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July 2017

OPENING EVENT: Globalization reloaded—The G20 and global crisis management

July 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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Neoliberal globalization brought about the major crisis of capitalism which has taken on different forms since 2007—from the mortgage crisis in the US to the global financial crisis to the crisis of the euro, which in the end undermined European cohesion and provoked political crises in a number of countries. We are currently confronted with a rise of authoritarian populism, nationalism, and racism, as well as protectionist tendencies. The G20 considers itself a global crisis manager, but given the opposing…

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(WS 62) Climate Change in Europe

July 5, 2017 @ 10:01 am - July 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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We will construct an installation from led stripe, iron wire and flat pieces of material. The installation explores the phenomena of climate change with visual means. The work opens the door to think Europe in 2100, on the assumption that climate change is progressing at the current rate. The installation is created with lights and colours to express the changes that climate change is expected to cause in light of current knowledge. During the summit, people are invited to comment…

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(WS 63) Debt Bondage in the Balkans: New Research from the European Semi-Periphery

July 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Goldbekhaus (room 1), Moorfuhrtweg 9
Hamburg, 22301 Germany
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The panel presents the very recent and innovative research on the interlinked crises of public debt, tax injustice and predatory privatisation in the areas of energy, social and public services. The research promotes alternatives, and questions standby arrangements that imprison the region in a failed model of opening to finance. The G20 have once again returned to the region to finance the repayment of private debt to foreign banks through austerity and extractivism. With Sonja Risteska (Analytica, Macedonia), Ajda Pistotnik…

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PANEL 1: An economy for whom?

July 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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The G20 is trying to lubricate the engine of the global economy through neoliberal policies. It aims to fight poverty and reduce inequality through “inclusive growth.” But this formula isn’t working: the gap between rich and poor is growing. The investment and growth policies of the G20 are heating the planet and destroying the natural foundations of the livelihoods of those people who are already marginalized. The consequences are inequality and lack of opportunities, people fleeing home, migrating, or joining…

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PANEL 2: Labour’s quest for democracy at the workplace – contributions from international grassroots labour movements

July 5, 2017 @ 2:01 pm - 4:00 pm
Kampnagel K2, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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The G20 states intensify free trade and curtail labour’s rights (especially the right to strike), thus blocking union representation. Representatives from international unions (Germany (TIE), France (SUD), Argentina (CGT) and India (NTUI)) will discuss labour’s quest for democracy. Panel discussion with simultaneous interpretation English – Spanish – French – German.

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(WS 64) Global Democracy for Global Justice

July 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kampnagel, room KX,

Is it appropriate that representatives of just a few countries make global governance decisions at the G20? Wouldn’t it be better if there were a more inclusive and democratic system? In this workshop we explore the concept of global democracy and consider ways to democratize the global political system, including the campaign for the establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the UN.

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(WS 65) Cities for change as global alternatives – Transformative and fearless experiences, remunicipalisation and urban citizenship

July 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Barmbek BASCH, room 2, Wohldorfer Str. 30
Hamburg, Hamburg 22081 Germany
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Cities have always been a site of struggles for rights. But, since 2011 "square movements", urban spaces became even more places for the re-appropriation and reinvention of a real and solidary democracy. The workshop will introduce and explore interactively three concepts of urban struggles – fearless and transformative cities, re-municipalisation in public services and urban citizenship. The goal is to conclude by identifying further possible common steps, defining new democratic practices „from below“ in cities as one of the concrete…

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PANEL 3: In defense of the commons: United against the privatization of public goods

July 5, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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In response to the financial crisis of 2008, the G20 was to stabilize and set boundaries for the financial system by establishing global rules for it. Yet, the financial sector has continued to grow. Investors constantly seeking high-return opportunities are increasingly focusing on privatizing public services (e.g., water, health care, electricity). Institutional investors such as insurance companies or pension funds are mobilized to join public-private partnerships. This is a global phenomenon promoted worldwide in particular by the G20’s growth and…

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PANEL 4: Peace politics beyond NATO and the militarization of the EU — Alternatives for peace

July 5, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Kampnagel K2, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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NATO is now expanding to become active at the global scale. It is involved in militarizing international relations in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, too. Cooperation agreements with Japan, South Korea, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, and Thailand involving intense military cooperation were concluded at the NATO summits in Wales and Warsaw. All this goes far beyond the inclusion of non-members in the context of the “Partnership for Peace.” Many of these new cooperation partners are G20 countries, so the challenges…

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(WS 66) Populisms vs. Climate Protection

