Solidarisches Salzburg

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A better future for all.

On September 20th, a summit of European leaders takes place in Salzburg. Following the guiding principles of their policies, the ÖVP-FPÖ government has chosen the taglines “domestic security“ and “combating illegal migration“. Therefore, there is an emphasis on the planned sealing-off of Europe against undesired people and the intensification of social control and disciplining.

The basic attitude of the political activities and undertakings of the conservative and reactionary ÖVP-FPÖ government is the demolition of sociopolitical achievements in the fields of education, health, social security and democratic participation. They do everything they can to comply with the wishes of industry and financial economy.

Thus Austria highlights issues also emphasised by the European Union, which pursues broadly similar aims. To fuel capital appropriation, which has stagnated over the last few years, the European Union – along with the national governments – has taken more and more antisocial measures: It tries to make working times longer and more flexible, to intensify competition between wage-dependent people and to re-design social insurances in a way, so that they become profitable investments for financial companies. Instead of further developing fundamental rights, they cater to financial interests and at that accept the destruction of the already damaged environment in Europe and the rest of the world.

We oppose such policies and demand social, solidary and ecological initiatives:

  • Social and political rights for people in Europe and elsewhere have to be ensured
  • Peace and disarmament have to be ensured
  • Legal ways for flight and migration have to be created, and the integration of people seeking protection has to be promoted
  • Living wages and fair transfer-services guaranteeing a living income have to be created
  • Working hours have to be reduced (30 hours are enough)
  • Unemployment has to be tackled
  • Open access to education, and social, cultural and democratic participation has to be ensured
  • Industry has to be re-designed in a way that it is ecologically sustainable and public transport infrastructure has to be improved

Alternative summit, September 13th to September 20th, Salzburg - TriBühne and other places

As a reaction to the informal meeting of European leaders on September 20th in Salzburg, Solidarity Salzburg plans an alternative summit taking place between September 13th and 20th. It thereby wants to form an antithesis to the summit of European leaders, which puts its focus on security and the closing off of borders.

Human rights education as incitement for good coexistence in a new Europe (September 13th 2018)

Event by Amnesty International

The aim of human rights education is to do its bit to establish a culture of human rights in Europe and elsewhere. “Knowledge, abilities and attitude” make it possible to feel human rights, which encourages people to become active themselves. Only who knows his rights, can stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

This is a task which is more than necessary in current times, in which human rights apparently lose their significance and are not protected sufficiently. Examples from practical work with human rights and human rights education show, in how far human rights are a powerful tool to encourage positive changes.


  • Gudrun Rabussay-Schwald, Amnesty International Austria
  • When: 13.09.2018, 17:00-18:30
  • What: Talk and following discussion
  • Where: Tribühne, Salzburg Lehen, Tulpenstraße 1

Flight to Europe – The Mediterranean Sea and Human Rights (13.9.2018)

Still thousands of people die in the Mediterranean sea. Several NGOs do their best to rescue as many people as possible. But instead of thanking them, politics renders them a plaything: Those who rescue people do not discourage them. Those who rescue people do not defend Fortress Europe.

In a presentation, Erik Marquardt describes the situation on the high seas and elsewhere: Where do these people come from? Why do so many people board unseaworthy ships? And what is the situation like on the other exodus routes?


  • Erik Marquardt
  • When: 13.9.2018, 19:00-21:00
  • What: Presentation
  • Where: Tribühne, Salzburg Lehen, Tulpenstraße 1

Social fundamental rights in Europe! And in Austria? (14.9.2018)

Event by arbeit_plus, Forum WLH Wohnungslosenhilfe & Lebenshilfe Salzburg

As a stimulus for the EU-council meeting on September 20th 2018, we prepare topics for the further development of the European Union as a social and educational union and discuss the European Pillars of Social Rights, even though they have been disregarded by the Austrian presidency of the European Council. This especially concerns the importance of social fundamental rights such as the right to work, inclusion, social security and equal treatment. From Brussels, EU delegates Joe Weidenholzer (SPÖ) and Michel Reimon (Grüne), as well als Freek Spinnewijn (FEANTSA) will participate.

In the European Social Charter nuanced guiding principles and laws have been worked out, which have also been ratified by Austria. However, Austria has excluded individual clauses. Hence, Austria denies people suable individual rights such as the right to work, the right to be protected from poverty, exclusion and homelessness and the right to housing.

These topics, of fundamental importance for a social society, are taken up in three dimensions of the European Pillars of Social Rights, which have been published by the EU-comission and the EU-parliament in November 2017 as a memorandum.

