PRIVATISERING AF VAND OG ANDRE FÆLLES GODER ?

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Debatmøder om: PRIVATISERING AF VAND OG ANDRE FÆLLES GODER ?
– lad ikke regeringen privatisere vores offentlige service

Skanderborg
Tirsdag den 3. oktober, kl. 17 – 19
Sted: 3F’s lokaler
Villavej 4, 8660 Skanderborg

København
Onsdag den 4. oktober, kl. 16 – 18 (mødetid senest 15.45)
Sted: Christiansborg
Tilmelding nødvendig til mødet på Christiansborg senest den 3. oktober til: kontakt@transformdanmark.dk

Indledere – fagligt panel:

  • Satoko Kishimoto, Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam. A Coordinator of the Public Alternative project in TNI and Reclaiming Public Water Network since 2005.
  • Allan Weirup, Direktør for Danske Vandværker (medvirker kun på mødet i København)
  • Jesper Kiel, Enhedslisten, medlem af Kommunernes Landsforening (medvirker kun på mødet i København)

Spørgepanel med politikere fra Enhedslisten, SF, og Alternativet, samt Vänsterpartiet, Sverige (Vänsterpartiet kun på mødet i København)
Mødet foregår på engelsk og dansk

Det er gratis at deltage

Arr.: Transform!Danmark, AfrikaKontakt, Solidaritet m.fl.

Vejledning til deltagere i mødet på Christianborg – husk tilmelding
I skal møde frem senest 15 minutter før planlagt mødestart ved besøgsindgangen til Folketinget. Det er den indgang som befinder sig under den store trappe i gården. Deltagerne skal gennem en kontrol svarende til i en lufthavn og de må derfor ikke have mistænkelig ting i deres bagage.
I afhentes samlet efter kontrollen – og går så i samlet flok til lokalet.
Ekstraordinært kan forsinkede gå til indgangen i Provianthuset og sende en sms til: 2782 3927. Når mødet er slut bliver alle samlet fulgt ud af Christiansborg igen.

Til debatmøder om privatisering – oktober 2017

Om PRIVATISERING – og alternativer
I august 2016 blev den regeringsbestilte McKinsey rapport om privatisering lækket.  Rapporten vurderer, at der kan spares millioner af kroner ved at privatisere vand, affaldshåndtering og varmeforsyning. Diskussionen kører stadig og regeringen har ikke skrinlagt planerne, selvom der er sået tvivl om både beregningsgrundlag, forudsætninger og den estimerede ”gevinst”.

Tirsdag den 21. november 2017 er der kommunalvalg. Det vil derfor være en fordel, hvis man kan sikre, at diskussionen om privatisering tages offentligt, så det ikke dikteres ovenfra. Modstanden mod privatisering skal komme fra bruger- og kommunalt niveau, da det er her de negative konsekvenser kan mærkes. Lokalpolitikere fra regeringspartierne er ikke interesseret i at tage diskussionen lige nu – det vil derfor være en fordel for os andre at inddrage dette tema i valgkampen.

Transnational Institute, Amsterdam, har gennemført en række undersøgelser af privatisering og afprivatisering i en række lande.  Mellem marts 2000 og marts 2015 har der været 235 sager, hvor vandforsyningen er taget tilbage til offentligt ejerskab og kontrol. Sagerne er fordelt på 37 lande og har haft indflydelse på mere ende 100 millioner menneskers vandforsyning. Resultaterne kan bl.a. læses i “Our public water future – The global experience with remunicipalisation”og i “Reclaiming Public Services: How cities and citizens are turning back privatisation”.
Mange lande, regioner og kommuner har på nuværende tidspunkt gjort sig dyrt købte erfaringer med privatisering i form af stigende priser, manglende gennemsigtighed med beslutninger, forringelse af arbejdsmiljø, manglende langsigtede investering og vedligeholdelse af installationer, samt manglende koordinering mellem sektorer og beslutninger mht. miljø- og klimatilpasning og vandforsyning/-afledning. Alt sammen med dyre løsninger og problemer som konsekvens.

I mange lande især i den vestlige verden har offentlig service, offentlige goder og forsyninger som vand, varme samt affaldshåndtering været under politisk pres om privatisering. I Europa er EU en motor for privatisering. Både Danmark og Euro-landene er under pres som følge af Finanspagten for at gennemføre besparelser, der gør privatisering til eneste alternativ til den offentlige service, der rammes af nedskæringer. Denne sparepolitik dikteres regioner og kommuner af Folketinget via budgetloven. Et yderligere pres for privatisering kommer via handelsaftaler som CETA, TISA og JEFTA.

