Public Group on Global Square website to prepare the workshop
General objective of the workshop is to evaluate the recent experiences of networking and solidarity between, on the one hand, the horizontal square movements, free information movements, student movements, indigenous movements and so on, and on the other more vertical political groups and institutions like progressive unions, NGOs and civil society organisations.
We would like to pay particular attention on the new experiences of solidarity that has put forward an emancipatory vision instead of or together with a vision of positive changes within the existing system. Important examples were Spanish, Greek, UK, and 14N general strikes in Europe, Oakland, West Coast, May 1st general strikes and Walmart strikes where students, artists, hackers, IWW or other unions’ members, Occupy activists have closely collaborated. These are only several among many interactions happening between rank and file labour activists, community and union organisers and activists from new horizontal grass-roots movements in recent years. Besides there have been many factory, work place, hospital, university, public space occupations we need to learn from.
There is a significant knowledge created through such experiences that is essential for our walk to dignity, in order to see possibilities for alliances that could harmonise many struggles to create better worlds. We would like to contribute to the on-going exchanges by opening this space during the World Social Forum in Tunis, where various activists from different generations, regions and movements will meet each other