Eviction from the Dannenröd forest

### Update ###
Aktion Schlagloch @A49Schlagloch· posted on December 8th:

The last treehouse village in the #DanniBleibt fell today. But anyone who thinks that we as a climate justice movement are giving up now is wrong.
Because this was just the beginning.

That was only the clearing. At the planned start of construction itself of the motorway, it will be election campaign time, so those responsible for this “traffic policy” will have a lot of stuttering to do again! We are curious to see how they will handle that.
Because no more highway will be built without resistance!


Climate reversal is also a traffic reversal. It is therefore clear that certainly all Hambi fans are also fans of the Danni forest. Now we have to report on the eviction, e.g. from sources like Twitter: @DanniTicker
#DanniBleibt , N.irgendwo im Danni and from the blog, see logo left: “Wald statt Asphalt”, forest instead of asphalt! more…

New forest occupation in Poland

At the beginning of the Carpathians, where the area is still only hilly and where wolves, bears and lynxes live freely, wood is being cut because a piece of virgin forest was not classified as a national park. It planned to become one, in the fifties. Now it is not even nature reserve. This year it is planned to take 30% of the trees from the forest, all the big ones that are not declared as natural monuments. The job of cutting tree is apparently not even profitable: the two local forest management companies have received more than ~30 million euros in the last 8 years because of deficit. 3 times more than the 23 national parks of Poland.
A big part of the forest has never been attacked: it is on the slope and before, it was too difficult to go there with machines. In other words, it is a virgin forest located right next to a national park. If roads are built now to get to the wood, it is not only bad for the groundwater (the water then flows down the roads and is no longer “caught” in the forest), but also for the bears, which have build their sleeping places at least 2 km away from the roads. Many endangered species of lichen and moss live there, as well as protected woodpeckers and owls.
So on January 3, activists moved in to block the access road. With two skypods, the Wilczyce (female wolves) protect the forest on site, because petitions and blockades of the forest management company were not enough. Everyone is invited to join the protest.

The occupation is called Nora 219. Nora is the polish word for wolf’s burrow and 219a is the number the forest management compagny gave the piece of forest.

Website: nora219a.blackblogs.org 
Twitter: #nora219a @wolfesses
Instagram: kolektyw.wilczyce
Email: wilczyce@nullriseup.net

If you send us an email, we can help you to find public transport, because their websites can be complicated.
The exact location of the occupation is 49.12642° N, 22.71411° E, two kilometers straight on the way from the Bison Park Pokazowa zagroda żubrów w Mucznem.

New forest occupation in Switzerland!

We have received the following message:

—– Orchids against concrete: Welcome to the first forest occupation of Switzerland! ——

We occupy since Saturday the hill Mormont near Eclépens (Canton de Vaud, Switzerland) to resist against the expansion plans of the Swiss cement group HOLCIM. Despite the many objections raised by local associations and NGOs (ProNatura, WWF, ASM) against the expansion of the quarry,  the current 2800 m² pit has to be enlarged. This way, a large part of the hill flank and top would be blown up. This area is known as one of the richest flora habitats of the central Jura mountains and specially for its variety of orchids.

HOLCIM is a part of the “Carbon Majors” group, which emits lots of CO2. Concrete production is causing irreversible damage to ecosystems, and we want to stop at Eclépens against them. We demand the immediate omission of those eating their way into the hill Blasting and the preservation of the Mormont Hill.

At the moment we are about 30-40 people and are slowly growing. You are all cordially welcome, there are overnight accommodations in two yurts and a squatted house, where the Mole-Volkxköch*innen-Kollektiv supports us at the moment (ver)-delicious!
We are looking forward to you to support us with the occupation, the construction of further tree houses and the infrastructure in general.

Of course we will be pleased if you share this call!

Your orchids (:

Contact and information :
les_orchidees@nullriseup.net (french, english, german)
https://orchidees.noblogs.org
https://orchidees.noblogs.org/who-are-we/
Facebook: ZAD de la Colline
Legal Team: +33758786279

Resiliency: Weapon of the Rebel – Trauma: Weapon of the Oppressor

While the police is insuring those resisting the destruction of nature in dannibleibt, we must know that the possible after effect of such, are a very cheap weapon of oppression: Trauma.
It effects us individually and as a network. If trauma has become the currency of modern day repression, then resiliency is the weapon of the rebels.

I’d like to share a text written by the Jane Addams collective, “a small anarchist collective made up of social workers, psychologists and others who believe that in order to have a true and sustainable culture of resistance we must be able to maintain our mental health. We believe that this work is an essential part of community self defense.

(reminder: the use of violence is the core functionality of the police. Organized violence is what made it an institution. If you believe to not be affected by, that is because of your privileges.)

