”Whilst the Russian government’s claims that the revolution was some kind of “Nazi Junta” are false, Ukraine does have a rising problem with militant fascism that cannot be ignored.
Dijon, France – Over a hundred anti-capitalists have created a nine hectare free district with urban gardens and a free market as they prevent development plans from being constructed. The occupiers are seeking to preserve agricultural land and experiment in collective living while demonstrating horizontal forms of community building.
Presenters from the self-managed Quartier Libre des Lentillères, or Free District of Lentillères, spoke at the Athens Polytechnic University in early June 2018, for the second Networks of Resistance-European Local Struggles Conference.
Watch their presentation (~1 hr, 12 mins):
For the 2017 Networks of Resistance conference reports, see Pt. 1 – ZAD, Bure, Hambach Forest & Pt. 2 – Infrastructure; ExarcheiaNet & Cooperativa Integral
Starting with a protest in the center of Dijon, France, in the midst of a chilly day in 2010, about 150 people embarked for an abandoned lot, cleaned it up, occupied the area, and formed the Lentillères (lentil garden).
Family farms produce 80 percent of world’s food …Only 1 percent of the world’s farms are larger than 50 hectares, but this small group controls 65 percent of the world’s agricultural land, the FAO report said. Farms smaller than one hectare account for 72 percent of all farms, but control only 8 percent of agricultural land
Eight years later, the urban gardens of the Lentillères encompasses a free zone of over nine hectares that is, by its existence, resisting against development projects while demonstrating “another way of being that [is] non-hierarchical and egalitarian and free.”
“[Lentillères is] a mixture of the preservation of agricultural land, the promotion of agricultural land, mixed in with living spaces and collective spaces.” – Presenter from Lentillères
Dijon, the capital of France’s Golden Coast in the Burgundy region famous for wine and monasteries, is an area rich in history and home to 250,000 people. Presenters said that politicians and developers utilize the history to attract investment. The municipality has been busy with plans to modernize Dijon by building new streets, shopping centers, and installing thousands of CCTV cameras. Developers in Dijon now plan to build 15 new housing projects in what they call ‘eco-quarters’ by 2020.
Recent history of anarcho-punk culture from 1980s-90s is also embedded in the city. Massive “anarcho-fun gigs” in the squatted industrial wastelands of Dijon took place in efforts to reclaim space from capitalism.
The more accepting culture of squatting and land defense in France helped lead to the local, socialist-run government of Dijon essentially allowing anti-capitalists and anarchists to take the space they desired with no problems, the presenters said.
The continued occupation of the land by over twelve collectives and more than 100 people living in the Lentillères are now threatened by the second phase of the encroaching ‘eco-quarters’ project. Continue reading “Lentillères Free District: Occupied Urban Gardens Grow Community ZAD”
Read in English HERE..
El proper dissabte 1 de desembre sortirem als carrers en defensa de l’okupació. Davant la repressió i l’onada de desallotjaments no reculem, al contrari, fem un pas endavant.
Dissabte 1 de desembre totes al carrer! Cap desallotjament sense resposta.
Difusió i acció!
L’okupació de llocs abandonats per a l’autogestió de les nostres vides és una realitat des de fa més de dues dècades a Barcelona. Així s’ha donat resposta a la necessitat d’espais socials i a la manca d’habitatge accessible a les ciutats.
En el darrer any, i com d’altres vegades, estem vivint una onada de repressió dels nostres projectes: Centres Socials Okupats com La Clandestina, la REA, l’Ateneu la Pua… i habitatges com Ca La Trava, el Kubo, la Kantonada, Montmany 3… han estat desallotjats.
El Banc Expropiat, Kan Kolmo, l’Àsgora Juan Andrñes, La Protestona, La Teixidora, Puntales, La Llamborda, Kasablanka… es troben sota amenaça de desallotjament.
D’ençà 2015 hi ha hagut canvis en les lleis de l’estat espanyol: l’aprovació de la llei mordassa, les reformes del codi penal, la llei d’enjudiciament civil i l’administrativa. Aquestes afecten directa o indirectament a l’okupació i a la possibilitat de romandre al lloc on vius i defensar-te.
D’altra banda, s’han extès els desallotjaments extrajudicials i la contractació d’empreses de matons – com Desokupa- per part de propietaris que, amb la complicitat dels cossos de seguretat, mossos i urbana, desallotgen espais amb mètodes intimidatoris.
We’ve mailed out all 150,000 copies of the English printing of To Change Everything, our introduction to anarchism.
In case that’s not enough, our tireless designers have prepared an imposed PDF version so you can print them out and distribute them wherever you are. Please help us keep this project in circulation over the years to come! Thanks again to everyone who helped us fund the original printing.
In our zine library, you can download online viewing versions and PDFs imposed for printing, in black-and-white and in color.
Altogether, over 240,000 print copies of To Change Everything are circulating now in over 30 languages, including more than 30,000 copies in German, 16,000 copies in Portuguese, and an additional 10,000 in English for the UK.
Print runs of 1000 or more have appeared in Québecois French, Slovenian, and other less common tongues; versions in Arabic and Farsi were distributed along the Balkan route during the so-called “migrant crisis” of 2015; to our knowledge, it may be the only anarchist text printed in Maltese.
Having accomplished the goals we initially set for To Change Everything, we’ll put our energy and resources towards our next projects. If you are outraged that we are not making another printing of it ourselves, and you have access to considerable financial resources, please contact us and offer your assistance!
Massive Demo Sat. October 6th …Please Come
— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) 30. September 2018
As we arrived at the official starting point, several thousand people were already there and the crowd continued to grow. The first groups didn’t even wait for the official forest walk to start, they went immediately into the forest. They were checked by cops at the entry of the forest, but were allowed to pass after their bags were searched. Last week the cops lost their checkpoint after a few hours, but this week people didn’t even try to put pressure on that checkpoint. People that didn’t want to get checked just went into the forest on other spots.
That’s something we didn’t know yet as I made the livestream in the tweet below.
by Perifèries Urbanes (+ in Spanish Italian Catalan) tweets + pics added)
In the early hours of 14th June 2017, a fire tore through a 24-storey tower block in North Kensington, killing at least 72 people. In the wake of the event, it soon became clear that this was more than a tragic accident, as revelations began to emerge around a lack of fire safety standards, a refurbishment which had saved £293k by downgrading insulation to less fire-proof material, as well as panels installed on the outside of the building to make it ‘look better’ for local wealthy neighbors (creating a cavity which acted as a chimney).
It also emerged that the residents of the tower had been trying to raise their voices in the run-up to the event in order to get their landlords and the council to address fire safety issues in the building, but to no avail….
Addressing this context after the blaze, there was an extraordinary and controversial call by leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, for the state to take over these empty buildings in order to house survivors. This idea was immediately met with dismissal as threatening core tenants of property ownership and entitlement, yet we can actually find a precedent in the UK for requisitioning empty buildings in order to address a housing crisis. Continue reading “They died for being poor: How Mass Squatting could Burst the Speculation Bubble.”
12th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair – 14th & 15th September 2018 – Teachers Club 35 Parnell sq & Wynns
The 12th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair takes place on the 15th September 2018 at the Teachers Club 35 Parnell square and on the evening ofthe 14th at Wynns hotel.
Every year hundreds of people attend the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair for a day of inspiring discussions and the opportunity of meeting lots of other radicals, browsing books and meeting campaigns.
With few days to go we are finalising the details. Continue reading “12th Dublin Anarchist Bookfair – 14th and 15th September 2018”