Proceedings of the open assembly in Den Haag on the 8th of July of 2010
Secretary: Miguel (Portugal)
There were present around 15 people.
The points for discussion were:
- Coming events.
- Working groups.
- Discuss ideas for action on the 15th of October.
- Social networks
The meeting started with a general discussion of the current economic and political situation in Europe. Ideas on actions that promote change were discussed.
One possibility of action that was discussed was to do something during strikes that are organized by unions. The pros and cons of this type of action were discussed, but no decision was taken. It was decided that more research should be done on the unions, specially on the workers which are not part of the union bureocracy, to see if there are actions which could be interesting without putting in jeopardy the independence of the movement.
Someone suggested that a list of documentaries should be placed on a wiki or other easy to reach place, such that people can get more informed on the questions surrounding debt, the current economic situation and how we it came to be. Some of the documentaries suggested were:
- Capitalism: a love story.
- money as debt.
Social Networks: It was said that it might be useful to set up a mailing list for people that want to be informed on the actions of the collective (i.e. google groups). Regarding the platform for organization of people participating in activities, comities, etc, it was discussed that n-1 (https://n-1.cc/) might be a good option. Other social networks discussed were agora and laurea?? . There is a person in Amsterdam that organizes n-1 workshops, it was stated that it would be a good idea to organize a workshop of n-1 in Den Haag.
Action 15 October:
- Counter the perception that the countries of the south are "just having fun". A slogan could be that "we are not living above our rights". It was stated, that the language of the governments and those that defend the cuts to public services has to be put into question, since those services did not fall from the sky, they were earned by the workers in countries like Portugal, Spain or Greece with a lot of sacrifice. Essentially the public services have to be defended, for they are a hard earned right.
- Somehow address the issue of debt.
see you next wednesday 13th of July.