Category: coops


 Barcelona: Rebuild Can Vies!  UNBELIEVABLE SHOCK VICTORY

His name is Enric Duran , but is known as ‘Robin Bank ‘ or ‘ Robin Hood of the Banks ‘ . This Catalan activist, 38 years old, came to illegally obtain half a million euros in bank loans which he then then divided among projects and anti-capitalist movements .

a recent bank occupation protest aginst mortgage evictions

a recent bank occupation protest aginst mortgage evictions

He was charged with several offenses and failed to appear at his trial. He had requested loans from banks with no intention of returning and distributed the cash to a whole range of alternative projects, integral cooperatives, occupied social centers and revolutionary anarchists. . In all, he performed 68 operations in 39 different entities. With dozens of personal loans , he managed to outwit information systems and financial control.  Continue reading

by Global Uprisings on April 21, 2014

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The latest short documentary in the Global Uprisings series explores ongoing resistance and self-organization in the midst of the crisis in Spain.

As social conditions continue to deteriorate across Spain, people have been turning to the streets and to each other to find solutions to the crisis. This film tells the story of the massive mobilization that saw millions of people converge on Madrid on March 22, 2014; the story of the proliferation of social centers, community gardens, self-organized food banks; and the story of large-scale housing occupations by and for families that have been evicted. The film pieces together many of the creative ways that people have been coping with crisis and asks what the future may hold for Spain.

Filmed and edited in March/April 2014, it is part of the Global Uprisings documentary series. View more at globaluprisings.org.

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The Solidarity Economy as a Strategy for Revolution

reblogged with thanks from:   http://www.corfizz.com/story.html

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There are three roads to revolution. Some focus on seizing state power, others on revolutionary expropriation. The third strategy is to think seriously about how we would actually like to organise our lives and then to start putting these ideas into practice, constructing the new world directly, as a parallel alternative to capitalism.

Let’s be clear that the solidarity economy already exists and people are already fully engaged in the approach that I am describing. I am not messianically opening a new revolutionary pathway; I am merely reporting on a fruitful line of action, introducing it to newcomers, as well as offering some ideas about how it could develop to those who are interested.

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CONTINUES HERE: 3rd day: Can Vies Uprising spreads like Wildfire # EfectoCanVies

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2nd day Barcelona riots for eviction/demolition of Can Vies

Eviction of Can Vies..26/05 Demo 20.00, Sants Est.

Eviction due from 1st April of historic Can Vies anarchist center

We’re having a big demonstration on Saturday 22 March at 12am at Plaza Santa , we all go out together on the streets. We love free spaces and we wont let Can Vies so easily disappear !

72ppi_tema_-okupacio-occupying.. to give Life to an Empty Space and open it to the Neighbourhood for political struggles against POWER  17 years of history.. NO to the Eviction!… If its knocked down.., The Barrio goes to War!

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Hacker elf Pavlik, 30, has been living moneyless and stateless for the past four years. But despite his choice to abstain from the money-driven rat race of the global economic system, he lives up to his nickname: “elf” works tirelessly.Not for money, but to satisfy his passion to impact the world and change it in a positive way. Continue reading

UntitledMore than 2,000 peoplewere observed in the evening on Saturday in support of families still occupying the housing block UTOPIA , with a clear request: “Either a  solution or expropriation.”        Agencies / Kaosenlared Continue reading

The OS Madrid with hundreds of people are just  liberating a building in Malasaña (live commentary)

by Kaos.   (note. the organised squatters seizing bank property for homeless are now called ‘Obra Social’..Social Work )

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Hundreds of people ”regain” a building in central Madrid . The best gift of kings day (6th Jan), we want  no people without homes or homes without people. Epiphany Today, 11 families have recovered a building # CaixaBank. .    HT:    Riot police are stationed outside. While there was an agreement not to evict immediately, logically there is distrust. Everyone waiting for it to happen.

Comrades report that they have reached an agreement with the police: If the traffic is let move in the street they will not intervene because the evictio isn’t  their department. We begin to clear the road so they vehicles and people csn move past. The information provided is ratified: : They agree to move the riot òlice if we clear the road.. Yes We Can Win!

 There are still two riot police lorries on the corner. The people keep blocking the door

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We’re preparing to read tha Communique from ‘Social Work’.. . Building recovered!

