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INTERDEMOS is now a non-profit association

The announcement of the association INTERDEMOS was published in the French Official Journal of Associations on 14 Septembre 2015. This statute statut and the organization we are putting in place at this occasion will make possible a wider contribution to our objectives:

  • the concrete solidarity with the initiatives and structures of social solidarity and human development in the various counrries where we will be able to build adequate partnerships,
  • the polical action for progressive alternatives in various European countries,
  • the construction of a European demos.

Over the coming month we will make it possible for all who wish to join INTERDEMOS as members, launch one or several new solidarity campaigns, make our ambition more visible by expressing it in a number of texts, and give access to the public debate on the future of Europe in an added-value manner.

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Where do things stand for Interdemos

Interdemos mission statement is to work towards the construction of a European demos, through horizontal links between politicized grassroots solidarity actions in various European countries. We are active on two fronts: concrete (financial) solidarity with grassroots action in Greece (for the time being we focus on this country as its future political fate will play a key role also for other countries) and contributing to the emerging progressive alternatives in other European countries. There is lot to do on both fronts this summer.

Concrete solidarity-wise, we have transferred a little less than € 90 000 to Solidarity for All in Greece, thanks to your donations and our own resources. To face the consequences of the bank withdrawals closure 1)With the partial reopening, it is still impossible to withdraw more than € 420 per week. Electronic payments are possible within Greece, but most of the solidarity structures can not receive them., we brought a sum in banknotes to Greece, which will make possible for Solidarity for All to operate for the summer. In addition, we are well in the way of creating a French non-profit association with new members of the board in addition to the initial founders. This association should be able to launch a fundraising campaign at the end of September to ensure a continued support. The collected funds will be transferred using the channels then available.

The political action is inseparable from the concrete solidarity actions. Solidarity for All and our other contacts in Greece played a significant role in the campaign for the NO at the July 5th referendum. They are today at the heart of the efforts to overcome the wound to democracy that the signature of the July 13th agreement represents (see the Wound to Democracy post we have just published). The specific role of France in convincing the Greek government to accept this agreement and even in drafting is most questionable provisions has led us to campaign for the rejection of this agreement when it was submitted to the French Parliament on July 15th. The result in the National Assembly remains disappointing (69 against, among which no MP of the socialist party). We nonetheless were instrumental in avoiding the worse, that is the risk that the only votes against would arise from the extreme right and right-wing MPs.

We hope that the creation of an association of which each of you will be able to become a member will permit to this political action to grow in scale and efficiency. The territory of Europe is the seat of a democratic crisis that is now visible in all its intensity. To remain passive spectators would be disastrous. Interdemos will keep acting and working will all those who aim to take back in our hands the political fate of Europe.

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1. With the partial reopening, it is still impossible to withdraw more than € 420 per week. Electronic payments are possible within Greece, but most of the solidarity structures can not receive them.
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The lessons of the Greek referendum

Philippe Aigrain, one of the founders of Interdemos, published today an op-ed in Eutopia – Ideas for Europe on the lessons of the Greek referendum and what is at stake today and this week.


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Over the last nine days, no effort was spared to try to sow fear and doubt in the minds of Greek voters, and even more to misrepresent events to citizens in other EU countries.

Day after day, international media claimed against all evidence that the referendum was about staying in the Eurozone or leaving

IN BRIEF

  • The Greek people brought the NO vote to win in the referendum by its own independance of mind and ability to overcome fear
  • In most EU countries, there is no convincing perspective of progressive alternatives to the existing dominant political forces
  • European citizens of all EU countries should understand that it is our destiny and our political future that is at stake

The decision of the ECB to refuse to raise the level of support to banks during the brief campaign period for the referendum was a clear political revenge, contrasting with the unlimited support that was given to German and French banks to limit their exposure to the consequences of the crisis since 2009.

Read more at: http://www.eutopiamagazine.eu/en/philippe-aigrain/speakers-corner/lessons-greek-referendum

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International call from Solidarity for All

NO / OXI

We cannot say NO to our future.

We say NO to those who destroy our lives.

This appeal finds many of you already in mobilization supporting the resistance of Greek people. Five-year long struggles against the TROIKA and austerity culminate in a defiant NO to the blackmails of the financial elites and their political servants.

All of you understand the critical state Greek people face and that now is the time to take sides. Referendums do not acknowledge grey areas, but demand decisive actions and determination to win. More so when all of you understand that the next day, Greece will not be the same country with the same people. Neither will Europe.

This is why now is the time to act. Now is the time to decide about our future, about what kind of Europe do we want, about what kind of Greece do we want.

