Wednesday, July 27, 2011

CORD on location at Goddard College

The 'Indignant Citizens Movment' in Greece/Europe, Part Three

"You got the disease we got the solution: Revolution"

Photos of the 'Greek Indignants' by Triada Samaras (2011) taken in Syntagma Sqaure, Greece, home of the Greek Parliament Building. (Syntagma means "Constitution").

As I have been wondering aloud this summer, "What might we citizens of Brooklyn learn from the "Indignant Citizens" movement currently taking place in Greece/Europe that might be useful to us here in Brooklyn, NY?"


At Goddard College yesterday, where I am in my final semester in the Goddard College MFA/IA program, I gave a formal presentation on this topic called, "Revolution" in Greece 2011- A Prototype?". The Goddard Residency schedule has my presentation description as follows:

Workshop Description:
The 'common' people of Greece are in the midst of making history (again) in this present moment using the tried and true means of engaged art/s practices. This large group is proving, clearly and powerfully, that the basic creative forms: art, music, poetry, dance, are indeed, effective weapons in the 'war' to communicate one's truth.

Artist/Activist, Triada Samaras, G5, now in Athens for her second visit since her Goddard Practicum in Greece last summer is documenting and observing this protest movement with great interest, understanding its fundamental relation to her artist/activist work in Brooklyn with others.

As Co-Founder of CORD/Coalition for Respectful Development, she, too, has utilized artistic means to 'speak' truths emanating from the common people, not the hierarchy, regarding issues vital to the her Brooklyn community such as the cleanup of the highly contaminated, Gowanus Canal.

In this workshop, she will share what she has learned in Greece via slides and discussions."

In the meantime, yesterday the BBC reported that the Spanish Indignants (who inspired the Greek Indignants) are now marching to Brussels on foot from Spain.

From the above BBC link:

"Spanish activists, known as "the Indignants", have set off from Madrid on a long march to Brussels. They are protesting against what they see as governments bowing to financial markets and ignoring the needs of their own people in the economic crisis. As they head north, the protesters plan to hold meetings, collecting complaints and proposals as they go. Since the movement began in Madrid two months ago, similar groups have sprung up across Europe. The Indignants have added a new chant to their repertoire: "To Brussels!" they sing. "

Triada Samaras

CORD Co-Founder


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........