Call to Hanau

This is a mirror of a call written by the communities most affected by the recent fascist, racist and misogyn terror in Hanau

After Björn Höcke called for a coup last Monday, Tobias R. got into his
car in Hanau and murdered ten people who were non-German in his eyes.
This violence is horrible, but nothing new, not even that migrant
people, families, communities are being hit and not protected. We are
familiar with this from the NSU murders, we have known it since the
families of the murder victims organised a demonstration in Kassel in
2006 demanding from the state to put an end to the racist series of
murders. The merciful verdict in the NSU trial, on the other hand, was
an encouragement to all Nazis to continue murdering. Since then there
have been countless other attacks and murders against migrants and Jews.

Already in Kassel, in Cologne, in Frankfurt, in Duisburg, in Halle… we
knew that we could not rely on the state, but had to defend ourselves.
Against the political system that is concerned after attacks, but still
doesn’t do by far as much against the right-wing terror as against the
migrants – the dead in the Mediterranean are the brothers and sisters of
the dead in Hanau.

We know that we can’t rely on those who have been talking about “Döner”
killings then and who are talking about “Shisha” killings today, those
who talk about “fear of foreigners” instead of naming racism – or who
once again fantasize about disoriented single offenders. That we won’t
rely on a sensationalist press and the politicians who are now
travelling to Hanau again to attend the spectacle, but who won’t take
the warnings and experiences seriously, won’t listen and won’t act. And
it is more than clear that the “horseshoe” theory of one of these
Hans-Georg Maaßens only has the purpose to trivialize the right-wing
terror and agitation – and to weaken the antifascist resistance against it.
We are taking the right to defend ourselves. We are calling on the
society in solidarity to demonstrate and to stand up with us for the
integrity of our lives and of our coexistence and to fight for putting
down Nazis and racists.
With these attacks everybody is meant, but we are hit.
But we are also saying that racism will not chase us away, but that we
have shaped and changed this society forever. For a migrant, Jewish,
black perspective. For the society of the many. The problem is not
migration, the problem is racism.
We call and urge everyone to turn their attention to the families and
relatives of the victims, to hear their voices, to state the names of
the victims. We stand with them.
We call for a nationwide demonstration in Hanau on Saturday at 14:00.
Starting point: Hauptpost am Kanaltorplatz (close to Westbahnhof).
Those who
cannot come are called to hold decentralized protests at the same time.
More information on facebook account of We’ll Come United
Migrantifa now!

Eviction and Death – long term effects of repression

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…

A few thoughts on the current situation around Hambacher Wald

Briefly after the news reached us that the German government has imposed a new coal legislation, a press statement was released on this blog. This text, written by a single person, is meant as an addition to the press release in commenting upon the current situation. It is also meant as an open invitation for more people who have been involved in the Hambacher Wald occupation or the resistance against coal mining generally to express their thoughts, for the sake of pluralism.

The news that the government has finally decided that what remains of Hambacher Wald must not be cut down for lignite extraction has been received in several media as a victory for the ‘climate activists’. The reaction from our side has largely been that it is not a victory; the reasons being that the diggers have approached way too close to the edge for it to be stable, that the pumps are still draining the groundwater and thus drying out the forest, that no statement in the media can suffice for us to trust the treacherous state and RWE – in other words: that there is still no guarantee that the forest is actually saved – and lastly that this announcement is to be interpreted as a harbinger of eviction, as part of a cunning political strategy to neutralize a subversive project that had long become too bothersome to be simply ignored but also too popular to be crushed by sheer force without risking political suicide. Moreover, the other deals incorporated in the law, including the destruction of the Garzweiler villages and the opening of Datteln 4 blood coal power plant are even to the standards of the Coal Commission highly problematic. The concession of Hambacher Wald is meant to distract attention from the general outline of Germany’s destructive coal policy for the next two decades, a period in which we are bound to slip into cataclysmic climate change.

