The COVID-19 global crisis is accelerating, and it looks like things may get worse before they get better. And while we hope that you are able take care of yourself and your loved ones during these trying times, know this: You’re not alone, we’re in this together.
For most in my generation, this is unprecedented. The scale of the coronavirus crisis represents the most serious challenge we’ve ever faced. For all of us, however, this pandemic should come as definite evidence of the need to embrace internationalism as the way for humanity to prosper and to protect the planet. It’s also the only way to combat an even more dangerous virus: the virus of xenophobia and authoritarianism that best propagates in times of confusion and fear.
Health care as a human right, green economies as the means for our planet’s protection and sustainability, inclusion, humanism and open borders, democracy and transparency… As DiEMers, we know the antidote to the virus that we ought to defeat.
Technology has made it possible for our pan-European movement to flourish. This is why, despite the circumstances, we will do our very best to keep the work going, our campaigns running, and our movement expanding across Europe and beyond. Indeed, our bid to boost our Progressive International platform is now more vital than ever. And so is the case for our Green New Deal for Europe.
If it’s possible for you to do it, go ahead and link arms with your fellow DiEMers online. Connect with the nearest DiEM25 local group (DSC) (via the available online resources) to keep the conversation about our movement going. Perhaps you want to discuss things such as how we can further our ideals under the current situation, our need to take action and the narrowing of our window of opportunity, what you are learning at a personal level about this global crisis… But also, you may just want to try to connect with other DiEMers to check in with them and comfort each other. This is a time for solidarity. To this end, we’ve created a few “COVID-19” channels for all of us to stay in touch and, most importantly, to offer each other support:
DiEM25 Coronavirus subforum: https://discuss.diem25.org/c/covid19/401
Telegram (messenger app): https://t.me/joinchat/EbLafhzk88d86NxOizHn-A
Email Group: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will soon come back to you with other ways for us to come together. In the meantime, try to join the channels above if you can and reach out to your fellow DiEMers.
Our struggle as a movement is now more important than ever. Our duty to defend and pursue the values and ideals that brought us together require that we rise to the occasion and remain united.
On behalf of DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective, take good care and carpe DiEM25!
Luis Martín, DiEM25 Communications and Political Strategy
In case you missed it, here’s a DiEM25 article on COVID-19 featuring Yanis’ speech in the Greek parliament last week.
Be sure to keep an eye on the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 advice website, and try to share up-to-date, accurate information about ways to lessen the effects of this crisis with everyone you know.
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