What can I do? What is autonomous action? How can we get anywhere without a vanguard party to lead us?
The post below gives an example of one the myriad answers to all of those questions. The multitude can and does always find new ways "to take charge of our life and start a change." This is exactly what a group of people in Spain have done...and they have done more. They have made sure that the voice of the multitude, the struggle itself will be known and will continue. They found a way.
This is something each of us collectively with others of us must and can do. The State can throw a lot at us. Global Capital can sometimes seem to simply overwhelm us. Neither can eliminate us and as long as we, the multitude, are around a new world, a better world remains on the horizon, maybe not today or tomorrow, but someday.
In Spain the 15M movement did not result in some organization with huge numbers of card carrying members. As Revolution News writes:
The 15M movement is a social movement. This means, it has served as a catalyst for “moving” social collectives, associations, non-mobilized people, initiatives… and in this sense it still exists today, as another step in the spiral of social reactivation. It radically changed the country’s political climate. The most visible consequences have been the success and victories of the PAH (Platform of those affected by mortgages – which already existed before), massive mobilizations against cuts – many organised in the so called “mareas” (social “waves” protecting healthcare, education, women’s rights, anti-repression, etc.), the strengthening of a thousand struggles, the creation of new initiatives building alternatives and solutions, organised legal actions against corruption and injustices and the building of self-support networks all around the state.
Just one part of the 15M movement is the 15M.cc,
In September 2011 an innovative project was launched with the aim of documenting and transmitting the myriad activities of the 15M movement to the widest audience possible. 15M.cc is an ongoing experiment in collaborative, transmedia and copyleft creation and, over the past eight months, the project has evolved in ways its three founders, Stéphane M. Grueso, Patricia Horrillo and Pablo Soto, could not have imagined.
Initially, the intention was to produce a documentary, a book and a website but, as the scope of the project widened, sister projects in Malaga and Seville were set up.
The 15M.cc website then became an umbrella for a cluster of 15M projects and the original idea of the project’s founders became Madrid.15M.cc. An important point is that 15M.cc does not represent the 15M movement; its purpose is to document and raise awareness about the movement and its rich ecology.
That is how it so often works when a few of us (15M.cc started with three people), or many of us begin something, we simply don't know where it will end. However, begin we must.
And that is why the State has no answer. How could they? An answer to what? You can't step on all of us.
After all as 15M.cc itself puts it:
This project, as we have explained since the beginning, is alive and open to changes as elements that can improve it keep coming up. The aim is managing to get each person into feeling 15M.cc hers or his as far as they can or want to, and participate in those areas in which they feel comfortable, collaborating on initiatives already happening or creating their own. The important thing is to build a community capable of creating as many more stories about 15M as possible.
This is what autonomia is all about.
I love this stuff.
The post below is from Autonomies and I hope you can view the video as well as read the information.