Interfacea journal for and about social movements
Our previous issue
Organising amidst COVID-19: sharing stories of struggles
Original call for stories on struggles around the virus
The crisis provoked by the coronavirus (and then shaped by all the usual power structures, forms of inequality, cultural hierarchies etc. of our societies) landed in a world that was full of struggle, full of social movements, full of activism. In many different ways, activists have sought to shape how their societies and states respond, while top-down responses have created new problems and sites of struggle. And as many people have said, the future after the virus is still to be fought for. But what does that mean in practice?
Interface exists “from and for” movements, coming out of our own need to reflect more on what we’re doing but with the purpose of feeding back into movements in one form or another. In the present crisis, some movements and activists are running close to or past the point of burnout from having to fight too many fires at once, while others are stuck, trapped, repressed or unsure how to move, and others again are experiencing “just one more thing” to deal with – more death, more poverty, more fear, more repression, more everyday struggle to survive.
We decided that one thing we could contribute was to set up a space to talk about “what’s going on where we are” – specifically, what our movements and other movements are doing in our own country, city, region, neighbourhood… The idea is to share a bit of what’s happening across different spaces and across movements so we might find some ideas and inspiration in what each other is doing – and of course, as always, build connections and think forwards.
- Movements already going on before the virus
- Lessons learned from previous collective actions that inform how activists respond to the crisis
- Civil society struggles to get states to take action
- Campaigning to get the specific needs of particular groups / communities taken into account
- Solidarity economy and mutual aid initiatives and their connections to other movements
- Struggles developing within the crisis
- Longer-term perspective: what might the crisis mean for movements and the possibility of a better world?
Here are the stories as they came out, organised by region. Our special issue brings them together, often updated, with new material
We’re tired of hearing stories about the virus and the crisis that only feature governments and corporations, and where we only appear clapping or as corpses. So we’ve asked activists around the world to share stories of what movements are doing where they are.
Movements have been: pushing states to take action, fighting for the needs of marginalised groups, developing mutual aid, organising strikes and rent strikes – and fighting for a better world afterwards. This stuff matters!
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