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EPOG+ – Economic POlicies for the Global transition Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Call for applications

Economic POlicies for the Global transition (EPOG+) is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in economics, supported by the European Union. It offers a world-class integrated Master’s programme on the (digital, socioeconomic, ecological) transition processes with a pluralist approach and interdisciplinary perspectives.  

The main objective of the programme is to give birth to a new generation of international experts, able to define and assess economic policies and evolve within different political, social and regional contexts. Towards this objective the EPOG+ Master’s programme goes beyond the reach of standard economic theory to include various heterodox/institutionnalist approaches.  

The full partners (degree awarding institutions) include a wide set of prestigous institutions:

  • University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC),
  • Sorbonne University,
  • University of Paris,
  • University of Turin,
  • Berlin School of Economics and Law,
  • University of Roma 3,
  • Vienna University of Economics and Business,
  • University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).  

It also involves more than 30 (academic and non-academic) associated partners in Europe and the world.  

Scholarships  

The very best students from all over the world will be eligible for scholarships awarded for 2 years by the European Commission, based on our selection:

  • The « Programme countries » scholarships for students from Member States of the European Union (EU) as well as former Yugoslav, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Republic of Macedonia, Turkey;
  • The « Partner countries » scholarships for students from all the other countries.   More details here.  

When to apply?

Application deadline: January 30, 2020 – 14:00 (Paris time). Note that two recommendation letters are needed to apply and have to be provided by the deadline.
The course will start in September 2020.   More information
www.epog.eu The selection will be organised jointly with the EPOG 2.0 programme.

RIPESS Europe is an associate partner of the programme.

Apply

Independant media talk about SSE
Roma, 11 ottobre: presidio in sostegno al Rojava. Foto di Serena ChiodoComune Info 12 otttobre 2019

Independent media are close to the SSE, often by their status and especially by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of independent media articles from the last three months. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalism of Solutions (the articles are located in the city where the experience is taking place or, in the case of a general article, in the city where the media is based).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due to the diversity of European countries. For Greek, for which the Efsyn journal is particularly present with sometimes several articles per week on SSE, an English summary is included. This will allow you to perceive which themes are covered by these media: sustainable development, refugees, self-management, cooperatives, organic agriculture, etc. Feel free to send us an article or a media site to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez[at]socioeco.org

Cover picture of Comune Info, 12 ottobre 2019 : Le donne di Jinwar

Français

  • Environnement. L’ESS est-elle armée pour mener la bataille de la transition ? Stéphane Guérard
    Article de l’Humanité, 1 octobre 2019 [lire]
  • « L’économie de la décroissance », thème de recherche émergent Louis Possoz, Article de The Conversation, 30/09/2019 [lire]
  • Loi économie circulaire : mettre la commande publique au service du réemploi et du recyclage, Article Actu environnement, 2019 [lire]

Español

  • Emergencia climática, respuestas y alternativas de la Economía Social y Solidaria
    Articulo de el salto diario, 19/09/2019 [lire]
  • Viviendas comunitarias, cuando lo lógico parece revolucionario
    Articulo de REAS Euskadi 2019 [lire]

Italiano

  • Le donne di Jinwar (Rojava)
    articolo de Comune.info, 12 ottobre 2019
    2019 [lire]

Catalá

  • Txarango, una cooperativa de músics sense ànim de lucre, Núria Farrés, Articulo de Setembre, 09/09/2019 [lire]

English

  • Stir Magazine: Automn 2019, [lire]
Meeting on Social Impact, November 28 at Villeneuve d’Ascq, France
L’impact social au-delà des chiffres Les partenaires du projet européen VISES organisent leurs 3èmes rencontres de l’impact social : “L’impact social au-delà des chiffres “. Cet évènement se tiendra le jeudi 28 novembre 2019 de 9h30 à 14h à Villeneuve d´Ascq. Après 4 ans de recherche-action, les partenaires du projet européen VISES dévoilent leurs résultats. Entreprises-testeuses, centres de recherche, fédérations d’entreprises d’économie sociale et solidaire de France et de Belgique vous expliqueront ce qu’ils ont apporté au projet et en quoi VISES leur a été utile ! Sera également présent le TIESS (Territoires Innovants en Economie Sociale et Solidaire – centre de transfert Québécois en innovation sociale), qui nous partagera sa vision de l’évaluation de l’impact social, l’idée étant d’ouvrir la réflexion sur une vision commune de l’impact social, au delà des frontières. Pour plus d’infos sur le projet Vises, n’hésitez pas à vous rendre sur le site dédié : http://www.projetvisesproject.eu/

