RED CARD for RWE: Shareholders Meeting Thur. 4.26.2018 8:00-14:00

On this aniversary of Chernobyl Disaster RWE annual stockholders meeting will take place in the convention center in Essen.  To respond to RWE continuation of climate disasterism and its destruction of ecosystems and communities world-wide a Red Lines action will take place around the convention center at 8:00, where a coalition of groups, struggles and initiatives will converge to give RWE a Red Card for the following reasons:

Red card for the climate killer RWE!

Red card for the repression against climate activists!

Red card for the destruction of the Hambach Forest and forced relocations!

Red card for uranium deliveries to breakdown reactors Tihange and Doel

Red card for uranium shipments to the US for nuclear weapons tritium

Red card for RWE-AKW Lingen 2 and Gundremmingen C

Red card for the health hazard!

Red card for blood coal from Colombia and Russia!

The list is long: Despite climate change and the energy transition, RWE continues to rely on fossil fuels, especially coal. RWE destroys forests, villages and endangers the health of many people and the global climate. Despite nuclear phase-out, RWE supplies the Tihange and Doel breakdown reactors and is involved in the Gronau uranium enrichment plant. RWE earns millions in this life-threatening situation for Europe. We can not tolerate that!

We can not tolerate RWE constant co-option of the political, legal and law-enforcement infrastructure as its complicit in Climate Collapse represive aparatus. SYSTEM CHANGE NOT CLIMATE CHANGE!!

Join other Climate Justice and  grass-roots activists from around the world to engage in open criticism of RWE at 1300 at the Essen City hall.  Essen is the seat of RWE headquarters and is heavily invested in this destructive corporation.

FCK RWE!!!

Hambi Prisoners Test Subjects of Run-away Repression

Progressing climate, social and ecological breakdown is pulling the rest of society and western civilization down into a downward spiral of militarized “creeping fascism” disaster-capitalism. This dynamic is seen nowhere better than on the front-line of green resistance against extractionism here in Hambacher Forest. It is reflected

by the treatment of our comrades who have been automatically imprisoned for blockading RWE deforestation and for choosing to stay anonymous. Instead of being given a mere illusion and pretense of “fair trial” instead show the true ugly face of repression and the spectacle that the co-option of local politicians and police by coal extractionism has made of the legal system. Legal System automatically locking people up for two 3 months pending trial, cut them off from mail, not give the defense access to the “evidence” against them. All of this is not possible to justify without also a massive “Green Scare” media campaign in which people defending the forests and the Planet’s climate from collapse become criminals and terrorists, where firecrackers become dangerous pyrotechnics and using one amounts to assaulting the police when thousands of our comrades are directly attacked and hundreds severely injured in places like ZAD by high explosive concussion grenades. When hundreds more are murdered by on and off-duty police, and hit-squads working for extractionists mining interests around the world.
Compared to our comrades in the global south and even France we still represent privilege, privilege that is countered with politization and radicalization of many of us who see how ridicolous and repressive the Extractionist RWE(and others) Climate Chaos Machine is becoming.

As many of the UPs from the original Hambi9, Hambi4, UP IV and UP III (yes do to exponentially increasing number of Hambi prisoner we had to start using Roman Numerals) are now on the outside it is becoming obvious how deep and how much of a run-away effect there is just like with the Climate with the dynamic of “Green Scare” Repression.

The prisoners now are not just denied access to the evidence against them preventing appeals of their imprisonment, in order to break them down psychologically are denied simple elemental essentials like shoes, with UP IV being barefoot for over 2 weeks, no vegan food or even margarine for over a week. Then there is the cutting of mail, there is certain items that are officially forbidden, ie maps that could be used for escape, anything calling for insurrectionist destruction of prisons etc, but those items are not what concerns the prison officials, what is especially withheld is texts on prison issues: prisoner advocacy, support, prison privatization, US industrial Prison complex, War on Drugs etc.. Those texts are not even withheld and given back upon release as specified by their own regulations but taken, stolen, destroyed and dissapeared. Symbolizing how it is not just Climate Killing corporations, like RWE, that are becoming the new untouchables of the Climate Disasterism but so is the repressive apparatus that supports them and represses activists that stand up to their corporate masters.

Another tactic that is being employed attempting to psychologically repress and also divide the prisoners is that some prisoners are given access to each other while others are isolated, some are given mail while others like UP IV recently released was not given any mail except 2 letters for over a month. UP IV also presented a proof of their employment showing that they had a permanent place where they could be found pending trial, dismissing the argument of pre-trial detention. Which is bogus to begin with as all of Hambi activists even while remaining anonymous have always showed up for our trials to make a political statement. So in the case of UP IV that written evidence was dismissed by the judge without verifying it with a single phone call as fraudulent and only on an apeal to a higher court was it acted on and after a month of detention was pre-trial release granted.

