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Aufruf – Connecting Movements Camp 18.-29.8.17

Aufruf – Connecting Movements Camp 18.-29.8.17

1. Connecting Movements Camp 2017 im Rheinland

Vom 18. bis 29. August bringt das Connecting Movements (CoMo) Camp im Rheinland Menschen verschiedener sozialer Kämpfe und Bewegungen zusammen, um neue Perspektiven emanzipatorischer Politik zu entwickeln. Oft kämpfen wir mit unterschiedlichen Schwerpunkten – Klimagerechtigkeit, Bewegungsfreiheit und Bleiberecht, Queerfeminismus oder Ernähungssouveränität – an unterschiedlichen Orten und es bleibt wenig Zeit für Austausch.

Doch je verschiedener unsere Hintergründe, desto mehr können wir voneinander lernen! Wir wollen über Fragen, Utopien und Strategien verschiedener Kämpfe und Spektren diskutieren. Das CoMo-Camp eröffnet einen Raum für Vernetzung und Reflexion um uns für gemeinsame Aktionen zu bestärken und ein Weiterkommen sozialer Bewegungen zu ermöglichen!

2. Open Spaces

Wir wollen auf dem CoMo-Camp vor allem in Open Space-Formaten arbeiten, um möglichst hierarchiefreien Austausch jenseits von Expert*innenrollen zu ermöglichen.

Diskussionsthemen oder Workshops können von allen vorgeschlagen und selbstorganisiert durchgeführt werden. In der Tagesstruktur sind zwei Open-Space-Zeiten vorgesehen und unter freiem Himmel und in Workshopzelten gibt es Raum für eure Angebote.

Daneben gibt es ein Infozelt, ein Teezelt, eine Küche, sanitäre Strukturen und Rückzugsräume. Das Politische soll nicht nur in Form von Theorien, Fakten oder Aktionen gesehen werden, sondern ebenso beim gemütlichen Zusammensitzen, Kunst, Kultur und gemeinsamer Care-Arbeit. Anregungen zu Themen und Angeboten – von Workshops, Vorträgen, Vernetzungstreffen über Kino, Konzerte und Theater – könnt ihr uns auch im voraus mitteilen: mailto:connecting-movements-camp@riseup.net

3. Warum das Ganze?

Die Herrschaftssysteme und Unterdrückungsmechanismen, die zu menschenenverachtender Abschiebepolitik, sexistischen Übergriffen gegenüber Frauen* oder Marginalisierung von Kleinbäuer*innen führen, sind stark miteinander verwoben. Der Klimawandel ist nicht zu stoppen mit einer patriarchalen, kapitalistischen, rassistischen Gesellschaftsform, die auf Ausbeutung, Konkurrenzzwang und Unterdrückung von Menschen beruht.

Es braucht Alternativen eines Zusammenlebens auf Basis von Freiheit, Selbstbestimmung, Ernährungssouveränität und Solidarität. Diese können wir am besten gemeinsam entwickeln!

Es gilt, auch unsere eigene Arbeit kritisch zu betrachten. Kapitalistische Werte, patriarchale Normen und ansozialisierten Rollen sitzen teilweise sehr tief – wie stark reproduzieren wir all dies in unserem Alltag und unserer politischen Praxis? Wir wollen nicht immer nur von Solidarität reden, sondern versuchen sie praktisch werden zu lassen und gemeinsam einen möglichst barrierearmen Ort gestalten. Dafür brauchen wir uns alle!

4. Warum im Rheinland?

Das Connecting-Movements-Camp wird neben und in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Klimacamp im Rheinland organisiert. Im größten Braunkohlerevier Deutschlands werden täglich tausende Tonnen CO 2 ausgestoßen, Dörfer abgebaggert und die Kohlearbeiter*innen einer ungewissen Zukunft überlassen. Mit den Klimacamps wächst jedoch seit Jahren der Widerstand! Soziale und ökologische Fragen werden zusammen gedacht und dem kapitalistischen System Alternativen entgegengesetzt. 2015/16 wurden in thematischen Barrios bereits Themen um Antirassismus, Queerfeminismus und Landwirtschaft diskutiert.

Hier möchten wir anknüpfen. Wir möchten im Rheinland über mehr als nur Klima reden, weitere emanzipatorische Bewegungen an diesen symbolischen Ort einladen und solidarisch kämpfen, leben, lernen!