Pour vous inscrire ou pour plus d’informations, contacter l’Apes – Olivia Ruel-Mailfert : oliviamailfert@apes-hdf.org

The WSFTE will take place 25th-28th of June 2020 in Barcelona

The World Social Forum of Transformative Economies will take place from the 25th to the 28th of June 2020 in Barcelona. The decision was taken by the members of Barcelona’s local convergence group, the hosts of the event, which is made up of activists from various transformative economies sectors (feminist economies, food sovereignty and agroecology, the commons, the social and solidarity economy, and fair trade and ethical finance, amongst others).

The dates were chosen taking into account the calendar of international events in which the organizations of the Coordination Committee, which promotes the process at an international level, take part. The aim was that these activities would not clash with others, in order to favor the participation of as many people as possible.

With a nine-month calendar, the members of the local Barcelona convergence group and the members of the Coordination Committee are already organizing themselves in different working commissions, to take charge of tasks such as logistics, Forum contents, communications, and the welcome of the international participants who will come to Barcelona to take part in the event.

The aim is to make the WSFTE a diverse event, with broad representation from all five continents and the maximum number of different collectives, such as farm workers, indigenous people, squatters’ movements, LGBTI people, feminist movements, spiritual movements, youth movements, labour unions and also people working in education, digital economies, and alternative media, amongst others.

The idea is to boost awareness of the transformative economies projects that already exist and which prove that there is an alternative to the capitalist model, in addition to building connections between agencies, organizations and networks around the world.

Another goal is to make the WSFTE a beneficial space for the connection and convergence between the different transformative economies movements, and to define a common global agenda regarding transformative economies, in addition to a collective commitment and specific agreements to ensure the continuation of the movement beyond the convergence process.

To reach these goals, the WSFTE will include a program based on different roadmaps with activities such as workshops, talks, cultural program, creative spaces, virtual participation and areas for children, amongst other.

To follow the Forum’s news, how to register, virtual participation spaces, local convergence events, videos, see https://transformadora.org/en

For more information on the July meeting and the composition of the new Coordination Committee for the event, see https://transformadora.org/en/node/241

Global Peace Marches 2019-2020 from India and Senegal

On October 2, 2019 – the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, a 14,000 km, one-year global march for justice and peace, called Jai Jagat 2020, will start from New Delhi to Geneva. Winding through 10 countries with nonviolence training and events on key justice themes along the way, and joining with separate marches starting from a number of countries in Europe and northwest Africa as well as delegates from around the world, participants will be welcomed and hosted by the City and Canton of Geneva for a week (26 September – 2nd October 2020) of workshops, advocacy meetings and cultural events.

This initiative urges the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a dialogue with UN agencies in Geneva. Four Pillars of Advocacy related to the SDGs are at the core of the Jai Jagat campaign. These are: eradication of poverty, social inclusion, climate justice and the nonviolent resolution of conflicts.

Local committees all along the route will organize daily events, and there will be daily non-violence trainings, making this a year-long practice of non-violence. In some countries new families and new individuals with different stories will be included in the march.

​The arrival of the great march of Jai Jagat bearing the message of Gandhi and the voice of the voiceless is the perfect occasion, through a nonviolent dialogue, to promote various solutions for a world that works for everyone. To welcome the march, a festival/forum of change will be launched; combining, according to Gandhi’s vision, individual transformation with collective change. An innovative contribution to the key role of Geneva in the success of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations.

The Caravan For The Earth To Live

The POUR QUE VIVE LA TERRE caravan offers its public a meeting place for the diffusion and sharing of actions that bring hope.

In agriculture, ecology, politics, economics, social and cultural alternative solutions exist. The caravan creates a space for sharing so that these solutions can grow through the commitment of all. It takes place on average one week in each place to offer conferences, screenings, shows, parties and workshops. We think about it, we learn about it, we train ourselves, we celebrate.

