Tag Archives: solidarity

Solidarity Economy and the Commons in Central and Eastern Europe

Note from the LeftEast editors: The article has first appeared on the Green European Journal Website, from which we reprint it with the kind permission of the author. It is based on the working paper “Solidarity economy and the commons: implications for Central and Eastern Europe” by Gergő Birtalan, Ágnes Gagyi and Zsuzsanna Pósfai, supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The global economic crisis of 2008 and the international movement wave that formed in its wake have crystallised new political initiatives in North America and Western and Southern Europe. In the years following 2011, the movements th ..

[PODCAST] Taking Care of Solidarity: Domestic Workers Fighting for Their Rights in Spain

The series “Europe is Working” is in an inquiry into EU workers’ everyday workplace experiences, as well as into the possibility of solidarity and collective action across and despite different citizenship status. These podcasts are results of interviews with local and migrant workers as well as other relevant stakeholders (such as trade unionists or academics) across various economic sectors and European countries (Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Poland). This first episode explores how the organized migrant domestic and care workers find mutual ground with the feminist movement in Spain. Yo ..

Polish Students in Solidarity with the Protests in Albania

Protesting students of Albania! We are writing to you to send the words of solidarity and support from Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Despite the silence in the mainstream media, we have heard news about your problems and your struggle, which is an inspiration for us. We are students of the University of Warsaw, the Medical University of Warsaw, the Warsaw University of Technology and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, united in the Student Anti-Fascist Committee. Our country is in a similar situation to yours – a violent transformation into capitalism has brought us a social catastrophe, and the neoli ..

The Yugoslav students on the wave of revolts in 1968, interview with Dragomir Olujić (Part 1)

The year 1968 marked a peak in the class struggle at the international level. Students and workers became protagonists of revolts in the West, but also in the East. The general strike and mass mobilizations of workers and students in France is one of the better known examples from that year. The uprising in Prague is the most famous example from Eastern Europe. 50 years later, a number of commemorations have been taking place around the world, reflecting on the legacy of those years. Few know that Yugoslavia also saw its own student revolt in 1968, strongly supported by the working class but also by important Yu ..

The New Heroes of their Class

After two privatizations, massive layoffs and two worker strikes in less than a decade, the quarry and lime plant “Ravnaja AD” bears testament to the class struggle in Serbia, serving as a vivid example to the dictatorship of capital over the lives of workers who toil for their bare existence in the country. In the winter of 2017 a picture of a woman throwing a large boulder appeared in the daily paper Danas. With her back bent over, Danka Simić was performing her daily work as a “cleaning lady,” but instead of cleaning halls and toilets she was sent to the stone quarry of the company she works for, “R ..

Premature Postcolonialists: the Afro-Asian Writers Association and Soviet Engagement with Africa

 This article post is part of the online forum of the African-American Intellectual History Society, “Black October,” devoted on the Russian Revolution and the African Diaspora W. E. B. Du Bois and others with hands linked and raised at the Afro-Asian Writers Conference in Tashkent in October 1958. W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries. In October 1958, over two hundred writers from Asia and the emerging African nations descended onto Tashkent, the capital of the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan. Among the participants was W ..

From historical affinities to effective solidarities: Israel and Eastern Europe

In a column in Ha’aretz last year, historian and journalist Ofri Ilany pointed out to his Israeli audience a number of affinities between Israel and Eastern Europe, ranging from the culinary to the political (Hebrew). As an antidote to the Western-oriented provincialism of the Israeli liberal sphere, Ilany’s intervention was welcome, but building effective solidarities requires a sustained critical reflection on the questions he raises: in what ways is Israel continuous with the Eastern European region? In what ways is it not? And how can these similarities and differences be mobilized in the search for tran ..

Moving Europe release activist brochure, Resistance along the Balkanroute

Note from the editors: The dedicated activists at Moving Europe have just released a very informative and useful brochure on their migrant solidarity work, Resistance along the Balkanroute. The document is full of reports, histories and practical reflections of several years of activism among migrants passing through the Balkans.  In an effort to further promote this important work, we are republishing the group’s general “remarks” on the project and encouraging our readers to check out the brochure, which can be accessed here. Resistance along the Balkanroute: A few more remarks about our star ..

Radicalizing the Sanctuary Movement

In December of 2016, students organized several “sanctuary campuses” across the City University of New York (CUNY) system, one of the largest university systems in the U.S. Reeling from the victory of Donald Trump, activists organized sanctuary “safe spaces,” working with university administrators to ensure that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigators would have limited access to background information, and to set up a system that reported harassment and intimidation of “undocumented” students. Disgust with the explicit racism of the current political regime is the basis for the sanctu ..

HDP: Urgent Call for Solidarity

Note from LeftEast Editors: We publish this Call for Solidarity, written by a member of the HDP ( (Halkların Demokratik Partisi -The Peoples’ Democratic Party) following the arrests of the joint leaders of the HDP along with at least nine other MPs, in what has become the latest stage of an ongoing offensive by President Erdogan to eliminate every single oppositional voice in the country, under the excuse of the coup attempt on July 15th.  More than 80,000 people have been detained since July 15, and about half of them are in prison now.  Dear friends, I hope this message will find you all good a ..