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Resisting Financial Dictatorship – Reclaiming Democracy and Social Rights ! Political declaration & coordinated actions – JSC 2012
Where we come from
1. Last year, the JSC fixed its diagnosis of the crisis. It highlighted the systemic nature of it:financial, economic, social, ecological and political. This crisis shows the failure of a developmentmodel and of two decades of neoliberalism. The JSC also denounced the neoliberal character ofthe response of the governments. European demonstrations (like that of 29/09/2010) could notuntil now reverse the balance of force. So they must continue. This is not our crisis, and wedon't have to pay for it.
Our diagnosis today
2. Last year we experienced an acceleration of the crisis in Europe. European summits aremultiplying, but utterly fail to achieve their stated objectives, namely to "restore confidence infinancial markets" and resolve the crisis in the Euro area. A second banking crisis is looming inEurope; austerity policies jointly conducted in all countries are about to provoke a comprehensiverecession, and in Greece and other countries, even in a depression. Public debt, unemployment,poverty and inequalities are increasing at an alarming rate.
3. The lesson derived by the European leaders, is not that austerity policies are socially destructiveand economically suicidal but that austerity policies do not go far enough. Over the past year,European leaders are working on the project of "economic governance" and are showing anunprecedented institutional activism. Adding successive layers, European leaders plan to makeausterity stronger and more irrevocable. After the discrete adoption of the "Six Pack",introducing the reversed majority vote, the "golden rule" fiscal principle, part of the "Two Pack",is being adopted in the greatest silence . Two hazardous treaties, related to one another arebeing ratified (the Treaty on the European Stability Mechanism and the Fisca
Here it is the invitation / reminder to the second European Joint Social Conference to be held Thursday 29th and Friday 30th March 2012 in Brussels.
As you probably would recall, the conference is the part of a process initiated as an outcome of work we have begun with L&G network within the European Social Forum.
Last year, in the midst of the crisis and global uprising, we had the first experiment.
In this second edition we hope such space of networking and cooperation among unions, networks, NGOs and social movements at European scale will consolidate and progress.
All the interested European organizations are warmly invited to participate. The form to inscribe is in attachment, together with the invitation.
The third document attached is an appeal to create a European wide social movement towards May 2012, to reclaim the European Spring and to be able to resists and bring forward real alternatives. Please let the organizers know if your organisation wish to support such an appeal. .
We hope to see many of you in Brussels.
It will be also an opportunity to have a brainstorming on future work.
PS: Please note that there is a modes budget to cover travel and accommodation this year. Ask info from the secretariat when you register. Contact information can be found in the application form
Please spread this invitation as wide as possible!
All the best
Orsan and Marco
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