to conscious political and administrative decisions, which are to be framed within a system of capitalist accumulation, social hierarchy, political domination and environmental degradation. And this is what we are witnessing this today as we are confronted by numerous large-scale ‘development’ projects that are promoted under the pretext of the capitalist financial crisis. The open-pit gold mines in Skouries in Greece and Rosia Montana in Romania, the hydrocarbon extraction projects in Cyprus, forest coal mines in Hambach in Germany, the high speed railway in Val di Susa in Italy, the second airport at Nantes in France, the second football stadium in Lyon in France, a new dam in Sivens in France; all these are promoted with the TINA argument, and the need for growth and jobs.
This assembly will present different actual struggles and begin to dischuss the ways in which today’s crisis of today’s so-called democracy, an offspring of the neoliberal paradigm, is being used as an excuse to legitimize ecological destruction and the appropriation of our commons, and our environmental and social rights.
17:00 Assembly: Gender struggles
Power that is generated between genders is parrallel to the rest of the dominant forces within our reality, a matter that we as antiauthoritarian should address. Heteronormative classification of human beings creates exclusions to the -non male, -non heterosexuals, non white, -non cis. Heteronormative naratives makes gender categories creating through oppressive regimes non-normal minorities that are excluded. We consider that within the groups of Beyond Europe and the antiauthoritarian groups in general this matter has not been extensively discussed. Why is this so?
The issue of gender cannot be discussed independently, without reference to the capitalist system, to the ways social domains are being constructed: domains of subjected/abjected beings on the cruel grounds of certain criteria, it exposes the dependence of capitalism on the patriarchal paradigm, how neoliberalism *embraced* gender equality in certain ways, the question of ecofeminism as an alternative perspective of the world, based on the refusal of the schism nature / human and the inclusion of all the trends that were characterized as ‘those of a minority’ under the sovereignty of a system of established bipolarities.
This workshop comes to address a range of issues in gender struggles from everyday concerns withing our groups and struggles to the industrialization of the “Pride” marches and the 8th of March.
20:00 Discussion-event: Ecology and anticapitalism
Ecological crises are directly linked to capitalism. The destruction of forests in search of gold and coal, the appropriation of the sea for hydrocarbon extraction, the pollution of the land and water with fracking, the demolition of mountains for high speed railways, the blockades of our river with new dams. All these are projects that aim to create more profit for some, whilst convincing us that they are being created in order to ensure that we are able to continue our lifestyles. Thus, ecological “crises” should on one hand be understood as developments linked to conscious political and administrative decisions of state and capital, that aim to feed a system of capitalist accumulation, but are also being presented as conditional if we want to have jobs in terms of “social justice” / and live in luxury – “social progress”.
However, ecological struggles are not always linked with capitalism. Ecologists often say that ecology is nor left or right but center. That is however a dangerous path to take. De-politicizing ecological struggles are replaced by techno-managerial planning and expert management – what has come to be known as sustainable development and “green economy”. Those who counter these ideas are labelled as ‘extreme’ and ‘radicals’.
This last event of the first day will have as its overarching concern a discussion on how can we ensure an anticapitalist narrative within the ecological struggles. We are asking for our comrades from different groups to share how they ensure this anticapitalist narrative. From self-organisation, commons and degrowth, to critiquing the state and the promotion of civil disobedience. How can we learn from each other and what are the prospects for a pan-European collaboration based on shared perception of the issues and what would a common anticapitalist practice, for example at the COP21 in Paris, look like.
Thursday 20th August
10:00 Mountain walk
10:00 Mountain walk
With our cars and vehicles we will drive to the mountain of #skouries, where the local citizens will show us the construction site of the gold mines and explain the struggle against it. After this we will arrive at the village Megali Panagia, where food is waiting for us and different events will take place. The days before the walk there will be the possibility to register for this trip in order to organize the transport.
17:00 Workshop: On left reformism and the relation to social movements
20:00 Event at Megali Panagia: On self-organization and commons
The use of pellets as a communal energy resource, stockbreeding, water and micro-dams for communal management of water resources. The goal of the event is to discuss with the local community of Megali Panagia about possibilities of self-organization and developpment of commons.
(in Greek with English translation)
Parallel: Workshop: On German imperialism
What is the german reason of state? What is the german relation to US
Imperialism? What is the german plan with the Euro? Why demands Germany
the total subjugation of Greece and the cruel impoverishment of the
greek working class? Why do I call that Imperialism and what is that?
These could be some questions we could talk about in the workshop. I
would write a paper with thesis’s. Organized by “Groups against Capital and Nation”
Parallel: Theatre: “Mama superfreak” from Dario Fo (only in Greek)
Friday 21st August
Second day of discussions: Exchange of political practices
With the arise of the financial and europe crisis in 2007/2008 and the following cut-backs all over europe (but especially within southern European contries) self-organisations developed on a wide-scale. But these organisations were more than just first-aid or charity (and self-organisation projects were also there before the crisis). They are a specific form of resistance, that is seen to be all over the world, with its difference in the specific political context. From growing your own food, to organising against your local far-rights, from stopping forced evictions to fighting against sexism and the invisibility of reproductive work. Self-organised local and everyday movements are more than just a necessary in the everyday battle against the prevalent order.
