5th Peoples' Global Action Gathering in Europe – Athens 20th / 27th of August
PGA - People's Global Action - started in 1998, it has been a tool and a
diffuse structure coordinating groups and people sharing common struggles
and practices, in accordance with various anticapitalist and
anti-authoritarian principles (see the hallmarks). PGA initiated the
Intercontinental caravan in 1999, as well as international action days of
actions against the G8, the WTO, the World Bank, the IMF... In Seattle,
Genoa, Prague, and in a number of less popular events, PGA was a driving
force behind numerous actions and reflections. At the convergence of
international initiatives and local struggles, groups close to the PGA are
now looking for new drives to challenge stagnation.
In Europe, groups who identify with the PGA principles meet about once
every two years, through the initiative of a "convenor" collective. Since
1998, these conferences have been the opportunity for several days of
exchanging practices and knowledge, and of establishing bonds, which allow
us to be better organized in common actions.
The 5th gathering of Peoples Global Action in Europe this time will take
place in Greece.
A responsibility of organizing and coordinating the discussion that opened
in the last meetings of PGA europe has taken by a decentralized network of
activists and collectives in Balkans. Thats exactly and the essential
advantage of this initiative. The convenor is not a local collective like
other conferences in the past but a vital balkan decentralized network.
On the preparation all of these months several questions , problems as
well as ideas for taking action are allready mentioned by all of us who
involve with a conference here!!! Again in the Balkan region!
We would like to open a long discussion about local activism in
combination with a global perspective. In other words we want to discuss
about the future of the PGA network and its process as well as the various
projects , topics and ideas for action.
As a reference example : the following topics that we are allready working
or we want to invite people to open meeting spaces during the PGA
Autonomous spaces and squating , patriarchy , gender , radical feminism ,
anti repression , anti militarism , biotechnology , environmental
struggles , indigenous spaces , antiglobalization , G8 , DIY activities
and sharing skills , fanzines , infoshops , PGA infopoints , land and
autonomy , eco communities , digital struggles and autonomous servers ,
indymedia tools , precarity and flexibility , radical theory , productive
networking , local alternatives , activism , other , be continued
if you wanna take part on the meeting we need the following information
from you !! please send us as soon as possible at
have it in mind that our dynamic is not the best one and we need a lot of
international support and definitely to know how many people are planning
to join the meeting .. you need also sleeping bags and probably a tent ..
1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive
2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious
fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human
3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can
have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in
which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.
4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize
respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the
construction of local alternatives to global capitalism.
5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.
PGA is a tool for coordination, not an organization. PGA has no members
and does not have and will not have a juridical personnality. Nor
organisation or person represents PGA
info that we need from you
name of your collective (if you belong in a collective)
number of people
workshop or topic who you want to organise (name of your workshop , what
do you need for it , for ex do you need a projector?)
if you wanna participate on the kitchen (we definitely need it as well)
international working group of the 5th PGA conference