Last year, massive protests in Arab countries and Europe sparked a wave of Occupy protests and encampments in the United States. That wave is not completely dissipated, but has continuing repercussions in national and international politics. Because the Occupy movement pointedly refused to articulate clear policy demands, most of its impact has been cultural, making it acceptable once again to express populism or question the actions of the economic elite.
A year later, a new organization called VIA22 is calling for “convergence” among far-flung social movement groups of the left, including the Occupy movement, Take Back the Square and GlobalNoise. The idea is to hold international discussions focused on local political demonstrations to occur on the 22th of every month in the hope that coordinated activity and communication will converge on common demands:
VIA22: Who are we?
VIA22 – a new international, open and horizontal, collective initiated in Montreal, Quebec – is launching monthly processes of local and global actions of convergence every 22nd of each month. These actions will take on the form constructed by local organisers, but, globally, all will manifest a common desire for convergence and unity.
People in Mexico, Spain, Mozambique, Senegal, Belarus, Croatia, England, Austria, Belgium, Japan, Greece, El Salvador, Chile and in the US have already expressed an interest in being a part of the movement. Join us in spreading the call as much as possible (translations are welcomed)!
What’s the idea?
The idea is to collectively acknowledge the need of a local/global dialogue. Also we want to stress the need that our marches and demonstrations become spaces for sharing knowledge about alternatives, and raise collective consciousness about the destructive world order imposed by the politico-economic hegemonic system, focusing on its impact on education, health, food security, security, freedom of expression or association, etc. We want to support and connect initiatives around the world and contribute to the dialogue between global and local.
To learn more about what’s actually going on today and in what’s planned for 22nds in the future, check out the #Via22 stream on Twitter.
If you think you’d like to participate in this effort, jump in at the Via22 website.