June 14, 2021

Prioritizing in the face of the social avalanche

via A las barricadas, English translation by Anarchist News

ALB Noticias.- Today the FAGC has briefly reappeared on twitter to summarize its activity during these months of pandemic. We reproduce the tweets that you can see with their interactions here. We are happy to hear from this group which is so combative and indispensable.

Greetings comrades. First of all, thank you very much for all the affection and for thinking so much about us. Overwhelming, but it pleases us a lot. Our silence in rrss (only in rrss) has been due to a matter of prioritizing before an avalanche of setbacks… We’ll explain.

It has been an accumulation of a mix of personal, social and militant issues. The FAGC is a tiny group, with a few veterans and a drove of new people who have just started militancy at the worst moment: a pandemic with social isolation included

The FAGC does not abuse the use of assemblies, but it does need close contact in some of its different projects and that has been a very uphill battle, especially in the orchards and in the “Consultant’s office for precarious women” (with many people without connection any type).

A couple of comrades have become mommies (a text is needed that exposes the bleak aspects combining “adult life” and militancy), others have not been able to reconcile work, family and militancy. Others have fallen ill (surgeries included). The rest of us have tried to hold up the shanty town however we could.

Maintaining a food self-sufficiency project, working collectively in our gardens, in the face of police harassment (despite of wearing masks and keeping a reasonable distance), has been tricky.

Threats of fines (we haven’t received any yet) for working the land in small groups while multitudes celebrated barbecue parties on neighboring farms. The Covid has been a great pretext when it comes to criminalizing projects linked to poverty.

Maintaining a physical space where comrades without resources could tell us their problems in the workplace has been another odyssey. How to make a video call with someone who has been without data for weeks? How, with someone who is working on the street trying not to get caught by the gestapo?

However, the issue of migration has been the element that has collapsed our militancy the most. Our projects (assistance and housing) have been saturated like we never imagined. Necessity has broken protocols and self-management has had its trial by fire.

Health crisis, brutal media and street xenophobia and lots of desperate people. A horror movie, but with real lives and suffering. And it’s not over yet. We do what we can, but it is not and will not be easy. The necessary resources are in the hands of inept…

In terms of housing we have had the luck of counting with the

But we have no other choice. Breathe, my people. As one comrade (to whom we send a big greeting and wish he gets well soon) says: “If they forbid us to breathe, they will only achieve one thing: that we disobey, at least 12 times a minute.” Big hugs to all.

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