This incident shows how complacent and co-opted the local courts are to RWE destruction of local communities, ecosystems and the Planets Climate at large by the local municipalities being heavily invested in failing RWE, how local politicians, press and the police are openly on the pay of the same and how their only way to attempt to not just erode our wide popular support but also distract from their own complicity and guilt in making the whole planet unlivable for the future generations is to point a finger and redirect attention at the climate-justice activists the Hambi resistors and animal rights activists. The erosion of illusion of any due process will continue the prisoners of this and other struggle will continue to be repress more and more unless resistance and support is given on that front as well. New laws are being put in place as this is written to expand police powers in Germany even more and the treatment of Hambi prisoners is becoming their new testing area of what they can get away with. With none of the power that is taken ever being given back willfully once again this fight is not just for our inter-specie comrades for the local communities and the whole planet, it is a fight for our lives for a reality that is not just free of extreme weather years full of unprecedented wild fires and super hurricanes, droughts and unprecedented waves of climate refugees. It is a fight from an onset of another ultra repressive reality of neo-liberal fascism that uses the disaster of their own making to blame others intercept more power than ever as it utilizes new technologies of surveillance and propaganda that like newspapers and radio made the last defeated fascist regimes possible.

Capitalism in its constant drive to comodify and extract everything approaches “hearts and minds” as just another resource to be co-opted and exploited, and that is another realm like that of ecosystems and local communities where we have to counter its assault of disinformation and propaganda with the message of climate-justice of radical sustainability and “degrowth” of not just consumption and extractionsims but of repression, militarism and seizure of recently unprecedented powers that goes hand in hand with capitalist planetary destruction.

Lets stand up to this Shit in Hambacher Forest now and especially in October and following now imminent evictions, in ZAD in Pont Valley in Trebur Wald and in countless South struggles who are not so privileged and listen to their stories as their everyday reality is the reality that progressively is becoming our own.

For Hambi, For Zad for Pont Valley for the Eearth!!

Support for Hambi 2, UP III and UP4

Two Hambi comrades are still being detained from the March 19  eviction.  As the number of forest prisoners becomes higher and higher and more and more regular there is a risk that single prisoners or those below 3 might not atract as much support or attentions.  Their imprisonment is still an act of political repression and one is too many.  Their addresses are below please also write a letter, postcard to them or help organize a solidarity event/letter writting.

Their support is especially important as there is more and more bogus charges that are used to detain and imprison Hambi Activists.  It is as if Orwellian, double think logic is being used to accuse those injured by secus as having injured them instead even if there were locked on at the time, firecrackers and fireworks become pyrotechnical devices and bombs and small posket knifes deep in pockets while also locked on become dangerous weapons.   Only covering this bullshit in non-transparent secret trials are the cops and courts able to  attempt to cover up how ridiculous their methods have become. It seems that it was this commentary about shitty justice that inspired last week court action in which unknown parties have emptied several buckets of poop in front of the court entrance where many Hambi people have been sentenced and given a dose of RWE  corporate “justice”.

No one is forgotten, nothing is forgiven.

 

Toxic Prisons is an Earth First Journal Project to bring attention to prisons being build on toxic sites, prisoners being subjected to substances with ill effects on their health and the ecological aspects of prisons and repression in general.

Reflection and Call for Action Following Skill-Shares Camp

This weekend on Saturday and Sunday another successful Skill-share Camp concluded with full days of workshops and on a lighter note concerts on Saturday and Sunday. Both of the last 2 days also were full of political discourse, DiY, Media workshops and numerous activities such a piercing and tatoo workshops. The Meadow and the Forest filled with circles of groups sitting on the ground, walking through out the forest occupation, learning climbing and many other skills, all of this to a beautiful background sounds of birds serenading, sharing their happiness of first warm and sunny weather of this spring. Birds and other organisms that in a year or two will be deprived of their habitat like many of those living in the forest after the sure to come evictions. Like birds the forest activists continue to build a new and rebuild after the storms of repression and after the waves RWE Social and Climate Chaos. Continuing to expand and rebuild knowing very well that that all our and our animal comrades’ habitats are shrinking and that after 2018-20 cutting season the whole ancient Hambacher Forest will seize to exist. That’s why a call goes out to all who attended the Skill-shares and to others who are not at Hambi that in case of Forest Evictions if you are not able to come and help rebuild and re-occupy please consider doing a banner action in front of your local coal power station if there is one close by or by RWE offices which there should be one, or a German consulate or embassy if you are outside of KohleAusstieg(Coal Exit) Land. Let’s point out the price of Climate and Ecological destruction is not just destroying the Planet and habitats but also communities and cultural and protest spaces such as Hambacher Forest Occupation. That is the true price of Carbon and Coal, so please help us bring that message home and deal with numerous disconnects on which Climate Disaster Capitalism is based.

Saturday also ended on a more playfull twist: a Quiz Show on Radical People’s history with prizes took place. In case you have not been there here are some of the questions that were asked to test your knowledge of our collective past: (with answers on the bottom of this article):
1.What revolution took place in 1918.
2.What happened during Shah’s visit to Berin?
3.Which revolution was named after a flower. With extra point for the year it took place.
4.List 3 ways of blockading a road. With extra point if anybody in the quiz group was arrested for using that method.
5. What tropical plant was the revolution in Bougaville named after with a documentary of that same time.

