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Updated Solidarity Letter from Acampada Sol Library

People’s Library at Zuccotti Square – Occupy Wall Street
Hi, People’s Library!
Cheers from the public library of the Spanish revolution occupation at Madrid!

We are the Acampada Sol Library, the library that was formed during the May 2011 occupation of Puerta del Sol Square here in Madrid, Spain. We have been following OWS from the very first day. Let’s say we’re glad to see you found out how to organize yourselves up in almost the same way we did while we camped at the city hall square in Puerta del Sol. What we saw in the pics of OWS was quite impressive, but you can’t imagine how surprised we were when we learned that OWS also has a library. It may sound stupid but when we found that out, we celebrated it as the birth of a new one in the family.

Why? Well, it´s difficult to explain, but during the nearly seven weeks we lived there, hearing rain fall on the plastic sheet that barely covered our books (but not us), we had a lot of time to think about what we were going through. The media described us as bums, and the government as the most dangerous kind of terrorists (the pacifist kind). We slept always waiting for the final police riot that would tear everything down. We had time for joy, and also for despair. We never knew what we were doing, we only knew that it was right. People said it was useless to demand a U-turn in local politics in a country with a globalized economy. We replied that if so, then we expected to make our demands go global. They said it was a childish dream and they laughed…

We only want to thank all of you for being there. You may not realize it, but you’re making our dream come true. Obviously, doing the right thing, far from being a utopia or related to culture, is a matter of common sense.

We should say that none of us decided to open up a library during our occupation, it appeared by itself. People who came to support us wanted us to have some of their books; they wanted us to read and take care of them. We started out with only forty titles. People came by to rest from the everyday routine, trying to find shelter in the written word under our blue tent. Poets showed up to read them their works and free thinkers their essays. Authors showed up to dedicate their recent publications to us. Unknown writers from everywhere found inspiration in what they saw at the occupation, and brought us their thoughts on paper, asking us to publish them, and we did so. The manager of one of the major corporate libraries in town gave us book-carts and everything we needed. “Just don’t tell anyone” he asked. One donation came after another and in a few weeks we reached nearly four thousand titles at our outdoor library.

A funny heritage to have considering that from one minute to the next, we were waiting to be bludgeoned and evicted. Happily, the police didn’t have the chance to destroy our library as some of their predecessors accomplished two thousand years ago in Alexandria (though they wouldn’t have minded, I’m sure). This time the classics were moved to a safe place.

As a strategy, the occupation ended on June 12th. We found a new shelter for our creatures at a squatted social centre where we have our spot. And actually we are working to give people what government cannot, a free-of-charge public library. We expect our opening within a month or so.

We would love to hear from you and to know how all of you guys are doing, and we hope you’ll find inspiration in our little story, to realize that you are not alone in this.

 

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Letter of Solidarity from Acampada Sol Library, Madrid

Today we received this letter of solidarity from the public library of the spanish occupation of Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid. These are the folks that started the occupation model that the NYC General Assembly and #OccupyWallStreet are based on

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To : owspeopleslibrary@gmail.com

Peoples Library at Zucotti Square – Occupy Wall Street

Hi Peoples Library!

Cheers from the public library of the Spanish revolution occupation at Madrid!

We are the Acampada Sol Library, The library that was formed during the occupation of  the Puerta del Sol Square here in Madrid- Spain last May. We have been following  OWS from the very first day and let´s say we are glad to see that you found the way out to organise you up almost in the same way we did while we were camping at the city hall square in Madrid at Puerta del Sol.

What we saw at the pics of OWS was quite impressive, but you couldn’t imagine how surprised we were when we realized that OWS has also a library. It may sound stupid but when we knew that, we celebrated it as the born of a new one in the family.

Why? well, it´s difficult to explain but during the nearly seven weeks we lived there hearing the rain fall over the piece of plastic that barely covered our books (not us) we had a lot of time to think about what we were going trough. The media described us as bums, the government as the most dangerous kind of terrorists (the pacifist’s kind) and we slept always waiting for the final police riot that would throw everything down. We had time for joy and also for despair. We never knew what we were doing, we only knew that it was right. People said it was useless to demand a U turn in local politics in a country with a globalized economy. We replied if so, that we expected to make our demands go global then, they said it was a childish dream and they laughed..

We only want to thank all of you to be there, because may be you don´t realize it, but you’re making our dream come true… Obviously to do the right thing, far from being a utopia or related to culture is a matter of common sense.

We should say that none of us decided to open up a library during our occupation, it appeared by itself. People who came to support us wanted us to have some of their books, they wanted us to read and to take care of them. We started out only with forty titles. People came up to rest from the everyday routines, trying to find a shelter in the written words under our blue tent, poets showed up to red them their works and free thinkers their essays. Authors showed up to dedicate us their recent publications, unknown writers from everywhere found inspiration on what they saw at the occupation and brought us their thoughts in paper asking us to publish it, and we did so. The manager of one mayor corporate library in town gave us book-carts and everything we needed. “Just don’t tell anyone” he asked. One donation come after another and  in a few weeks we reached nearly four thousands titles at our outdoor library. A funny heritage to save considering that we were waiting to be bludgeoned and evicted from one minute to other.

Happily the police hadn´t the chance to destroy our library as some of their predecessors accomplished two thousand years ago in Alexandria. (They wouldn’t mind, I’m sure) This time the classics were moved to a safe place. As a strategy, the occupation ended up  on June 12th. We found a new shelter for our creatures at a squatted social centre where we have our spot. and actually we are working to give people what  government can not, a free of charge public library. We expect our opening within a month or so.

We love to hear from you to know how all of you guys are going and we hope you’ll  find inspiration in our little story to realise that you are not alone in this.

Thank You!

Pd: Sorry for our lousy English.

Bibliosol – Biblioteca de Acampada Sol

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