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(en) To strike, compañeras! Libertarias in 8M Por Libertarian Regeneration , Alas barricadas and Portal Oaca .

Date Sun, 6 Jan 2019 08:24:04 +0200


On March 8, 2018 we experienced an unprecedented mobilization in recent decades. That day the force of a movement determined to face the patriarchy was evident and with it, to remove the very foundations of our society. ---- There are still several months left for the next call, but the organizing assemblies of many localities and territories are already gathering to prepare the next feminist strike, which will again have four axes: work, care, consumption and student. In this context, reflecting on past experience and working towards the future, we have spoken with compañeras of feminist and libertarian organizations from various parts of the state about what this struggle for them, their organizations and their environment implied.

We present here a summary of this exchange in the words of some of its protagonists: Maribel, from Valencia , with 40 years of militancy behind him in libertarian, ecologist, feminist and anti-prison collectives; Nora, from Sevilla , who is part of the Boreal collective; Yolanda, from Madrid , member of CNT and Mujeres Libres who also collaborates with the feminist collective in her neighborhood; and Kris, from the Ribera de Nafarroa , who, after participating in social centers in her area, is a member of the CNT de Gasteiz union.

«We organize ourselves quickly and leaving aside political differences»

What has led to the emergence of a strike organized by and for women? Maribel tells us about the change in mentality that she has perceived in recent years: "women have reached a point of saturation and inflection, we are already very angry and nothing is going to stop us. The thing about La Manada has made the glass overflow». The awakening of anger coincides with the certainty that the judicial system is based on a deeply patriarchal and reactionary ideology, which in Spain "has everything tied and tied, as the dictator left it." Also outside our borders there are referents of the growing social tension in relation to the rights and dignity of women, migrants, and other oppressed collectives,

The process of organizing and coordinating a day like 8M had different modalities, according to the capacities of the groups involved in its implementation. Maribel values very positively the process of self-organization that led to the strike: "a lot of participation, many actions, a lot of organization, a lot of debate". In addition, «all collective work creates networks, and that is something positive and essential for the fight to be more successful». Nora lived the strike "with great enthusiasm; we never thought that he could have so much follow-up in Seville. " He adds that "we spent weeks with the banner, making pamphlets and attending meetings of the AFUS (Unitary Feminist Assembly of Seville)." A call whose success was based on collaboration between different assemblies and collectives. As Yolanda says, despite the fact that anarchist and libertarian women were a minority in Madrid, "we organized ourselves quickly and left aside political differences. The ends were common and that was what mattered. "

There is no shortage of critical voices, focused on the possibilities offered by a more horizontal organization. Yolanda, for example, found a certain degree of verticality in decision-making within the Madrid organization of 8M, despite the fact that "[the organizers]are continually defined as an assembly and horizontal movement." For her, one of the main problems would be to leave the leadership in the hands of a minority: if this movement "stopped[with]the benefit of a few, it would become a bourgeois movement. I would be disappointed enough». She is also worried about the opportunism for the organization of the next appointment. «I expect more clarity and more objectives from the next meeting». In spite of everything, Maribel remains optimistic: «we lack habit. There were some confusing things; the next will go better».

«When I realized, I could not move from where I was because it was full of people»

The strike, the strikes, and the marches in the different cities of the Spanish state were followed massively. Of the situation in Seville Nora tells us: "We were in Plaza Nueva half an hour before the start time and there were already enough people, so I picked up the pamphlet and went to distribute. When I realized, I could not move from where I was because it was full of people, it was impossible to reconnect with my colleagues until the end of the route. The police had to open streets parallel to those of the route so that people could pass, here the streets in the center are quite narrow». "In Valencia as in all cities, the strike was brutal," explains Maribel.

But the action was not limited to concentrations and demonstrations. Kris tells us that»the presence of women on the street was incredible throughout the day; there were many actions and pickets».

