English translation of the Yellow Vests’ Call after the Second Assembly of Assemblies in St Nazaire, April 5-7 2019

 

Call of the Yellow Vests’ Second Assembly of Assemblies, St. Nazaire, April 5-7, 2019

We, the Yellow Vests, constituted in local assemblies, gathered in St. Nazaire on April 5, 6 and 7, 2019, are addressing the people as a whole.

For liberty, equality and fraternity, following the first Assembly of Assemblies in Commercy, some 200 delegations continue the struggle against extreme liberalism.

Despite the government’s escalation in repression, in addition to the accumulation of laws aggravating living conditions for us all, destroying our rights and liberties, the people’s mobilization has taken root to change the system represented by Macron.

The sole response from the government to the movement represented by the Yellow Vests and related movements has been to panic and assert authoritarian rules.

For the last five months, everywhere in France, in the roundabouts, parking lots, squares, highway toll booths, in demonstrations and within our assemblies, we continue to debate and to fight, against all forms of inequality and injustice, and for solidarity and dignity.

We are calling for a general increase in wages, in pensions and in all basic social benefits, as well as in public services for all.

Our struggles in solidarity are specifically extended to the nine million people in France who are living under the poverty line.

Aware of the environmental urgency, we claim: “End of the world, end of the month, same logic, same fight.”

Opposing the charade of great debates and a non-representative government serving a minority of privileged people, we are putting into action new forms of direct democracy.

Concretely, we recognize that the Assembly of Assemblies can receive proposals from local assemblies and make proposals as already done by the first Assembly of Assemblies of Commercy. Those proposals are then submitted for approval to local assemblies and groups.

The Assembly of Assemblies reaffirms its complete independence from all political parties, trade unions and does not recognize any self-proclaimed leader.

Over three days, gathered in plenary sessions and thematic groups, we debated and amended proposals for our demands, actions, means of communication and coordination.

We are here to stay, and have decided to organize the next Assembly of Assemblies in June.

To strengthen power, to get citizens in battle form against this system, the Assembly of Assemblies is calling for actions, the schedule of which will soon be described via a digital platform.

The Assembly of Assemblies is calling for the spread and reinforcement of sovereign citizen assemblies, and for the creation of new ones.

We call to all Yellow Vests to disseminate this call and the conclusions of our assembly’s work.

The results of the work done in plenary sessions will feed the reflexivity and the actions of the local assemblies.

We are launching a few calls: on the European elections, on the local assemblies of the people, against repression and for the cancelation of jail sentences of prisoners and those of the movement who have been condemned.

It seems necessary to us to take three weeks time to mobilize the entire force of the Yellow Vests and to convince the people who are not yet with us. We are calling for a week of yellow action starting on May 1.

We are inviting all people who want to put an end to the appropriation of the living and to assume a conflictual stance against the actual system, to create together, by all necessary means, a new social and ecological people’s movement.

The great number of current struggles is calling us to seek a unity of action.

We are calling on all levels to collectively fight in order to obtain satisfaction on all our social, fiscal, ecological and democratic demands.

Perfectly aware that we have to fight a global system, we believe that we must get out of capitalism.

Thus, we are collectively constructing the famous “all together” that we are publicly chanting and which makes everything possible. We are building the “all together” at all levels of our society.

The power of the people, by the people, and for the people! Don’t watch us, join us!

The Yellow Vests Assembly of Assemblies

April 7, 2019

(Translated by Résistance 71)

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For reference, the text in French

 

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