Dear comrades and colleagues of the European Group
We hope this month’s newsletter finds you well. We continue to work in strange times – whilst some of us are emerging from what feels like endless ‘lockdowns’, others continue to face uncertainty and Covid related restrictions and controls. Where you are reading from, we hope you are keeping OK.
A lot continues to develop with the European Group – we held a well attended online exceptional AGM in April. It was fantastic to see so many friends in one place and hear what has been going on in the background. The minutes from this are circulated alongside this month’s newsletter. In particular we hope to develop a way for getting together more often, which will be beginning from June so please check in on emails to see when online get together will take place going forward. This is a collective effort so if you have an idea for a discussion/beer/cup of tea, just get in touch with information on dates/times and meeting links and we can send round details to the group.
As you will have seen, although it seems only yesterday we took up the role as coordinators, it has been three years since September 2018 – so our time as coordinators will come to an end in September. Time certainly flies! Whilst it has been difficult to work as we would have liked, in person, we have nonetheless been very happy to collaborate with everyone on ideas, interventions, discussion and continue the work on publishing the newsletter and developing the website and journal. As such, the European Group will require a new team of coordinators – ideally three based across various areas, which has worked very well. Usually, the outgoing coordination team would appoint the incoming. However, in a bid to increase transparency and input from the members itself, we are suggesting that members who are interested put themselves or – ideally – a team of three forward for consideration by the board. The details of what this entails in an email – please contact us if you are interested in coming forward.
Most important for this month, and as you may know, the European Group is truly saddened to have lost a long-standing member and friend – Prof. Thomas Mathiesen. It is impossible to convey the extent of influence Thomas’s work has had on the EG – not least on abolitionism. Our best regards go to his colleagues and friends at Oslo University, and thoughts with his family.
Thomas’s work will continue to influence the group and for that we have dedicated this month’s newsletter to him. Many thanks to all who contributed. Take care all – in solidarity,
Coordinator Team: Vicky Canning, Katja Simončič & Dani Jiménez