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French Uprising and Nuit Debout amazing photo essay

Nuit Debout: Other voices..

from Julius Gavroche  with thanks

The Nuit Debout movement in France takes on no single form, even behind the ritual of the general assemblies in Paris and now other cities.  It is plural, chaotic, fed by the multiple protests against the country’s new proposed labour law and a diversity of organisations and collectives coming from other social movements.  Yet it is precisely in this absence of order that the square occupations become spaces of convergence and of proliferation (rather than of enforced collective decision making), susceptible of generating lines of resistance/creation beyond State-Capital.

The events multiply and the voices speaking also become many.  We share below two texts that contribute to further understanding, the first from The Acorn (number 23 – 08/04/2016) and the second from open Democracy (08/04/2016), by Geoffrey Pleyers …

1. March 39 and counting… Nuit Debout and the new French uprising
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Protesters amidst the teargas in Nantes on April 5 – otherwise known as March 36

The spirit of resistance has captured the imagination of a new generation in France, as youth-led opposition to neoliberal labour “reforms” has spiralled into full-on rejection of the whole capitalist system on the street and squares.

The situation took on a new dimension after the general strike and day of action on Thursday March 31. There was a call for people not to go home afterwards but to stay on the streets, beginning a wave of overnight “Nuit Debout” occupations that has spread from Paris across France and into the Iberian peninsular, Belgium and Germany.

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“Let nobody enter here who is not in revolt”

The March 31 “moment” has also been symbolically extended by the renaming of the following days of the mobilisation as March 32, March 33 and so on. Continue reading French Uprising and Nuit Debout amazing photo essay

SuperMouse Religion takes off! Praise The Squeaky Lord!

The all-powerful god of Dinkoism is a… supermouse! Dinkaluyeah!dinkopism

 from Harish C Menon with thanks       India’s rent-an-outrage industry has given birth to a whole new faith—complete with an omnipotent god, mythology, scriptures, fanatic believers, and, of course, a short fuse when it comes to fickle religious sentiments.

In this video, Dinkoist Amy Watson explains why her faith is the world’s greatest.

This new “religion”—Dinkamatham or Dinkoism—made its presence known in January this year at Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Believers, called Dinkoists, protested against a Malayalam film star, Dileep, for acting in a movie titled Professor Dinkan.
This was in keeping with the best traditions of hurt sentiments in India.
Over the last few years, the country has witnessed a pathological rise in the number of instances where followers of various faiths and members of communities have outraged over stray remarks, cartoons, books, movies or songs that even tangentially broach issues pertaining to them.
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Dinkoists, on their part, were angry that the holy name of their beloved lord—Dinkan—was being used for a movie character who is a mere mortal. The film will be released in 2017.
Dinkan, according to their faith, is the saviour of the world, swooping in from nowhere to protect everyone, particularly children. Once abducted by aliens, who then gave him his superpowers, Lord Dinkan is just about anywhere and anytime the needy, well, need him!

He flies, he fights, he comforts. And if you had any doubts about his supremacy, beware: he wears his red underwear over his tight-fitting yellow costume that shows rippling biceps; not to forget the flowing red cape.

But if you are imagining a regular comic book hero with super-human abilities, perish the thought. Dinkan is no flying spaghetti monster either. He is far beyond man, superman, or super-pasta.

The all-powerful god of Dinkoism is a… supermouse! Dinkaluyeah!

Does this sound like a parody? That is because it is. This fledgling movement is said to be a product of rising manifest bigotry and tightening of regressive norms in Kerala. The whole idea, according to one observer who didn’t want to be named, is to hold up a mirror to established religions and expose their vacuousness.
But ask Dinkoists themselves about it, and all you get is pretend-zeal.

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“Dinkoism has existed from time immemorial. It was the first religion. Some people, who lost their way, formed other religions. Everything that the modern world knows today is based on Dinkoism,” Prashant Appul, a freelance video editor based in Kochi, Kerala, told Quartz in mock earnestness.
Delving into Dinkoism’s profundity, 35-year-old Appul said the Big Bang Theory itself is actually based on his religion’s Big Laughter concept, according to which the universe came into being with Dinkan’s first guffaw. Similarly, they knew about black holes in space long before science could even imagine them. After all, Dinkan the mouse is adept at chewing holes, says Appul, an ardent Dinkoist since 2011.

A native of the imaginary Pankila forest, Dinkan was first heard about in the early 1980s when a children’s magazine, Balamangalam, gained popularity in Kerala. However, Appul says, “Dinkan in his true form is cosmic vibrations. Some people made it easy for themselves by imagining Dinkan as yellow-clad mouse. And that became popular.”
He draws a parallel: “Before Raja Ravi Varma began painting Hindu goddesses in sarees, nobody really imagined the goddesses in sarees. This is like that.”
Today, Balamangalam is one of Dinkoism’s “holiest” books. Another such text is the “Pankilasmrithi” or the Chronicles of Pankila, Dinkan’s native forest. This book even has Sanskrit shlokas such as:

Dinkan will protect the children!
Dinkan will protect the youth!
Dinkan will protect the elderly!

