Power to the People (Italy)

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Power to the People

Potere al Popolo
AbbreviationPaP
SpokespersonViola Carofalo[1]
Founded18 November 2017 (2017-11-18)
HeadquartersVia Imbriani 218, Naples, Italy
IdeologyCommunism[2]
Democratic socialism[2]
Left-wing populism[3]
Libertarian socialism[2]
Political positionLeft-wing[2][4][5] to far-left[6][7][8]
European affiliationGUE/NGL/AET (2017–2018)
Colours     Carmine red
SloganPotere al Popolo!
Chamber of Deputies
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Senate of the Republic
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European Parliament
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Party flag
Potere al Popolo Flag.png
Website
poterealpopolo.org
Viola Carofalo, national spokesperson and leader

Power to the People (Italian: Potere al Popolo, PaP) is a coalition of political parties and groups in Italy launched in December 2017 which ran as a joint electoral list in the 2018 general election.[9][10]

In its manifesto, PaP's membership is described as "social and political, anti-liberist and anti-capitalist, communist, socialist, environmentalist, feminist, secular, pacifist, libertarian and southernist left-wing", whose goal as coalition is "to create real democracy, through daily practices, self-governance experiments, socialisation of knowing and popular participation".[2]

History[edit]

The coalition was initially proposed by Ex OPG Je so' pazzo, a social centre in Naples.[11] The proposal was endorsed by other social centers in the country, local committees and associations and finally some established parties whereas the idea of building a party and/or list was born during the Je so' pazzo Festival – 2016,[12][13] which had as its name "Let's Build the Popular Power", held in Naples from 9 to 11 September 2016.[14] The following year from 7 to 10 September 2017, there was in Naples the Je so' pazzo Festival – 2017, which had as its name "Power to the People!".[15][16][17][18]

On 18 November 2017, Je so' pazzo's activists held a national assembly for the construction of a truly democratic movement that would give representation to social battles and to the ideas of individuals, social centers, associations and parties that felt themselves to be without representation.[19] On 17 December, the coalition was officially launched with the support of the two main Italian communist parties, the Communist Refoundation Party (PRC)[20] and the Italian Communist Party (PCI).[21] Contextually, that same day Viola Carofalo, a Naples-based university researcher in philosophy who had been a long-time activist of Ex OPG Je so' pazzo, was chosen as national spokesperson and as political leader on 6 January 2018.[22] In the 2018 general election on 4 March, PaP obtained 1.1% of the vote and no seats.[23][24]

On 18 March, PaP held a national assembly in which it is decided to continue its program.[25]

In January 2019, PaP decided to run either independently or in a wider coalition in the next European parliament election.[26]

Composition[edit]

While it currently contains four main parties, PaP was originally composed of eight main parties other than Ex OPG Je so' pazzo.[27][28][29]

Parties Main ideology Leaders Timeline
Network of Communists (RdC) Communism Luciano Vasapollo 26 November 2017[30] – present
Radical Socialist Movement (MRS) Libertarian socialism Katia Bellillo 18 December 2017[31] – present
Socialist Rebirth (RS) Democratic socialism Franco Bartolomei 18 December 2017[32] – present
Atheist Democracy (DA) Libertarian socialism Carla Corsetti January 2018[33] – present

Former parties[edit]

Parties Main ideology Leaders Timeline
Communist Refoundation Party (PRC) Communism Maurizio Acerbo 18 December 2017[20] – 28 October 2018[34]
Italian Communist Party (PCI) Communism Mauro Alboresi 2 January 2018[21] – 14 July 2018[35]
Anticapitalist Left (SAC) Communism Franco Turigliatto 5 December 2017[36] – 4 October 2018[37]
Party of the South – Progressive Meridionalists (PdS–MP) Southernism Natale Cuccurese 24 December 2017[38] – 29 October 2018[39]

Additionally, PaP includes a number of little parties, movements, social centers, local trade unions, associations and committees,[9][10][27][40] notably including Clash City Workers,[41][42] Popular Front,[43] Revolutionary Pirate Movement,[44] Eurostop,[45][46] representatives of the No TAV movement,[47] the No TAP movement,[48] the No MUOS movement[49] and the No TRIV movement.[50] PaP is also connected with The Other Europe (AET), an electoral list organised by intellectuals, Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) and the PRC for the 2014 European Parliament election,[51] which elected three Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), including PRC's Eleonora Forenza, who along with SEL's Curzio Maltese [de; fr; it; la; pl] is still affiliated with AET.[52] SEL was later incorporated in the Italian Left (SI) and ran within the Free and Equal (LeU) list in the 2018 election.[53][54]

