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Shared debates, panels, events
Thursday | 20th November | 8 p.m. Gewerkschaftshaus | Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 69-77 Wilhelm-Leuschner-Saal
Power and its location –
A walk through a leftist Europe
Beginning with the occupations of public places in 2011 coun- tries like Spain and Greece have experienced a new increase in leftist movements’ activities. So far the depiction of resistance in the media has been dominated by social creativity and social formations, today left-wing parties and more movement like ac- tors such as Syriza and Podemos have gained much attention in public debates. With their success, pivotal arguments of left thought and discussion rise and come into focus once again: What do we do with power, how to think and act when being involved in state and government? How to raise the question
of power appropriately? What is the significance of all this for our dreams? And what does the term ‚radical social left‘ imply today?
On Thursday, Blockupy will start the festival and along with much else, bring up these considerations. They concern us, they concern Europe! We need and want to start a discussi- on whether or not a transnational political strategy between movement, parliament and government exists as of now and ultimately, how to realize this vision. We gladly invite and encourage all of you to participate in the upcoming events and discussions.
Guest speaker: Costas Douzinas (University of London). Panel discussion following Sandro Mezzadra (Euronomade) and Andrea Ypsilanti (Institut Solidarische Moderne)
Chair: Margarita Tsomou
Co-organized by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Language: German/English (simultaneous translation)
Pub evening at Knobbe
Stadtteilinitiative Koblenzer Straße (SIKS) | Gallus quarter | Koblenzer Straße 9
Friday | 21st November | 9:30-9:45 Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstraße 26-28 | Festsaal
Welcome / Organisational information
Friday | 21st November | 4:30-6 p.m. Haus der Jugend | Deutschherrnufer 12 | Großer Saal
The assembly serves the purpose of discussing our march to the ECB on Saturday. Furthermore we will reflect on the start of the festival and collect fixed dates of resistance against the crisis regime.
Language: German/English (simultaneous translation)
Friday | 21st November | 8 p.m. Haus der Jugend | Deutschherrnufer 12 | Großer Saal
Seven years of Crisis in Europe – Con- troversial Explanations and Perspecti- ves
How to explain the enduring crisis in Europe? Which contra- dictions are shaping the European integration in its present form? Has Germany‘s strategy to cut wages undermined the competitiveness of its European neighbours as some in the Left and in trade unions suggest? Are countries with trade deficits non-competitive because of their too high wages as stated
by liberal and conservative voices? Of what importance is the ‚financialisation‘ of capitalism? And, especially: Which ways could possibly lead out of the crisis? Which strategies should emancipatory actors pursue?
Pannel Discussion with Ulrike Herrmann (taz) and Jannis Milios (TU Athen, Syriza)
Chair: Thomas Sablowski (Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung) Co-organized by Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Language: German/English (simultaneous translation)
Festival goes Gallus pub night at HoRsT with music Bunny Rbbt. & Boki Zdrav – Drinks & Soup!
HoRsT | Kleyerstraße 15 | Trainstation: Galluswarte www.horst-ffm.de
Saturday | 22nd November | 9:30-9:45 Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstraße 26-28, Festsaal
Welcome / Organisational information
Sunday | 23rd November | 2 – 4 p.m. Stu- dierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Bockenheim | Mertonstraße 26-28 | Festsaal
This closing plenum serves to merge the debates out of the five central working groups and to present proposals for further actions. Additionally we will discuss and arrange our next steps for the “day x” mobilization against the new ECB.
Language: German/English (simultaneous translation)
March to the new ecb – we help with the move!
Saturday | 22nd November | 2 p.m. Paulsplatz | City Center
Image of Action:
# act – Crossing borders
While our colleagues, friends and comrades in southern Europe are still rebelling against the impoverishment policies of the Troika regime, the ECB is moving into its new palace. Blocku- py will be out on the streets. We ourselves will help with the relocation of the new ECB by symbolically returning to it all that which belongs on the scrapheap of history – in and with nume- rous packing cases. Because we are neither in need of racist
or sexist separation, pauperization, the privatization of public funds or goods nor the waging of wars for securing resources – this rubbish will be returned by us.
We will help with the move and carry our critique to its front doors, run to its gates and to the fence, behind which they entrench themselves. We will be there, at the ECB, together with many activists from European groups, organizations and networks. We think and act with creative forms of civil disobe- dience, defying all fences. There will be no smooth relocation and no trouble-free crisis policy with us!
Consensus of Action:
The march to the new ECB building is, as an announced and registered demonstration, part of the Blockupy festival #talk #dance #act.
Blockupy is existing because of active international partici- pation and views itself as part of the international resistance against the European crisis regime. We act in solidarity with all, who share our goal to resist the authoritarian crisis manage- ment and Troika policy, to defend the democratic and social rights of employees and all those who are affected by unemplo- yment or increasing precarious working conditions in Europe. We explicitly refuse reactionary or racist positions.
The march to the ECB is described in the image of action.
