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

Salute of Solidarity to Anarchists in the Italian territory

From occupied Hambacher Forest, from its treehouses, barrios and villages and camps we send you openhearted and warm expressions of love and rage.  Of Love and Rage in the face of State after State creating and deepening and then exploiting crisis after crisis, be it post-colonialist ultra liberalism with its austerity & social and climate/ecological  collapsing or be it the waves of opportunistic militarization of repression that follow, one crisis blending and fusing with the next.  As each part of the remaining social and community fabrics is collapsed and destroyed it is subjected to this dynamic like You who rose and continued to rise to the occasion and become an inspiration for us all.

So from the largest “ZAD” autonomous enclave on the edge of the largest coal mine in the EU territory we send an acknowledgment honoring the tradition, history and the present of those fighting the anticapitalist liberation struggles in the italian region. With great debt felt be anarchist communities worldwide to which you and your predecessors contributed so much.  In the face of the breakdown of last remaining illusions of social and ecological safety nets, being replaced by quarantines, infectious hospitals and prisons we reflect and communicate that it does not matter either if we are here for a week, month or years more, what matters is that this and many other struggles have stood in the face of overwhelming forces persevered, from the villages, cities, barrios and treehouses and from behinds bars and communicated the message of resistance around the planet.  It was those messages and actions from you that inspired so many here and countless other places, it is that same message from us to you that we can only hope will reverberate as a slow ‘back to normal’, becomes the new norm against which all resistant people fought and warned across the historical spectrum.

History never exactly repeats itself but it does rhyme, with all too many always ready to hum and sing the tune of blind obedience, of destruction of all that is beautiful, communitarian, solidaric and free, and as that tune is reinforced through the paranoia and profiteering of the corporate media with state following with its authoritarian anti social anti health state of emergency,with its too little to late, “solutions”. And as drones fly above cities worldwide keeping people from getting too close to each other,as this distopian scifi bullsh*t becomes the new normal as this happens it is also the notes and voices of “Bella Ciao” that continue to reverberate, after more than 80 years ago echoing through apenine mountains and forest on both sides of the Adriatic, reverberating still from countless instruments, mouths and hearts at camps, collectives actions and demos.  The historical strength of resistance. perseverance and inspiration reminding that even in the darkest times not only has hope and the eternal spirit of liberation and universal equality not dissapeared but has sustained itself and exploded time after time in a celebration of liberation.  This is one of those times again when your message of standing shoulder to shoulder with those that not just have the least, but have also been singled out as targets of exclusion and persecution, like the prisoners, refugees and all that dare to look at the new face of authoritarian state and say No and Basta, like the Zapatistas, Zadists, NoTav, Anticapitalists from Chile, Spain, Bielorus and in every place where there is injustice and repression.  Thank you for your actions manifestos/updates on the refugee, prisoner, medical sector and gig economy exploitation and profiteering!

It is becoming once gain crucial to reach out, to communicate and inspire.  As one state after another does away with any pretensions of “liberties” and “rights” and replaces them with more privilege and power for fewer and fewer power hungry idiots self isolated from the effects of their actions on the masses, the spirit of rebellion and hope germinates in the least expected and most forgotten locales. Lets keep that message strong, feed it maintain it together and spread it and share it with all those whom even we might have forgotten.

Occupying and squatting on top of the European pyramid of exploitation, privilege and force, it is all of those remaining privileges that have to be questioned, and uprooted as the message is taken to those in the global south in the back alleys and the havelas with the understanding that it is not us but them who are our mentors and our teachers:  The homeless person who left a reality of exploitation based employment behind 4 lifetimes ago, a refugee traumatized by war who might not have even picked a side, a prisoner of a war on the poor, they are us and we are them.

Rapid social and ecological degradation path taken by The State actors worldwide means that LockDowns, Red Zones and Stay at Homes of Corona are just a rehearsal towards a state of permanent emergency and ever progressing break down, break down that is not just removing the primacy of the west on the international scene(to which nationalists elements respond as a rallying cry) but also destroying the life bearing capacity of the planet itself by destabilizing the stable climate itself, while groundwork is laid for future pandemics by destroying healtcare, social sectors and feeding tons of antibiotic to factory farms captives breeding an ever increasing number of antibiotics resistant bacterial strains, while farma and military continues to stockpile and experiment on an ever increasing list of biowarfare agents for “defensive purposes”.

IT is crucial for so many among us to expand and maintain the concepts of equality and liberation to all other species. What is done to them is done to all of us.  In case of corona quite literary with the habitat destruction and animal trade leading to one of the deadliest outbreaks of last 50 years, presently with a death toll of 1/200 of HIV and 1/2 swine flue. Yet these last two pandemics the System was capable of normalizing and weathering when just 10 years later the break down is advancing to the point where that is no longer possible.  That is why no matter how isolated, overwhealmed and depressed this might make many of us feel lets not forget that it is in moments like this that a new opportunity for utopian and anarchist conceps presents itself.

Those drunk with new/old powers seldom realize how unstable their creations become when their piramid of hirarchical destruction and opression rests on the shoulders of so many whose communities and habitats have been cratered, bombed, evicted and wiped out time after time. Covid 19 pandemic errupted during the warmest winter on record, with not just subsaharan Africa and Ethiopia experiencing unprecedented crop failure but the global norths food supplies and their own food production becoming more and more affected & unstable.  This is not just a beggining of ever increasing State Power but also its end and true exposure of its weakness and limitations.  We will all join each other in the streets and occupied villages and cities be it under the spectre of State opression or be it in the voids that the State leaves that so many collectives, groups and networks have sprung up to fill.

