WCCJ is open to everyone. No registration is required to attend.
Thursday (Artivist Workshops) and Friday (Activist Seminars) are open to the public, anyone can come and ask questions, while Saturday (Thematic Assemblies) and Sunday (Plenary Assembly) are reserved for delegate speeches and resolutions, although those who wish can follow the discussion in-person and online (the assemblies will be streamed, but the Congress brings together real people on site).
WCCJ is a free, open and inclusive space for discussion, debate and deliberation on climate action. It is closed to fascists, misogynists, transphobes and xenophobes of all stripes.
Whoever displays aggressive behavior that is inimical to the values of dignity and respect for the genders and subjectivities present shall be politely but firmly shown the door. More positively, we’re a bunch of rads and queers from many regions of the world😊
The Congress is divided into Seminars (Friday) where delegates present their struggles and anybody can come and pose questions and Assemblies (Saturday and Sunday), where only Delegates can speak. Assemblies are opened by introductory Panels.
Delegates can register anytime during the Congress at the WCCJ Info Desk set up in Via Festa del Perdono 7 at Statale University. The Info Desk is open starting noon October 12 and stays open until 17:00. Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturday 9:00-17:00.
Registration means getting stamped on one’s arm with the WCCJ seal by stewards or organizers (if it washes away, come back for another one). Only people who have their forearms stamped (or other part of the body 😉) can speak at Assemblies.
The following are the suggested procedures for Assemblies. However, every Thematic Assembly can change the rules them in accord with Chair and the full consensus of Delegates present.
The Chair is the moderator of the Thematic Assembly, s/he opens the Assembly and then gives the word to Panel Members (30 minutes total)
Then the Delegates speak for the duration of 1h30m/2 hours of the Thematic Assembly (on action, ideology, migration, feminism, unionism, etc)
The Chair and Panel take order of interventions and give the word to Delegates
Every Delegate has the right to a total of three 3-minute Interventions
Every Delegate has the right to propose Campaigns and Resolutions which will be reported to the Plenary in a document drafted by the Chair and Panel and deliberated by the Delegates in its final version. Such report of the Thematic to the Plenary will also contain a short synopsis of the debate.
The Chair, eventually consulting with his/her/their Panel, has the final word on procedural matters
The Reports of the Thematic Assemblies with their Campaigns and Resolutions are then posted on WCCJ site by Sunday morning, in time for the Plenary Assembly where they will receive ratification by all the Delegates present in the Plenary
Delegates in the Plenary Assembly are specifically called to put forward additional Campaigns and Resolutions (or refinements thereof) with a strategic and/or organizational slant, in order to achieve the convergence on actions and federation of subjects that take us to the critical mass needed to defeat fossil capital.
WCCJ will be held in Milan (Italy), these are the main locations:
Università Statale di Milano
Not far from Duomo, the center of Milano where everything converges to, it’s Milano’s main university and is located in a medieval building. Students study philosophy, history, and the humanities in Festa del Perdono, whereas political science and science departments are located elsewhere in the city.
Italy’s oldest social center, established in 1975 in Via Leoncavallo, has played a major role in the social history of the city. Its autonomist militants Fausto and Iaio were murdered by fascists in 1978. Then the centro sociale was evicted in 1989, but then all of radical Milano resquatted it for 5 more years, before clashing with the police in 1994 and finally gaining through conflict the present location in the neighborhood of Greco.
The coolest squat in Milano, in the shadow of Bosco Verticale. It’s a store front 30 meters from the subway station. You can also walk there from Garibaldi station. The last remnant of autonomia in a gentrified neighborhood (there were two other squats here, once).
Camera del Non Lavoro
Near the Gardens of Piazza Baiamonti and Chinatown, this is a Labor Chamber that is anti-work! It is operated by the rank-and-file union ADL Cobas organizing logistics and public workers and hosts several collectives, including XR and Ultima Generazione. They arguably have the best cuisine among social centers.
Milano: info & city basics
With a population of 1.5 million (3 million with the metro area), Milano is the Italy’s second largest city. It is flat and compact (it’s basically a circle having a 15-km radius) and can be grey and smoggy. There is bike sharing and many people pedal to work or school, but watch out because there’s been many road deaths lately (and major protests). It has free-flowing fountains for drinkable water near every green patch, also near the skyscrapers (Gae Aulenti, Tre Torri) which have made the city impossibly expensive to live.
