The Alter Summit organized by the Greek social movement with the support of civil society organizations, trade unions, NGOs, political and cultural personalities from all around Europe took place on 7-8 June 2013 in Athens, Greece.
It sought to build convergence between movements opposed to the current anti-social and anti-ecological policies promoted by European governments and institutions and to become a driving force of the resistance against austerity.
A Peoples’ Manifesto entitled Our Urgent Common Priorities for a Democratic, Social, Ecological and Feminist Europe was adopted at the event. Below is an excerpt from the Manifesto which can be read, signed and downloaded here.
STAND UP FOR DEMOCRACY!
Current developments in Europe represent an outright denial of democracy. Democratic debate is silenced, repression against social movements is increasing and divisions are encouraged between people and between countries. The predictable outcome is the rise of racist, right-wing or fascist movements as resentment is partly directed against migrants, poor people, minorities, foreigners, and/or other European peoples. The best way to defeat these movements is to get rid of austerity.
Alternatives exist: our responsibility is to change the balance of power in order to impose them and build genuine political, social and economic democracy in Europe.
Because we refuse to be governed by a self-appointed European oligarchy,
Because we refuse the exploitation of people and nature in Europe and in the rest of the world,
Because we reject the European Union’s contribution to conflict and militarization,
Because we call for an end to the exploitation and the oppression of women
and for a break with the patriarchal system,
Because we want real democracy, real participation and popular sovereignty,
Because we want a society that gives priority to ecological and social needs,
We are building a united movement
for a democratic, social, ecological and feminist Europe!
We are supporting and strengthening each other’s struggles;
We pledge to join forces and to fight together make our demands a reality
through national and European actions.
ROLL BACK AUSTERITY AND CLAIM REAL DEMOCRACY!