Day of Action
Colour the red zone! With thousands, the summit is blocked and the city is conquered. Let us be many, let us use creative means and close the access roads!
Tired of learning for capitalism: pupils, students and apprentices, all together against the G20. Participate in the educational strike, come to the demonstration!
A variety of actions will fill the streets and invite all people to take possession of the city. Places of exploitation and oppression can be the goal to free the dissatisfaction.
Hamburg City Strike
When the government leaders of the world's most powerful states meet at the G20 summit on July 7, 2017, we will take to the streets for Hamburg City Strike. Our actions will be versatile, our common goal is the symbolic decommissioning of capitalism's business-as-usual. For this system is the constant attack on our bases of life. Like no other summit the G20 states stand for this normality, representing 80 percent of global trade and providing the policy to keep capitalism alive despite all its crises. The character masks present at the G20 summit speak for themselves and illustrate the authoritarian intensification in our societies. In order to maintain the status quo, more and more force and violence are used and right-wing forces are spreading in many places. But the neoliberal experts also ruthlessly carry out the logic of capital.
Day by day, we become witnesses of a policy that is publicly expressed at the G20 summit in July. Our life is characterized by a growing precariousness, which has long since expanded beyond our working lives. Social welfare is decimated bit by bit, public space is increasingly privatized, and austerity policy propagates the lack of alternatives to these and other measures. In order to keep the wheel of capitalism running, and to draw profits despite the growing crises, our social living conditions are increasingly becoming the goal of exploitation. The policy in Greece is a chart of this intensified class struggle. If the wage can not be pushed any further, if the work can not be made more precarious and a large part of the population is unemployed, only the public property and the provision of services can be used to maximize profits. We are reacting to these tightenings. Just as the attacks are affecting more and more areas of our lives, we must use all these areas as the venue for the counter-defense.
On the 7th of July, we do not want to be just on the street, we want to get rid of these conditions, to strike them a blow and break the normal execution. The strike movement has long since blurred the border between work and social life. We can build on the struggles against the austerity policy in Southern Europe, the resistance against the loi travail in France, the protests against the tightening of patriarchal laws in many countries. We will go on, connect struggles, develop a practice of solidarity and refer to the transnational strikes of migrants and women, the European networking for blockupy and the solidarity-based self-help networks in Southern Europe. The restrictive right to strike in Germany makes the strike more difficult in the working world, but it can not prevent us from shaking up the conditions we no longer want to live in. We bring the strike to where it belongs. We turn the entire social life into the starting point of our actions.
On the 7th of July we will be in the city, in large crowds or small groups, as a huge blockade or as a decentralized action - we will lame the city! We show solidarity with all who express their protest on this day. The attacks on us are multifaceted, our resistance will be even more. With mass blockades and further actions we will sabotage the summit. We will hinder logistics in the port and make it clear that we can intervene in the capitalist flow of goods. In schools, we will refuse to teach and disparage the ruling educational system. At the Hamburg City Strike, we are looking for places that stand like no other for today's conditions. Be it the Red Zone around the summit, the port and its logistics, places of war planning and militarization, the deportation authorities, the job center, the Chamber of Commerce, on the 7th of July we will be there and take the power back. We will make the city more colorful, make the security apparatus sweat and get us the public space. Some actions become larger, others smaller, some more explicit or angry than others. But even if we differ in the concrete practice, a common goal unites us: to make the G20 summit in Hamburg a disaster – abolish capitalism! We invite all people and spectra – become Hamburg City Strike!
What is Hamburg City Strike?
Hamburg City Strike is intended as a possible political link for the G20 action day on 7 July 2017. In doing so, we consciously play with the concept of strike, even if we know that no conventional work stoppage is planned in companies. But the various actions will “strike” against capitalism|s business-as-usual and shut it down. We want to turn the whole city into a place of social conflict and show that capitalism is vulnerable in various places.
Are you another alliance against the G20 summit?
No, we’re not. We also do not plan our own practice for the day. Hamburg City Strike is initially a further call and the offer of a common reference point for the various public and non-public actions against the G20 summit and the logistics of the capital. All are invited to use the motto of Hamburg City Strike and to put their own small or larger actions into context.
What do you aim to achieve with Hamburg City Strike?
Everyday life will be stagnating on 7th July in many parts of the city, thousands will take to the streets and express their rejection of the existing conditions. We want to relate the activities within the framework of the day of action, to offer a collective interpretation, thus counteracting the possible competition between the various forms of action. We want to act in solidarity with all progressive forces and, at the same time, leave the individual actors to see how their actions look concrete.