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Dossier: The economic and health emergency, the workers, our political activity
In this dossier (pp. 3-31) we present a synthesis of the collective evaluations and political intervention
carried out by our organization during the spring 2020 lockdown and in the immediately following months.
Here you can find two kinds of materials.
On the one hand, there are texts showing our work towards workers or trade union initiatives we took part in. They begin with a flyer distributed at the start of the lockdown, and end with another text spread in June 2020. The first one summarizes our analysis of causes and consequences of the health emergency and our indications on the struggle response that, in March 2020, the working class should have given. The second one take a stock of the spring situation and identified in June 2020, in a coherent manner, the social and political conditions to stem a second "pandemic wave" and its effects on workers.
Between the two leaflets you can find letters and documents relating to some initiatives aimed at preventing that bosses and government would make the emergency costs fall on workers' skin.
An important moment of this unfortunately minority opposition, was the Lombardia region metalworkers' strike of the 25 March 2020, which almost passed unnoticed by media and many "left observers".
On the other hand, the dossier also contains some introductions to the internal meetings which, although online, we continued to carry out on a regular basis during the lockdown.
An "internal work" that also served to give oxygen to the trade union and political initiatives that, in the same period, we were trying to support.
These documents deal with some of the themes highlighted by the epidemic; themes that will go beyond the contingency and will mark the social-political clash in the immediate future: the remote work, the school digital restructuring, the social and political affairs polarization in the United States and its effects on the international situation.
Outside the dossier, other internal materials slightly later, which are connected to some international issues: 5G and the Huawei-TSMC-Taiwan affair.
A crucial and neglected aspect of the COVID-19 affair is the health and economic emergency in the South of the world. We postpone his analysis to the next issue. By now we will consider just two points that may help to "read" the here proposed materials and to build a bridge between them and the political national and international situation in the coming months.
Covid-crisis and European Union
The first point concerns the promise that the European Union and the Italian government make to italian and
european workers. To understand its meaning, it is useful to
quickly rebuild what happened in Europe since spring 2020 (...). (Read)
31 May 2020
Our flyer: sit-in of immigrant workers in Rome (31 May 2020)
Italy: immigrant workers
Against the Conte-Di Maio-Zingaretti government!
For a real and generalized "sanatoria"!
In September 2019, the "yellow-green" government headed by Conte and supported by the Lega of Salvini and the M5S of Di Maio was fallen. A new government was born, without Salvini, headed again by Conte and supported by M5S and Pd.
According to the propaganda of its supporters, this new government would have pursued a policy towards immigrants radically different from that of Salvini. A "anti-racist" and "welcoming" policy. It’s been about nine months and this promise has turned out to be false! (Read)
9 th March 2020
The patient zero has name and surname: it's the globalized capitalism!
National unity is a virus that threatens the physical, social and political health of workers!
The government and the media speak about "coronavirus" as a "natural event". They tell us that only if we understand that we are "all in the same boat" (the financier and the unemployed, the businessman and the worker, the ruthless stock exchange trader and the immigrant) we may defend ourselves. And this means passively accepting the "emergency measures" adopted by government and institutions. (Read) (Pdf)
25 th January 2020
This is the leaflet that Organizzazione Comunista Internazionalista (Internationalist Communist Organization) has handed out right after Soleimani assassination, in some local market and factories in Turin, Milan, Venice, Rome and Naples.
At the side of the resistance of the Iranian and the entire Middle East-working masses !
On 2 January 2020, the United States murdered in Baghdad (Iraq) the Iranian general Qasim Soleimani.
This murderer is the last act of the criminal war that the US and European countries have been waging against the Muslim and Middle Eastern populations for decades, although with partly different policies. The aim is to plunder its natural wealth and, above all, to enslave the workers of these countries. And this happens directly at their home, in the factories affiliated to the multinationals, but also here in Europe as superseded immigrants.
22nd December 2019
Against the Conte Government
8th August 2018
Stop this slaughter!
We were still writing this flyer when a tragic breaking news arrived: twelve workers died in Lesina (Foggia) in circumstances that are similar to the ones of two days ago, when four workers died between Ascoli Satriano and Castelluccio dei Sauri. What happened near Foggia is not an accident, it is the outcome of a system based on the super‑exploitation of immigrant workers. [Read all]
In the last weeks the Palestinian people of Gaza have returned to tell the whole world that they do not intend to resign themselves to suffer the Israeli policy of extermination.
On 30 March 2018 the Palestinian resistance organizations in Gaza started the “Great Return March”. Since that day there are five permanent garrisons in five different locations next to the security fence built by Israel between itself and Gaza. From these garrisons, combative and participated demonstrations began on Friday 30 March, Friday 6 April and Friday 13 April.
Against the "Great Return March", Israeli government has launched its snipers, drones, bombers, guns cannons and electronic systems. Since March 30th, 44 Palestinians have been murdered and more than 5000 have been injured. [Read all the translation of our flyer, Rome 2018 may 12] Arabo العربية Arab
The attempted massacre in Macerata is not the fruit of a madman’s insanity. It is the legitimate and consequent result of the climate of racism, hostility and hatred towards immigrants that has been deliberately fomented for years by the (differentiated, but converging) centre-right and centre-left governments’ policies,
by the insistent propaganda of the mass media, by the action of more or less openly racist forces, like Salvini’s Lega or Beppe Grillo’s and Di Maio’s Five Star Movement.Open the page
Aganist the brigandish U.N. sanctions on North Korea!
( english and chinese)
The press and networks (always on the orders of Governments, bankers, and Western financiers) created a new “monster” to be splashed across the front page: North Korea and its President Kim Jong-un. Every day the mainstream media tell us that the "world peace", "safety", and the "global economic recovery" are seriously threatened by the "arrogant" North Korea policy and that therefore this country absolutely has to be put in “not harming conditions”.
This is essentially the same refrain and the same pile of lies and falsehoods which accompanied the bombing aggression and devastation of Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Libya in recent decades. It is the refrain that has always accompanied theWestern wars of robbery. Our flier
Abd Elsalam assassineted while he struggle front on his workplace
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What we should know about the crisis in Kidapawan
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No death penalty for resisting rape!
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Hands off Libya! Hands off Middle East!
Summaryof our flier
New number of "Che fare" ("What is to be done")
Against job Act!
Against the aggression of Western powers to the arab-islamic people
The italian workers can defende themself from the stones that rain down on their heads DON'T pounce on against the immigrants, BUT organizing with them against the Renzi government and against the apparatus of capitalistic exploitation that support it!
Shahzad murdered by institutional racism
As well as sanctions, threats and bombings that preceded and prepared it, the "peace" that the Western power and the UN are promoting in the Middle East serves to shackle Middle East workers of all regions and nationalities under the yoke of the imperialist expoloitation (first and last pages, english and arabic, العربية)
The US and UE intervention in Ukraine is an attack to the workersof Ukraine, Russia, Europe and the whole world
That is at one with the ECB's anti-proletariat policy in the Eurozone and with the Renzi goverment's policy in Italy
Let's discuss togheter about these iussues
and presentation of "che fare" No.80
on Thursday,22 May at 7:00 p.m. At the che fare Office via dei Reti 19/a (S.Lorenzo zone)
New number of "Che fare" ("What is to be done")
What “brotherly help” are we talking about? The US and EU intervention in Ukraine is an attack to workers of Ukraine, Russia, Europe and the whole world
The last pageof Che fare n.80
First and last
Against the Renzi Government !
Against the policies of the Italian, European and global capitalism,
struggle’s unity among the workers of Europe and of the other continents!