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Spanish State : The situation of Francisco Solar and Monica Caballero

NO comrade left alone in the CLAWS of the STATE

Monica Caballero

Monica Caballero

After five months in prison comrades Monica Caballero and Francisco Solar are held under the ‘dispersed special punishment high security isolation regulations in the Spanish state. They were remanded in prison pending trial , accused with the other 3 defendants now out on bail, of belonging to a terrorist organization ,of  ‘accomplished havoc’ and of ‘attempted mayhem’.

Francisco Solar has just been transferred to the prison Villabona in Asturias.

Francisco Solar

Francisco Solar

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Armed State Uniforms Wage Open War On Brazil’s Poor: Largest Favela Occupied, 2 Kids Killed, 37 Arrested En Mass

 Americas, Brazil

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Two kids, 13 and 16 of age, were killed when special troops of Military Police in Brazil (BOPE), ahead of the Army, invaded the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro on  tanks and helicopters, at 5:30, on March 30th.

37 kids were arrested en mass and held at gun point, when they protested the killing of their friends, throwing rocks at tanks and the armed police. It’s a new escalation of military violence against civilian population in Brazil.

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The Solidarity Economy as a Strategy for Revolution

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

money free revolution

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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Can Vies Victory !??

You can't evict 17 years of history

You can’t evict 17 years of history

Evidently the authorities dont dare to risk a community uprising in their Barcelona pot of gold. After a big local demo and a host of community resistance it was announced the eviction of the iconic Can Vies center, occupied now for 17 years, was cancelled. … or was it?? Continue reading

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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The building of Can Vies is historically a workers center going back generations. The Barcelona City Council, which has given the order, is intent on wiping out any social movement they don’t control.

more here:Save Can Vies: amazing videos and posters: updated

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SOLIDARITY WITH  CAN VIES SQUAT CENTER AND WITH THE
arrested antifascists

Can Vies, the legendary anarchist center occupied now dor 17 years,  in danger ! imminent eviction from April 1  and for  the whole month

Lets Stop it  AGAIN!

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black feminists

From L to R: Thenjiwe McHarris and Tynesha McHarris

Feminists We Love: Tynesha and Thenjiwe McHarris

By: Aimee Meredith Cox and Darnell L. Moore

An encounter with Tynesha and Thenjiwe McHarris is like experiencing the commanding and luminous presence of spirit, a double portion–that sense of metaphysical connection that escapes our understanding. One gives the other a look and without having uttered a word they would have communicated senses of joy, frustration, anger, and pain. Continue reading

by OccupyWallSt

Solidarity demos in support of arrested in Gamonal spread to 46 Spanish cities

Solidarity demos in support of arrested in Gamonal spread to 46 Spanish cities

Who would have thought that a relatively conservative city like Burgos, Spain would have detonated a string of spontaneous and massive protest across the country? Over the past four days, social media networks across the globe have exploded with the hashtag #Gamonal and #EfectoGamonal, virilizing this small town’s struggle against rising property prices and corrupt municipal dealings to international attention, and along the way reawaken national indignation that has been simmering in Spain for years. Continue reading

Spanish women resist return to Franco Repression  

by The Free

During the 40 year long fascist dictatorship in Spain numerous republican and democratic laws were abolished, like the laws on civil marriage and divorce. Abortion was severely punished. Women’s legal ability was greatly restricted, and subjected to the authority of the father or the husband. Women were basically slaves. Family and womens laws were dictated directly from the Vatican. Now this is all happening again.vlcsnap-2011-09-28-16h55m12s225

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Marina Ginestà:  beyond the famous Hans Gutmann photo.

January 12, 2014   by Felix Población translation by The Free

Marina Ginestá on the roof of the Columbus Hotel, Barcelona, days after the revolution seized the city.

Marina Ginestá on the roof of the Columbus Hotel, Barcelona, days after the revolution seized the city.

