Monday, April 14, 2008

The People's Global Action (PGA) is a loosely knit network of anti-globalization activists. It has been instrumental in organizing protests against the G8, the WTO, the World Bank and the IMF in locations across the world. The following two reports concern the recently published newsletter, available in a downloadable pdf format and the upcoming (August 20 to 27th) gathering in Athens, Greece. If you want to learn more about the PGA consult one of the sites below:
PGA* inspired newsletter #4
This is the 4th issue of the PGA inspired newsletter! You can download the file for reading from here: and the file for printing from here: At the PGA-conference in Dijon a need for a non-digital communication-tool was mentioned. There was an idea to refresh a printed newsletter. We would like to continue the project with this call. Our aim is to continue using this newsletter as forum of debates, different project, actions and struggles of collectives, related to PGA. The newsletter does not speak in the name of the network, but is inspired by PGA. Therefore it will continue to be an autonomous project with subjective views, but can only work through the participation of various collectives and individuals in the network.
This project should be an open process and switching workgroups take the responsibility for each issue.The group, working on the next issue, announces their idea for next issue and sets a deadline for article (both on the pga-process list). After layouting and publishing it’s also helpful, if the workgroup cares for skill-sharing with the next group (which means to introduce in the tools, used for the newsletter). The final printing and distribution is like the creation of article in the responsibility of all the collectives and single persons in the network. To make the next newsletter a better instrument of information and perhaps more open to global struggles, please send articles
* An antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative network
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5th Peoples' Global Action Gathering in Europe Athens 20th / 27th of August
PGA - People's Global Action - started in 1998, it has been a tool and a diffuse structure coordinating groups and people sharing common struggles and practices, in accordance with various anticapitalist and anti-authoritarian principles (see the hallmarks).
PGA initiated the Intercontinental Caravan in 1999, as well as international action days of actions against the G8, the WTO, the World Bank, the IMF... In Seattle, Genoa, Prague, and in a number of less popular events, PGA was a driving force behind numerous actions and reflections. At the convergence of international initiatives and local struggles, groups close to the PGA are now looking for new drives to challenge stagnation.In Europe, groups who identify with the PGA principles meet about once every two years, through the initiative of a "convener" collective. Since 1998, these conferences have been the opportunity for several days of exchanging practices and knowledge, and of establishing bonds, which allow us to be better organized in common actions.
The 5th gathering of Peoples Global Action in Europe this time will take place in Greece.The responsibility of organizing and coordinating the discussion that opened in the last meetings of PGA Europe has taken up by a decentralized network of activists and collectives in the Balkans. That's exactly and the essential advantage of this initiative. The convener is not a local collective like other conferences in the past but a vital Balkan decentralized network. On the preparation all of these months several questions , problems as well as ideas for taking action have already been mentioned by all of us involved with a conference here!!! Again, in the Balkan region! We would like to open a long discussion about local activism in combination with a global perspective. In other words we want to discuss about the future of the PGA network and its process as well as the various projects , topics and ideas for action.
As a reference example : the following topics that we are already working on or we want to invite people to open meeting spaces during the PGA conference.
Autonomous spaces and squatting,
patriarchy, gender, radical feminism,
antirepression, anti militarism,
biotechnology, environmental struggles,
indigenous spaces,
antiglobalization, G8,
DIY activities and sharing skills, fanzines, infoshops,
PGA infopoint ,
land and autonomy, eco communities,
digital struggles and autonomous servers, indymedia tools,
precarity and flexibility,
radical theory,
productive networking,
local alternatives,activism,
to be continued ...
If you wanna take part on the meeting we need the following information from you!! Please send it to us as soon as possible at have it in mind that our dynamic is not the best one and we need a lot of international support and definitely to know how many people are planning to join the meeting .. You also need sleeping bags and probably a tent.
Info that we need from you: of your collective (if you belong in a collective),
2.number of people,
3.workshop or topic who you want to organise (name of your workshop,what do you need for it, for ex do you need a projector?),
4.if you wanna participate on the kitchen (we definitely need it as well)
In solidarity -
International working group of the 5th PGA conference

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