In doing so the packing cases will be making the rubbish of austerity politics quite obvious. We are protesting against the scandalous and constraining policies of the city and police in case of the Blockupy demonstrations in 2013 and against the violent intrusion into the freedom of assembly by the Frankfurt encirclement. By this we connect to the solidarity demonstrati- on of the „Frankfurter Stadtgesellschaft“ for the defence of the right of assembly in June 2013. We say: „If you think, you need to check daypacks on assemblies and prohibit umbrellas, then we will be returning with umbrellas and cardboards!“
Together with many different people we will conduct our march announced and in public. During the march and the protests
in front of the ECB we want to create a situation, which is
both transparent and allows participants to support and care for each other in solidarity. We will start and end the march together. We cannot preclude an encounter with the police. Perhaps police forces will try to keep us away from the new building of the ECB. Where necessary, we will float through or around police chains to get to our destination. There will be no escalation deriving from our behalf. Some of us will make use of their right to physical integrity by wearing materials to cover and defend their bodies.
Central working groups, scheduled for 3 days
We want to make use of the Blockupy festival to discuss the most important strategic problems that have emerged in the social and political struggles of the recent years in the five wor- king groups which are scheduled for three days. While specific questions, which are relevant in particular social struggles, can and should be discussed in the other workshops, the three-part working groups focus specifically on those cross sections that seem to be of relevance in different fields. The goal is to enable an evolving debate which lasts over three days. In these five working groups people from different countries, out of various social groups and political contexts will talk to each other and work together.
Working Group 1
Friday | 21st November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m Türkisches Volkshaus | Werrastraße 29 | Spiegelsaal
Sat | 22nd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m Türkisches Volkshaus | Werrastraße 29 | Spiegelsaal
Sunday | 23rd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m Türkisches Volkshaus | Werrastraße 29 | Spiegelsaal
Transnational Networking and Strategies of Resistance
Against the European austerity policy and its dramatic con- sequences a renaissance of transnational cooperation and networking now came into being. In times of softer “Crisis is over”-rhetoric uttered by the ruling, hard reality in the everyday life of many and not simultaneous developments in different constellations we are trying to encourage the difficult but urgently needed mobilization. Thereby a “mosaic” of the leftist, emancipatory resistance against the crisis regime is meeting. Between social struggles, “classical” or “post-identical” mo- vements, trade unions, NGOs, new parties etc., alliances, joint campaigns, debate interrelations and continuous collaborations are emerging all over Europe and beyond. In these networks far more than just defensive struggles are focused. In new forms
of participation, distribution, boundless solidarity beginnings
of another society are originating with all their experiences of self-empowerment and their own laws. Up until now this trans- national “mosaic” turns out to be a loose connection however and its immediate impact is still narrowed. In comparison to the European Social Forum (ESF) – with all its strengths and weaknesses – we have to admit that we have not yet reached the rate of organization of the last decade by far. But maybe we do not even want that?
In this working group we will discuss, what kind of networking we are in need of to withstand the crisis regime. Therefore we want to learn from our previous projects and current experien- ces of collaboration. We will ask after the subjects of resistan- ce (who is active and accessible?) and after areas of conflict, in which we move (e.g. between social struggles, resistance against institutions and transformations of the system). Which actions, campaigns and forms of expression are possible and necessary? Which new structures of communication and the passing on of experiences are we looking for? How do we suc- ceed in building a strong, shared narrative – Do we make the alternatives, for which we are fighting, visible through fissures in the capitalistic cement? Or what else do we need?
With activists from Global Project (Italy), Transnational Institute (Amsterdam), PODEMOS (Spain), 15-M (Spain), Precarious (Dis-)Connections (Italy), Corporate Europe Observatory (Brussels), INR (Prague), Antiauthoritarian Movement/Beyond Europe (Greece), AlterSummit
Co-organized by: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Language: English
Working Group 2
Struggles on social infrastructure in Europe
Friday | 21st November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstraße 26-28 | Festsaal
Sat | 22nd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstraße 26-28 | Festsaal
Sun | 23rd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Stu- dierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstraße 26-28 | Room K 4
Possibly the most vivid struggles throughout Europe are fought in what we call institutions of social infrastructure, social services of general interest, publicly owned or communal goods. In these fields it seems more feasible to mobilize broad social alliances in the defence of housing, health care or public spaces. Although these struggles occur (necessarily) defensive, they produce practices and discourses that refer to a new so- cial infrastructure and reach far beyond the defence of existing welfare state institutions. Individuals and collectives take the social infrastructure of society concretely into their own hands in various areas. How can these struggles in different areas be further developed towards a new society? What can we learn from each other?
With Joachim Hirsch and Eva-Maria Krampe (links-netz), Werner Rätz and Thomas Eberhard-Köster (Attac) as well as activists from Solidarity4all (Greece), Alpha Kappa (Gre- ece), Dinamo Press (Italy), All at alla (Sweden), Kotti & Co. (Berlin), Interventionistische Linke amongst others. Co-organized by: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Language: German/English (simultaneous translation)
Working Group 3
The crisis regime as a project of European hegemony internally and externally
Friday | 21st November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Haus der Jugend | Deutschherrnufer 12 | großer Saal
Sat | 22nd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Café ExZess | Leipziger Straße 91
Sun | 23rd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Café ExZess | Leipziger Straße 91
Whether Troika-briefs or TTIP, the crisis in the Ukraine, of repro- duction or Frontex – again and again we are confronted with new schemes and conditions which the ruling classes and eli- tes enforce on us. Thus, forcing us to imagine future outcomes as well as correlations between different policies and grievan- ces. At the same time, naturally, our understanding, evaluation of its consequences, who and what we are dealing with, widely differ. How are we assessing the current situation: Is the crisis over and what does normalization of austerity mean? Are we
to deal with a Neoliberalism 2.0? How will social relations and ways of living be changed by the condition of precarity? How do we understand the relation between the crisis in Europe and its accompanying powerful restructuring of European capita- lism? What are the links between this European project and global capitalism (e.g. with projects such as Competitiveness Pact, free trade and TTIP)? Who benefits and what changes are desired? What’s the role of the EU in relation to the „Glo- bal South“ and to those who seek protection in Europe and a better life? What kind of relation exists between the EU and the USA? How can the dynamics of militarization be assessed and how to evaluate its relation to the NATO?