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Social Work clmmunique from Madrid on the new building occupied in Malasaña

..”We are a large family of people of all ages and backgrounds who have lawfully squatted for housing and emergency housing insecurity. We are in untenable situations because local, regional and national governments are daily committing High Treason against the People:

They lie and manipulate both the information and the public media for partisan propaganda, Congress has been converted into a media circus unworthy of a country and dictate laws destroying decent jobs, allowing 25% of children to go hungry in Spain , destroying the public health and education, ruining dependeny people, youth and pensioners, cancelling social services and access to justice, and selling off the evicted houses and all public infrastructure that we have already paid. for  Shaming us citizens internationally with their misrule.

Corrupt governments, which only act to favor their caste, the economic elite, have concealed and falsified the bank bailout, robbing the country and loading giant debt. Now they repeat the move through SAREB, ( note: a special bank which was set up to hold and sell off the hundreds of thousands of evicted homes, etc) which promotes the re-re-sale of property agreed with banks and real estate prices to their benefit and to the detriment of the people who can not and should not continue to pay. The performance of governments in Spain is a sadistic regression to feudalism, plus an ignorant and incompetent myopia, repeating the most obscene  capitalist method of creating inequality and precariousness, causing permanent damage to persons.

We, who have had our present and future stolen by these governments and have been excluded and thrown in nthe rubbish by them , we act responsibly and legitimately to cover the basic necessities of life that they systematically deny us. These governments only serve to enrich themselves in their predatory, aberrant, inhuman and criminal plutocracy.

For these reasons, we have no other choice but to take the basic rights that have stolen from millions of people in this country, to create a decent life in a decent home, according to the Constitution of 78 which guarantees thias and is still in force. Hundreds of thousands of others, pushed to the limit by this scam, will follow in our footsteps to recover what is rightfully theirs.

We are here to create a responsible community that improves the condition of the building and enriches the social life of the neighborhood. Malasaña, a neighborhood with a long local history, is being subjected, like many others, to processes of real estate speculation and gentrification, dynamics that destroy the social fabric by displacingb the original inhabitants. We do not want a neighborhood where the City Council controls commerce and offers subsidies and licenses to create spaces crowded areas of consumption and alienated leisure consumtion. By liberating this building we wish to regain community spirit, neighborhood solidarity, and mutual support so we can know and recognize each other in the streets.

This building is owned by CaixaBank. It has been empty from 2009 until today. The only slight use was from November 2011 until February 2012, however, the Caixa and the Judge decided that private property was above the right to housing. Today things have changed, we now know that YES YOU CAN WIN, so today we challenge back the Caixa: Do you want to continue being known as the Bad Bank? We only want one thing, housing.

All this shows once again that private property excludes the majority of people from access to goods that actually belong to the commons and leaves many abandoned and disabled to sleep in the street. We demand that there be no more houses without people or homeless without houses. We’re going to pamper our new home, we’re going to rehabilitate and repair it to make it warm and decent housing.

Statewide, it is the 15th block liberated by the ‘Social Work’ squat campaign. The housing work groups of the assemblies of districts of Madrid , inspired and encouraged by the 15m Movement, as well as other groups struggling for decent housing, have been developiung a self-managed, assembly-based, horizontal response to the housing emergency caused by the banks with the complicity of the administration. On behalf o the Social Work f Ther Housing Assembly we hereby liberate this block of empty homes owned by  CaixaBank in Malasaña, Madrid, and today we make that public.

This afternoon we will contact the Caixa through its managing company DiagonalGest to give us a solution in the form of Social Rent. If by Tuesday we have not been answered, we will have to stay here until we get a solution.

There will be many more homes legitimately occupied by assemblies because “Yes He Can WIN” and “Yes WE SHOULD”

http://madrid.tomalosbarrios.net/5285183/comunicado-de-obra-social-madrid-sobre-el-nuevo-edificio-ocupado-en-malasana/

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La O.S. Madrid con cientos de personas acaban de rescatar un edificio en Malasaña (en directo)

por Kaos. Vivienda y Ocupación

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Cientos de personas recuperan un edificio en pleno centro de Madrid. El mejor regalo de reyes; que no haya gente sin casas ni casas sin gente. Hoy día de reyes,11 familias han recuperado un edificio de #CaixaBank. Obra Social Madrid difunde comunicado.

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Los antidisturbios siguen allí apostados. Si bien hubo un acuerdo hay una lógica desconfianza. Todo el mundo a la espera de lo que suceda.

