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No land..No House……. NO VOTE..! Abahlali squatters fight back

Abahlali no vote

Abahlali baseMjondolo (Zulu[aɓaˈɬaːli ɓasɛmdʒɔnˈdɔːlo], Shack Dwellers), also known as AbM or the red shirts is a shack-dwellers’ movement in South Africa which is well known for its campaigning against evictions and for public housing.

The movement grew out of a road blockade organized from the Kennedy Road shack settlement in the city of Durban in early 2005 and now also operates in the cities of Pietermaritzburg and in Cape Town.

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Anarchist Center ‘The Gatonera': our eviction communiqué

Madrid: Anarchist squat La Gatonera evicted

In the early morning of October 27th, 2014, the squatted social centre La Gatonera in Madrid was evicted. We send strength to the comrades; nothing is finished.

Below is their communiqué(translation from Contra Info) from the day of eviction:

The State orders, the Press targets and the police evicts La Gatonera: this is how this story begins once again, that far from being a novelty, ends up being a suspicious routine. A disgusting routine that, by force of repression and fear, gradually makes an entire movement and a whole history of anarchist struggle get accustomed to having this sensation, which has become way too normalized, in its interior. The importance of so many generations that have striven, each one for years, to demonstrate that another life is possible, that there is an option outside the system in which we live, that they target us because we no longer want to be part of their miseries and because we seek to be able to manage our lives.

By evicting the social centres, they attempt to turn fear into the only outlet, paralyze the struggles that go to the root of the problem, normalize repression and make those who struggle assimilate it, thus offering a recuperative and totally controlled option such as the institutionalization of all kinds of struggle so they won’t get out of their hand, either with the formation of new political parties of the Left, the cession of spaces, or the negotiation with any type of institution. We can only draw a conclusion from this: the legal struggle has no effect; otherwise it wouldn’t be legal.

However, they have not realized that there are still people willing to go a step further, people who won’t leave this situation alone, either because of personal dignity or because of collective solidarity. The eviction of La Gatonera was nothing more than the closure and demolition of a building, but that building was made up of the people who turned it into an anarchist space, a tool of struggle, complicity, encounter, gathering and creation of new relationships.

the eviction
the eviction

They evicted us from the building located in Amistad street, but they haven’t even remotely achieved their goal: to scare us.

We want to be clear on this and make them understand it: this is not the end of anything, it’s the continuation of a seven-year project that will be carried out wherever, however and whenever we decide.

At the same time we are aware that, even though this is part of a wider plan against social centres in general, the eviction of La Gatonera did not occur by chance. We stood firm on previous occasions, not giving in to blackmail and trying to remain as faithful as possible to our ideas. We received both eviction and personal threats, our social centre was boycotted on several occasions, not to mention the mishaps we had with the forces of order from time to time. We did not resort to complaints, victimisms or formalisms. Our way of confronting matters has been to continue on our line that, at the end of the day, has brought us to this terminus. We proudly assume the consequences, because all this tells us that we’re causing them trouble, and so we are on the right track.

This has only just begun. They have ignited a spark that will help us take the struggle to the next level with more passion than ever before and much more firmness and rage.

To those who have stood in solidarity with us, when it was needed, we say we feel very proud of all of you. All those who have made La Gatonera possible, those who have preserved the essence of the space, and those with whom we’ve worked so hard together.

inside La Gatonera
inside La Gatonera

The response we see as coherent is to continue the struggle, visualizing this response as one sees fit, maintaining the original idea La Gatonera has always tried to fulfill: the decentralization of neighbourhoods and direct action.

To you: mobsters, politicians, cops, businesspeople, exploiters, mercenaries, assassins, snitches, torturers…

… this has only just begun.
The struggle continues.

DEATH TO THE STATE, LONG LIVE ANARCHY.