«Some fines. These were assumed by the feminist movement of Gasteiz collectively»

Repression has focused on the economic. In Valencia "there were fines to several groups of women for picketing and distributing propaganda that I think are still to be resolved". In Seville "there have been fines in the demonstrations against the Pack, and the one that was made in favor of Juana Rivas." To these mishaps has been answered in solidarity: "as always, we tried to help the fined by mounting acts and selling things," says Nora. According to Yolanda, "we decided that the money that we had in the assembly would be donated to the victims who needed it, and my union also decided to help people who were not unionized." In the case of Kris "there was no repression or too much police presence. In the pickets we were practically alone. We entered the building of the English Court and had to close the doors until we left, we went to many clothing stores, we sealed open stores, we distributed a lot of propaganda. And the police just came, at least identifiably. Even some thirty women entered the social security headquarters and although the police came we ended up leaving almost voluntarily. This question of the police presence did not annoy us a little ... Do not take us seriously or what?. We made those reflections because in most of the actions, as I say, the police hardly appeared, and that in Euskal Herria, there are plenty of police bodies. "Later there were" some fines. These were assumed by the feminist movement of Gasteiz collectively. In CNT a resistance box was made and we did not have to use it.» We went to numerous clothing stores, sealed open stores, distributed a lot of advertising. And the police just came, at least identifiably. Even some thirty women entered the social security headquarters and although the police came we ended up leaving almost voluntarily. This question of the police presence did not annoy us a little ... Do not take us seriously or what?. We made those reflections because in most of the actions, as I say, the police hardly appeared, and that in Euskal Herria, there are plenty of police bodies. "Later there were" some fines. These were assumed by the feminist movement of Gasteiz collectively. In CNT a resistance box was made and we did not have to use it.» We went to numerous clothing stores, sealed open stores, distributed a lot of advertising. And the police just came, at least identifiably. Even some thirty women entered the social security headquarters and although the police came we ended up leaving almost voluntarily. This question of the police presence did not annoy us a little ... Do not take us seriously or what?. We made those reflections because in most of the actions, as I say, the police hardly appeared, and that in Euskal Herria, there are plenty of police bodies. "Later there were" some fines. These were assumed by the feminist movement of Gasteiz collectively. In CNT a resistance box was made and we did not have to use it.» at least identifiably. Even some thirty women entered the social security headquarters and although the police came we ended up leaving almost voluntarily. This question of the police presence did not annoy us a little ... Do not take us seriously or what?. We made those reflections because in most of the actions, as I say, the police hardly appeared, and that in Euskal Herria, there are plenty of police bodies. "Later there were" some fines. These were assumed by the feminist movement of Gasteiz collectively. In CNT a resistance box was made and we did not have to use it.» at least identifiably. Even some thirty women entered the social security headquarters and although the police came we ended up leaving almost voluntarily. This question of the police presence did not annoy us a little ... Do not take us seriously or what?. We made those reflections because in most of the actions, as I say, the police hardly appeared, and that in Euskal Herria, there are plenty of police bodies. "Later there were" some fines. These were assumed by the feminist movement of Gasteiz collectively. In CNT a resistance box was made and we did not have to use it.» This question of the police presence did not annoy us a little ... Do not take us seriously or what?. We made those reflections because in most of the actions, as I say, the police hardly appeared, and that in Euskal Herria, there are plenty of police bodies. "Later there were" some fines. These were assumed by the feminist movement of Gasteiz collectively. In CNT a resistance box was made and we did not have to use it.» This question of the police presence did not annoy us a little ... Do not take us seriously or what?. We made those reflections because in most of the actions, as I say, the police hardly appeared, and that in Euskal Herria, there are plenty of police bodies. "Later there were" some fines. These were assumed by the feminist movement of Gasteiz collectively. In CNT a resistance box was made and we did not have to use it.»

«If you are a majority union, led mostly by men, you are tied to subsidies ...»

Regarding the role of unions, there is no unanimous position. In the words of Yolanda, with "some I take off my hat[for]how they worked with the assemblies of 8M and between us", while others "trying to skip the assemblies and doing nothing, just because they knew it was a very media strike; Legally, they did not get wet and in practice they robbed women of their role ". Nora is much more emphatic: "De UGT and CCOO imagine that the assessment I can give is similar to that of other colleagues in the country: disastrous. In the slogans they said neither feminist strike, but "egalitarian" ... No comments. It cost us more than a cabreo». For Maribel, the fundamental thing was that "the women of a union should organize themselves and surely they did, at least those of anarchist and nationalist unions". For Yolanda, the strike represented a continuity with her union militancy: "I am used, as a trade unionist, to work the strike from my organization. We have our dynamics and guidelines to do it. On the street we had no problem. We are used to it: we work in social centers, in neighborhoods, in popular assemblies ...».

