Note (replying to a mailing list)

If the seriousness of the situation is not clear then a shift of one word can't change anything. What is important for a bunch of us is to understand that we don't want to replace the union leaders, or the expertize organizers, the "makers" of the student movement. What it is great and what we see every day in every corner of the world is that people are aware of the political and economic games played on their back. They recognize that the political situation-either called democracy, dictatorship, oligarchy etc- is all the way fabricated for the favor of capitalism's monstrosity and its expansion to every inch, every pore of our lives. Privatization expands to the calculation of our lives only perceived as numbers, the same with water, plants, seeds, animals and the DNA; if we are not able to talk about those issues in connection to the humiliation of the worker, the student and every profession then how we can expand our understanding of work without the power relations that entails? If we can't speak about the demolishing of money then how we are able to speak about life than survival? Words come only from the place of negotiation, manipulation when we call people "broader" audience, this is something that politicians always do, lawyers do, bureaucrats do, managers do, unions and organizers do; but our words must come from our mouths who we are amongst the people we are writing our texts- not for them but with them- and Seize the Empty Words and Speak about Life than Death.


Mona Lisa Effect / Eleni Tzirtzilaki, Caper, 2014


[...]people alone in the picture frames
as the girl destroyed the room
there weren’t those you’d met in the squares
as they once travelled afar
it was another course
she announced to me her death
with no preamble
only the last words
the first ones were scared
it was a bright, luminous morning
don’t forget it

her body swathed in seaweed
and the sound of the city
reached down here
even if we had no news from there
the woman at the coffee shop said
they have forsaken us
no ship
no bus
no hospitals
just people

I was in the shade
of the tree
a tamarix
one metre from the sea
salty caper grew near there
on the rock

the dog
stared at the sea
the bird hovered threatening
above us

in the distance
women gave birth alone

and then runs on the sand
the lizards sun themselves
the sea daffodils have just blossomed in the sand
seaweed the sea disgorges tonight
all is serene
the sky is full of bright stars
a red moon from afar
from the archipelago?

It comes
alone I lose myself in its body
the demonstrators’ cries are heard this far
its body red on the sand
a song reaches me from the street

unemployed mothers
children alone in the streets
the children leave
the closed schools

as the sun sinks in the sea for the night
mauve violet green
love travels to Antarctica
the waves and the seabirds have returned
now that the people have left to bring what?
in these leaden years
the silver sea you carry with you
in towns and in Athenian neighbourhoods
warm and soft it hugs you
and then I saw him
sleeping in an arcade off Eolou Street, Saturday night
cardboard boxes
it was he, you recognised him
fear came to grip you
his lips reminded you of the kiss
discernible amidst the cardboard
down the street young people on a night out in town
he turned inside the boxes
pulling the blanket closer to get warm
this Saturday night
and the lips were
we used to laugh, remember?
and talk of distant travels
the hotel was not far from here
she felt the cold on her back
and in her heart tonight

Syngros Hospital, silent doors
closed doors
the end lurks and awaits[...]


Call for an open GA for ALL, Friday 11/11/2011, 7pm, Liberty Square

Call for an open GA for ALL, Friday 11/11/2011, 7pm, Liberty Square

The past weeks OWS has witnessed rapid bureaucratization and centralization of the GA. Specific working groups, most dramatically in the context of the Operations Spokes Council, have authorized themselves as the ritual keepers (via dogmatic facilitation/process/structure rules) of the movement. This has created confusion and ambiguity in the public discourse. It has prevented each individual from empowering himself/herself to create or act in the GA without being identified as a professional participant. We have seen money issues and organizational questions ruling most of the General Assemblies, while putting aside the reasons and frustrations that led to the occupation movement. This, inevitably, means schism between the ones who authorize and the ones who are here to participate.
We call for an open General Assembly for all.
We don’t ask permission from anyone to be imbued with that authority. We continue to learn from each other the possibilities of Direct Democracy.
Theses on Direct Democracy (open document):
Direct Democracy comes as a necessary imperative act that puts priority for a radical overthrow of the system of political representation, the State and the commercialization of everything. This social organism does not leave space for any kind of hierarchies, leaders, governors and political parties. It gives space to every individual to experience and practice politics and at the same time to be transformed within it. It is for all people, who experience the joy of personal initiative, of collective try, of solidarity, as well as, of love. All resources of our common life and the means to satisfy our common needs, cannot be but common, into the hands of society itself, which, with no need of any kind of mediation, decides an equal distribution of them, for all.
1. All space is open to everyone’s participation and it belongs to everybody.
2. The equal participation of everyone shapes the making of decisions, as well as the control of their application, both in the political and the economy field.
3. All necessary representations have strictly coordinating or executive nature and not mediating, representative or decisive character.
4. The existence of many local assemblies (in neighborhoods, municipalities, workplaces, schools of education, etc.) that communicate is the cornerstone of Direct Democracy. Participation in these assemblies is not occasional, but it is as responsible and regular as possible.
5. Communication between local assemblies creates a horizontal (non-hierarchical) network, which serves to coordinate the required theses and acts.
We want everything for everyone. We are history in motion.
Now is the time to overthrow all forms of authority.

Announcement Text on November 2nd, 2011 / Direct Democracy Working Group of OWS

Direct Democracy Working Group of OWS

Announcement Text on November 2nd, 2011

Direct democracy is used to describe the process and the unique character of our movement but we haven’t had any time to create substantive thoughts in that direction. The flux and the intensities of events have not allowed us a space, for thoughtful deliberative thinking on the importance of direct democracy.
There have been lots of actions but maybe we also need to think and shape future manifestations and activities of direct democracy.
Working groups in OWS are developing further the concepts of direct democracy without being able to expand our experience and knowledge of what that means, although practicing it.
What we create here in this square and in many other squares around the world is not just an ephemeral experiment. What we do today is the birth of direct political participation, passion for social engagement and happiness, passion for direct involvement to the commons. It is clear that political representatives are not anymore capable to create the political circumstances and to make decisions in our account. It is obvious that they make decisions for the benefit of the 1%.
All of us with our every day life interactions we demand direct democracy and we establish ourselves together as one person beside another person in political participation. This is a historical moment not only because it is beyond leaders and flags, but because we revolutionize our understandings of what politics is and what it can be.
Direct democracy takes democracy out of the corporate offices and the economic negotiations and political elites and brings it back to our lives and engagement. It is up to us then to direct it.
Direct democracy working group invites everyone to direct the participation process and allow its further continuation and growth. Through connection and communication with other international working groups (for example Syntagma square in Athens and Indignados in Spain) who are also discussing the concepts and understandings of direct democracy, we will expand our collective practices together.