1st Main Meeting Of Balkans Decentralized Network North Greece (Thrace) 21st - 23rd of August 2008 during the PGA Gathering

Submitted by vlanto on Wed, 2008-05-07 14:12.

Balkan Decentralized Network

This network is a result of a long process and discussion about digital
tools and physical meetings which we, grassroots, autonomous,
anti-authoritarian collectives from Balkans and beyond need in order to
make our struggles more visible and powerful.
We are activists from Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Serbia,
Slovenia who are involved in local struggles but always with a global
The idea of this network came out from the last PGA inspired infotour,
September 2007, when two activists traveled together in seven countries in
Balkans and eastern-Europe.
We desire more collectives and people to join this project and make it a
useful coordination tool - also with the critics of it - for future common
actions, information exchange, call-outs for several issues.

The political goals of this initiative are based on the 5 hallmarks of
Peoples Global Action network and it is a clearly inspired project by this

We don't accept any kind of formal hierarchy and we struggle against the
informal one. We support the clear dignity of human beings as well as the
animal liberation.

We call every grassroots movement, anti-authoritarian collective,
autonomous space who feel related to this process to join this network as
well as to join the further discussion for common activities in balkans
and the support and solidarity of the anti-capitalist struggle everywhere!

We call everyone to get involved with a decentralized autonomous network
without any representatives or relations with institutional organizations!

-----1st Main meeting of BND in North Greece /Thrace 21/23 of August-------

This is a call to every anarchist, antiauthoritarian, autonomous
collective, to every grassroot movement from Balkans and eastern Europe in
order to participate in the meetings for further development of the
communication of the Balkans Decentralized Network (BDN), creating working
groups, digital tools, infopoints, discuss about issues like antifasism,
antimilitarism, infoshops and socials centers, no border camps and also
join the https://balkans.puscii.nl.

The Balkans Decentralized Network is a vital regional network politically
based on the 5 principles of Peoples’ Global Action and definitely is a
part of its process in Europe and beyond. We think that the critical mass
of Peoples’ Global Action in Europe at the moment is located in Balkans
and Eastern Europe. This is happening because of a neccesity for
solidarity networks as well as further work and cooparation between
different collectives and individuals, which is mentioned by a large
dynamic of activists.

Also this is happening because after the collapse of the totalitarian
systems in the early begining on 90s new wars and poverty started on the
Balkans and eastern Europe, as well as the new colonization from the
western countries.

BND and collectives who involve with it have organized 2 infotours and two
international meetings in Thessaloniki october 2007 and Maribor March

As a proposal at the moment we call for 3 days of discussion: 21st, 22nd
and 23rd of August during the PGA conference for all of the various topics

21st of August:

small introduction of BND and intro of the collectives and the program for
the next fays (open to everybody to add issues) and workshops

22nd of August:

A)part Political situation in Balkans and Eastern Europe a discussion
about Militarism and No border movement.

B) discuss a possibility for a no-border antimilitarist camp in Balkans in
2009 as well as a 2nd big meeting of BND as well as the possibility for
antimilitarist decentralized Days of action IN balkan area during the NATO
conference in Germany next year .

23rd of August:

A) working groups of the BND (newsletter group , digital tools,
translations , political narrative

B) evaluation and final decission for the next steps

We are everywhere!

PGA Hallmarks

1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism; all
trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote destructive

2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious
fundamentalism of all creeds. We embrace the full dignity of all human

3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying can
have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations, in
which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.

4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize
respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the
construction of local alternatives to global capitalism.

5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.
PGA is a tool for coordination, not an organization. PGA has no members
and does not have and will not have a juridical personnality. Nor
organisation or person represents PGA.