New DiEM25 local collective in Novi Sad, Serbia

by DSC Novi Sad 1

DSC Novi Sad 1

The DIEM25 movement is open to all citizens of Europe, regardless of whether they live in countries that are formally members of the European Union. One of the most active local collectives, DSC Belgrade 1, was founded in 2016. Since then, the citizens of Novi Sad, as well as citizens of different parts of Serbia, have joined the movement.
The first contact was made with DSC Belgrade through social networks and via DiEM25’s forum. Then we gathered, met, and finally, on February 13, 2020, formed the second local collective in Serbia, DSC Novi Sad 1. The same day, we had our first joint activity; together DSC Belgrade and DSC Novi Sad organized a panel discussion at the Youth Center CK13 (Crna kuća). The panel was accompanied with the exhibition “We are millions”, dedicated to Julian Assange.
Iva Vučićević and Valerija Majus Marinković (DSC Beograd 1) presented the key ideas of DIEM25 through a discussion with the audience: How can the economy work for everyone? Why do we need a Green New Deal for Europe? Are austerity measures the right answer to the economic crisis? How can we run a guaranteed job program for everyone, instead of laying off workers? Those were some of the questions that were appointed during the talk.
One of the main outcomes of the discussion with the audience that followed was the confirmation of that which DiEM25 is fighting for. Namely, members spoke of an authentic, green and sustainable Europe, with democratized workplaces and prospects for a wholesome and dignified life for the many and not the few. In order to achieve this, we need a strong progressive transnational movement. There is no time to lose. We have to seize every day as if it is our last chance.
When the pandemic is over, yet another neverending crisis will hit hard and the current system will not be able to take that hit. The Europe we know is disintegrating in front of us. The ones who will suffer the most are those already living on poverty wages, and those on the margins of our societies. If we — DiEM25 and other progressive forces — don’t act now, there will be no tomorrow for those already at-risk. It’s as simple as that.

If you want to volunteer for the DSC, you don’t have to wait until the end of the pandemic.

As the newly formed local collective in Serbia, DSC Novi Sad is open to anyone who wants to get acquainted with the DiEM25 movement and its basic ideas. CK 13 (Crna kuća) remains a gathering place for DiEM25 members in Novi Sad. Due to the pandemic, we cannot hold our regular meetings in person. However we encourage you to write to us: to share your thoughts, ideas, experiences and feelings.
We could use your help to organize an online action regarding a translation project in Serbia. In order to bring the spirit and ideas of DiEM25 closer to the people of Southeast Europe, we want to carry out an online action to translate some of the key DiEM25 texts into the languages of the Balkans. If you can help us with that and you believe that the things we are doing are right, do not hesitate and let us know!
Carpe DiEM!
You can join DSC Novi Sad 1’s Facebook group, or contact them through this email address: novisad1dsc@diem25.org.

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