Yolanda Díaz starts Sumar to build an organized movement beyond political parties

A year ago the debate on the figure of Yolanda Díaz revolved around whether she was going to be the candidate of United We Can in the next general elections or not. The question of whether she is going to opt to be president of the Government has not been resolved, but the variable of United We Can has taken a radical turn in less than 12 months.

Diaz was proposed to lead a renewal of leadership on the left and she chose to reset the left. That operation starts this Friday at Matadero Madrid, where the second vice president of the Government will officially launch Sumar, the long-awaited “listening process” that begins months late because, like almost everything today, of the war and inflation.

The ‘reset’ of the Ministry of Labor is not computerized, but it follows a good part of the parameters of this type of operation. Díaz wants to disassemble the puzzle and reassemble it, with many of the current pieces but with the aim of composing a different image. Adding, not counting the unknowns that still need to be cleared up, is essentially for the vice president and her team the configuration of an organized movement, of a citizen network that serves as a mainstay of her political project.

“We need a base, a network so that, when a leader leaves, something remains to support him,” comment sources familiar with the project that the second vice president wants to configure. The best tool to achieve this, they believe in the Díaz team, is a listening process that serves to identify the demands and desires of a citizenry disconnected from politics and, at the same time, return politics to citizens through their participation in this process.

The objective is for Sumar to receive from citizens keys with which to identify their problems and shape disaggregated demands from civil society to unite them into something collective that transcends all separate demands: weave a network, configure a movement that goes beyond parties and electoral cycles.

The modus operandi is to “listen” to different people, from different social classes, trades, positions or groups. The roadmap translates into a six-month tour in which Díaz and his team will travel throughout the territory of the State to awaken that ‘social conscience’ through a long and drawn-out conversation. The following steps also seem clear: preparation of a political program and decision-making by the vice president about whether she is going to be the candidate for the Presidency of the Government in the general elections of 2023.

The organization of the event

The staging this Friday that sets everything in motion will take place, broadly speaking, in two acts. There will be, first of all, a declaration of intent, an analysis and an explanation by Díaz of what you want to do; The vice-president will take the floor and address the attendees in what will probably be the first and last eminently political intervention of her listening process.

They may also take the floor people from civil society and from different sectors (Culture, social movements, cinema…) that will accompany the Minister of Labour. Later, in what may be a small preview of the fundamental bulk of the listening process, Díaz will speak with the attendees, listen to them, be present in conversations, sometimes as a protagonist and, at others, as a spectator and listener. At least, that is the intention.

The head of Labor has asked the leaders of the political parties not to attend this event, setting the clear guideline that, at least in this configuration phase of her project, the organizations will not be the protagonists. Neither Ione Belarra (general secretary of Podemos), nor Alberto Garzón (federal coordinator of Izquierda Unida), nor Íñigo Errejón (leader of Más País) will attend Matadero Madrid.

Nor will “first swords” attend, neither Compromís nor En Comú Podem, after the vice president speak “with each and every one” of the political formations that are located to the left of the PSOE.

“I am very happy for the new stage that I am beginning in my life. This is a process that will be a citizen and I have chosen Pride week because I want a happy countryinclusive, who wants and respects sexual freedom,” Diaz commented this Thursday during a television interview. The vice president is already removing and putting pieces on the new board on the left with the doubt of whether she will be able to conform the image she hopes for or, at the Otherwise, he gets lost in an impossible puzzle.

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