A new zine on how to build treehouses has been published:

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Thoughts on militancy in the movement

Disclaimer: This text was written by individuals and not agreed with the whole cast. There is no authorized group and no quorum that could decide ‘official group opinions’ for the occupation. People in the occupation and its environment have diverse and sometimes controversial opinions. This diversity of opinion is therefore not censored here, but can stand side by side on an equal footing. No text speaks for the whole community or is necessarily approved by the whole community.

Quote Taz.de on militancy in the climate movement:
“Does the climate movement need to become more radical? That is the wrong question. Radicalism is not an end in itself. The question is how to win more people from different milieus for a climate policy that corresponds to the reality of the climate crisis. So that at the next election the majority doesn’t say again that the climate is really important to them, but doesn’t vote accordingly.”=> https://taz.de/Klimabewegung-und-Radikalitaet/!5818080/

The problem is that elections will never overcome capitalism. Radicalism is not an end in itself, that may be. But we still need strategies for breaking through capitalist constraints and their normalcy.

Here are a few thoughts:

We should recognize that our task is not to convince more people of our ideas, but to break open the concreted social discourse to give ideas room to grow. In doing so, it is not imperative to convince people of our own ideas or to change their opinions, because in capitalism, opinions are not the cause of people’s actions, but their alibi. Opinions are adapted so as not to have to admit to being part of the oppressive system ourselves. Instead, we need to get people back to developing their own ideas, and fighting for them.

So the strategic question is not how to bring more people into our struggles, but how to make our struggles break the normality in society to strengthen other emerging struggles and ideas, without forgetting to sustain our own struggles and realize our ideas.

Visibility is the best tool to influence society. When actions act as signals of disorder and shatter the illusion of social peace, they break through normality, and are thus visible. At the same time, such actions also separate us from society. It is not possible to attack the system without disrupting society. However, society is not the real problem, but it reproduces the existing capitalist constraints.

The goal, therefore, is to make actions that serve as an invitation to others to become accomplices… Whether sympathetic or smiling, if they offer their support or take to the streets, then we have brought them on board, whether they all share our ideas or not.

But as long as we see ourselves only as political subjects who participate in demonstrations, and are organized in groups along with people who mostly share the same ideas as ourselves – and this acts as a substitute for forming actual relationships with people and thus creating networks that allow us to choose forms of action that allow us to break through social normality, we will remain largely isolated political subjects and groups.

Networks are stronger than hierarchies.

Our networks are strong when each unit has a multitude of connections, rather than there being only a few nodes through which all connections run.

Asking “what vision or plan will society be organized around after capitalism?” doesn’t get us anywhere.

We will be stronger than ever if we learn to understand that not everyone will act as we do – nor as we wish them to do. Our effectiveness lies not in making the whole world thinking and doing the same, but in finding the best way to relate in a complementary way with those who are different and have their own ideas.

We are then an intelligent and self-organizing organism as long as we all make plans, share visions and ideas, and take initiatives. All forms of organization will always have to be shaped freshly between the people who want to organize themselves.

Don’t rely on others creating plans, evolving ideas and telling you what to do!
But also don’t judge others for not doing what you want them to do or not supporting your ideas to the fullest! Do it yourself!

Nor should we limit ourselves to creating a system that replaces the existing system or creating an infrastructure that makes the existing infrastructure obsolete.

If we consider the physical realization of our projects and ideas as a victory, we will adopt a conservative attitude and try to save or protect these projects, losing sight of what constitutes their greatest value:

Our projects are useful when we use them to break through social normalcy.

Sure, we’ll physically lose a lot of what we create, but that’s okay, because they’re not there to be preserved, they’re there to teach us new skills and give society visions of new possible worlds.

What needs to be preserved are the ideas and solutions we create in our projects and the networks we build.

Because only then can we build on you, develop our ideas further and realize new projects again and again.
So that our projects and actions are places where we honestly express our visions of a different world.

Danni lives!

 

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Troubles in Danni – Critical reflection on Dannenroder forest occupation

Disclaimer: This article was written by a group of people and does not represent the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

There is a new short book about Danni. It was written by a person who lived for a year in the occupation and it is his reflection of social structures and problems in the forest during the time of the occupation. The text represents only views and opinions of a single person. Feel free to share online, print and distribute the text if you like!

Troubles in Danni pdf

Troubles in Danni printing version

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Call for a gathering and skillshare in Gállok, near Jokkmokk in Sápmi (so called sweden)

On nomineingallok.noblogs.org we found the following callout.

The struggle against a mining project in Gállok have been going on for many years now. In 2013 there was a protest camp where people were trying to stop the drilling and blowing up of the ground. They never managed to completely stop the mining company, but they managed to delay them and get people organised.

Right now it’s up to the so called swedish government to decide if someone will be allowed to start the mine or not. But we will not wait for their decision. We have already made ours – No mine in Gállok! Not now, not ever.

This struggle is closely connected to the struggle of the Sami people, the indigenous people of Sápmi. For 400 years, the so called swedish, norwegian, finnish and russian states have colonised Sápmi. With the use of cultural genocide they tried to wipe out the Sami people. They never succeded.

So in mid august we meet in the north. The main focus of this gathering will be to connect the different struggles in Sapmi. So we can stand united against the exploitation and contamination of our water, mountains, air and forests. Against mines, windmills, dams, industries, clearcuts, nuclear power plants, pipelines and so on. Let’s come together and share our skills and experiences. How can we support each other? How can we create a good and persistent culture of resistance?

If you want to contribute with a workshop, a talk, a discussion or whatever, contact us so that we can put it in the schedule.