Populism – a discussion on Latin American and European experiences

Transform!Danmark indbyder til offentligt debatmøde om:

POPULISME – erfaringer og diskussioner fra Latinamerika og Europa

(Populism – a discussion on Latin American and European experiences)

Mandag den 13. Februar, kl. 19.30

Sted: Enhedslisten, Studiestræde 24, 1, 1455 Kbh. K

Pris: gratis, Ingen tilmelding nødvendig

Baggrundsmateriale: IntroPopulism

Indledere:

· Erick Gonzalo Palomares, Mexican, political sciences. *Teaching at Aalborg University

· Óscar García Agustín, Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark

· Pelle Dragsted, Member of Parliament for Enhedslisten as from 2015

Mødet foregår på engelsk

Arr.: Transform!Danmark, Enhedslistens Latinamerikagruppe

POPULISME: et skældsord eller et politisk begreb?
I en verden i stigende grad styret af mediernes manipulationer ser vi hver dag ???populisme??? som et skældsord brugt mod oppositionen til (de) fremherskende neoliberale regimer. Dette uanset den politiske orientering i denne opposition, som et forsøg på at indkapsle denne for at efterlade os med det indtryk, at der ikke findes noget alternativ til ???den nødvendige politik???.

???Populisme??? er blevet et mærkat, der påklistres både det yderste højre og en progressiv, venstreorienteret politik, og bruges i et historisk tomrum.

I Latinamerika har der i lyset af de sidste 15 års progressive regeringer udspundet sig en fornyet diskussion om populisme, med teoretiske elementer, der har haft stor indflydelse på den efterfølgende diskussion i på det sydlige Europas venstrefløj. I Nordeuropa diskuteres venstrefløjen og ???populisme??? kun lidt, og der er brugt mere tid på historiske fortilfælde for højrefløjens iøjnefaldende fremgang, både i Europa og i USA.

Transform!Danmark vil med dette debatmøde tage hul på diskussionerne om populisme i Latinamerika, i Europa, Nord og Syd, om årsagerne til det ekstreme højres fremgang og udfordringer for venstrefløjen ??? for at stille spørgsmålet om, hvorledes den danske venstrefløj forholder sig hertil.

The panel, introductions:

* Erick Gonzalo Palomares R.

Mexican, political sciences. *Teaching at Aalborg University.

Ph.D. in Government and Public Administration from Universidad Complutense, Madrid. Master in Development, Innovation and Change, University of Bologna. Bachelor in International Relations, ITESO, México.

Has been working on public policy, elections, social movements and populism.

* Óscar García Agustín

Associate professor at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. With Christian Ydesen he has co-edited the book Post-Crisis Perspectives: The Common and its Powers (Peter Lang, 2013), and with Martin Bak Jørgensen he has co-edited Politics of Dissent (2015, Peter Lang) and Solidarity without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society (Pluto Press, 2016). He is author of Discurso y autonomía zapatista (Peter Lang, 2013) and Sociology of Discourse: From Institutions to Social Change (John Benjamins, 2015).

* Pelle Dragsted

Member of Parliament for Enhedslisten as from 2015; formerly working as political advisor for the parliamentary group, both in charge of activities with the press and international issues.

Has worked as assistance at daycare, and others. Bachelor in history and Spanish, and further studies in rethoric and communication.

Transform!Danmark international Conference 2017-03-18

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International Transform Conference in Copenhagen, Saturday, 18 March 2017

Building Red-Green Alternatives:

Can Commons challenge Neo-liberalism from below?

Venue: HK København, Svend Aukens Plads 11, 2300 Copenhagen S

Price: 100 DKK, to be paid at the entrance.
Registration: send email to kontakt@transformdanmark.dk

9:30  Registration and coffee/tea croissants

10:00  Welcome

10:15-11:00 Tom Kucharz, Spain, Ecologistas en Acción

How to use “Commons” in defending public goods and transforming society

The threat of privatisation of public goods and services in Europe and globally. Experiences from concrete struggles against TTIP, CETA, etc. and other so-called “free trade” agreements in Europe and elsewhere.

11:00-11:45 Satoko Kishimoto, Japan, Transnational Institute (TNI), Amsterdam.

A Coordinator of the Public Alternative project in TNI and Reclaiming Public Water Network since 2005. Her latest edited book is Our Public Water Future: The global experience with remunicipalisation (2015).

Presentation overheads: Reclaiming public service as commons

Reclaiming public services as Commons: strategies for Remunicipalisation and Democratisation

In the past 15 years, there have been at least 235 cases of water remunicipalisation in 37 countries, affecting more than 100 million people. Despite growing evidence failure, promotion of privatisation and PPPs has remained strong as a solution for financing public services and infrastructure. Local authorities are facing a major challenge in how to finance public services and infrastructure without entering into PPPs and other neoliberal options.

