It truly is an extraordinary and rare occasion to spot a day on a calendar and say: “I was part of a historic moment”. For our members, it’s true: they can mark February 9 in their calendars as the date they, along with tens of thousands across Europe, launched a new, radical movement to change the future of our Union.
And last night, DiEM25 members across Europe overwhelmingly voted in favour of launching ΜέΡΑ25 (MeRA25), DiEM25’s first political party in Greece, and approved our participating in next March’s municipal elections in Belgrade, Serbia.
This is history in the making. And you could also be part of it.
Two years ago, we set out to rescue the EU by launching the first pan-European movement to draft policies, campaign, bring awareness and pressure elected officials and institutions to adopt a progressive and humanist agenda for our Union. Last night, building on our activists’ arduous work, we activated DiEM25’s transnational political force to bring that agenda to ballot boxes in every corner of Europe.
So, on March 26 Athens will see the birth of DiEM25’s first political party. But the real work will start on the following day, when our Greek DiEMers will take to the streets, knock on doors across the country and spread the word about the programme that will revive the spirit of the Greek Spring – and prepare to shatter Brussels’ toxic agenda in 2019.
Meanwhile, a thousand kilometres away, our courageous members in Belgrade and the grassroots movement Ne Da(vi)mo Beograd/Don’t let Belgrade d(r)own will cross swords with the Establishment when they jointly contest the elections for the City Parliament next month.
Our movement remains the backbone of our struggle to upend the status quo. The ‘electoral wing’ is but another tool to help us accomplish our goals. As we agreed in our all-member vote last November, this is “not just another political party”, but a never-before tried, grassroots initiative to extend our battle to a territory the Establishment has long taken away from us: the ballot box. Our movement’s decision last night signalled that we’re ready to fight to return that vital territory to the people as well.
We’ve come a long way, and the road ahead is as full of opportunities as it is full of challenges. With your continued support – and with the full strength of our growing base of activists – we can and we will build a new democratic Europe.
We’re counting on you to keep on making history. Transnationally. Bottom-up. Together.
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