There was something more than just a magnetic attraction, more than an instinct, it was more like a gasp for a breath of air after being underwater too long that pulled me immediately to the first window with bars through which it was possible to see the outside after 3 long days of being in the labyrinth of arrests cells, hallways and metal cubes of prison transport vans that followed my immediate arrest when being “processed”. Looking to see some life, some nature, some grass, birds anything: I looked out at a perfect square with solid dirt surface with barely any grass surrounded on all sides by 3 stories of brick and barbed wire. On the top of the antenna on rooftop opposite however were two magpies sitting close on both sides of a very still crow. The magpies looked around constantly the crow did not. Instant reconnect to something from which forcefully one was being pried apart… and this was just the beginning of this form of avian psychological support as time after time crows would hang out in the distance, cognizant of the fact that humans are not to be trusted, allowing the colony of magpies inhabiting the jail rooftops and courtyard to do their scouting and only when alerted by the magpies would they come closer to investigate. A slow glide with an audible whoosh, followed by several hops on the ground. The whole parliament, yes that is an actual name for group of magpies, immediately would freeze only following the crow with their eyes, only moving again after one of them would take on a role of a delegate and representative, walking right to the crow, accompanying the bird side by side with beaming pride you see in young kids when they are with an older sibling they admire… Hmmm fellow Crowids, a family of opportunists and omnivores in that aspect like ourselves. In most ways nothing like us as we continue to hunt, exterminate, and abuse them…
Sitting in a cell and seeing the comrade birds outside, in came reports of another wave of record breaking heatwaves, vanishing polar ice, hurricanes and fire storms, fueling wave after wave of social instability and refugees. Then another type of message arrived, it was an issue of Adbusters with the theme of Collapse. It contained a story of a future civilization of crowids that looked down at the Anthropocene’s archaeological layer of radial tires, plastic, toxic coal micro-particles, with a thin layer of radioactive fallout on top and as they studied this crap they reflected and were cognizant enough not to try to make the same mistakes…
This struggle and this action of solidarity with the prisoners in reality is so much more, at least to me, it is a struggle against turning the whole planet into a prison of climate chaos, food insecurity, resource collapse and extinction future that will become a prison for our future selves whatever species we might be if the present trends are allowed to continue. A future that is guaranteed if the only solutions enforced by those presently in power to the present day ecological, social and climate crisis is more exploitation, more cops, more weapons and more jails…….
In Solidarity with the Hambi9
++ Demo ++ Cologne ++ Saturday, Februar 3th, 2018 ++ Afternoon ++
Climate protection is no crime
Release imprisoned Hambach Forest Activists – RIGHT NOW!
Since Monday, 01/22/2018, nine activists from the Hambach Forest have been in custody indefinitely. On that day they had obstructed the eviction of barricades in the forest and thus successfully prevented it.
#FreeHambi9 #JetztErstRecht #HambiBleibt more…
This Thursday an evening of discussion, letter writing and zine and book sending will take place at Autonomous Center in Cologne. The Café will be open at 7:00 pm while banner making will start at 5:00 pm outside. Bring postcards, zines and books, paint and brushes and a usb or sd card with images and text in jpeg format that might be appropriate for banners.
Autonomes Zentrum Köln, Luxemburger Str. 93, 50674 Köln
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See You There!
Solidarity to Hambi9 from inside the Frankfurt Airport during the 250th Monday protest, when over 300 people who marched through terminal 1. They protested against the constant airport expansion, this time for discount airlines, generating more climate destroying pollution and cutting forest habitats such as Trebur Wald. Also this is now being occupied with over 3 tree-sits and ground structures. more…
The Vigil Group in the Hambi supporters scene organizes a vigil in front of the jail JVA Köln-Ossendorf tonight, in which some of the activists are locked away since the violent police action in the forest on monday. We show our solidarity with them and protest against the repression machine, that has been started up here.
Where: Jail Justizvollzugsanstalt Köln-Ossendorf
When: 7:00 bis 8:00 pm
Needed: Loudspeakers, music (& instruments, come as a band, first rehearsal in front of the JVA), good (which means LOUD) sound equipment, banners
Wir freuen uns auf einen bunten und lauten Protest mit euch.
See you tonight
Although we have a lot to do as usual (there are many barricades to be built) – of course enough time remains to send solidarity greetings to our comrades in Greece!
If you want to know something about the fight against the destruction of the environment in the Greek Halkidiki, here is an insight:
https://griechenlandsoli.com/2018/01/09/der-goldene-tod/ (in German)
Long live the Antinational Solidarity!
As they sit, lay, walk in circles, and dream surrounded by hierarchy, walls and repression, solidarity is ever present, it is present among other prisoners, among every single non-human creature they encounter or see through the bars in the window, and it is especially ever present in the hearts and minds of all those on the outside who have also experienced repression do to remaining active in championing the numerous eco and social causes that are being repressed by progressively more right wing and repressive regimes of the global north. That is their climate response to this global emergency more repression, militarization and privatization of the global ecological and social crime/disaster scenes which RWE lignite has turned not just Hambacher Forest and its region into but which with its larges single net CO2 output, Remains Europes Climate Killer Number One. more…
On 01/22/2018 we experienced the most violent police operation in the forest since the premature end of the clearing season. This mission clearly showed us three things:
- By massive civil disobedience it is possible to prevent evictions.
- The violence and escalation in Hambach Forest comes from state and police, contrary to the propaganda that a de-escalative course is being run under the Aachen police chief.
- The majority of the media does not attach much importance to fair reporting in this matter. Instead, it is common practice to accept without any criticism alleged facts from police press releases.
The last few days have shown that if we refuse to be put off as a movement, we have to be many, we must stand together and not give in our resistance, even though we have to reckon with repression through our actions. 9 people were deprived of their liberty for putting their bodies in the way of machines responsible for destroying our planet. So we have to make sure that those who are unwilling to tolerate such conditions show that they are outraged and make their voices heard.
First of all, however, the question arises who we really want to hit with our resistance? Our protest is directed against all repressive structures such as jails, police or courts that protect the interests of large corporations and thus support a system that places human life behind economic interests. And that is why the actions should continue to be directed against RWE and lignite mining, because the exploitation of humans, animals and nature, which is accompanied by the destructive approach of such companies, means repression, by which we here in Germany are not as directly affected as humans in the global south. But we need creative ideas for action in order to take care that, out of anger, our activism will not fall into meaningless actionism and we will continue to act strategically and in harmony. And at this point we are needed all of us. In the list below, we collected some proposals for actions that you can easily and conveniently perform on the solidarity action day on February 3th in the city of your choice. Have fun trying and getting creative yourself. more…
On January 22, the police tried in vain to clear the occupied barricades in the forest with an expensive action. Even the attempt to present the “violent ecoterrorists” to the present regional deputies of the SPD and AfD failed. For our resistance is colorful, courageous and broader than ever. Nevertheless, now 9 climate activists are in custody. They are accused of resistance to law enforcement officers. For opposing their bodies to the evacuation machines. For having decided to peacefully but firmly demonstrate against lignite mining and for a climate-friendly world. Never before in the history of this forest occupation, so many activists were imprisoned at the same time. more…