The Progressive International (PI) held its inaugural summit on the 18-20 September! Since May, the PI’s coalition has grown to include unions, parties, and movements that represent millions of people around the world such as the National Alliance of People’s Movements in India, and the Congreso de los Pueblos in Colombia. This summit included a panel discussion between Yanis Varoufakis, Vijay Prashad, Ece Temelkuran, Nick Estes, and Lyn Ossome, and host speakers Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, amongst others. We hope you enjoyed it! If you still haven’t watched the summit, you can do so here. You can also become a member and donate.
Julian Assange’s trial has started once more in September. Several DSCs across Europe, such as in Brussels Belgium, Bonn Germany, and Copenhagen Denmark, have held protests in support of Julian Assange, calling for his liberation and the protection of the freedom of the press.
Two members of our DiEM25 Brussels Office, Davide and Erik, finished a tour of Greece that took them to 8 cities, covering 1600kms and interviewing 12 members of DiEM25. The footage they collected will be presented in a short documentary about the first year of our DiEM25 party, MeRA25, in parliament: the challenges they faced, the successes, and the road ahead. Watch the trailer above!
We updated our processes for translation and subtitling. Groups for translation into English, German, Greece, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish, Dutch, Czech and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian working to take our message even further! Contact us via email@example.com and help with this tremendous task!
On the ground: new DiEM25 Spontaneous Collectives (DSCs) were founded in the Rhein-Main area in Germany, as well as in Brno in the Czech Republic! Find the latest DSC news here!
Built on our citizen engagement campaign and developed the methodology in order to talk to Europeans on the ground and build national programmes for DiEM25! We have received the input from close to 600 DiEMers from across Europe which will be the foundation for the questionnaire we will use to inspire citizens to start building a new world with us, and are continuing to collaborate with volunteers across Europe (and the world!) to shape our methodology for this project.
Next Month in DiEM25: October!
We will continue developing our citizen engagement campaign that aims to reach out to our grassroots members in line with our working plan. If you have already registered to be a volunteer for the project to develop national programmes for DiEM25, get ready — we will contact you soon!
On 2 October, the Progressive International hosted The Belmarsh Tribunal, which will investigate and evaluate US war crimes in the 21st century, and defend Julian Assange’s right to reveal them. The live-streamed event included voices such as M.I.A., Jeremy Corbyn, Rafael Correa, Pamela Anderson, Lula da Silva, Rafael Correa, Roger Waters, Yanis Varoufakis, Slavoj Žižek and others. Watch it here!
On 9 October, Yanis Varoufakis will be answering questions about the Green New Deal for Europe (GNDE), starting at 18h30. Register here.
On 10 October, at 14h, DiEMers are organising a protest in Luxembourg: Manifestation nationale pour l’accès au logement digne et abordable (National mobilisation for the access of dignified and affordable housing) as part of our Rent-volution campaign. You can sign the petition ‘Free low-income Europeans from rent burden’ here!
We will be holding Coordination Calls with our movement to discuss the burning issues of the month in each country, and crowdsource these issues from members, in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the UK, Greece, BENELUX, Portugal, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Accession Countries, and also Countries without NCs. Check the forum for details!
Stay tuned and keep an eye on the announcements of the new series of Movement Coordination Calls! If you have joined DiEM25 in the last three months you can expect an invitation for the teleconference where we will get to know each other and the way DiEM25 operates.
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