Already in the middle of 2021, the second year of the COVID 19 pandemic, we see it necessary to point out some relevant elements at the provincial level in order to outline some exits from specific anarchism. —- Undoubtedly, the worrying situation of sanitary collapse, already expected by all, marks the social and political agenda. Córdoba is the second district with the highest average daily cases of COVID-19. The chilling figures of occupied beds and daily deaths respond to the long-standing structural crisis of the health system, the precariousness and physical, mental and emotional exhaustion of its workers. The government’s response to such a problem has to do with an omission that at this point in the party is criticized by broad sectors. The response to the demand for measures in the face of the desperate situation was to impose the current restrictions that prohibit social gatherings, limit the hours of commercial activity and impose virtual classes at all levels, after months of face-to-face classes in establishments without infrastructure or prevention measures, without vaccination for teachers or students. Far from stopping large industrial and productive activities due to business pressure and not to mention guaranteeing conditions for formal and precarious workers to avoid crowded circulation on public transport and prevent other forms of contagion.
To make matters worse, the abandonment and neglect of the public health system is evident in the compulsive transfer of resident doctors with precarious contracts, garbage salaries, union persecution against health workers, and irregular handling of information by the Provincial state. Coming directly to cases of threats, intimidation, lawlessness and prosecution of union activists such as Estela Giménez, delegate of the Children’s Hospital and assistant secretary of the UTS board of directors.
The Peronist government of Unión por Córdoba both in the province and in the Municipality of Córdoba deepens its historical line of adjustment and emptying of public health, sustained by the precariousness and repression of its workers.
Meanwhile, the National Government of Alberto Fernández, far from putting the necessary resources to sustain public health in such a situation, is desperate to obtain the support of the great world powers to reach an agreement with the IMF and pay a debt contracted by those of above, at the cost of adjustment in health, education and against historical labor rights for the benefit of capitals.
All these facts framed in the world bid for the economic profit of the patents of the vaccines, expression of the most inhumane of the capitalism that prioritizes the economic benefit of the big laboratories and pharmaceutical companies in the face of a health crisis that is ending the lives of millions of people all over the world.
In other public sectors that have to do with mental health, containment of populations in the most marginalized neighborhoods and tackling gender violence such as SeNAF and Polo de la Mujer, the situation of emptiness, precariousness and abandonment goes in the same direction. In line with the increase in patriarchal violence crystallized in femicides and transvesticides, the lack of financing, the terrible salary and working conditions of workers in these areas, the persecution and harassment of the union is the path that this government has been traveling, in line with sustaining the privileges of the ruling class and the deeply patriarchal character of the state, for whom the lives of transvestites, transvestites, gays, lesbians, non-binaries and women of the oppressed classes do not matter.
In a context of extreme precariousness, increases in the rates of unemployment, poverty and misery, the problems of the popular neighborhoods are deepening. Lack of basic services such as water, gas and electricity with the arrival of winter becomes an inhumane survival for large peripheral neighborhoods and settlements in the city. It is these sectors that are seen in the vast majority living from informal work to complete the very high cost of the products of the basic basket today as a result of inflation.
Police repression has increased since the quarantine was established. The national and provincial governments (as they have done historically) prioritized financing and support for the repressive forces before any other sector. Far from being a sanitary measure, the quarantine enabled the repressive forces to intensify their constant harassment towards them from below. Strengthening the dark record of the murderous police of Córdoba with cases of easy trigger, femicides and chilling cases of sexual abuse such as the recent rape of a girl in the Yapeyú neighborhood by a police officer.
The situation that is well known to those below in Córdoba is that of public transport. A fully functional system for the earnings of a handful of businessmen, with very important sums of financing from the municipal and provincial State. Although some stoppages were seen by the UTA and AOITA due to wages, the service is increasingly being managed by the employers who handle transport, shortage of units and infrequently lead to putting hundreds of thousands of workers at risk. / It is every day that they must travel crowded. Added to the very high cost of the ticket, which they threaten to increase again this year, it is another factor of anger from those below that must be channeled through popular mobilization.
Faced with such a situation of social, economic and health crisis, the large delivery platform companies are multiplying their profits at the expense of ignorance of the basic labor rights of their workers. Faced with the need for ever more youthful jobs, they resort to these completely precarious jobs, with low wages, without social work or insurance. All this after the paradox of being considered “essential” by national and provincial governments, who respond with abandonment, guaranteeing impunity for companies. After massive mobilizations in this sector last year and at the beginning of this year, the need to build a massive grassroots union tool, with direct democracy, becomes clear.