A pyrrhic victory

So we find ourselves in a situation in which our opponents have announced our victory and are trying to appropriate it to their benefit. In times of accelerating ecological destruction, those trying to resist the unyielding forces of industrial capitalism have never had much ground for celebration, and it has always been clear that here, too, in the struggle for Hambacher Wald, nothing more was to be expected to come out than a pyrrhic victory – ‘one more such victory and we will be undone’.
Of the once extensive
Bürgerwald – not to mention the primordial forest it used to be part of – only a mere fraction is left, global greenhouse gas emissions are still skyrocketing as governments continue to fail to live up to their commitments (if they have any commitments at all), deforestation continues unabated, ever more wildfires consume vast tracts of woodland and tundra, the insect dieback shows no sign of recovery while ecosystems and weather patterns are swinging out of equilibrium globally – to name only a few significant developments that have progressed since Hambacher Wald was first occupied in 2012. Others obviously are: Germany is still nowhere near an end to coal combustion and will continue to subsidize this murderous industry while new police laws accompany the ongoing shift to the right and Frontex’ budgets increase annually along with the Turkish state getting financial and military support to keep refugees at bay and invade and cleanse (northern) Rojava. The persistence of the German government-coal industry coalition in subsidizing coal combustion as we descend into climate chaos has long seized to be a case of irresponsible policy; if we are to heed scientific evidence at all, it is better qualified as premeditated mass extermination (auf Deutsch: Massenvernichtung).

Such are the times we live in. Some have called the new legislation a farce, or view it as a shocking excess. Yet this is business as usual, a perfectly normal course of events under the conditions of global capitalism. Too much contestation and resistance in one place leads to externalization to another, preferably well out of sight. What did we expect? That Merkel and Laschet would admit that they had erred, and instead close down all of RWE’s power plants along with Germany’s many arms and automobile factories and reinvest tax money in reforestation and regenerative agriculture instead? Germany is one of global capitalism’s core regions. What is to be expected from its CDU ruling class but to sign with their gory hands one Turkish arms deal after another coal subsidies legislation whilst currying the favour of their senile electorate with gentle words of conciliation, charity and security? The Orwellian phrasing, calling this neoliberal coal subsidizing legislation (including the legally non-obligatory 2.4 or so billion euro tax money ‘compensation’ for RWE’s projected ‘loss’ of private profit) a coal exit legislation, suggests that the CDU demagogues hold the German population for a bunch of naïve idiots (or that the German population doesn’t mind being told bullshit as long as such things as Bangladeshi textile, South American McDonalds burgers, Congolese cobalt, Chinese electronics and Columbian blood coal cost as little as they do).

A propos reparations: now that this struggle is allegedly over and the squatters have retrospectively been found justified after all in claiming that this forest must remain – even Schmitz exclaims that we have ‘no more reason’ to be in the forest, implying that all the while we did – we still haven’t seen a single cent for the destruction of our houses and the physical and psychic violence perpetrated against us. And neither do we expect to.

Some partial achievements

Equally unreasonable as expecting anything else from the German government would it have been to expect that we ourselves were going to call a halt to industrial capitalism’s rapacious progress with a few tree houses here and the odd ‘bonfire’ there. Yet, detached from unrealistic expectations, one can also look back already upon unexpected achievements. For a pyrrhic victory is still a victory. A couple of years ago, when cutting seasons were still associated with the clear-felling of 70-80 hectares, the common assumption was that the remnants of Hambacher Wald would eventually follow the previous ninety percent of the lily-of-the-valley-hornbeam-oak forest into oblivion. For many the objective was, rather than to prevent that from happening altogether, not to allow it to happen unchallenged and unnoticed, and to make RWE pay for their operations. The fact that since 2017 no felling has taken place is therefore an important achievement. Beyond safeguarding the trees still standing, the significance of what has happened around this neck of the woods lies within the propagation of a spirit of defiance as an epoch of climate chaos and growing authoritarianism is dawning. As capitalism overstretches its ecological constraints and people grow increasingly conscious of the self-destructiveness of our current course, more cracks are to be expected. Let them burst and then bloom.

And, yes, this project may have cost RWE millions. But, again, let us not be naïve: we have never come close to bringing about the downfall of RWE and over the years the state has shown no hesitation in squandering billions of tax money on this inefficient Moloch.1 The plunder and the externalization of costs will continue. And sure enough one day RWE will go bankrupt, as capitalist enterprises do, and whichever costs are still running – for example: how on earth to deal with this immense crater full of radioactive heavy metals?! – will be externalized to the public. But not before the likes of Rolf Martin Schmitz, Gregor Golland2 and BlackRock investors scattered around the world have filled their pockets and left a mess behind, their wealth ready to be invested in the next ecocidal enterprise. This struggle has never been only about one forest, nor has it been only about one mining company.

