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Erik Persson is born and situated in Umeå, northern Sweden. He has a background in DIY music scenes and has been part of various projects, mainly relating to the notion of ”The Right to the City”. The texts found below where originally published in Swedish and are roughly translated to English. Written in the heat of the moment, they might in some cases lack context for readers unaccustomed with with surrounding circumstances. For questions: contact the author at jens.erik.persson@gmail.com

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adalen2Sollefteå Maternity Care Occupation shows ways for New Social Movements (2017-02-02) is a short essay originally published in Swedish, by regional daily paper Västerbottens-Kuriren. It was translated to English by the Transnational Social Strike (TSS) Network. The essay was written about a month after the beginning of an  Occupation of the main entrance hall at the hospital in Sollefteå, January 2017. The occupation opposed the closing of the maternity ward as well as other cuts at the hospital. The intention with the essay was to connect the occupation as one node in a large social movement against austerity in the Västernorrland County Council of northern Sweden, which has most seriously affected the hospital in Sollefteå. The occupation was still on-going in the beginning of 2020.

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brandSeeds for Municipalism in Sweden (2016-05-01) was originally published in Swedish by anarchist periodical Tidningen Brand. The issue titled »The Local« made effort to critically introduce the ideas of (New) Municipalism to a Swedish speaking milieu after such actors had gained power over a multiplicity of Spanish cities in 2015 while also the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria had declared autonomy and was in the wake of experimenting with models inspired by theorist Murray Bookchin. This essay discusses similarities between such ideas and contemporary movements particularly in communities located in northern Sweden.

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doroteaThe Dorotea Insurrection Carries Seeds for an Equal Society (2015-07-24) was originally published in Swedish by regional daily paper Västerbottens-Kuriren. The Dorotea Insurrection was a struggle between 2012-2015 against county council austerity, focusing on the Emergency room in the village Dorotea and the ambulance service in next-door municipality Åsele. Both villages are located in the inland parts of the Västerbotten county, which administrative center is the city Umeå, located by the coastline. The Dorotea Insurrection was notable mainly through the inhabitants occupation of the (entrance hall at the) local health center for more than three years. The movement further campaigned for a county council referendum on the cuts which took place in 2013. In 2014 they ousted the social democratic party from local power in advantage for a local party called Dorotea kommunlista – the Dorotea municipal list. In 2015 the cuts were finally retracted. This essay was written as the insurrectionaries ended the occupation with the promise of developments in the inland health care.

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A Year of Culture – To attract investorskulturar (2014-01-30) was originally published in Swedish by southern Swedish local daily paper Kristianstadsbladet. It’s written to contrast the inauguration of Umeå, Northern Sweden as the European Capital of Culture (ECoC). The essay mostly focuses on tensions between youth movements and ruling actors, but also discusses how the ECoC impacted the city and its citizens.