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La calle es de quien la trabaja (2017)

Pensaré Cartoneras

"La Calle es de quien la trabaja: ciudad neo-liberal y trabajo informal" (The street belongs to those who work it: neo-liberal city and informal work), published in collaboration with Pensaré Cartoneras.

As Horacio Espinosa says in his text, and we include in the back cover of this intervention in the debate published as Pensaré, what the activists ask (we ask?) the popular sectors that occupy the streets day by day already "do". From living and living together we have learned to hear that "politics" is not the only political thing in our daily lives. And, also, to feel that revolutions can be strengthening and succeeding each other without us hardly realizing it. In this brief pamphlet, which recovers the will of some times to circulate ideas from below and among us in order to break too rigid schemes, a debate between the Spanish state/Catalonia and Mexico/Guadalajara is set up.

These texts are the first intervention on this point, convinced that there are hundreds of points of view and that we need to listen to the real protagonists. It is therefore an invitation to each one of the readers to start this work of linkage with oneself in every moment of daily life. To rethink again our forms of (non) work, of the use of the public, of Western institutionality and the devices of domination of which we are part.

The example and experience of the self-organized movements in the Spanish state, both the one gathered here of the popular union of street vendors and their companions/sisters (tras la manta, Espacio del inmigrante, all in the area of Barcelona) is one of the various projects of autonomous forms of organization/among us that are being given again to form a community fabric in the territories devastated by modernity/colonization and all its social derivatives. Thus, in the Spanish state, the self-organization of domestic workers (most of them migrants, and undervalued by the majority unions), of hotel room maids (the self-styled kellys) or sex workers in the Raval is also gaining strength. The text is completed with an intervention on the street vendors in the center of Guadalajara (Mexico) and the cleaning-gentrification operation to which a group of activists may have contributed. As well as with a text-memory on the beginnings of the 20th century in the Barcelona that gestated that "Rosa de Foc" of the collectivizations of 1936-37. In order not to forget.

To be able to weave and articulate ourselves, we need once again this movement of criticism and self-criticism of our position as people of the left, committed to social transformation. The left, says Carlos Delclós, has barely understood informal work in recent years and this is - in most of the world - the most common work, where many people are (self-) employed. With its difficulties, this is just an effort to try to dismantle some ideas and expose the contradictions that cross us and allow us to learn in order to continue articulating a struggle that appeals to all of us.

Pensaré Autonomous Collective, Chiapas, before 2017.

Edition of 40

Half letter, bound in corrugated cardboard


48 pages / B&W

October 2017


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