After the two big earthquakes that have hit Emilia over the past two weeks, local businesses have already begun to put the shock economy system in to practice.
That is when people in charge of a company (or a state) take advantage of a trauma suffered by the population to impose their decisions.
The Italian Movements’ Forum for the Land and Landscape (Forum Italiano dei Movimenti per la Terra e il Paessaggio, or FIMTP) was officially established 29 October 2011 at Cassinetta di Lugagnano, Milan.
Clashes between protesters and police took place in Brescia on May 28, during the annual commemoration of the victims of the neofascist bombing of Piazza della Loggia in 1974.
Thirty-eight years ago on the same day, an explosive device went off during a union demonstration, killing 8 victims and injuring 102. Since then, a yearly commemoration has been held in Brescia, demanding truth and justice, which are still being denied (no official truth has been disclosed and nobody has been convicted for the blast).
17 dead, 350 injured and over 15,000 homeless: this is the toll of the second earthquake that hit the region of Emilia, in northern Italy, on May 29, at a magnitude of 5.8. Among the most heavily affected towns are San Felice sul Panaro, Cento, Crevalcore, Mirandola, Medolla. This is the second quake in 10 days to hit a zone traditionally considered at low-medium seismic risk. Schools and universities, as well as all public offices in Bologna and Modena, have been closed until further notice. Experts warn that new quakes may follow over the next few days.
These tragic events sparked immediate solidarity widely across the nation; in addition to many fundraising initiatives, private citizens, groups, associations, political parties and movements have found ways to help.
CeCe McDonald is a transgender woman of colour, who survived a brutal assault by racist transphobes, which left her seriously injured and one of her attackers dead. She was yesterday (4th June 2012) sentenced to 41 months after being convicted of second degree manslaughter, which she is likely to serve in an all-male prison.
CeCe McDonald was in the wrong place at the wrong time - walking to her local grocery one night with her friends, when she was subject to racist and transphobic abuse from strangers outside a bar. As CeCe and her friends tried to verbally defend themselves, one of the attackers smashed a glass so hard into CeCe's face, her salivary gland was slashed, requiring stitches.
Summary and links to news stories of workers' struggles around East Asia during May 2012 and related resources. The most important stories appear on my Twitter feed as soon as I find them: http://twitter.com/spartacusnews.
This month there has been news from Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. For pages that are not in English, you may want to use a translation service such as Google Translate to get an idea of what the article is about.
The most important stories:
Palestinian prisoners left out by May 14th agreement continue their hunger strike.
Palestinian prisoner and Palestinian national football team member Mahmoud Sarsak is now entering his 78th day of hunger strike making him the longest Palestinian hunger striker in history. Another Palestinian prisoner, Akram Rikhawi, is on his 59th day of hunger strike.
A fan blog for a very nice panda struggling in Quebec for free education and a free society.
I saw that you met the Socialist Squirrel the other day... be careful of getting too close to it, grey squirrels have a long history of destroying the autonomy and living conditions of the red squirrel and other wildlife. Here's what the Socialist Squirrel's comrades have done in Britain:
The Beecroft Report, commissioned by Cameron from one of his venture-capitalist pals and recommending the implementation of “compensated no-fault dismissal” has been released, and has caused more embarrassment than anything else for the government. But it's part of a bigger picture, with vast implications for workers.
The proposal is essentially to allow employers to make staff redundant even if the position continues to exist, in effect getting rid of the concept of unfair dismissal.
At the bottom of this article are links for how your trade union or community group can support the students’ struggle. That will help tremendously, but spreading the struggle to your own job or school will do even more. This article is meant to help explain how, by showing how students in Quebec were able to organize their general strike.
I arrived in Montreal the night the government of Quebec had turned the province into a police state. Jean Charest had passed a law declaring any demonstration over 50 people not pre-approved by the police to be an illegal gathering punishable by up to $1,000 in fines for individuals and $125,000 in fines for any organisation endorsing the action.
On the eve of the national public education strike called by various unions for May 22, we would like to state the following.
There are enough reasons not to end our struggle. The brutal attacks lead by the privatizing and classist vanguard that embodies the Government of Madrid will be deepened and perfected even more by the State provoking the reduction of educational and developmental opportunitiesfor the children of the working class to the minimal level.
This is not going to be theoretical. There’ll be no discussion of the alienation of labor or the theory of surplus value. I won’t even be focusing on the big reasons like not having a boss or the three hour workday. Instead, I’m just going to list five day-to-day changes that that I’m pretty damn sure will happen once the flood of communism comes to atone for the sins of capital.
(1) One size Tupperware lids. Being the cheap bastard that I am, every time I get takeaway I keep the plastic container. The only problem is that although they look like the same size, either the corners or just a bit too rounded or the sides are just a bit too long.
Collective Action responds to Adam Ford's (a member of the Commune) criticism of the May Day statement outlining our objections to his proposals for organisational unity and putting forward our own, alternative vision of "libertarian cohesion", regroupment and escalation.
We welcomed the article “Why We Need Collective Action, not ‘Collective Action’”, written on the Infantile Disorder blog by Adam Ford, a member of The Commune.
On May 5, Torre GalFa (empty since 1997) became the site of the Europe’s largest occupation: ‘Macao’.
Torre GalFa is a 31-story high-rise built in the 1950s. It stands in the middle of Milan, at the intersection of via Galvani and via Fara. On May 5, the building (empty since 1997) became the site of the Europe’s largest occupation: ‘Macao’.
A member of Seattle Solidarity Network shares some steps she thinks organizations could take to encourage involvement from their members with children.
Eight days after my daughter was born, I sent this message to the organizing committee members of the Seattle Solidarity Network:
On May 19 at 8:00 a.m., an explosive device made of two gas tanks blasted through the vocational high school Francesca Morvillo Falcone in Brindisi, at the same time that students were gathering and preparing to start an ordinary day of class. One student, Melissa Bassi (aged 16), was killed, while seven other students are being treated for severe injuries (one of them, whose identity has not been made public, is allegedly in critical condition).
While no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, several clues would seem to suggest the involvement of organized crime (which in the region is known as the Sacra Corona Unita).