Compañerxs informan que se ha llegado a un acuerdo con la policía: Si se libera la calle estos no intervendrán porque la ocupación no es de su competencia.  Se procede a liberar la calzada para que puedan circular los vehículos y las personas. Se ratifica la información proporcionada: : Se llega a un acuerdo con la UIP, en el momento que dejemos la calle libre ellos se van. ¡Sí se puede!

 

Ya hay dos lecheras y efectivos con casco. La gente se agarra en la puerta

Leyendo comunicado en Corredera baja 33 . Edificio recuperado!

Comunicado de Obra Social Madrid sobre el nuevo edificio ocupado en Malasaña

Somos una gran familia compuesta por personas de todas las edades y condición que legítimamente hemos okupado una vivienda por emergencia habitacional y precariedad. Estamos en situaciones insostenibles porque los gobiernos locales, regionales y nacional cometen a diario Alta Traición al Pueblo:

Mienten y manipulan tanto la información como los medios de comunicación públicos para propaganda partidista, convierten el Congreso en un circo mediático indigno de un país, dictan leyes que destruyen el empleo digno, permiten que el 25% de las niñas y niños en España pasen hambre, destrozan la sanidad y la educación públicas, arruinan a dependientes, jóvenes y pensionistas, anulan los servicios sociales y el acceso a la justicia, y venden la vivienda y toda la infraestructura pública que ya hemos pagado. Avergüenzan a la ciudadanía a nivel internacional con su desgobierno.

Los gobiernos corruptos, que sólo actúan para favorecer a su casta, a la élite económica, han ocultado y falseado el rescate a la banca, endeudando y robando al país. Ahora repiten la jugada por medio del Sareb, que promueve la re-re-venta de vivienda a precios pactados con bancos e inmobiliarias en su beneficio y en detrimento del pueblo que no lo puede ni debe pagar. La actuación de los gobiernos en España es una regresión al feudalismo sádico, además de una miopía ignorante e incompetente, repitiendo el método capitalista de crear las desigualdades y precariedades más obscenas, que causa daños permanentes a las personas.

Nosotras, a quienes estos gobiernos han robado el presente y el futuro, excluidas y desechadas por ellos a nuestra suerte, actuamos responsable y legítimamente para cubrir las necesidades básicas de la vida que nos niegan sistemáticamente. Estos gobiernos sólo sirven al enriquecimiento propio y al de una plutocracia inhumana, depredadora, aberrante y criminal.

Por estos motivos, no nos queda otro remedio que tomar los derechos básicos que nos han robado a millones de personas en este país, para crear una vida digna en una vivienda digna, según debería garantizar la Constitución del 78 todavía en vigor. Cientos de miles de personas más, empujadas al límite por esta estafa, seguirán nuestros pasos para recuperar lo que les pertenece.

Estamos aquí para crear una comunidad responsable que mejore la condición del edificio y enriquezca la vida social del barrio. Malasaña, un barrio con una larga historia vecinal, se está viendo sometido, como muchos otros, a procesos de especulación inmobiliaria y dinámicas de gentrificación que destruyen su tejido social desplazando a quienes lo han habitado. No queremos un barrio en el que el Ayuntamiento controla el comercio y ofrece subvenciones y licencias para crear zonas atestadas de espacios de consumo y de ocio alienador. Liberando este edificio queremos recuperar el espíritu comunitario, la solidaridad vecinal, el apoyo mutuo y poder así conocernos y reconocernos en las calles.

Este edificio es propiedad de CaixaBank. Está vacío desde 2009 hasta la actualidad. Los únicos meses que albergó vida fueron desde noviembre de 2011 hasta febrero de 2012, sin embargo, la Caixa y el Juez decidieron que la propiedad privada estaba por encima del derecho a la vivienda. Hoy las cosas han cambiado, por que hoy sabemos que SÍ SE PUEDE, así que hoy retamos de nuevo a la Caixa : ¿Quieres seguir siendo el Banco Malo? Nosotras, sólo queremos una cosa, vivienda.

Todo esto que demuestra una vez más que la propiedad privada excluye a la mayoría de personas al acceso a bienes que en realidad pertenecen al procomún y lo deja abandonado e inhabilitado mientras muchas dormimos en la calle. Exigimos que no haya más casas sin gente ni más gente sin casa. Mimaremos nuestro nuevo hogar, lo rehabilitaremos y repararemos para hacer de él una vivienda digna y cálida.

