[WSMDiscuss] Fwd: Academic signatories for open letter #SavePeopleNotPlanes - Red Lines for Aviation Bail-outs

Ashish Kothari ashishkothari at riseup.net
Fri Apr 3 12:16:30 CEST 2020

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Subject: 	Academic signatories for open letter #SavePeopleNotPlanes - 
Red Lines for Aviation Bail-outs
Date: 	Fri, 3 Apr 2020 10:28:51 +0200
From: 	Matthias Schmelzer <matthias.schmelzer at uni-jena.de>

+++ please forward to interested circles +++

dear all,

together with the global network Stay Grounded and other organisations, 
we ask academics and experts from around the world to sign an open 
letter opposing the huge & unconditional bail-outs for the aviation 
industry: *#SavePeopleNotPlanes - Red Lines for Aviation Bail-outs*

*Please sign the letter via this form by **Wednesday, 8 April*, 12 noon 
(CEST): https://forms.gle/rzBKjPsMqrobr6d48.

Please do NOT publish the letter yet or post it pubically on social 
media etc.! On Monday April 6 this open letter will be launched with all 
the sign-ons from organizations, then we'll publish the letter signed by 
academics and experts Thursday April 9, and launch a petition for 
individual sign-ons on change.org.

*Press: *We want to publish the letter and the signatures in as many 
newspapers as possible on Thursday, 9 April. And for this *we need your 

It would be best, of course, to publish in large newspapers, to reach as 
many persons as possible and create public pressure. Guardian, 
Liberation or ZEIT would be better then some blogs (and large newspapers 
might not publish the letter if it is also published on blogs at the 
same day, this could be done later). Thats why we collect proposals / 
contacts in this pad, sorted by country: 
https://pad.riseup.net/p/%23SavePeopleNotPlanes-keep Please add if you 
have contacts! If you have questions, please write to Matthias Schmelzer 
(matthias.schmelzer at uni-jena.de).

The situation is quite urgent, as in many countries, governments are 
already deciding on huge gifts or grants to airlines & aviation 
industry. We demand from the respective governments:

1) People first (labour protections & basic income for impacted workers 
instead of bailing-out executives and shareholders)
2) A just transition: towards climate-safe mobility (absolute emissions 
reductions from aviation, system-wide changes to transport networks, 
enabling workers to move away to decent climate jobs etc.)
3) No taxes? No bailouts! (calling for an end of tax exemptions and 
progressive environmental taxing schemes)

Thank you for signing on and spreading this letter!

PS: You can follow Stay Grounded on Twitter 
<https://twitter.com/StayGroundedNet>, Facebook 
<https://www.facebook.com/StayGroundedNet/>, Telegram 
<https://t.me/StayGrounded>, Mastodon 
<https://mastodon.social/web/accounts/901247> and Instagram 
<https://www.instagram.com/staygroundednet/> if you are interested.


Matthias Schmelzer

BMBF-Nachwuchsgruppe "Mentalitäten im Fluss" (flumen)

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institut für Soziologie
Humboldtstr. 34 | D-07743 Jena
Profile here with most of my publications, freely downloadable  <https://uni-jena.academia.edu/MatthiasSchmelzer>

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