This text is quoted from their zine called “Mutual Aid and Trauma Resilience”. You can read the full zine (alone or with your affinity group) here:
https://janeaddamscollective.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/mutualaidtraumaresiliency.pdf more…

Critical whiteness weekend in hambach forest

Invitation for a Critical Whiteness Weekend in Hambach Forest

We want to come together and learn about the History of racism/colonialism, daily racism but also our very own internalised racism. Therefore we invite you to live, learn and reflect on ourselves together in the Hambach Forest from 2.10. to 4.10.
The weekend will be for free but if you are able to donate something we would appreciate it. Arrival day is planned to be 1.10.

It is important for us to clarify that every person that was involved in the planning is white. We are not free from racism. We do not know what it means to be affected by racism. We understand ourselves as learning participants of the weekend. And we wish that every white attendee shares this awereness. We want to open a room so that we can reflect on our thinking and acting.

The plan is to camp the whole weekend together in one space in the forest. After having breakfast together we want to fill the days with some workshops and rounds for reflection. While doing so we want to make sure to have enough time for getting to know each other and building networks. Everyone can participate. If you have plans for a cool workshop you want to do please write us a mail.
In the evening we want to cook and eat together. If you have some food at home that would otherwise spoil you can bring it.
It is very important for us that we consume only vegan stuff at this weekend, because we want to be aware for all forms of oppression which means also the oppression between human and non-human animals.

We will spend the time in the forest so we would wish for the ecosystem to be respected. For that: stay on paths, camping only in the marked area, collect your and other’s trash.
This forest is occupied which means that police actions can possibly happen at any time.

Please bring a tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag. We’ll find a solution if you don’t have these things.

We are very much looking forward to this weekend!
Please write us a short mail if you wanna come to: critical-whiteness-weekend-hambacher-forst@nullriseup.net
You can also reach us if you have questions, thoughts and critics and if you need a description of the way. We’ve also got a pgp-key if you wanna write to us encrypted.

Regarding corona we ask you to keep distance and to wear masks. We will spend our time outside and we have enough Desinfection for everyone.

Help Call from occupied forest in Uppsala Sweden

About a year ago, the forest-occupation project in Uppsala started after the municipality officially decided to clear a more than 200-year-old forest in order to build expensive high-rise buildings in its place.

The forest, Blodstensskogen, is located between two nature reserves and thus serves as a corridor for the many forest animals to move around. At the same time, Blodstensskogen has developed a strong and diverse ecosystem through its long existence. For example, there are deciduous trees and fir trees that are over a hundred years old, and it is home to many animals, including those that are protected (Red Listed Animals: different insects such as the longhorn beetle, musk longhorn beetle, scarlet fungus beetle, birds such as the black woodpecker and the crested tit, fungi such as the pine fire sponge, irpicodon pendulus, resupinate spurge and the beautiful earth stars, as well as three different species of bats that use the Blodstensskogen as hunting grounds and for reproduction).

We do not want to accept the unjustified clearing of the Blodstensskogen and therefore started to build tree houses and different platforms in the threatened forest. We were inspired by occupations like the one in the Hambach Forest and the many activists* who defend the forest with their dedication and steadfastness. We also want to thank them for their active help, on the one hand for the grant for materials, but especially for the help we received on site from some activists who came especially to share their knowledge with us!

The struggle for a more sustainable world with a fairer climate continues, even now, in these turbulent and uncertain times overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is still unclear whether the Blodstensskogen can persist. At the moment, there is still a legal process, but it has little chance of success and can be ended at any time by an eviction order. A few days ago, people from the municipality came into the forest and threatened us to leave the tree house and the existing structures, or they destroy it because it was an “illegal construction”, starting on Sunday 7 June – ridiculous when you consider that the whole forest is to be cleared to make way for high-rise buildings. That is what we call illegal!

It is important for us to stress: If there is an eviction, we need your support. In times of the corona pandemic we are learning many new forms of action. Even though civil disobedience is great and absolutely necessary on site and we want to encourage people to come to Blodstensskogen, you can also support us through media (FB: https://www.facebook.com/raddablodstensskogen) or by donating money. For further details / contact please write us: blodstensskogen@nullriseup.net / +46 739992861

We thank you and send everyone much strength and perseverance.