A nivel estatal, éste es el 15º bloque liberado por la campaña de recuperación de bloques de la Obra Social. Los grupos de trabajo de vivienda de las asambleas de los barrios de Madrid, surgidos y potenciados a raíz del 15M, así como los diferentes espacios de lucha por una vivienda digna, llevamos tiempo dando una respuesta autogestionada, asamblearia y horizontal a la emergencia habitacional que provocan las entidades financieras con la complicidad de la Administración. Desde la Obra social de la Asamblea de Vivienda Centro liberamos este bloque de viviendas vacías propiedad última de CaixaBank en el barrio de Malasaña, Madrid y, hoy lo hacemos publico.

Esta misma tarde nos comunicaremos con la Caixa a través de su gestoría DiagonalGest para que nos de una solución en forma de Alquiler Social. Si el martes no hemos obtenido respuesta, nos veremos obligados a permanecer aquí hasta que se nos de una solución.

Habrá muchas más okupaciones legítimas por asambleas de vivienda porque “Sí Se Puede” y “Sí Se Debe”

http://madrid.tomalosbarrios.net/5285183/comunicado-de-obra-social-madrid-sobre-el-nuevo-edificio-ocupado-en-malasana/

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1. LET’S DISOBEY! TOGETHER WE CAN!

ALL POWER TO THE ASSEMBLIESJuntes Podem (catalan for Together We Can!) is the name of a working group born while preparing  the demonstration of last February 23th,  in Barcelona (see NL#40, 1) It brought together many groups, platforms, collectives and assemblies to increase strength by sharing information and strategies. Each entity meets separately and they have three comissions: contents, comunication and actions/strategy. They participate in comissions of general assembly as individuals and as groups. Continue reading

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Living Without Money    Post 3  The Free.. visiting a money-free Social Revolution

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Living Without Money      Post 1

 

by Julie Liardet..    GENEVA – People strolling, music, smiles, bursts of laughter. Customers walk between clothes and trinkets, homegrown zucchini and children’s games, spread on tables or on the ground. A neighbor has brought his electric razor; another has just found a book by French sociologist Marcel Mauss.

This kind of flea-market-with-veggies could be coming to your neighborhood soon. With a twist: here everything is 100% free.

The gratiferia (free fair) concept originally comes from Argentina and then expanded to neighboring countries and all of Latin America. The idea was quickly taken up in the U.S. and Canada, and this year, it has arrived in the Old World. Sales and swaps are completely forbidden at gratiferias. Everything must be in good condition, and of course, a bit of civic sense is required. Do not show up with a van and load up everything in sight. This free fair aims at “liberation from materialism,” with the goal of leaving behind “the oppression of the economic system.”gratis   momey free

Ariel Rodriguez Bosio, the brains behind the gratiferia, has posted a YouTube video entitled Continue reading

US Capitalism..  racing to a cliff with Faster Growth and less Brakes

'You can't trust humans with power over others. We need to refuse to obey at all levels and decide everything with direct assembly democracy. If not Capitalism always wins.''

‘You can’t trust humans with power over others. We need to refuse to obey at all levels and decide everything with direct assembly democracy. If not Capitalism always wins.”

leaders remain wedded to economic metrics that say little about the well-being of humans and the environment.

Last month the Associated Press reported that the income gap in the United States broke a new record in 2012, with the 1 percent grabbing a greater share of total household wealth than ever before in history.

This news follows on the heels of the fact that the 1 percent not only captured all of the income gains during the first two years of the economic recovery, but also stole a portion of the already-existing incomes of the bottom 99 percent, causing median household income to decline despite overall economic growth. Continue reading

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Greenhouse gas emissions explained, in seven balloons

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In 2010, human activity caused 50 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent in emissions.The emissions were 76 percent carbon dioxide, 16 percent methane, 8 percent nitrous oxide, and 2 percent F-gases.

The biggest emitters were China (23 percent), the U.S. (14 percent), Europe (10 percent), India (5 percent), and Russia (5 percent).

And the primary sources of emissions were energy (35 percent), industry (18 percent), transport (13 percent), agriculture (11 percent), forestry (11 percent), buildings (8 percent), and waste (4 percent). The sources are explained in more detail in the balloons. Continue reading

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The Free best colour Jan22  2012. _Page_300_Image_0001Act Five

Chapter forty seven

PERMACULTURE

-‘They’d finally figured out what wild is’-

Macker narrating

 

            ‘Hi Jerry. Hi James thanks for coming so early.’-

            -‘Hello Macker, are you okay? Hi Duna, you got him out!’-

Jerry and James appeared first, all smiles and poring over a portable. Standing too close to each other, just accidentally jostling, in that obviously affectionate way. Continue reading

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