GAF is calling for an autonomous day of action on the 1st of May.
Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation
March 16, 2020
To the people of Mexico:
To the peoples of the world:
To the National Indigenous Congress—Indigenous Governing Council:
To the Sixth in Mexico and abroad:
To the Networks of Resistance and Rebellion:
Sisters, brothers, hermanoas:
Compañeros, compañeras, compañeroas:
We write to inform you that:
Given the serious and scientifically proven risk to human life presented by COVID-19 or “Coronavirus”;
Given the frivolous irresponsibility and lack of seriousness shown by the bad governments and the political class in its entirety who are using this serious humanitarian problem to attack each other instead of taking the necessary measures to confront a life-threatening virus which endangers all regardless of nationality, gender, race, language, religion, political affiliation, social class, or history;
Given the lack of accurate and timely information about the spread and severity of the virus and the lack of a coherent plan to confront it, and;
Given that our commitment as Zapatistas is to struggle for life;
We have decided the following:
First: We declare a red alert in all of our communities, towns, barrios, and Zapatista organizational bodies.
Second: To the Juntas de Buen Gobierno [Good Government Councils] and the Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities in Rebellion, we recommend the full and immediate closure of the Caracoles and Centers of Resistance and Rebellion.
Third: To the bases of support and the entire Zapatista organizational structure, we recommend adherence to the series of recommendations and special hygiene measures which will be distributed in all Zapatista communities, towns, and barrios.
Fourth: Given the total absence of the bad governments, we strongly urge everyone [todos, todas, todoas] in Mexico and around the world to follow the necessary scientifically-based sanitary measures that will allow us to survive this pandemic.
Fifth: We call on you to sustain the struggle against femicides and violence against women, to continue the struggle in defense of territory and Mother Earth, to maintain the struggle for the disappeared, murdered, and imprisoned, and to hold high the flag of the struggle for humanity.
Sixth: We call on all not to lose human contact, but rather to temporarily change our forms of relating as compañeras, compañeros, compañeroas, sisters, brothers, and hermanoas.
The word, the listening ear, and the heart have many ways—paths, calendars, and geographies—in and on which to meet. This struggle for life can be one of them.
From the mountains of Southeastern Mexico,
For the Indigenous Revolutionary Clandestine Committee—General Command of the Zapatista Army for National Liberation,
Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés.
Mexico, March of 2020.
“The current way of doing politics and our economic life on this Earth is coming to an end.”
“A peaceful, harmonious society requires that people are fairly treated.
For now, there is no justice, no peace. The breakdown of consensus is painfully visible in the poisonous cloud of abuse and polarisation on mis-named ‘social’ media.
This is not working. So what comes next?
The Far Right, because it trades in bogus certainties and machismo, has the clearest plan.
It is rising in America, Europe and in the UK with its takeover of the Tory party.
It appeals because it pretends to return control to those who feel shut out of the existing political system, though in fact its only strategy is more authoritarianism, justified by whipped-up racism and fear of The Other.
The Left and Greens offer a more sympathetic proposition but no political party can honestly claim to represent ‘the people’ or even ‘the many’.
No single party can claim support from more than about a third of the adult population. One-party government is therefore a recipe for endless political confrontation, with its own polarising dialectic.
When people take to the streets, the political system isn’t working.”
“A kind of direct, participatory democracy, inspired by anarchist thinking, is now thriving in Syria, of all places. Outside of regime control, in the predominantly Kurdish north-east, local councils make the decisions.”
“Technology can help share information (though we need better ways to verify it) but the Internet, clearly, is not a good place to take complicated decisions. Study evidence shows that people are much more likely to agree when they meet in person – and often.
It makes sense: You may detest that shouty man who attacks teachers on Twitter if you only know him online.
In person, you may feel differently when his eyes fill up over the treatment of his special needs child in the under-funded local school or when the teacher gets to explain her reality. Real-life democracy requires give-and-take, that my concession today may invite yours tomorrow.
We respect and listen to each other more when we see each other as messy, lovable humans rather than reductive political labels.
This is the beating heart of anarchist self-government: the struggle to understand, make decisions and live with one another. But this is the beating heart of a civilised, fair and tolerant – indeed loving – society too.”
“Building a new democracy and society requires us not only to demand it but to do it ourselves.”
The EDO MBM weapons factory in Brighton is owned by Harris (a massive multinational arms corporation). It has produced parts for weaponry sold to countries including Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey and the United States, allowing them to commit grave human rights abuses, in violation of international law.
The Brighton factory is expanding for the first time in 15 years, increasing it’s ability to produce deadly weapons.
We want factories that manufacture goods to sustain life and our planet, not destroy them.
