Editorial – Solidarity

In the aftermath of this years May Day festivities, the Plotki Magazine comes to you with a brand-new edition on SOLIDARITY. No mater if you spent the 1st of May (the continental European Labour Day) at the lake or at any of the demonstrations – Plotki will have something for you. Yet, we don’t want to disperse pamphlets and propaganda but rather look for Solidarity around the bloc and spread the rumours even further.

When talking about solidarity, there has to be some [time and place for Solidarnosc] – although the role of the Polish trade union and political movement might have changed dramatically over the years. Meanwhile, our friend Bob decided to spend his 1st of May at an Anti-Nazi demonstration, being chased over Prague’s hills and accidentally finding the answer to [why anarchists don’t drink herbal tea].
Still, if you missed these demonstrations, you may recreate a part of their atmosphere by checking out a collection of banners, signs and leaflets that were used in [the hope of saving the world with a right angle].
Going for a swim might not be a revolutionary action in itself, still the [solidarity of organized leisure] has some political component as we can learn from this photo essay about left-wing Jewish youth movements at the beginning of the 20th century Poland.
There are many ways in which people define solidarity but here you have a personal account  on [how to remember solidarity] as a Bosnian pioneer. And if solidarity is an expression that rests on a strong feeling of empathy, then why not slip into somebody else’s shoes [from feather-in-hat to hole-in-sock]?
We may be a witness to solidarity during [a walk on Solidarnosc street] in Warsaw or find it quite unexpected in eastern Ukraine where there is [nothing special, Kirovograd]. Without doubt we will be overwhelmed by a sentiment of solidarity when a traditional Easter bowl is served in the Polish town of [Sędziszów Małopolski].

Starting this month, we will fill the [Plotki Gallery] with new life and present a photographer from around the bloc in every monthly issue. We set off with a selection of images [Masopusty (Carneval) ] by Karel Tuma, a documentary photographer from Prague.

The international Plotki editorial board recently met again for a hard working day- and night shift seminar in the Czech mountains to discuss and improve the rumour delivery process of the Plotki website. Currently, the editorial board is run by a group of about 20 young people from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

Members of the Plotki On-line Editorial board on the stairs of glory

But we couldn’t run this central- and eastern European magazine without all the amazing support by the many authors, photographers and artists from the Plotki bloc and beyond. Plotki is an open project and therefore we would like to invite and encourage you to actively take part, spread the rumours and maybe even send us your contribution once in a while. For more info check the announcement on the website or write to us at contact(at)plotki.net

Simina Guga and Felix Wolf
Plotki Editorial Board

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