July 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Goldbekhaus (room 1), Moorfuhrtweg 9
Hamburg, 22301 Germany
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Right-wing parties have gained political support in many European countries. For them, sustainable climate and energy policy is an „elitist“ topic that leaves parts of the population behind. They position themselves against a coal phase-out and the Paris Climate Accord. Energy transitions, however, have to be a socio-political project in order to succeed. How do we argue for the transition as it comes under attack by populists? With Virag Kaufer (Greenpeace International), Stefanie Groll (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung), Rebecca Bertram (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung)

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EVENING EVENT: Local, national, European, and global alternatives to the politics of the G20

July 5, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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Social movements, unions, and progressive political parties have developed numerous alternatives to the prevailing policies at the local, national, European, and global levels. Yet the economic, social and ecological problems are often handled separately from one another, and the alternatives are still fragmented and piecemeal. How can we create linkages between our various efforts and develop a comprehensive alternative to the prevailing policies? What can we achieve at the local, national, European, and global levels? How can we better connect…

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(WS 67) Applying civil courage in daily life?

July 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Goldbekhaus, Theatersaal, Moorfuhrtweg 9
Hamburg, Hamburg 22301 Germany
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Acting in solidarity and against racist commentary and 'fake news' online, racism and sexism on the street, in institutions, on the train, in the city's courtyards and against deportation is urgently called for, everywhere.
 Strategies of civil courage can be practiced through performance and roleplay. Together with you, we would like to exercise methods for applying civil courage in everyday life.

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(WS 68) New paths for a Europe from below – How to organise and mobilise transnationally in the current global context?

July 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Alabama Kinosaal, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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This workshop reflects on experiences of a “Europe of struggles”: from the various and in particular anti-austerity movements to those converging in Hamburg against the G20. In the context of the “business as usual” of the EU’s neoliberal elites and growth of nationalism and right-wing populism across Europe, we want to discuss perspectives, forms and strategies for a “Europe from below“ with activists from different European countries.

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PANEL 6: Global action: ‘Yes’ to Democracy; ‘No’ to Neoliberalism

July 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kampnagel K2, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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Neoliberal globalization undermines democracy, promotes austerity and the privatization of our commons and public goods, strengthens the power of global corporations, and exacerbates global inequality. This becomes clear in the confrontations over free trade agreements such as TTIP, CETA, TISA or NAFTA. Moreover, the prescribed austerity policies harm the general public; examples stretch from countries of the global South to the present situation in Greece. Opposition to neoliberal politics is provoking worldwide resistance. The panel will discuss the mechanisms and…

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(WS 69) Corporate influence in the G20 and other international policy fora

July 6, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kampnagel, room KX,

Transnational corporations and their lobby groups are using the G20 process as important opportunity to shape the global policy discourse and influence governmental decisions. The workshop assesses the influence of corporations and neoliberal think tanks in the G20, the United Nations debates on business and human rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It discusses policies and safeguards to counteract corporate power and presents related civil society initiatives. With Jens Martens (Global Policy Forum), Nancy Alexander (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung), Klaus Schilder…

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(WS 70) Resisting Military Drones Across Borders

July 6, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Epiphaniengemeinde, Saal, Großheidestraße 44
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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Surveillance-and-killing via military drones is a cutting-edge strategy for neocolonial globalization ("War on Terror") and anti-democratic social-political transformation (border control, police use). Rapid drone proliferation includes a new Israeli killer drone deal for Germany/Europe. Could dynamic campaigns with strong international networking stop the drones? How can you get involved?

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PANEL 5: We need a new paradigm to achieve climate justice and food sovereignty! Is that possible with the G20?

July 6, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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In the global North and South, nutrition and the mitigation of and resilience to climate change are inherently intertwined. Whereas the G20 countries cause more than 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is especially millions of people in the global South who are suffering from the consequences in the form of droughts, floods, and unforeseeable weather-related catastrophes. The consequences of climate injustice are becoming more exacerbated: millions of people’s livelihoods, human rights, and prospects for the future are under…

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(WS 71) How do we fight the different faces of the far-right?

