Category Archives: coops

Rojava-inspired Women’s Councils Spread across Europe


 RAHILA GUPTA  shared with thanks           Could this little-known system provide a way forward for real democracy – from the bottom up – in our failing neoliberal political systems?

Every time I speak at public meetings in Britain about the gender equality and direct democracy experiment being carried out in Rojava, Northern Syria, I am invariably asked by an inspired audience what we can learn from there – and how can we implement it here.Yekîneyên Jinên in Azad Star (Star-YJA) has communicated the death of the commanders of their militia Nalin Dipo and Helin Murat, from the Free Womens Unit -Ishtar  killed by Turkish bombing of Kurdistan in Iraq between 26 and 28 April 2017

Given the growing consensus in the west about the importance of equal pay and equal representation of the sexes at all levels of employment, one of the basic tenets of the Rojava revolution, co-presidentship – where every institution is headed up by a man and a woman – should not be too much of a hard sell.

Rojava Revolution Plan: Organising and Funding Projects and Volunteers

Yet even co-presidentship cannot be easily replicated within a system like ours which, driven by profit rather that values, might simply discard the idea as untenable on the grounds of cost and over-staffing. After all, the state is being rolled back everywhere; NGOs are scrabbling for cash; and jobshares are simply not the same thing. Continue reading Rojava-inspired Women’s Councils Spread across Europe

Putting back the Carbon inThe Soil.. a Solution to Climate Change

 If capitalist agro business could be abolished then the climate crisis could be solved and food production increased, just by changing our farming methods to lock carbon into the soil.

The Soil Solution to Climate Change…   Film Review

This informational film, based on the French 4 per 1,000 initiative, proposes an ancient form of carbon sequestration* as an alternative to risky technological methods of carbon sequestration. There is strong scientific consensus that to prevent catastrophic global warming, atmospheric CO2 levels must be reduced from 400 parts per million (ppm) to 350 ppm.

The 4 per 1,000 initiative encourages all UN member countries to increase the carbon in their soils by 0.4% per year by transitioning from industrial agriculture – which tends to strip soil of carbon – to more traditional practices that tend to replenish soil carbon (and simultaneously increase yields: see Organic and Sustainable Farming Increases Yields by 79% or More). Continue reading Putting back the Carbon inThe Soil.. a Solution to Climate Change

Two Earth Defenders Murdered in 24 hours..Yoryanis and Aldemar

Colombia: Sierra Nevada Indigenous leader murdered

Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela was shot dead in the head in Colombia
Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela was shot dead in the head
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Another  indigenous leader has been shot dead 

Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela, 43, was a leader of the Wiwa tribe and a campaigner for both indigenous and women’s rights.

The Wiwa are one of four tribes that live on the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a unique pyramid-shaped mountain in northern Colombia. The Sierra Nevada Indians believe it is their responsibility to maintain the balance of the universe.1_intro_missing-justice-web-slider-417fa

Bernal Varela is the latest victim in a long line of attacks against Sierra Nevada leaders, who have been at the forefront of the indigenous movement in South America. Many Indians have been killed by drug gangs, left-wing guerrillas and the army.

In November 2012 Rogelio Mejía, the leader of one of the other Sierra Nevada tribes, the Arhuaco, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt.

José Gregorio Rodríguez, secretary of the Wiwa Golkuche organization, stated: “Indigenous people are being threatened and intimidated. Today they murdered our comrade and violated our rights. Our other leaders must be protected.”

The problem is not limited to Colombia. Indigenous activists throughout Latin America are being murdered for campaigning against the theft of their lands and resources. The murderers are seldom brought to justice.colombia-indigenas-do-norte-do-cauca

In January, Mexican Tarahumara indigenous leader Isidro Ballenero López was killed. In 2005 he had received the prestigious Goldman prize for his fight against illegal deforestation.

