Museo Situado is an assembly that involves collectives and neighbors of Lavapiés in which Reina Sofia Museum participates. Its goal is to develope cultural projects, that affect the local territory jointly and in the framework of Museo en Red programs. We understand the cultural institution as a space of construction of the public sphere and of citizenship exploration that allows to reinforce other visions, diversifying agents and creative practices and incorporating other forms of knowledges, experiences and referents to the official spaces of culture. We believe in a museum on the side of the common good, that activates and gives greater visibility to the transformative power of society. Museo Situado opens a hybrid territory that generates alternative coordinates for cultural action, host a network of shared labor between institutions, individuals and citizen collectives; a network based in mutualization of experiences that empower the social and transformative value of culture in the context of deep crisis we inhabit.
We believe in art´s capacity to mobilize hearts, shake consciences, unblock prejudice, assemble wills and detonate images of other possible worlds; an art liked to life, to the life of everyone and to life as a whole.
During its three years of existence this collaborative network has demonstrated its partnership and collective work process capacity in the implementation of projects of social incidence that are inspired in feminist principles, fight against exclusion and respect towards difference.
In our last assembly the will to manifest our deep concern for the impact that the critical health and social contexts are having in the life of many was unanimous. In the face of the current emergency, we want to take a stand for the idea that an ethics of solidarity that arises spontaneously in times of catastrophe is necessary. We think that it happened in different neighborhoods during the first lockdown and that helped to contain the suffering and hunger of many families, some coming from previous difficulties and others confronting a sudden impoverishment. But, nevertheless, the solidarity networks that assumed the huge task of helping their neighbors have met, surprisingly, with unexpected limits, given that the administrations not only have not supported their activities, but made them difficult instead.
The suffering and difficulty that many families and individuals are going through in our neighborhoods, waiting for public support that does not come has turned into a deafening clamor: it´s not possible to ignore and to abandon so much people in such inhuman conditions, surviving with only basics. Lives that seem not to care, disposable lives.
We are talking about many people that face homelessness or marginality conditions for the first time, whose survival codes are still unknown. Of new poverty profiles. Of the sudden impoverishment of a middle class thrown into the abyss, without work, home or resources. Of ill people or people that have survived disease but now navigate the sequels. We also talk about migrants, of asylum seekers, whose administrative procedures are paralyzed and unattended or simply denied. People that, on the other hand, have been standing in the first line to help the community when circumstances have demanded it, distributing food bags or shoveling the snow unaware of their own invisibility, of their irregular situation, of their unattended human rights. We don´t tolerate that our neighbors are cold or hungry or that their children are not able to attend classes because they don´t have internet, that they can´t afford to pay their electricity bills or heat up their homes in the middle of winter. The lack of response and abandonment of authorities cannot be normalized. Volunteering or calling for the good will of neighbors cannot constitute the institutional answer. We need specific and urgent measures to offset this serious situation, which seems to be getting even more complicated and prolonged.
There is no future without culture, but neither culture without future. A cultural institution cannot be unaware or ignore the needs of the people in their immediate surrounds.
THEREFORE, WE CALL ON THE AUTHORITIES:
That a SOCIAL EMERGENCY PLAN that responds the global catastrophe situation is implemented from an integral perspective: food crisis, health crisis, housing crisis, education crisis, access to basic human rights by migrants’ crisis.
That this should be held on the basis of the DIALOGUE AND COLLABORATION WITH THE COLLECTIVES that are supplying the deficiencies of absent or ineffective public services. That the criminalization of self-management in crisis contexts stops, that supports the organizations and solidarity networks with spaces and resources and that take the knowledge and experiences of the social movements in account.
That the access to HEALTH SERVICES is assured to all people, independent from their migration status, understanding this integrally, including feeding and housing. It must address the LANGUAGE BARRIERS, providing translators in different migrant languages in hospitals, health centers and other public dependencies.
That the right to EDUCATION be guaranteed through the provision of technical and human resources that facilitate blended education and that allow a safe return to school by hiring teachers and improving facilities. We consider SCHOOL as an essential service that guarantees access to education and social cohesion.
That the REGULARIZATION OF MIGRANT PEOPLE be allowed and promoted, facilitating access and registration to public/ social services, both in the midst of the emergency and from now on. Life is a universal human right that does not understand migratory status. A fair society is a society in which no human is illegal.
That the HOUSING EMERGENCY is attended for families and individuals in precarious or homeless situations, preventing evictions, facilitating the use of empty houses and regulating rising rents due gentrification and tourism.
That effective and accessible mechanisms be established to respond to the social catastrophe caused by the massive destruction of JOBS. To stop the persecution of means of subsistence through informal economy and that social and employment insertion training is facilitated.
That the MIXED WORKING GROUPS between administrations be restored, to address problems on the ground and seek solutions in the medium and long term, beyond the present emergency.
WE CANNOT STAND IDLY WAITING PASSIVELY THE END OF THE WORLD ¡WE CAN´T NOT DO SOMETHING!
Madrid, Ferbruary 1, 2021
Alianza por la Solidaridad - Action Aid
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Asociación Grigri Proyectos Socioculturales
Asociación Teatro de la Tierra
Asociación Vecinal Sol Barrio de las Letras
Banco de Alimentos del Barrio (BAB Colectivo)
Casa de Cultura y Participación Ciudadana de Chamberí
Centro de Creación e Investigación Cultural La Tortuga
Comisión de exteriores de la Escuela Popular de Prosperidad
Coordinadora Sindical de Trabajadores/as Músicos
Ecofeminismo (Comisión de Madrid) Ecologistas en Acción
Eje de Precariedad y Economía Feminista
Enredadera Red Social Comunitaria
Espacio Vecinal Autogestionado La Flor
Festival de Poesía Voix Vives Toledo
Grupo de afectadas por la exclusión sanitaria del INSS
Grupo de Trabajo Inequidades en Salud-Salud internacional de la sociedad Madrileña de Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria (SoMaMFyC)
Institute of Radical Imagination
La Laboratoria. Espacios de Investigación Feminista
La Osadía (Asociación Cultural Centro Cínico)
Oficina de Derechos Sociales y Apoyo Mutuo Comunitario
Red de Huertos Urbanos Comunitarios de Madrid
Red Solidaria de Acogida (RSA)
Senda de Cuidados-Observatorio Jeannette Beltrán
Sindicato de Inquilinas de Madrid
Solfonica, orquesta y coro del 15M
Tejiendo Redes de Participación
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