5. Kurzinfos

Connecting Movements Camp: 18.-29. August 2017 18. – 23. August: Bildung und Vernetzung 24. – 29. August: Aktionstage im Rheinland

Der genaue Ort des CoMo- und Klimacamps wird kurz vor dem Camp auf der Homepage bekannt gegeben.

http://www.klimacamp-im-rheinland.de/CoMo

Die Vorbereitungsgruppe ist offen für alle Interessierten! Schreibt uns einfach an: mailto: connecting-movements-camp@riseup.net

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1. Connecting Movements Camp 2017 in Rhineland

Between the 18th and 29th the Connecting Movements (CoMo) Camp in the Rhineland is connecting people engaged in different social movements and struggles, to develop new perspectives of an emancipatory politic. Very often we are fighting with different focuses – climate justice, freedom of movements and right to stay, (queer-)feminism or food sovereignty – in various places and there is little time left for exchange.

But the more diverse our backgrounds are, the more we can learn from each other! We want to discuss about questions, utopias and strategies of different struggles. The CoMo-Camp will open a space for networking and reflection, to empower us for collective actions and to enable a progress of social movements!

2. Open Spaces

At the CoMo-Camp we want to work especially with open space-formats to enable a non-hierarchical exchange beyond the role of experts. Topics of discussion or workshops can be proposed by everybody and conducted in self-organization. In the daily structure two open space slots are included and in open air or in workshop tents there is space for your proposals.

There is also an information tent, a tea tent, a kitchen, medical structure and places of retreat. The political must not just be seen in the form of content, theory, facts or political actions, but also takes place when we sit in cozy corners, art, theater and common care-work. Suggestions about topics and proposals – from workshop, lectures, networking to movies, concerts and theater – you are very welcome to tell us in advance: mailto:connecting-movements-camp@riseup.net

And why the whole thing?

Climate change, landgrabbing, inhuman deportation policies, sexist harassment of women* are just of few points of sad everyday lives. They are all related to certain systems of oppression and hierarchies that are intricately entwined. Climate change and its social and ecological consequences cannot be solved in a patriarchal, capitalist, racist… society that is based on exploitation, forced competition, oppression and marginalization of people.

There is a need of alternative forms of living together which is based on freedom, self-determination, food sovereignty and solidarity. The best way to develop these is together!

Also, we ourselves are not free of oppressive behaviors and ways of thinking. Capitalist values, patriarchal norms and socialized roles are partially deeply rooted – how strong are we reproducing these norms in our daily life and our political practice? After all we do not only want to talk about solidarity, but we want to try to make it practical and create a barrier-poor space together. For that we need all of us!

4. Why in the Rhineland?

The Connecting-Movements-Camp will be organized in collaboration and next to the climate camp. Thousand tons of CO 2 are emitted daily in the biggest brown coal area in Germany. Villages are devastated and the coal miners are left with an unknown future. But with the climate camp the resistance is growing since years! Social and economic questions are brought together and alternatives are opposed to the capitalist system. In 2015/16 topics around anti-racism, queerfeminism and agriculture were discussed in thematic barrios.

Here we want to tie up. We want to discuss topics around and abroad climate in the Rhineland, invite more emancipatory movements to this symbolic place and fight, live and learn in solidarity!

5: Short info

Connecting Movements Camp: 18.-29. August 2017 18. – 23. August: eduction and networking 24. – 29. August: days of action in the Rhineland

The exact place of the CoMo and the climate Camp will be announced shortly before the camp starts at the homepage

http://www.klimacamp-im-rheinland.de/CoMo

The preparation team is open for all people interested! Write us an email to: mailto:connecting-movements-camp@riseup.net

Support the EZLN Trial!

Have you ever heard of the EZLN, the "Ensemble Zoologique de Libération de la Nature" !? In tribute to the Zapatistas, an indigenous revolutionary group from Chiapas who fights day and night the oppression of the Mexican government (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapatista_Army_of_National_Liberation), we are a group of activists who fight against the harmful consequences of capitalism and neoliberalism on the environment and society. Our direct actions are non-violent and put a light on key actors of this political-economical system. For more information, here is the link to our website : http://ezln-zoologique.be/.