 We denounce and repudiate the murder of beekeeper Aldemar Parra Garcíaaldemar_1

On January 7, 2017, in the El Hatillo – La Loma road, rural area of the town of La Loma, belonging to the municipality of Paso; Was murdered Aldemar Parra Garcia, approximately 30 years old, father Continue reading Two Earth Defenders Murdered in 24 hours..Yoryanis and Aldemar

Feed the Revolution: An Interview with Rojava Plan

 

see also:   Rojava Revolution Plan: Organising and Funding Projects and Volunteers
The Coopfunding campaign raised 98K euros, now closed, (14 July16), but the contribute page lists various ways people for people to participate and help this cause. Also right now volunteers can`t get into as the siege is total.
The Coopfunding campaign raised 98K euros, now closed, (14 July16), but the contribute page lists various ways people for people to participate and help this cause. Also right now volunteers can`t get into as the siege is total.
  • Rojava Plan came to the attention of Plan C’s Rojava Solidarity Cluster earlier this year and as their Feed the Revolution fundraiser finished ( the raised 98K euros) we contacted them to discuss their reasons for being in Rojava, what plans they have been developing, and the logic behind their fertiliser project.
  • We’ve also used this interview as an opportunity to find out a little more about the co-operative economy which is being developed in the region.
  • Information in English about the economic development of the Rojava cantons is quite limited but a useful primer by Abdurrahman Hemo, adviser for economic development in Cizîre Canton can be found here.revolution-in-rojava-blurb

Plan C: Could you explain a little about the Rojava Plan: Who you are, past  political experiences, what inspires you about Rojava and the logic behind the projects you are implementing.

Rojava Plan: Rojava Plan is the name we currently use for outside communication with the rest of the world it suggests our goals; we have a plan of projects to implement across Rojava. Continue reading Feed the Revolution: An Interview with Rojava Plan

Union Occupiers take huge Somonte Estate for 3rd Time

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by   Darío Unai, Somonte (Córdoba)
The Andalusian Workers Union /SAT) has occupied the  huge Somonte Estate for the third time dsc_0579
Somonte is a farm of 400 hectares located south of Córdoba in where summer temperatures reach 50C. It houses a handful of labourers, a pen of chickens and several million “wingback” mosquitoes  infesting the few areas of shade.

Among the dry fields that extend beyond the horizon, the only landmark is the tower of the ultraq modern Abengoa photovoltaic plant  projecting in all directions the sunlight of hundreds of reflective  panels concentrated on its tip.

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The anarchist unions in Andalusia campaign together with the communist SAT

It is not the most advisable place  to rest up after a hunger strike of 37 days mixed with more than 70 demonstrations for thr  freedom of ANDRÉS BÓDALO and the electoral campaign that led to Diego Cañamero’s election to Congress. Continue reading Union Occupiers take huge Somonte Estate for 3rd Time

Where do Co-ops Drive the Economy and Most People Are Members?

the world is Not a market
In Northern Italy’s Emilia Romagna region co-ops produce 30 percent of the GDP. Here are six things we can learn from it.
 by John Duda    shared with thanks

Picture a day like this: You wake up and head to your job at a small company you own and manage together with your fellow workers, doing high-tech, advanced manufacturing that’s too specialized for bigger factories.

For lunch, you swing by a restaurant owned by another worker cooperative, this one a national-scale firm that serves millions of customers each year.bologna.jpg Continue reading Where do Co-ops Drive the Economy and Most People Are Members?

Kids Magician Waves her Wand..and Occupies Youth Learning Centre!

Council owned building occupied in Barcelona for Kids Learning Spaceimg_memartinez_20160611-233427_imagenes_lv_otras_fuentes_botanika1-kf4G-U402443141926fAD-992x558@LaVanguardia-Web

The occupation is of the former HQ of the Botanical Institute and the action is the starting point of a conference on alternative pedagogies and self-management organized by Co-maternity and shared parenting Collective Babàlia and the Ateneo Cooperative Base.  (‘comaternitat i criança compartida Babàlia i l’Ateneu Cooperatiu La Base’)   by David Bouactividades-en-babalia_1

The building is located on Paseo de Jean Forestier at the foot of Montjuïc, it was mass occupied around 2 pm, after a magician and a graffiti tried unsuccessfully to open the wall doing various street theatre  tricks .

An action was announced days had been via the Conference for Live Learning in Poble Sec barrio, promoted by the ‘La Base’ and their educational revolution section form Babàlia.

The ‘Fountain Square’ was the venue chosen to give the starting signal for a weekend full of activities such as lectures, concerts, workshops and a space for small children. According to the organizers, the aim of the conference is “to boost community building in the neighborhood, both among people and between generations for projects and spaces.”

 Batucada Drum Band encouraged squatting before the parade, which was followed by sixty people, including many children / David Bou
Continue reading Kids Magician Waves her Wand..and Occupies Youth Learning Centre!