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(en) [Cuba] Mom there's a white elephant in the bathroom! Chronicle of the IV Libertarian Spring Days of Havana. By ANA (ca, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 9 Sep 2019 08:43:40 +0300

Inspired by the strange slogan "Mommy has a white elephant in the bathroom!", The IV Libertarian Spring Days of Havana took place in various social spaces in this northern Caribbean city, a space sustained by those who inhabit the ABRA Social Center and Libertarian Library and the initiatives of the Libertarian Workshop Alfredo López and the Forest Guard. ---- Being aware that we are a white elephant in a bathroom on this island is like understanding what lucid Ricardo Mella has pointed out since the early twentieth century, "reason is not a virtue of majorities, but of intelligence developed in the use of freedom." And it is in this sense that we strive in these Days, as in the previous ones, to assume our minority condition, but aware that in the use of freedom we could increase our intelligences and contribute to the same freedom on this island beyond our own egos. .

We have defined several thematic areas for this occasion: the latest activism that has been outlined in Cuba in the heat of the updating of state capitalism; the problems of authoritarianism and anti-authoritarianism in official education and in the experiences and possibilities in the management of autonomous pedagogical spaces; the revaluation of the so-called Special Period of the 1990s in Cuba (facing the scenario of scarcity and supply crises that is coming again) and the practical contributions of developing a resilience approach to managing everyday life.

O espaço dedicado ao ativismo na manhã de 4 de maio foi um dos menos concorridos, o qual fala do interesse limitado que persiste em Cuba por tudo o que se trate de reunir-se para raciocinar sobre o que fazemos como sociedade, mais além do crescente mal estar contra o Estado. Uma mostra do quanto se calou nas últimas gerações em Cuba as delícias do esporte de falar mal do governo e suas sequelas de auto-vitimização e autocomplacência, como se os governantes fossem marcianos insensíveis vindos de outro planeta.

Despite the foregoing and the low turnout, a very rare dialogue was generated, which analyzed the procedures of pro-animal rights activism, which produced the first public demonstration authorized by the Cuban government in the last 60 years. There was a solid analysis of the activism movement against the implementation of Decree 349, which legalizes censorship and repression of all artistic practices that develop outside the official and private institutions linked to the official, and there was also an approximation to the phenomenon of autonomous networks. solidarity that developed in the heat of the devastation produced by the first known tornado that devastated Havana.

Beyond the punctual facts, the space has generated an unusual dialogue between what is already defined as three generations of social activists on the island; We analyze the potentialities of such activism in the context of unbridled social degradation in Cuba today, and at the same time deepen the limitations of activist logic in order to overcome the mere oxygenation of Stalinist police despotism, which needs to make up its decrepit image. Therefore, there was consensus on the need to cultivate spaces for dialogue on the strategic perspectives of individual and collective action with an anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist spirit, given the new configuration of power in Cuba that already longs to stabilize.

The second meeting of the Day took place on May 5, with a more varied and crowded attendance, which in the late afternoon became very lively with a contagious joy. It all began in the blazing sun of 2 pm with the presentation of This World Called School, an exhibition of pen designs designed by two fellow Libertarian Workshop Alfredo López, which pointed to the psychomotor effects produced by coercive instructional mechanisms on people since first years of life. This is accompanied by a substantial text that explores the centrality of the subject in anarchism and the contribution of anarchist pedagogical variegates to non-authoritarian education. The need to document the subject's historical trajectory in the anarchist movement in Cuba was felt in space.

The presentation of this contribution led to a wide dialogue about the experiences of those present on the subject at all levels of education in Cuba. It pointed out the harmful effects that the so-called Educational Revolution that the late Commander-in-Chief designed and implemented, which, among other things, further degraded the process of pedagogical training of teachers while at the same time technifying centralized control of the content of the teacher. education in Cuba, which a decade later collapsed, but without defining clear alternatives. Another highlight was the simultaneous process of disappearing games, drawing and teamwork among children, and as part of it, the mutation of a subject such as the World We Live In. in elementary school that went from geographical, physical and biological content about our archipelago to the glorification of the founding heroes of the ruling caste in Cuba today.

