On the 14th of June EAPN Austria has started - what is hopefully to become - a large series of smartmobs against poverty. Smartmobs - or flashmobs as they are often called - are short and simple public actions to raise awareness for a specific issue.
People are invited to join EAPN for a Smartmob against poverty and come to a certain meeting point at a certain date and to bring a spoon. The spoons are used as a symbol for good distribution but also to make noise (and thereby raise attention) at the beginning of the Smartmob.
Before the start of the smartmob the word ’poverty’ will be written in big letters on the ground with chalk.
After the noisy bit, the spoons will be used (= laid down in a line) to ’cross out poverty’. Small leaflets are distributed or/and people are asked to call the prime minister and the minister of finances offices to ask what they will do to effectively fight poverty and guarantee a better distribution of the countries wealth.
The action is filmed and pictures are taken, all the material is published at the website: http://www.esreichtfueralle.at (which translates as: there is enough for all)
People and groups across Austria are called to organise similar smartmobs at different places and times so that some visibility and public debate will be created all over the country and throughout the year.
More information (in German) at: http://www.esreichtfueralle.at- you will also find some videos there, which will give you a good impression of what’s happening even if you don’t understand German.
Or get in touch with the Austrian network to learn more.