On Sunday the final “workshop” was a day long session dealing with the realities of cleaning up the theory and praxis aftermath of the skillshares in the Meadow, aka[d1]: “Meadow Clean Up Workshop”.

Selected quiz answers.
1. German Sailors rebell after the end of WWI and form workers councils inspired by the Bolshevik revolution. The revolution was know as November Revolution, Kiel Revolt, or also by their participant name of Red Sailors.
2. During the Shahs visit to Berlin a West German policeman Karl-Heinz Kurras shot the student Benno Ohnesormore sparking the beginning of student radicalization, resulting also in formation of RAF. Interesting sidenote: once STASI archives were opened it turned out that Kurras was a paid East German spy. It is not possible to say if him shooting Benno was an intentional attempt to radicalize the West German student movement, however without doubt the resulting political polarization benefited the East German State greatly, even though most students in the West were inspired more by Maoist example than by the existing models of Socialism in the Eastern Bloc.
3 . Carnation Revolution took place in Portugal on 25 April 1974. Initiated by a non-violent military coup it overthrew the authoritarian regime of the Estado Novo, and was overtaken by civil resistance and protest to the fallen dictatorship. Also known as Revoluo dos Cravos.
4.This is an open list as there is multiplicity of methods, and anything that is effective counts just as it counts whther it was and it is possible to put this theory into practice
5. Coconut Revolution. Named as the Bougaville rebels utilized the plant for food, fiber, oil and even fuel.

Hunters give up – RWE will take on the killing of animals in the area of Hambacher forst !!

WDR interview with the hunters

Hunters have underestimated the animals living in the area. It seems like these have been defending their lives: the structures that were used to shoot them have been repeatedly destroyed.

The destruction of the hunting towers have led to the hunters not being able to continue with their murdering.

Hunters told WDR that they would no longer be practicing their murderous activities in the area of the Hambach forest. Now, RWE takes on the responsibility of killing wild boars, foxes, dears and other animals, after having massacred the bats, mice, squirrels by closing off their living space, and on a larger scale destroyed so much of the forest and the rest of the living beings there.

Hunters were active in this area because they wished to uphold their passion and tradition of hunting, killing and torturing animals.

Another excuse that the hunters use is that the animals destroy the fields, so have to be killed.
Precisely here we can see the structural discriminations against other living beings. This human logic of killing animals to secure their areas of profit is specieist. As human beings, why do we always use the lands, water and nature as if it were only ours and not to share? Shouldn’t other living beings also have the right to live unharmed?

Anyways, the fields will be eradicated by RWE if they succeed with expanding the already humongous coal mine. Moreover, if the Hambach Forest hadn’t been reduced to 8% of its original size, and if the hunters had not manipulated the natural balance of animal life, with natural predators, then we would not have to talk about these problems.

Invitation to the locals

Invitation to the locals
In the German version of this article, the local people who are curious to know and see, what kind of people are there in the wood, are invited to come and see themselves. So don’t be surprised when you see people in the barrios or the meadow, that you never saw before. Only if they should be dressed all the same way…

Liberate or die – Animal liberation action day

Around a hundred animal liberation activists gathered for a week of skillsharing in the Hambach Forest in Germany.

On Monday 15th of March, activists hung a banner on a bridge of A4 highway close to Buir train station.
The banner read “animal liberation” in multiple languages.

“We dropped this banner in German Catalan Arabic French English Spanish Basque Polish Welsh to send an international message. We wanted to raise awareness to people on their daily commute to work that animal oppression is happening worldwide on an overwhelming scale, and only WE have the power to stop it.” said Skirma, an animal liberation activist from Lithuania. She came to the Hambach Forest to share and gather knowledge on how to best bring the movement forward and end animal oppression. more…

Starting a Prison Riot: Hambi Prison Story from Texas

Before dropping out completely out of capitalist work and profit driven world and fully realizing how corrupt and full of lies it was I would engage in temporary work during my travels. It was at a gig like that helping at upholstery shop in a small west Texas town located right on the border with Mexico, that I discovered how fucked small town “justice” can be. The shop was a car-lot full of dead and old cars, some with bullet hole riddled windows with a small shack in a middle, for two weeks I lived and worked in that shack and had access to one of the old cars to get around. And as I drove in that old clunker to get a shower, pick up my wages for one a half weeks from my employer in the middle of town I was cut off by a police car the cop ran out of his car with a gun in his hand which he pointed in my face and arrested me for stealing the car I was driving. more…

Sunday Trash Clean Up in the Forest


This Sunday a clean up of trash took place in the Forest, a smaller one in preparation for the big one coming up. We focused at the edge of the Forest next to the shoulder of the old A4 which remains covered by massive amount of plastic, bottles, packaging that was thrown and lost from the old autobahn.The secus were being their usual sexist dickhead selves and whistled at us as we cleaned. more…