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Friday, 11 May 2018 10:56

3. Autonomy

AUTONOMY is the third chapter of the comic We Want Everything based on the book of the same name by Nanni Ballerini.

Beginning this chapter we briefly see the struggles and strikes all the previous days before that Thursday, 29 May (a day narrated in the previous chapter, THE STRUGGLE.) Then we find again our hero as he runs out of the factory and goes to the assembly in the cafe. What follows is a description of the situation in FIAT and the escalation of the struggles at the Mirafiori plant until the complete blockade of production (while spreading to almost all factories in Italy) just before the big assembly in the University and the events in the 3rd of July. (chapters THE WAGE, THE COMPANIONS and THE AUTONOMY in the book).

The main problem I encountered in this part is that much of the material in the book consists of a calendar format with records of each day's events or actions inside the factory. Keeping what I judged as most important, I chose to maintain the format of the diary only for the beginning (before May 29) and to give a form of comic panels for after 29, trying to make an escalation.

For this chapter, I have also used some stuff of two other books, "L' ETABLIE" by Linhart Robert, and "The Diary of a Renault Worker", by Daniel Mothe.

Next chapters will be "The Assembly" (same) and "The Rebellion" (also).

Additional Info

  • Medium: Pencils, pens and digital corrections
  • Date: 2018

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We Want Everything

the publications of colleagues, Nov. 2021

Summer of 1969, Italy. A year after May '68, FIAT workers began a dynamic and unmediated strike against their powerful boss. Their struggle marked the beginning of a decade of workers' and students' mobilizations and the rise of the Autonomy movement. It was characterized by many as the last invasion of the working class into the sky. Last ... let's hope until the next one ...

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