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-13:00 Questions and debate

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:30 Parallel seminars on 1) The dangers of extraction – keeping raw materials in the ground; 2) Commons and Cooperatives – and the struggle against privatisation.

Seminar 1: The dangers of extraction – keeping raw materials in the ground

Extraction in Mongolia, Sukhgerel Dugersuren, Mongolia

Executive Director of Oyu Tolgoi Watch, human rights and environmental defender

Presentation overheads: DANGERS-OF-EXTRACTIVISM

Since early 2000s there have been heavy extraction in South Gobi Desert to the detriment of environment, human communities and animals in this ecologically sensitive region. Traditionally local communities are nomadic herders roaming with their animals through thin pastures of the Gobi. Large mining corporations have taken away not only pastures but most importantly the life sustaining water resources in this desert environment. The corporation do not recognize traditional rights of indigenous population extracting underground water at 870 m₃ per second rate for their mega mines.

Global Warming and Extraction in Greenland Jens Heinrich of Inuit Ataqatigiit, Greenland

responsible for Nordic cooperation, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Presentation paper: Exploitation-of-mineral-resources-in-Greenland
Presentation overheads: Mineral Resources

Greenland is rich in raw materials and some Greenland politicians wish to make the most of this to the benefit of the economy. Plans for extraction include extraction of uranium and fossil oil. What are the consequences of this for the environment, for the climate and for the population?

Seminar 2: Commons and Cooperatives – and the struggle against privatisation?

What can bring the concept of Commons into the Labour Movement? Chantal Delmas, France, co-coordinator of the project of “Commons” in Transform!Europe network, and on social re-appropriation in Espaces Marx (France)

Presentation paper: chantal-intervention-english-copenhague

How can the labour movement fight against “There Is No Alternative”? The question of ownership in the private and public sector. May we rethink institutions and the question of state through the concept of Commons?

Women creating Community Julieta Paredes, Bolivia, poet and author, part of Women Creating Community, co-founder of Mujeres Creando, a Bolivian anarcha-feminist collective.

How to create Community from the perspective of indigenous women. How does the Community relate to society as a whole? How can communities improve the role of indigenous women?

The Commons in the Core Economy? Potential Clues from the Mondragon Cooperative Experience, Fred Freundlich, Basque Country, USA and Spain, a professor of cooperative enterprise and cofounder of a masters’ program on the social economy at the Faculty of Business, Mondragon University in the Basque Country of Spain.

Presentation overheads: FreundlichMondragonCommonsDnmrk

Mondragon is a large, integrated network of over 100 worker cooperatives in many sectors.  Over 50 years of experience, Mondragon has developed a perspective on the Commons and the enterprise that many people think is important to social change movements. This perspective is based on broad worker ownership in the core economy within a framework of solidarity and intercooperation among enterprises.

16:30-16:45 Coffee break

16:45-17:30 Panel conclusion and short round-up

Organisers:  Transform!Danmark in cooperation with transform!europe, Enhedslisten/the Red-Green Alliance, Afrika Kontakt, Solidaritet, Det Ny Clarté, Grobund,  and others.

 

 

Offentligt møde: Skal vi fortsat ommøblere velfærdsstaten til konkurrencestat?

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Torsdag d. 24. november 2016 kl. 19.30-22.00. Literaturhaus, Møllegade 7, 2200 N.

Velfærdsstaten er under afvikling – eller måske rettere under ommøblering til en konkurrencestat.
Nogle ser udviklingen af konkurrencestaten som en uomgængelig nødvendighed, hvis vi skal kunne klare os på det globale marked. For andre er
konkurrencestaten et hadeobjekt. Men kan vi udvikle et politisk og økonomisk holdbart alternativ? Skal 30 timers arbejdsuge være et aktuelt mål?

Program:
Ove Kaj Pedersen, professor og forfatter til “Konkurrencestaten”. Om konkurrencestaten som den ny velfærdsstat (30 min.)
Per Bregengaard, medlem af Enhedslistens Politisk Økonomisk Udvalg. Om udvalgets arbejde med Enhedslistens produktionspolitik (10 min.)
Rune Lund, folketingsmedlem, Enhedslisten. Om Enhedslistens parlamentariske arbejde mod konkurrencestaten og for alternative veje (20 min.)
Diskussion mellem panel og deltagere om tema og oplæg

Arr. Enhedslisten: Afdelingerne på Nørrebro og Politisk Økonomisk Udvalg samt Transform!Danmark

Slaget om Latinamerikas fremtid – samtale med Emir Sader 20/9

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Tid: Tirsdag 20 sept 2016 kl 19-21
Sted: Internationalt Forum, Griffenfeldtsg. 41, 2200 København

Højrefløjen er i offensiven i Latinamerika. I Brasilien er landets præsident Dilma netop blevet afsat ved et kup gennemført af parlamentet. I flere andre lande har venstrefløjen mistet den parlamentariske magt.

