Author: Esther Vivas

Esther Vivas is a Spanish journalist and activist. This article appeared on her blog

  • #15May

    What Remains of All Our Outrage?

    It’s been five years since the massive occupation of May 15, 2011 that gave birth to the movement of los indignados, known as the 15M movement, followed by five years of faltering progress with many advances and set-backs along the way – five years of a tremendous crisis, civil unrest and mass protest. What remains … Keep reading »

  • Spanish State: After the Abdication of the King, It’s Time to Checkmate the Regime

    The regime is collapsing, it is dying and in its last-ditch struggle to survive, the king has abdicated. Never has the regime resulting from the Transition [The Transition is the name given to the political process following the death of Franco, which culminated in the Constitution of 1978] been as widely challenged as it is … Keep reading »

  • Spain: Popular Resistance Delivers Results

    “Resisting is pointless,” we hear endlessly repeated. “So many years of protest but the crisis continues, why bother?” insist others, inoculating us with apathy and resignation. “Protests could lead to something that’s even worse,” whispers the machinery of fear. They want us submissive, heads bowed. Dreams of change are forbidden. However, history rebels, indomitable. And … Keep reading »

  • Spanish State: They Want Us Poor, Silenced and Straight

    The governing Popular Party (PP) is on a crusade – not only against fundamental rights such as health, education, housing, work, but also against sexual and reproductive freedoms. The PP wants to impose a model of society, not only at the service of capital, but sexist and homophobic to boot. It wants us poor, silenced … Keep reading »

  • From the World Social Forum to the Arab Revolts

    Tunisia, cradle of the revolts in the Arab world, hosts from today [26 March] and until Saturday the World Social Forum (WSF), the most important international meeting of social movements and organizations. And this is not by chance. The promoters of the WSF chose this country in reference to the ‘Arab Spring.’ The latter has … Keep reading »

  • Land For Those Who Work It

    The land is a source of wealth for a few, here and on the other side of the planet. In the Spanish State, the housing boom has left a legacy of ruinous urban development, airports (almost) without airplanes, ghost towns, huge, obsolete infrastructure projects… And in the global South, the desire to profit from the … Keep reading »

  • La Via Campesina: Food Sovereignty and the Global Feminist Struggle

    Via Campesina is the world’s foremost international movement of small farmers. It promotes the right of all peoples to food sovereignty. Via Campesina was established in 1993 at the dawn of the anti-globalization movement, and gradually became one of the major organizations in the critique of neoliberal globalization. Its ascent is an expression of peasant … Keep reading »

  • When Will We See Tanks in Barcelona?

    “Independent Catalonia? Over my dead body and those of many other soldiers.” It was with these words that on August 31, retired infantry lieutenant-colonel Francisco Alaman Castro referred to the possibility of an independent Catalonia. And he added: “We will not make it easy. Although the lion seems to be sleeping, they have no interest … Keep reading »

  • Spanish State 25S: The Salvaging of Democracy

    “They call it democracy but this isn’t one” was the cry repeated in the squares and on the demonstrations. And as time went by, this slogan took on still more meaning. The stigmatization and repression against those who struggle in the street for their rights has only intensified in recent times. The worse the crisis … Keep reading »

  • M15: A Look Toward the Future

    Untimely and unexpected. That’s what the emergence of this movement of collective outrage at the Spanish state was. If we had been told on M14 (May 14th, 2011) the next day thousands of people would start taking to the streets week by week and occupy squares, organize meetings, challenge the power with massive civil disobedience … Keep reading »