Final Statement Transnational Care Meeting

From the 16th to the 18th of May 2014, we met on invitation of the Blockupy Platform Vienna to form the Transnational Care Meeting as part of the European Action days. We are active in different political groups, movements and projects. For three days, we discussed how the crisis affects our common social infrastructure, our social relations of care and our political struggles.

Care work is a fabric of all social relations – both materially and emotionally. Yet, it is mostly invisible and neglected in public debate and in our political struggles. Especially in the recent crisis, the pressure on care work grows drastically: austerity policies destroy public infrastructure like health care, education, child care and social work. Care workers are confronted with increasing working hours and more challenging requirements. The breakdown of social infrastructure and services hits especially those how cannot afford to pay for a market-based care work. While wealthier parts of society rely especially on migrant care workers which often have to work illegally and under highly precarious conditions, in other parts of society, this care work is pushed into private households. It is mostly women who fill these care gaps, often on top of already existing gendered care obligations. Therefore, care work is highly connected with class, race and gender discrimination.

While these conditions lead to burn outs, care work overload and frustration – conditions we also experience in our personal lives – our aim is to build up alternative forms of care infrastructure. We see the urgency to defend public infrastructure against the attacks by neoliberal privatisation and austerity. At the same time, we refuse the simple alternative of state and market: What is at the core of our struggle is the idea of a socialised and democratic care infrastructure which allows us to care for each other in self-determined and collective ways – without creating new dynamics of self-exploitation. We depart from two perspectives at the same time: on one hand, we build up and strengthen already existing alternative networks of care such as self-organised kindergartens, community kitchens and collective forms of living. On the other hand, we will reinforce and support struggles in the health sector, in undocumented, illegalised household work and beyond.

Care work is transnational, and so are our struggles. Therefore, we want to strengthen transnational networks, especially with Central and Eastern Europe, as Austria is part of and benefits from these transnational care spaces. One of our prospects is the mobilisation for the Blockupy action days to make the opening ceremony of the European Central Bank impossible in autumn 2014. Our care struggles will be an important part of the movement that builds a democratic and post-capitalist Europe from below.

Vienna, 18th of May 2014 – wien.blockupy-frankfurt.org

Solidarity beyond Borders!

Today, 595 women who have worked in the Ministry of Finance in Greece as janitors will be fired and replaced by private subcontractors.

We, the Transnational Care Meeting, send you, our solidarity from Vienna, Austria. We are part of the European wide action days against the austerity policies carried by the Troika. It is exactly these policies that destroy both public services and the social infrastructure of care work and which affect especially women in drastic ways. It deprives people of their work, their means of living, their possibility to participate in society. It is the radicalisation of policies that ignores the most fundamental human needs. As activists involved in the care sector and in care struggles, we especially try to build up and strengthen democratic, self-organised forms of care work and defend public infrastructure against neoliberal attacks through privatisation and austerity. And we are in deep solidarity with all movements and initiatives that build up resistance against the dominant crisis politics and its devastating social impact. Even though it might seem sometimes that we are isolated, split up between those countries that benefit from the crisis and those who have to bear the costs, we are part of a movement beyond borders, forming the basis for a Europe from below. All together we care!

Vienna, 18th of May 2014 – wien.blockupy-frankfurt.org

Programm des / Program of the “Transnational care meeting: crisis and resistance”

Endlich ist das Programm für unsere “Transnational care meeting: crisis and resitance” am 17./18. Mai fertig.
Wenn ihr teilnehmen wollt, meldet Euch bitte an unter: blockupy-wien@riseup.net

Finally the program of our “Transnational care meeting: crisis and resitance” at 17th/18th of May is complete.
If you want to take part in please send an e-mail to: blockupy-wien@riseup.net

Wo / Where: U5 – Universitätsstraße 5, 1010 Wien

Freitag 16. Mai / Friday 16th of May:

ab / from 18:00 -> Ankommen, Kennenlern Runde, Warm Up / Arrival, get to know, warm up

Samstag 17. Mai / Saturday 17th of May:

10:00 – 13:00 -> Begrüßung und Einstieg ins Thema: Was ist Care? Welche Rolle spielt der Begriff in konkreten Kämpfen? [Workshop] / Welcome and Introduction: “What is Care? What is the role played by the concept in concrete struggles?” [Workshop]

14:30 – 17:00 -> “Wie kann Care-Arbeit neu organisiert und gerechter aufgeteilt werden?” [Disskussion] [Workshop] / “How can care work be re-organized and distributed more equally?” [Discussion] [Workshop]

ab / from 18:00 -> Mögliche gemeinsame Aktion / Possible joint action

Sonntag 18. Mai / Sunday 18th of May:

10:00 – 13:00 -> Ausblick, Abschlussplenum [Diskussion] / Outlook, Closing Plenary [Discussion]

Redebeitrag “Mayday 2014″

Auf dem Mayday 2014 in Wien war die Blockupy Plattform Wien mit einem Redebeitrag zum Thema Care vertreten.

