"Since the last decades of the nineteenth century, as part of a wider international movement, cooperatives grew in importance in Barcelona. In Catalonia, cooperatives had their heyday during the democratic period of the Second Republic (1931-1939) when thousands of families became members. Very often, they had their own theatres, bars, and shops. Consumption cooperatives allowed the avoidance of intermediaries between consumers and producers and thus brought urban space closer to the surrounding agricultural environment that fed it.
However, following the military coup that unleashed the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and with the victory of Franco over the Republicans, cooperatives never regained the activity hey had had before.
At the end of the demonstration in front of the El Segle XX building, several residents intervened by emphasising the historical role of the cooperative in Barceloneta. The march ended with two posters plastered on the wall of the building. One vindicated the historical memory of cooperativism with a quote from 1899; the other was a blank poster to be filled by participants with their ideas for the future uses of the space, under the title “What do we want for El Segle XX?” (“Què volem per al Segle XX?”). In the same fashion, the website of the Barceloneta Cooperative Memory Research Group, whose members had an active role in the march, stated clearly their views on the uses of the memory of cooperativism: “More than an exercise of historical memory, it comes to us as a memory of the future: the practices of cooperation give us a powerful tool to face a present of cutbacks in social services and to build a shared future”." - Santiago Gorostiza
(Pictured: Barceloneta residents at the demonstration reclaiming El Segle XX building, January 11 2014. Photo credit: Pedro Mata)
It’s no wonder why women are leaving the Republican Party in record numbers.
Women dressed as characters of the Handmaid’s Tale have been fighting Kavanaugh’s confirmation from the start. The Hulu series, based on the 1985 book of the same name by Margaret Atwood, is a dystopian drama about women who are forced into sexual servitude. By dressing in this manner, they are highlighting Kavanaugh’s potential threat to women’s rights. Their chants: “We are not your vessels.”
Do Republican senators hear these chants?
Abortion has been a constitutional right in the United States since 1973. Kavanaugh could be the swing vote to overturn Roe v Wade. This week is crucial in deciding whether Kavanaugh will be confirmed as the 9th Justice of the Supreme Court, taking over retired Justice Kennedy’s old seat. This Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from Dr. Ford, while large protests rage on in DC and other cities nationwide.
Two other accusers have come forward, but it seems that the Committee intends to vote this Friday on Kavanaugh’s nomination without the benefit of hearing additional testimony from these other accusers. The reason being that Republicans are desperate to confirm Kavanaugh prior to the midterm elections. The only thing standing in their way is a massive backlash of public opinion for ramming this nomination through without due process.
It would be ironic if one sexual assaulter (Kavanaugh) nominated to the highest court in the land by another sexual assaulter (Trump) got to decide basic rights affecting all women in this country. And it would also be highly detrimental to the integrity of the Court, and consequently to our democracy.
What are we going to do about it? Come this November, we’re gonna vote, vote, vote.
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It probably all started back in January 2017 when I decided a few days beforehand that I was going to drive to Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March. Or maybe it was when I traveled to D.C. for the Families Belong Together direct action in June 2018 and got arrested for the first time in my life. But honestly, while those were perhaps the catalysts of my new-found activism, I didn’t really get invested as much as I could have (should have) until August 2018. It was just a few weeks ago that I finally jumped in wholeheartedly and I know I’ll never turn back. Originally, it all seemed spontaneous, even accidental, but now I know I’ve found a passion and a purpose in my life that I had been seeking without knowing it. Here’s how it all happened: ... (read the rest on my blog - link in bio)
i FINALLY finished writing about my experience in d.c. for #cancelkavanaugh
a couple weeks ago & got my blog up & running again so i had a place to post it. thank you to Women's March on Washington - Indiana for sponsoring me to go!!! if you're interested, check it out. (link in bio)
#resist #accidentalactivist #believewomen #directaction #civildisobedience #womendisobey #iwrotesomething #studentoflife
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People protest in light of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct accusations
Avenatti told reporters he has been hired by a former employee of both the State Department and the U.S. Mint who has information of a sexual nature about Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge. “It will relate to how they behaved at countless house parties,’’ Avenatti said.
Avenatti also told reporters the woman, whom he did not name, has multiple security clearances and will “literally risk her life’’ by coming forward. He called her “100 percent credible,’’ saying she has multiple witnesses to corroborate her story and would be willing to take a polygraph if Kavanaugh does as well.
are from #KanchaIlaiah
. There is no question of honour in honour killings – they are pure manifestations of caste hatred. #FIIQuotes
"Where is the honour in killing someone? Why are caste-based murders being labelled as honour killings? Dalits are being killed for their caste, so these are caste hatred killings and they should be called that.” - KANCHA ILAIAH, Indian political theorist, writer and Dalit rights activist.
"It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk. I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk."