Living the Revolution

Solidarity4All (S4A) co-founder Christos Giovanopoulos is presently touring the US in his effort to grow the international solidarity movement supporting Greek workers. S4A is a collective that facilitates the development of grassroots solidarity structures emerging in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by Greece’s deep austerity cuts. It grew out of the Greek Indignados movement that formed alongside the Spanish Indignados* movement in July 2011. Both would serve to inspire the international Occupy movement that first formed on Wall Street in September 2011.

As of January 2015, there were self-governing 360 solidarity structures, representing 30% of the Greek population. The list includes social pharmacies, social medical clinics, social kitchens, social grocery stores, time banks,* a social collective of mental professionals, olive oil producers who share olive oil and the “potato movement,” where farmers cut out supermarkets and middlemen by trading directly with consumers.

All initiatives are non-hierarchical and hold weekly assemblies where decisions are made. The role of S4A is to serve as a centralized network for information, tools, and skills sharing and to build an international solidarity movement to support Greek workers and to inspire similar grassroots self-governing structures in other countries.

Although most S4A members support the left-wing party Syriza, the two are totally separate organizations. S4A chiefly derives its power from its ability to provide humanitarian services can’t deliver due to the Greek financial crisis. Nevertheless Syriza directly supports S4A by requiring each of their MPs (members of parliament) to donate 10% of their salary.

An International Movement

Already hundreds of international trade unions, community, environmental and immigration groups have signed on to the Solidarity4All movement. Ironically most are in Germany, whose government has been the most staunch in forcing debt repayments and austerity cuts on the Greek people. At present Giovanopoulos is seeking to build S4A chapters in New York, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland and Baltimore.

In the following video, Giovanopoulos speaks to the importance of a strong grassroots movement to counteract the pressure the EU and IMF are putting on Syriza. This is especially urgent owing to the inability of the current Greek government to address the humanitarian crisis. Thanks to Solidarity4All, the immediate needs of workers continue to be addressed. If a Grexit does occur, this will also provide a framework for Greece to look after itself – instead of relying on foreign funders.

For more information, check out the English S4A website at Greece Solidarity

Individuals and groups can join S4A at Join us

*Los Indignados is a grassroots Spanish anti-austerity movement that first captured public attention in July 2011 through massive demonstrations in which they occupied public squares and spaces. An estimated 6.5– 8 million Spaniards have participated in these events.
**A time bank is a mutual credit system in which members earn credits for helping other members and spend them for other services.
***Syriza is a left wing political party that came to power in January 2015 based on a pledge to end the austerity cuts forced on Greece (as a condition of further bailout funds) by the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
****Grexit refers to the potential exit of Greece from the eurozone monetary union, owing to its inability to repay its public debt.

22 thoughts on “Living the Revolution

  1. We seriously need to support this because we are all headed where Greece is headed. We here in the U.S. have also been dealing with austerity, but of course, the drone strikes and the bombings continue while children go to bed hungry and wake and go to school, hungry. Not to mention that many of these children are leaving homeless shelters and heading for school. We need to take matters into our own hands and help each other out. I believe that this is a great thing that the people are doing. I sure hope that it spreads.

    Thank you Dr. Bramhall, for bringing this to our attention!


    • The good news is a lots of this is already happening – even in the US – especially in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. Urban agriculture, free markets, local currencies, time banks etc. are popping up all over the place.

      The bad news is that you’re absolutely right, Shelby, that we are all headed in the same direction of Greece.

      New Zealand’s fiscal year starts July 1, and here in New Plymouth we are facing already drastic austerity cuts. We have a quarterly community circle of local activists here, and yesterday we learned about a homeless 14 year old living under the New Plymouth Club. What really got me is that Work and Income (a government agency) gives him $40 a week for food – and yet they don’t follow through with their legally mandated responsibility to ensure that Child Youth and Family (another government agency) finds him a foster or group home to stay in.

      I guess the main reason they don’t is because they can’t – because of severe budget cuts.

      There used to be a free Teen Clinic giving the child a place to shower and a daily change of clothes – but this has just closed because the government cut their funding, too.


  2. I cannot for the life of me understand why our politicians and economists and human rights lawyers cannot grasp that measures that lead to extreme poverty must lead to upheaval that cannot be controlled by peaceful means. It is apparent that the people in power do not care if they create warlike conditions. This is what I think.

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    • I think you’re right, Aunty. Their only interest at the moment is to remain in power. And at present their corporate donors also have totally control over the mainstream media – and are happy to totally destroy the reputation of anyone who doesn’t toe the corporate line.


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  4. Excellent! I bookmarked the site. This is the way we the people of the world need to proceed, if we ever want to end the elite-pig hell we are living in today!


    • The good news is that they – there are similar grassroots movements growing in Italy, Spain and Ireland. In Spain, these burgeoning direct democracies are largely responsible for the recent electoral success of a new anti-austerity part Podemos (Syriza’s Spanish counterpart).


      • Great!

        I have passed on the info you gave me on collective farm shares with others I know. In fact, a friend may go in with me on a local farm share, since I can’t afford it by myself. I am also sharing this with him and the others.

        I not only want to share in the harvest, I also want to support these endeavors in any way I possibly can.


  5. Reblogged this on An Outsider's Sojourn II and commented:
    I encourage everyone to read the following review and watch the short video. If we want to change the way things are in this world, then we are going to have to awaken to and seek new ways to live with each other.


  6. Reblogged this on shelbycourtland and commented:
    Let’s ALL stop helping people and see where it gets us! Oh my bad! We did stop helping each other out and look where it’s gotten us; fucked up from one end of the globe to the other.

    Care to continue along in this vain?


  7. I really think they should default. This debt is fictional and they will never pay it off. I do believe they would be better off struggling for a few years then making good. Austerity will never work, only make the rich richer, Iceland told their banks where to go and they are doing fine now, Greece should take a page out of their book. I certainly wish the UK would stand up to the banks greed and dominance from fear mongering!


  8. I agree. They need to default and devalue the Greek currency. This is what countries have always done when they developed unsustainable account deficits. Unfortunately it’s no longer an option once you join the euro.


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