Those three dimensions are: Equal opportunities and access to the job market Fair working conditions Social security and social inclusion

What does that mean for Salzburg and Austria?

We want to establish the connection between the choice of topics and the intensity of their treatment on the European level and the national reality of cuts in social services, the undermining of labor laws, the gender pay gap etc. Thus we want to open up new vistas – those of bottom-up processes concerning politics and public – based on the motto: we tackle issues that are important for all of us.

In a world café we discuss the right to work (Peter Ruhmannseder / Judith Pühringer), the right to housing (Heinz Schoibl), inclusion (Karin Astegger) as well as equal treatment (Frauenrat Salzburg). Based on the “Gemeinwohlökonomie” (economy for the common good) we will come up with suggestions for social, ecological and solidary politics. The programme will be accompanied by readings from author Petra Nagenkögel.


  • Dagmar Baumgartner, bePart, Salzburg
  • When: Friday, 14.9.2018, 14:00-19:00
  • What: Presentations, world café, readings
  • Where: Tribühne, Salzburg Lehen, Tulpenstraße 1.

Connecting resistance – developing common answers (15.9.2018)

Event by “Aufbruch” - start for a democratic, solidary and ecological Europe!

On July 1st 2018, the Austrian government took over the presidency of the EU-council. Chaired by the Austrian government a summit of European leaders takes place in Salzburg on September 20th. The Austrian ÖVP-FPÖ government is working on full-scales offensives against social and democratic achievements. Its neoliberal and antidemocratic plans fit in with the policies of the European Union, solely based on economic interests. In the interest of big companies and financial capital the EU tries, in cooperation with the national governments, to prolong working times, to increase competition among the working population and to re-design social insurances in a way, so that they become a profitable investment for financial companies. Such politics knowingly accepts further destruction of the environment in Europe and elsewhere in the world.


  • Checchino Antonini (Rome): Journalist, member of Potere al Popolo and Sinistra Anticapitalista
  • Christian Boissevain (Munich): Representative of the IGM, initiative for interlinking unions
  • Helmut Born (Düsseldorf): Member of Unionists for climate protection, member of the International Socialist Organisation
  • Iris Frey (Wien): Member of System Change, not Climate Change!
  • Thies Gleiss (Köln): Founding member of DIE LINKE and member of the party executive
  • Susanne Haslinger (Wien): Lawyer and member of PRO-GE
  • Heinz Högelsberger (Wien): Former member of Greenpeace and Global 2000, since 2008 working for the union vida and the “Arbeiterkammer” Vienna.
  • Julia Holzhauser (Saabrücken): member of the union Ver.di, chair of the deparment Health, social services, welfare and churches
  • Verena Kreilinger (Salzburg): member of Aufbruch Salzburg
  • Boris Lechthaler (Linz): politically active in the Solidarity Workshop Austria
  • Brigitte Litschauer (Wien): Assistant Professor Dr. of Medicine, research e.g. concerning psycho-social stress
  • Dastan Jasim (Mannheim): working at the Heidelberger institute for international conflict research
  • Zofia Marcinek (Warschau): member of the movement “black protest”
  • Petra Nagenkögel (Salzburg): Author and chair of the literary club prolit
  • Raphaél Preston (Paris): Member of the NPA (New Anticapitalistic Party)
  • Fritz Schiller (Vienna): economist, member of the board of Vienna’s health insurance
  • Franz Sölkner (Graz): former local councillor for the Green party in Thal near Graz.
  • Florian Weissel (Wien): founding member of the initiative Care Revolution Vienna
  • Winfried Wolf (Berlin): political scientist and author of several books about economic developments. Publisher of the magazine “Factencheck Europa”
  • Christian Zeller (Salzburg): Professor for economic geography, member of Aufbruch Salzburg
  • When: Saturday, September 15th 2018, 13:30-22:00
  • What: Conference
  • Where: TriBühne, Salzburg Lehen, Tulpenstraße 1

Shaping a democratic food policy – the path to food sovereignity (16.9.2018)

Event by “System Change, not Climate Change”

It is often suggested that by making good choices when buying in supermarkets we can support a good food economy. However, this does not touch the general framework, which encompasses land-grabbing, corporate power and exploitation. The predominant food economy increasingly undermines the human right to nutrition. A real alternative is the movement for food sovereignty, in which consumers and producers cooperate.

