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(en) Spain, Catalunia, embat: The strength of the neighborhoods.By equipembat (ca) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 2 Jul 2017 08:25:14 +0300

Article of fellow Iru Moner Embat militant and member of the Neighborhood Association Vallcarca Assembly, published in the journal Street , no. 144 June 2017, the FAVB, Federation of Neighborhood Barcelona . ---- There are many struggles that our grandparents and parents to be gained where we are now. Since Franco transition until after the local organizations were to spearhead improvements such as paving or drainage of some neighborhoods to the necessary facilities such as schools, hospitals and primary care centers. And today there are many struggles that we must win to maintain a dignified life in our neighborhoods. ---- The local movement in Barcelona is a common good often do not know to appreciate . Thanks to him many of us have grown up happy and healthy neighborhoods in a city and fairly cohesive. Many countries do not even know what is the local movement simply do not have, does not exist. Here you can enjoy this tool neighbors defense tool that balances the balance of economic interests of the inhabitants of the city.

Given the economic and social changes that are suffering from the European capitals and the general world metropolises in Barcelona we have the duty and ability to be an example of the decline in global policies and processes that antisocial globalized economy requires. They are grabbing and privatization processes of public space for commercial uses, to the detriment of social cohesion and quality of life. Are gentrification gentrification and many neighborhoods that are suffering because of the massive use of the housing stock from the tourism and real estate investment, which has led the Catalan capital to be benchmark seven investors profit. And on the other hand have job insecurity suffered by most people young and not so young, because of an economy based on unskilled and often seasonal linked to services and hospitality sector. The problem is jobs, divided, and terciaritzats subcontractors are no longer the epicenter of socializing and organizing struggles. Today districts are those who fulfill this function.

Cover Street in June 2017

Many young people do not feel identified with neighborhood associations , perhaps because of language or perhaps the generation gap that we have not break, or perhaps because they do not deal directly with the problems that affect the job security, the cost of housing and the lack of community roots.

These are issues that we should take as priorities if we want that in a not too distant future to Barcelona live only rich tourists and privileged few who could keep his home in the jungle of the capital. Try these issues is what we can do every day we get a younger neighborhood associations.

That's why we provide knowledge, tools and infrastructure the local movement, share them and adapt them to the needs and timing.

Who better than we know the environment that we can better identify the needs and shortcomings of the people in our neighborhood. Who better than we can find and propose solutions .

We have spent almost a decade of cuts and reduction of basic services, loss of purchasing power and labor rights, and what is worse, decades of social isolation and individualism that have undermined the associations that enjoyed Barcelona. It's time again to weave ties between the neighbors to confront the draft social and economic elites are imposing in Barcelona. Again we need all the push to retake the city and transform it into a popular project, where the needs and welfare of the people is the backbone.

In the district of Vallcarca we are realizing that if most of the residents are united and organized, we are capable of much. Imagine an entire city.

Street Version digital http://www.favb.cat/carrer
article in the online version of Street: http://www.favb.cat/articlescarrer/...
Street 144, June 2017, in pdf: http://www.favb.cat/carrer/.......

Web Assembly Vallcarca: https://assembleadevallcarca.wordpress.com/

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