We are young and we dream with changing the world. We dream that the world will stop using coal, that Hambi will stay, that we will stop climate change or that we will be able to afford a decent place to live. We dream, in the same way as young people before us dreamed that the working week should not exceed 8 hours per day, that public education should be free for everyone, that no one should die for not being able to pay the healthcare he/she needed or that nuclear power plants should not be used to produce electricity. They dreamed all of these things, but they made much more than that. They understood how politics works and what makes politicians decide one way or the other. They understood whose interest do politicians serve, and a lot of times, they understood how to force them to do what the activists wanted them to do. They were able to identify who opposed their proposals and which were the means their adversaries could use to defend their position, as well as the means they, as activists, could use to defend theirs. They were able to identify the places where they were strong and their adversaries weak, and they found the ways to force their adversaries to establish the fights in the terrains that were better for their interests as activists. Then, they were able to anticipate the moves of their adversaries and to respond adequately to those moves. Finally, they were able to organise all the events and actions they considered necessary to achieve their goals. They organised demonstrations, newspapers, meetings, actions of propaganda or non-violent resistance actions, and while organising all those things they had to face a lot of challenges. They faced the lack of money, the shortage of people, the lack of places to make their actions and sometimes even some failures, but they were able to overcome all these difficulties and make the most important thing, achieving their goals and winning.
- Alvaro Gärtner