On Saturday 1st March we met with 12 Coca-Cola workers. In this group interview we wanted to find out how the closure of the Fuenlabrada plant would effect their lives. They wanted to talk because each has a story to tell. A story very different from looking "on the Coke side of life."
Marisa's worked in customer service for 25 years. "I've 2 children, I'm separated, one of them is independent but lives in Germany, he's very young and paid badly there. And I've a daughter who's studying full-time." On the relocations offered by Coca-Cola she says: "They haven't explained it. I have all my life here: home, mortgage, student daughter. To leave on my own, I can't do that."
Around 150 sex workers demonstrated this afternoon (Saturday 15th Feb 2014) between Puerto del Sol and Gran Vía in Madrid, protesting against the criminalisation of prostitution and against the city government's Civil Space Ordnance and the Interior Ministry's proposed Law of Civil Safety.
Under the slogan, "No to persecution, bargaining space now!" the prostitutes marched back to c. Montera with no reported incidents. The meet had been called by Colectivo Hetaira and also called for "a space to work in peace, without disturbing and without being disturbed" in the city, according to Karolina Hernández, Hetaira speaker and sex worker.
On Wednesday the business put 1250 workers under ERE (notification of termination). Three other sites (in Asturias, Alicante and Palma) debate how to respond to the stoppage.
The Coca-Cola bottling company in Spain has presented an Expediente de Regulación de Empleo (ERE, notice of intention to make redundancies) covering 1250 workers and to close a quarter of its plants. The workers of at these plants - Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Colloto (Asturias), Palma and Alicante - are planning demonstrations in response.
Introduction: Ready for Revolution (from Ready for Revolution : The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933-1938)
The Kate Sharpley Library team discuss Guillamón's work on the CNT's Defence Committees in relation to what we know about the start of the Spanish Revolution and why it's important.
The photographic images of the Spanish revolution are implanted in our memories and too often taken for granted. Iconic figures like Durruti blinking at a notebook or standing smiling in a circle of comrades, Ascaso, rifle on his shoulder, enjoying a chat and a smoke in the bright Barcelona sun shortly before he is killed. Most of all, though, there are the crowds.
Six short texts from a book published in 2012 (Anti-developmentalist Perspectives) largely based on talks given in 2009-2010 on the topic of the need for a transition from the economically, environmentally and spiritually unviable city-centered system of globalized capitalism to a new territorial dispersal of human society and productive activities, attaining a higher synthesis of the restoration of the liberating aspects of the city (freedom, public space) and the traditional virtues of the “territory” (local production, self-sufficiency) that can only be brought about by an anti-capitalist revolution.
Translated in January 2014 from the Spanish original as published in: Miguel Amorós, Perspectivas Antidesarrollistas, Editorial Germinal, Valle Maipo Bioregion, Winter 2012.
The above book is available online (January 2014) at: http://editorialgerminal.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/amorc3b3s.pdf
Proposed new Spanish abortion law which would force women to give birth stuns womens' organisations.
After the return of the Partido Popular (PP) to government, the Justice Minister Alberto Ruíz Gallardón announced that he would replace the existing law with one focused on motherhood and the unborn child heralded the return of restrictive rules and a regression in the rights of women; without doubt surprising in the radicality of its attack on abortion.
Plans to redevelop a street in Burgos, Northern Spain at cost of €8m spark an uprising against corruption and police brutality in the Spanish State.
Just over a week ago, if you were thinking of cities in Spain most likely to host the start of a proletarian uprising, Burgos would have come pretty much at the bottom of the list.
A discussion of some recent trends in state repression, considered against the background of the decline of the classical forms of class struggle in the last fifty years, which must now be revitalized by adapting to the new conditions in which “defense of the territory and anti-developmentalism” are the indispensable elements of the next stage of the “social war”, in which “the prevailing legality, not inspiring any respect, must instill fear and in order to do so it must endow itself with a greater capacity for repression”.
Indisputable Proof – Miquel Amorós