Migration and media-activists gather with theorists and labour
organizers to discuss and share best practices in the fight against
precarity and insecure labour conditions. Sharing inspiring examples
of social justice unionism and creative campaigning like “Justice for
Janitors” in the U.S. and “Cleaners For a Better Future” in the
The aim is to challenge traditional labour practices, syndicate and
inspire a sharper network of social activists, academics, media makers
and artists to join contemporary urban labour struggles and
confederate into a globalization from below.
With: Enrica Rigo (migration researcher); Marcel van der Linden
(Labour Historian); Zoe Romano (Chainworkers); Nico Scuglia (Oficinas
Sociales); Massimo De Angelis (the Commoner); Dagmar Diesner (No
Borders London); Seoren Kohler (Multitude); Hagen Kopp (migration
Preceded by the book launch of Urban Politics Now! (NAi, 2007).
Date | Saturday February 2
Time | 14.00 - 18.30 hrs.
Book presentation: 13.00 hrs.
Language | English
Entry | Free (reservation recommended)
Live webcast | www.debalie.nl/live
Organised by Flexmens / Coalition For a Better Future / De Balie
De Balie, Amsterdam, Saturday February 2
13:00-13:45: preprogram - book launch: Urban Politics Now!
Reimagining democracy in the Neoliberal City.
With participation from BAVO, Henk van Houtum en Merijn Oudenampsen.
14:00 – 15:30: Start main program
panel #1 Towards a Globalisation from Below
Facilitator: Valery Alzaga (Justice for Janitors – Global Campaign)
-Massimo De Angelis, Beginning of History: global capital, global
-Enrica Rigo, Contested Migrant Citizenship in Europe
-Marcel van der Linden, Organizing and New Labour Internationalism
-Hagen Kopp, Forging a Transnational chain of migration-activism
Globalization has brought us an increasingly integrated global circuit
of large corporations and financial conglomerates, which have
concentrated power in fewer and fewer hands. On the other side, we can
find an emerging globalization from below, that of migrants, labour
struggles and social activists, claiming space and redistributing
15:30-16:00: Break with possibility of sandwich and conspiring.
16:00- 17:15: panel #2 Syndicalism 2.0
-Dutch Cleaners Campaign (Herrie Hoogenboom,organizer FNV Bongenoten)
-Migrant labour struggles in South Spain (Nico Scuglia, Indymedia
-Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers Union (Fe Jusay - CFMW)
-German Retail Strike (Franziska Bruder, Verdi)
Examples of campaigns that have brought inspiration and innovation
back to labour, revolving around organizing and social movement
unionism, building community, going back to the base and out of the
17:15-18:30: panel #3 No Longer Invisible: Labour & Media
-Zoe Romano (Chainworkers Milano), interventions of a bio syndicate
-Merijn Oudenampsen (Betere Toekomst), Mediawork in Dutch Cleaners
-Soeren Kohler (Multitude e.V) : Media-activism and worker
participation at German Retail strike
-Dagmar Diesner (NoBorders London), Screening Underground Londoners
Media-activism has provided a vital ingredient to new campaigns, to
visibilize what normally remains hidden from view. Media-activists
showcase their work, and discuss issues of participation and
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