1) Look at the interactive map; if you have a solidarity committee in your area, get in touch.

2) If there isn’t one, put your details in the form and we will put you in contact with other people near you. http://bit.ly/2yrkACR

3) If you want to know more, contact us at info@withcatalonia.org


NOTE: This text had already been agreed when more very serious events took place; the imprisonment without bail of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, leaders of the two main pro independence citizens’ movements; and the Spanish state’s attack on democracy in Catalonia by attempting to apply clause 155. These events only confirm the importance of promoting solidarity.

Catalonia needs your solidarity

On 1 October, while millions of Catalans were voting on our self determination, the Spanish government sent thousands of paramilitary police to brutally attack us. The violence against the people and, in contrast, the democratic firmness of the hundreds of thousands of people who peacefully defended their polling stations, illustrate this conflict perfectly.

The Catalan movement is diverse and plural. It is built on a strong foundation of associations, organsations and platforms with a strong progressive content that have promoted policies for the real equality of women and men and against sexual harassment; against evictions and energy poverty; against fracking; a tax on nuclear energy; the prohibition of bullfighting; the prohibition of rubber bullets … (all these measures were overruled by the Spanish state). This year Catalonia held the biggest demonstration in all Europe in favour of welcoming refugees. The march in response to the terrible attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils this August was a clamour for peace, anti-racism and coexistence. Let no one dare to label this society as narrowly nationalist or backward-looking.

You can have different opinions about independence, but you have to respect the right of the Catalan people to decide our future. And despite the police violence that left 900 people injured, on 1 October we took a clear decision.

In the referendum on self determination of 1 October, more than two million people voted for an independent Catalan Republic, more than 90% of voters. The turnout was higher than that in the consultations on the current statute of autonomy and on the European constitution, and no one questioned the validity of those referendums. The turnout is even more impressive taking into account the repression. Of the 2,300 polling stations, some 400 were closed by police or administrative actions, thus affecting some 770,000 registered voters, whose right to vote was affected.

Furthermore, we can not ignore all those people (including some of the undersigned) who could not vote because the referendum was held under Spanish electoral law, which denies the vote on the grounds of origin, even to people who have resided in the country for a long time. Despite that, they have participated very actively in defending the right to decide of the Catalan people.

Over recent weeks and months, many people have been investigated, taken to court or even arrested because of their ideas; the Spanish paramilitary police have raided Catalan government buildings and media offices; they have closed around 150 web sites… The current state of emergency imposed in Catalonia brings back many memories of Franco’s dictatorship. It is another sign of the democratic shortcomings suffered in the Spanish state, where justice has not yet been done for the people who disappeared under the dictatorship and where fascism enjoys a worrying impunity.

We know that the right to decide is supported by 83% of the population, although there is a diversity of opinions concerning independence. We are still one united people. We have worked and want to continue to work from below to maintain that unity in the face of attempts to divide us. This will be possible within the framework of a constituent process, in the patient work of debate and the construction of a society that can bring social progress for all. We could not do it under the suspension of democratic —and probably social— rights that the victory of repression would bring.

The Spanish state does not want to listen to us, just like it hasn’t listened to us all these years, and for now the other states are supporting it. It is clear that without strong pressure from the citizenry they won’t listen to our democratic demands either.

For that reason, world civil society must denounce the repression and support the right to decide of the people of Catalonia.

We call on different individuals and organisations to act, creating solidarity movements with the democratic rights of Catalonia and against repression. The struggle of the Catalan people shows that our strength lies in popular participation. Therefore, we encourage you to:

– create unitary spaces for mobilisation and pressure that encompass all the democratic and progressive forces that want to be “#WithCatalunya”;

– organise public events, street stalls and other activities to spread the truth about what is happening in Catalonia, and refute the distorted versions promoted by the most backward elements in the Spanish State and their allies;

– call demonstrations and rallies: according to your own local calendar; as part of planned international calls; or as an urgent response to any new escalation of the repression in Catalonia;

– give free reign to your imagination and spontaneity!… think of other forms of action and if they work, let us know so they can be publicised and generalised;

– look to send delegations to visit Catalonia to get to know and to accompany our struggle; we are considering the idea of convening an international meeting in Barcelona.

It is necessary to understand, in every city and every country, what is at stake. If today we allow the repression of the right to decide, then other fundamental rights can be repressed tomorrow in any part of the world.

The struggle of Catalonia is part of the struggle for democracy and justice of the majority of people on the planet. So, please, build solidarity with Catalonia. For us, and also for you.

