The demonstration that was banned by the police attracted over 50,000 people celebrating the second year in a row when cutting has been legally blocked by Bund (German Friends of the Earth) court case as well by thousands of activists turning up to defend the forest and resist RWE opencast mining. more…
As forest communities one after another have been demolished, new tree houses and occupations and their extended defenses have been popping up like mushrooms after the rain: Fendria, Ghostown and Paragraph 11.
P11 and Ghostown have been surrounded by all around barricade-like walls, with inside a village like community of ground blockaders with kitchens, supply storage. P11 has areas protected not just by one perimeter of rampart walls, more…
When not just one but millions of lives are taken by coal particulates, climate change and repression, even to those proactively resisting those destructive and deadly dynamics those lives seem rather distant as if an important but almost as if a statistic. It is a different matter altogether when that life that perishes is one of one that you have known, shared meals and stood on the front-line with. more…
This was a house before the so-called securing of evidence. Click for an enlargement
DEMONSTRATION IN SUPPORT OF HAMBI 5.9 WED Buir Train-station.
Regardless of, and perhaps especially because of the now 3 weeks of massive police actions: barricade clearings, constant harassment, arrests (now of 26+ all but 2 now released) meadow raid and confiscations, and now the information that large police action might be planned for this Wednesday the response to all this Climate Killing Bullshit has just been freaking phenomenal. Supporters have been constantly streaming in and despite the searches, bringing over a ton of eviction food and supplies (with tools, pallets and climbing supplies being stolen by the co2ps). Hundreds have visited, stayed and supported regardless of constant harassment even of the official protest Mahnwache, access to which is “legally” guaranteed without id checks and controls (those pressing this issue have been able to get in without being checked, others have just given their names without presenting ids). Also please remember that the forest is large so it is really hard to cut off all access from outside…
There has been mobilization of countless local support groups, initiatives, and even, yes, NGOs taking on the cause of Hambacher Forest, still more people packing their backpacks and joining the struggle would be good as well. There has also been explosion of articles and reportage from the forest, all with the exception of local coal press being fairly positive. This however does not change the fact that the escalation to push the Planet past catastrophic 2 degree climate warming and the run away global warming points of no return continues with at least 6 police vans posted around Hambi trying to control people coming to the forest and evictions and cutting of last portion of the forest being in the works regardless of the official Kohle Kommission coal exit narrative.
So counter balancing possible thousands of Co2ps on the could be in the forest on this very same day is a valid climate justice and grass roots strategy. One that can especially lift up the morally and spirits of the forest activists facing police violence, destruction of their homes and of their beloved unique on European scale habitat…
#HambiBleibt #HambacherForst: Please use those hashtags on twitter with updates on the situation from the demo and in case Fossil Fool Herbert Reul’s Co2ps attack Hambi excerpting the highest violence ever extended to all life on this planet, destabilizing the climate and future of the only life bearing world.
train schedules for the demo from other cities:
500 years of Resistance in Colombia
Columbian Coal Extractionism: Historical perspective
Inhabited by at least 80 indigenous groups which conquerers attempted to enslave and exterminate, Colombia was subjected to large wave of importation of African slaves, which have rebelled and continued their uprising against colonizers, then land owners and now corporate interests with resistance continuing to this day. Both indigenous and afro-americans do not equate to this day an economic but emotional, and spiritual connection to the land. While the power to this day remains in hands of limited number of rulling families descending from the colonizers. While discrimination and inequality economic and otherwise has led to guerrilla warfare. Together with the struggle grew paramilitary groups compromising private armies protecting landowners and reinforcing the european development perspective, enforced by deeply ingrained racism. more…
Tortenschlacht and Sissi in Hambi
August 30th, 2018, 8 pm
Folk Punkish Acoustic Poetry. Bringing the violin and the guitar, new and old songs, we come and visit the forest! Sissi plays some of his beautiful songs, too! Come to listen, sing and dance with us – stay to support the resistance.
Mit Geige und Gitarre, alten und neuen Liedern im Gepaeck kommen wir zu Besuch in den Forst.
Wir backen Melodien und streuen darauf Worte, bitter, salzig, suess und noch so manch andere Sorte. Sissi spielt auch und traellert vorher seine schoenen Lieder. Kommt und lauscht , singt, und tanzt mit uns. Bleibt fuer den Widerstand, auf dass wir uns reiben und in bitterkalten Zeiten ordentlich Waerme erzeugen.
CLIMATE CHANGE CRISIS RESPONSE: SENDING 100s OF COPS TO CONFISCATE A TREEHOUSE – GAZEBO GATE #gartenlaubengate
Its that time of year again! Yeah its the 9th Klima Camp in Rhineland with peeps from around the world coming to a field outside of Erkelenz and next to Garzweiler Mine to address, protest, inspire, connect and resist RWE’s Climate Chaos Coal Regime.
With this year focus on connecting with local and global front-line communities and not mass actions, that will instead take place during Ende Gelände presence in Hambi in October, the camp is smaller this year due also to decentralized climate Camps and struggles taking place all across Europe this year. more…
Beginning this Saturday Zad version of Skillshares will begin on many of the evicted spaces attacked with such disproportionate state repression earlier this year. About 1/3 of all structures continue to exist and are run by the anarchist and other radical and political collectives. Following week of workshops, events, actions and performances will be taking place through out the Zone. Showing that ZAD continues to be a living symbol of resistance to mega projects and ultra liberalism.
See you in ZAD and see you in Hambi!
Zad Partout – Hambi Everywhere!!
Several streets will be closed to traffic tomorrow around Ebertplatz in Cologne for Guten Leben Festival which will focus on ecology, sustainability, climate, interventions and activism.
There will be Hambi infostand as well as those for the Hambi Tree Planting Action this Fall and for several other allied anti-coal initiatives:
Energie, Neusser Str 30, 35
Neusser Str. 47
Trigger Warning: As for any event of this scale and with city approval there will be groups there advocating green capitalism. Some of us feel however it is also important not to have that be the only “alternative” and “solution” presented to the masses as an answer to the present problems of planetary exploitation and ecological destruction. Closing streets to traffic is a small symbolic step in the right direction and perhaps actions like Auf Bäumen Gegen Kohle could inspire people to realize that when the streets are closed off it would be better to plant them with trees from Hambi and not open them to traffic ever again.