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…
Let us talk about repression. The life as a political active person in hambach forest belongs between the most beautiful times many of us got to experience – and leads just as often to the most horrible moments. We, who are writing this text, don’t talk about cold winter nights on semi-build plattforms; not about consecutive days of nothing but bread and tofu; not about arguments in relationships or lovesickness. We are talking about interference of police operations in our direct living space, about physical and mental injuries caused by cops, about court sentences, detentions. We are talking about the narrow edge between power, powerlessness and empowerment. About the fear of and traumata after encounters with those, whose aim is the safety of the state. (CN Description of (non)verbal violence, detention, cancer, opioides, wish to die, death. This is not primarily about Sonne/Steffen, but with this topic, we can’t but mention him) more…
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…
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…
With this text, we (a small number of people living in the Hambach Forest) want to point out the connections between global problems and conflicts.
+++ Oct. 30, lawsuit for power plant blockade by WEshutDown, 1st day +++
+++ Rally in front of the court on October 30 from 07:30 +++
November 13, 9:00
December 4, 12:00
Amtsgericht (District Court) Eschweiler,
Room 17, 1st floor
Kaiserstr. 6, 52249 Eschweiler, Open Street Map
See you in front of the court? more…
Dear 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…
More info: https://bureburebure.info/
There is also an english version, with a lot of information, but no actual news
UPDATE 20 July:
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
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?
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
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Siege Krähennest, night
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…