As a supporter of anarcho-syndicalist movements, which advocate for democracy for the working classes in politics as well as the workplace, I’ve been following the news about the strikes against the Spanish government’s spending cuts, which create severe consequences for workers and their families. Following these events, I came across one of their leaders, Sister Teresa Forcades.
Sister Teresa, who confirms that her Church is misogynistic and patriarchal, has a Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Forcades?hc_location=stream if you don’t mind using Google translator for Catalonia into English.
For folks who have their doubts about capitalism, Teresa has launched a political manifesto to counter austerity measures by the Spanish government. The document calls for an independent Catalonia to carry out a more democratic and progressive agenda, including nationalizing banks and energy corporations.
On my first evening in Barcelona, I’m going to an event, Women, Spirituality and Social Change, a dialogue between Teresa and Lekshe Karma Tsomo, a California Tibetan nun, who share the same commitment: to promote social change based on inner transformation.
Travel Log to Northern Provinces of Spain
If you might travel to Spain or if you have been there and would like to compare notes, please check out my page here where I have pictures and video of Sister Teresa at the event I attended. I also chronicle a trip to the Northern provinces, which will include commentary on politics, cuisine, language and art.
I will occasionally do a post, but for the most part I’ll be updating the web page. Thanks for checking it out!
Comments on: "Meeting Teresa Forcades, Revolutionary Nun, Barcelona, June 13" (5)
Here’s another article Sister Teresa Forcades you might be interested in: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/04/19-6#comment-868694552
Thank you for sharing her story.
Thanks for posting the link and contributing your insightful comment there about dangers of austerity, especially, ” . . . you can wage war without firing a single shot.” How true.
Since I have been critical of the institutional church’s (in America) deafening silence when it comes to the oppressive economic policies of austerity, I must also give credit when it’s due. I mentioned Sister Teresa in a recent post: http://deconstructingmyths.com/2013/04/20/its-harder-not-to/
Good commentary on that blog post! Thanks for the link.
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