Hambach Forest, lofty heights and deep precipices, part 1

Original title: Hambacher Forst Hoch und Tiefbau
Building and civil engineering
“A film about the Hambach Forest, an insight into lofty heights, deep precipices, an eviction and what I have to do with it – all this happened not so long ago between Cologne and Aachen.”
Only at the beginning there is pretty much text in German, otherwise the film speaks for itself.
Part 2

Appeal to all activists and demonstrators who were affected by police violence during treehouse evictions during the last 6 years!!!

We want to prevent the next eviction in court!

Due to increasing police violence, it can be assumed that in case of evictions, people brutally will be mistreated again. This can not be allowed and we are sick of it! Let us protect our homes and our tree houses! The evictions are a pretext to clearcut the Hambi piece by piece prematurely. The deforesting stop is thus not observed.

Appeal to all activists and demonstrators who were affected by police violence during tree house evictions during the last 6 years:
For an urgent lawsuit, we need testimony in the form of a sworn statement for which you must be willing to provide personal information. more…

Digger occupation in the open pit Profen on Jan. 11, 2019

Pictures will follow…

Today, on January 11th, 2019, we, a group of autonomous activists, have occupied a bucket wheel excavator in the brown coal opencast mine of Profen.
Generation of power from lignite affects the global climate and destroys the landscape and ecosystems of an entire region. Whole villages have to give way to the “general interest”. In fact, this is just the interest of individuals and their only motivation is profit. more…

In memory of Oury Jalloh – Info and Solidarity Action

Oury Jalloh that was murder!
… one of many
… by police officers
… in Germany!

“Open your eyes! Stay awake! Stop destroying this world! ”
(Mouctar Bah from the initiative in memory of Oury Jalloh)

Stop police brutality, whether in the forest, in the pedestrian zone or in jail. We experience police brutality not only in Hambi. Daily it takes place in the cities and villages of Germany, for example by racial profiling. Their most brutal expressions are found in racially motivated illegal deprivation of liberty, torture and finally murders. Oury Jalloh is not the only one brutally murdered. The clarification of this truth could only be achieved through years of persistent and independent investigation of the initiative in memory of Oury Jalloh, who had to enforce itself through countless attacs from state forces.
https://vimeo.com/79113052#embed

This truth must be acknowledged and responsibility taken!

In memory of Oury Jalloh and all the others, we support the battles of the initiative in memory of Oury Jalloh!

* Inform yourself!
https://initiativeouryjalloh.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/demoaufruf-zum-14-todestag-von-oury-jalloh-am-7-januar-2019-in-dessau-sachsen-anhalt/
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/11/20/germ-n20.html

* Take part in the memorial-demonstration on the occasion of 14th year of death of Oury Jalloh (07.01.2019 *** 1 pm **** Dessau)!
https://initiativeouryjalloh.wordpress.com/2018/12/08/anfahrt-infos-nach-dessau-am-07-01-19/

Acknowledge truth! Take responsibility!
Stop racism instead of covering up murders!

ReportBack from 35C3 Chaos Computer Club Congress

C35C3 REPORTBACK

Closing 2018 a 35th Chaos Computer Club Congress Has taken place in Leipzig Convention complex featuring variety of lectures and workshops on technical and political issues related to security, cryptography, privacy, online freedom of speech and disobednient technology.
ofhe 1970’s describes itself as a “Galactic community of life forms, independent of age, sex, race or societal orientation, which strives across borders for freedom of information…”. To this day the radical, anarchist and left elements of the hacker community remain present at the Congress as in many CCC hackerspaces among Germany, Europe and the World. With the congress bringing over 16,000 from around the world. Welcoming them above the main entrance was a large Antifa Banner with Hambi flag next to it. This bridge over the main hall was also a place of Rojava and Hambacher Forst Solidarity action. In over 5 large halls full of prisoner writting stations, intermixed with 3D printers, robotics and laser art installations the center place was occupied by Komona a village like convergence of large geodoesic domes,infoshop with a large tree and a tree house. Komono was the center of radical, autonomous workshops such as Hambi, Rojava Solidarity, Stop Tracking, Fuck Google and Reclaim the Club Culture. It has been a high point together with many inspirational and pack with information presentations. However for a critique of present day Hacker Movement/Scene as well go to the end of this article.