With Jannis Milios (Syriza), Tobias Pflüger (Informationsstelle Militarisierung, DIE LINKE), John Kannankulam (University
of Marburg), Jens Wissel (University of Kassel), Niko Huke (University of Hamburg), Frederico Pinheiro (Attac Portugal), Neva Löw (Wien), Martin Konecny (Wien) and others. Co-organized by: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung,
Assoziation für kritische Gesellschaftsforschung
Language: German/English (simultaneous translation)
Working Group 4
“Learning to win again“: an exchange about processes of the constitution of counter-power, strategies for effecti- veness and alliance policies
Friday | 21st November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Türkisches Volkshaus | Werrastraße 29 | Thekenraum
Sat | 22nd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Türkisches Volkshaus | Werrastraße 29 | Thekenraum
Sun | 23rd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Türkisches Volkshaus | Werrastraße 29 | Thekenraum
In this three session work group we will discuss “strategies of effectiveness” of our political work and will begin with a broad exchange about counter-power processes with the perspective of radical social transformation and “new governments”. We will do so by moving through different political perspectives and (European) regions, always trying to grasp the respective constellation of forces (stabilized and brutal austerity regimes, loss of democracy, concrete institutional forms) in relation to the newly emerged forms of protest, new actors, networks and alliances „from below“. We will take stock and explore the po- tential for building new progressive relationships between new forms of self-organization to the representation of the „power of the street“ to the „headquarters of power“ (from the local to the European level)? Are there already new relationships between social movements, left parties and unionism – and if yes, where and how does that take place? Do they potentially enhance
the space to manoeuvre for “left governments”? And, the other way round: do those governments open up room for social conflicts and struggles? How do “cross-over projects” ope- rate and function that aim at building social majorities? What can we learn from past failures? Can we detect new dynamics and how would these be stabilized over the longer run or even become institutionalized? We are aware that we cannot answer all these questions and problems in three sessions sufficiently. Our aim with the debate, however, is to begin with creating strategic spaces or space for such strategic debates.
With activists from Democratic Socialists (Slovenia), SEL/Lista Tsipras (Italy), Global Project (Italy), PODEMOS (Spain), Solidarity4all (Greece), AlterSummit and others. Co-organized by: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Working Group 5
The re-formation of the right-wing as a weakness of the Left? – Defensive struggles and right-wing rollback
Friday | 21st November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 2
Sat | 22nd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 2
Sun | 23rd November | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 2
All over Europe right-wing populists are taking advantage of the current situation to regroup their forces. In regard to the crisis of the Euro, and its social impact, they find opportuni- ties to strengthen the weight of nationalist and anti-immigrant positions. Sometimes cultural racism and religious fundamen- talism even benefit each other in turn. In most of these cases the right-wing penetrates formerly left milieus, even taking over long grown self-aid structures by promising to defend “the regular guy” against „the big nobs above“. Yet, anti-fascist mo- vements struggle with their analyses of the European swing to the right. Thus, discussing and assessing the extreme right and the development of anti-fascist counter-strategies is urgently needed. What are the consequences of the rise of right-wing and reactionary movements for the understanding of the Left as a popular force that is willing to intervene in the struggle? Which are the contradictions that the Left probably will have to deal with?
With activists from beyond europe, plan c (Great Britain), Alpha Kappa (Greece), syspirosi akaton (Cypress), Ums Ganze (Germany), Interventionistische Linke
Co-organized by: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Language: English
Fire and light performance
Friday | 21st November | 7:45 p.m. in front of Haus der Jugend
Shortly before the discussion, right beetween #talk and #act, we will have the chance to enjoy the Fire&Light-Performance of project tanzkleinesleben from Darmstadt.
The speedy dancejonglage, accompanied by groovy music, makes it absolutely clear that dancing and revolution go to- gether perfectly well.
Nitribitt – Frankfurter Ökonomien present:
Bini Adamczak –
Communism for children
Saturday | 22nd November | 8 p.m. KOZ | Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28
„Well, this went awry“, people think. „At first capitalism has made us miserable and moreover it constantly went wrong.“ „Above all“ one person says loudly „we truly have had capita- lism for long enough now (that is to say 200-500 years).
The time is overdue for something new, because change is necessary.“
„4 years of erecting the new ECB building“. Exhibition of Robert Schuler
15th November – 23rd November Opening: 15th November | 6 p.m.
Opening hours: Mo – Fr: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Sat: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bookstore „Land in Sicht“ | Rotteckstraße 13
The photographer Robert Schuler has documented the building of the ECB on the grounds of the former central market hall between June 2010 and July 2014 from two viewing points. 150 pictures in stripes depict this process in an exhibition at the bookstore “Land in Sicht”. Inbetween these stripes there is plenty of room for documents, newspaper articles or notes, to comment on the time elapsed.
