APRIL OF ACTION
Porto, Portugal 2020
International call for action
This call is born out of the refusal to conform and stand passively watching as States and Goverments turn the world into an machine of oppression imposed by rulers that don’t even hide the disrespect they have towards whole populations.
We have been witnessing an escalation of events wich demand that we re-think our posture in the world and the way we want to lead our lives and the future of the planet.
Low salaries, unreasonable rents, gentrification that purposly pushes the lower classes out of the cities, out of their local communities to give space to the rich, not only alienating them from their roots and history but also not providing alternative resources for a dignified life. A consequence of real estate speculation and only in benefit of the upper class and capitalist economic interests. The explotation of resources like Xale Gas, and Lithium without respect for the will and well being of the citizens living nearby. Illegal toll systems. New constructions that destroy entire ecosystems, like the project of a new airport in Montijo, or fracking extraction platforms that pollute soil layers and contaminates water plaques (same contaminated water that goes into the houses of nearby citizens).
Human exploitation, the mass distruction of nature, the killing of indiginous peoples and their habitats, wars…
And the list goes on and on…
All this scenario of insecurity also gives space for neo-fascist political ideologies wich are now trying to sneak softly into our lives with the promise of “saving the interests of the nations”
It’s necessary to say ‘’enough’’!!
It’s necessary to take control of our own lives and by our own hands.
We feel its urgent to create structures of collective organization, horizontal, self managed, anti-capitalist, sovereign, that will help us depend less on a State and more on each other, our neighbours, our communities.
From the 19th to the 25th of April there will be an international “Gathering of The Struggles”. It will be a meeting point for activism, art and struggles with the theme: Sovereignty. Throughout this period there will be a series of practical actions taking place at the city center related with housing and gentrification issues. This escalation of actions will lead to a final, bigger action on the 25th of April (anniverary date of the Portuguese peaceful revolution that ended dictatorship in the country)
If you have any ideas or proposals for activities/ lectures/ workshops/ concerts/ exhibitions/ workshops/etc for this meeting or if you wish to be involved in the organization, get in touch.
Things to bring:
Tent/sleeping bag/blankets/knives, forks, plates, cups/candles/food donations/all kinds of materials/trust and self esteem.
The meeting on the 1st of April will be at (Jardim de S. Lazaro at 14 o’clock) from where we’ll go together to the place in question.
Follow the white rabbit …