– The activists from Blodensskogen

AntiFascist and ProMigrant Response to the Weekly “Hygiene” Demos

 

COVIDIOTS AND NAZIS UNITED FACING ANTIFA

The feeling of uncertainty and fear has been fed by the State aproach to this Corona Crisis like every other crisis that came before and that continues to grow by each day: Climate, Migration, Food Instability and Deforestation, all being exploited for profit, militarization and by the Right.  With Corona at first we were all told not to bother wearing masks in public spaces, remember with illogical justification that only sick people should do so, dirty secret of capitalism and austerity being that there was not enough masks not just for all but also even for hospital workers, then came the present regulations for manatory mask wearing together with world-wide subsidies and buyoouts for heavy industries and large corporations and not for the healthcare or in the form of social assistance for those most at risk, the elderly the poor, migrants and prisoners.  In this climate of practical breakdown it is the right that once again is trying to seize the opportunity to peddle their conspiracy theories to take advantage of the crisis: the narratives only on the surface apears to be critical of the state, assuming incredibly racist and antisemitic overtones: wearing masks is compared to sharia law or  to wearing star of David during the Holocaust.

 

 

 

 

 

In last saturday demo #K2305 in Cologne a person appeared in a concentration camp uniform with a sign “Maske Macht Frei”, seen here being interviewed by a extreme right youtuber Oliver Flesch.  This is only on the surface appearing to be  critical of the state and its corona regulations as the conservative and right wing nature of those protest cover up any critique of social and healhtcare inaction of the state, marginalize highly affected groups like refugees, prisoners and migrant workers even further and their demo participants clap frantically any time any of the counter protesters get hassled or arrested by the police.

It is however the couter demonstrators, coming from left, antifa, social causes perspectives that make those demos worthwile and put them in the right context.  After the initial surprise of the first demos on and around May 2nd, where Hygiene movement entered stores and harassed people wearing masks with some masks being pulled off people’s faces, with a very pronounced radical right element, the following demos on the 16th and 23 of May in Cologne and in Aachen, as in most other large cities, large antifascist counterdemonstrator presence was mobilized. In Cologne outnumbering the Hygiene Covidiots by 100, having 300-400 protesters to the Hyginist’s 200.  It is not only the narrative that sets this group and movement as being clearly instrumentalized and heavily influenced by the right, its very name strikes uneasy parallels to Hygiene being a particuarly high propaganda focus of the national socialist regime with Racial Hygiene laws and potrayal of all ethnic minorities and enemies of the state as unhygienic. During the demos many agresive provocations took place from the Hyginists who caughed from  a short disctance in the counter protester’s faces, sprayed them with desinfectant, and kept aggressively asking “Do you see any Natzis here?”. With each protest having its high profile extreme right wing social media personality as part of the protest on #K16o5 it was the Youtuber “Influenza”(with a rather intentionally disturbing self identification and fetishization of another deadly disease). Which is another more secretive, but seen in their group chats, element of this movement that not only does it deny that corona is a deadly to hundreds of thousands disease but at other times spreading the views that the pandemic is cleansing humanity of the old, sick and functions a needed population control instrument.

It is no wonder that like towards completly open natzis showing off in the streets, here too the response is that of disgust, actions and blockades. The counterdemos being organized with and without permits by alliance of the left and on the 26th of May in Cologne by the Sea Bridge, SeeBrucke People, offering a safe space and a garthering place for all that share a pro social, pro healthcare and anti natzi perspecive.  This legality and permits of those demos, like allways, is not being respected by the State with several people being detained in Cologne and in Aachen.  Once again solidarity is our weapon and we know that we can not expect anything more than inaction and brutality from the State, be it the Climate crisis or Corona, thats why again and again it is the self organized, autonomous and community groups that are filling the void that the State creates and enlarges creating an arena for the right wing extremists and neonazis.

The struggle for the streets and the minds has some parallels to the political situation fallowing the great depression in the 1920, with the unemployment in US and many economic indicators surpassing the great depression, especially in US and in the Global South, with the crisis expected to worsen with present unprecedented food insecurity in Africa and India and quite possibly this fall in Europe as well after a record breaking hot and dry winter.  Equating every crisis with an opportunity, AFD, initianlly experiencing large drop in support due to not having any pro healtcare or pro social perspecitve(suprise, suprise) during the pandemic is now trying to catch up and postition iteself  to take advantage of this economic/social/ecological crisis of Late Capitalism that is brewing out of,not just, corona, but also out of decades of ultra liberal austerity, climate crisis and now a global pandemic.  The closures of many small establishments and loss of employment has to be adressed from a critique of capitalism perspective and the void filled with actions, mutual support and demands for not more cops but for free and open healthcare, not more guns but living wages and more open living and social spaces and closed borders responded with aid and open doors and admission to those impacted by wars and instability for which our privelaged Global North livestyles are responsible.

 

All the above demands, needs and social and climate emergencies that corona, cliamate and refugee crisis symbolize continue to be responded to by thousands who are not willing to sit at home and await the government to deliver any solutions knowing very well that unless those demands are not won in the streets and through actions and occupations they will never become a reality.