For Kris, the performance of the majority unions was «Shameful. I believe that the unions wanted to leave all parties happy with their proposal of work stoppages. I also believe that the problem was with the feminist movement itself because the issue of legal strike coverage was delegated to the representatives of the unions within the feminist movement. I believe that after March 8, 2017, the rest of the strikes will be 24-hour strikes in which there will not be a proposal for strikes because of the absurdity that was in itself. There were women, who for example worked in school canteens, who had to go to work from 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm because the work stoppage ended at 3:00 p.m. Some women who participated in the feminist movement hid behind the fact that it was very difficult to strike. I understand that if you are a majority union, directed mostly by men, that you are tied to some subsidies and that you have to meet some quotas when you propose some action, from there it will be difficult. I lacked humility. I lacked sincerity. I did not want them to assume that these unions did not see a strike, and that excuses were left behind». "Then, there was a process within the CNT between the cities of Bilbao, Donostia, Iruñea and Gasteiz where all the women affiliated with the CNT created strike committees to legalize the strike on March 8 and all the women who wanted to strike 24 hours could do it with legal coverage. We proposed to the feminist movement of Gasteiz, in our case, and I know that other compañeras proposed it in other assemblies of the feminist movement, that this issue should also be disseminated, that is, apart from spreading the stoppages proposed by the rest of the unions, it should be publicized that there was legal coverage to carry out the strike and focus on March 8 as it had been focusing from the rest of the assemblies. So it was. The day itself the CNT women joined all the actions that had been proposed from the feminist movement, a movement in which some of us also participated for March 8. "Although she points out that" it is true that the majority of women supported the stoppages proposed by the unions before the strike. This was perceived in the shares, since the majority shares were those that were included in those hours. " it was spread that there was legal coverage to carry out the strike and to focus on March 8 as it had been focused from the rest of the assemblies. So it was. The day itself the CNT women joined all the actions that had been proposed from the feminist movement, a movement in which some of us also participated for March 8. "Although she points out that" it is true that the majority of women supported the stoppages proposed by the unions before the strike. This was perceived in the shares, since the majority shares were those that were included in those hours. " it was spread that there was legal coverage to carry out the strike and to focus on March 8 as it had been focused from the rest of the assemblies. So it was. The day itself the CNT women joined all the actions that had been proposed from the feminist movement, a movement in which some of us also participated for March 8. "Although she points out that" it is true that the majority of women supported the stoppages proposed by the unions before the strike. This was perceived in the shares, since the majority shares were those that were included in those hours. " a movement in which some of us also participated for March 8. "Although she points out that" it is true that most of the women supported the stoppages proposed by the unions before the strike. This was perceived in the shares, since the majority shares were those that were included in those hours. " a movement in which some of us also participated for March 8. "Although she points out that" it is true that most of the women supported the stoppages proposed by the unions before the strike. This was perceived in the shares, since the majority shares were those that were included in those hours. "

Birds of Paso , by Marisol Caldito .

Kris explains why they legalized her for 24 hours: "From CNT we had to call her because there was no other, not because we are better, but because CNT has another organization that allows us to convene and prepare another series of things." And she stresses that the feminist movement should take the guidelines and not become a field of struggle between unions: "I think if the feminist strike is proposed by the feminist movement and we agree and converge with their ideas and principles, unions should reduce their work to the workplace, but it must be the assembly that decides. When this question was delegated from the beginning, each union swept home. The strike proposal was absurd when the speech of all the assemblies that called the strike for March 8 spoke of a four-axis strike, as we know: labor strike, student, care and consumption. How to fit the proposed stoppages in these four axes? I take care of my sons and daughters from the time they get up until 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. I do not care, and from 3 p.m. until the next stop, yes? It did not hold. That's why I thought it was a very shameful performance, they swept for their land without taking into account the conditions of the strike. "

«We end up very, very tired of the questions of men»

Yolanda did not live it in a very different way from other strikes. "It is not the first time that the CNT supports with its legal call a strike with a content not only labor. We already did it with the regional strike of the war in Iraq, when the dissemination work was especially hard, since it was clearly boycotted by the majority unions that did not support the strike and dedicated themselves to saying in the work centers that it was not a legal strike». Although for Maribel "yes there were differences regarding the preparation of other strikes." In her opinion, "it was not easy to explain and make the outward goals understood, but there was a good reception from women outside the feminist movement."