As anarchists we intervene in dialogue by pointing to the limited conduct of critical thinking that almost invariably focuses on the critique of the existing and leaves it in the hands of institutional misfortune to be the constant pursuit of its own refractory solutions, the height of the nature of the problems detected.

Fortunately, this Journey session was attended by several family members who have been running the El Trencito solidarity lab and workshop for fifteen years , which has shown another way of interacting with their circumstances, by creating relevant alternatives and autonomous, facing the pessimistic impulses emanating from the sophistication of critical thinking. This led to a session where the El Trencito compas put into practice a game dynamic that had collective interaction with a very stimulating playful level.

The next session of the IV Libertarian Spring Day was a space that had the Anti-Authoritative Looks to the Special Period dialogue panel . A long awaited and busy moment of the Journey, where from different angles were approached the social, institutional, cultural, etc. which characterized one of the stages in which the presence of the Cuban state in everyday life was most felt and how Cuban society reacted to it and what experiences we can draw from it.

From here we will present the experience of the Co-pincha project[in Spanish colloquial Cuban "pincha" is work, so "co-pincha" is a joint work]of a group of engineers and designers working for the development of technologies and dynamics based on the notion of resilience and reuse, from which they are rethinking the relationship of engineers and technologists with society, in a context of growing supply shortages in Cuba and even more of a clear productive deficiency than the means Official reports refer only to the Yankee blockade, but it is also related to the creative suffocation imposed by the Stalinist police bureaucratic class on Cuban society.

Co-pincha's animators have proposed to develop a collective preparation dynamic for a rice-themed meal, based on a culinary preparation book with low-esteem resilient foods in Cuba, a contribution to the present day and the air of consumerism. in the misery that is bringing the atmosphere of updating Cuba's model of domination.

In this space the effects of the social divide between manual and intellectual labor have been felt, seeing how the keenest analysts and critics can easily become, in the same space, passive consumers waiting for those who cook and their helpers to serve their culinary creations, to then retire in haste because they have other commitments... These are crucial details in autonomous spaces that we must put in the foreground so that they do not become contaminated with the vices of the society we claim to be antagonists. This IV Journey space at one of the Co-pincha locations concluded with a collective sound performance coordinated by an animatorxs from the space, which will remain a record of the Journey and at the same time a very creative joint experience that was very inciting.

The last day of the IV Libertarian Spring Day was a moment that we left open to the circumstantial and someone proposed to participate in a session of the El Trencito laboratory and solidarity games workshop and from there we added to what was being developed for an autonomous march against homophobia on the busy Paseo del Prado. The presence in this space was low and in the morning we realized that our compas Jimi and Isbel, pro LGBTIQ activists and anarchists, had been kidnapped by State Security to prevent them from participating in the march against homophobia, and we began several counter-information actions to prevent them from being treated as "mercenaries in the service of US imperialism" and thus legitimize their prolonged imprisonment.

After the comforting experience in the El Trencito space , we joined the Prado march. We were surprised by the number of LGBTI people gathered there, the expressions of joy and support that people gave from their homes and, in contrast, the grotesque deployment of the police machinery they made in this place to ensure a "citizen tranquility" that never before. was changed.

For those who participated in this march, this was a school for activists. We were able to see our own dynamics of confrontation with the police, the intuitive response tactics that those present developed, the demobilization procedures used by the police and their para-police irons foreheads, the management of escalation of verbal to physical violence, emotional blackmail, crowd control techniques and, above all, the practical and sincere need to learn from the existence of such police knowledge, so as not to be misled by the spell of the word "Revolutionary" the name by which the national police is defined in Cuba, little different from any state in the world.

This Fourth Libertarian Spring Day of Havana had very fruitful and lesser moments, but they again demonstrated its relevance in the current Cuban and international context and the need for an anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist and anti-patriarchal perspective to be deployed across the widest and most varied areas of the world. social practice.

Source: https://f-anarquista-cc.blogspot.com/2019/08/mama-hay-un-elefante-blanco-en-el-bano.html

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