Call from Latin America – COP25, social movements and climate justice

Coalition of Climate Justice Movements
A common declaration on climate crisis, energy transition and extractivism in Latin America.

Social movements were already organising their opposition to COP25 – in which those most affected by climate violence would be sidelined – even before the popular mobilisation started in Chile and Sebastián Piñera suspended the talks.

A gathering in Chile in September brought together frontline defenders to discuss the climate crisis, a just energy transition from the mining extractivist model that is killing Chileans and people all over the global South. more…

A cent into the gear of repression

On October 7th, 2018, shortly after the clear cutting stop, an activist gave a speech during the forest walk, in which among other things she called to continue fighting against coal despite the clear cutting stop. Now, more than a year later, she was fined € 600 (60 daily sentences of € 10 each) for “calling for crimes”. We deliberately did not mobilize for the law suit on a large scale, as the activist suffers from massive trauma consequences from police brutality during the large eviction actions in the fall of 2018, and a major trial with a large audience, many cops, etc. was likely to cause further damage. But that does not mean that we do not want to annoy the repressive organs even after the court’s verdict. Therefore, this call: more…

We need your support! Open letter by Fridays For Future Rojava

fridays for future rojava logoDear students of Fridays For Future,

We have been following the world wide climate protests and strikes with great excitement. And since we founded Fridays For Future Rojava in May of this year we have been protesting and striking along side you!

Fridays For Future has brought young people together all over the world, united by the understanding that we cannot continue living in a world in which nature is being destroyed!

The reality in Rojava, the Kurdish region of Northern Syria, is very different from the reality in many places, where there are local chapters of FFF. more…

Bure ( F ) : Lejuc Forest occupied again

More info: https://bureburebure.info/
There is also an english version, with a lot of information, but no actual news

UPDATE 20 July:

9h00
Occupied trees : all occupied trees are evicted.

That was a short occupation! But not the last one. In total, since the beginning of the reoccupation attempt, we counted 17 arrests:

  • 8 people in ID checks, everyone is released
  • 8 people in custody, everyone is released
  • 1 person under a judicial supervision with territory ban was arrested and sent to jail for four months for violating their judicial supervision

This is no climate change: this is a climate catastrophe


Maximum school strikers per country per day. Click f. original size, Wikipedia

We are very delighted to hear, that Greta Thunberg dedicated the Golden Camera she won to the Hambis, but it is not very amazing: we struggle for the same goal. We do not want to participate in any personality cult, and Greta too is far from that, as this dedication shows. This dedication comes immediately after a new repression, allegedly due to a fallen bucket (“throw of feces”). It is the many many people – and lots of them being young – who no longer want to accept how their future is being ruined. See picture left.
“We want you to panic!”
The award ceremony not only shows Greta’s speech, impressive as always, but also the audience’s response as she dedicates the award to the Hambis. She has to interrupt her speech for thunderous applause. Well, Armin and Herbert and Dirk *), probably this is not what you wanted, when you thought, you just could throw out the Hambis for your RWE bosses, right?

@HambiLluna wrote
As an appreciation of her solidarity, we, as #hambacherforst activists, would like to give a harness to @GretaThunberg. We would love to see you in the forest on a Friday.

*) Armin Laschet: Prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia
Herbert Reul: His police minister, former teacher!
Dirk Weinspach: Police chief of Aachen, responsible for the Hambach Forest
RWE: Their boss, owner of the lignite industry in West Germany

It is and remains the same struggle

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Although we realize that a police action in the forest can happen at any time, we startle at seven o’clock in the morning of Monday morning when we are awakened by the call “police in the forest”. Police vans come along the former A4 motorway, stop and cops get out. Quickly we bring important stuff behind the protective fence under the tower, close and barricade the entrance and pull up the ladder. Meanwhile crow’s nest is surrounded. Police squads photograph and map the location of the tree houses. Chants are yelled. We are tense. A wheel loader enters into the forest and transports deadwood away. Then the driver approaches the tower with aggressive gestures. On its balcony activists observe the situation. He drops his gripper arm on the rinsing station below, more…

Demonstration for FreeEule on the 17.03.2019 at 17.00 – JVA Köln-Ossendorf

On september 26th 2018, during evictions in Hambach forest (NRW, Germany), activist Eule was violently evicted from a hammock, pressed on the ground by several cops and got hands and feet tied. When the cops stood up, Eule allegedly tried to kick a standing cop in the face and missed them. Eule, with injuries themselves, was arrested denying ID and has been in pre-jail ever since with the accusations of “assaulting an officer” and “attempted dangerous assault”.
During the public trials on February 4th and 18th of 2019, all nine cops testimonies contradicted each other, and despite Eule’s lawyer questioning the lawfulness of the eviction and the reasoning for evicting a single hammock, judge Peter Königsfeld convicted Eule to 9 months of youth custody without probation.
We are outraged by the fact that even without a consistent story, another political verdict was spoken against political activists, This is against all of us!

So come on Sunday, the 17th of March, at 17o’clock in front of the JVA Köln-Ossendorf and let Eule hear your solidarity!

Greets of resistance

For more info and support, visit abcrhineland.blackblogs.org

Solidarity with #freeeule: stencils and infos on the case

On Sunday, February 24th, 2019, a solidarity demo for imprisoned Hambi activist Eule (“Owl”) took place in front of the prison (JVA) Cologne-Ossendorf. A large group of people in owl and fox masks loudly protested the sentence to 9 months of custody. We hope for continuing demos and antirepression for Eule. Below this article, you find three cool self-made stencils that can be printed out and cut out of plastic or cardboard and used by all!

Eule was violently evicted from a hammock on september 26th 2018, during the evictions in Hambach forest (NRW, Germany), pressed on the ground by several cops and got hands and feet tied. When the cops stood up, Eule allegedly tried to kick a standing cop in the face and missed them. Eule, with injuries themselves, was arrested denying ID and has been in pre-trial jail ever since with the accusations of “assaulting an officer” and “attempted dangerous assault”. During the public trials on February 4th and 18th of 2019, all nine cops` testimonies contradicted each other, and despite Eule’s lawyer questioning the lawfulness of the eviction and the reasoning for evicting a single hammock, judge Peter Königsfeld convicted Eule to 9 months of youth custody without probation. We are outraged by the fact that even without a consistent story, another political verdict was spoken against politcal activists. This is against all of us! Send mail to Eule, follow the case, organize solidarity and fight lignite mining, forest cutting, state and police!

For more info, see abcrhineland.blackblogs.org and our website. Mail Eule via: “Eule” unbekannte Person Aachen 8, JVA Köln, Rochusstraße 350, 50827 Köln.

“Absender: SSK z.H. ABC Rheinland, Salierring 37, 50677 Köln, Germany.”

“Eigentumsvorbehalt: Der Brief bleibt solange Eigentum des*der Absender*in, bis er der*dem Gefangenen persönlich ausgehändigt wurde. “Zur Habe Nahme” gilt nicht als persönliche Aushändigung im Sinne des Vorbehalts. Sollte ein Teil des Briefs nicht ausgehändigt werden, so ist dieser und nur dieser Teil unter Angabe der Gründe für die Nichtaushändigung an die*den Absender*in zurückzusenden. Der Rest ist auszuhändigen.”(https://abcrhineland.blackblogs.org/briefe-letters/).