This is the essence of Zapatismo, and explains much of its appeal: a global call to revolution that tells you not to wait for the revolution, only to stand where you stand, to fight with your own weapon. It could be a video camera, words, ideas, "hope" - all of these, Marcos has written, "are also weapons". It's a revolution in miniature that says, "Yes, you can try this at home." This organising model has spread throughout Latin America, and the world. You can see it in the anarchist squats of Italy (called "social centres") and in the Landless Peasants' Movement of Brazil, which seizes tracts of unused farmland and uses them for sustainable agriculture, markets and schools under the slogan "Ocupar, Resistir, Producir" (Occupy, Resist, Produce). These same ideas were forcefully expressed by the students of the National Autonomous University of Mexico during last year's long and militant occupation of their campus. Zapata once said the land belongs to those who work it, their banners … [Read more...] about The unknown icon
How long does an average man live
In the next doorway, 10 steps away, a Romanian man is also injured, recovering from a painful hernia caused by a week’s heavy lifting he did recently at a port, unloading packages from a shipping container. He was employed by someone who stopped his van beside the spot where he was sleeping rough in London and offered £15 a day for the work. He never found out the name of the port or his employer; his injury has prevented him from seeking new work. Because neither of the men are currently eligible for housing or any benefits(pdf), there is a limited amount that outreach workers can do to help them find more secure accommodation; instead they can monitor their welfare and discuss with them the possibility of being given a coach ticket home. … [Read more...] about ‘Every day is a struggle’: rough sleeping on the rise in London
* * * During the 80s and 90s, Foxtons created a distinctive internal culture. Heavily influenced by Hunt’s personality and working habits, it endures, little changed, to this day. In its recruitment and working patterns, in its rewards and penalties, in its use of branding and digital technology, the company has been a pioneer for many of today’s British white-collar employers.At the core of Foxtons is obsessive commitment. Opening for longer hours than rivals means longer working hours for Foxtons staff. The issue dominates whenever they talk about their jobs. “The hours are completely insane,” posted a former lettings negotiator last year on an online forum where Foxtons employees gather anonymously. “You work 12 hours a day Mon-Friday PLUS every other weekend, with no lieu days!” A former sales negotiator added: “It becomes exceptionally difficult to maintain bonds and relationships with people outside [Foxtons] EVEN IF YOU LIVE WITH … [Read more...] about Is Foxtons the estate agent London deserves?