Sociale bevægelser og progressive regeringer har de sidste femten år lykkedes med at gennemføre samfundsreformer, der haft stor betydning for den fattige befolkning. Kløfterne mellem rig og fattig er blevet mindsket og et spirende velfærdssystem har taget form.

Hvad ligger bag højrefløjens offensiv? Er det en “ny” og “moderne” højrefløj? Hvilke modstrategier er der? Er dette afslutningen på drømmen om et nyt Latinamerika?

Samtale med den brasilianske sociolog Emir Sader om den nye situation i Latinamerika, med fokus på Brasilien. Emir Sader er i dag professor emeritus ved det statslige universitet i Rio de Janeiro. Han er tidligere generaldirektør for Latin American Social Science Research Council (CLACSO), og en af initiativtagerne bag World Social Forum, og var ligeledes med til at oprette arbejderpartiet PT. Emir har i over 40 år arbejdet som marxistisk teoretiker med fokus på den sociale og politiske udvikling i Latinamerika.

Mødet vil foregå på spansk/portugisisk med tolkning til dansk.

Arrangører: Enhedslistens Latinamerikagruppe, Internationalt Forum, Det ny Clarté, Transform Danmark, Grupo Salvador Allende, Uruguay Cultural.

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Udvinding af råstoffer i Grønland – Er det en god ide? 6/6 kl 19

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Mandag d. 6. juni 2016 kl. 19.00 – 22.00
Enhedslisten, Studiestræde 24, over gården, 1455 Kbh K

Aaja Chemnitz Larsen, MF, Inuit Ataqatigiit, IA
Christian Juhl, MF, Enhedslisten

Hvad er status nu?
Hvilke udenlandske mineselskaber er der aftaler med?
Konsekvenser af udvindingen for den grønlandske befolkning?
Konsekvenser for miljøet?
Udvindingen af uran?
Hvad er Danmarks rolle?

Arr: Transform!Danmark & Enhedslisten

Generalforsamling d 26/5-16 kl 17 og møde om Grønland d 6/6-16 kl 19

Til Medlemmer og interesserede i Transform!Danmark

I indkaldes og inviteres hermed til Transform!Danmarks årlige Generalforsamling, der finder finder sted torsdag den 26.
maj, kl. 17, i Solidaritetshuset, Griffenfeldsgade 42, 2200 Kbh. N.

Ifølge vedtægterne skal dagsorden for ordinær generalforsamling som minimum indeholde følgende punkter:

1. Valg af dirigent
2. Årsberetning samt godkendelse heraf
3. Fremlæggelse af regnskab, budget og kontingent samt godkendelse heraf.
4. Indkomne forslag. Forslag skal være indkommet senest en uge før generalforsamlingen.
5. Valg til bestyrelse
6. Valg af revisor
7. Eventuelt

En uge inden generalforsamlingen udsendes en reminder med en evt. uddybet dagsordenen samt med forslag til beretning og arbejdsplan for det næste år.
Bestyrelsen har først for nylig afholdt sit første møde siden den internationale Transform konference den 12. marts, der igen i år var meget vellykket.
En rappport på engelsk om konferencen sendes senere. Næsten alle taler og 2 videoer er nu lagt på hjemmesiden, se: www.transformdanmark.dk
Bestyrelsen har besluttet at næste års internationale Transform konference finder sted lørdag den 18. marts 2017.

Transform!Danmarks vedtægter vedhæftes.

Alle interesserede er velkomne til generalforsamlingen.
Kontinget er 100 kr. årligt, der kan indbetales på konto nummer: 8411 – 4155593

Møde om Grønland d 6/6-16 kl 19

Endelig gøres I opmærksom på, at Transform!Danmark afholder offentligt debatmøde mandag den 6. juni, kl. 19 i Studiestræde 24, stuen, lokalet over gården. Mødet handler om udvinding af råstoffer i Grønland.
Vedr. dette se nedenfor. En flyer med det endelige program udsendes snart.

