Stop austerity! Stop privatizations! Water, land, income, house, jobs, commons, social rights and democracy in Italy and Europe Call for the construction of a nationalwide demonstration in Rome (Italy) on May 17th

A new era in privatization of the commons, in attacks against our social rights and democracy is beginning.
The extraordinary victory achieved at 2011 water referendum shows that consent to a “private is better” ideology has ended and the multitude of open conflicts dealing with the defence of commons and local territories suggests the possibility and the urgency of a new social model.
But crisis, built on the trap of public debt, is proposing again the ideology of
“private is compulsory and indispensable” in a strong and fierce way. The aim is clear: allow the enormous amount of money hoarded by financial markets to take possession of our country’s and Europe’s social wealthness, dictating a corrupt productive model, commodifying commons and alienating basic rights.

And the consequences are also clear: the dramatic depletion of wide population
sectors, subdued to losing their jobs, income, access to services, to
environmental damages and the resulting impacts on health, with alarming
signs of social and individual desperation.
Renzi’s government, supported by the impressive mass media system and fully
in continuity with his predecessors, is speeding up neo-liberal policies: the
decree proposed by Welfare minister Poletti and the “Jobs Act” will make
precariousness in jobs and in people lives irreversible; the pressure on local
communities democratic spaces will force them to be subjected to
environmental devastation, to big infrastructural projects, to “major events”
and to financial and estate speculation; the public expense cuts will put at risk
the right to health, to school and university and the preservation of
environment and natural resources.
Looking at this project, it is democracy in itself to be questioned, by a neo-
authoritarian pressure that is depriving legislative institutions from their
representative value (in particular, with the new Electoral Law “Italicum”), is
increasing the power of Executive and Prime Minister himself, and it is
attacking the social and public function of local governments.
All those actions are taken in subjection of the political and financial élites
governing the European Union, trying to destroy every kind of Welfare and to
impose the commodification of commons, by using austerity policies, the
imposition of financial bonds by the ECB, the Stability pact, the Fiscal compact
and the imminent free trade agreement USA-EU (TTIP).
This is the time to stop all of this.
In those years, in all the social conflicts opened in our country, a variety of
struggling experiences have matured, tied together by a basic idea: it is not
possible to exit the crisis without a widespread social mobilization for the social
reappropriation of commons, of territorial management, of socially generated
wealth, without a new participatory democracy.
These experiences are not only holding out on issues such as water, commons
and environment defence, food sovereignity, education, health and housing
rights, the fight against life precariousness and social commodification. They
are also prefiguring the possibility of a radical change and the construction of a
new model of social relationships and democracy.
We want to stop this new era of privatization, job precarization and
environmental devastation.
We want to build together a new future.
We want to connect us with the widespread European mobilizations, to assert
the defence of commons at a continental level, starting from the Italian
semester of Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
We want to build a collective meeting, rising from every local community by
exchange of different points of view and diffused events that, starting from
today, will involve networks, associations, committees, movements and social
organizations in order to arrive together to a big nationalwide
demonstration in Rome on Saturday 17th May, starting from Piazza
della Repubblica at 2 p.m.
Stop privatizations – stop precarity – stop environmental devastation
For the social reappropriation of water, commons and territories
For the defence and the improvement of public services
and social rights
Stop Fiscal compact – stop Stability pact – stop TTIP
For the appropriation of natural resources and social wealthness
For the defence and the extension of democracy