WHY?

In the face of the current economic, social and environmental crises, many individuals are seeking a profound change in the way we live our societies. But many feel that they are helpless. What can I do about it?

Vectors of positive transformations, carriers of hope, the various alternatives underway are already determining the advent of a better world where the human values of solidarity, sobriety and respect for nature will be at the heart of our projects and our businesses.

The caravan is associated with the Delhi-Geneva Jai Jagat 2020 march, organized by Ekta Parishad, which will arrive in Geneva in October 2020.

With SSE, let’s march together for the climate

This month of September has been marked by climate demonstrations around the world, particularly those that saw the mobilization of young people who are rightly concerned about the deterioration of living conditions on the planet. We can welcome and congratulate them on these demonstrations, which are supposed to shake up the inertia and carelessness of governments. For us, one of the fundamental axes of the solidarity economy is ecological vigilance, which questions the meaning of production and consumption in relation to the close link that must be sought between these two poles. It is the root of agroecology, which works for the quality of food, the preservation of the land and that of its inhabitants. But in all areas of human activity, it is urgent to rethink the aims and means underlying it, and to be creative and proactive in finding solutions.

As we have already announced, the central objective of the World Social Forum of Transformative Economies (WSFTE) is precisely to organize the convergence of organizations that have set themselves the essential goal of resisting the harmful effects of a globalized political and economic system that threatens the vital balances of the planet. The process initiated by the first preparatory meeting in April 2019 is ongoing and should be reflected in each country. This is the case in France, for example, with the Regional Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy. Feel free to share your own initiatives with us. And please note already the dates of the WSFTE which will take place from 25 to 28 June in Barcelona. Let us be mobilized to ensure that a fundamental awareness generates proposals to significantly transform our imagination and put into action an economy at the service of humans and respectful of the planet.
We will communicate regularly on the process by regularly inviting you to participate in the different steps.

The General Assembly in Lyon has enabled new members to join us and this is welcome because social and climatic emergencies are accumulating and demand more than ever that we broaden the circle of people of good will.

In conclusion of this very brief editorial, it should be noted that in October two Peace marches will start, one the Jay Jagat from New Delhi in October and the other “La caravane pour que vive la terre” from Senegal in January. They will meet in Geneva on 25 September 2020.

Independant media talk about SSE

Independent media are close to the SSE, often by their status and especially by the values they defend. But how do they approach it? Here is a selection of independent media articles from the last three months. You can also find them on the map of socioeco.org: Journalism of Solutions (the articles are located in the city where the experience is taking place or, in the case of a general article, in the city where the media is based).

As you will see, the articles are in their original language, due to the diversity of European countries. For Greek, for which the Efsyn journal is particularly present with sometimes several articles per week on SSE, an English summary is included. This will allow you to perceive which themes are covered by these media: sustainable development, refugees, self-management, cooperatives, organic agriculture, etc. Feel free to send us an article or a media site to improve the map and our knowledge of SSE. Write to Françoise Wautiez: fwautiez[at]socioeco.org

Cover picture of El Salto Diario,13/08/2019

Français

En Grèce, dans une usine autogérée, le travail devient un « lieu de solidarité et de liberté », Andrea Fuori, Raphaël Goument
Article de BastaMag, 8 juillet 2019 [lire]

Interview de Vincent Liegey sur la coopérative sociale décroissante Cargonomia
Article de Mediapart, 18 juillet 2019 [lire]

L’écoféminisme, contre toutes les formes d’oppression
numéro 16 – Printemps 2018 de la revue Les Possibles d’ATTAC sur « Le(s) féminisme(s) aujourd’hui ». [lire]

Español

Alternativas Economicas n°71: Las cooperativas de cohousing
Mariana Vilnitzky, 2019 [lire]

Enseña el corazon. Haz auditoría social
Articulo de el salto diario, 07/06/2019 [lire]

¿Montamos una cooperativa de plataforma? Patricia Bolinches
Artículo de El Salto,18/05/2019 [lire]

Supermercados cooperativos: gente ordinaria haciendo cosas extraordinarias, José Luis Fernández Casadevante
articulo de eldiario.es, 24/06/2019 [lire]