 

http://es.contrainfo.espiv.net/2014/10/28/madrid-solidaridad-con-lxs-okupas-del-cso-la-gatonera/

 

Prisoners Aid Cafe
Prisoners Aid Cafe

 

[Madrid] Comunicado sobre el desalojo del CSOA La Gatonera
04 Nov 2014
Modified: 01:41:00 PM
El estado ordena,la prensa señala y la policía desaloja la gatonera. Asi empieza esta historia una vez mas,que lejos de ser una novedad,se empieza a convertir en una sospechosa rutina. Una asquerosa rutina que,a golpe de represión y miedo,hace que poco a poco un movimiento entero y toda una historia de lucha anarquista,se acostumbre a tener esta sensación ya demasiado normalizada en su interior.La importancia de generaciones y generaciones que se han partido la cada durante años para demostrar que,otra vida es posible,que hay una opción fuera del sistema en que vivimos,que nos señalan porque no queremos formar parte una vez mas de sus miserias y porque aspiramos a poder gestionar nuestras vidas.
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Desalojando los centros sociales,pretenden que la única salida sea la del miedo,la paralización de las luchas que van a la raíz del problema,la normalización de la represión y la asimilación por parte de quienes luchan,ofreciendo así una opción recuperadora y totalmente controlada como es la de institucionalizar todo tipo de luchas para que no se les escape de las manos,ya sea con la formación de nuevos partidos políticos de izquierda,como la cesión de espacios o la negociación con cualquier tipo de institución.De esto solo sacamos una conclusion:SI LA LUCHA ES LEGAL,NO SURGE EFECTO PORQUE SI NO,NO SERIA LEGAL.Pero no se dan cuenta de que aun quedan personas dispuestas a seguir un paso mas,a no dejar que esto se quede así,bien sea por dignidad personal o por solidaridad colectiva.El desalojo de la gatonera,no a supuesto mas que el cierre y derribo de un edificio,pero dicho edificio lo conformaban las personas que hacían de ello un espacio de herramienta anarquista,de lucha,de complicidad,de encuentro,de reunión y de creación de nuevas relaciones.
Nos han desalojado del edificio de la calle amistad,pero ni de lejos han conseguido lo que pretenden:Asustarnos.
Pretendemos ser claros en esto y así hacerlo entender:Esto no es el fin de nada,es la continuación de un proyecto de siete años que se llevara a cabo donde,como y cuando nosotrxs decidamos.A la vez creemos,que aunque esto forma parte de un entramado contra los centros sociales en general,somos conscientes de que el desalojo de la gatonera,no se a producido por casualidad.Nos hemos mantenido firmes en ocasiones anteriores no cediendo a chantajes y tratando de ser los mas fieles posibles a nuestras ideas. Hemos recibido amenazas de desalojo como personales,se nos a boicoteado en varias ocasiones el centro social y hemos tenido algún que otro percance con las fuerzas del orden alguna vez.No hemos recurrido a denuncias, a victimismos ni a formalismos. Nuestra forma de afrontarlo ha sido continuando con nuestra linea,que al fin y al cabo es la que nos ha llevado a este termino.Y orgullosxs de ello,asumimos las consecuencias que ha tenido porque ello,nos dice que eso es lo que lxs hace daño y que por lo tanto vamos por el buen camino.Esto no ha hecho mas que empezar.Han encendido una chispa que nos servirá para dar un empujón a la nueva etapa de lucha con mas ganas que nunca y mucha mas firmeza y rabia.A quienes os habéis solidarizado con nosotrxs cuando ha sido necesario,deciros que nos sentimos muy orgullosxs de todxs.A todxs los que habéis hecho que la gatonera sea posible,a lxs que habéis mantenido la esencia del espacio y a lxs que habéis currado tantísimo con nosotrxs.La respuesta que creemos coherente es continuar con la lucha,visualizar dicha respuesta como cada unx crea conveniente,manteniendo la idea original que la gatonera a pretendido siempre levar: descentralización de los barrios y acción directa.A vosotrxs: mafiosxs,politicxs,policias,empresarixs,explotadorxs,mercenarixs,asesinxs,traidorxs,tor turadorxs…

….ESTO NO HA HECHO MAS QUE EMPEZAR.
LA LUCHA CONTINUA.
MUERTE AL ESTADO,VIVA LA ANARQUIA.

See also:
http://es.contrainfo.espiv.net/2014/10/28/madrid-solidaridad-con-lxs-okupas-del-cso-la-gatonera/

 

Paremos el desalojo del CSO La Traba

BANKS Expropriate Homes.. Neighbours EXPROPRIATE BANKS !

Which Way to Utopia?: Anarchist Spatial Theory

 by jessecohn

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This is a fascinating Slide Essay which applies anarchist ideas to urban planning of all sorts.