The subway metro system is very efficient with 5 metro lines: red M1, green M2, yellow M3, blue M4, lilac M5. A metro ticket costs €2.20 (7.60 for 24-hour ticket, €13 for a 3-day ticket) and lets you use also trams, buses and suburban trains (S lines) within the city limits. You can also pay with credit or debit card at turnstiles or on board (or not pay at all if you squeeze yourself after somebody who flashes a card in or out the metro – NB M3 Centrale is always free exit).
Milano has three main railway stations: Centrale FS (M2/M3), Garibaldi FS (M2/M5) and Cadorna FN (M1/M2). International trains arrive at either Centrale or Garibaldi. For those who must travel by air, there’s connections from Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Cadorna FN and Centrale FS (and Garibaldi) with the Malpensa Express. From Linate Airport there’s the M4 subway to San Babila, and from Bergamo Orio al Serio there’s buses continually going to Centrale railway station.
Since the 1950s industrial miracle, Milano has been Italy’s economic engine and financial marketplace. Today it promotes itself as the city of art, fashion, design, shopping, research. It is a university city with over 200,000 students from all over Italy, about 10% from abroad (half from Asia). It has a center-left municipal government in a hard-right country, and tends to be less racist and homophobic than the rest of the Peninsula. But Italy is a country where women are not safe and femicide a daily occurrence, and although Milano is more feminist than most of Italy, sexual harassment and sexual aggressions are all too frequent, so it’s advisable to avoid empty streets after midnight. As for public transportation, the metro is safe for women at night and so are trams, but trains less so. A moral stain on the city is the night of December 31, 2021, when a number of young women were sexually attacked and one was raped in Piazza Duomo.
Milano is composed by a very wealthy city center (Zona 1) and a considerably poor and multiethnic periphery, where the majority of the city population lives (the ‘hoods beyond the 90/91 circular trolley bus line). Cool neighborhoods to hang out are: Isola, Nolo, Navigli, Porta Venezia, Porta Romana. Banlieues: Corvetto, Gratosoglio, Barona, Quarto Oggiaro, Affori-Comasina. Tourist sights: Duomo, Galleria, Scala, Last Supper, Brera, Castello, Colonne San Lorenzo, Parco Sempione, Fondazione Prada. Milanese kids today are likely to have parents who are from Egypt, China, Philippines, Tunisia, Morocco, Eritrea, Peru, Ecuador, Romania, Albania and several other parts of the world. Via Sarpi (Chinatown), Via Imbonati (mostly arab) and Via Padova (mostly latino) are some of the ethnic areas of the city. Milano is also the Italian capital of trap, from Ghali to Baby Gang and many more (check out Piazza Selinunte in the San Siro 7Zone ‘hood).
Supermarkets usually close at 8pm. A pizza costs around 5 euros. Panetterie are a cheap’n’quick source of carbohydrates. A Campari spritz above 5 euros is expensive. For beer (2 euros a 66 Moretti is a decent price) as well as food, there’s small family stores open till midnight or later. Cigarettes can only be bought at tobacconists with the white-on-black T (and their vending machines). Bars close at 2am and open at 7am.
Milano has many social centers, squatted autonomous zones that have existed for years, some for decades, including Leoncavallo, ZAM, Cantiere, Torchiera, Lambretta, Conchetta, Piano Terra, Fornace (Rho) and Boccaccio (Monza). The major struggles traversing the city today are climate mobilizations (Fridays and Congress), the Tende in Piazza student mobilization for housing, feminist protest and mobilizations by Non Una di Meno, and Critical Mass and other cyclists’ organizations fighting for Milano as a 30-km zone (they recently blockaded the city). The Milanese are addicted to soccer and AC Milan and FC Inter play each week at San Siro Stadium. Lamentably, the city will host the Winter Olympics in 2026 (jointly with Cortina on the Dolomites).
There’s 3 kinds of cops you might encounter: Polizia Locale (city police, mostly harmless, they handle traffic), Polizia di Stato (blue meanies – they can be dangerous especially if they have their riot helmets on), Carabinieri (soldier cops – they are usually the most dangerous). Marijuana and hashish are not legal (only CBD is), but their consumption is very widespread and usually not frowned upon – still, don’t spliff in the face of the police. Remember you have rights and that you’re a delegate and we’re behind you every step of the way with legal aid and what not. Cops are usually not very threatening in Milan, anyway. The city has somewhat of an anti-state streak, as the central government is seen as an impediment to business and freedom.
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