Lentillères Free District: Occupied Urban Gardens Grow Community ZAD

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 foodOnly 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”

Welcome to the ZAD: Programme and Trailer for the Intergalactic Week.

Autonomy at ZAD NDDL

Programme and trailer for the Intergalactic week.

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/tZcbBZENCR0

Less than a month to go till the intergalactic week begins on the zad. To get you in the mood here is the trailer and the programme of the weeks events:

The ZAD ( Zone to be Defended) in Notre Dame de Landes continues to exist with mass support and block a useless speculation airport.

 

Intergalactic Week Programme

This programme is subject to changes and additions by the end of August. Do not forget to register in advance by writing to: intergalaczad@riseup.net(NB : we had a problem with our initial mailbox. Please DO NOT use galaczad@riseup.net) Continue reading “Welcome to the ZAD: Programme and Trailer for the Intergalactic Week.”

Catalonia: Kan Bici resists! Week of Resistance against the eviction, 4 till 11 May

Hi comrades and friends! The eviction of Kan Bici is probably taking place on May 10th 2018 and it is assumed that the “forces of order” will do their dirty work in one way another.

We want to invite you to participate in the activities that we have been able to prepare for the week of resistance (still missing things to confirm). We ask for the maximum distribution of the posters added to this mail. in ENGLISH

Apart from the prepared activities there is the call for decentralized actions for the day of eviction that leaves  a “free hand” to all of you to act  according to anarchist/revolutionary ideas against the system of domination and his defenders.

Between all we can prevent the eviction of Kan Bici!
Long live the Anarchy!
Kan Bici resists!

Program of the week of the Week of Resistance, from 4 till 11 may https://squ.at/r/4qkj : Continue reading “Catalonia: Kan Bici resists! Week of Resistance against the eviction, 4 till 11 May”

ZAD resists Militarization and Evictions: State offers to Legalise ‘Approved Projects’

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If you don’t know what the ZAD of Notre des Landes is, check out the official site , in English and various languages, link click HERE

 21st day of Military Occupation, 29 April,

The police operation is supposed to be completed since Thursday, April 12, 2018, 22h, but the cops said they would not leave the area without having cleared all the destroyed houses, “released” the roads and they will prevent any reoccupation.Related image

The general-in-chief of operations announces that he and his villains will stay for months to “secure the area so that projects validated by the prefecture can see the light of day”. Edouard Phillipe, the first disaster, speaks of “to put an end to the illegal occupation”. The prefect meets his chiefs today. More info to come!

We stay in ALERT EXPULSIONS! We always call you to come support us on the spot, if you can, or to act from your home! Continue reading “ZAD resists Militarization and Evictions: State offers to Legalise ‘Approved Projects’”

Invitation for a revolutionary May 1st: Paris + Russian Anarchist Solidarity

May Day in Paris: Invitation for a revolutionary May 1st

After the invitation of “Les Paves” to come to Paris on the first of May, we now publish another call to come to Paris.

Here is the full call:

Macron’s power has decided to break the social protests by force, revealing the brutal face of repression under the mask of a smiling modernity.

Military attack against the ZAD, destruction of places of life, expulsions, beating students with batons, isolation of railway workers, disinformation: these maneuvers intended to prove the authority of the state are rather the symptoms of an anxious government, panicked by the growth of a  more and more powerful and multiform movement.

The strike at the SNCF is massively followed, disrupting rail traffic, the blockades and occupations of universities multiply as rarely for more than a decade, networks are growing, alliances are formed, several other sectors join the struggle, the NDDL’s comrades withstand each day with more determination while support committees are active across the country, in short, people everywhere are reappropriating TO BEAT THE RIGHT. Continue reading “Invitation for a revolutionary May 1st: Paris + Russian Anarchist Solidarity”

[ZAD] The Battle to Rebuild .. Solidarity spreads Everywhere

REPORT OF WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING HERE THIS SUNDAY 15 APRIL. or THE MAGIC OF THE ZAD!   from   contra info

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon new groups are arriving all the time.

★Ⓐntiespecista★‏ @VAnarquia 9h9 hours ago   in Brussels, the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union was attacked in solidarity with the #ZAD #ZADResist #NDDL

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 Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering.

Solidarity from Milan, front of a Squat, with Italians, Portugueses, Greeks, Cypriots, Romanians, Czechs, Serbians, Scottish, French. Continue reading “[ZAD] The Battle to Rebuild .. Solidarity spreads Everywhere”

Live and Love the Revolution: at Self managed Anarcho-Pirate Camp: ZAD!

Notre-Dame-Des-Landes, France: Callout for self-managed anarcho-pirate camp

At the camp of the ANGRY Lama (or the “LA Masacrée”) [at the Zad], we are not giving up and we over-occupy.