The role of men was another of the issues discussed. For Maribel "we end up very, very tired of the questions of the men of" what do I do? ". I think that more than not being able to understand, they did not want to understand, since it was very clear that the only thing they could not do was organize; and then everyone who thinks and acts as best believes but without any protagonism, something they are not used to». «I believe that within men there is little active participation in feminism and half the population can not achieve anything without the other media». For Yolanda "it was a confusing message. But as a woman in a mixed organization legalizing a strike, my message was clear. " Kris tells us that in CNT Nafarroa: "some of the union colleagues organized to make breakfast, lunch and dinner for that day.

«It has given rise to weaving alliances and to grant more repercussion»

The strike has managed to put feminism on the front page. For Kris "the strike has meant the visibility of the work that has been done since feminism in recent years, I think it has served as a tool for both inside and outside. For outside the feminist circles because it has reflected the commitment, the strength and the value that there is in us. The capacity and the tools that we have acquired in order to achieve the end of patriarchy. For inside, on the one hand, for exactly the same, for making us aware of what we are capable of, that this path is the right one, that the majority of people who attended the actions and the manis of that day are out there in the world watching over a more just, more feminist society. "Nora perceives that" since then, it is easier to spread through social networks ". Of course, as Nora points out, "everyone is a feminist. It does not matter if you know something other than "it is that we are all the same", you are a feminist, you have a Frida Kahlo shirt bought in ZARA. It is a neutral feminism, which does not bother. Then we are the ones who bother a little and we are misandrics. "

The strike has also served as a revulsion within the organizations that have supported it. Maribel tells us that "in our union organization, feminism is more present, spaces or tools have been created". Kris tells us that for the CNT women "the strike process has led us to join us, to organize with CNT women from other parts of Euskal Herria, to want and start doing common projects to open an internal debate process through which to integrate feminism within the organization». A change that is not restricted to women because "it has been a pulse to the patriarchy that hides within some guidelines, dynamics and relationships within most organizations and which is not exempt CNT. A pulse that we have won and that its echo has been "we are here, we are not going to leave and anarchism will be feminist or it will not be». A pulse that has been reflected in many processes that we have opened up inside: expulsions of stalkers, denunciations made to sexist articles that were linked to CNT. And in the process of internal debate and protocol of aggressions in which we are working. "

Regarding relations between organizations and between activists, Nora believes that "since 8M[feminist women]we are much closer in Andalusia. We are trying to create an Andalusian coordinator, and to create a feminist meeting at the Andalusian level, we would like to reclaim the power of our land, a great forgotten one». Yolanda, in the same line, says that "it has given us the opportunity to meet[organizations]or to create new ones that are very interesting". Kris has observed that "the strike has given rise to weaving alliances and to give more impact on the actions proposed by the feminist collectives." For Maribel «all collective work creates networks and that is something positive», but within limits, because it understands that «feminism as we all know covers the right, the left, and anarchists;

«Stop everything. That we take the whole streets and that we are only out there»

Despite the reticence of one and the other, organized women are advancing the whole society. Nora points out that "the girls I see in the demonstrations are getting smaller and smaller, and they are becoming increasingly aware of the oppression we suffer." According to Maribel "the strike has helped many people to become aware of and be aware of feminism. To lose their fear, learn self-organization and let go of all the rage inside. " For Yolanda, "large groups of people who do not know each other get together and do things, it's a step. At the social level, it has given back the spark».

And for that spark to light, instead of going out, the organization for the next 8M is fundamental. Maribel expects her to "move forward with more experience and training." Yolanda considers it essential "to continue to demand at least the proposals that fought last year and that neither the previous nor the current government have solved." For Nora, her greatest hope is that this fight will continue. «I hope it has as much dissemination as this year. I hope all the work this year has not been in vain, and everything we do and work daily has penetrated, at least, a little in the people. Hopefully all the effort will be rewarded little by little». Kris hopes "that more women will support the 24-hour strike. Stop everything. That we take the whole streets and that we are only out there, nowhere else. I would like that we could reach those women who could not support the strike, those women who work in curros without a contract, which means a lot to stop working that day, their work is not paid because they work at home. " But also to improve some aspects, "the role of unions within the assemblies, the delegation of the assembly itself, the little space for debate ..."

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