- Chronicle of the day
"Drums for Peace"
Call for the Right to a Popular European Initiative
by Martí Olivella <email@example.com>
We had sunshine in the
morning and rain showers until the early morning with the
fire of Saint John and the "Drums for peace" in
Trei Brazi (Thre Pines), on a hill in the heart of the Carpathian
mountains. A group of Rumanian musicians closed the meeting
with noisy but harmonious drum playing, using steel drums,
water buckets , and plates... and we were all able to join
in. A loud voice bellowed out the manifest: "We are
tired of murdering heroes and of hearing the same voices.
We want different sounds to be heard, proposals for a world
that we can all live in".
In the afternoon, we had
put all the groups' conclusions together. It was something
of a marathon, full of difficulties, but the result was
patent on the now transfigured faces: from exhaustion to
As a general proposal,
Sandro Giuglia suggested launching a campaign to collect
signatures all over Europe to demand the right to a Popular
Election Initiative and Referendum. This campaign would
be promoted by hundreds of study groups that would "rethink"
Europe and collect the signatures.
Martí Olivella pointed
out the importance of considering the continental meetings
as one step in a long-term process designed to create active
world citizenship providing alternatives to the present
globalization process, and invited all the participants
to become involved in developing the next steps to be taken
by the Alliance to design a new common strategic horizon
and continue the process starting after the 2001 World Assembly.
An unforgettable cathartic experience
This week has been something
of a catharsis. Different expectations, the conflictive
experience of different views and backgrounds, difficulties
to understand each other with the common languages (English
and French), which are not many participants' mother tongues.
Times of "dead ends" and of crisis. Creativity
that breaks down all barriers. And a party. A party that
started with warm applause and flowers for the organizing
team made up of the Rumanian "Agroecology" organization;
emotional Rumanian melodies played to violins, accordions,
and "tzambals"; and the all-pervading beat of
the "steel drums," "drums," "tamtams,"
"tambourines," "plates" and clapping.
Evidence of the emerging creativity of a diverse Europe
with Mediterranean connections that wants to overcome the
civilization of the much feared and well-structured "war
The experience we have
had of getting to know each other well, over and above stereotypes,
will remain in our hearts. May this gift, this unique opportunity,
seal our commitment to work together in the future, to build
a new European project with room for everyone and to bring
pressure to bear on our governments for Europe to cease
to be a fortress and a source of conflict with the cultures
of other continents.
>From Sinaia, in the
heart of the Carpathian mountains, a warm greeting to the
participants in other continental meetings. We will continue
to be in contact every day, thanks to the electronic threads
that help us to weave our webs of solidarity.