The situation in education is no less worrying. Much of the year in Córdoba was spent with face-to-face classes at the primary and secondary levels. The Schiarettista government with Grahovac at the head of the education ministry forced students and teachers to attend establishments in poor infrastructure conditions, with little capacity to sustain contagion prevention measures, without inputs, in the form of several “bubbles” due to teachers, extreme precarious conditions that have been denounced for years by education workers. All this without being vaccinated teachers or students. That hand washing by the Schiaretti government could not withstand the huge wave of infections that occurred in schools, claiming the lives of teachers and non-teachers.
Wide sectors of grassroots teachers demanded a salary increase that is related to the cost of the basic basket and that considers the necessary inputs to sustain virtuality, also contemplating the situation of a majority of students without devices or connectivity. The bureaucratic and servile leadership of UEPC under the command of Juan Monserrat had to call for light and few measures of action, adjusting the board immediately so as not to disturb the disastrous management of the government. The response by the Minister of Education Grahovac was to impose a mixed modality at the primary and secondary level, even with the majority of teachers without having been vaccinated and with public schools in poor infrastructure conditions, as happened in other places in the world. country. With the arrival of the cold,
It is undeniable that the dropout figures at all educational levels and in public establishments is enormous, thousands of children and young people have had to drop out due to lack of access and material resources. It is clear that there is no interest on the part of senior officials to guarantee access to public education for those families in the peripheries that have been seriously in difficulties due to the lack of work, the high risk of contagion – many times for not not even having drinking water – and the lack of an economic income that allows them to survive at least at this juncture.
On the other hand, the repression of students who fight and defend public education is a scandalous novelty because it has no precedent in the history of this country after the return of bourgeois democracy in 1983. 27 UNC students are ready to face a Federal trial ordered by Judge Miguel Hugo Vaca Narvaja for the process of organization and direct action against the macrista underfunding of public education in 2018. The cause that seeks to criminalize the struggle of the university students of Córdoba and Rio Negro aims to establish a disastrous disciplinary precedent on those who are critical of the condition of underfunding, elitization and commercialization that has haunted public education for decades and continues even today,in defense of the historical conquest that means the right to access, stay and graduate from public education.
In this context, it is the teachers and grassroots students, who have been taking to the streets to demand a virtuality that guarantees accessibility for those who need it, salaries in relation to the cost of living, vaccines for all teaching and non-teaching staff, and the acquittal of the 27 students, against the criminalization of the protest.
The legislative elections are approaching and from now on we can glimpse the development of the thread of those from above to position their politicians in these elections in the face of a political deterioration of the Alberto Fernandez government. In Córdoba, the opposite poles of the famous rift between Frente de Todos – Together for Change, has its correlate in how much these sectors can push their alliance with the almighty of bourgeois politics United for Córdoba, De la Sota’s Cordovan heritage. The electoral ammeter and the promises will revolve around the alliance with Schiaretti. Once again we are going to have to face the electoral farce, their promises and their attempts to co-opt the struggles of them below. In turn, there are also sectors that we often find in the struggle, such as the FIT organizations and others, they are already demonstrating once again their intention to channel conflict at the polls. We have the task of resisting the electoral lie from the debate with the comrades from different spaces in struggle and fundamentally from the action, promoting the organization, mobilization and struggle from the independence of class and direct action in each workplace, in each territory and each place of study.
Faced with such a situation described below, we cannot continue to bear the neglect, adjustment, hunger and repression of governments. It is impossible that the solutions come from the same institutional apparatus that generate the problems for them below. We cannot divert attention by seeking to put councilors or deputies into those rotten structures and not lose sight of who are the enemies of the people, who guarantee the privileges of the ruling class at the cost of our exploitation.
It is more urgent than ever to advance in the construction of an anti-colonial, feminist and classist political proposal that resists directly confronting the ruling class, and in turn consists of a long-term proposal of accumulation of forces, of articulation of struggles, from below, and towards a horizon of rupture with this regime of misery and oppression, towards self-management, towards socialism in freedom. That is the approach today of the specific anarchism in Córdoba, from humility with the daily militant and selfless task with the comrades of our class. With the intact conviction that a new world is possible and must be built with our own hands.
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We invite all comrades to communicate with us to join the specific anarchism organized in Córdoba and deepen the struggle.