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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - Your grocery store increases... their profits too! (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 24 Sep 2022 10:14:20 +0300

Everyone has seen it, week after week, month after month, the price of the grocery basket continues to rise. It is becoming difficult to feed ourselves and more of our starvation wages are spent on this essential need. During this election period, the political class sensed a good deal by promising us checks for several hundred dollars or even tax breaks in order to obtain our votes. But it's not new that people have to choose between paying their rent and buying groceries. It is not yesterday that people are struggling to balance their finances. It is not yesterday that the end of the month causes hives. The party that formed the government wants us to continue like this. Where were these politicians during the last four years?
We don't want to pull our heads above water until the system pushes us back down to drowning. At the moment, we are producing plenty of food and basic necessities to largely meet the needs of people all over the planet. However, this production, in a capitalist system, is distributed unequally, which means that the poor have misery or are not able to feed themselves adequately and to their hunger. Thus, huge quantities of food are thrown away every day while more and more people have to line up in front of food banks to hope to have something to eat in the days to come. To add insult to injury, our grocery bills are constantly increasing, as are the profits of the big food banners. Obviously, the top managers of these companies never think of cutting their profits. The bill is passed on to "consumers", that's how it is, that's life... Well, we say enough is enough! We want to bring down this system of production and distribution which keeps us in poverty and which threatens all forms of life on Earth.

But beyond the complaints and denunciations of capitalism: "we must start from our insubordination, create breaches, reverse the course of things" writes the philosopher and sociologist John Holloway.

It is by forming community, by weaving links from below, by our struggles and by looking for ways to do things without asking permission from the institutions that we can truly improve our situation. Solidarity, mutual aid, self-organization and direct actions are not simple slogans to be written on banners. These are useful and practical methodologies to use on a daily basis, in all our relationships with others.

We invite you to a self-managed pot against the dear life.

Sunday, September 25 from 11:30 a.m. in the park at the corner of Price and Sainte-Anne streets.

by Emma Goldman Collective

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