Below is an archive of presentations, pannel discussion, conferences and workshops. We selected some of the more highly recommended ones to the members of the radical community. However also check out the whole archive at https://media.ccc.de/c/35c3

There is audio translation files available in German, English and French

Security State

Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters

An introduction and critique of the EU Proposal for a Regulation on European Production and Preservation Orders for Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters (COM (2018) 225 final)” and its impact to civil liberties of the users as well as the challenges for service providers of the diverse range of services covered by the proposal.Urgent action is required now by diverse groups to fight the existing proposal and prevent it from becoming binding law throughout the EU..

Frontex

Die EU-Grenzagentur Frontex nimmt eine Reihe neuer Überwachungsmethoden im Mittelmeer in Betrieb. Die Fähigkeiten zur Beobachtung des sogenannten Grenzvorbereichs gehören zum Grenzüberwachungssystem EUROSUR, das die Europäische Union vor fünf Jahren gestartet hat.

Five Eyes

Five Eyes is Collaboration and Exchange agreement between Intelligence Agencies of USA, England, Canada, Australia and New Zeland. It prohibits its agancies from spying on each others politicians but not on their citizens. Some prohibitions remain in those countries of having their foreign intelligence agancie such as CIA and NSA from spying on their own citizens which 5 Eyes allows them to get arround by having other foreign agancie spy on their citizens. Another loophole being used is the alowance for “unintentional information collections” which is used to record all meta and and full data on communications intentionally and then claiming that information that is of interest was “found unintentionally”.
Focus not just on activists and political opposition but also on advancing capitalist ideology by supporting native corporations by using data for industrial espionage against foreign interests and businesses.
Discussion of Espionage communicational infrastructure, software and hardware expoits and legal aspects.

 

Polizeigesetze
Endlich viele neue Gründe zu demonstrieren

Heimatminister Horst Seehofer und seine Amtskollegen in den Ländern erweitern die Rechte der Polizeien und planen ein „Musterpolizeigesetz“. Damit handelten sie sich die größten Proteste gegen Überwachungsvorhaben seit Jahren ein.
Wir geben nicht nur einen Überblick über die zahlreichen Neuregelungen der Polizeigesetze in den Bundesländern, sondern berichten auch aus den Anhörungen in den Landtagen und von den Stellungnahmen. Wir erklären, was in den neuen Gesetzen steht und welche rechtlichen und technischen Grenzüberschreitungen wir zu kritisieren haben.

Und wir haben ein paar Forderungen.

https://netzpolitik.org/tag/polizeigesetz/

RESISTANCE

#afdwegbassen: Protest, (Club-)Kultur und antifaschistischer Widerstand
Über kreative Organisation, poltische Aktionen und das Bedürfnis nach vernetztem Aktivismus

Im Mai 2018 initiierte Reclaim Club Culture (RCC) in Berlin einen Protest gegen einen Aufmarsch der AfD und die AFDsierung der Gesellschaft. Zusammen mit mehr als 170 Techno Clubs, Festivals und Veranstalter*innen organisierten wir innerhalb von zwei Wochen drei Demozüge, auf denen sich mehr als 60.000 Demonstrant*innen versammelten. Dies ereignete sich in einem politischen Klima, in dem die Linke von den Erfolgen der Faschist*innen wie gelähmt schien und ein großer Teil der Gesellschaft immer weiter nach rechts abdriftete. Ausgehend von einer selbstkritischen Praxis werden wir der Frage nachgehen, wie und warum dies (scheinbar) plötzlich gelang.

 

Cat & Mouse: Evading the Censors in 2018

The following key questions will be answered in this session:
– What are circumvention tools conceptually and how do they work?
– How have the techniques of adversaries evolved?
– What are the latest innovations in circumvention technology?
– How have emerging economies been affected, where censorship and and surveillance hardware and software are built-in to newly established ICT infrastructure?
– How do circumvention trends follow censorship events and social/political movements?
– Where do we see these technical advances leading the next generation of censorship and circumvention technology?

Disnobedient Innovation

Disobedient Tech, Piracy,outsiders of domain of the state
The Pirate Cinema (exposing the dynamics of peer-to-peer media sharing and its materiality), followed by Predictive Art Bot (a disruption of the normative effects of social media on creativity), and continued with Computational Propaganda (a ‘system test’ of the online political influence apparatus), this series explores black box technologies and the algorithmic governance of our aspirations, decisions, and political views.

Verhalten bei Hausdurchsuchungen
Praktische Hinweise für den Kontakt mit der Staatsmacht

Es ist 6 Uhr und ein Trupp uniformierter Polizisten steht vor deiner Wohnungstür. Was solltest du bis dahin getan haben und was solltest du jetzt tun?