De bedste hilsner,
Transform!Danmarks bestyrelse

International Transform Conference 2016 – Saturday 12th March 2016

International Transform Conference 2016 – Saturday 12 March 2016

 

Red/Green AlternativesBreaking with Growth and Neo-liberalism

Venue: HK København, Svend Aukens Plads 11, 2300 Copenhagen S

This is the fifth international conference organized by the Transform!Danmark network, continuing its work to help develop left alternatives in the economic and ecological field.

Report from the meeting

As opposed to the conferences in 2013 and 2014, which focused mainly on alternatives to growth, we will continue the path of the 2015 conference to link red and green alternatives, as there is a gap between the two, which we believe needs to be bridged.

This year’s conference will focus both on short-term and strategic aspects of red and green alternatives to growth and neoliberalism, as well as to include the issue of “commons” to be an integral part of the economic and ecological alternatives that we are seeking to develop.

The conference explores the content, perspective and role of eco-socialism and eco-feminism as well as reflections and alternatives in the present crisis of how to deal with it and take concrete steps and action.

Organisers: Transform!Danmark in cooperation with the transform!europe network, and supported by Enhedslisten/the Red­‐Green Alliance, Grobund  (left educational association), Det Ny Clarté, Solidaritet and others.

Registration:kontakt@transformdanmark.dk

Participation fee (to cover for food and drink during the day): 100 DKK (to be paid in cash at the entrance) 

 

Program:

9:30: Registration and coffee/tea etc.

10:00: Welcome

10:15-11:00:  Richard Smith, USA, economic historian, PhD University of California, Los Angeles.

Six Theses on Saving the Planet”. A transition to a largely planned, mostly publicly-owned economy based on democratic governance and rough socio-economic equality is the only alternative to market-driven planetary collapse.

paper

11:00-11:45: Shalmali Guttal, India, Executive Director, Focus on the Global South.

The creative power and resistance potential of the commons”. The climate crisis demands that we radically change the way we produce, consume and live. The Commons offer us a new way to approach nature, wealth, knowledge and human capacity that move us away from individualism, commodification and acquisition, and towards collectivities, relationships and synergies.

paper, Interview with Shalmali Guttal on page 6

11:45-12:00: Coffee break

12:00-13:00:  Questions and debate

13:00-14:00: Lunch

14:00-16:30: Parallel seminars on 1) Eco-socialist and eco-feminist perspectives; 2) Breaking with current policies and developments.

Seminar 1: Eco-socialist and eco-feminist perspectives

Corinne Morel Darleux, France, National Secretary in charge of Ecosocialism and Regional Councellor, Parti de Gauche, France.

Ecosocialism : a project to reconcile environment and jobs, citizens and politics

While austerity still spreads in Europe, the last climate summit Cop21 in Paris has once again failed to meet ambitious objectives, and it becomes more and more obvious that economics, climate and social issues need a brand new approach, combining long-term and complex thinking, articulated to social movements and alternatives.

Video, paper

Ariel Salleh, Australia, Associate Professor, University of Western Sydney, social ecologist’

Ecofeminism – listening to the deepest eco-socialist voice

The word “ecofeminism” might be new, but the pulse behind it has always driven women’s efforts to save their livelihood and make their communities safe. Ecological feminists are both street fighters and philosophers.

Video, paper

Seminar 2: Breaking with current policies and developments

Haris Golemis, Greece, Director of Nicos Poulantzas Institute, economist.

The Radical Left in Government: A Necessary but not Sufficient Condition for Breaking with Neoliberalism.The hope that the rise of SYRIZA to power, in January 2015, would be a first step towards breaking with neoliberalism in Greece and the EU did not finally come true. Seven months later, a third Memorandum of austerity was imposed on this small country of the European periphery. Following this unhappy development, but also the aggressive expansion of austeritarian politics throughout Europe, there is an urgent need for the European radical Left to rethink its strategy and tactics at both national and European level.

Asbjørn Wahl, Norway, Campaign for the Welfare State, researcher and author.

The current crises as an opportunity for social transformation”. We are faced with a multiplicity of crises with many of the same root causes. This gives us an opportunity to build broad coalitions of resistance. It is an interest-based struggle, and the balance of power has to be shifted considerably. Alternatives have to be more than wishful thinking, and it is as much about agency as policy. We have to overcome the political and ideological crisis on the left.

On European Labour, www.socialistproject.ca, overheads

Nancy Holmstrom, USA, Rutgers Universtity, Newark, Department of Philosophy.

Promising signs of radical change in consciousness – to reverse the prioritization of private property over collective”. The dominant individualist conception of rationality and the prioritization of private property over collective must be reversed. There are some promising signs of a radical change in consciousness.

paper

16:30-16:45: Coffee break

17:00-18:00: Concluding debate in plenary between the speakers of the conference and the participants on the main topics of the day