This year 1st May is going to be very different from what we have seen in the past. With the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing social distancing measures implemented all over the world, traditional forms of protests, marches and demonstrations can’t take place the same way as we came to know them in the previous decades. This gives us, LevFem, a Bulgarian socialist feminist group a strange vantage point to reflect on our own work and position. Continue reading LevFem on 1st May: the current crisis is not that new for Eastern European workers
Тази година, Първи май ще бъде различен от всичко, което помним в миналото. Пандемията от коронавирус и режимът на физическо дистанциране в целия свят означават, че традиционните форми на протести, шествия и демонстрации не могат да се състоят не могат да се състоят както през последните години. Това дава на нас от ЛевФем, българска социалистическа феминистка група, неочаквана отправна точка за размишляване върху собствения ни труд и позиции.
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Първи май е празник, честван по цял свят, но забравен и отричан в пост-социалистическите страни в последните три десетилетия. В последните години обаче, различни инициативи започват да отбелязват празника отново. Значимостта му е не само за хората, извършващи ръчен труд, но и за всички работници и работнички в различни сектори. Той е срещу неравенствата на работното място не само според заплащането, но според стойността и достойнството на всеки труд. Continue reading Скритият труд и (не)прикритото насилие: анонс за първи май
The nurses in Bulgaria have declared 1st of March a day of strike. They will start protest actions throughout the entire country at precisely 12 p.m.
We are in full support of their actions and we call for solidarity internationally. This strike is not just a Bulgarian one. This strike concerns labor power that has been mobilized geographically by the growing interest of capital in the medical sector. Nursing has been one of the most feminized sectors in the country, with disgracing wages and humiliating labor conditions growing by the day. The medical care has been turned into yet another field, where capital accumulates at the expense of workers’ dignity and patient’s health. State owned hospitals and clinics have been turned into trade companies and our health into a commodity. On top of it all, private hospitals receive state funding turning the state budget distribution into a mechanism of enriching the rich and pauperizing the rest. As an effect, thousands of nurses leave the country each year so they can sell their labor abroad, leaving family and loved ones behind and joining the mobile pauperized in search for better conditions of social reproduction. Continue reading The nurses in Bulgaria are rising up
We are thankful to all of you who sent us messages so far in response to our Call for International Solidarity with the protest against violence against women which took place on Monday, the 26th of November 2018 in Sofia. Your support has made it easier for us to continue our efforts here on the ground. They tell us that our fight is a shared concern of many people, not just in Bulgaria, and we have to continue it. Following the first publication of a series of messages of solidarity, we are here compiling a second group of letters which we have received on our email since then. Continue reading Solidarity messages sent to LevFem: Part 2
The protest against the violence against women in Bulgaria will take place in less than five days, at Sofia’s Orlov Bridge and Varna’s Independence Square, on November 26th 2018, at 6pm. The result of dVERSIA and LevFem’s campaign in support of the protest so far, can be summarised as follows: Continue reading Taking stock: the struggle continues!
We are thankful to all of you who sent us messages so far in response to our Call for International Solidarity with the upcoming protest against violence against women which will take place on Monday, the 26th of November 2018 in Sofia. Your support has made it easier for us to continue our efforts here on the ground. They tell us that our fight is a shared concern of many people, not just in Bulgaria, and we have to continue it.