How would the world appear if the rule of thge capitalist market were to end?

How would your barrio change if people’s power were to replace top down exploitation?

This Slide Show gives us a glimpse into a less insane world.

 

#faircoop.. Occupying free economy with Anti-money.. #faircoin

The Fair Coop. The Earth cooperative for a fair economy

Activists from various fields of alternative economy like Enric Duran (Robin of the Banks), Cooperativa Integral Catalana, Michael Bauwens, P2P Foundation, or Amir Taaki, , bitcoin developer, launched this September 17, after months of networking, a draft global economic system based on cooperation, ethics, solidarity, redistribution north-south, and justice in economic relations.

The Fair Coop is a global cooperative attempt to become independent of the “old economic system” based on central banks and fiat currencies by a new currency reference, faircoin, to promote the global commons and decentralized economies. .

Fair Coop
The date, 17S coincides symbolically with six years of the campaign “We can live without capitalism,” and five years since the campaign with more than a hundred data points in the Spanish state to create alternative economy networks by inviting people to abandon their bank accounts. It is also a step in the “Comprehensive Revolution”,which in the words of Duran, “aims to give visibility to a self-organized movement that is working to build  other possible worlds
from below.” Continue reading #faircoop.. Occupying free economy with Anti-money.. #faircoin

Enric Duran on disobedient crowdfunding … CoopFunding

Enric Duran on shared and disobedient crowdfunding platform networks | P2P-Foundation by GNUnion

We’ve recently featured Coopfunding, an Open-Sourced crowdfunding platform designed to “…promote the financing of projects with a social, self managed and cooperative nature.”  Today we present a guest article by Enric Duran, one of the developers behind Coopfunding and its parent-project, the Catalan Integral Cooperative, explaining the reasons that led to the creation of Coopfunding. This article was originally published in Radi.MS

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The expansion of crowdfunding in the last few years has been quite vertiginous.

Hundreds of projects have been able to get off the ground around the world coming from very different backgrounds but united in the aim of creating a link between donors and the projects they sponsor.

Crowdfunding, for its practicality and usefulness, has expanded without any ideological limitation and while it served to finance many social projects it has also supported more conventional initiatives based on consumerism and business as meant in the capitalist system.

In this way, more traditional fund raising events like benefit gigs and have been overlooked, and we should take in to account that with the crowdfunding model we are at risk of leaving the financing of social initiative in the hands of unscrupulous business which, through the management of crowdfunding platforms, are making the same profit that any middle man would make in an ordinary business transaction, through the charge of commissions which range between 5% and 10% of the donations received. Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indygogo have already made profits in the millions region. Continue reading Enric Duran on disobedient crowdfunding … CoopFunding

‘RobinHood bankrobber On the Run says : ” Let’s change the world..”

His name is Enric Duran , but is known as ‘Robin Bank ‘ or ‘ Robin Hood of the Banks ‘ . This Catalan activist, 38 years old, came to illegally obtain half a million euros in bank loans which he then then divided among projects and anti-capitalist movements .

a recent bank occupation protest aginst mortgage evictions
a recent bank occupation protest aginst mortgage evictions

He was charged with several offenses and failed to appear at his trial. He had requested loans from banks with no intention of returning and distributed the cash to a whole range of alternative projects, integral cooperatives, occupied social centers and revolutionary anarchists. . In all, he performed 68 operations in 39 different entities. With dozens of personal loans , he managed to outwit information systems and financial control.  Continue reading ‘RobinHood bankrobber On the Run says : ” Let’s change the world..”

watch ‘Pieces of Madrid': latest Global Uprisings docu

by Global Uprisings on April 21, 2014

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The latest short documentary in the Global Uprisings series explores ongoing resistance and self-organization in the midst of the crisis in Spain.

As social conditions continue to deteriorate across Spain, people have been turning to the streets and to each other to find solutions to the crisis. This film tells the story of the massive mobilization that saw millions of people converge on Madrid on March 22, 2014; the story of the proliferation of social centers, community gardens, self-organized food banks; and the story of large-scale housing occupations by and for families that have been evicted. The film pieces together many of the creative ways that people have been coping with crisis and asks what the future may hold for Spain.

Filmed and edited in March/April 2014, it is part of the Global Uprisings documentary series. View more at globaluprisings.org.

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