Interview with Raimundo Viejo

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In today’s post I present an interview with Raimundo Viejo. He did his PhD in Political Sciences and nowadays is teaching in Girona’s University.  He is working in a editorial project called Artefakte that presents all kind of items (books, videos, blogs) that can be understood as a subversion of the main paradigm of the current times. At this point I let you with this intense interview.

G.Y: In an interview for the TV program “La Tuerka” some years ago, you commented on the way we’re used to seeing social movements such as protests and how this is changing. Who forms Spain’s current social movements?…

Yayoflautas from Murcia

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Yayoflautas are seniors who are self organized in many cities and villages around Spain to fight for their rights and for their sons, daugthers and grandsons rights. They are active actors in many social and political struggles at the moment and in this occasion I have the chance to interview the Yayoflautas from Murcia to know a bit about their experience.

The Yayoflautas in Murcia's justice courts

The Yayoflautas in Murcia’s justice courts

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G.Y: Who are the Yayoflautas?
Y.F: We, the Yayoflautas, are seniors who believed that we would live our golden years in peace, and now all of a sudden, we found ourselves in a hecatomb that we didn’t propitiate at all.…

Interview with Maricarmen who is in risk of eviction.

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Maricarmen and her family are few more of the thousands of people who are risking to loose their houses and to become in debt for life in Spain because of the current housing law. In this interview she will explain a bit of her experiences and her relations with the bank, the PAH and other social actors in relation to her situation.

Voice XLIII: Maricarmen, one of many eviction victims

G.Y: Can you explain a bit of your situation?
M: I stopped paying the mortgage in January 2013. After that moment I had a meeting with my bank (Catalunya Caixa) office director who told me that the offer me a credit up to 5000 euros.…

Carla, one of many eviction victims

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In this interview Carla shares some of her thoughts and reflexions about the eviction process that she and her family are suffering. This post has been written in collaboration with Marc Rude, who took some questions that we prepared together and met Rosario to interview her. Marc is working for the newspaper “La Directa” and for other press and radio programs.

Voice XLII: Carla, one of many eviction victims

G.Y: Can you introduce us into your situation?
C: This process is taking several years. It’s been two years since we stoped paying but it was only last September when our flat was auctioned.…

Interview with Jaime Alekos

Today’s post is an interview with someone who is doing a lot to help all those people who are at risk of eviction, him and his camera. Jaime Alekos is a video journalist who is going to many actions organized by the Movement of Mortgage Victims (PAH) to keep abreast of the events, to share it and spread the word. Sometimes, until we don’t see something with our own eyes, we don’t react. Jaime tries to go where other media isn’t to keep it on the record.

Voices XLI: Jaime alekos goes behind the facts.

G.Y: When did you start working as a journalist?…

Interview with Borja Lozano

In this post, I introduce Borja Lozano Castro. He studied sociology and video filming in Barcelona. He did a documentary about his parents’ eviction. They were evicted in 2002. Since then, many things changed in Spain. We will come to understand what the perception of eviction was at that time and how the eviction process was. Borja is still working on post-editing the documentary, so we can see a little teaser. As Borja explains in the interview, nowadays he is supporting PAH’s actions, and we will also see a video he filmed in Barcelona during an eviction. At this point, I leave you with this touching interview.…

Hanna Jarzabek portraying Hard Times

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A reflection for today:

When we think about the idea of mortgage victims, our thought take us to an economic point. But the threat and the fact of losing a house and remaining in debt for life is not just a material issue–it is much more than that. Many people cannot stand the psychological pressure that banks and other entities put on them. Thirteen people committed suicide this year because of the threat of economic and social ruin, because of the lack of energy to stand in front of this mechanism that places money before people. This post is in memory of Amparo Amador, a 45-year- old mother of six and grandmother of three, and in memory of all the other victims of this cruel system.…

Interview with one of many eviction victims

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Since I opened this series of interviews yesterday with an activist and member of the Movement of Mortgage Victims in Spain (PAH), today I introduce you to Rosario. Rosario is a woman in her sixties who lost the house she was living in with her daughter and son-in-law and their kids. They are one of the many families who found themselves in such a situation. During this project, I am interviewing activists, lawyers, journalists, photographers and many other social actors, but it is very important to know who we are talking about here–people with names, with families and real problems.…

Interview with Lucía Delgado

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This is the first of a series of interviews about one of the most serious and dramatic effects of the financial crisis marked by unemployment, poverty, and a political and legal structure that is not ready to support citizens during times of recession, currently leading to dozens of daily evictions in Spain.
In this unedited interview project, I will try to approach this reality via different voices and diverse social actors who have something to say and share about it. The PAH (The Movement of Mortgage Victims) was created in 2009 and ever since then has been fighting for housing rights for disadvantaged people.…

Interview #2.2.3: Streaming from Taksim

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In this interview, I present Avi Blecherman, one of those people who felt obliged to travel from his home country to Turkey, to cover the ongoing protests. Avi is an Israeli livestreamer who spent two weeks in Istanbul filming and sharing real-time video with live commentary over the internet. When mainstream media fails to cover social or political issues, there always will be other people who care and will find ways to spread the information.

This is a new conception of information of our time: the capability to produce our own audiovisual and press material and spread the information. Livestreaming video is perhaps a model of this idea, since it offers the possibility to document and spread information in real-time, reaching a worldwide audience with technologies that are much cheaper than traditional media coverage equipment.…

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