Kick-starting the first stage of our plan for devolved #GlobalUnity,” we recently held the first ever Real Global Democracy Demonstration in Parliament Sq. London. Although the event was small in number, it felt extremely potent. We modelled how local groups the world over can connect and have their say on matters affecting the whole of humanity; or to put it another way, how we can create legally binding global rules without global rulers.
- International goals, aims and voluntary targets which build our hopes up but are usually missed.
- Weak, flouted, unratified and often hypocritical international laws regarding conflict and weaponry.
- Legally binding international laws being created in secret (TTIP, TPP, TISA ) which override national democratic sovereignty and which prioritise the protection of corporate profits over the protection of society and environment.
We announced our intention to unite and empower progressive anti-austerity, anti-war, pro-democracy, environmental movements and political parties around the world by inviting them to co-create and harmonise a range of policies; policies that can be implemented by nations in a cooperative and synchronised way. In doing so we hope the movement forms a more coherent global front for justice, peace, prosperity and sustainability. The desired outcome being that progressive politicians and parties will seem far safer and more electable to more mainstream voters.
The event was promoted by Global People Power and held in sync with twenty five events taking place in six continents as part of the Global Week of Action for a World Parliament. (Global People Power are not in favour of the creation of a global parliamentary building which houses representatives. We are instead creating direct/liquid, global democracy online and face-to-face via connected local People’s Assemblies.)
On the day, demonstrators, led by policy experts suggested, debated and voted on international policies that would benefit humanity and the planet, not just a wealthy minority. We also discussed the emerging movement of people rebuilding democracy via local and national People’s Assemblies, Assemblies for Democracy and e-democracy platforms such as Loomio, VocalEyes and Represent. (We have just begun using Represent as our Global People Power e-democracy platform). We discussed how we could encourage all of them to include a globally systemic element within their processes.
Global Democracy vote
On the day we voted in favour of three policies which nations could implement alongside one another– a Law to End Ecocide, International Monetary Reform and a 50-50 Global Democracy Declaration. These were proposed by representatives from End Ecocide, Positive Money and 50-50 Parliament. Natalie Bennett (Green Party Leader) also discussed TPP, TTIP and why global governance should be democratised. Dr Marina Prentoulis (Syriza London, University UEA) gave a talk on “Global unity for systemic solutions to systemic problems” and Luke Flegg (ChangeTheFuture) enlightened us with regard to the new “E-Democracy Revolution.”
What can YOU do to take global action for peace, sustainability, justice and real prosperity?
- Which well-known progressive politician or campaigner would you like to invite to propose a global policy on our new Represent e-democracy group? Policy examples: A World Without War, A Global Renewable Energy Grid (GREG), Ban all Tax Havens?
- If you contact them, please also ask them to encourage their supporters and the wider public to debate and vote on those policies?
- Perhaps there are people from opposing sides in a conflict you could invite to debate a global peace agreement?
From our humble beginnings we hope the process of forming a powerful and strategic global force for good will take root – just as strategic and powerful as the few who benefit most from the present system of undemocratic, unregulated globalisation, fossil fuel extraction, debt based economics, austerity and international conflict.
Finally, I’d like to add that the demonstration was part of an extremely positive growing trend in campaigning and protesting in that we primarily demonstrated what we are for, and how we are going to get there, and just as much if not more than we demonstrated what we are against (and the global forces behind it).