Why this Summer University?
One thing is obvious: the utter failure of a system based on finance and the commodification of humanity, life and the planet. The regressive policies pursued by many governments are aggravating the living conditions of the peoples in favor of an increasingly rich minority.
Yet many of us are taking action in the face of rising inequalities and poverty, climate change, and the regression of democracy in France, Europe and the world. The associative, social and citizen movement, in all its components, from local to international, plays a major role in countering the rise of a deleterious climate on all levels. We have a great responsibility to sensitize citizens and convince them to mobilize, to commit, to act more and more.
It is necessary to show that it is possible from now on, starting from initiatives and experimentations at different scales of our territories, to build the alternatives to the dominant model and this in the interest of the greatest number. But for the impact of all our various actions to be stronger, we need to come together, support one another.
That is why we call on all organizations of social transformation and solidarity, associations, unions, independent media, collectives, networks, all those who will recognize in our initiative, to participate in the co- construction of a “Solidarity-based, Citizen-based and Rebel Summer University” which will take place from 22 to 26 August 2018 in Grenoble.