„Money talks. One does not speak about money.“
19th November | 8 p.m.
20th November | 8 p.m.
studioNAXOS | Naxoshalle | Theater Willy Praml | Wittelsbacherallee 29
Dawn – Head aching, still memory gaps. Daily routine in the life of Spencer Lux, a shabby private detective. But suddenly the telephone rings and a night he cannot recall, is followed by one he is likely to never forget.
Money Talks is a tour through the eastern Frankfurt, a mix of immersive theatre and audiowalk adapting the style of film noir. The participants will experience the story from the perspective of protagonist Spencer Lux. Armed with a mp3 player with an off-voice of the narrating investigator you will be wandering th- rough Frankfurt‘s “underground” searching for the lost memo- ries of last night. Soon it will get clear that not simply a crime is being investigated, but the basis of our reality: Money.
Go searching. Meet obscure places, bizarre characters and investigate a kind of power that permiates every fibre of our being. Part mystery, party theory, parts missing.
Conception und Performance: Arty Chock www.studionaxos.de
Live music & party
#dance – blockupy solidarity party
Saturday | 22nd November | 10 p.m. Faites votre jeu! | Klapperfeldstraße 5
Live on stage: hip hop von TickTickBoom
refpolk & pyro one, kobito, spezial k
followed by #party auf 2 floors (techno, electro, hip hop, funk): the vandaleys, lou jaynous & khiem, superhirn
and further surprises.
Doors open: 8 p.m.
CRIMINAL CODE ufo sekte
STATE OF WASTE
Saturday | 22nd November | 9 p.m. Café Exzess | Leipziger Straße 91
dark post punk hardcore from Tacoma usa + support
THE SENILES + FONDÜKOTZE +
Saturday | 22nd November | 9 p.m. AU | In der Au 14-16
2 x punk rock from Switzerland, more precisely from the metropolis and bank city of Zurich. THE SENILES play Old School Street Punk mostly in English and sometimes in their own dialect. FONDÜKOTZE are a conglomerate of two people of Zurich and Karlsruhe musically located in the hardcore punk of the 80‘s singing mostly in Swiss German and sometimes in English. The third band of the evening is BIESTIG – girlie punk from Karlsruhe. Soon it shows that the early musical education of the twin sisters partly consisted of punk rock. Drums and guitar/vocals are enough to play beautiful punk rock.
Sun | 23rd November | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Festsaal | Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim
We kindly like to invite you to a late breakfast and reading from the „Jahrbücher für Extremismus und Demokratie“ as well as the performance „About: dancing in the rain“ by Gruppe 3 Berlin. The program will be framed by performances by choirs out of Frankfurt.
The most terrible things from 25 years
of horror or the most horrible things
from 25 years of terror
Reading from the yearbooks „Extremism and Democracy“
Since 1989 Uwe Backes and Eckhard Jesse publish the year- book „Extremism and Democracy“, now including more than 10,000 pages. At first glance, the contents of the yearbook arouse suspicion that they confirm all reservations against extremism „theory”. At second glance this impression is reinforced. At third glance it becomes certainty. This confirma- tion is partly surprisingly unvarnished, sometimes hidden, and sometimes pretty humorous – but principally the reading matter is horrible and terrible.
About: dancing in the rain Performance by Group 3 from Berlin
They move between lethargy, helplessness and insecurity. Temporarily even hatred against strangers and aggressiveness against themselves mingle with their actions. The spiral of capitalistic logic is fastening tighter around their neck, they feel isolated, detached, …their composure and behaviour are adop- ting absurd forms. They want to rebel, but do not know against what or whom, let alone how … writing poems? Pyrotechnics? Critical system design? If not for the permanent fear, fear of losing the little bit which one has been left…
In the short performance „About: dancing in the rain“ the current implications of the European crisis for the individual are examined and addressed performatively by means of various texts, pictures and other actors.
by the Frankfurter BeschwerdechorCunningly the choir slips into the distress of the privileged, who suffer from the burden
of wealth, and with a pointed finger stings into their pimples, namely the sporting ambition to acquire and to „afford so- mething“. This discipline should be introduced at the Olympics in the future – Here you will be presented with a vocal report for a start.
„To use frustration with delight“ turns out to be the leading impulse of the singers, the choir director Phillipp Hoeler and
of pianist Helga Streb. The production of these texts and the arrangement by the group entail the voices embodying the con- tent, so that it does not become stuck in the throat.
….and performance by Dritte-Welt-Haus-Chor (FFM)
13th November – 19th of November
starting at 5:45 p.m. Kino Mal Seh’n | Adlerflychtstr. 6
Documentary by Laura Poitras | USA 2014 |107 Min
(English with German subtitles).
Including Edward Snowden, Jacob Appelbaum, William Binney Mit Edward Snowden, Jacob Appelbaum, William Binney
The filmmaker Laura Poitras was working on another movie in 2013 about the impact of the 11th of September 2001 and the ensuing war against terror, when she was contacted and recei- ved Mail from somebody with the pseudonym ‚citizenfour‘, who was claiming to have information about surveillance activities of the British and American government. As it turned out later, this person was Edward Snowden who exposed one of the greatest international data protection scandals in history, circulating secrets about the intelligence programs PRISM, Boundless In- formant and Tempora. Together with Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald Poitras flew to Hongkong to receive the material and to meet the whistleblower. The recordings that have been captured by her camera are converged in the documentary “Citizenfour“.
