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Thoughts on a Social Pandemic and its State Management

Instead of a prologue

Nights and days seem to linger on, while time is speeding up. Every day we come across dozens of new announcements, reviews, and translations. We read – as much as we can – and think, trying to figure out what the hell is going on. So, why another text? What sense would it make, to publish a text during this condition of intense social isolation and physical distancing, that we won’t be able to distribute in real-time (at least for now)? In reality, this piece of writing was, for us, a reason to meet and discuss, partly a bit abstractly and partly somewhat specifically, on what we have been experiencing lately. We concluded that capturing this discussion is useful in finding new communication pathways to reach out to those who also wonder what is going on, and are not just satisfied with the “stay home” prompt, but instead look for possibilities to exist within it, to transcend it, and to return once more to public space. In any case, this is time for redefining of actions, methods, goals, and practices.

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Insurgency and Revolution

The tremendous social uprising in the USA, the way it is playing out in the rest of the world, encouraged us to publish this text in haste. The events, as often happens, are unfolding faster and stronger than we expected. So much the better!

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#Toulouse, #France: The Temporary Workers of the University of the Mirail Defeated by the #Pandemic?

I am writing this testimony to show how teleworking, while augmenting our teaching workload, also reduces our ability to fight; through the example of a struggle of temporary workers in France in which I took part. Of course these words do not represent the position of the Collectif des précaires du Mirail.

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Couriers Protests in #Ecuador: Proletarian Resistance in the Midst of Precarization and Pandemic

Quito. Ecuador. April 29th, 2020. On April 22 (known as A22) there was an international strike of delivery workers from Glovo, Uber Eats, Rappi and other home delivery service Apps. Workers from Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain participated. This protest is important and significant because it is the symbol and symptom of the reactivation of the struggle of the “intermittent global proletariat” [1] (which includes the migrant proletariat, such as the Venezuelan workers in Ecuador) in this period of pandemic and the crisis of worldwide capital; meaning a strike of the precarious proletariat from the service sector fighting against the generalized – sanitary, economic, political, social and civilizational – capitalist catastrophe of the 21st century. This began in the worldwide proletarian revolt of 2019, which has now been interrupted by the coronavirus, since the “war against the coronavirus” of all the states and companies on the planet is really a war against the proletariat.

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Wildcat strike at Spargel Ritter in #Bornheim, #Germany

Bornheim. Germany. The wildcat strike of Romanian agricultural workers in Bornheim shows that struggles are possible even under conditions of racist super-exploitation.

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“We’re All On Our Own” – #Brussels Transport Workers Launch Wildcat Strike Against the Return to Normality

Brussels. Belgium. On 11-12 May 2020, a 80% of bus and 50% of tram drivers of the Brussels public transportation services went on a wildcat strike after the union had agreed to resuming normal timetables behind their backs.

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“Padrone di Merda” Worker Organizers Under Attack in #Bologna, #Italy!

Bologna. Italy. May 18. 2020. What’s happened? At dawn this morning in Bologna, Italy, some workers and precarious workers who refused to be exploited and swindled by their shit bosses were woken up by police officers, giving them notice of these precautionary measures against them: five were ordered to leave Bologna and one was banned from approaching their ex-workplace and ex-bosses. A further 13 workers have also been charged.

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#Bergamo: We Won’t Forget

We are publishing this report from a factory worker in the Bergamo area, an industrial centre which is the worst affected in Italy in terms of contagion and deaths. The situation changes daily, and this report, from early April, may already be considered outdated. Several workers we are in contact with – particularly those who were relatively better off before the crisis – are already expressing a desire that the factories reopen. Nonetheless, we publish it as a useful snapshot of workers’ experience of being used as cannon fodder at the highpoint of the pandemic.

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Conditions of the Working Class During #COVID19 in #Spain

The updated figures can be found on this web site, so we will not go into them given the continuous change in the number of sick, dead and recovered people. Because workers are not allowed to stop production and must use public transport to get to work, there are thousands of new cases every day in Spain.

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