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These articles, essays, reportages and papers has previously mostly been published elsewhere in Swedish. Often written in the heat of the moment for readers familiar with the circumstances, they might seemingly lack some contextualisations in these English translations. The author is Erik Persson, born and dwelling in the city of Umeå in northern Sweden. For questions contact the author at jens.erik.persson (at) gmail dot 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. Translated to english by the Transnational Social Strike (TSS) Network. The essay was written a month or so after the Sollefteå Maternity Care Occupation begun in January 2017 to oppose the official closing of the maternity ward at the hospital. The intention was to connect the occupation as one node in a large social movement against austerity in the Västernorrland County Council which has mostly affected the hospital in Sollefteå.

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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. The essay discusses similarities between such ideas and contemporary movements particularly in communities in northern Sweden.

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doroteaSeeds for another society within’ The Dorotea Insurrection (2015-07-24) was originally published in Swedish in 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 by the coast. The Dorotea Insurrection was notable for the inhabitants occupation of the local health center for more than 3 years, the campaign for a county council referendum on these specific cuts and the ousting of the social democratic party from local power in advantage for a local party called Dorotea kommunlista – the Dorotea municipal list. The cuts where in the end 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 as the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) that took place the same weekend. The essay is mostly focused on tensions between youth movements and ruling actors, but also discusses what how the ECoC impacted the city and its citizens.

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