Saturday, May 16, 2015

Barcelona's anti-poverty crusader leads race to be city's next mayor

Ada Colau’s campaigning citizen platform, Barcelona en Comú, may be Spain’s brightest hope for overcoming inequality and corruption

Ada Colau during a campaign rally in Madrid. 
‘We want to show that you can do politics another way,’ she says. 
Photograph: Demotix/Corbis

As one of the founders of the Mortgage Victims' Platform, Ada Colau has spent the past six years battling the most visible scars of Spain’s economic crisis, from growing inequality to home evictions. Now the 41-year-old activist could become Barcelona’s next mayor.

Polls have put Colau, and the Barcelona en Comú (Barcelona in Common) citizen platform she leads, in the top spot in the runup to Spain’s regional and municipal elections. A grassroots coalition of several political parties, including Podemos, and thousands of citizens and activists, Barcelona en Comú has become the brightest hope for the many in Spain pushing for democratic regeneration.

Complete Article @ The Guardian

JG: She is a real fighter for The People. GO ADA!

Pablo Iglesias, leader of the anti-austerity party Podemos, 
joins Colau at a rally in Barcelona. 
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

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