“As Germany hosts green summit, an energy firm is razing a nearby forest”

Article about the Hambach Forest, found on edition.cnn.com, website of CNN.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/16/europe/germany-coal-hambach-forest/index.html

A reply on the German version of this blog:

Particular attention should be paid to the passage where Mr Steffen of RWE indicates as a reason for further clearing of the Hambach Forest that it is simply in the way:
“We are going to continue to log this season as well, it is inevitable. We have to do it because the forest is in the way of the excavators,” he explains.

That this is the philosophy of RWE – to destroy everything that is in the way without any consideration – it seems that they no longer intend to deny it.

The only question is how such people behave in traffic.
Yes, I could have avoided it. But the child, which ran in front of my car, was in the way.

Without Words

We do not carry out the wishes of the police. But not accepting this invitation really would be a shame. React with your experiences with the police. If you like, also to us: hambacherforst@nullriseup.net

Text on the website of the police:
Our Christmas wish: Paint your experience with the police.

Things we are still urgently searching for

Dear people from outside the forest,

The trial on November 21 is getting closer and we are facing an organizational challenge. Of course, as more and more people gather in the forest to defend it, we also have to invest more and more supplies if we should besieged. In addition, we are happy about ready-packed backpacks for spontaneous actions (see below).

In larger quantities we still need:

  • Chocolate (vegan, and palm fat free)
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Applesauce (vegan and palm fat free)
  • Oatmeal
  • Corn (canned)
  • Beans (canned)
  • Lentils
  • Canned instant meals (vegan and palm fat free)
  • Energy bars (vegan and palm fat free)
  • Vegan drinks
  • Juice
  • Gas cartridges
  • Water (5 liter packs)
  • Instant glue
  • Razor blades
  • Toilet paper
  • Tomato sauce
  • Lighter
  • Candles
  • Gas cooker
  • Sunflower oil

See also Donations in kind

Backpack packing list for spontaneous occupations:

Sleeping bag, headlamp, vegan energetic food for 2-3 days (muesli bars, chocolate, dried fruit), first aid bag, rescue blanket, tarpaulin, sleeping pad, two thermoses, heat pack (hand warmer)

Possibly: hammock, pastime material (books, magazines etc.)

Furthermore, sometimes we are looking for someone who can bring with a car about 700 kilos of food from Freiburg im Breisgau to the forest. Please call +49178/1637325). That’s the number of the forest phone, because most things are for the tree houses.
If you can still get some stuff foro us, we would be happy to get them until 11/19.
To all those, who support us with donations and food during this clear-cutting season: Thank you so very much.
By the way, you can give money too:

Account Spen­den & Ak­tio­nen
IBAN DE29 5139 0000 0092 8818 06
BIC VB­MH­DE5FXXX
Reference Winter 2018

Or virtuel money to our Bitcoin account:

1BrEFZ4wijftNyq7F1jCnSSmxRCab4GWgo

You know what it’s gonna mean when you say twenty treehouses

This weekend a storm is blowing through the forest, swaying the treehouses and stripping the trees of their leaves. Somewhere else another wind frees the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia of its last pretence of some just rule of law. Three weeks before the trial the administrative court already published it’s decision and show us that we can expect nothing but a show trial: The court decides to protect 56 hectares from being cut by RWE – cynically as these are the areas that RWE doesnt plan to use in the first case. A true success for this chewy almalgam called RWE/NRW/Police/Justice.

We are expecting that RWE will start their bulldozers, tree crackers and harvesters immidiately after the 21st of November, the date of the court case. According to leaked information they are planning to destroy the oldest parts of the forest and all tree house villages. In a document published by the local parlament RWE is quoted as “20 of the 22 known tree houses are in the destruction area”.

We will not let this pass. We are taking responsibility now, to ensure with our actions and our words that injustice will not became law. The wind is still blowing and carries with it the seeds of resistance. It is up to us to ensure that they will be able to bloom.

No matter where you are, prepare yourselves to come to the forest in the middle of November. Sign up for the text message notifications of any pending eviction. Inform your friends, sisters and brothers.

In solidarity with all prisoners, exploited and freedom-loving people.

Likely cutting area

Be notified of an eviction!

Live Ticker Deforesting Season 2017

For all of those, who want to be directly informed when cuttings or evictions are starting, here is an SMS alert list. To get informed type in your mobile number into the form down below. Then encrypt and send the message!


Once you get informed, prepare yourself for the eviction and get your backpack packed (more…). It does not matter if you’re visiting us for one day or even longer, during the cutting season we need everyone to prevent the destruction.

