Program Theses of the „Future Tense” („Czas Przyszły”) Group
l. We are members and friends of the „Freedom , Peace” Movement (WiP) which emerged four years ago in a specific political situation, towards the end of martial law. Its form of activity, based on openness and moral courage, proved effective and inspired other opposition groups. WiP has achieved two of its central goals: a change in the form of the military oath, and an introduction of alternative military service. These goals, shared by all WiP participants, integrated the community and bred a new generation of social activists.
2. The process of de-Stalinization currently underway in Poland is due to constant social pressure and a favorable international situation. This process appears to have created new possibilities for social activity. Among individuals grouped around WiP, who represent a variety of ideological orientations and strategies of action, there has emerged the need for a more defined identity. Such efforts are also underway among us; individuals previously affiliated with the publication „Czas Przyszły” („Future Tense”) as well as the newer members.
3. 0ur group intends to continue the efforts begun by the „Freedom and Peace” Movement towards reforming the military system, in particular, a reduction of the military budget, a reduction in the length of military service, a guarantee of religious freedom within the military, and the elimination of war propaganda. We also intend to participate in the growing movement to protect the natural environment. We will continue to address the problem of national minorities in Poland and the abolition of the death penalty.
4. As a step beyond the previous activities of WiP, our group is determined to participate in the future in the political life which is currently experiencing a rebirth in Poland. We intend to support and to help create new forms of a MOVEMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY. By this we mean, for example, the development of local self-government, as well as education, culture, press, public opinion and economic initiative independent of the state. The construction of social, economic and political pluralism is the basic task of this movement. We declare our support for the legal recognition of „Solidarnosc” as a first step in the reform of the Polish political system. As persons who began in the „Independent Students’ Association” (NZS) of 1980-81 and the „Freedom and peace” Movement of 1985-88, we will attempt to articulate the political views and interests of our generation.
5. Our group believes that the political transformations occurring in Poland should be accompanied by a gradual, bilateral disarmament of the two blocs, leading to the UNIFICATION OF EUROPE. This goal should become the task not only of governments, but of societies as well. In undertaking such a task, we will expand existing contacts with various centers of public opinion abroad. We invite cooperation among all movements, institutions and organizations who accept the view that the observance of human rights is a basic precondition for peace in Europe. Such groups constitute natural partners for our activities.
Mariusz Ambroziak, Ursus; Jacek Czaputowicz, Warszawa; Wacław Giermek, Wroclaw; Zbigniew Grzyb, Przasnyszi Ryszard Holzer, Warszawa; Jaroslaw Kapsa, Czestochowa; Bogdan Klich, Cracow; Marek Kossakowski, Warszawa; Zdzislaw KUlawik, Częstochowa; Leslaw Maleszka, Cracow; Mariusz Maszkiewicz, Częstochowa; Krzysztof Oksiuta, Wołomin; Stanislaw Puzyna, Warszawa; Konstanty Radziwill, Warszawa; Jan Maria Rokita, Cracow; Dariusz Rupinski, Cracow; Marek Rusakiewicz, Gorzów; Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz, Cracow; Kazimierz Sokołowski, Gorzów; Wiesław Soliwodzki, Przasnysz; Tomasz Wacko, Wrocław, Dariusz Zalewski, Bełchatów; Jerzy Żurko, Wrocław.
Warsaw October 28, 1988