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Your mobilization is the only way to counter the fear and deception campaigns launched by European elites and corporate media, and the asphyxiation that undemocratic neo-liberal extremist “institutions” impose on the Greek people, on the EU periphery and on the global South. And we know that the more the fear changes sides, the more dangerous they become and the more united we shall be.

The grassroots solidarity movement, on hearing the news of the referendum, mobilized immediately throwing all its forces into the NO campaign. We attach the call of many dozens solidarity structures towards the Greek people and the poster of the solidarity movement’s NO campaign, which we ask you to disseminate.

Furthermore we ask you to help us internationalize the Greek referendum by:

a. disseminating and taking part in the international ballot for NO. Vote here https://www.facebook.com/sol4all/app_174186455969487

b. spreading and updating the news about solidarity actions you organize or are held in your city, region, country in https://www.facebook.com/sol4all et http://www.change4all.eu/home.html

c. organizing solidarity actions in support of OXI (ochi=NO) during this crucial week, culminating in an international action day for NO, next Friday, July 3rd.

However, as solidarity movement we already prepare for the day after. Whatever the result we will be on the front line. Either to counter the effect of YES, that would make the current humanitarian crisis seem like a scratch, or to meet the demands of NO for building a different society and economy with the participation of the people. Therefore we need, from now on, your solidarity to be concrete and material.

We want to thank you for your solidarity throughout these years, which has been decisive in our ability to endure and fight back our common enemies.

We are sure that now more than ever you will do your best to win this struggle, spread the hope and build another world together, from all, by all, for all.

Solidarity for All

Monday June 29, Athens

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Status report on direct bank transfers

Two weeks ago, the participatory financing on KissKissBankBank ended, and as the stated goal of collecting € 300 000 was not reached, the donations were reimbursed through the bank card used by each donor. We then called to transfer directly the amount of donations to the bank account of the Fund of support to the initiatives and structures of social solidarity in Greece.

As we write, we have been notified of bank transfers representing close to € 45 000 that is 38% of the amount collected on KissKissBankBank. This sum includes a significant support originating in the Interdemos group itself. Many donors on KissKissBankBank have not yet been able to check that they have been reimbursed. Others may have been deterred by the bank transfer procedure, even though we have been able to help everyone who contacted us because of a difficulty with the transfer to overcome it. We trust that with a continued effort of rallying the community that the first phase helped to constitute, it will be possible to come close to or even increase the amount collected in the first phase. Some people have increased their donation and other people did a bank transfer while they had not contributed on KissKissBankBank. It you are in contact with original donors or with people committed to the concrete solidarity with Greece and to reopening the European future, please encourage them to make a bank transfer.

In early May, we will send again an email to all KKBB donors to incite them to make a bank transfer. Until then, the campaign will proceed only through the @interdemos twitter account, this blog… and each of you. In parallel we will publish news about the situation in Greece (two of us will go to Greece this week).

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Instructions for your donations to reach the Solidarity fund

The campaign on KissKissBankBank has not reached its target of € 300,000, but it has triggered an extraordinary engagement: more than 1400 donations and more until the last minute, hundreds of messages and comments of support, a campaign inspired from ours in the US and donors from many other European countries: Portugal, Spain, Gremany, Great-Britain, Belgium and Switzerland.

An essential step remains to be accomplised so that, despite the failure to reach the posted objective, your donations will actually reach their intended recipient : the Fund of support to initiatives and structures of social solidarity in Greece. At the close of the campagn (this afternoon April 4th, 2:47pm), your contributions will be reimbursed on the same credit card you used to make them. If you can follow you credit card accounts on-line, you will see the reimbursement appearing soon. If not you will see it only on the next summary sent to you.

In order to turn the solidarity objective of the campaign into a reality, we ask you transfer by international bank transfer the amount of your donation to Fund of support to initiatives and structures of social solidarity. In all cases, international bank transfers are free of charge in the euro zone. Check the cost of transfer from the UK.

Here is the information needed to make the transfer :

Name of recipient : FUND OF SUPPORT TO INITIATIVES AND STRUCTURES OF SOCIAL SOLIDARITY
Address of recipient : 74, AKADIMIAS str., 106 78 ATHENS
BIC : ETHNGRAA
IBAN : GR59 0110 0400 0000 0404 8343 562
The following is normally not needed, but in case it is required by your bank :
Address of the recipient’s bank branch : NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE, 86, AIOLOU str., 102 32 ATHENS, TEL. 210-3342262, CODE NUMBER OF THE BRANCH 40

DO NOT FORGET to put INTERDEMOS DONATION in the Communication field of the bank
et, une fois le virement fait merci de nous en prévenir par email à contact [AT] interdemos [DOT] net with subject “Virement” and indicating the amount transferred.
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