PEOPLE'S GLOBAL ACTION (PGA):
- Organisational Principles
Peoples' Global Action:
Eckpunkte des globalen Netzwerks Peoples' Global Action
(wie sie auf der Konferenz in Cochabamba, Bolivien im September
2001 beschlossen wurden):
1. Eine klare Ablehnung von Kapitalismus, Imperialismus und Feudalismus;
und aller Handelsabkommen, Institutionen und Regierungen die zerstörerische
2. Wir lehnen alle Formen und Systeme von Herrschaft und Diskriminierung
ab, einschließlich aber nicht beschränkt auf Patriarchat,
Rassismus und religiösen Fundamentalismus aller Art. Wir anerkennen
die vollständige Würde aller Menschen.
3. Eine konfrontative Haltung, da wir nicht glauben dass Lobbyarbeit
einen nennenswerten Einfluss haben kann auf undemokratische Organisationen
in die maßgeblich vom transnationalen Kapital beeinflusst
4. Ein Aufruf zu direkter Aktion und zivilem Ungehorsam, Unterstützung
für die Kämpfe sozialer Bewegungen, die Respekt für
das Leben und die Rechte der unterdrückten Menschen maximieren,
wie auch den Aufbau von lokalen Alternativen zum Kapitalismus.
5. Eine Organisationsphilosophie die auf Dezentralisierung und Autonomie
Peoples' Global Action:
Hallmarks of Peoples' Global Action
(changed at the 3rd PGA Conference in Cochabamba)
1. A very clear rejection of capitalism, imperialism and feudalism;
all trade agreements, institutions and governments that promote
2. We reject all forms and systems of domination and discrimination
including, but not limited to, patriarchy, racism and religious
fundamentalism of all creeds.
We embrace the full dignity of all human beings.
3. A confrontational attitude, since we do not think that lobbying
can have a major impact in such biased and undemocratic organisations,
in which transnational capital is the only real policy-maker.
4. A call to direct action and civil disobedience, support for social
movements' struggles, advocating forms of resistance which maximize
respect for life and oppressed peoples' rights, as well as the construction
of local alternatives to global capitalism.
5. An organisational philosophy based on decentralisation and autonomy.
Peoples' Global Action:
1. The PGA is an instrument for co-ordination, not an organisation.
Its main objectives are:
i. Inspiring the greatest possible number of persons and organisations
to act against corporate domination through civil disobedience and
people-oriented constructive actions.
ii. Offering an instrument for co-ordination and mutual support
at global level for those resisting corporate rule and the capitalist
iii. Giving more international projection to the struggles against
economic liberalisation and global capitalism, as well as to the
struggles of indigenous people and original cultures.
2. The organisational philosophy of the PGA is based on decentralisation
and autonomy. Hence, central structures are minimal. Following the
same idea, each region's participating organisations and movements
will decide how to organize locally. Nevertheless, there needs to
be a point of contact and coordination for each of these regions,
decided at regional level and known to all the participating organisations
and movements of the network.
3. The PGA has no membership.
4. The PGA does not have and will not have a juridical personality.
It will not be legalised or registered in any country. No organisation
or person represents the PGA, nor does the PGA represent any organisation
5. There will be conferences of the PGA when judged necessary by
the participating organisations and movements. The functions of
these conferences will be:
i. Updating the manifesto (if necessary)
ii. Advancing in the process of co-ordination at global level of
the resistance against "free" trade
iii. Co-ordinating decentralised actions according to the global
days of action and the sustained campaigns of the PGA.
There will be an equal participation of women and men in the international
and regional conferences. The gender issue will be discussed at
all of the PGA conferences, both at the international and regional
6. The conferences of the PGA will be convened by a committee conformed
by representative organisations and movements of each region, including
the points of contact named for each of these regions. The composition
of this committee must show a regional balance, and a balance regarding
the areas of work of the organisations and movements that conform
it. The local organisers will be part of the committee.
This committee will fulfil the following tasks:
i. Coordinating the programme of the conference according to the
proposals for themes, actions and issues emerging from the regional
ii. Coordinating the selection of the delegates, in respect with
the principle of decentralization and autonomy of each region as
well as in accordance with the decisions taken on this matter at
the regional conferences
iii. Deciding about the use of resources; especially, deciding which
organisations will receive help to pay the travel expenses to attend
iv. Advising the local organisers in technical and organisational
v. Interpreting the manifesto if this would be necessary (the whole
part on publications and info to be taken out)
The committee, just like any other participating organisation or
movement, cannot speak in the name of the PGA.
Each conference of the PGA will be coordinated by a committee conformed
of different organisations and movements. Also, the points of contact
named for each region will change in each regional conference (used
to be in each international conference but it is now a problem to
leave it like that if we're going to have international conferences
only when judged necessary...). The old committee will choose a
small group that will act as advisers of the new committee. It will
also provide technical support at the regional level. This advisory
group will not have decision- making power.
7. In keeping with PGA's philosophy, all communication processes
will be diverse, decentralised and coordinated. There will be at
least one point of contact in each region to be decided at regional
Whilst recognising there are limits to the internet, the PGA website
will comprise of PGA documents including conference notes and contact
lists. All documents will be translated into as many diverse languages
as possible. For all this communication to work effectively, responsibility
must be taken at the regional level by as many groups as possible.
8. The PGA will not have any resources. The funds needed to pay
the conferences and the information tools will have to be raised
in a decentralised way. All the funds raised for the conference
will be administered by the committee. The publications will have
to be self-financed.
9. The PGA has a rotative secretariat, which changes every year.
Each committee, during it's term, will decide where the secretariats
10. The conferences of the PGA will not include the discussion of
these organisational principles in the programme. If there is a
concrete request, a discussion group on organisational questions
will be formed. This discussion group will meet parallel to the
programme of the conference, to elaborate concrete modification
proposals which shall be voted upon in the plenary.
11. The PGA hopes that it will inspire the creation of different
platforms (both regional and issue-based) against "free"
trade and the different institutions that promote it. There will
not be, however, a relationship of pertenence between these platforms
and the PGA. The platforms will hence be completely autonomous.
The PGA also aims to initiate discussions at the regional level
through various means, emphasizing on the organisation of caravans,
as well as the exchange of people, products and experiences between
regions. The results of these debates will then be shared at the
global level with the whole network.
PEOPLE'S GLOBAL ACTION (PGA):
- Eckpunkte / Hallmarks / Principles
- Globales Netz lokaler Kämpfe