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(en) France, UCL AL #330 - UCL News, Red and Black Summer Days 2022 (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 18 Sep 2022 08:16:53 +0300

As every year, nearly 150 UCL activists and supporters met from August 7 to 14 in Bécours (Aveyron) for meetings, debates and training. A time of self-management, where everyone participates in collective tasks in a friendly atmosphere. ---- The red and black summer days of 2022 were not spared by the heat wave. On a ground roasted by the sun, it was sometimes very difficult to support temperatures oscillating between 30 and 35 degrees. But above all, as in many other places, fires raged, about ten kilometers away, and the Canadairs flew over the area throughout the week... which ended in a deluge of rain and hail. The ecological emergency is there.
One of the challenges of the week was to strengthen cohesion within the organization. These days were a great success from this point of view. The strong presence of young people, especially the group from Grenoble who came in force, gave everyone a great energy. Good times with militant karaoke, letting off steam on the dancefloor, improvised yoga and boxing classes... But it was above all the open stage that was rich in emotions. Songs, political or more personal texts, jokes ("how many anarchists does it take to change a light bulb ?") followed one another until late into the night. In a difficult political and post-Covid context, camaraderie is a strength.

Rich and varied discussions
Unfortunately, regrettable absences have led to the cancellation of several debates, around Magali Della Sudda's book, Les Nouvelles Femmes de droit, with the Afro-feminist collective Mwasi, or with La Horde. But the stimulating presence of a Kurdish comrade, and the discussions with German and Italian comrades put internationalism at the heart of the discussions.

Anti-patriarchal struggles were also widely represented, with single-sex meetings, debates on our strategy and quality training on our materialist conception of LGBTI struggles. For the first time, a gender-neutral meeting was held, which it is hoped will open the door to greater social diversity in the organization.

The union issue has not been forgotten either, and has been worked on more in its cross-cutting dimension (unionization of feminized sectors, of migrants, links with ecological and feminist struggles, etc.).

The debates ended on the preparation of the militant return, in a context of the rise of the far right, the deterioration of the climate and social tension, where the revolutionaries will have to make their voices heard in the face of the revival of social democracy embodied by Nupes. Lots of work ahead for the revolutionaries. But thanks to these days, we are pumped up!

EliseA (UCL Clermont-Ferrand)

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