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What we have achieved this year?
Is the time of the year when we like to take a look back at what we’ve done and achieved in 2018, both at the grassroots and the institutional level. 2018 has been a very intense year, not only for us as an organisation but for Europe and the world in the general: we’ve seen the far right taking over Brazil, entering the Parliament in the Spanish region of Andalucia, and governing in coalition in Italy; we’ve seen the UK facing barrier to trade under Theresa May’s Brexit and racism growing across the continent. But we’ve also seen women mobilising globally in defence of their reproductive rights, we’ve seen Muslim women, Native Americans, and LGBTQ candidates serving in the US Congress for the first time in history, and we’ve also seen over 240,000 citizens united against the rise of far right in the streets of Berlin.
In front of the global rise of the extreme right based on fear and hate, giving a credible and sustainable response based on the protection of human rights, depends on our ability to organize ourselves across-borders. This has been our contribution (in a nutshell!) in 2018 to make it possible:
1. Citizens of Nowhere: How can Europe be saved from itself
In 2018 the co-founders of EA, Lorenzo Marsili and Niccolò Milanese, published a book with ZED Books, that is at once a narrative of the experience of activism and a manifesto for change. Through analysing the ways in which neoliberalism, nationalism and borders intertwine, Marsili and Milanese argue that we are in the middle of a great global transformation, by which we have all become citizens of nowhere. Ultimately, they argue that only by organising in a new transnational political party will the citizens of nowhere be able to struggle effectively for the utopian agency to transform the world.
2. Innovating with Talk Real
We have also changed the format of our Talk Real episodes bringing a more dynamic structure that combines interviews, vox-pop, city views and discussion with different actors and activists on the ground. In 2018 we’ve traveled to London, Lisbon, Macedonia, Florence and Brussels to film our episodes.
3. Increase our presence in the media
This year our articles and interviews have been published in Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, Publico (Portugal), The Nation and many more. We have also been invited to national talk shows on Public television in Italy (LA 7) and Germany (Phoenix TV).
All our interventions on radio, TV and media are available here.
4. ‘What Comes after the nation state?’
In September 2018 we organised in collaboration with the International literature festival in Berlin a one-day Congress in varying debates as well as artistic formats and with experts from all over Europe, such as Ulrike Guérot, Gesine Schwan, Manuela Bojadzijev, Sivan Ben Yishai, Ann Pettifor, Mehdi Moradpour, Brett Scott, Harald Schumann, Tithi Bhattacharya and many more.
5. Countering hate speech and acting for freedom of movement
This year we have also organised our biannual Campus in Florence (Italy). The Campus of European Alternatives opened a space for exchange, reflection and action for both the participants of the summer school and of our training programs in 2017 and 2018: ACT4FreeMovement and Countering Hate and Far Right Radicalism in Central and Eastern Europe. In addition to the action workshops, keynote lectures will be given by Donatella Della Porta, leading expert on social movement studies; Jennifer Earl, expert on youth movements in America, and Philippe Van Parijs, expert on social justice.
6. Back to the Americas
With our project Co-Creation in 2018 we have also spent two months in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Mexico DF. This project aims to address urban disadvantage and territorial stigmatisation, by bringing together different actors such as researchers, policy makers, residents and artists, to ‘co-create’ understanding about marginalised neighbourhoods and to address disadvantage. You can read more about the project here and some reflections about our time in Brazil here.