Holy origins

Dinkoism first emerged around 2007-08 on social media. This was a time when Malayalam (Kerala’s native tongue) bloggers were coming of their own and began commenting on and discussing social issues. The term Dinkoism was referred to as a joke back then to ridicule established religions. But soon people were identifying themselves as Dinkoists, sometimes jokingly, sometimes in mock seriousness.dinkan trust

Chants like “Oh my Dinkan, please protect me” came into regular use. As his following swelled, two groups on Facebook—The Freethinkers and The International Chalu Union—began giving Dinkan a lot of currency.
However, it was actor Dileep’s Professor Dinkan that finally pushed them out into public gaze and prompted them to openly proclaim their “faith.” They even formed a group called Mooshikasena (The rodent’s army) to troll the movie on social media. With such moves, Dinkoists are showing up the absurdness of such protests by adherents of other religions.

Open source religion

Since the January event, Dinkoists have begun meeting regularly to give form and structure to their new faith. The idea is to present their mock religion as a legitimate one and seek official recognition. The next logical step would be to claim minority status and right to run educational institutions just like other organised faiths. If they can, why not us—this seems to be the guiding spirit.

“Dinkoism is an open source religion. But when religions in India enjoy so many undeserving privileges, we also demand them for Dinkoism. And we plan to work towards that end,” said Sukhesh Vadavil. Owner of a digital media marketing firm in Kochi, 33-year-old Vadavil became a Dinkoist after he was fed-up of traditional religions’ power structures and brazen business orientation.
These, in fact, were some of the demands Dinkoists voiced at the “mega religious meet” in Kozhikode on Sunday (March 20). Around 450 attended this event. Dinkoism’s Facebook page has more than 6,250 “likes”. Besides, Dinkan’s followers are not restricted to just Kerala or India.

Observers, though, say that in a state like Kerala—often referred to as God’s Own Country—a movement such as Dinkoism has the potential to attract followers.
“This phenomenon is a result of the acute pressure brought in on the youth by extremist religious forces. The vacuum created by the decline of ideology is now sought to be filled by religious fundamentalism, be it Hindu, Christian or Islamic,” said Joseph Antony, senior journalist with the Malayalam daily Mathrubhumi’s online version.

Speaking to Scroll.in, Kozhikode district collector Prashant Nair said, “Dinkoism is a religion where you learn to take things lightly and become tolerant to things that you don’t appreciate otherwise… Dinkoists use humour to send the message. Humour is something that everybody appreciates. Therefore, it makes sense to promote this religion.”
Clearly, some of the claims and rituals of this parody religion have irritated the established ones.
For instance, at a Kochi meet in February, Dinkoists “demonstrated” their lord’s power to treat ailments, which did not go well with sects of Christianity that believe in faith healing.

Here a woman suffering from a “deadly disease”—she feels the heat when the air-conditioner is switched off—is shown getting “cured” following fervent prayers by a Dinkoist healer.

Of course, there are certified Dinkoist priests, too…
Certificate of ordination.(Facebook/Holy DInkan religion)
Similarly, a peculiar ritual of stoning jackfruits, which the Dinkoists perform, has annoyed sections of Muslims who claim that it mocks the all-important stoning of the devil that all pilgrims to Mecca must see through.

Lastly, Dinkoists believe the primeval sound of the universe is call “Embakkaar”—Dinkan’s belch. Now, that is naughtily close to the Hindus’ revered “Omkar”.
But nothing is about to stop Dinkoists.
Their next target is Akshaya Tritiya, an auspicious day for Hindus to start new ventures. Broadening its meaning, Akshaya Tritiya has been extensively marketed in the past few years as a day when one can usher in good luck by just buying gold or gold ornaments.
Dinkoists claim the Hindus have hijacked their concept of Akshaya Jettiya—a day when they symbolically pass good luck to laymen in the form or red jettis (underwears).

If the Dinkoists’ plans fructify, this May 9 could see a minor battle between precious ornaments inside jewellery showrooms in Kerala and Dinkan’s red underwears, worn and sold, outside.
We welcome your comments at ideas.india@qz.com.

 from Harish C Menon with thanks 

Spreading ‘nuit debout’ Occupations demand Revolution Now

Nuit debout protesters occupy French cities in revolutionary call for change

from The Guardian   For more than a week, vast nocturnal gatherings have spread across France in a citizen-led movement that has rattled the government4899018_6_bbfc_des-manifestants-discutent-entre-eux-le-8_ff15974e6ec4ff1e198a3632ed7a6511 in Paris     As night fell over Paris, thousands of people sat cross-legged in the vast square at Place de la République, taking turns to pass round a microphone and denounce everything from the dominance of Google to tax evasion or inequality on housing estates.

update here.. International Call for Nuit Debout Solidarity

Vive la révolution: demonstrators gather in Place de la République for a nocturnal sit-in. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA
Vive la révolution: demonstrators gather in Place de la République for a nocturnal sit-in. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The debating continued into the early hours of the morning, with soup and sandwiches on hand in the canteen tent and a protest choir singing revolutionary songs.