De paseo por comunidades cuidadoras, Edith Pérez Alonso, Daniel García Blanco
Blog de El Salto, 11 de julio 2019 [lire]

Susana Martín: « La moneda social es un instrumento de política pública »
Genoveva López Morales
Blog de El Salto, 13 de julio 2019 [lire]

¿Por qué Barcelona acogerá el Foro Social Mundial de las Economías Transformadoras? Núria Segura Insa
Blog de El Salto, 05 de agosto 2019 [lire]

‘Cohousing’, un modelo que se abre camino, Mariana Vlnitzky
articulo de eldiario.es, 01/06/2019 [lire]

Alternativas de energía ciudadana contra el cambio climático, Jordi Ibañez
Blog de El Salto, 13 de agosto 2019 [lire]

Emergencia climática, respuestas y alternativas de la Economía Social y Solidaria
Articulo de el salto diario, 19/09/2019 [lire]

English

Opening Event of the Shonai Renewable Energy Power
Article of Seikatsu Club.coop, 31/05/2019, [lire]

Is fair trade finished? Samanth Subramanian
Article of The Guardian, 23 of July 2019 [lire]

Trickle-up economics, Ted Howard
Article of Prospect, July 13, 2019 [lire]

Greek

«Ρεστία»: το βουβό κύμα της επιτυχίας (Fighting ocean pollution)
Ioanna Sotirchou
Article of EFSYN, 10/06/2019 [lire]

Η Κ.ΑΛ.Ο. στην Ελλάδα: μικρά βήματα, μεγάλος δρόμος (SSE in Greece: small steps, a long road ahead), Cristina Pantzou
Article of EFSYN, 03/06/2019 [lire]

Τήλος συνεργατική, πολυπολιτισμική και ενεργειακά αυτόνομη (Tilos collaborative, multicultural and energy-independent), Ioanna Sotirchou
Article of EFSYN, 24/06/2019 [lire]

Υπηρεσίες στα χέρια δήμων και πολιτών (Services in the hands of municipalities and citizens), Cristina Pantzou
Article of EFSYN, 20/05/2019 [lire]

Κινήματα πόλης κατά των ιδιωτικοποιήσεων (Urban movements against privatisation=, Ioanna Sotirchou, Aphrodite Tziantzi
Article of EFSYN, 20/05/2019 [lire]

Γαστροτουρισμός και γυναικείοι συνεταιρισμοί (Gastronomic tourism and women’s cooperatives), Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos
Article of EFSYN, 29/07/2019 [lire]

Φυσική δόμηση, καλλιέργειες και εναλλακτική μάθηση (Natural construction, agriculture and alternative learning), Aphrodite Tziantzi
Article of EFSYN, 22/07/2019 [lire]

Η «Παλαιοβράχα» δίνει το παράδειγμα (« Paleovracha » gives the example)
Lena Kyriakidi
Article of EFSYN, 22/07/2019 [lire]

Αγροτικοί συνεταιρισμοί: η μόνη λύση για τον πρωτογενή τομέα (Rural cooperatives: the only solution for the primary sector), Michael Angelos Konstantopoulos
Article of EFSYN, 05/08/2019 [lire]

Italiano

Il tempo del consumo critico, Francesco Gesualdi
articolo de Comune.info, 7 luglio 2019 [lire]

Catalá

Euclides André Mance, filòsof i teòric de l’economia solidària « L’economia solidària ha de desenvolupar una estratègia global per afrontar el totalitarisme capitalista », Ivan Miró
Artículo La Directa, 9 juliol 2019 [lire]

Cuidem Lluçanès: combatre l’atur femení però també dignificar el sector de les cures, Josep Comajoan
Articulo de Setembre, 30/07/2019 [lire]

«Estem recuperant una altra manera de viure i de treballar la terra»
Núria Farrés
Articulo de Setembre, 11/07/2019 [lire] (

«Som una cooperativa d’acompanyants, però som moltes: les famílies, els infants i el poble», Núria Farrés
Articulo de Setembre, 16/05/2019 [lire]

Mengem Osona, la sobirania alimentària al servei de productors i consumidors, Josep Comajoan
Articulo de Setembre, 11/07/2019 [lire]

