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(en) Poland, rozbrat: Not for the street name Ronald Reagan! So for the street named Jolanta Brzeska! Anarchist Federation s.Phanna [machine translation]

Date Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:29:40 +0200

Anarchist Federation s. Poznan firmly opposes the common idea of Poznan councilors PiS and PO naming one of the key streets of the city named US President Ronald Reagan. This figure is a symbol of neo-liberal politics in the sphere of economic and conservative politics in the social sphere. Reagan's economic policy was aimed only at the interests of the American economy, which led to the economic crisis in many countries in the mid-1980s, numerous social appearances in Latin America, and mass starvation in poorer countries in the South. ---- Reagan administration also supported criminal regimes in South America, thereby sanctioning political crimes committed by them (among others in Argentina). In this case, Reagan's statements on Poland and the introduction of martial law on December 13, 1981, were not dictated by respect for human rights and citizenship, but rather a geopolitical strategy to strengthen or maintain the influence of the US and US corporations in the world. In this context Ronald Reagan does not deserve to name one of the streets of the city of Poznan. It would not only be a manifestation of the contempt for human rights and citizenship in the world, the acceptance of economic policy, which is attributed to US companies, but also to the attitude of the post-Soviet elite to the US.

We believe that if Roosevelt Street is to change its name, it should be Jolanta Brzeska Street, a murdered Warsaw League of tenants' activists. She was a victim of cleaning tenement houses, and at the same time she was an activist who steadfastly fought for the rights of other oppressed tenants. And so she had to die. Renovation of the street name for Jolanta Brzeska would be a symbolic cut off of Poznan authorities from "wild privatization" of housing resources, "cleaning of townhouses", "testamentary clean-up" etc. It would also symbolize reparation to those residents and residents of Poznan who were forcibly displaced their homes, oppressed and humiliated, and at which the fate of the city authorities of Poznan long remained indifferent.

We think that Jolanta Brzeska deserves to be commemorated also because of the fact that the masculine council of the city patronized the streets mostly for men, so that for every ten male names there is one more name dedicated to a woman. It is time for these proportions to change and appreciate the importance of women and their struggle for social and political rights.

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