My name is Irene Dominioni, I am a journalist based in Italy, though proudly endowed with a very international spirit. For work, I cover a wide range of topics, from labour to social issues, the environment, innovation and European matters, while always aiming to maintain an international outlook. Recently, I’ve had a chance to do this practically thanks to European Alternatives and its Transeuropa Caravans: alongside 20 other activists, we traveled through 15 European countries to meet with organizations and groups fighting for democracy and advocating for a Europe without borders, connecting their stories, making them known to an international audience.
My route covered Germany, Austria and Hungary with a focus on civic spaces and the countering of the far right. It was an eye-opening experience as it made me realize how all around Europe we are facing the same threats and, therefore, the solutions to these problems also need to be common. European Alternatives’ scope is to unite the struggles happening around the continent and foster a truly European community: needless to say, I found myself naturally adhering to this mission.
In this sense, for me taking part in the Transeuropa Caravans project was a wake-up call to how I had a duty to not only commit to the values of solidarity and democracy, but to actively defend them. I strongly believe that everyone can; no matter what they do for a living. As a journalist, I can influence my readers through my articles, delivering a transnational view of events and recounting best practices around different countries to inspire people.
But everyone who believes in the value of a European democracy can and should contribute to it, either by volunteering in their local communities for a cause they believe in, or becoming an activist to scale their impact on a transnational level by connecting with similar initiatives. Guess what? European Alternatives is the best platform to do this.
Thanks to EA, I am now much more aware of this and I have committed to help spread the word: it is not a time for us to stand still anymore, we need to act, and to do it quickly. This is the reason why I support European Alternatives and I am calling you to do the same: with even as little as 5 euros you can become a member and start making a difference. Because the future is in our hands, and while dreaming of a different one, we can already start building it.