International relations[edit]

PaP took inspiration from Momentum, the organisation supporting Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom and La France Insoumise, whose leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon spoke of a "common adventure for the construction of a people's alternative for Europe".[55]

Endorsements[edit]

PaP has been endorsed by the following public figures:[56]

Election results[edit]

Italian Parliament[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election year No. of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
No. of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2018 370,320 (9th) 1.13
0 / 630
Viola Carofalo
Senate of the Republic
Election year No. of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
No. of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2018 319,094 (9th) 1.05
0 / 315
Viola Carofalo

Lazio[edit]

Regional Council
Election year No. of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
No. of
overall seats won
+/–
2018 33,372 (13th) 1.32
0 / 51

Leadership[edit]

Logos[edit]

PaP used different logos:[67][68][69][70]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Roberto Di Caro; Francesca Sironi (24 August 2018). "Potere al popolo, la via di sinistra al populismo: ecco come il movimento vuole crescere". L'Espresso (in Italian). Retrieved 26 October 2018.
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  5. ^ James Politi (24 February 2018). "Italians protest against resurgence of racism". Financial Times. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
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  38. ^ "Il partito del Sud aderisce al percorso di "Potere al popolo"". partitodelsud.eu (in Italian). 24 December 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  39. ^ "Il Partito del Sud esce da Potere al Popolo, ma richiama la necessita' di dar vita ad un fronte comune alternative, popolare e di sinistra". partitodelsud.eu (in Italian). 29 October 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
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  41. ^ "Cosa fare dopo il NO? Note dall'assemblea sul potere popolare". clashcityworkers.org (in Italian). 14 December 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  42. ^ "Lettera di un postino a "Potere al Popolo". clashcityworkers.org (in Italian). 24 January 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  43. ^ "Posizione di Fronte Popolare sulle elezioni politiche e sulla lista elettorale "Potere al Popolo". frontepopolare.net (in Italian). 21 December 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  44. ^ "Oggi siamo con la mente a Roma". movimentorivoluzionario.wordpress.com (in Italian). 17 December 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  45. ^ "Eurostop e la partecipazione alle elezioni con Potere al Popolo". eurostop.info (in Italian). 8 January 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  46. ^ "Eurostop con Potere al Popolo". eurostop.info (in Italian). 19 January 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
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  57. ^ "L'endorsement social di Sabina Guzzanti, posta un video di «Potere al popolo», partito nato a Napoli". Corriere Della Sera (in Italian). 31 January 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  58. ^ "Vandana Shiva a Firenze, supporta potere al popolo!". poterealpopolo.org (in Italian). 31 January 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  59. ^ "«Perché votiamo Potere al popolo»". il Manifesto (in Italian). 31 January 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  60. ^ "Il vignettista Vauro sostiene Potere al Popolo!". facebook.com (in Italian). 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  61. ^ "Elezioni, il messaggio di Ken Loach per "Potere al popolo". la Repubblica (in Italian). 5 February 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  62. ^ "Carrara, Moni Ovadia arriva a sostegno di Potere al Popolo". ecodellalunigiana.it (in Italian). 7 February 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  63. ^ "Camila Vallejo Dowling ci ha mandato questo video messaggio dal Cile per sostenere Potere al Popolo!". facebook.com (in Italian). 12 February 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  64. ^ "Mélenchon incontra Potere al popolo: «Sono qui per imparare»". il Manifesto (in Italian). 16 February 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  65. ^ "Bei den Parlamentswahlen am 04.03. in Italien drücke ich der potere al popolo die Daumen. Es braucht eine Kraft für gute Arbeit, soziale Sicherheit und Frieden". twitter.com (in German). 2 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  66. ^ "«Desde Bolivia, venceremos». Evo Morales fa gli auguri a Potere al popolo". il Manifesto (in Italian). 4 March 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  67. ^ "Potere al Popolo - Foto". facebook.com (in Italian). 17 September 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  68. ^ Cecchino Antonini (17 December 2017). "Potere al popolo! Si parte, davvero. Ecco il simbolo". popoffquotidiano.it (in Italian). Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  69. ^ "Logo potere al Popolo". poterealpopolo.org (in Italian). 18 December 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  70. ^ Gabriele Maestri (21 December 2017). "Potere al popolo, per la sinistra basta la stella". isimbolidelladiscordia.it (in Italian). Retrieved 10 March 2018.

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