More important than the financial losses to RWE that are generously covered by the neoliberal state are the blows dealt to their carefully constructed PR apparatus, and that of coal mining and other destructive industries generally. To those not blinded by unconditional allegiance to the sponsor of their local football club the greenwashed façade has been ripped apart. And the many blows dealt by police fists have perhaps begun to uncover the more honest face of that institution to an increasing amount of people too. Today it is as important as ever to emphasize the nature of the Hambach mine as a symptom of a sick global system of human social organization beyond it being a single issue to campaign against. While we may gaze with a sense of satisfaction upon the woodpeckers, squirrels and nuthatches of Hambacher Wald, our thoughts cannot but wander to the dispossessed Shor people of the Kuznetsk Basin, the tortured and murdered opponents of coal mining in Columbia and the immense swathes of woodland set ablaze in Australia, the size of which makes Hambacher Wald shrink to little more than a tiny grove.

In regard to looking beyond our own backyard and acknowledging the systemic nature of the problem, it might be added that the semblance of a democratic process leading up to a ‘reasonable compromise’ was propped up by the media circus of the Coal Commission in which supposed coal opponents were all too eager to participate, proudly shining alongside other men and women of importance in what can only be called a painful case of voluntary abuse. How to move towards a resistance that appeals to large parts of the population and goes beyond merely pushing problems away and eventually selling out to grey men in suit and tie known as Schreibtischtäter?

Pathways to liberty

Another point worth mentioning is how the Hambacher Wald project has opened up pathways to comparative liberty for those who prefer existing in defiance of the regime and enabling themselves to engage in non-alienated work above selling one’s freedom and labour to the regime – or to be sand in the cogs of the machinery rather than being a cog oneself (this need not amount to rejecting society altogether, it means rejecting bourgeois society’s central project). For we live not only in the shadows of an ominous future but also in the light of the present’s spring, and the pursuit of liberty knows no temporal boundaries. In Hambacher Wald a constant social experiment takes place on how people (mainly young Europeans born in the neoliberal era) combine (or fail to combine) freedom with responsibility. It offers the possibility of putting principles of mutual aid into practice in the margins of a world order dominated by unforgiving competition, exploitation and alienation.

And now?

So how does this continue? As mentioned earlier, the decision to spare Hambacher Wald can be understood as a first step in a renewed media campaign to delegitimize the habitation of the forest and all it stands for. Since at the latest September 2018 NRWE had been losing this campaign as it became too apparent even for mainstream media to ignore that the invasive violence came not from some maniacal eco-terrorists but from RWE, government and police. The timing of the massive police operation was ill-starred, moving into the Indian summer after an unsettling drought. Many people were moved to support the occupation by their concern for the climate and the trees. Soon the forest was re-occupied, reemerging like a hydra with heads multiplied, and the state did not chance another eviction resulting in public indignation. So they decided to let the storm pass and contemplate more insidious ways of undoing the highly annoying ‘tumor’ called Hambi. Now they are trying to pacify the public discontent by presenting themselves as accommodating and compromising, giving a symbolic concession with as little content as possible, all packed in Orwellian doublespeak. The aim is clear: the population must be lead to believe that CDU takes the climate problem serious, that there will soon be an end to coal without causing any disruptions to ‘the economy’, and that Hambacher Wald has been saved by a brave and thorough political decision which takes away all legitimacy for further habitation of the forest.

Statecraft has long known the tried and tested method of divide and conquer, and in a case not too dissimilar from Hambacher Wald, the autonomous ZAD de Notre-Dame-des-Landes in France, its efficacy has been demonstrated once more in 2018. The announcement that the contested airport would not be build was soon followed by the announcement that the squatters would be dealt with. An immense police operation ensued as state officials put pressure on former allies to distance themselves from the illegal occupation and allow for a return to ‘normality’. The tragedy of the last months of the ZAD as autonomous zone was not so much the military invasion itself – this lies beyond our control – as the state’s success at squeezing the solidarity and potency out of this ‘tumor’ that had become a strong symbol with potential for growth beyond the contested zone itself. There is no such thing as a single practical lesson to be learnt from the experience of the ZAD that now has to be translated to the context of Hambacher Wald, but let us be aware that the step taken by the German government is bound to have consequent steps ahead, and that there are multiple ways of dealing with this changing reality which in turn will have diverging consequences. If Hambacher Wald eventually turns out to be definitively relieved from cutting – if ever one can get a credible guarantee from a gang of liars and manipulators – the question will be how best to further protect and restore its health and ecology, and carry out the values that inspired its occupation.

Whatever happens in this old forest between Rhine and Rur, let us be like the rhizomes of stinging nettles, sometimes lying dormant when rest is needed, but emerging and re-emerging where the gardeners of ecocidal capitalist domination don’t want us.