Our latest action (https://vimeo.com/217077942) has been extended, due to the trail of 9 activists. In order to support them in the proceedings, we are organizing media support through short videos of animals traveling towards the trial. The objective is to have as many videos as possible (of a few seconds long), where we see an animal departing from a famous/funny place from across the world !!! The campaign "Everyone at the animal trial" will last from the 1st of June until the 15th of June (day of the trial). Here is the launch video that will be published on the 1st of June to kick start the campaign : https://youtu.be/itM6sH6gVTo.

Would you have the possibility to make a video (-it can be very simple!-) in a nice location? From the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Atomium in Brussels, the Pise Tower or the Pyramids of Kheops … Or simply in your garden in an old sandbox or early morning at the exit of a nightclub ??

Best, The EZLN-Ensemble Zoologique de Libération de la Nature.

for your information, the animals in our videos are human people dressed up in costumes, but anything is fine!

Activists block gasoline terminal in the Amsterdam harbour

Activists block gasoline terminal in the Amsterdam Harbour

On Saturday morning, a group of 25 people entered the terrain of gasoline trader Vitol in the Amsterdam harbour, forcing a suspension of all activities on the terrain. Their message: Stop the export of toxic gasoline to West-Africa – and end the era of fossil fuels.

Report on Toxic Gasoline

The direct incentive for the blockade is a report released last September by the Swiss watchdog Public Eye. This report concluded that companies such as the Dutch Vitol, the largest gasoline trader in the world, are responsible for dumping toxins on West-African countries via the ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Companies such as Vitol add pollutants to gasoline and diesel, the sulphur and benzene levels in these mixtures exceed European standards, reaching levels three hundredfold higher than allowed in European countries. Combustion of these fuels can lead to severe health problems and even premature death. These fuels are commonly referred to as ‘African Quality’.

Ending the era of fossil fuels

Right now the activists of Climate Justice Amsterdam are targeting the entire fossil fuel industry in the harbours of Amsterdam and Rotterdam: “At this point, no one can deny climate change is happening. But after 22 years of climate conferences of the United Nations, global greenhouse emissions are still rising. The Dutch carry a great responsibility for the disaster that we see unfolding before our eyes, because the largest European oil and coal harbours are located in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Many people are not aware of the urgency of the crisis, partly because politicians are pretending to have ambitious plans to combat climate change. In reality these words are empty, serving to keep the population quiet. With our action, we are trying to wake up society: rise up! Only mass resistance will be able to turn the tide and stop the era of fossil fuels.”

Climate justice

Climate Justice Amsterdam argues for a different approach to climate change, based on justice and tackling the underlying causes: “Climate change is not only about CO2 and fossil fuels, it is an ethical and political problem as well. The wealthiest 10% of the population are responsible for half of the total global greenhouse emissions. Eventually, all of us will be affected by climate change, but at this point the people least responsible are paying the highest price. At the same time these communities are also the most defenceless. Therefore, climate change is a form of structural violence that cannot be seen apart from historically developed social and economic inequality. To tackle this crisis in a successful and just way, we have to identify the underlying causes. Why are living under an economic system that is blind to ethical and moral reasoning, which is playing Russian roulette with the planet, human lives and our collective future in its never-ending race to increase profits?”

Turmoil but no stop on exports

Dutch minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Affairs) called it ‘a dirty scandal’ when companies are, with full knowledge, exporting toxic fuels to African countries. Several political parties (PvdA, SP, GroenLinks and ChristenUnie) in the Dutch House of Representatives declared that they wanted a stop on the export of heavy polluting fuels via the harbours of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. SP, PvdA and Groenlinks also expressed strong criticism in the Amsterdam City Council. PvdA-councillor Carolien de Heer called for a moral judgement by the harbour: “you should not want to be involved in certain practices.”

According to Climate Justice Amsterdam these statements have not lead to any consequences for the responsible parties. “This is a downright scandal, even more so since legal analysis from the Centre for International Environmental Law has concluded that the Dutch state is violating international treaties by not preventing the export of dirty diesel and gasoline. The Basel Convention lists these fuels as ‘hazardous waste’ and the Bamako Convention prohibits its export. Even without considering these legal judgements, the export of dirty diesels is ethically unjust, causing the premature death of tens of thousands of people and inestimable human suffering. After the short moment of turmoil in response to the Public Eye report last year, nothing has changed: Vitol is still maximising its profits at the cost of the health of African citizens,” according to spokesperson Hannah de Haan.

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