Israeli social justice activists are gearing up to protest on Saturday night, joining their colleagues from around the world in "Global May," a international day of protest marking the anniversary of the protest in Puerta del Sol, Madrid, where a massive people’s assembly took control of the famous square in 2011.
The protest in Spain, itself an echo of the Arab Spring, was the first of many such protest movements in the West, including the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York and other metropolises in the English-speaking world and the Rothschild Boulevard cost of living tent protest in Tel Aviv and in other Israeli cities.
Though summer's end brought with it a dwindling in its street presence, the protest movement hasn't died out, rather it had turned its efforts to organizing its ranks and articulating its principles. Among the many groups formed in the wake of the protest was the People's Assemblies Network, a website that took upon itself to coordinate the actions of popular assemblies from around the world.
The People's Assemblies Network is organizing the international day of protest in which Israeli protest groups will be participating.
For the occasion, the website had been working to write a manifesto articulating the joint objectives of the world's protest groups' popular assemblies. Activists from around the world participated in the drafting of the manifesto, including Israeli activists.
The manifesto states, "We are living in a world controlled by forces incapable of giving freedom and dignity to the world´s population," adding that the activists "condemn the current distribution of economic resources whereby only a tiny minority escape poverty and insecurity."
The manifesto calls for an economic "system where labour is appreciated by its social utility, not its financial or commercial profit." The manifesto says that this will be achieved by a bottom-up approach to the economy.
In addition, the manifesto calls for an extension of democratic governance to what they call "fully democratic." This includes the ending of the world powers' veto power in the UN Security Council.
The protest will start in southern Tel Aviv at 5:30 P.M. and march to the city's downtown, where the organizers hope a massive demonstration will take place.
The full manifesto can be read here.
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