1 As Brock and Dunlap write in their highly recommendable ‘Normalising corporate counterinsurgency: Engineering consent, managing resistance and greening destruction around the Hambach coal mine and beyond‘: “Yet the claim that RWE’s operations benefit the public coffers disregards the German environmental ministry’s findings that roughly one billion euro/year subsidies are provided to lignite power production, in addition to the financial burden of environmental and health detriments of at least 3.5 billion euro/year.”

2 Again Brock and Dunlap: “[…] the NRW police force is controlled by the state’s parliamentary Interior Committee. One of its most active members is Gregor Golland, an MP doubling as RWE employee with an annual corporate salary of up to €120,000 – only slightly less than his government salary of €128.712.”

We live in war

Found on Dannenrod forest occupation blog https://waldstattasphalt.blackblogs.org/2020/01/15/we-live-in-war/

I wrote this post a time ago. Didn´t post it then. But today, after hearing that just in Colombia, only in the short time run of this new year, 20 peasant leaders have been killed already, I remember this text, and I share it now with you. Nothing has changed. Just today I feel it more. Hugs to everybody around Dannenroder forst! Keep radical!

We live in war.

We live in war. It is a hard statement but I hold it firmly.
I know it, but I don’t often feel it enough.

The feeling came again in an evening conversation with a kurdish friend, hearing him sharing about his life experience, and that of his relatives. My own family history came to my mind, about how my grandmother suffered from fascism till the point of losing her mother language.
But the thing is, we don’t know our present, and even less we know our past. Or at least, we don’t feel them enough. Having no memory is one of the worst things that can happen so us.
more…

HAMBI STAYS : Press Release Jan. 17th, 2020

The news have reached us yesterday that the german government has decided that the Hambacher Forest should not be cut down. This is a statement of the Hambacher Forest Press Team:

This news brings us neither joy nor despair. We interpret this as part of a political strategy aimed at delegitimising the Hambacher forest occupation. In the following points we clarify this as an attack on the climate justice movement.

Mike from the Hambacher Forest says “I can’t accept that Hambacher Forest is used as a smokescreen to hide the ongoing ecocidal and imperialistic policy of the German state”

Contrary to what the government says, Hambacher Forest is not saved. more…

Skillshare 2019.2 – Timetable

This is the temporary timetable for the skillsharing camp. This isn’t the final version. The participation of many is vital to the skillsharing camp. If you have a skill you want to share or you want to talk about a specific topic… go for it and write an e-mail about what you want to do and when, to skillsharing.hambacherforst@nullriseup.net. All workshops and events are at the meadow or the forest.

The workshops are generally on the meadow, if there are at an other place, it’s mentioned in the title. Here is the current map with all workshop locations.

A little annotation: Title and description are from the people doing the workshops. We, the orga, do explicitly not support every content. We are a diverse movement and of course different opinions are required.

We do NOT want racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, other group-applied hostility against people and generally right-wing shit.

The translation isn’t finished yet, it’s going to be finished the next days.

more…

An Open Answer to Extinction Rebellion Köln

The following text was published (and commented, mainly in english) on the german version of our site.
It is an open answer to Extinction Rebellion Köln. It is continuing the discourse that started on the hambibleibt mastodon account with a thread about controversies related to XR.
To read how it started follow this link:
https://todon.nl/@hambibleibt/102600200712652034
why we choose to be on mastodon you can read here: https://twitter.com/HambiBleibt/status/1158493876518301696

AN OPEN ANSWER TO XR KÖLN: more…

Record 1.5 Million Take to The Streets in Global Climate Strike

The Rising Water Levels and Melting arctic is not the only indicator of Climate Crisis so is the millions of the people around the world joining this Firday’s Global Climate Action. In over 110 Countries and over 1300 locations a global action against those in power who like in case of Trump and Coal Commission in Germany are extending and even subsidizing the madness of coal and oil with billions. 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.

Support anti-coal protestors in the UK!

8 Pont Valley protectors appeared in Court and were found guilty for standing up against the coal industry and attempting to stop a new opencast coal mine from opening in the UK.
They have been charged with obstruction of the Highway or of police officers and have received fines of over £8200.

Over the last 6 months, protectors have occupied the site, taken a series of direct actions and are now prosecuting the coal company for wildlife crime.
Meanwhile, in this exceptionally harsh ruling, the judge made clear which side the legal system is on – protecting corporate profits over ecological and human health!

Support this brave, necessary and legitimate action against coal mining and climate chaos! Donate money to help pay the fine and spread the word!

https://chuffed.org/project/support-anti-coal-protectors/

More info on:
protectpontvalley.noblogs.org
Facebook: Campaign to Protect Pont Valley
twitter: @PontValleyCamp