Notes: Solidarity as a Commons

Participants of the Solidarity as a Commons workshop took notes. Here they are.

1. Typology of the various actions of solidarity undertaken by citizens and groups:

  • Humanitarian / emergency initiatives (food, sanitation, education, healthcare, shelter, transport, etc.)
  • Legal support / legal cases / knowledge and information transfer
  • Occupation and squat / Alternative housing and architect initiatives
  • Public action (at airports, round ups, detention centers, etc.)
  • Language (teaching, translation, education about the use of words, etc.)
  • Actions targeting the UE institutions and policies
  • Migrants and refugees groups
  • Actions in academia
  • Student mobilizations
  • Residents / inhabitants / neighbour’s collectives
  • Bikes and repair for migrants
  • Queers with migrants

2. Definition of the concept of solidarity as a Commons:

  • Communities producing resources + emergency actions to respond to the situation in which migrants are put
  • Solidarity as a process
  • A setting allowing interactions and collective organizing
  • Political production in public space of solidarity (political intervention) + production of awareness about the situation and the different options available to citizens
  • Inclusion of all including migrants and refugees, and horizontal structure that don’t reproduce hierarchical power dynamics
  • Self-protection/defense of commoners producing solidarity (against criminalization, police, etc.)
  • Free circulation as an organizing principle

3. What could the ECA do for Solidarity as a Commons

  • Commoners coming from all fields can incorporate the issue in their work and actions
  • ECA can help promote the principle of free circulation and solidarity as commons
  • ECA can give visibility to where local actions are (mapping) + the variety of possible options to produce solidarity for commoners (all the types of actions that you can undertake)
  • ECA can support the autonomy of migrants, cooperate with migrants, make sure the doors of ECA are open (in practical terms)

4. Idea:

To develop a web interface that allows people to get information about the solidarity actions existing around where they are, and to volunteer time on specific initiatives.