«Vam muntar una botigueta en un poble petit on no hi havia cap servei»
Núria Farrés
Articulo de Setembre, 11/07/2019 [lire]

Resource : Fair Trade Polska Report for 2018

Introduction to the report by Andrzej Żwawa, CEO of the Foundation of the “Fair Trade Coalition” – Fairtrade Polska

The report is a summary of the operations of the Foundation of the “Fair Trade Coalition” – Fairtrade Polska in 2018. It was an interesting time for the development of the Fairtrade market in Poland. The store shelves were stocked up with many new Fairtrade products, such as ice cream, chocolate products and Christmas sweets. New brands of coffee and tea became available and there was an increase in sales of clothes made of Fairtrade certified cotton. This translated into an overall surge in sales of Fairtrade products on the Polish market of more than 50%. As shown by research carried out by WSB University in Wrocław, the recognition level of the Fairtrade mark among consumers in- creased from 28% in 2015 to 34% in 2018. This means that one in three people in Poland recognizes the Fairtrade mark on product packaging. Thus, there are plenty of reasons to be happy.

At the same time, farmers from the global South are facing many difficulties. Plant diseases, droughts, fires and other effects of climate change wreak havoc on crops. Buyers use their advantage to put a constant pressure on farmers, often making them sell their produce at prices below the production costs. In July 2018, prices of coffee at the New York ex- change dropped below 2 dollars per kilogram, reaching the lowest level in over a decade. Agricultural communities in Ghana and Ivory Coast are aging because young people see no prospects for themselves in the countryside and decide do migrate to the cities, falling out of the frying pan into the fire and ending up in rapidly growing slums.

Climate Emergency, Responses and Alternatives from the Social and Solidarity Economy
Foto Blog El Salto Diario

Blog of El Salto Diario, 19/09/2019, Comisión Ecología de la Red de Economía Solidaria de Cataluña (XES)

With the Climate Strike of September 27 and the week of actions planned for the previous week on the horizon, we reflect on the role of the Solidarity Economy in these mobilizations and its ability to contribute to moving towards more sustainable and supportive post-carbon societies.

We have 11 years (only) left to reach the allowable global temperature limit of the planet, and once exceeded it will lead to an irreversible and unprecedented change in the Earth’s climate that will pose a threat to future generations. This was the forceful emergency message of the United Nations (UN) after its 73rd High Level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development last March. (…)

The impacts generated by climate change are direct and indirect, and related to human activity, according to scientific evidence. Natural ecosystems are intimately interrelated with this activity.

Faced with this, several States and Administrations around the world have declared the Climate Emergency, a total of some 800, a figure in continuous growth since the city of Darebin, Australia, declared in 2016 for the first time this state of Climate Emergency.

Along with these institutional pronouncements, various social and ecological movements, trade unions, administrations and, of course, also the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) are articulating and mobilizing to achieve impact actions that contribute to the paradigm shift necessary to face this emergency. The call for a Strike against Climate Change on September 27 and the mobilizations planned for the week of September 20 to 27 are proof of this, and there are many movements and organizations that are working to make these calls a success.

But what does it mean to declare a state of Climate Emergency? Does the alert that the social and environmental movements of the world are putting on the public agenda have the same strategy to put an end to climate change? Is it possible to promote peace, prosperity and the Sustainable Development Goals in a globally capitalist world, based on linear economic growth, which does not take into account the limits of the planet? Do the Sustainable Development Goals really promote a Social Economy, fair, equitable and democratically radical throughout the world?

An ESS for the EcoSocial Transition

Faced with all these questions, the entities that promote ecology within the Social and Solidarity Economy have their proposals. The SSE is part of the set of transforming economies that are erected as an alternative economic model to the prevailing capitalist model and that prioritize the welfare of people and their environment. They are, therefore, the most suitable to provide an effective solution that reduces the socio-environmental impacts that our society has generated and that have resulted in the current climate emergency situation.

The SSE comprises a great variety of initiatives that develop an economic activity from a collective base with a clear will to contribute to the transformation of our society, integrating social and environmental criteria in its values, organization and activities.

Within the SSE we find formulas as diverse as cooperatives, foundations and even associations, which incorporate a certain level of professionalism. Thus, the link with grassroots social movements is very close, to the extent that some initiatives arise from the hand of people linked to these movements, who decide to take a further step for the implementation of their social and environmental demands, carrying out projects or services related to these demands or simply developing an economic activity with a more sustainable approach.

