Global Left Midweek - August 1, 2018
Welcome to Global Left Midweek, formerly Global Left Saturday. There’s a lot more going on in left parties and social movements around the world than what we know from the US media. This Wednesday feature focuses on new developments that have a direct connection to domestic efforts for social transformation, peace, and planetary survival. - Portside moderators
- South Africa: Nationwide Action Against Gender-Based Violence
- Germany: An Internationalist Answer
- Philippines: Mindanao Activists Never Folded Their Banners
- Argentina Says: Never Again IMF!
- What the New Global Pro-Choice Movements Can Teach Politics
- Europe: Mistrust in the Institutions Motivated Social Movements to Participate in Electoral Politics
On Wednesday 1 August 2018, women and gender non-conforming people from all corners of South Africa plan to shut down activity in the country and march in protest against gender-based violence.
Across the Left in Europe and Germany, there are those who focus on national responses, and those who seek and develop internationalist responses.
Rejection and apathy are blocks that try to subdue the young activists in urban Mindanao. But they are focused on a more important duty, and that is to call upon the people to come out from their comfort zone through dialogues and mobilisations.
In the late 90s, IMF intervention in the Argentine economy led to a massive crisis and provoked a major social mobilization against the organization and the government. As president Mauricio Macri seeks to repeat history, the people are preparing for another huge round of protests.
There has been huge progress in countries like Argentina and the Republic of Ireland contributing to historic commitments by their governments to ensuring abortion access.
Young activists often connect to social movements of the past but with the exception of trade unions, and are open to transnational organization.