The European Left Party has launched a Call for a European Forum of Progressive Forces. The first meeting was held in Marseille on 10th and 11th November. The Call rejects the inequality and austerity policies imposed on the peoples of Europe and refuses to accept that the only political alternatives are far-right, xenophobic nationalism or extreme neo-liberalism. The dangers of war and authoritarianism are great, especially since the election of Donald Trump.
Calling for a Forum which will help build an alternative, it states:
“We are the ones who are looking for another path: that of building a Europe of social and ecological progress, a feminist and anti-racist Europe, a democratic, welcoming and peaceful Europe.
We know that many share this desire, and that the peoples of Europe can change the course of history. We know that our gathering is urgent and awaited throughout Europe and beyond.
Only the unity of our forces will allow for change. It is time to build a common front, break down the walls and open a wide debate to produce progressive solutions together. We must meet, debate – without taboo and without exclusivity – about the convergences, solidarities, common objectives to be found to reach this objective.
We propose to create an annual forum of progressive forces of Europe, a new space for long-term political cooperation, bringing together a very broad panel of left, green and progressive parties, of platforms and political movements, trade union and social organisations, NGOs, intellectuals and citizens movements from all over Europe. We want a useful Forum to coordinate the various initiatives that are taking place in Europe and to build all the possible joint actions.”
A report of the recent successful Forum will be posted shortly.
For the list of signatories click here
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Sat 20 Oct, 10.00-17.30
How Do We Defeat The Rise Of Fascism & Racism? International Conference
A great line-up and a vital event in London.
Sat 20 Oct, 12.00
People’s Vote March
Park Lane, London. Contact us if you can help distribute LU broadsheets.
European Forum of Progressive Forces, Bilbao
To debate, build and act to ward-off current threats.
Sun 17 Nov, 11.00-16.30
Reclaim Social Care Conference, Birmingham
To explore how to reverse privatisation and secure quality, stable, publicly funded and accountable social care services for all.
Speakers from Health Campaigns Together, the Labour Party, DPAC and more.
Sun 17 Nov, 12.00
National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism and Racism
Central London. More info on Facebook
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