We want to discuss why and with what strategies everyday struggles are building up to the fight against the current status quo. We want to start an exchange about different strategies and look for coherences from an intersectional perspective.
To take the time and critically self-reflect appearing problems, open questions, dilemmata and experiences of failure in our practical local fighting.Hopefully we will learn from one another, be able to see differences and similarities in our local struggles and analyse them.
We also want to try and link these struggles to transnational politics. Where can one see possibilities that goe beyond symbolism? How are other forms and a different political practice maybe helpful, e.g. campaign politics, to build up pressure?
Input/ technical details of the workshops
The workshops will be divided in five different groups with a specific topic:
1. Feminism & crisis of reproduction
2. Antifascism & right populism
3. Right to the city & social center
4. Ecological struggles
5. Class struggles
In the beginning, we would like to give a short welcome and introduction to the workshop and then start with talking about the specific national and political contexts these struggle take place, to get a short overview of the starting position of the struggle. That means we are probably going to have different groups talking to one another about the current situation in their national context, we will have questions prepared.
We then would like to start with two Inputs of 10 minutes (meaning two different examples of which yours would be one) of specific struggles to start the discussion and the exchange of experience with.
organized by Kritik&Praxis Frankfurt
14:00 Workshops phase one
16:00 Workshops phase two
18:00 Football game Akanthos Ierissos vs. Beyond Europe team – at the local football stadium
20:30 Event in Ierissos on the actual situation in Greece and the relation of social movements to left parties of new type
with ANTARSYA, Syriza, Antiauthoritarian Movement and the local community of Chalkidiki – in Greek with English translation
21:30 Theatre: “The monkey” from Kafka (only in Greek)
23:00 Festivity in Ierissos
Saturday 22nd August
Third day of discussions: Fortress Europe, racism and nationalism – organized by TOP B3rlin
15:00 First workshop zone: Theoretical approach - Common workshops on racism, state and nation
1. Why there can’t be a capitalist society without racism.
This workshop deals with racism as an ideological construct, which is used to justify and strengthen exploitation and suppression within society. We want to discuss to what extent racism, state and nation are connected to each other and why there can’t be a capitalist society without racism.
2. Questioning the State
Is the modern state a repressive instrument of the ruling class? A necessary and rational tool only in the wrong hands? Does the state need to be captured – or destroyed? And how has the relationship between bourgeois state and capitalist economy to be thought? In this workshop members of umsGanze! present their thesis on the “form-specific” character of modern power and domination. We want to discuss different approaches towards the state and ask for the relevance for the anticapitalist movement.
3. Nationalism and why antinational
This workshop will argue, that firstly all explanations and myths of the nation have no scientific ground and are pure forms ideology and secondly why and how nationalism is demanding and organizing domination and so every program of “national liberation” is the opposite of emancipation.
17:00 Second workshop zone: Practical approach - Presentations of antiracist struggles
In this practical approach we want to inform each other about the challenges and current status of refugee struggles and the role of the radical left in different areas of Europe. Also we want to discuss possibilities of transnational networking and coordinate collective struggles against fortress Europe.
20:00 Assembly: The struggle against fortress Europe – How do we tear down the walls?
Sunday 23rd August
11:00 Demonstration at the mountain of Skouries
22:00 Electronical party with Stanley Schmidt (DJ and Producer of Housemusic. He is resident DJ of Homopatik, hosted by the ://about blank, Berlin and co-founder of Rivulet Records.)
Monday 24th August
Fourth day of discussions: Transnational organization and networking
15:00 First workshop zone
1. New internationalism
2. Perspectives of Blockupy and transnational crisis protests
3. Transnational social strike
4. COP21 in Paris and the action concept Climate Games
5. Presentation of Beyond Europe
17:00 Assembly and common workshops: Reflection and perspectives of Beyond Europe
This is the reflectional part for what happened so far on the camp, especially give space to talk about the discussions and action of the day before. We will give an input and make clear, that especially with today’s focus of (new) internationalism we want to elaborate what this whole camp could contribute. This will be either an open assembly or divided into smaller working groups after the input and synthesized in the end again.
20:00 Assembly: Organizing practical solidarity with Rojava
In the final panel of the camp we want to deal with a very concrete and urgent matter of transnational networking and international solidarity: the Kurdish movement. From the establishment of the self-organised regions around Rojava till their existential war against ISIL and recently the Turkish government – there have been more than enough opportunities for the European (antiauthoritarian) left to show solidarity, orientating literally BEYOND EUROPE. There have been several demonstrations and actions around Turkish embassies, but is that all of solidarity we have? In this discussion with comrades from the Kurdish movement and between different solidarity committees in Europe we want to elaborate the question, how to go further and make transnational networking practice, when it is really needed.
Tuesday 25th August
11:00 Final good-bye assembly
13:00 Deconstruction camp