Mietrebellen. Widerstand gegen den Ausverkauf der Stadt
(Rent rebells. Resistance against pub- lic sellout)
Sunday | 23rd November | 4:30 p.m. HoRsT | Kleyerstraße 15
Documentary by Gertrud Schulte Westenberg and Matthias Coers
D 2014 | 78 min. | German with English subtitles
Berlin. In recent years the capital has changed rapidly. Apart- ments, which hitherto have been regarded as unattractive, are now being used as safe investment opportunities. Increasing rents and countless transformations into private ownership
are becoming commonplace to a yet unknown extent. Visible housing protests are a reaction to the more and more inade- quate supply of affordable living space. The movie is a kalei- doscope of the housing struggles against the expulsion from neighbourly living situations in Berlin. The occupation of the Berlin town hall, the encampment at the ‚Kottbusser Tor‘, the organized resistance against evictions and the battle by pensi- oners for housing housing appropriate for their age are symbo- lizing the new uprise of the urban protest movement.
Economic Crisis: Reasons – Consequences – Developments
Friday | 21st November | 10 a.m.-1p.m. Saalbau Bockenheim | Schwälmer Straße 28 | Clubraum 3
Responsible: Deutsche Kommunistische Partei (DKP) Language: German
The European Central Bank: Firefighter and Arsonist
Friday | 21st November | 10 a.m.-1p.m. Saalbau Bockenheim | Schwälmer Straße 28 | Clubraum 2
Leftist critique of the ECB turned out to be diffuse and contra- dictory, not only since Mario Draghi stated the ECB would do anything to keep the Euro alive. The European Central Bank
is still one of the fiercest agitators concerned with the imple- mentation of austerity policies in European countries. However, this image gets blurred when ECB directors demand a stronger investment activity, amongst others from the German federal government, to increase domestic demand.
In this workshop we will investigate how the ECB adheres and in some cases even pushes austerity policies with its inst- ruments. Its recently expanded program for the purchase of bonds will be discussed as well as possible alternatives.
With Karsten Peters, Stephan Lindner (Attac Deutschland) Language: German
Handicraft Workshop for Direct Action
Friday | 21st November | 10 a.m. – Saturday | 22nd of November | 2 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstraße 26-28 | basement
A direct action will take place on Saturday. You will be given the chance to paint banners and cartons / packing cases, to build body protection, protest tools and other stuff that assists us in arguing against austerity policies of the European crisis regime. We can provide some material for you (paint, cartons, etc.), but cannot guarantee complete service and provision. So please,
if possible, bring with you the stuff needed. If you have any questions on the spot, a contact person will be there.
What’s to be done?
About the fundamental right to free-
dom of assembly – and how the state
is continuously maltreating it
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saalbau Bockenheim | Schwälmer Straße 28 | Clubraum 3
The freedom of assembly is guaranteed by the constitution. The city of Frankfurt, its police and administrative authority ig- nored this fundamental right for the participants of Blockupy in 2012 and 2013 – and not only for them. In 2013 a big part of the demonstration was even cordoned off by the police, encircled for 10 hours – with the effect that a whole mass demonstration was stopped and basically cancelled.
Often, through legal battles, we might win some victories, however, that can’t be and shouldn’t be enough, of course. The right to assemble freely in self-determination has to be fought for continuously – in court, on the streets, in public discourse. Based on the history of these political and legal battles in Ger- many, we want to explore the possibilities of how to push for change in these (and other) cases.
With Elke Steven, Komitee für Grundrechte und Demokratie
Actiontraining: Flowing and Blocking
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Raum K 1
A practical introduction into (Blockupy-)actions: Affinity groups and decision making, flowing and blocking with the body. Organizer: skills for action
www.skills-for-action.de Language: German
Feminist direct action workshop: War starts here! (Only for women)
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Meeting point: In front of the Studierendenhaus
University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28
Our feminist practice includes the fight against war, militarism, and capitalism, the primary cause of the foregoing. Part of
the militarization of society is an increased public appearance of the Bundeswehr, taken as naturally. As left-winged, femi- nist women we exclaim against army recruiters – whether in schools, employment centres, or public places -:
you won’t get our children!
In an action-oriented workshop, we invite all participants to develop ideas and examples of resistance!
With Nina Eumann, Katharina Schwabedissen (LISA) Language: German (fly translation possible)
Poverty is everywhere – join together
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. starting point: Hauptwache in front of Katharinenkirche
In a city tour we will visit the places connected with poverty. There, we want to show the social ramifications of German style social reforms (e.g. Hartz 4) and Troika-policy in Europe. Furthermore we want to discuss with persons affected by poverty and social expulsion and passers-by: we look into the causes of poverty and want to try out and practice common forms of resistance.
Stops: Shining shop windows and cold sleeping places; increa- singly more and more people have little, while few have more; justice and democracy; commemorating the victims of
Troika (at sunset)
We‘ll meet on Friday, 2014-11-21 at 2 p.m. at Hauptwache/Zeil in front of St. Catherine‘s Church (N50° 6.804 E8° 40.7538), and finish about 5 p.m. at Eiserner Steg/Main-River (N50° 6.5298 E8° 40.9146).
This workshop is barrier-free, but in German language only – we‘d be glad of translations.