Eine Hausdurchsuchung ist etwas, was sich niemand ersehnt und vor dem wir möglichst verschont bleiben wollen. Dennoch passiert es auch im Chaosumfeld immer wieder, dass Hackerinnen und Hacker Besuch von den Staatsorganen bekommen.

Dieses Jahr erwischte es unter anderem die Zwiebelfreunde, das OpenLab in Augsburg, den C3DO und evtl. andere. Daher solltet ihr euch gedanklich auf eine Durchsuchung vorbereiten und Schritte ergreifen.

Im Vortrag erzählen euch Jens und Kristin, welche Maßnahmen weit vor einer Durchsuchung sinnvoll sind. Weiterhin geben sie euch Empfehlungen, auf was ihr bei einer laufenden Durchsuchung achten solltet und wie es nach einer Hausdurchsuchung weitergeht.

ART/Media

From Cyberfeminism to XenoFeminism

History of radical appropriations of media. This discussion will question how media is made (for whom and for what) and how meaning is produced through different contexts. it will feature media hacks and productions spanning a century and three continents.

https://media.ccc.de/c/35c3#t=221

Tactical Embodiment

Activism and Performance In Hostile Spaces Online
During her talk “Tactical Embodiment,” artist and activist Angela Washko will present several different strategies for performing, participating in and transforming online environments that are especially hostile toward women. She will introduce her long-term performative intervention “The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft” alongside several interventions, interviews, performances, written works and video games works she has created with the manosphere and online men’s seduction communities. In addition to walking the audience through her research, Washko will screen excerpts from her interview with a seduction coach who has been dubbed “The Web’s Most Infamous Misogynist” and highlight instructional DVDs, books, and hidden-camera videos created by a community of pick-up artists who teach men how to interact with and seduce women. The talk will close with an audience-participation based performative play-through of her most recent project “The Game: The Game,” a dating simulator video game presenting the practices of several infamous pick-up artists.
https://media.ccc.de/v/35c3-10024-tactical_embodiment

 

Critique of the Hacker Scene and cooption of its large part by corporate group think:

All of the above can not be said however without offering a critique of the present state of the hacker community which includes unfortunately Congress as well, this being an effect of its anti hirachical but enerpreniurial nature. Resulting also in presentations on digital curency with discussion of autonomous algorithim based business entities that could consume and invest without individual legal responsibility(this resembles le corporations running with the human decission making removed.) Focus on digital currencies also ignored their carbon footprint with just Bitcoin mining estimated as generating roughly the same CO2 output as the whole of Iceland. The little focus on Climate Crisis and an appropriate response on ecological issues with such large effect of electronics production on the environment with their extraction and energy consumption. This is fortunately countered by many groups such as Hackers for Climate Justice and Hack the Planet. To which members an invitation like allways is extended to follow the sitution in the forest visit us in the Hambacher Forst, Climate Camps and in all places and at all times keeping up a resistance and education against opressive, Security State bullshit.

Open letter by a unionised worker to the employees of RWE in the open pit and elsewhere

This text was written after my discussion with RWE employees, who were in November 2018 at the so-called RWE forest walk in Hambach Forest. Initially, the situation was very emotional and polemical, but over time, more and more controversial discussion developed.

This discussion should be continued herewith:

Let us fight together for a world worth living

I was a worker, toolmaker in the automotive industry, organised and active in the Union IG Metall, active in the shop, works council and shop steward.
Now I am 66 years old, retired and active in preserving the rest of the Hambach Forest and against lignite mining.

You may ask: what makes him doing that? more…

Report of the trial on 12/12 in Daun

The most important first: The law suit because of dumpster diving, on 12/12 before the Daun district court, was abandoned against 50 social services hours (to be completed at an association or society, chosen by the accused and the defense attorney).

Even before the beginning of the trial, some remarkable things happened. First of all, many people were there early on in order to accompany the trial in solidarity. So first a big thank you to all who were there. In particular, the partly long travel routes and the large age range impressed us very much. At some moment also appeared the police witness, an unsympathetic officer named Rönsch (from Kempten in Bavaria, where the real supermarket is located, which made the criminal complaint). more…

Report Hambi Bats Action Group

Personal report by Christiane, written on November 19, 2018

All tree caves are open again!

5 weeks of intensive commitment to the opening of tree holes are behind us – now the goal is reached!

A GREAT THANK YOU to all who were involved with heart and hand: activists, friends, visitors, biologists. Everyone helped in giving back place to live to bats, birds and dormice and making Hambi more alive. more…