Hier könnt ihr die Rede nachhören und nachlesen:

Der Redebeitrag an dieser Station wird gestaltet von der Blockupy Plattform Wien. Doch zuerst Bernadette La Hengst ‘I do care’

Heute am 1. Mai wird an vielen verschiedenen Orten anlässlich des sogenannten “Tags der Arbeit” demonstriert. Wir sind heute jedoch sicher nicht hierher gekommen, um “Arbeit” zu feiern. Wenn in diesem Zusammenhang von “Arbeit” gesprochen wird, ist meist nur eine bestimmte Arbeit, nämlich bezahlte, sichtbare Lohnarbeit gemeint.

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“Transnational care meeting: crisis and resistance” in Vienna, 17.-18. May

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Transnational care meeting in Vienna

Dear friends and comrades,

we, the Blockupy Platform Vienna, want to invite you to a transnational meeting under the slogan “Solidarity beyond Borders – Building Democracy from below. Transnational Care Meeting: Crisis and Resistance”, on the 17th and 18th of May 2014. We want to exchange our experiences, positions, activities and struggles concerning care work. Europe-wide action days linked with the international Blockupy crisis protests will take place from 15th to 25th May and we would like to join them with our meeting.

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“Transnational care meeting: crisis and resistance” in Wien, 17.-18. Mai

Transnational care meeting – Vernetzungstreffen in Wien

Liebe Freund_innen und Genoss_innen,

wir, die Blockupy Plattform Wien, möchten euch zu einem transnationalen Vernetzungstreffen unter dem Titel “Solidarity beyond Borders – Building Democracy from below. Transnational Care Meeting: Crisis and Resistance” am 17. und 18. Mai 2014 einladen. Ziel ist ein Austausch über Erfahrungen, Positionen, Aktivitäten und Kämpfe rund ums Thema Care-Arbeit. Vom 15. bis zum 25. Mai werden europäische Aktionstage im Kontext der internationalen Blockupy- Krisenproteste stattfinden. Wir würden uns gerne mit diesem Vernetzungstreffen daran beteiligen.

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Grenzenlos solidarisch: Internationale Woche dezentraler Aktionen 15.-25. Mai

Grenzenlos solidarisch – für eine Demokratie von unten!

Eine Woche vor den Wahlen zum Europaparlament rufen wir für den 15. – 25. Mai 2014 in vielen Städten Europas zu internationalen Tagen des Widerstandes gegen die Politik von EU und Troika auf. Sie sind unsere Antwort auf das massive und beispiellose Verarmungsprogramm für die Menschen vor allem in Südeuropa. Denn was uns als „Krisenlösung“ oder „notwendige Reformen“ von den Regierenden verkauft werden soll, hat dort eine humanitäre, soziale und politische Katastrophe verursacht. Mit dem gleichen Argument der „Alternativlosigkeit“ wird auch in Deutschland vorgegangen: Die Maßnahmen haben zwar nicht dasselbe Ausmaß, aber dieselbe Richtung: Die Reichen werden reicher, die Armen werden ärmer.

Diese Politik, vorangetrieben von der deutschen Bundesregierung und der Europäischen Union, steht bei den Europawahlen aber nicht zur Entscheidung. Ihre Ziele – die Wettbewerbsfähigkeit auf dem kapitalistischen Weltmarkt und die Sicherung der Macht- und Eigentumsverhältnisse – sollen nicht hinterfragt werden.Daher wird die Verarmungspolitik in abgeschlossenen Zirkeln der Macht, wie dem Europäischen Rat, der EU-Kommission und Europäischen Zentralbank, geplant und autoritär durchgesetzt.

Deswegen sagen wir – als Teil eines breiten, transnationalen Bündnisses von Bewegungen und Organisationen aus ganz Europa und darüber hinaus: Wirkliche Demokratie entsteht von unten, aus unseren vielfältigen Kämpfen um Gerechtigkeit und Anerkennung. Sie bekämpft jeden Nationalismus und Rassismus, weil sie auf der grenzüberschreitenden Solidarität der Menschen und Bewegungen basiert.

Gemeinsam mit vielen anderen Bewegungen und Bündnissen in ganz Europa ruft Blockupy auf zu Internationalen Tagen des Widerstandes und des Ungehorsams gegen die Politik der Troika. Werde Teil dieses Aufbruchs!

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Solidarity beyond borders: International week of decentralised actions from May 15-25

Solidarity beyond borders – Building democracy from below

The programs of austerity and privatizations imposed by the Troika decide on the lives of millions of people in Europe. Together with people in Europe and the whole world we resist the rehabilitation of capitalism on the backs of employees as well as unemployed, retirees, migrants and the youth. Together with them we say: “We don’t owe, we won’t pay!”

While the European Union crisis regime builds more and more borders in order to divide, exploit and oppress us, new transnational movements are arising. We are social movement activists, altermondialists, migrants, precarious and industry workers, party members and unionists and many more, who want to connect our struggles and powers beyond nation-state lines. During the week before the elections for the European Parliament we call for the spirit of the multitude of these social movements to build real democracy from below.

We call for an international week of decentralised actions from May 15-25, 2014. Be part of it!

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