A movement of Social and Ecological Justice continues against the “philosophy” of disinformation, fear, militarism and collapse!!

 

CALL FOR ACTION: Lets Re-Wild the old A4 Autobahn!!

Call for Action: Let’s give back the former A4 to nature!

We successfully fought against RWE and NRW‘s state government to not clearcut the forest. They declared that the Hambach Forest will not be used for brown coal mining any more.

This is a success of our common fight that has been going on for several years.

However, this forest has not been „saved“: The wounds that have been caused to the forest are deep.

One of these many wounds that is very visible is the former highway A4 that goes from the Secu-Point to the East of the forest like a scar. It is an ecological desert, a broad stripe without any plants, with many negative impacts on the forest and its animals.

Also, a research paper published by the Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) and the Hochschule Eberswalde demands for rescuing the Hambach Forest: „The former highway A4 is to be recultivated and re-planted with forest as soon as possible.“ (see https://www.greenpeace.de/sites/www.greenpeace.de/files/publications/hambacher_forst.pdf, see also: https://taz.de/Studie-zu-Tagebau-und-Waldsterben/!5618305/).

If the forest is really not to be cut down any more, this road must be removed from the forest by RWE.

It is an „object that does not belong to the forest“ (as RWE says), and therefore should be removed from the forest.

However, we do not want to wait for RWE to do something maybe at some point in the future (if at all), but to become active ourselves and to begin to give back the former A4 to nature.

We want to start to replant this empty desert road with our hands‘ work, to fill it again with plants and animals that can use it. Let us work together with basic tools to change this ecological crime and to replant the former A4 with pioneer plants. We have already started- just join us (keeping Corona safety distance, of course).

Maybe we can also motivate gardening centers and tree schools to help us bringing soil and water with trucks in order to step by step help nature to heal this wound in the forest.

 

Hunger Strike For the Climate?! now in 31th day.

 

For past 31 days actions have taken place as part of Hunger Strike for the Climate?! and against Corona Marginalization, Profiteering and Repression through out the state of North Rhine Westphalia. We have taken our demands of:

1. No sidelining of Climate Crisis in itself connected to habitat loss and migration that is causing and magnifying of the latest capitalist structural crisis of Covid 19 pandemic.

2. Release of prisoners from NRW jails, the last land in Bundes Republic territory not to do so to decrease the risk of outbreak of corona in its overcrowded prisons.

3. Solidarity with refugees and call for release and closure of refugee camps on the greek island and of US ICE Immigration detention where conditions are dire and outbreaks occur on every day basis.

4. Call for supermarkets to stop throwing food in the trash, exposing activists, the poor, the elderly and the homeless to all the pathogens that are in the store by having to go through the supermarkets garbage.

5. Call for anonymous testing and amnesty for forest activists during the pandemic. Both are preventing not just activists but all without valid id from being tested and stress on using police to address the crisis is making numerous populations reluctant and not able to seek treatment.

6. Connecting and full responsibility for RWE of its epicenter of respiratory deseases caused by coal based emission and fine particles from mining amplifying the scope of the pandemic by leaving the local population sicker and more vulnerable to this disease on top of causing more that 60000 deaths in German territory alone. Same with RWEs effect on the global climate disaster unfolding before our eyes.

7. Opening Up of villages, buildings and to be destroyed homes laying in the path of RWEs toxic mines for social, ecological and living spaces.

Last but not least:

 

 

8. No instrumentalization of Corona for new waves of repression against forest and climate activists and ever increasing groups of marginalized segments of society: the homeless and the poor, elderly, ethnic minorities and refugees, and prisoners.

With the Climate Crisis continuing to unfold as RWE continues to mine around Hambacher Forst destroying surrounding, also happening in two other coal mining regions, villages and habitats and as the corona epidemic is exploited to bail out and to give billions to large polluters and heavy industries, all this as the epidemic rages in prisons, refugee camps, in the global south and in socially enclosed and collective spaces with no resources and little attention directed for those that needed it the most. For those reasons and especially to raise awareness of solidarity mutual assistance and anticapitalist critique and perspective of this and this and that in an ever list of crises perpetuated by the system for those reasons the Hunger Strike for the Climate will continue for another week taking this message to the empty of compassion, empathy and foresight edifices of power:

Monday NRW Parliament 1100 to 1300 Interior Ministry 1320 to 1500

Tuesday RWE headquarters Essen 1200 to 1500

Wed. Aachen Court and Aachener Anzeiger for its anti Climate and Pro Coal message

Thurs. Ehrenfeld JVA Koln Prison, place of detention of many Hambacher Forst Activists

Fri. Real SuperStore in Duren 1000 to 1400 a location of arrest of Hambis for liberating thrown away food.