EUMANS ARE CITIZENS AND ACTIVISTS FROM ALL AROUND EUROPE ENGAGED IN A BOTTOM-UP POLITICAL MOBILIZATION FOR SOCIALLY AND DEMOCRATICALLY SUSTAINABLE EU POLICIES. THE IDEA TO JOIN EFFORTS AND ACT TOGETHER IS BY MARCO CAPPATO, A FORMER MEP AND A NONVIOLENT LEADER IN ITALY.
EUMANS is the movement of citizens for democracy and sustainability
We started our movement with the belief that citizens’ participation in shaping transnational, national and local policies cannot and shouldn’t be limited to “election days”.
Direct actions, nonviolent initiatives, participatory democracy instruments and citizens-led mobilisation can help the European Union, the EU Member States and the local administrations to achieve the change needed that are too often held hostage to the fight for electoral consensus.
Launched in 2019 by Italian political activist Marco Cappato, EUMANS exists thanks to the daily commitment of hundreds of activists and citizens that decide to put their time and energies into small and big actions. And to define together the mechanism of collaboration and action.
Our initiatives and the initiatives we support are based on the collaboration and cooperation with informal groups of citizens, local committees, grassroots movements and civil society organisations, as well as all the political parties’ representatives who share our goals:
- Measures for the protection of the rule of law and fundamental rights
- Carbon Pricing in the European Union and other sustainable policies based on the UN Sustainable Development goals, through the StopGlobalWarming.eu European Citizens Initiative
- Strengthening participatory democracy instruments, included sortition based citizens Assemblies starting from the Conference on the Future of Europe through our participation in the Citizens Take Over Europe Coalition
- Digital Rights, Science Freedom,Cannabis Legalisation, Political Rights
- Development of instruments of collaboration and deliberation
EUMANS meet every week on Thursday at 7PM CET (register here to join the weekly meetings). All our meetings are public and recorded. And you can find them on the EUMANS Youtube Channel.
EUMANS aims to develop and use instruments of collaboration, with the goal of creating a transparent and collaborative space where each citizen can get active on the issue that matters the most for him/her/they.
Everyone can join EUMANS as a member with a fee of 72 Euros and / or can register as an activist for free on EUMANS Agora, subscribing the Activation Agreement.
EUMANS PRESIDENTS AND BOARD MEMBERS
Marco Cappato is the founder and co-president of Eumans, a pan-European popular initiative movement, Treasurer of Associazione Luca Coscioni and Co-founder of Science for democracy and the World Congress for Freedom of Scientific Research, Promoter of the Legal Euthanasia campaign.
He has carried out civil disobedience actions - on drugs, sexual freedom and freedom of expression, scientific research and the end of life - which have led him to face trials, detentions and arrests, obtaining among other things the decriminalization of suicide aid in Italy.
|Virginia Fiume is a political activist for civil freedoms since 2006, co-founded EUMANS in 2019 with Marco Cappato and the first group of activists who embraced the idea of a paneuropean movement of popular and nonviolent initiative. After three years as a coordinator, in 2022 she was elected EUMANS co-president in Warsaw during “The Open Congress of Citizens for Sustainable Peace, Freedom and Democracy”. She proudly defines herself queer, feminist and transnational.In previous lifes Virginia studied Critic and Theory of Contemporary Literature at Universitá degli Studi di Milano, Anthropology of Media at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and gained over 15 years of experience in the field of journalism and communication and tech startup in North America, the Middle East and different European Countries.|
I’m author, producer, director and actress. As a producer I founded the production company La Siliàn, operating since 2008. I immediately fell in love with the one-of-kind EUMANS project. I believe that the active participation of citizens is the key to the necessary renewal of the policy.
Magdalena Dąbkowska works in drug policy and human rights fields, currently as the Drug Policy Program Coordinator in Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Poland.
For almost 15 years she has been engaged in advocacy for drug policy reforms and has provided strategic advice to civil society groups and organizations in Europe. She has cooperated and worked with a number of NGOs at the local, national and international level, with the Global Drug Policy Program of Open Society Foundation the longest (2008-2021). She is interested in the phenomenon of the shrinking space for civil society and its impact on the work of public health, HIV/AIDS, harm reduction NGOs and activists. She co-authored a report on this matter published in 2017 by AFEW (AIDS Foundation East-West) International.