A tent houses the kitchen (vegan / freegan), the new building with a wooden floor continues to rise, with three walls, a roof and a large bay window, trees were planted …

We meet every day to build, exchange, monitor the cops who monitor us (nice atmosphere of de-escalation …). We organize ourselves.

Because we do not want to manage everything or manage others, but create the breeding ground to give birth to an organisation done by and for all, without giving place to power struggles, without structural oppression (sex, race, class, .. .). Continue reading “Live and Love the Revolution: at Self managed Anarcho-Pirate Camp: ZAD!”

ZAD, Bure, Hambach Forest: Networks of Resistance Part 1

Greece: Networks of Resistance Conference Part 1 – ZAD, Bure, Hambach Forest

Athens, Greece   from unicorn riot, with thanks.         – In the summer of 2017, folks in Athens organized the Networks of Resistance: 1st European Local Struggles Conference to “create an open source platform” to expand upon and share the experiences, knowledge, and ideas that have arisen from organically created resistance encampments currently building new alternatives outside of capitalism and nation-states.

The two-day conference was held in the self-organized Embros Theater, which is a squatted ex-factory in the Psiri District of Athens.

Navigating through the dynamics of building strong grassroots movements that impact radical change is a arduous task. The resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in the United States was monumental, but it didn’t stop the project nor the flow of oil. In Europe, resistance to development and fossil fuel extraction projects continues to grow in waves, similar to the USA, and like the resistance camps around Standing Rock, autonomous experiments of building an alternative society outside of capitalism and void of consumerism and hierarchy have existed for years now. Continue reading “ZAD, Bure, Hambach Forest: Networks of Resistance Part 1”

Bring a Walking Stick: New festival to Defend Free Area in France: Oct 8th

defendzad8oct2016Notre-Dame-des-Landes (France): Defend the ZAD – a Call for International Solidarity

For over 50 years, farmers and locals have resisted the building of a new airport for the French city of Nantes (which by the way already has one). Now in these rich fields, forests and wetlands, which multinational Vinci want to cover in concrete, an experiment in reinventing everyday life in struggle is blossoming.images

Radicals from around the world, local farmers and villagers, citizen groups, trade unionists and naturalists, refugees and runaways, squatters and climate justice activists and many others, are organising to protect the 4000 acres of land against the airport and its world.

Government officials have coined this place “a territory lost to the republic”. Its occupants have named it: la ZAD  (Zone À Défendre), zone to defend. Continue reading “Bring a Walking Stick: New festival to Defend Free Area in France: Oct 8th”

New Autonomous Zone Declared by ZAD NDDL in Solidarity with Kurdistan

http://zad.nadir.org/spip.php?article31   Sept 26, 2015, by zadist. Translated by TheFree. In French below.

Autonomy at ZAD NDDL
Autonomy at ZAD NDDL

The ZAD declares itself “autonomous”, as did some municipalities in northern Kurdistan (Turkey) in response to the war declared by the Turkish government. These towns are already experiencing some degree of self-management, self-governance, autonomy so. Faced with fierce attacks against civilians by special forces police and army, several neighborhood assemblies have decided to declare themselves autonomous, deny the legitimacy of the state and its repressive forces.

Kurdish cities like Cizre have declared Autonomy from Turkey, following the Municipal Anarchist blueprint of their imprisoned leader,Ocalan, and called for solidarity uprisings elsewhere.
Kurdish cities like Cizre have declared Autonomy from Turkey, following the Municipal Anarchist blueprint of their imprisoned leader,Ocalan, and called for solidarity uprisings elsewhere.

Declaration of Autonomous Zone of the ZAD NDDL in response to the call of the KCK (Kurdistan Communities Confederation)

To those who resist in Kurdistan

We follow what is happening in Turkey. We express our support against the offensive of the Turkish state. Continue reading “New Autonomous Zone Declared by ZAD NDDL in Solidarity with Kurdistan”

Grow Heathrow stops Eviction..Transition village grows

At 10:00 this morning (July 8)the land owner plus 5/6 bailiffs arrived to evict the residents ofGrow Heathrow, threatening to break entry. Residents locked themselves to structures and climbed to higher ground.1436377658-residents-of-grow-heathrow-site-resist-eviction-attempt-by-bailiffs_8056921

Continue reading “Grow Heathrow stops Eviction..Transition village grows”

‘The Acorn’ new Eco Anarchist bulletin.. read here

note.. a few illustrations have been added…   the freeonline

  • by Anonymous
  • Road fight is back on
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Rising Up in Bristol
  • French resistance to concrete future
  • The end of endless growth
  • Rewilding journalism
  • Acorninfoanimation
1. Road fight is back on

The fight to save a treasured piece of Sussex countryside is back on – 12 years after a protest camp halted road plans.

Continue reading “‘The Acorn’ new Eco Anarchist bulletin.. read here”