One of the demands is the repeal of the Jobs Law approved last week
One of the demands is the repeal of the Jobs Law imposed  last week

A handful of protesters in tents then bedded down to “occupy” the square for the night before being asked to move on by police just before dawn. But the next morning they returned to set up their protest camp again.

Spanish 15M groups are occupying across the country in support of the ‘outraged’ French…Dozens of people have camped at the gates of the City of Valencia after a busy demonstration for the Nuit Debout Paris. Continue reading Spreading ‘nuit debout’ Occupations demand Revolution Now

The Dispossessed…Free Download. + The Day Before The Revolution

..free download   The Dispossessed by Ursula K Leguin

full length story of the revolution.. read online or download in pdf or epub for a reader, tablet or phone…

“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution.”
— Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed.leguin-the-dispossessed

Thoughts on The Dispossessed
There are some books that even with my untrained, unskilled and inexperienced eye can detect and confirm are true works of art, mastery in literature. Continue reading The Dispossessed…Free Download. + The Day Before The Revolution

Show #125 Carrie Reichardt’s Revolutionary Art

First a small gallery of Carrie’s art.. 

to listen to her INTERVIEW click The Circled A

Mayday demonstration at Bank. People protest against police violence and dress as convicts, prisoners or police. Organised by Space Hijackers. London. © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk Tel: 01789-262151/07831-121483 info@reportdigital.co.uk NUJ recommended terms & conditions apply. Moral rights asserted under Copyright Designs & Patents Act 1988. Credit is required. No part of this photo to be stored, reproduced, manipulated or transmitted by any means without permission.
Mayday demonstration at Bank. People protest against police violence and dress as convicts, prisoners or police. Organised by Space Hijackers. London.

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Carrie Reichardt is a contemporary artist, who works from a mosaic-covered studio in London. A member of the Craftivism movement, she uses murals, ceramics, screen-printing and graphic design in her work. She is a dedicated advocate of the movement and curated one of the few exclusively Craftivist exhibitions in the UK. She talks about the ‘Disobedient Objects’ exhibition at the V&A, Angola 3 and much more!

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Contrainfos 112: BikeWars, parkings, occupyHorror, Trobada Rara

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BCN, 03/02/2016.- En una setmana on Barcelona s´ha manifestat en solidaritat amb el poble kurd a les portes del consolat de turquia i també hi ha hagut el judici popular al Cie, on s´ha exigit, un cop més, el tancament definitiu d´aquest centre d´extermini d´immigrants.

Nosaltres però ens centrarem amb quatre notícies més d´estar per casa que veiem a continuació.

1. BikeWars BarcelonaAl CSO Pula Vida, a Santa Coloma, es celebrà les primeres jornades de Bikewars Barcelona, això és, fabricació i combat de bicicletes autoconstruides, en el més pur estil DIY.

2. No més parkings Les PlanesI a Les Planes, un grup de veis i vienes s´están movilizant per aturar l inauguració d´un nou parking. A canvi, volen un parc i ho reinvindiquen precisament així, fent un parc a damunt del parking.

3. Festival de Curts de Can BatllóEl 30 de gener es realitzà la segona edició de curts de teror a Can Batlló, convertint l´espai en un veritable punt de socialització de la penyeta, I si no us ho creieu, pues mire-ho.

4. 2a Trobada Rara TroupeEl mateix cap de setmana va tenir lloc al Convent Sant Agustí una trobada amb diferents col.lectius que treballen l´audiovisual amb persones diagnosticades amb emalalties mentals. La trobada Rara Troupe va comptar , entre d´altres amb el col.lectiu radio Noikosia i la rara Web de Lleó.cabra

Organizing Autonomy: Support Days for the ZADs

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Call for bids on the ZAD 27 Dec.  by zadist
’To build a future without an aeroport’

Resumption of public works 30th and 31st January 2016

Hereinbelow the list of proposed lots, updated 25th December

The « steering committee for a future without an aeroport » launch a call for bids to start the public works (which never ceased from our side) on the ZAD the 30th and 31st January 2016, just after the confectioners’ truce.


This call for bids is addressed to everyone who participated in the Continue reading Organizing Autonomy: Support Days for the ZADs