Editorial, 25 November 2021
Tomorrow the first Meeting of Izquierda Solidaria de Cataluña (Solidarity Left of Catalonia) ISCAT 2021 will take place in the Llimona pati, which will reward Carlos Jiménez Villarejo and Lidia Falcón
The Pati Llimona of Barcelona will witness, this Saturday, November 27, an act that aims to make an incipient social movement visible. These are leftist Catalan citizens critical of what they call “collusion with nationalism” on the part of the parliamentary left. The conference is organized by the Social Assembly of the Left of Catalonia (ASEC-ASIC), an entity that aims to bring together this sector. And it has the collaboration of the association Catalan Civil Society (SCC), left federalists Federalistes d’Esquerres and the support of various progressive organizations as well as such relevant figures of constitutionalism in Catalonia such as the professor at the University of Barcelona Félix Ovejero or the former Anticorruption prosecutor Carlos Jiménez Villarejo.
“We have given it the name of Izquierda Solidaria de Cataluña (Solidarity Left of Catalonia) ISCAT”, declares Antonio-Francisco Ordóñez, coordinator of the conference, “in honor of a joint article” (The response of the solidarity left) published in 2018 in el Diario jointly with Carlos Jiménez Villarejo, Javier Marín and Paco Frutos, where they criticized the parliamentary left for having adopted a “follower attitude” of nationalism and believing that this would favor “a progressive and democratic agenda”, an approach that they consider “radically wrong ”.
Authors denounced that it was the “middle classes with high cultural capital” who were at the core of the nationalist project and not the most disadvantaged sectors. And that this would lead to the “erosion” of the ideals of solidarity that have always characterized the left. Therefore, they advocate a left away from this unsupportive project and truly committed to the most vulnerable.
The day will consist of three parts: four round tables where current political issues will be discussed, in which figures from the academic field (Armando Fernández Steinko, professor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid), politics (Guillermo del Valle, director of El Jacobino; Javier Marín and Vicente Serrano, general and organizational secretary, respectively, of Alianza de la Izquierda Republicana de España-AIREs) and journalism (Antonio R. Santamaría). Luis Caldeiro, a regular contributor to EL TRIANGLE, will moderate the round table called “Territorial Organization of the State: Centralism versus Federalism.”
The other two highlights of the day will be the presentation in Catalonia of El Jacobino, a progressive project critical of nationalism, and the delivery of the First ISCAT Prize, which will close the day. The award, failed on November 5, is granted, on an exaequo basis, to former anti-corruption prosecutor Carlos Jiménez Villarejo and to the leader of the Feminist Party, Lidia Falcón.