UPDATE: On 7 September, the Board of the European Network on Independent Living decided unanimously to postpone the next Freedom Drive (and therefore also the ENIL and the General Assembly, with Board elections) until September 2022. This decision has not been made lightly, as it is a key event in the calendar of Europe’s Independent Living movement, but it had to be made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
To make sure that there is not too big of a gap, we will plan a series of online events for September 2021 – we have decided to call this “the Freedom Surf”. These might include online workshops, exhibitions and protests, depending on the suggestions we receive in the meantime. A survey will be going out soon to find out what topics and events everyone would like to see included.
We also encourage those with MEPs in the European Parliament to reach out to them now and ask for commitment to supporting the participation of Independent Living delegates in the 2022 Freedom Drive. We can use these two years to build up political support for Independent Living and to make sure we have a record participation of activists from across Europe.
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The Freedom Drive is one of the key campaigns of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) – held every two years since 2003. It provides supporters of the Independent Living Movement with the unique opportunity to meet MEPs and promote human rights issues, as well to share experiences and ideas with colleagues from around Europe. Its rich programme includes the ENIL General Assembly, a conference with sessions on multiple topics, a meeting of the ENIL Youth Network and the culmination – a noisy march to the European Parliament where Freedom Drivers meet with MEPs. The first 6 editions of the Freedom Drive took place in Strasbourg, until 2015, when for the first time the location was changed to Brussels for strategic reasons.