See you in Forest!

Hambi in Solidarity with Occupied Fish Farms Actions

First Nations groups from the Namgis and Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw have occupied two Norwegian-owned Marine Harvest fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago for more than three weeks. The occupation escalated quickly from tents to makeshift, weather-resistant houses on the farms. The occupying groups say they will stay until the facilities are shut down.

Hereditary chiefs, supported by family and friends, have been especially vocal about the fish farms they say are illegally placed on their territories without their consent. Members of the Namgis First Nation have opposed the Marine Harvest Swanson Island farm since it was first built 31 years ago.

Community members say that many of the fish farms were built along the traditional migratory route of the wild salmon on the east coast of Vancouver Island where the ocean water is rich in nutrients. But they also say that the rightful chiefs never signed off on the farms and that the fish farm industry has operated without the consent of those most affected by their presence.

Salmon protectors, or fish farm protesters, criticize the farm’s practices, saying that farming Atlantic salmon in West Coast waters breeds disease, affecting other wild fish and animal populations.

https://cleansingourwaters.com/

Indigenous Women Led Environmental Struggle in 2016

found on earthfirstjournal.org from telesur

Women are leading the struggle in Latin America against environmental destruction as well as Indigenous rights, but they often face assassination, jail, threats and violence.

They not only fight against gender inequality, but also demand wider societal transformation of a patriarchal system that doesn’t work for them as women — even though it is working exactly how it’s supposed to.

That is, the inequality and commodification that drives the capitalist system exploit women, keeping women in a second-class caste system. At the same time, women’s participation in social struggle is their way of asserting and vocalizing their own worth in a system that doesn’t value them.

This devaluation results in violence against women that is not a matter of isolated incidents or individual “bad apples.” Instead, violence against women, especially Indigenous women and women of color, is a structural component of the capitalist, colonial state.

Capitalism and colonialism — both patriarchal systems — don’t see inherent worth in women’s bodies and the work they do, and instead commodify them. This positions violence against women as a justified and structural part of the state that upholds these systems.

 

1. Maxima Acuña — Peru

Acuña is an Indigenous farmer in Peru who led her community to fight off U.S. mining giant Newmont, which reportedly attacked Acuña and her family. But she has refused to abandon her land and her resistance has successfully halted Newmont’s plans to open the US$4.8-billion Conga open-pit gold and copper mining project for the “foreseeable future.”

The proposed Conga mine project would threaten the local ecosystem with contamination of the cyanide-leaching, open-pit mining process and transform at least one local lake into a waste pit.

Acuña’s fight has been an inspiring story as a victory for small Indigenous farmers against transnational corporate power.

She was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2016.

2. Machi Francisca Linconao — Chile

Machi Francisca Linconao is an important spiritual leader of the Mapuche people imprisoned since 2013 and still awaiting trial. Indigenous movements say her imprisonment is part of a strategy to criminalize the Mapuche fight for their ancestral lands. Her health is in now danger, and activists are calling for her release.

Linconao was accused of arson along with 10 others, which led to the deaths of two powerful landlords, Werner Luchsinger and Vivianne Mackay. However, the evidence that was used to detain her, using an anti-terror law, remains suspect with the main witness retracting her statement.

3. Milagro Sala — Argentina

Sala is a lawmaker and leader of the Tupac Amaru movement who was arrested in Jujuy on Jan. 16, 2016, after staging a month-long sit-in against Jujuy province’s Governor Gerardo Morales, an ally of President Mauricio Macri.

Leader of the 70,000-strong Tupac Amaru organization and a representative in Parlasur, the parliamentary bloc of South America’s Mercosur, Sala led protests against the Macri government’s neoliberal policies alongside other activists.

She previously faced charges of incitement, which were later dropped, but before she could be released a fresh warrant was handed down, alleging illicit association, fraud and extortion.

Since Argentine President Mauricio Macri supports her arrest, Sala is now dubbed the first political prisoner of Macri’s administration. She has said that justice bends to the “whim” of the president and his governors. Prominent human rights defenders and organizations have also labeled her arrest “illegal.”

The U.N. and the OAS have demanded her release.

4. Berta Caceres — Honduras

Berta Caceres, assassinated in March despite police protection, was a key leader in the Lenca struggle against the Agua Zarca Dam, a controversial development project in the community of Rio Blanco that was put in motion without consent from local communities. She, along with other residents, led a successful campaign to halt the construction of the dam, but the community has continued to face systematic harassment. Her family is still awaiting justice.

She won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015. Her assassination rapidly sent shock waves across the country and sparked outrage over her death.