IADL: Free political prisoners.

The progressive International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a recognized consultative organization with the United Nations, published a statement calling for the realease of catalan political prisoners:

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) rejects and condemns the repressive action undertaken by the Spanish government against some pro-independence figures in Catalonia.

IADL calls for the immediate release of Catalan political prisoners, who have been held in pre-trial detention since October 2017 and demands the revocation of the arrest warrants issued against other personalities, who have at this time been forced into exile.

IADL requests both the Spanish government and the pro-independence parties to resume talks and revive a fruitful dialogue in order to achieve a peaceful solution of the Catalan issue, in the framework of existing current national, European and international law.

See also: [1] [2] [3] [4]

An exit strategy from patriarchy.

Speech given at the 29th EGP-Council. Berlin, 23rd of November 2018

by Brigitte Foppa (Vërc)

You asked me to speak about feminism.

So, I brought you something. What is this?

Usually this is simply a panty. But today it is not. Today, after that in an Irish court of justice was brought forward the argument that a woman who wears a thong is open for sexual encounters and therefore the claim of rape can be excluded, today this is an invitation to violence!

This is not the first time that something like this happens. In 1998 in Italy a judge sentenced that a young girl couldn’t be victim of a rape because she was wearing blue jeans. Now every year on May 27th women from all over the world remember this incredible fact wearing blue jeans on the “Denim day”.

Because we do not forget.

But we have to admit that times, they are not changing.

Now the question is: do we have to talk about violence when we speak about feminism? For many years I didn’t think so. I thought that there were other important issues I could work and fight for:

  • more female representation in politics.
  • equal pay, equal work, equal pension.
  • a gender quota in the boards of the companies.
  • more justice even in the language.

We can find all these topics in the Manifesto of the European Greens. They are so important, and we will continue fighting for them – always remembering that Green Parties are the only parties which are obviously and explicitly feminist. Which is not so easy, because usually ad-experts tell us that insisting on gender topics is the best way to lose elections. This is a problem. Gender politics are now the most revolutionary and unpopular politics when they really retold the capability to change the world, to change power structures, to change the distribution of welfare.

Within this capability we have potential and danger at the same time.

Danger? Yes. We observe actually a wave of hate against women. We usually try to explain this as the backlash of feminism, but I think there is more.

Because this wave of hate has a battle-field: our body.

There are different typologies of hatred:

When we (our bodies) are being laughed at.

When we (our bodies) are minimized.

When we (our bodies) are sexualized at all.

At last when we (our bodies) are destroyed.

Last year, in my small land in the Alps with half a million citizens, 4 women have been killed, in Italy 94, in Austria 16 – just because they were women! This is the reason why we have to speak about violence.

We can suppose that the origin of this hate lies in fear. There is always fear at the bottom of hate. In this case there is a lot of fear. Fear of losing the power. Fear of change.

In conclusion:

We have to keep working and fighting for gender politics.

But I think we need to go beyond and develop something bigger. We have now to start working on an EXIT STRATEGY FROM PATRIARCHY, from the power system which created submitted women and unhappy men.

Let’s think about it. Men and women together.

For more justice. For more respect. For a better world.

Thank you.

Harvie: Time has come for a second indyref.
Quotation 505

The case for Scotland choosing its own future grows stronger with each day. The Brexit calamity gives the issue greater immediacy but, frankly, even if Brexit is killed off the past two years have proved beyond doubt the level of contempt Scotland is shown inside the UK.

This has been a period of such confusion and chaos, but one thing is as clear now as it has ever been. Scotland will only get the strong future relationship we want with Europe – as the overwhelming majority voted for – if we’re a full, independent member of the European Union.

I’m reminded of what the former Daily Record editor, Murray Foote, said when he came out in support of independence earlier this year: “For me, independence is about autonomy, allowing Scotland to meet success and failure on its own merit and not point an embittered finger of blame at anyone else.”

Let’s not go down with them. It’s time we charted our own course, and offered the people of Scotland not impossible promises but a secure future as a member of our European family. It’s time – once again – to say Yes.

Patrick Harvie, co-convener of the ‘Scottish Green Party’ (here)

See also: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Aus “Aroha” zur Diversität.
Quotation 487

Te Aroha is our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown even before she arrived […] it’s also the place where all my family are from and I grew up under that mountain.

Neuseelands Premierministerin Jacinda Ardern laut NZ Herald

Die Premierministerin und ihr Lebensgefährte haben ihr Neugeborenes Neve Te Aroha genannt. Te Aroha (was soviel wie “Liebe” bedeutet) ist auch der Māori-Name eines Berges, in dessen Umgebung Ardern aufgewachsen ist. Die Premierministerin hat überdies bekräftigt, dass sie Neuseeland/Aotearoa verstärkt zu einem zweisprachigen Land (Englisch, Te Reo Māori) machen möchte. Neve Te Aroha soll daher zweisprachig aufwachsen und die Sprache der indigenen Bevölkerung Neuseelands lernen. Laut einem Bericht auf orf.at gilt Māori in Neuseeland nicht notwendigerweise als ethnisches Konzept.

Māori ist indes allerdings keine Kategorie der Abstammung, sondern als Māori gilt in Neuseeland, wer sich dazu bekennt.

