Location / Lugar La Villana de Vallecas Date / Fecha: September 19 10:00 – 14:00

A workshop with Zapatistas and Raising Care

Following the idea of “hermanamiento” (sisterhood/merging) we propose to organize a workshop that set up a conversation between the Zapatistas retinue and the Raising Care assembly, about politics of care, autonomous health (Trans-formacion Radical & Subversión Curativa) and the philosophy of “Buen Vivir”.

Raising Care is an assembly composed by 6 collectives of South and East Europe. From Italy, Obiezione Respinta and Brigate Volontarie; from Serbia, Skart; from Greece, Open School of Immigrants of Piraeus; from Spain, Territorio Doméstico and Mesa de Mayores. 

Since October 2020, these collectives and IRI members have constituted a support assembly and a working group, which has derived in an iteration of the School of Mutation “Raising Care”.


Feminism has analysed for decades the correlation among patriarchy and the sexual division of labour with the invisibilization of what Silvia Federici and others called “reproductive work”. Essential labour that has been linked to women’s role in society, and to that extent, remained invisible, unrecognised, unpaid. After the incorporation of women to the capitalist work, the work of care has been reallocated and assigned to migrant and women from the Global South, in a new mass of proletarian care workers, in many cases without labour rights, very poorly paid, and again unrecognised. This global care chain has created a new situation of “care crisis”. And then the virus arrived and made even clearer the need for a resignification and redistribution of the work of care, as well as the urgency to rethink collective care as a common need and a common, based on the interdependence of all human and non-human beings to sustain life on earth. Within this ‘new’ crisis that covid-19 has opened which starts from the collaps of public institutions, citizens have organised autonomous networks of care and mutual aid to support those that have been left behind, such as precarious workers, migrants with illegal status, families in hunger, sex workers. Thus a wave of organization of solidarity initiatives has emerged, formed by already existent activist groups, associations, as well as by a big amount of new people, many of those youths engaging for the first time with this political action. What means and what implies care? What kind of knowledge and skills emerged from caring? How do we want to build a new politics and ethics of care? What set up structures of radical care? Which infrastructure involves care? How can we make possible a space in which the knowledge produced by caring can be shared and can become a radical instrument for a commoning care tool kit?


 “The hermanamiento gives us the possibility for a new type of solidarity where the important thing is not only to establish relations with the indigenous communities, but also an exchange between the people on both sides of the sea. The organizations contribute with productive projects, which is something good and necessary, but it is a very old type of solidarity, unidirectional, which emphasizes money. We don’t want everything to end with the mayor’s signature, but to be a first step towards a real rapprochement between people”.

Through these a workshop with Zapatistas, we aim to hermanar, to merge knowledge, epistemologies and cosmologies and set a conversation around three spheres of the politics of care: care for people, care for tools and care for language.