Citizen Action Monitor

EXCITING BREAKTHROUGH — Citizen platform of Barcelona wins municipal elections

WATCH fascinating background video about Spain’s 15-M Movement, with lessons for citizen activists worldwide

No 1349 Posted by fw, May 26, 2015

Breaking News: The radically democratic citizen platform Barcelona en Comú wins the municipal elections in a major step forward for the struggle to reclaim the city. [Source: Grassroots movements sweep into Barcelona town hall by ROAR Collective, May 25, 2015]

“It all started about a year ago with Guanyem Barcelona, now called Barcelona en Comú, an initiative that has inspired people in  dozens of Spanish cities and towns to create their own citizen candidacies, where members of various social movements and non-establishment political parties have converged to stand for local government, the most relevant being Ahora Madrid. With the elections just days away, the support for these new non-parties is turning out to be huge. Some of them, notably Barcelona en Comú, have a very good chance of winning, according to the polls.”Arianne Syed

To find out how ordinary citizens of Spain, tired of feeling unrepresented, organized to take back their political institutions, watch, below, the fascinating 28-minute embedded video, with English subtitles, of a kitchen-table conversation among four people linked to various social movements and the new municipal “confluence platforms” that are taking root in Spain. As they share a meal together, they discuss the various questions and issues that frame the historical moment, trying to push forward a new world that is opening up.

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Municipal Recipes, Article introduction by Arianne Sved, Guerrilla Translation, May 14, 2015

Exciting video with English captions from 15-M Movement in Spain with lessons for USA activists.

 

About the Video

(The following text is extracted from the 15th ZEMOS98 Festival website)

Municipal Recipes is a documentary about how we’ve gotten to this point, where citizens from new political subjectivities are experimenting with organizational models in order to manage institutions. The documentary features people linked to various social movements and the new municipal “confluence platforms” that are taking root in Spain. The four participants are: Gala Pin, from the Mortgage Victims Platform (PAH) and the municipal candidacy Barcelona En Comú; Pablo Carmona, from the Fundación de los Comunes and Ahora Madrid; Marta Cruells, from Barcelona en Comú; Francisco Jurado, from Democracia 4.0 and Open Euribor; and Guillermo Zapata, from the Patio Maravillas social center and Ahora Madrid. As they share a meal together, they discuss the various questions and issues that frame the historical moment, trying to push forward a new world that is opening up.

Produced by Guerrilla Translation under a Peer Production License.

Original video produced by ZEMOS98

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What’s the Recipe for a Municipal Movement by Maria Castelló Solbés

 Recipe for a Municipal Movement

 

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