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(en) Union Communiste Libertaire Bruxelles - UCL Liège: Facing the Coronavius, a message of hope and a call for the creation of links of solidarity among the population. (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:14:37 +0200


The article also highlights the extent of the current economic crash and its impacts for the most precarious. Will we, as in 2008, accept a financial rescue plan paid for with the fruit of our work and our taxes? Should the rescue benefit the financial giants or the refinancing of health care services? ---- We must therefore organize and resist, so that the financiers do not bring the people to their knees as it happened in 2008! ---- Even in physical isolation, let's not stop being united, organized and active. ---- Against fear, let's organize hope. ---- The Italian people have now been living in lockdown for several days. The situation in Belgium is not yet similar to the Italian situation, but it still seems wise to you to share the following text fromhttps://medium.com/@ilcorsaro.info/ . Let's stay one step ahead!

We will not dwell on the measures taken, which are certainly traumatic, probably inevitable, at this stage. What we need now is to do our part to get out of it, helping each other, protecting the weakest elements of our society and learning from it for the future.

We asked ourselves what collective, social and political realities can do in a moment like this, when what is necessary, that is to say the isolation of everyone in the privacy of its own home, is the complete opposite of what we commit to every day, that is to say the sharing of common, collective and open spaces.

What we can do is give a message of solidarity, determination and hope in a difficult time. We call on everyone not to give in to discouragement, not to panic, to commit in the right way the many hours that will have to be spent without normal contact with others. If we agree to follow the instructions of the health authorities in a responsible manner to avoid contagion, we must, at the same time, continue to remain active. In particular, we invite everyone to:

Keep an open mind: don't be discouraged and help yourself.

The situation is difficult, but not yet dramatic, it will be difficult for a while, but we will get out of it. Let's enjoy slower rhythms, spend time with our loved ones. Let's take care of each other, respecting the rules of isolation, listen to the problems of people most in difficulty, try to find solutions.

As much as possible, and with the utmost care and caution, organize activities to help the elderly and all those trapped at home, do their shopping, or other activities of active solidarity as do many social spaces.

Using social networks in a responsible and united way

In the isolation of the coming days, many social networks will be the only window on the world. Let's try not to fill them with toxic content, but rather to use them as a sharing and relationship tool. Let's keep our collective places alive even without physical contact. Get organized online to discuss attentively and with reliable sources the daily news flow, to inform us about the people who need something and what we can do to help them, to report problems. that must be fought.

Mobilize, even online, so that the dramatic costs of the epidemic and quarantine are not thrown on our shoulders

We are asking for the freezing of evictions and dismissals, the suspension of rents, invoices and installments, real income support for the many workers, salaried, precarious or self-employed who cannot work , assistance to families with children of school age, support for the many social and cultural realities that will be in economic difficulty. We must do our part to stop the contagion, but we cannot pay for everyone while continuing to fuel revenues and profits.

Put health, well-being and public services at the center of priorities.

This emergency also made it clear to those who had wanted to forget that without a health system that is up to the task, there is no hope of seriously treating the most difficult situations. 25 years of cuts and privatizations have seriously damaged our health systems, and we are now seeing the price in terms of beds and human lives. Being responsible in the face of an emergency does not mean that we must stop denouncing those responsible for dismantling public services and the neoliberal transformation of our society. We will come back to occupy the squares and the streets.
To experience a different world.

This dramatic moment brings out the deepest contradictions of our social organization, starting from the unequal loads of care between men and women. This moment asks us to rethink the instruments of social assistance and lifestyles. Extraordinary and equal parental leave for men and women; economic recognition of care work; reduction of working time; social shock absorbers and forms of economic support for stable, precarious or self-employed workers; ecological transition, outside of this system which feeds both epidemics and our unpreparedness to face them. The fact that our way of life is so threatened by the emergency should make us think about building a better, different and livable world.

We are close to all people who live with this situation with a particular difficulty, in particular those who live in the red zones or those who are particularly exposed because of previous medical problems. Even in physical isolation, let's not stop being united, organized and active. Against fear, let's organize hope. "

Pay attention to the stock market crash

Unlike other information, this one does not make the headlines, and yet ... Last Thursday, the price of oil recorded a historic drop of 30%. The stock market indices have been in free fall for a week, most of the markets having fallen by more than 10%... which had not happened since the financial crisis of 2008. This crash is due to the anxiety caused by the spread Coronavirus, but other financial bubbles may still burst, putting us on the brink of a systemic crisis, which will affect, as always, the most disadvantaged, precarious and elderly people.

We're going to be told about saving the economy, but which one? The one that allows shareholders (10% of the population) to continue to enrich themselves at the cost of the destruction of our living environments, social security, public services, health care?

Will we, as in 2008, accept a financial rescue plan paid for with the fruit of our work and our taxes? What about those who speculate on the pandemic, who increase the price of necessary goods, such as masks and others? We will have to settle our accounts. Should the rescue benefit the financial giants or the refinancing of health care services?

We must therefore organize and resist, so that the financiers do not bring the people to their knees as it happened in 2008!

To do this: support the group of caregivers " Health in struggle ", as well as workers on the front line (firefighters, garbage collector, cashiers, pharmacists, household staff, and so many others!), organize with colleagues to stop work as quickly as possible if it is not essential and / or if management does not respect health precautions, financially support small independent workers and SMEs in difficulty, prepare the payment of the bill by an exceptional crisis tax on the accumulated wealth of the richest 10% or other justice measures.

Union Communiste Libertaire Liège

https://bxl.communisteslibertaires.org/2020/03/20/ucl-liege-face-au-coronavius-un-message-despoir-et-un-appel-a-la-creation-de-liens-de-solidarite-dans-la-population
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