Join the demo.
Bring banners, placards and anything to make noise with.
WHEN: 3.30pm till 5.00pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019
WHERE: EDO MBM, Home Farm Road, Brighton
On 4th September 2018 Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) granted planning permission to US arms company Harris Corporation subsidiary EDO MBM Technology Ltd to expand its production of aircraft weapons release systems at its site on Home Farm Road in Brighton (Reference BH2018/01868). This most recent decision to allow EDO MBM to expand comes less than 15 months after planning permission was granted for a two storey side extension (Reference BH2016/05939).
EDO components are being produced for UK-supplied Saudi Tornado and Typhoon warplanes. These warplanes are assisting war crimes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen. The war in Yemen has caused over 60,000 civilian deaths and a widespread famine, with UN OCHA estimating that 8.4 million people are at imminent risk of starvation.
EDO also own the patent for an ‘umbilicus’ – a small cable that feeds geolocation information to a smart bomb in F35 fighter jets sold to Turkey and used to invade Northern Syria / Rojava.
Further, EDO owns the VER-2 (Veritical Ejection Rack), the main bomb rack used on the Israel F-16, which have been used to bomb Gaza. EDO bomb release components are supplied to Israel, Saudi Arabia and US air forces certified for use with cluster bombs, contrary to the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010.
In 2014, Israel’s aerial bombardment and ground invasion of beseiged Gaza killed over 2,200 Palestinians, nearly a quarter of them children. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists reports that the Israeli F-16 is the most likely military aircraft delivery system for its nuclear weapons.
@ Birmingham Friends of the Earth,
Alison St, Birmingham B5 5TH
1pm – 3pm
Saturday 1st December
This is a meeting for people who want to get involved in planning a strategy to stop the Birmingham arms fair (DPRTE) in March. Bring along your ideas and experience. The meeting will be open and non hierarchical. To register your interest call 07817986570 or email email@example.com.
Also see: https://www.facebook.com/brumstaf/
The DPRTE was previously held in Cardiff and Bristol. It faced opposition by many groups and networks each time the event was held.
A group of people who took action to stop DSEI 2017 were arrested, charged and then found Not Guilty in court.
Their acquittal is now being challenged in the High Court, so people will gather there to show solidarity with the group.
Royal Courts of Justice
Bring banners, placards and your support!
From Trident Ploughshares
Early on the morning of October 24, a group of Trident Ploughshares activists from across the U.K. converged on Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment near Burghfield. They blocked approach roads, preventing workers from entering.
Hidden in the leafy lanes of Berkshire, Burghfield A.W.E. and its partner facility Aldermaston are where the U.K.’s nuclear warheads are planned and produced before being loaded onto lorries for trucking up public roads to the Trident submarine fleet in Scotland. The Mearings, a private road with access to the Main gate of AWE Burghfield, was blocked at both ends by a car with two people locked to it. The construction gate has a line of five people locked across it with their arms in lock-on tubes.
Some of the blockaders were still locked across the road at the end of the day. The police continued to work to remove them from the car they were attached to, having earlier cleared people from the other two entrances. Eventually, all nine activists were arrested and charged with obstruction of the highway.
Chris from Southampton, who blocked the South Mearings entrance to the main gate of the warhead assembly facility, said:
Jane, a 38-year-old case worker from Scotland, said:
“I hope our actions today might bring more attention to the damning safety report on this bomb factory, produced by the Office for Nuclear Regulation last August. The ONR warned then that the Burghfield facility can only be allowed to continue for a limited period.”1
Jim, a 70-year-old retired civil servant, said with the current United Nations treaty on the total banning of nuclear weapons gaining support, it is only a matter of time before the U.K. and other nuclear-armed nations will feel international pressure to join the rational global majority. “I’ve never been involved in an action like this before, and its heartening and empowering to feel that something can be done!”
The nine Trident Ploughshares arrested have to return to Reading Court at the end of November.
The London Anarchist Bookfair has been a crucial fixture in the anarchist calendar since 1983. This year the bookfair is on what -we hope- is a very brief hiatus. It is vital that the tradition of the bookfair remains and the work of spreading anarchist ideas continues. To go some small way to filling the gap, the organisers of the London Radical Bookfair have proposed having a decentralised festival of anarchist ideas and action, involving as many of London’s anarchist leaning bookshops, social centres and campaign groups as are willing to take part.
We’re calling it #nottheanarchistbookfair.
The idea is simple: anarchist groups put on their own programme of events, concentrating on the dates of the weekend of 20-21st October 2018, and the programme is collated by us on our website and social media.
If you are in London and have an event that you would like included in the programme please let us know about it by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In future years we hope to expand the programme across the UK.