ARM IN ARM – letter to the Occupy Movement(s) and institutionalised political organisations

At the end of March Italian organisation ESC, the Occupy Geneva collective from Switzerland and Polish organisation Political Critique which me and Artur are members of met in Rome to develop the ide of interactions and collaborations between the Occupy Movement(s) and the institutionalised political organisations in the common strugles. After the meeting we agreed on composing the common document in the form of the short letter which I am happy to present you as the point of departure for the next possible interactions.
Our friends from Italy and Switzerland will attend the opening days of the Biennale so we have an occasion to discuss the possibilities of including ESC and OG in our actions in Berlin. I believe something good can come out of it.
In order to start the practical interactions between the Movement(s), ESC and Political Critique I will address the Autunomous University working group with the proposal to be discussed of including the Political Critique debates that were planed to happen in the duration of the Biennale in the AU programme. I will also come up with the idea to plan the meeting later on dedicated to the issue of the interactions between the Occupy Movement(s) and the institutionalised political organisations including the guests from ESC.
But now – please let me share with you the short letter we composed after the Roman meeting and please – feel free to give me/us the feedback on what you feel about the issuea of collaboration between the Movement(s) and the organisations and on what you feel about the possibilities to practically develop this idea in Berlin in the duration of the Biennale.
Hugs to all of you, igorro
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Arm in arm
The letter to the Occupy Movement(s) activists and the institutionalised political organisations written by ESC (Italy), Occupy Geneva (Switzerland) and Political Critique (Poland).
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Since the Spring last year the social struggles against the economical inequalities and against the contemporary forms of representational democracy which are no more effective towards executing the will of the citizens stepped into the new dynamics.
The Indignados, the Occupy Movement(s) and many other new initiatives which appeared active in the period of last year took the streets and the squares of the cities all around the world to act for increasing the level of the people’s participation in the political decisions-making process through establishing direct democratic practices which are aimed to affect also the economical factor and stop it from deepening the social-economical stratifications.
The global outreach of the Movement’s actions and the new forms the Movement introduces concerning  the human relationships, the social bonds and the democratic procedures meet the ongoing struggles the already existing institutionalised political organisations lead to accomplish the same goals regarding the quality of the future individual and common lives.
Although the two dynamics – of the Movement and of the institutionalised political organisations – until now have rarely combined to empower each other in order to enlarge the effectiveness of the common struggle, we believe that the similarities of the goals and the common roots regarding the vision of the equal and just societies we share, invite us to act arm in arm to achieve the aims we are fighting for together.
The representatives of the Polish organisation Political Critique, of the Italian collective ESC and the activists of Occupy Geneva from Switzerland met in Rome on March 23-24, 2012. We spent two days together getting to know each other, sharing our experiences and knowledge regarding the practical functioning of the Movement and of our organisations and the general approaches towards the basic issues related to the mechanisms which rule the contemporary world. We discussed the differences and similarities between the three of us. In order to also practically share the know hows of accomplishing the political actions we improvised the protest in front of the Ukrainian embassy in Rome against the acts of censorship on arts which have recently happened in Ukraine. And most of all – we created the direct bonds between each other followed by the mutual understanding and the strong will to collaborate together in the future.
In the duration of our meeting we have arrived to the conclusion that many of the concerns which might evoke the distance between the Occupy Movement(s) practitioners and the institutionalised political organisation’s activists are due to the lack of the direct relationships between us. Other concerns – which often eventuate from the differences of the methods implemented by us to proceed with our social struggles – could be easily overworked through the permanent common interactions: through the active presence of the institutionalised political organisations’ activists in the structures of the Occupy Movement (in it’s committees, commissions, camps and assemblies) and – on the other hand – through affecting the effectiveness of the actions initiated by the institutionalised political organisations by the Movement’s practitioners via supporting them with the experiences related to the continuous interactive social actions of the global outreach.
We – the Political Critique, ESC and Occupy Geneva address both – the activists of the Occupy Movement(s) all over the world and the institutionalised political organisations – to ask for the effort of stepping into the process of the vital interactions and collaborations in order to combine the dynamics of our practices and increase the social-political effectiveness of achieving the goals to establish the values we are commonly standing for. We believe that the example of what had happened between us in Rome proves the great possibility and chance to combine the dynamics of the Occupy Movement(s) and the institutionalised political organisations which put together might become the undefeated power against inequalities and lacks of the political representation we are all experiencing and actively opposing against.
ESC (Italy)
Occupy Geneva (Switzerland)
Political Critique (Poland)
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Information:
The meeting in Rome was supported by the Swiss Institute as the part of the solidarity action with the 7. Berlin Biennale which will last from April, 27 till July, 1. In the duration of the Biennale the groups from the Indignados/Occupy Movement from Germany, Spain, Netherlands, United States and other countries will act together in Berlin. We intent as the next step to develop the possible collaboration between the Occupy Movement(s) and the institutionalised political organisations to meet in Berlin and to repeat the Roman meeting in the larger scale with other groups of the Movement and other political organisations.
Source: email at BB7 mailing list.
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We are just like you, citizens of the world fed up with the critical situation and we believe a real change can be achieved through the coordination of non violent actions and self-managed alternatives around the world. There must be a better way of dealing with the survival and enjoyment of our life, we believe in consensus and in non-hierarchical organization. We believe that another world is possible, where nobody has to die of hunger while others throw food away. We don’t have flags and we fight the borders crossing them. We try to be in the best place at the good moment, from Brussels to Lisbon, from Madrid to Athens, reporting but also acting. We come from activist groups, hacking platforms or post capitalist projects and we participated a lot in the Spanish revolution since the beginning. We leave our respective assemblies for this international project of global coordination but we keep in touch, sending back information and visiting regularly. We are open to integrate new people to our project or to help the creation of new teams. More information about our way to work in the protocol.

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