Request for participation on 25th and 26th April 2020 in webinar: internationalistic response to the crisis

We have decided to postpone the European/Prague Spring conference due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
European/Prague Spring 2020 – All-European mobilizing Conference for climate justice and peace will take place in December with the same goals we have set for ourselves.
The recent situation calls for a constructive dialogue. Therefore we would like to invite you to participate in two online webinars that will take place between 25.- 26. of April  2020. The main seminar will be held on Sunday 26 april on how environmental, peace and social movements can address the COVID-19 outbreak. This as a contribution to making peoples movements in Europe coming together responding to immediate challenges as a stepping stone towards World Social Forum in Mexico 2021. There will also be a seminar on Saturday addressing the need of solidarity among movements in different parts of Europe repressed by their governments and corporations with cases both before the coronacrisis and during the present situation. 


Prague/European Spring 2020 webinars program:

25 April 2020 – start at 12:00 to 14:00
Repression against movements and threats against democracy during the present crisis

26. April 2020 – start at 10 :00am to 17:00

An internationalistic answer to the Coronacrisis

European/Prague Spring webinar Sunday 26 april
An internationalistic answer to the Coronacrisis

10:00-10:45 The purpose of the meeting and outcome
Welcome and practical information

How can movements come together during the crisis and work together in Europe and towards World Social Forum (WSF) in Mexico 2021
Introduction: Leo Gabriel, Prague Spring 2 network and member of the International Council of WSF

Speakers on the same subject from initiators of the webinar: Youth Environment Europe, Young Naturefriends, UNITED, Transform! SpED, SZAB, Activists for peace.
Comments from participants from their movement or country

10:45 – 11:00
Solving practical issues with how to participate, allowing for more to take part and if possible introduce themselves

11:00 – 12:30
An internationalistic answer to the Coronacrisis

Panelists: Leire Azkargota, European secretariat of the International Peoples Assembly; Francine Mestrum Global Social Justice and member of the International Committee of WSF; Aleksander Buzgalin, Alternatives, Russia; Rainer Braun, International Peace Bureau, Peter Wahl World Economy, Ecology and development, WEED (tbc), CEE person appointed by UNITED/Young Naturefriends.

12:30 – 13:00 Break

13:00 – 14:30
An internationalistic answer to the Coronacrisis from a youth perspective
Youth action movements on how  to solve the crisis from a peace and environmental/health justice perspective: Michel Diaz Nocetti, No to Nato Sweden; Maruška Marija Mileta, refugee activists and Green Action Croatia, (tbc), Kristóf Nagy – editorial member of FORDULAT, Hungary (tbc), Amos Wallgren young climate activist from Finland (tbc), person appointed by United and Young Naturefriends.

14.45 – 16:45
What can we do?
How can actions proposed inte the morning and youth sessions as well as by peoples movements and preparatory seminars be carried forward.

First part 14.45 – 15:15:
Summary of proposals from earlier sessions. Asked to add to this discussion on how to unify peace and environmental movement and a common way to address the crisis are apart from speakers earlier in the program: Friends of the Earth, La Via Campesina and trade unions, Attac and World March of Women.

Second part, 15:15 – 16:00 working groups on:
social rural and urban movements, peace and environmental movements, youth movements, antirepression

Final part, 16:00 – 16:45
Reports from the working groups, proposals for actions and next step forward

16:45 – 17:00 conclusions and closing ceremonyPreparatory webinar Saturday 25 April:
Repression against movements and threats against democracy during the present crisis


Open for people to know each other and webinar practice

12:30 – 13:15
Stopping repression against movements in Russia, Ukraine and the EU
Cases chosen from different parts of Europe of importance to address simultaneously

Reports on different cases and proposal for action.
Russia: Cases in St Petersburg, Moscow, Penza
Ukraine: Odessa massacre and solidarity action May 2
Lithuania: Algirdas Paleckis
Austria: Abdel Kerim Abu Habel, a Palestinian asylum seeker
Catalonia: 9 Catalan political leaders sentenced to prison between 9 to 13 years.
UK, Julian Assange and labelling Stop the war, Greenpeace and other movements as terrorist threats

13:15 – 14:00
Defending democratic rights during the present crisis
Reports from different countries and proposal for action.

Central and Eastern Europe
Northern Europe
Southern Europe

Conclusions and closing ceremony

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