Join us this Saturday, May 20, for an evening of music, food and dancing to support the projects of Prosfygika community. Treat your ears to Rubetiko, traditional Kurdish, Rock and Reggae music, and your tastebuds to Turkish kebab empanadas, and Tche Kufta, all while being in solidartiy to the comrades of Prosfygika neighborhood!
Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon the children (and adults) of Prosfygika gather for play and collective self-education. This is a place for everyone’s growth, as kids, as well as their parents and other grown-ups in the community, find a space for play, education, and building connections and relationships with each other.
Under the hot May sun, a dozen of Prosfygikans right now busily cleans our neighborhood, plants more flowers and trees, protects them from parking cars. Indeed, communal gardening itself is a revolutionary activity. Look yourself.
We will be announcing next events here online. Stay tuned!
In Prosfygika, we strongly believe in treating weeds like they are fascists, and fascists like they are weeds! They both have to go!!
To that end, we’ve started combining our antifascist presence in the neighborhood with weekly “guardening” sessions. Not only does this mean that we’re out and the neighborhood when Golden Dawn members (with heavy police protection) are passing by, but that we are using our time to improve the space that we live in and love. People who would only be comfortable in one space or the other also get the chance to interact in common work,meaning that the fiercest warriors are hanging out with the littlest kids!
Current projects are focusing on cleaning trash, clearing weeds (and prickly stickers), sprouting herbs and tomatoes, and bringing in hardier plants that can survive the rocky urban soil!
Guarding our plants from cars and fascists
Long time no report from us, but hey, this is Greece; everything takes more time.
Mostly thanks to unstoppable Naomi R and some generous donations, we finally reached the first milestone assumed for Prosfygika Neighborhood Network:
1. All users that were previously connected through crumbling and fragmented cable infrastructure, are now connected via uniform system of staircase-installed access points. They pay a modest (5 Euro per flat per month) fee, that is 100% spent on the development of the network and other infrastructure.
2. All network is integrated into one address space, under single master router managing internal traffic.
3. External traffic goes through master router load balancing module and two uplinks provided by local service provider. ISP no more has ablity to monitor internal traffic.
4, We are now ready to set up our first internal services, to go beyond the idea of “just accessing internet”.
The next milestone I hope to discuss soon in the community, but possibly it will include more uplinks, extended set of services and shifting towards mesh topology.
If you are as enthusiastic about this developments as I am, stay tuned. Soon we will publish some hints what help from you would be appreciated.
The past and present of Prosfygika shows the struggle of the workers and the persecuted. Those who have never found solid ground to stand on, and those who never ceased to fight. One can hear the ringing of guerilla machine guns and the guerrilla riders that sound from home to house through bullet holes that punctured the walls during the December uprising. Nights are filled with the screams of the tormented political prisoners of Averoff Prison and the cry of the ruins of demolished buildings. We are suffocating today, with the new tyranny imposed on us and the threat of violence and barbarity expressed by the two symbolic monsters of sovereign power, the gangs of violence and repression that lay siege to us: GADA and the Court of Appeals
In Prosfygika, Ave Alexandras, there are currently more than five hundred people ifrom every manifestation of the oppressed class: Refugees, immigrants, families with their children, the elderly, the sick, formerly homeless, political fighters, addicts, those dependent to the ELPIS hospital, and people of every nationality or religion. It is a multinational mosaic of the communities of the world’s most rebellious and plundered of peoples. People who have experienced capitalist war, displacement and torture, poverty and misery, persecution and hunger.
Our narrative about the neighborhood of Prosfygika speaks to the struggle for survival and dignity, for solidarity and companionship, for self-organization, equality and social struggle, for interracial and inter-religious coexistence in times of poverty and social cannibalism. A social and cultural workshop of self-esteem and community that continues to remain with those who built it, immigrants, refugees and opponents of capitalist barbarism. It talks about the smiles of dozens of children playing in the streets of the neighborhood, collective kitchens and self-organized production and self-education structures, social and political actions, care for the sick and the weak, maintenance work, with meager means, a place that concentrates memories of struggles of the working class over the past eighty years.
Each of the 8 blocks of apartments that makes up Prosfygika has its own unique character. These small idiosyncrasies often come from long term residents, some of whom who have been squatting here for a decade or longer, who lend their own character to the specific part of the neighbourhood that they inhabit.
The end of block 3 is no exception, and its specific reputation is as a troubled place to live. For years, the last six apartments in this block have been home to squatters who have chronic health problems Continue reading