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Friday 1 November 2019, by siawi3


First International Congress Of Communes, Social Movements And Popular Power

By Orinoco Tribune.

October 27, 2019

Venezuela – “The communal councils serve more than 6 million 407 thousand 651 families representing more than 80% of the families of Venezuela that participate in urban, rural or indigenous communal council.” This was stated by the head of state and government, Nicolás Maduro, during the closing ceremony of the First International Congress of Communes, Social Movements and Popular Power.

The Venezuelan President said that to date 3,173 Communes have been formed, organized and registered in Venezuela, “Commander Hugo Chavez left in 2012, in the Plan of the Homeland 2013-2019, to reach 3,000 Communes, but the goal is that in a moment all of Venezuela — for the development of the evolution of the last years, has 6 thousand, 8 thousand, 10 thousand Communes and the great majority live in Communes”.

Video here

He also related that there are 48,090 Community Councils, of which 22,095 are urban, 23,363 rural and 2,632 indigenous; Similarly, 25,772 Communal Social Property companies and 15,000 regulated Cooperatives, duly registered and recognized, are constituted.

He also explained that in the democratic update of the Communal Power, the renewal of 30% of the Community Councils has been achieved, which represents 9,902 community institutions in the country, with the goal for December 31 being 100%.

He also stressed that a platform of social forces formed by the Somos Venezuela Mission, the Youth of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, the Great Patriotic Pole, Homeland Mission, Mission Robert Serra, Movement for Peace and Life, Front Francisco de Miranda and the Feminist Movements, with the purpose of promoting and accompanying the update process, incorporating 284 thousand militants in 297 municipalities and Communes of the country.

The President confirmed that socialism is built where people live through Communal Socialism, and expressed his desire that the world see the experience of the country, where 21st century socialism “goes from the bottom up.” / MQ

Source URL: Alba Ciudad



Introducing Minim, a municipalist observatory

October 30, 2019

We are excited to introduce Minim, a recently launched platform that seeks to amplify the voice of municipalist movements and initiatives worldwide.

Author: Minim

In the current political context, the municipalist movement stands out as an inspiration and a sign of hope. It serves as an example of possible political alternatives that democratize institutions putting people and the commons at the center of the political agenda, changing the current political culture and thereby fostering real systemic change in politics.

With no intention of overlapping the activities already being carried out by the network movement, Minim intends to support it by critically raising issues, opening new debates, promoting new forms of collaboration between platforms and amplifying the voice of municipalists who have few or little resources. This is a crowd-sourced project that comes as a response to the need to connect and disseminate the work of people, governments and political platforms working on municipalism.

To carry forth these objectives we have created the webpage. This site includes two main sections; the first one is a database with a number of existing journalistic articles, papers, reports and in-depth content connected to municipalism carefully selected and re-posted. The second part is Minim magazine, where you can find new content on topics related to municipalism. These articles and reports have been commissioned by a group of scholars, journalists, activists and public officials which make up the Minim community. It’s thanks to this community that we are able to guarantee diversity in our content from an international scope that is also in tune with the current municipalist agenda.

As individuals and/or organizations linked to municipalist projects most of us have found it hard to access existing information as well as finding new information on specific relevant topics. Minim tries to cover those voids and is always open to new feedback and suggestions to keep its database and article proposals always updated.

Our overall idea is to help promote a more democratic political culture by supporting municipalist organizations so they can become more democratic and feminist. By generating new resources, we encourage activists to form new municipalist organizations and at the same time help them grow and connect with other platforms.

Even with traditional political parties and movements, this is a useful tool where they can can learn from the experiences of municipalism and apply some of their practices through innovative policies that are being used by the municipalist movement. In general, making information about municipalism available to all these actors, in addition to the general public, helps municipalist platforms and governments share their knowledge, learn from each other and collaborate.

Minim is a municipalist observatory that aims to amplify the voice of municipalism by sharing practical and theoretical knowledge with the support of a community of activists, scholars, journalists, and public officials.