Hambacher Forst struggle and occupation has for last 8 years filled such a void, an ancient forest being destroyed by largest movable machines on the face of the earth: RWE diggers and as 10s, 100s and then 1000s faced and blocked the police forces of climate and social chaos we created a community based on utopian principles of antisexism, antispecism, antiracism, antifashism, antihomophobia and anticapitalism.  It has been the autonomy and seemingly temporary nature of the occupation that have made it so special. Now the forest, its last 10% is “saved” as the diggers continue to dig all around and continue to destroy any hope of stable future with their gigatons of extracted carbon and until that stops the fight continues.  With this being just one of the many global & interconnected front-lines of the planetary struggle joing us! As we reach out and join you in projects, actions and occupations.  Stay in touch, keep spreading your message and see you in the streets in the forests and in the mountains!

BELLA CIA! SOLIDARISCHE GRÜSSE

Autonomous Corona Solidarity

 

Disaster Capitalism has only one answer and one “solution” to crisis after crisis of its own making: a permament state of emergency.  Climate Disaster, Refugee Crisis, Global Fires and now a world-wide pandemic are answered to by the State after State with indiference, profiteering, higher levels of surveilance and with police batons.  In effect millions are awaken to the realization of the the level of opression and indifference shared by all in power.  Each crisis result in bottom up and community projects spring up. Mutual Support, Autonous, Anarchist and Community groups stepping in to fill the holow shell of the state and replace its empty promises and respond to its threats.

Each crisis raises new question and brings new issues to the forefront. Showing interconnectess and continuity of one crisis and each struggle to the next.  Climate Catastrophe and Habitat destruction resulting in more species being displaced harvested and exploited transmitting desease after desease to the human population, as if defending itself.  Vegan Animal Rights perspective points that this situation is not limited to China and the trade and consumption of wildlife and endangered species from which the covid 19/Corona virus seems to have jumped the species barrier. Even larger disaster is being brewed by the factory-farm-complex with its mass use of antibiotics in the feed resulting in a longer and longer list of antibiotic resistant, in effect bred through negligence, bacterial strains. This at the time when all illusion of social assistance, medical care and refugee rights is being cut back and eliminated.  Action and resistance to this dynamic can and is the only answer.  The battle between ecosystems, communities and global conglomerates and their right wing allies continues. In the end we all will be wearing masks…
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New forest squat, against the A49: Dannenrod forest is occupied!

UPDATE: Deges (the company that wants to build the highway) announced on Friday to delay the tree felling by one year. The activists still want to fit out their tree houses and hibernate in them, because they did not refrain from executing the planned project! Deferred is not equal to canceled!
Open Street Map

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In Dannenrod Forest between Dannenrod, Lehrbach and Niederklein on the edge of the Vogelsberg district (near Marburg, Giessen) trees were occupied in an old, intact mixed forest to prevent the expansion of the A49 motorway! Further information – see press release below.

There are people in the trees – but there was already police contact in the forest today. Kites (birds) and helicopters (machines) circle over the treetops. Fire salamanders and humans move at the roots of the trees and are happy about supporters.

The people in the forest are looking forward to local support and solidarity! A blog is under development at https://waldstattasphalt.blackblogs.org/. more…

Eppenberg Forest is occupied! Press Release

This text was sent to us with a request to publish it.

Press release from 03/01/2019 on the occupation of Eppenberg Forest

The forest is occupied!

We, activists from the Hambach Forest, have occupied the Eppenberg Forest since 02/15/2019. On an area of about 40 hectares, this is to be cut down for an industrial area. This, although there are already such areas with large unsold lots in the immediate vicinity.
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Open letter of solidarity from Leonard Peltier, to support the forest protectors in and around Hambach Forest

We received the open letter below. We apologize for the late release because it was sent to us in a time in which we had a lot to do with our struggle. Here Leonard Peltier expresses his solidarity with the fight for Hambach Forest from the high security prison in Coleman / Florida.
We asked for the original text, which probably is in English, to publish it here. Meanwhile, you can read it translated back into English. Underneath you can find more details about Leonard and his struggle and how you can write to him.

Greetings to my brothers and sisters in Germany

As you know, in our Native American spiritual philosophy, the connection to Mother Earth, Mother Nature, as you would say, is a very important element. We as human beings are only part of the sacred circle that connects people, plants, animals, mountains, rivers, winds and rain – we are all connected and related. Or as we Lakota say: Mitakuye Oyasin – ALL MY RELATIONS. more…

Greeting message from Rojava

We received this message from Rojava, together with a video:

Greetings from Make Rojava Green Again and the Internationalist Commune of Rojava to #RiseUp4Rojava

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“Today, at the global day of action to defend the revolution in Rojava, we would like to send our greetings of solidarity to all those different struggles all around the world”.

Greetings from Make Rojava Green Again and the Internationalist Commune of Rojava – RiseUp4Rojava

Dear Comrades, dear friends,

We are sending our warm greetings from Rojava, the Democratic Federation of Northeast Syria,to all of you, who have participated in the Global Days of Action to defend Rojava against the threat of the Turkish fascist Erdogan regime. And we greet all, who are struggling for a free, democratic and ecological society.

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Open letter from South Siberia, where hard coal is mined for RWE.

We received the open letter below. In Siberia, hard coal is being mined under catastrophic conditions and villages of the remaining indigenous people are being destroyed. RWE procures hard coal from the region and also invests there, which make it directly responsible.

##AlleDörferBleiben : here and everywhere!


On February 8, 2019, a meeting took place in the Kemerovo region (southern Siberia, Russia). The meeting was organized by Kyivov, the new governor of the Kemerovo region. He invited all the directors of the Russian coal companies. Representatives of shorian NGOs wrote an open letter to all participants of the meeting, which was also supported by residents of nine (9) villages in the Kemerovo region.

Open letter to the coal companies meeting in the Kemerovo region, Russia more…

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.

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…