Update from NewsdeskPosted: November 11, 2012
By now we all know that the regime in Ukraine remains in power after fraudulent elections. Observers and journalists reported widespread irregularities. CBC Canadian broadcasting referred to ‘government thugs’. I didn’t find any details in the western press, but through a comrade in St Petersburg I found stories about paramilitary forces raiding electoral booths and destroying ballots, about police collaborating and employing tear gas to fend off protesters…
In Spain, occupations of hospitals are continuing. The other day I got caught up in one of the two daily parades at la Princesa. At 11 in the morning and at 6 at night between 500 and a thousand medical personnel, patients and sympathisers march around the hospital with banners, blocking all the streets and chanting for public health. As from the end of November, medical personnel will be reduced to emergency staff, as the doctors will go on an indefinite strike against privatisation.
On the evictions front, the occupations, the acampadas, the moral objections by judges, press, bishops, mayors, police officers and European Union officials were not enough. It had to be another suicide before the government finally acknowledged there was a problem.
Under pressure from popular outrage, the prime minister offered a two year moratorium for the most ‘vulnerable’ cases. Which raises the question what vulnerable actually means and who is going to decide which cases apply…
On the other side of the pond, New York continues to suffer from the Sandy aftermath. Many people who didn’t have the means to leave and a place to go had no choice but to stay behind in the city during the disaster. The relief efforts of Occupy Wall Street have brought all those people closer together. At OccupyWallStreet.net, an article was posted that sums up the way OWS has outperformed FEMA, the Red Cross and the National Guard on all levels. The text is by Rebecca Manski. I publish an excerpt. Read the original here.
“The heat was still off. The buildings still dark. Red Hook after 5:00 was so eerily desolate and devoid of light as to drive a person mad. And those folks who were homebound could die up there with not a soul to know…. So teams of volunteers dipped into the piping tins of fresh food piled up on the tables, crafting solidly balanced and nutritious meals to send throughout the neighborhood. Teams of 40 volunteers every few hours were sent trudging up and dozens of flights, knocking on doors and handing warm plates through dark doorways, many of them to isolated people who hadn’t seen anyone in days.
By Friday, Red Hook was in such a state of abundance in terms of food, that Occupy started to coordinate distribution to various other underserved sites it had gotten off the ground in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island. There was so much food, most of the Red Hook kitchen staff became a distribution force, packing up cars that arrived every half hour, and dispatching them to the most remote disaster sites. (…)
What’s revolutionary about the way that Occupy Sandy is working at this moment, is that it’s not about service provision and receipt. It’s about taking care of each other. It’s about equitable distribution of resources.”