European Summer University of Social Movements
This summer, join the European Summer University of movements for a social and ecological transition
17-21 August, Mönchengladbach, Germany.
Many of our European allies, including the ATTAC network of which we’re part, will be gathering in Mönchengladbach (near Cologne) this August for a large, international encounter of activists from around Europe. It’s an activist event with simultaneous interpretation between English, German and French, and a huge range of workshops and plenaries, some of which we’ve been involved in organising.
We’ll be strategising with European trade activists as well as hearing from speakers such as Luciana Ghiotto from the Latin America Better Without Free Trade Deals. We’ll be joined by Maaza Seyoum of the African Alliance, a leading figure in the global campaign for a People’s Vaccine. And Shaista Aziz of Oxford Anti-Racist City will be speaking at a forum we’re organising with our close ally ATTAC France on the importance of diversity and building movements that are actively anti-oppressive. But there will be over 100 individual sessions to choose from, plus a cultural programme and solidarity trips. The centre of organised resistance to German coal mining and defence of old-growth forests is located nearby, and the ESU will organise a demonstration at one of the coal mines during the event.
The last time an event like this happened, in Toulouse in 2017, a number of Global Justice Now members came along. Mönchengladbach is a direct train ride from Brussels, so it’s a feasible journey from the UK without flying. Nearby Cologne is worth visiting before or after the event, and is also a handy rail hub for onward journeys.
If you’re interested in going and would like to be kept in touch about Global Justice Now’s participation, sign up here: