SOLIDARITY-RESISTANCE

Under the same roof”: some thoughts on the experience of the occupation of the City Plaza hotel

 Aliki Kosyfologou The societal crisis, created as a result of implementing fiscal austerity in countries of the European south, became, among other things, the impetus for the creation of a wide and diverse solidarity movement, aimed at the identification of collective solutions to shared problems. This newfound collective experience is…

Refugee Accommodation Center City Plaza

Since the morning of 22/4/2016, the abandoned Hotel “City Plaza” in Athens has been turned into an Accommodation Centre for Refugees. Currently refugee families from different nationalities, together with hundreds of people of solidarity are working collectively for the cleaning, repairing and organization of space, so that it can open soon as a project of self-organization and solidarity, as a center of struggle against racism and exclusion, for the right to free movement, decent…

An "artistic installation" at the Greek Church's Headquarters

by  Quincey Thessaloniki, 2.2.2016. The Thessaloniki headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church became the location of an impromptu "artistic installation", produced by an unknown group of vandals. The bishop of Thessaloniki is well-known for his ultra-nationalist and extremely homophobic positions, as well as his political interventionism. Congrats to the Adorable…
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Solitaire ou Solidaire? (Solitary or solidary?)

A documentary on the Social Solidarity Clinic of Thessaloniki - interview by Stratis Bournazos with journalist Stavroula Poulimeni   «Solitaire ou Solidaire?», «Solitary or Solidary?», is the title of a documentary on the Social Solidarity Clinic in Thessaloniki, which is currently in the final stages of production. The documentary is…

A call for support of the struggle of VIOME

Dear solidarity supporters, We would like to inform you of the latest developments in the struggle of the workers of VIOME. As you know, for four years now we have been fighting for our life and dignity. We, the workers, have chosen to create social alliances. We have rejected the proposals…

Austerity vs. The People's Health: How Greeks Built an Alternative Health System

Vijoleta Gordeljevic   "We don't earn anything, we only spend, but for each other," said a tall, middle-aged man as he entered the little room full of medicine where I was sitting behind a small wooden table, interviewing a 15-year-old volunteer at a solidarity clinic in Pireus, Athens. As he…

Solidarity in government?

Manolis Melissaris   Solidarity is increasingly thought of as a corrective counterweight to the measures imposed by the third memorandum. Many believe that solidarity can play this part, first, on the institutional level by introducing and promoting new forms of economic organisation. Secondly, by linking the state and civil society…

Two facets of Solidarity: "tangible" and "symbolic"

Despina Biri  The need to strengthen solidarity structures as a barrier against the onerous terms imposed by the impending new memorandum has been stressed by many. This strengthening sometimes presupposes, sometimes not, the ideological alignment of solidary individuals with Syriza and the Greek government. Taking as a starting point some…

Heath Cabot: Hubris and humility in academic activism

A reflection on the GCAS Democracy Rising conference    Heath Cabot   Last weekend I had the pleasure of participating in the Democracy Rising Conference organized in partnership with  held in Theoretical Sciences building of the Athens Law School, itself famous as a bastion of the left in Greece since…