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Letter Of Resistance- The Magónista Women’s Commission / Popular Indigenous Council Of #Oaxaca – A Report From Magónistas On The Impact Of #COVID19 In #Mexico

We must bear in mind that no government,
honest as it is, can decree the abolition of misery.
It is the people themselves, the hungry,
the disinherited, who have to abolish misery.

Ricardo Flores Magón (Regeneration, Nov. 19, 1910)
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#COVID Life And The Asset Economy

Following the 2007/08 financial crisis the creation of a less unequal and fairer world appeared to be a major prospect. As is by now all too familiar, after the financial crisis, instead of becoming more progressive, societies turned out to be more unequal, with inequalities and asset-based class divisions becoming more embedded and entrenched, and runaway wealth becoming the signature of the post-crisis world.

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#Minneapolis: Now This Fight Has Two Sides – What the Riots Mean for the #COVID19 Era

The demonstrations this week in Minneapolis mark a historic watershed in the COVID-19 era. As we argued in March, there are some things that are worth risking death for. Perpetuating capitalism is not one of them. But some of us face threats even more deadly than COVID-19. It is worth risking our lives to fight for a world in which no one will be murdered the way that George Floyd was—and what is happening in Minneapolis shows that people are ready to.

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#Italy: Is Bologna starting to return to “normality” again? – Solidarity with those arrested in #Bologna

Bologna. Italy. The real “Phase 2” has begun. Finally, after months of confinement, controls, hunting for the Quacksalver, infamous at the windows (with the tricolor next to it), you can move without self-certification anymore.

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Vermont AFL-CIO President Speaks: Demand A New Social Contract That Puts Workers First & Fight For A Green New Deal!

Vermont. May 27. 2020. Last week I, as Vermont AFL-CIO President, talked with WGDR’s Carl Etnier (a UAW member) about COVID-19, the health concerns of Early Childhood Educators, the fight of Burlington City workers (AFSCME) to defend their pay and benefits (while not suffering layoffs), the need to rebuild the economy through a more directly democratic Green New Deal, and Labor’s support for Progressive David Zuckerman for Governor.

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#Ecuador: Against the new “paquetazo” of this exploitative and murderous government, Let’s make a new proletarian revolt!

Yesterday, May 25th was a nationwide day of protest in Ecuador against the new legal package introduced by the government of Lenin Moreno, cynically dubbed the “Humanitarian Aid Law”, which under the pretext of the coronavirus crisis in the country, cuts wages, justifies massive layoffs and increases the price of gasoline (the last of which was the catalyst for the massive revolts in October of last year which shook the whole region and also set the precedent for the subsequent revolts in Chile) .

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Mutual aid in #pandemic times

The mutual-aid tendency in man has so remote an origin, and is so deeply interwoven with all the past evolution of the human race, that it has been maintained by mankind up to the present time, notwithstanding all vicissitudes of history. It was chiefly evolved during periods of peace and prosperity; but when even the greatest calamities befell men — when whole countries were laid waste by wars, and whole populations were decimated by misery, or groaned under the yoke of tyranny — the same tendency continued to live in the villages and among the poorer classes in the towns; it still kept them together, and in the long run it reacted even upon those ruling, fighting, and devastating minorities which dismissed it as sentimental nonsense. And whenever mankind had to work out a new social organization, adapted to a new phase of development, its constructive genius always drew the elements and the inspiration for the new departure from that same ever-living tendency. New economical and social institutions, in so far as they were a creation of the masses, new ethical systems, and new religions, all have originated from the same source, and the ethical progress of our race, viewed in its broad lines, appears as a gradual extension of the mutual-aid principles from the tribe to always larger and larger agglomerations, so as to finally embrace one day the whole of mankind, without respect to its diverse creeds, languages, and races.

Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
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#Bangladesh: Unlocked tea-workers during #lockdown

Bangladesh. On April 15, workers of Kaliti Tea Garden, held a symbolic  protest with empty cooking pots demanding their due wages of the last  twelve weeks. – Collected.

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Class War Daily 26 May 2020: “Rage is a great step forward from indignation”

UK. And it surely has – I doubt if he’ll be doing his nonchalant tennis jumper over the shoulder look for a few days or he’ll be found upside down hanging from a petrol pump, the fragrant Mary Wakefield alongside.

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#Utrecht, #Netherlands: Take good care of each other?

Utrecht. Netherlands. Update May 26. In these times when most of our communal spaces are closed, the streets are overflowed with positive messages recommending us of “Taking good care of each other”, of “sending a lot of hearts to the hospitals”, of “getting out of this together”. All these messages you see around the streets, while the shadow of the consequences of the crisis loom over our heads, while the capitalist system uses yet another crisis to reshape the market relationships.

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