Initiators: Frankfurter Netzwerk der sozialen Arbeit, AG Frankfurter Erwerbslose in Aktion (FELIA) und AG Betrieb und Gewerkschaft der Partei DIE LINKE, Hessisches Er- werbslosennetzwerk, Bündnis „auf Recht bestehen“ Language: German
Boom and crisis in the city. Gentrification and displacement in the neighborhood Gallus in Frankfurt/M
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. the tour will take approximately two hours and will start at the railway station Galluswarte, exit Frankenallee.
Gentrification describes neighborhood-based upgrading pro- cesses and the associated displacement of population groups with low income. Following the global crisis of 2008 we current- ly witness a renewed increase in such processes in many cities in Germany and elsewhere. Using the neighborhood Gallus in Frankfurt as an example, the city walk tries to discover and re- veal these dynamics and trace the influence public and private actors have on these developments.
Organizer: AK Kritische Geographie Language: German
Student movement and critical theory in 1968 in Frankfurt
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in front of KOZ, Studierendenhaus |
University campus Bockenheim
In 1968 the city of Frankfurt was one of the centers of the revolt. Here some of the fiercest demonstrations and street re- volts took place, especially around the University. On the basis of some central places, the city tour will give an impression of the atmosphere and the history of the protest that gradually also reached beyond the University. From the return of the Institute for Social Research, the conflict over Vietnam and the legacy of National Socialism, up to the fragmentation of the left into the so called “K-groups” and “Spontis”, workplace and housing struggles as well as international networking, the tour attempts to explore the history of the „68ers“, at a stroll. Language: German
Solidarity with Greece in the context of intensified political and social crisis in Greece and the EU
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | 2. Floor | Room K 4
In February 2015 a new state president has to be elected by the Greek parliament (180 out of 300 votes are required). If the election fails, parliament will be re-elected at the beginning of April. As currently strongest party Syriza could provide the go- vernment with a political program, which intends to break with neoliberal austerity policy. How much of this program can be pushed through depends on the strength of European and also German solidarity with the Greek population. In this workshop we will discuss the current situation in Greece. Approaches of solidarity work will be presented and ways for a better coor- dination of hitherto fragmented and individualised solidarity with Greece are to be debated. Amongst others the internet platform Aconomy, a mass event taking place in Berlin the next spring, the destructive politics of the Troika and of the conser- vative Greek government as well as alternatives for Greece and Europe will be examined.
With Gerhard Bock (Arbeitsgruppe „Griechenlandsolidarität“ from Attac Deutschland), Paul Michel (internationale sozia- listische linke – isl), Tom (Antifaschistische Linke Düsseldorf), Kölner Griechenland-Solidaritätskomitee, Gregor Kritidis (requested)
Organized by: Initiative zur Vernetzung der Griechenland-Solidarität
What has TTIP to do with
EU crisis policy?
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Saalbau Bockenheim | Schwälmer Straße 28 | Clubraum 2
TTIP, CETA, TiSA – a new wave of neoliberal globalization is hiding behind these abbreviations, this time not only affecting tariff regulations. Manifold trade barriers are planned to be diminished – from consumer protection and environmental standards to the regulation of finance. We would like to present the political ideas behind these intentions for people without much previous knowledge and give an overview about the pro- cesses that are currently taking place. Furthermore we would like to get into a discussion over resistance, which will also be continued the next day in the workshop “from Troika to TTIP” by the parliamentary group DIE LINKE. Im Bundestag.
With Steffen Stierle und Roland Süß (Attac Deutschland) Language: German
Internal migration in Europe and
organizing of migrants
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Festsaal
The European youth labor market, characterized by high un- employment rates and inter-regional and continental mobility,
is being redefined on the basis of the new generation of people who migrate in search of work. Europe‘s internal migrations
are growing in number and changing in nature. This is parallel to new processes of exploitation, social differentiation and polarization between South and North, East and West. How to organize the skilled and young precarious workers within the European labour market? How to defend against capitalistic exploitation based on geographical differences? The aim of this workshop is to share experiences, inviting groups that are orga- nizing migrant workers from Spain, Italy, Greece and Poland in Germany.
With Vanessa Bilancetti (Esc\Dinamo Press, Rome),
Phil Butland, Judith Benda (DIE LINKE)
Obstacles to an effective participation
of trade unions in processes like Alter
Summit, Blockupy or other «alliances»
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Haus der Jugend | Deutschherrnufer 12 | Großer Saal
At present, trade unions are not taking part sufficiently in alliances like Blockupy or AlterSummit. Given the self-decla- red task of these alliances to struggle against austerity, TTIP and for “real democracy” in Europe, the low participation of trade unions is really a problem and shows a clear weakness of these alliances. In this workshop we would like to discuss the reasons for this situation and the specific strategies of trade unions in various EU countries in the face of the current restructuring of the EU.
With Felipe Van Keirsbilck, General Secretary of Centrale nationale des employés (CNE) (Belgium) and other trade union delegates/representatives
Organizer: Alter Summit
Reclaiming climate justice and com-
mons: mobilizing from the bottom?
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 3
Climate mobilizations are growing bigger with the view to the COP21. Strengthening struggles against big infrastructures or fossil energies, organizing mass actions through the summer in Germany, promoting alternatives throughout Europe, many initi- atives are being planned, all reclaiming the need for a fair social and ecological transition to tackle climate change. How can we use this momentum to further build common framework/narra- tive between our different struggles, linking the need for social and climate justice?