In our presentation we debate the consequences of free trade and the common agricultural policy of the European union and point out, how food sovereignty here offers possible solutions. In the last part of the event, we would like to invite the audience to think how they can cooperatively participate in the shaping of a democratic food policy.


  • David Steinwender, work group food sovereignity Graz
  • Sigrun Zwanzger, Welthaus Steiermark
  • When: Sunday, 16.9.2018, 15:00-17:00
  • What: Presentation
  • Where: Literaturhaus, Strubergasse 23, 5020 Salzburg

Women’s rights are human rights … in a Europe that protects (17.9.2018)

Event by Frauen*Volksbegehren and Frauenrat Salzburg

The Vagina Monologues (scenic reading): humorous, serious, profound and feminist – Vaginas narrate of fates, of the search for the female identity, of love and passion, of disappointment and violence. Text by Eve Ensler, artistic direction Judith Valerie Engel and Gertraud Steinkogler-Wurzinger.

Discussion with Monika Vana (EU-parliament delegate). A current study by the EU shows a significant backlash. Gender mainstreaming gets increasingly constrained. Especially such areas as education, health and prevention of violence are affected. Who does suffer from these restrictions? What are the causes? How can politics counteract such developments?

Party with LaLuna from the collective Tanzbar

  • When: Monday, 17.09.2018, 19:00-22:00
  • Where: TriBühne Lehen, Salzburg, Tulpenstraße 1

Europe – Civil Power in combat dress?

Event by the Friedensbüro Salzburg. Co-organiser: ÖH Salzburg, Südwind Salzburg, JBZ, Internationaler Versöhungsbund

The Peace and Securities of the European Union are ambivalent in their public perception: On the one hand, it is a historic project of peace which has been awarded with the Nobel Peace Price. On the other hand, it is a global player competing for the title of “armament world champion”, driven by the interests of hegemony and the armament lobby. Where are European peace policies headed and which role do national and international initiatives for peace and disarmament play?


  • Ottfried Nassauer, Information centre for transatlantic security, Berlin
  • Thomas Roithner, Peace researcher, private lecturer at the University of Vienna
  • Lucia Hämmerle, Internationaler Versöhnungsbund, Project “Armament Atlas”, Vienna
  • When: Tuesday, 18.9.2018, 19.00 - 22.00 Uhr
  • What: Presentation and Discussion
  • Where: Tribühne, Salzburg Lehen, Tulpenstraße 1

Solidarity with migrants on high seas (19.09.2018)

Watch the Med Alarm Phone is a project which was founded by activists from Europe and North Africa in 2014. The self-organised call-center for refugees who are in distress at sea should ensure a safe rescue and prevent human right violations such as pushbacks.

At that, those in distress get a second chance to make their call for help heard by sea rescue. Each emergency is recorded and publicly accompanied till safe rescue. If necessary, further support is drummed up. Thereby pressure is exerted on those responsible, at least as far as possible.


  • Activists of the Alarm Phone Team Munich
  • When: Wednesday, 19.9.2018, 17.00 - 18.30
  • What: Presentation
  • Where: Tribühne, Salzburg Lehen, Tulpenstraße 1

Walk of Responsibility

We will carry a list with almost all the names of those who have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea from the Tribühne Lehen to the Festspielhaus, or as close as we can get. Bring along candles! We want to show those responsible for isolationist policy that they are to blame for the dying in the Mediterranean Sea.

Meeting time: Wednesday, 19.9.2018, 18.30 Uhr Meeting point: Salzburg Lehen, Tulpenstraße 1

Demonstration and rally

11:30 Salzburg Main Station – Hearing afrique-europe-interact 14:00 Demonstration “A better future for all”: demonstration starts at the main station and walks towards the Volksgarten 17:00 Rally and music in the Volksgarten

We want a creative, loud and non-violent demonstration and rally. There will be no tolerance for discriminating paroles and contents. With this in mind, we request representatives of the executive, of the media and of politics to adopt a practice of de-escalation and constructive approach to settling conflicts within their respective area of responsibility.

Party: Sound of Solidarity: Celebrating Fortress Europe as it falls (20.09.2018)

After the rally there will be a party at Jazz-It Salzburg – with live music and catering. Details will be published soon.

  • When: Thursday, 20.9.2018, 20.00 Uhr
  • Where: Jazzit, Salzburg, Elisabethstraße 11

Other Events

Other opportunities to discuss and debate are being planned. In addition to the events listed above, there will be several outdoor activities, such as a video team conducting street interviews, a wall of public initiatives, a flashmob and public relations.