All over Europe and also USA – “our country first” – because of broken (economic) promises instead of prosperity for all we got even bigger gaps between rich and poor – things get worse and worse.
After decades of injustice, ignorance, lies, coverups, corruption and deception – people feel democracy is simply an oligarchs mafia-playground – where good and honest people can vote – but have no voice – no say in the decision-making-process.
The brave Polish took to the streets to defend this faulty system against erosion and dictatorship – showing you can have a voice if you unite and protest and build up better alternatives.
In the West Western the word “democracy” has become no more than a marketing campaign.
Behind that smiling coca-cola-freedom-face is an ugly truth of monopolies, dependency, slavery low-paid part-time jobs, fear and terror plus a massive lack of empathy, sustainability and happiness.
What happened to soverenity, independence, freeing of the human beeing and it’s consciousness?
This past week Polish people once more fought for their freedom, and made history. In the months-long tug-of-war between the citizens and their government, between democracy and dictatorship, desperation and hope, Poles took to the streets in protest — and gained the upper hand. Hope won, if only for the moment.
At WeMove, we choose to take it as a call to action. Let us tell you the story of this fight and together, let’s find the best ways for the WeMove community to act.
You might have seen photos of tens of thousands of protesters holding candles in raised hands during massive vigils, as Poles took to the streets to block an attack on the foundations of their democracy and stop a catastrophe from unfolding.
They were protesting three proposed laws, rushed through the Parliament dominated by the ruling party — the ultra-conservative populist Law and Justice (PiS). Together, these laws would have ended the independence of courts and judges in Poland,bringing them under the control of the government, and marking the beginning of an era of one-party dictatorship.
The reform of the Courts was to be another step in PiS’s plan to hold on to power, the courts, another vital part of the system of checks and balances to be done away with. Since they took power in 2015, PiS turned public media into propaganda machines, curtailed the right to gatherings, legalised wide-spread state surveillance, sanctioned massive destruction of the environment and cracked down on civil society.Schools began teaching nationalism.
PiS has shown arrogance and disdain for the valueswe progressive Europeans at WeMove stand for:freedom of conscience; rule of law: the idea that no power in government is above the law; the respect forequality; human dignity; openness; free and diverse media.
During an 8 day protest, the people on the streets in Poland called on the President – the one person with the power to veto the destructive reforms – and they called loud enough. Surprising many, including his own allies, the President moved to stop two of the three laws. While not everything was won, and more dark clouds are gathering on the horizon, the Polish people once more showed the rest of Europe that when determined citizens come together, justice can triumph.
Even as they stood in protest, many people in Polandlooked west, towards the European Union and its older, more mature democracies, asking for them to show support, and act. And it’s not just the Poles – in the last months the Hungarian people have been asking that the EU steps in to help resist Victor Orban’s illiberal regime.
There are as many ideas about what could be done, as there are people in Poland and Hungary, but one thing is sure. We’re all EU citizens, and we’re in this struggle together. As recent months show, the things we often take for granted: freedoms, rights, democracy – are never really guaranteed.
In the WeMove team, we have been following the rise of the ultra-conservative, populist governments in Poland and Hungary and their policies with growing concern. We supported and bowed our heads to our friends in the Polish community of Akcja Demokracja (Action Democracy) in their amazing mobilisation for justice, equality, and democracy.
Today we come to a point where we are asking – as a European community of people committed to those ideals, how can we act? How can we help? How can we channel our massive reserves of people power, to meaningfully stand with the Polish and Hungarian people in their hour of need?
Mr, we want to hear from you – this is why we’re asking you to please take the short survey to tell us what you think. It will take only 5 minutes of your time, but your voice will help all of us – 833,000 Europeans from across the continent – decide on the direction we take together in the coming weeks and months