With Hélène Cabioc’h (Attac France) and
activist from ausgeCO2lt (Anti-Kohle-Kampagne, Germany) Language: English
The failure of the ‚entrepreneurial‘
University in Germany
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 2
For seven years the German laws on higher education are being remodelled following the paradigm of an ‘economical col- lege‘, which has been imported from the Anglo-Saxon science community. A centralistic science management is replacing the traditional system of academic self-governance; competition becomes the determining principle for administrative and social relations within institutions of higher education. We will lay out the basic functions and social consequences of this model as well as discussing ways to overcome it, politically.
With Torsten Bultmann (Bund demokratischer Wissenschaft- lerinnen und Wissenschaftler – BdWi)
Nature and Animals in the Societal Crisis. In the basement of Society: Crisis Talks for Cross-Boundary Liberation
Friday | 21st November | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Café ExZess | Leipziger Straße 91
In his text “Der Wolkenkratzer“ (“The Skyscraper”), Horkhei- mer describes capitalist society as a hierarchically structured high-rise building. In its cellar he locates the animals below even the most badly exploited humans. We want to discuss with you the significance of this cellar for the capitalist ex- ploitation of humans; the inseparable ties that exist between the exploitation of animals and the ecological crisis alongside the economic, social and political crises. Furthermore we want to reflect on the possibility of liberating humans, animals and nature.
With Melanie Bujok, Philipp Knöterich und Larissa Dep- pisch (Bündnis „Tierbefreiung goes Blockupy“)
From the protests against the
Troika to those against TTIP? How can we link productively the struggles of Blockupy with the struggles against TTIP/TiSA/CETA?
Sat | 22nd November | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hörsaalgebäude | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 17-21 | Hörsaal I
The „crisis“ is not over, quite the contrary: aggravated by an austerity regime of social cuts and neoliberal reforms this agen- da is now even more aggressively pushed ahead by various new EU pacts and agreements for competitiveness and free trade. Starting with an inventory of the specific movements/ dynamics in Germany, we will then ask, how we can link
the struggles against austerity with those against free trade agreements. How could TTIP-protests enhance the Blockupy dynamic; and vice versa, is there potential in the broad TTIP protests we see in Germany to become more radical and in- deed critical of capitalism? What role should the DIE LINKE (left party) in parliament play in order to push for such a dynamic?
A discussion with: Alexis Passadakis (Seattle to Brussels Network, Attac), Roland Süß, Attac / Blockupy, Michael Ehr- hardt, deputy chair DIE LINKE. Hessen /1. Bevollmächtigter IG Metall Frankfurt/M., Sabine Leidig (MdB DIE LINKE) und Nicole Gohlke (MdB and facilitation)
Organizer: Parliamentary Group of DIE LINKE. im Bundestag
University in crisis?!
Sat | 22nd November | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hörsaalgebäude | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstraße 17-21 | Hörsaal 7
Did the economic sciences fail in the current crisis? How and to what extent can critical sciences at universities still take place? What crucial role are students or critical scientists able to play in the resistance to neoliberal crisis solution strategies?
With Alex Demirović (Goethe-University Frankfurt) Organized by: DIE LINKE. SDS
The Right to Decide Europe
Sat | 22nd November | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 2
The Charter for Europe is an unfinished document which emer- ges from the social struggles of the last years to call out for a collective European subjectivity. In this workshop we‘ll address the role of such a tool presenting some historical processes, such as The Great Forest Charter (1225) or The Women‘s Charter for Rights and Liberties (1910), as well as contempo- rary uses as in the Social Contract of Rojava charter. We will challenge ourselves to continue the work on the Charter for Europe, imagining it as a prototype of a European constitution written from below. The previous steps of the process of the Charter for Europa, and the latest version 1.2 are explained on this article: http://www.internationaleonline.org/research/real_democracy/ charter_for_europe_1_2
Organized by: Fundación de los Comunes
Further information: http://fundaciondeloscomunes.net/en Language: English
Degrowth – an anticapitalist perspective?
Sat | 22nd November | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 1
Growth is presented as the universal answer to the current cri- sis of capitalism – from Merkel to Tsipras. Terms accompanying it, like „sustainability“ or „green economy“, simply conceal the obvious fact: the absurdity to seek unlimited production in a world of limited resources. But it is not the excesses that have to be contained. Rather, a society has to be overcome, which constantly demands and encourages them. We want to discuss the concept of degrowth from this perspective with
Alpha Kappa/Antiauthoritarian Movement (Greece).
Organized by Ums Ganze. Language: English
Is there a need for Left unity?
Sat | 22nd November | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Hörsaalgebäude | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 17-21 Hörsaal I
The history of the Left is to a large extent associated with uni- fications and splits of Left organizations and parties, common political action and splinter groups, demands for struggles ba- sed on unity and struggle for “clear” political positions. In many cases supporters of each stance emphasized the connection between their beliefs and the prospects of overcoming capita- lism either through social revolution or reforms.
However, the demand for a Left unity remains obscure to this day. This panel aims to investigate and clarify the need for a Left unity today, its roots and perspectives.
Speakers: Stefan Engel (MLPD),
Interventionistische Linke, TBA
Veranstalter*in: Platypus Affiliated Society, Frankfurt/M. Language: German
Solidarity with Rojava.
Who but us? When but now?