Ginestà Marina , a true icon of Republican resistance against Franco during the War of Spain thanks to a photograph of Hans Gutmann ( Juan Guzman ) on the roof of the Hotel Colon Barcelona in 1936 , has died in Paris at age 94 . Ginestà died in a hospital in the French capital , the city where she had lived over the past 40 years. 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

Domingo, 05 de Enero de 2014 1  Video
 @ObraSocialMad

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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Catching FireIn order to provide moral uplift, whenever he caught my brother and me watching Saturday morning cartoons after 10 o’clock, my father would turn off the TV and tell us both a story.

He was an 18-year-old private serving in the U.S. Marine Corps at the tail end of the Korean War. “Korean kids your age were lazy and filthy,” he told us. “I used to watch them digging in garbage cans for food. They didn’t want to work.” He would then hand my brother a mop, me a bottle of Windex, and assign us both chores around the house.

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Spanish activists arrested in dawn raids:

Vampire State shows its Fangs

right to demonstrateAll those arrested have now been released with charges .
Público reported : ” The 19 antifascists arrested in police operation Thursday demonstration at the Complutense University of Madrid on 20 – N have been released with charges after giving evidence at the headquarters of the Courts of the Plaza Castile .
Surrounded by a thousand people , who came to the court in a demonstration from  Genoa street , the 17 young people have been released , although the judge imputes a crime against fundamental rights .
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This is the first of a series of great slideshares from Kurt Love, who has a good understanding of the ideas and practice of Francisco Ferrer and Paulo Freire, among others, using the  technique of teaching by stimulating you to think and feel.

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Living Utopia (The Anarchists & The Spanish Revolution)

A unique feature-length documentary (90 minutes; Spanish with English subtitles) which chronicles the origins and evolution of the Spanish anarchist movement and its important role during the Spanish Revolution (1936-1939)

shut-the-bastards-down1Living Utopia is a unique documentary that blends the historical account of the origins and development of the Spanish anarchist movement, focussing on the 1936 war. 

This documentary made in 1997 about the 1936 Spanish Revolution blends historical accounts of the development of the anarchist movement with first-hand testimonies.

A reflection on the philosophical underpinnings of such a movement and their practical application. As both an informative and inspiring piece of research it is considered a jewel amongst historians and rebel hearts.

Millions of peasants and urban workers successfully established a society based on equality, mutual aid, participatory democracy and self-organisation – all without a central state or government.

This fascinating yet largely unknown social experiment was eventually destroyed by forces from inside and outside the country.

Review via – http://fuckcopyright.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/living-utopia-vivir-la-utopia-1997.html

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  • Simbelmyne13

    Those lyrics at the end struck me to the core (1:33): “And now I’m going to sing to what has never existed, the dove of peace”.

    Since the dawn of “civilization”, with few exceptions, we have never been free, and we’ve constantly been at war. We’ve always been enslaved to some tyrant or oligarchs. We must never lose hope my friends, that we can finally be liberated. It’s our duty and our responsibility to struggle, lest the elites leave us without a planet and future for our descendants.

  • Where am I gonna find a group of people who still have the basic skills of survival, in a world where those are not taught in school? A group of people who haven’t been brainwashed into believing in “democracy” where you get a false choice and give away your power to a government who only pretends to serve its people?12M_BCN

  • “The Anarchists were still in virtual control of Catalonia and the revolution was still in full swing. To anyone who had been there since the beginning it probably seemed even in December or January that the revolutionary period was ending; but when one came straight from England the aspect of Barcelona was something startling and overwhelming. It was the first time that I had ever been in a town where the working class was in the saddle.” George Orwell – Homage to Catalonia page 4. From USⒶ

  • TheGoodNews01 1 month ago

    Well, it’s not like it isn’t happening all over the world right now. We have the Zapatistas who are nearing the 20th anniversary of their struggle, the Recuperdad in Argentina, Greek Anarchists, anti-austerity protests in Spain, Common Ground Collective and Occupy Sandy in the U.S., Christiania in Denmark. There’s already a lot happening. Add to it. Nurture it. Make it grow and talk to others. Get them to think. Have you seen scot crow’s interview on RT?

  • Now if only that woman’s sadly incorrect assumption it had happened all over the world had been true, then we’d not be in the global shitstorm we’re in now8-6-06_greece_anarchists_students__001_

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