She was one of the founding members of the Polish Drug Policy Network and is among the consultants for the Polish Psychedelic Society.
I was raised in Barcelona with a double nationality Spanish-Cuban. I am doing a Master's in Transnational Governance at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. My commitment is community building, and my curiosity makes me wonder: how do we ensure that our European community feels like a safe place to express ourselves freely? I believe joining EUMANS is a good start, especially for making participatory democracy the norm, rather than the exception. I also like to expand my passion for community building in creative settings, and this is why I created the Art&Wine painting workshops as they offer a space for people who never paint but want to try. This is my vision for EUMANS too, creating a space for people who are usually not involved in politics but want to make their voices heard.
Luca Dal Pubel
He is a scholar-practitioner in conflict resolution, mediation, and online dispute resolution. He teaches alternative dispute resolution, mediation and negotiation courses for the International Security and Conflict Resolution (ISCOR) program and Political Science department at San Diego State University. He cooperates with European and American Higher Education Institutions, NGOs, and Public Institutions in educational and research activities. He is an editorial board member of the Italian Law Journal Giustizia Consensuale (Consensual Justice). An advocate for human rights and equal access to justice, he believes in social and political dialogue and promoting participatory democracy.
I am 54 years old and I currently work in the public health sector. My passions are design and development of websites and also production and post-production of audiovideo. I have been a Radical militant since 1995 and have always worked hard to provide original contributions to the Radical political initiative, sometimes succeeding. I believe in nonviolence and civil disobedience, I love the law and the strength and guarantees of the rule of law, I cultivate the European federalist dream, I am passionate about the challenges for a new, interactive and militant political communication.
Lorenzo Mineo (administrator)
Lorenzo Mineo graduated from Orientale University in Naples in political science and specialized in urban policy at SciencesPo (Paris). He coordinates the activities of the pan-European movement Eumans in Italy with a particular focus on political and democratic rights. He is the coordinator of the initiative "Cittadin3 per il Clima" and the coalition Politici Per Caso to promote at all levels the institutionalisation of sortition-based citizens assemblies.In the summer of 2021 he launched a hunger strike that led to the final adoption of the Digital Signature for referendum and bills of popular initiatives. The nonviolent action was the last step of a campaign promoted by EUMANS in support of Democrazia Radicale and Mario Staderini's long fight to simplify the access for citizens to instruments of participatory democracy in Italy. Lorenzo Mineo is also the Administrator of EUMANS.
Ophélie is a civic engagement activist who concentrates her energy on being the “bridge” between European CSOs and the European Union institutions. She believes in participative and direct democracy, hence her focus on developing citizens assemblies across Europe as a form of empowering civic engagement. She works as Programme Coordinator for European Alternatives and for the coalition of Citizens Takeover Europe, where she followed closely the developments of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Ophélie is a committed feminist, who believes in an intersectional approach to ending all forms of gender-based violence, she also volunteers with local organisations defending LGBT+ rights. She is based in Brussels and Paris.
For over 33 years Flavia has worked at the United Nations on issues of governance, democracy, gender and environment, among others. Her last assignments have seen her heading the UN Volunteers programme, the United Nations system in Yemen and as the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights based in Geneva. Since retiring from the UN Flavia has brought her international experience to the local or national level, volunteering on various initiatives such as StopGlobalWarming.eu, euthanasia and cannabis, and engaging in community level activism.
Building an European identity is a process demanding experience(s): having studied and currently working in another EU’s MS shaped me and my future expectations from the EU. My boundaries are not national, that’s why national options are simply not an option for me. Becoming European means requiring EU solutions for citizens’ lives.
Born in 1987 in the province of Florence, i’ve always had a deep interest in the political and social issues. Graduated in energetic engineering, since 2011 I’m doing research activities on renewable energy and bioproduct extraction technologies. To date i’m still doing research working as head of unit on “raw materials and carbon recyling” at RE-CORD. The information collected during studies on raw materials and energy sources increased my sensitivity about the major issues of our economic system: the climate change, and the unbalanced exploitation of natural resources. At the same time, i am convinced about the need of actively participating to the policy making with a bottom-up approach, making citizens aware about their role, their responsibility, and their power as EU citizens to foster disruptive, courageous, urgent policy measures.