Sat | 22nd November, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Türkisches Volkshaus | Werrastraße 29 | Thekenraum
For three years now a political system of democratic autonomy has been developed in the Kurdish territory of Northern Syria (called Rojava). The Islamic State (IS) is attacking Rojava and is supported by the national states of West-Asia. The people of Rojava are resisting these threat with very little resources and are still trying to develop democratic autonomy.
To Support their struggle and their way to a new democracy we started a campaign to collect donations and other campaigns of practical solidarity. The fight for freedom needs to be an international one.
Organizer: Dachverband der Studierenden aus Kurdistan in Europa (YXK), Interventionistische Linke iL
The Left and the conflict around
Sat | 22nd November, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Türkisches Volkshaus | Werrastraße 29 | Spiegelsaal
Since the beginning of the Maidan protests Ukraine has come into the focus of NATO ambitions. The German government plays a key role in this escalation consisting of saber-rattling in the media, economic blackmailing and intensified military posturing. The Left’s answer to these problems has been divided and weak. Starting from questions like Are Merkel und Obama the “good guys”? Is Putin really the “bad guy”?
We intend to elaborate what a non-sectarian left policy could look like.
Speaker: Paul Michel, author for „Sozialistische Zeitung“(SOZ) Responsible: internationale sozialistische Linke (isl) Language: German
Precariousness, government of mo- bility and transnational strike: beyond the mobilizations of November 14th
Sat | 22nd November | 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 3
Following the debates of the Blockupy alliance in Brussels, the social strike of November 14th in Italy and the day of action against precarious jobs on a transnational level, the workshop aims to discuss the political challenges related to precarious jobs, exploitation and the mobility of labour. We will discuss common claims linked to struggles of unemployed, preca- rious workers, students and migrants. We want to focus on
the organization of struggles against workfare and junk jobs, questioning claims such as European welfare, European mini- mum wage and basic income, focusing on new perspectives of mobilizations that assume Europe as our common battlefield, exploring the idea of a European transnational strike.
With Alioscia Castronovo, Dinamopress, Italy & Eleonora Cappuccilli, Precarious (dis)Connections, Italy
How to stand up to creditors
Sun | 23rd November | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hörsaalgebäude | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 17-21 Hörsaal H 5
A workshop on the resistances needed to be organized against the debt system, by starting from past experiences of debt abolition (Ecuador, Argentina), and by outlying the present experiences of ICAN.
With Chiara Filoni, Comité pour l‘Annulation de la Dette du Tiers Monde (CADTM)
Resistance against the Expo in Milan
Sun | 23rd November | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hörsaalgebäude | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 17-21 Hörsaal H 2
May 1, 2015, the opening date of Expo2015, is going to be in the agenda of European movements for a large mobilization
in Milan. In this multimedia workshop we explain with the help of maps, photos, stories and objects why Expo is a device transforming the territorial governance of public resources and commons in favor of private profits. A model that generates tools and states of emergency which then become structural, as in the case of the workplace for Expo which is now being extended by Renzi’s government with the Jobs Act. We will try to trace and illustrate the thread that binds the false image of the Expo with the neoliberal policies of austerity and the Troika and agreements such as the TTIP. We will coordinate tools to understand the meaning of the struggle NoExpo and the rea- sons for a large European event in Milan on May 1.
For information and materials:
www.noexpo.org, www.offtopiclab.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09 /expopolis.pdf
With Luca (Attitude NoExpo Network, Milan) Language: English
Resistance against the
G7 Summit in June 2015
Sun | 23rd November | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hörsaalgebäude | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 17-21 | Hörsaal H 11
In this workshop we want to give you an overview about the current state of the preparations for the protests against the upcoming G7 summit and to discuss potential means of pro- test and resistance against it.
We see the mobilisation against the G7 summit on the 7th and 8th of June at Elmau Castle in the Bavarian alps as a part of various protest movements like the Blockupy movement, the Anti-War movement, the anti-racist movement, the fights for better life and working conditions and the protests against environmental destruction.
With two Activists of the alliance against the G7 summit. Language: German (fly translations possible according to needs and possibilities)
Grassroots democracy in develop-
ment („Loading Democracy“)
Sun | 23rd November | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 1
The aim of the workshop #LoadingDemocracy is to invite par- ticipants to a new procedure for participatory, bottom up deci- sion making suitable to larger groups. Therefore an anonymous basic survey with activists at the Blockupy Festival is planned from Thursday to Sunday. During the workshop, results of the survey will be partly sorted, discussed and put into semantic and contextual perspective via mindmapping.
With Janonymous and others (Piraten, EDJ/Occupy Würzburg, Berlin)
Chaining and blocking: About the possibility of throwing sand into the capitalistic exploitation machi- ne, not only symbolically but directly
Sun | 23rd November | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Studierendenhaus | University campus Bockenheim | Mertonstr. 26-28 | Room K 3
By means of examples taken from resistance practice diverse techniques and materials will be presented, which can be of aid for blocking and occupying companies, roads, building sites or the like effectively. Which alternatives have proven themselves in the past? What kind of risks does this form of action hold and which legal consequences are to be expected? You will
get a glimpse of this form of action by pictures, anecdotes and short videos. You will also be invited to try how it feels to chain your arm or neck to an object.
The workshop will be held by an activist from the „Kampag- ne gegen Tierfabriken – Niedersachsen“ (Campaign Against Factory Farms).