Letter from the CC about the Italian municipal elections 2017

Judith Meyer

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From DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective:

DiEM25 strongly believes in the power of municipal movements, thrives in grassroots initiatives and fully stands behind “rebel cities” in the struggle to transform national and European politics.

In the upcoming Italian local elections (June 11th-18th), Italians will have a chance to reject the false choice between business-as-usual and right-wing nationalism, and to vote for municipal lists that open a third space close to DiEM’s principles and manifesto.

The Coordinating Collective has analysed several electoral platforms looking for innovative municipal coalitions that adhere to our desire to improve social protections, welcome migrants and refugees, return to citizens ownership and participation over common goods and promote green energy and carbon reduction.

The following is a list of municipal coalitions we feel respect our policy manifesto. In line with our desire to support citizens-led coalitions that move beyond traditional party politics, we have selected municipal movements that bring together a plurality of political and civic actors. We believe a progressive alliance that gathers the best of the political, social, and civic dimensions is the most desirable solution at all levels: local, national, and European.

The following, non-exhaustive list has been compiled in cooperation with Italian DiEM25 activists and it has been recommended* by the Coordinating Collective, as well as our Italian Advisory Panel member, Berardo Carboni.

 

Padova

Arturo Lorenzoni / Coalizione Civica

L’Aquila

Cimoroni Carla / L’Aquila Chiama

Verona

Michele Bertucco / Verona in Comune

Cuneo

Nello Fierro / Cuneo per i Beni Comuni

Piacenza

Luigi Rabuffi / Piacenza in Comune

Lucca

Marina Manfrotto / Lucca Città in Comune

Molfetta

Giovanni Porta / Compagni di Strada

 

* Given the number of cities and towns heading for elections, as well as the short time-frame, taking an official stance on the elections has proven to be an impossible task. So, with DiEM25’s official support being impossible, as it would have required a vote among all our members, this list is only a recommendation of the members of DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective. The Validating Council has discussed and approved the text, adding some changes and determining that such a recommendation is in line with DiEM25’s Organising Principles.

 

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