The SSE is an economic practice that is developed in different sectors of the economy, such as: communication, energy, mobility, agroecology, food, consumption, etc. Many of these initiatives are clear examples of success, such as the renewable energy consumption cooperative Som Energia, whose work contributes to the fight against climate change. Emerging from the university world and closely linked to social movements, it has reached 60,270 members. It is an experience that also makes it possible to empower people to consume renewable energy sources and even participate in the generation of energy itself, either in collective facilities or as a prosumer.

The SSE is therefore an opportunity to build socioeconomic models that contribute to the transition to the post-carbon society to which we are heading. But there may be many post-carbon societies and various transitions to reach them. We need this ecological transition to be an opportunity to build more just, equitable and democratic societies. And this transition process must be rapid, because we have little time, and if it is not led by the Social and Solidarity Economy and other alternatives, the big corporations will do it.

But is the Social and Solidarity Economy ready? It is important that the fabric of the SSE asks itself this question, and sees the transitions as a great opportunity to accelerate and grow these alternatives that have been cultivated for years. Because if we don’t manage to build this necessary space from the SSE, we may find ourselves with undesirable scenarios, more and more unequal and with a growth of ecofascisms.

Challenges on the horizon

We have several challenges to strengthen the SSE in the face of the Climate Emergency situation. We need to make the ecological transition the backbone of our strategies for promoting and strengthening the SSE, which entails, for example, prioritizing the strategic sectors for the transition.

On the other hand, we must orient the SSE to its growth, in order to generate broad and replicable alternatives that can compete with large corporations. Likewise, we must influence the educational and cultural model, which promotes individualism, fostering instead cooperation and solidarity, and deepen the links and alliances that can be woven between transformative economic initiatives and social movements that fight for social rights, the environment and climate emergency.

But, in addition to the day-to-day transformation actions that we contribute from the SSE in pursuit of the decarbonization of our lives and activities, the great challenge is to extrapolate these more ecological and democratic operating models to the rest of society. And we have to start with the social entities, cooperatives and companies of the SSE themselves, which have yet to incorporate a more ecological and environmentally friendly vision into their operations. This is, in fact, one of the objectives for which the Ecology Commission of the XES (Xarxa d’Economia Solidaria de Catalunya) was born: “to strengthen the ecological dimension of the Social and Solidarity Economy”.

There is a long way to go with the whole universe of the SSE and the climate movements, and as we point out it must be extended to the whole of society, given the urgency of the problem and the need to provide short-term responses to the climate emergency.

In this process, the next calls for mobilization for climate justice to raise awareness and generate the paradigm shift necessary to move to a decarbonized society and economy will be key. In these mobilizations, we are going to bring together diverse entities and people, and the entities of the Social and Solidarity Economy must play a key role as the engine of this global paradigm shift.

Therefore, we assume as our own the declaration of Climate Emergency, (in Spanish) and we call for active mobilization and massive participation in the World Climate Strike next September 27, as well as in the activities of this First Wave of mobilizations, scheduled since September 20.

Because, the Social and Solidarity Economy will be sustainable and fair or it won’t be.
Because only from a firm and clear commitment to a decarbonized economy will we see the world in which we want to live.
We ‘ll meet on the Wave!

Solidarity with Riace
September 20, 2019
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Article by Elisabeth Voß, NETZ für Selbstverwaltung und Kooperation Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.

Mural by Carlos Atoche on the wall of the (former) village school.
Photo by Elisabeth Voss.

Like many mountain villages in Southern Italy, Riace on the East coast of Calabria is also affected by outward migration. Since 1998, refugees have been taken in there, could live in the village and work together with the locals in small projects. Life returned to the village, there were jobs and modest prosperity, and the school was able to reopen. For the refugees, the solidarity-based reception was an alternative to accommodation in the inhumane mass camps, where the Mafia also often earns well. Riace and his mayor Domenico “Mimmo” Lucano were known all over the world and honoured with many prizes.