100% italienische Erdbeeren.
Nicht nur in Südtirol absurd

In Obstgeschäften und Supermärkten stößt man auch hierzulande immer wieder auf Produkte, die angeblich »100% italienisch« seien. Weil ich mich an diesem Schwachsinn stoße, vermeide ich — just for the record — solche Erzeugnisse fast reflexhaft. Genauso, wie ich übrigens 100% Südtiroler, 100% deutsches oder 100% spanisches Obst und Gemüse im Regal lassen würde.

Mit diesen Freienfelder Erdbeeren (es sind halt schon wieder die Erdbeeren) ist mir nun jedoch zum ersten Mal ein Landwirtschaftsprodukt aus Südtirol aufgefallen, das 100% italienisch sein will. Was, wenn möglich, noch absurder ist.

Über jedes Ärgernis hinaus, dass sich Südtiroler Bäuerinnen zu hundertprozentigen Italienerinnen erklären*, sei mir dies aber Anlass für eine grundsätzliche Feststellung: So etwas wie 100% italienisch oder 100% südtirolerisch gibt es faktisch nicht. Es ist nur eine Beleidigung und Geringschätzung für sämtliche ausländischen Arbeiterinnen, die mittelbar und unmittelbar an der Entstehung der Ware beteiligt sind.

Kann Agro Griesser garantieren, dass bei der Herstellung der Gewächshäuser und Folientunnels, der Beregnungsanlagen, der landwirtschaftlichen Maschinen und Hilfsmittel, beim Setzen der Pflanzen, am Pflücken und Sortieren der Erdbeeren keine Menschen oder Rohstoffe im Spiel waren, die nicht 100% italienisch sind? Wenn nein: Pity. Wenn ja: Was soll der Mehrwert sein?

Vor einiger Zeit hatte es das britische Modelabel Jigsaw mit einer beachteten Werbekampagne auf den Punkt gebracht:

British Style is not 100% British. In fact, there’s no such thing as ‘100% British’. Or 100% Dutch, French, American, Asian or European. Whatever your opinion, at some point in your ancestry someone moved in and unsettled the neighbours. Because none of us are the product of staying put. And we’re no different. […] Without immigration, we’d be selling potato sacks. We need beautiful minds from around the world. Working with beautiful materials from around the world. […]

Jigsaw – Beautifully British since 1970

In einem vielfältigen Land wie Südtirol sollte diese wirklich einfache Erkenntnis eigentlich allen bewusst sein.

Siehe auch: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

*) was ggf. aber auch handfeste Auswirkungen haben kann, indem so ein nationalistisches Label etwa grenzüberschreitende Kooperationen in der ‘Euregio’ erschweren würde

“We demand justice and freedom.”

In a video produced by Òmnium Cultural

  • Jody Williams (Nobel Peace Prize, Political Activist)
  • Noam Chomsky (Linguist, Philosopher, Human Rights Activist)
  • Pep Guardiola (Coach of Manchester City)
  • Angela Davis (Human Rights Activist)
  • Ben Emmerson (International Lawyer, Formerly UN Special Rapporteur on HR)
  • Bill Shipsey (Founder of Art for Amnesty, Human Rights Activist) and
  • Martín Caparrós (Journalist and Novelist)

ask for the release of Catalan political prisoners:

Freedom of opinion, expression and assembly, the right to vote and the freedom to dissent are human rights that must be respected in a democracy. We are deepliy concerned that in Spain the number of people investigated are increasing. Dissidence makes societies more plural and should not be politically repressed. Specifically in Catalonia, civil and political rights are at stake. Nine Catalans were sent to pre-trial prison and face sentences of 15-30 years for advocating a referendum on self-determination. We urge Spain to release the nine Catalan prisoners and to solve this political conflict through dialogue. And we ask the Spanish institutions to stop their ideological repression. As such, we demand justice and freedom. We demand justice and freedom. Justice and freedom.

Meanwhile, leading politicians of South Tyrol’s ruling party (SVP) think action taken by the Spanish state and justice are normal.

See also: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Scottish-Catalan statement on self-determination.

On thursday the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), and Quim Torra (JxC), President of Catalonia, had their first official meeting in Edinburgh.

Afterwards they issued the following official

Joint statement from the First Minister of Scotland and President of Catalonia

The First Minister of Scotland and the President of Catalonia met at the First Minister’s official residence in Edinburgh this evening.

It was a cordial meeting aimed at strengthening the ties of friendship between Scotland and Catalonia. Both leaders discussed the challenging and complex situation in Catalonia, and agreed that the way forward for Catalonia must be through peaceful and democratic solutions involving dialogue between the Spanish and Catalan authorities, respecting the right to self-determination of the Catalan people.

Both leaders agreed that in 21st century Europe issues of self-determination must ultimately be addressed through democratic referendums. The terms of such referendums should be agreed between both parties and have corresponding international recognition.

The 2014 Scottish independence referendum agreed between Edinburgh and London is the best example of such a process, underlining the fact that issues of constitutional sovereignty should always be resolved through peaceful and democratic means.

Quim Torra also met Clara Ponsatí, former Councillor of Education of Catalonia, who is currently exiled in Scotland.

See also: [1] [2] [3] [4]