Lying Media Bastards

December 8, 2004

Payback


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Back in 2001, Argentina’s economy exploded. Not the good kind of “exploded” with sky-high stock prices and people swimming in gold coins. The bad kind, with shrapnel and mass unemployment and misery.

A number of Argentina’s factories closed down and people lost their jobs. But then a funny thing happened. These out-of-work folks said, “we know that factory inside and out. Since nobody’s using it, and we have no jobs, how about we keep on running the factory and share the profits?”

Even better, they decided to run the place like a democracy, without domineering bosses or supervisors.

It’s a beautiful thing.

It’s also the subject of the new-ish documentary The Take, which someone is allgedly supposed to be getting me soon…

But here’s the important thing.

One of these reclaimed factories is under seige. The Zanon ceramic tile factory in Neuquen might be forcibly evicted by the government. The factory actually produces more tile now than it did while under typical management, does not take government subsidies (like the old owner did), and built a health clinic for the community. Not surprisingly, the elite of Argentina now see a need to crush these folks.

The Zanon workers have asked for international support, and you can give it via this petition. Go read up on the situation and if you think that it seems like a good thing, sign.

In vaguely related news, this t-shirt promoting “The Take” is pretty dope.

And another related story, this one about a similarly reclaimed project, the community center called Casa Del Sol in the Bronx. On December 2, it had its residents evicted by the police, and within a couple of hours, had mysteriously burned to the ground. The residents claim that ACORN, a somewhat shifty organization which claims to fight for the rights of the poor, had wanted Casa Del Sol’s land, and suspect that ACORN is behind these happenings.

[update]

Activists have announced a rally in support of Casa Del Sol for Sunday, followed by a four-day, 24-hour a day party/event/fundraiser to help Casa find a new home.

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Posted by Jake on December 8, 2004 5:16 pm

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