You can read more here or on kolonierna.se
Contact us at kolonierna at riseup dot net

No mine in Gállok!

 

Please spread on other relevant websites.

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EVICTION by mid of march in ZAD

Disclaimer: This article was written by a group of people and does not represent the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

It has been officially confirmed that from mid-March there is an acute risk of eviction for the ZAD de la colline (forest and meadow occupation) in Switzerland near Lausanne. The judiciary and the state have decided in favor of the International Cement and Concrete Group Lafarge-Holcims in the court case.

The police will have the right to clear the ZAD from March 16!

❗️More info will follow before and during the eviction here in the German-speaking ZAD info channel. https://t.me/ZoneADefendreDE ❗️

There is also a French-speaking Info Channel: https://t.me/zad_de_la_colline

⚡️For questions about ZAD or other actions, feel free to contact @actionpointcsch⚡️

🔥Holcim sites in Germany http://www.holcim.de/de/standorte
this is of course not a call to direct action, just do what you think is right with the information🔥

🌎 You can also find more info on the new ZAD website https://zaddelacolline.info/🌍

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Further public critisism for the police violence in Danni

Disclaimer: This article was written by a group of people and does not represent the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

Many people still fight in Danni for the forest, for the trees and other living creatures, for a better world, for life, for …

In order to break this strong resistance the state and thus the police were and still are willing to cause massive damage. There were many cases of police violence: physical and psychical injuries. People were (at times severely) injured and traumatized as a result of unprofessional or/and deliberate actions by the police. A press conference on this topic was already held. Texts, pictures and videos were published. Newly, the texts of Parents for Future Danni and of the parlamentary observers were published, dealing, among others, with police violence.

We want and try to further thematize police violence in and around Danni. And so additionaly stress how NOT ok it is, what happened and still happens there. We want to stop the building of A49. And do something against police violence in the future.
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Where do we go from here? – A report from the Danni protest camp

Disclaimer: This article was written by a group of people and does not represent the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

The fight for the Danni is far from over. It is true that we – by this I mean all living organisms, human and non-human animals – have suffered heavy defeats through the loss of various habitats, and many may still not be aware of the consequences for society. But more and more people are becoming aware of the need for a change in our mobility and an ecological way of life.

We may have lost large parts of the forest during the last year, but we have also gained a lot. A deeper understanding of our nature, a sense of belonging, empowerment, a broader understanding of society and being understood by the community. Furthermore, we had to realize that our state does not take climate protection seriously enough and portrays sustainable climate activism that tries to stop the massive destruction of nature as a criminal act.

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Solidarity from Bure, La Zad du Carnet and west of france

Disclaimer: The publication of this article was decided by one person/some people and not by the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.


Here are the solidarity fotos and text in response with the call for
solidarity in french that you can find here
https://nantes.indymedia.org/articles/54253

The first one is from Bure, the occupation against nuclear
installation in Eastern France :

Solidarity with Danni’s occupation !

Since more than a year, Danni forest (Germany) is occupied. The
compagny Deges wants to make the A49 longer, passing through Danni
forest. They have already cut 85 hectare of forest and since a month the
eviction of the forest is going on, with consequences such as people
felling from high, being injured, arrested, jailed, isolated for
refusing to give identity.

We are answering to the call out for solidarity, read on nantes
indymedia : https://nantes.indymedia.org/articles/54253.

A banner have been put up in the the Bois Lejuc, in one of the trees
occupied in july 2019 (more info :
https://bureburebure.info/bure-the-return-of-owls/). Despite a special
law forbidding acces to the forest and the surveillance, we will
continue to happily wander in the forest, and even more.

Thanks for your amazing occupation and resistance !

Strength to you!”
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Thoughts of some Aktivisti about the Nikolaus-Action

Disclaimer: This article represents an opinion of one person/some people and not of the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

More and more „Nikolaus“- packages arrived at the Protestcamp
Dannenröder Wald in the last days.
We see that this was supposed to be a kind and lovely action, but even
due the fact it was nice to read the letters, we are not completely
happy about it.

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How our occupation became just a consumerist festival.

Disclaimer: This article represents an opinion of one person/some people and not of the whole occupation. There is no authorised group and no official body that could decide upon an ‘official’ group statement for the occupation. The people in the occupation and in their immediate environment have diverse and controversial opinions. This diversity of different stances is therefore not censored here, but differing opinions can be equally valid and have an equal right to be seen and heard. No text will speak for the whole occupation or is necessarily approved by everyone participating in the occupation.

Last weeks in the times of cutting and destruction of our home I am often remembering how was the life here over one year I had spent here, how much it changed and how much we lost. From my perception there were two etaps of the occupation. In the first one we have been very few people and we were thinking a lot about how we live and what are impacts of our actions. Then the second period which started in summer with lot of people ariving in short time without enough time to discuss all parts of the daily forest life and get used to live diferent life than in city and criticaly think about impacts of our actions.
As one part of this change was that the occupation abondoned its anticonsumerist aproach. When the occupation was smaller we used to dumpster dive most of our food and have been critical about food which was donated to us and tried to communicate to people to at least not buy for us colonial products and idealy to simply not buy things for us maybe with exception of oil which was usualy missing in dumpsters. With exception of one or two treehouses with stupid gas cookers we cooked just with wood. As well we tried to recycle lot of building material we needed. For example instead of using new nails we usually rather used reycled unstraight rusty nails, straighten them and used them again. Oh I hated straightening these nails so much in beginning but after some built treehouses it just became normal and I wouldn’t get an idea to take new nails when there were buckets of old ones standing around.
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