Two years ago, however, the payment of subsidies from the SPRAR program (Sistema di Protezione per Richiedenti Asilo e Rifugiati) was stopped, in October 2018 Domenico Lucano was arrested, placed under house arrest, then banished from Riace. The welcome projects were closed. Domenico Lucano and about 30 other residents were accused of promoting illegal immigration. In May 2019, Antonio Trifoli, a candidate supported by the Lega, won the mayoral election, but he is currently under impeachment proceedings. On September 5th 2019 – one day after Salvini was no longer Minister of the Interior – Lucano was allowed to enter his village again.

Cultural festival of the foundation “È stato il vento” at the beginning of August 2019.
Photo by Valeria Fioranti.

There are repeated protests against these attacks against humanity and solidarity. A foundation “È stato il vento” (It was the wind) was established. It supports the remaining refugees in Riace and wants to “create and secure a local economy based on the criteria of solidarity, emancipation and respect for the environment”. The foundation is renovating flats for a new solidarity tourism and is preparing the reopening of the workshops.

The RIPESS General Assembly in Lyon in June 2019 decided to support Riace. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Elisabeth Voß of the new RIPESS member, NETZ für Selbstverwaltung und Selbstorganisation“ (NETZ for self-government and self-organisation), or directly the Foundation.

More about the foundation: https://estatoilvento.it/
Elisabeth Voß collects informations about Riace here (in German): www.riace.solioeko.de

Translation of the text :

Solidariät mit Riace

Wie viele Bergdörfer in Süditalien ist auch Riace an der kalabrischen Ostküste von Abwanderung betroffen. Seit 1998 wurden dort Flüchtlinge aufgenommen, konnten im Dorf leben und mit den Einheimischen in kleinen Projekten zusammen arbeiten. Es kam wieder Leben ins Dorf, es gab Arbeitsplätze und bescheidenen Wohlstand, die Schule konnte wieder öffnen. Für die Flüchtlinge war die solidarische Aufnahme eine Alternative zur Unterbringung in den menschenunwürdigen Massenlagern, an denen auch die Mafia oft gut verdient. Die Regierung nahm die Aufnahmebereitschaft des Dorfes gerne in Anspruch, Riace und sein Bürgermeister Domenico „Mimmo“ Lucano wurden dafür weltweit bekannt und mit vielen Preisen geehrt.

Bereits vor zwei Jahren wurde jedoch die Auszahlung der Fördermittel aus dem SPRAR-Programm (Sistema di Protezione per Richiedenti Asilo e Rifugiati) eingestellt, im Oktober 2018 wurde Domenico Lucano verhaftet, unter Hausarrest gestellt, dann aus Riace verbannt. Die Willkommensprojekte wurden geschlossen. Domenico Lucano und etwa 30 weitere Einwohner*innen wurden angeklagt wegen der Förderung illegaler Einreise. Im Mai 2019 gewann der von der Lega unterstützte Kandidat Antonio Trifoli die Bürgermeisterwahl, jedoch läuft gegen ihn ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren. Erst am 5. September 2019 – einen Tag nachdem Salvini nicht mehr Innenminister war – durfte Lucano sein Dorf wieder betreten.

Gegen diese Angriffe auf Menschlichkeit und Solidarität gibt es immer wieder Proteste. Eine Stiftung „È stato il vento“ (Es war der Wind) wurde gegründet. Sie unterstützt die verbliebenen Flüchtlinge in Riace und möchte dort wieder “eine lokale Wirtschaft schaffen und sichern, die auf den Kriterien der Solidarität, der Emanzipation und des Respekts für die Umwelt basiert.” Die Stiftung richtet Wohnungen für einen neuen Solidaritätstourismus her und bereitet die Wiedereröffnung der Werkstätten vor.

Die Mitgliederversammlung von RIPESS im Juni 2019 in Lyon hat beschlossen, Riace zu unterstützen. Näheres in einem nächsten Rundbrief, wer Fragen oder Anregungen hat, wende sich bitte an Elisabeth Voß vom neuen RIPESS-Mitglied „NETZ für Selbstverwaltung und Selbstorganisation“, oder direkt an die Stiftung.

Mehr zur Stiftung: https://estatoilvento.it/
Elisabeth Voß sammelt hier Informationen zu Riace (in deutscher Sprache): www.riace.solioeko.de

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