Sister Teresa Forcades, a Harvard-educated Catalan nun and medical doctor from New York State University, along with economist and “indignant” leader Arcadi Oliveres, denounced the austerity measures imposed by Spain’s conservative government and the European Union, measures which have crippled the Spanish economy and caused grief among the middle and lower classes.
What’s in their manifesto? Takeover of private and public banks. Curb on financial speculation. Decent wages and pensions, not layoffs. Reduced working hours and sharing of all work including housework and unpaid care. Eliminating privileges of politicians. Decent housing. Moratorium on foreclosures. Taking over energy companies. Public media under Democratic control. And there is more (See this article: Nun Emerges as Spanish Leader in Fight Against Austerity).
But isn’t it daring, and amazing, standing up for the people?
You might think that some here in the United States would fight for such causes. But the fact is two presidents have poured our tax dollars into the too big to fail banks and wall street rip offs and tax dodges that have deprived many Americans of their homes and retirement investments. This financial meltdown went global, impoverishing many throughout the world. Now our president proposes to even cut social security benefits and Medicare. These cuts along with privatization bring the world of debt reduction and austerity measures here to our country. But, for the most part, we, Americans, have swallowed all this without a fight.
Do we have a Sister Teresa here?