SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, March 4 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Podemos Canarias, Izquierda Unida Canaria and Sí se Puede Canarias have presented the United Sí Podemos electoral coalition for the next regional and municipal elections on May 28, hoping to incorporate other political organizations, social initiatives and citizens with a vocation in the future radical transformation of society.
The presentation ceremony of the United Sí Podemos electoral coalition, which took place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, was attended by the general coordinator of Podemos Canarias, Laura Fuentes; the Councilor for the Environment of the Tacoronte City Council, Carmela Díaz; and the IUC Secretary of Organization and Finance, Antonio Pérez
The general coordinator of Podemos Canarias, Laura Fuentes, stressed that today is a “historic day” because for the first time these three political forces have an agreement for the entire Archipelago, with the challenge of building a “new future” for the Canary Islands. Laura Fuentes added that this agreement represents a “before and after” that will mean the possibility of building a political model “against destruction and exorbitant tourism” and that defends the social rights won in this legislature or housing.
Likewise, he highlighted “the generosity, responsibility and height of vision” of the three organizations that make up this political coalition, since they have all had to make “sacrifices”, and he considered that on May 28 the citizens will be grateful to have a only ballot with these three colors and a programmatic union that “will make us stronger to present ourselves to the elections and govern with more force,” Fuentes added.
For her part, the Councilor for the Environment of the Tacoronte City Council and representative of Sí se Puede, Carmela Díaz, wished that this coalition be expanded and other political, social and citizen organizations join, including individuals at a private level, because she said she was convinced that this project is “tremendously exciting” and is the one that can generate “real change” for the Archipelago.
Carmela Díaz highlighted that this political coalition was born from dialogue, understanding and equality between the different formations, and she believes that now it is time to spread this way of working to all the citizens of the islands, municipality by municipality, as she recalled that her formation politics is fundamentally municipalist, since it is here “where you arrive and work with the people”. Consequently, she considers that it is time to do it now from within the institutions, generating policies that defend people and the environment.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of Organization and Finance of the IUC, Antonio Pérez, stressed that this agreement means “the construction of a fundamental tool for the people, especially for the people who are part of this highly unequal society.” He added that from now on it is necessary to try to continue with social policies and with the defense of public services, putting the social majority at the center of the political action of the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildos.
Antonio Pérez indicated that for a long time politics has left aside the social majority, and in some cases it has even worked “cornering” people. For this reason, he maintained that this coalition can allow the social majority to “begin to participate in the construction of the social model for the Canary Islands”, betting on the reinforcement of public services and sustainable tourism. Thus, he hopes that this tool will allow improvements to be achieved in a short time.
The objective of this project is to strengthen and articulate a space of cohesion and joint work of the left, progressive and green political parties of the Canary Islands, with the aim of “protecting the social achievements that have made us advance while we build a future better”.
For this new political coalition, the aim is not only to protect the past, but to be able to attend to the urgent problems that affect the islands and the majority of the people of the archipelago. Thus, the parties that participate in this space place the common above differences so that a new way of doing politics can truly transform the Canary Islands.
The objective of the coalition is to reverse the current situation, betting on a fairer, more egalitarian, sustainable, sovereign and supportive Canary Islands, based on the growing awareness and coincidence between citizens, social groups and parties not causing the lawlessness. They will work together for this, day by day, considering the electoral agreements, not as an end in themselves, but as one more means to advance towards the shared objectives, and with a perspective of continuity in the medium and long term.
The signatory organizations have established themselves as a fundamental political tool to turn the transformations that the Canary Islands need into public policies and into a government force capable of promoting changes that for decades seemed impossible. “The road has begun in recent years, but we need to give it continuity to consolidate and deepen these policies,” say the coalition signatories.
This coalition is, at the same time, a political space for joint work of different organizations and militant trajectories, a project that seeks the unity of political forces, people, social groups at the regional, island and municipal level, and a militant and management tool for the construction of popular power and sovereignty.
“The coalition needs to face a strengthening of the political space in the Canary Islands. Our organizational and political strength is the condition of possibility to continue promoting the transformations that the Canary Islands need, from the institutions and from organized civil society,” they add.
The concretion, regulation and organization of the space of the coalition in the Canary Islands, as a political reference of the transformative left, is an objective that the political organizations of the left, progressive and green in the Canary Islands assume as a strategy to promote.
Said organization must materialize in the drafting of various organizational protocols that help multiply the effectiveness and influence of political action, strengthening the presence of a political project of change based on the defense of the public, the defense of the interests of the working class and the social majority from parameters of social justice, equity, equality and environmental sustainability.