 

Signed in a personal capacity by:

Adriano Galante, President of the Union of Activist Musicians of Catalonia

Albano Dante Fachin, General Secretary of Podem Catalunya

Alex Rosa, councillor, Tiana

Alfons Pérez, Member of the Debt Observatory in Globalisation

Anna Palou Solé, journalist and activist in Stop Mare Mortum

Antoni Trobat, journalist and NGO worker

Aritz Garcia, president of Sodepau

Arnau Galí Montiel, social educator

Arnau Pons, translator and poet

Bárbara Ramajo, member of Bollos en Teoría

Bel Busquets, MP and spokesperson for Més per Mallorca in the Parliament of the Balearic Islands

Bel Olid, writer

Betlem C. Bel, feminist activist

Blanca Llum Vidal, poet

Carles Rebassa, writer

Carme Abril Ferrer, Catalan language and literature teacher

Carme Puig Antich, sister of Salvador Puig Antich and fighter against the Franco regime

Carme Sansa, actress, Theater with the Referendum

Clara Camps, teacher

Consol Barberà, member of the board of Escola Valenciana

Cristina Mas, Member of the Solidarity Committee with the Syrian People and of Lluita Internacionalista

David Caño, poet

David Companyon, former member of the speaker’s committee of the Catalan Parliament

David Fernández, journalist

David Karvala, social activist and member of Marx21

David Minoves, President of CIEMEN

Diego Rejón, Worker and member of the Works Committee of Seat-VW at Martorell

Eugeni Rodríguez, LGBTI activist and promoter of the fight against LGBTIphobia

Eulàlia Reguant, ex-MP and NGO worker

Eva Fernández, feminist activist, ex-president Barcelona Neighbours’ Association, FAVB

Fatiha El Mouali, social activist

Fatou Secka, activist against female genital mutilation

Fina Rubio, Huacal: NGO in solidarity with El Salvador

Francesc Serra, Coordinator of the Platform for Catalan National Sports Teams

Francesc Tubau, activist of the Stop the War Platform, PALG

Ghassan Saliba, trade unionist in CCOO Catalonia

Guifré Bombilà, cook

Ibai Arabide, journalist and lawyer

Imma Puig Antich, sister of Salvador Puig Antich and fighter against the Franco regime

Iolanda Fresnillo, sociologist

Iolanda Maurici, Member of UM9 and Entitat Ger

Irene Escorihuela, Director of the DESC Observatory

Isa Chacon, member of the CUP

Jaume Botey, social and political activist in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

Jaume Mateu, President of Obra Cultural Balear

Joan Tardà, MP in the Spanish Congress

Jordi Martí Font, councillor, Tarragona

Jordi Muñoz i Burzon, teacher and member of the anti-militarist movement

Jordi Sebastià, MEP

Josep Bel, trade unionist and member of Procés Constituent

Josep Giralt, activist for the rights of people with disabilities

Josep Maria Terricabras, MEP

Juan Manuel Ávila, Observatory for the autonomy and rights of indigenous peoples in Colombia

Lídia Pujol, performer and singer

Luis Blanco Maldonado, member of Intersindical Alternativa de Catalunya (IAC)

Maria Gabriela Serra, teacher

Marc Casanovas, editorial board of Viento Sur

Marco Aparicio, teacher, University of Girona

Margalida Ramis, environmental activist and spokesperson of GOB (Mallorca)

Maria Dantas, activist of Unity Against Fascism and Racism

Maria Rodó de Zárate, researcher and member of Gatamaula Feminista

Marina G. Morante, activist in the Committee to Defend the Republic, Nou Barris

Marta Jorba, researcher and feminist activist

Martí Sales, writer

Mercè Otero Vidal, activist of the Ca La Dona feminista movement

Merçona Puig Antich, sister of Salvador Puig Antich and fighter against the Franco regime

Mireia Herrera Prats , Member of Marxa de la dignitat

Mònica Álvaro, MP and spokesperson of Compromís in the Parliament of Valencia

Montserrat Higueras, Feminist and member of Women for Yes

Mostafà Shaimi, activist in Salt Antiracista

Mouafak Assad, Sirio-Catalan Association for Freedom and Democracy

Núria Comerma i Cortada, anthropologist

Núria Vidal de Llobatera i Pomar, Member of Ecologists in Action, activist for social and environmental justice

Omaira Beltrán, coordinator of Llatins per Catalunya

Pau Alabajos, singer

Pau Urenya Micó, Philosophy teacher

Pep Cruanyes, Comissió de la Dignitat

Pilar Àngels Pujol, feminist activist

Pilar Massana, social worker, member of Christians of the 21st century

Pilar Rebaque, activist in the feminist movement

Ramon Font, member of the teachers’ union, USTEC · STEs

Rocío Varela, member of the Federation of Other Activities (IAC)

Rolando d’Alessandro, Libera Associazione Italo Catalana Antifascista

Roser Pineda i Casademont, illustrator and member of Feminists for Independence

Roser Veciana, former councillor, Barcelona City Council

Ruben Wagensberg, promoter of Casa Nostra Casa Vostra

Teresa Forcades i Vila, doctor, theologian and Benedictine nun

Txell Bragulat, Director, Arab Film Festival

Vidal Aragonés, lawyer and law teacher

Xavier Antich, philosopher

Xavier Artigas, Metromuster film production company

Yacine Belahcen, singer

Sara Tuñí, economist

Jordi Rubio, economist

Alex Guillamon, psicólogo

Montserrat Higueras, coordinadora de la sectorial de mujeres de la ANC

Angels Pujol, activista de Dones Pel Sí

Pedro Mercadé Delegat CGT ensenyament