July 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Barmbek BASCH, room 2, Wohldorfer Str. 30
Hamburg, Hamburg 22081 Germany
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The election of Donald Trump has given the far-right and fascist parties throughout Europe confidence, from Jobbik in Hungary, Alternative für Deutschland in Germany, the FPÖ in Austria, Le Pen in France, and Wilders in the Netherlands. Racism lies at the heart of their ideology. Join us with a panel on questions such as: How can we best understand the different formations of the far-right in Europe? What can we learn across struggles against the far-right in different countries? How…

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(WS 72) Global food sovereignty in examples of land policy in Tanzania, Zambia and Germany

July 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Epiphaniengemeinde, Saal, Großheidestraße 44
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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Diverse and farmer centered agriculture is an important element in fighting climate change and achieving sustainability goal 2 (Freedom from Hunger). Nevertheless farmers in Europe and in the Global South are facing more and more difficulties in accessing land. Frank Ademba (MVIWATA farmer´s network) from Tanzania reports on the consequences of the alliance between agricultural Transnationals and public development cooperation. Similar examples from Zambia and the situation in Germany are shown. With Frank Ademba (MVIWATA, Tansania), Franz-Joachim Bienstein (peasant and…

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PANEL 7: Toward an open society: Solidarity against border closure and racism

July 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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The frequently invoked “welcoming culture” seems to be a thing of the distant past. Fending off refugees, erecting border fences and walls, and deportation set the tone in 2016 and 2017. The EU countries are increasingly shifting border protection and control of migration far beyond their borders. Similar developments are occurring in the US: more illegal immigrants than ever before were deported even during the Obama Administration. The Trump Administration is now issuing travel bans and holding out the prospect…

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PANEL 8: Overcoming inequality, enforcing gender justice

July 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kampnagel K2, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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According to research by Oxfam, the eight wealthiest people in the world own just as much as the poorer half of the global population altogether—i.e., about 3.6 billion people. This gross and increasing inequality in the world, both between states and within societies, puts the struggles for justice in a new light. Inequality contributes to poverty, discrimination, and violence. Structural inequality further deepens gender injustice. The G20 states rank poorly in terms of gender equality indicators; only Germany and France…

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(WS 73) Spreading Social Change in Times like these

July 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Epiphaniengemeinde, Saal, Großheidestraße 44
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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The question 'what makes people change?' lies at the heart of our efforts to convince people that there is a better way to be in the world. However not seldomly this leads to endless discussions about strategies, etc. During the course of the workshop we want to discover the psychological frameworks of our activism: what is the relation between our self-identity and our activism? How does it affect our goals? What can we do to really transform other people's way…

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(WS 74) The working class and climate justice. Do they belong together?

July 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Zinnschmelze, room 1, Maurienstraße 19,
Hamburg, Hamburg 22305 Germany
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After the years of demoralisation following the collapsed Copenhagen climate talks, a new and resurgent climate justice movement has developed across Western Europe and North America in the past four years. At the same time, we are seeing the rise of right populist movements, which are explicitly anti-environment and deny climate science. These political formations have gained a following amongst a sizeable part of the working class. In addition, we have also seen, as with the case of the VW…

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PANEL 8: Cooperation, not confrontation — How can we implement common security as a paradigm for future policy?

July 6, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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The policy of confrontation with Russia and China is resulting in a dramatic global military build-up. Common interests are being set aside in favor of a political, economic, and ideological confrontation, which devours disproportional amounts of resources worldwide that are no longer available for social or ecological issues. A policy of confrontation endangers peace and may lead to war, even to major (nuclear) wars. The alternative is a policy of détente and common security. Disarmament and the abolition of nuclear…

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(WS 75) Borders, social rights and political struggle

July 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Heilandskirche, Drewssaal, Winterhuder Weg 132
Hamburg, Hamburg 22085 Germany
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Social, labour and political rights are attacked everywhere in Europe. Borders and walls revive a regime of militarized physical separation between "the privileged" and "the unprivileged", but at the same time, are used to favour cheap labour and social dumping. This situation is weakening solidarity. Based on testimonies how migrants movements are involved in national and European politics, the workshop will explore ways to better link our struggles against borders, and those for social, labour and political rights.

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(WS 58 bilingual) How open are my political structures to refugee women*? – Wie offen sind meine politischen Strukturen für geflüchtete Frauen*?

July 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kampnagel, room KX,

This is a workshop addressed mainly to supporters and male refugees. Together, we want to reflect on our current (political) structures and how we can strengthen the refugee-/anti racist movement. "Women in Exile" is an initiative of refugee women* founded in Brandenburg in 2002 to fight for their rights as refugees and as women*. Since 2011, refugee women* and women* without that experience work together as "Women in Exile and Friends".

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CLOSING DEBATE: For Global Solidarity – with a Progressive International? Strategies against Neoliberalism and the Far Right

July 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kampnagel, K6, Jarrestraße 20
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303 Germany
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Progressive forces are confronted with a dual challenge today: we must struggle against the prevailing neoliberal policies as well as authoritarian populism, nationalism, racism, and misogyny of the right. They are two sides of one and the same coin, as the neoliberal policies of recent decades have deepened the many and diverse crises and the divisions within societies, thus facilitating the rise of the right. Which strategies can social movements, unions, and progressive political parties pursue to assert social and…

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