Make Rojava Green Again: Support the ecological revolution in Northern Syria

Our friends from the Internationalist Commune of Rojava asked us to support and publish their campaign “Make Rojava Green Again”. Hereby we do so and hope for positive feedback and huge support. At the very end of the text you find brochures in several languages.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWuu6S4jj90&feature=youtu.be

Introduction

Five years have passed since the beginning of the Rojava Revolution. Beginning with the heroic resistance of Kobani, the YPG/YPJ have pushed the reactionary gangs of ISIS back again and again. At the same time, the people of Rojava have successfully resisted all hegemonical attempts to corrupt the revolution. Inspired and shaped by the ideas of Abdullah Öcalan and the struggle of the Kurdish freedom movement, Rojava is a revolutionary project with the aim of challenging capitalist modernity through women’s liberation, ecology, and radical democracy. Despite the ongoing success of the Rojava Revolution, the people remain under pressure; the war against ISIS, the daily terror attacks by the Turkish state and the economic embargo, are obstacles for building up a new society. In this situation, Rojava needs worldwide support more than ever.

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Stand up against summit of far right in Prague

Hiermit teilen wir den Aufruf der Gruppe Initiativa Ne Rasismu

Against the politics of fear: Stand up against summit of far right

Prague will witness a gathering of the representatives of the Europe of nations and freedom (ENF) fraction, which regroups the right-wing populist parties in the European parliament on 15th and 16th of December. This grouping is constituted, among others, by the french National front (FN), the dutch Freedom party (PVV), the Free party of Austria (FPÖ) or the Italian Northern league (LN). The event is organized by the Czech Sovereignty and direct democracy (SPD) party of Tomio Okamura. Of the most notorious leaders, participation has thus far been confirmed by Marine Le Pen (FN) and Geert Wilders (PVV). It is as of yet unclear whether the leader of the Austrian FPÖ H. C. Strache, currently engaged in government-forming negotiations with the Popular party (Austrian christian democrats), will also be present.

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The conference is organized by a group of around thirty people including activists from afrique-europe-interact, corasol, glokal e.V., Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie and others. As a group, we decide by consensus, using methods of grass roots democracy.

 

| 6.-8. October 2017 | Leipzig

| A conference with up to 300 people coming from different activist contexts – freedom of movement, anti-racisms, agriculture, degrowth, climate justice

| With talks, workshops, theatre, concerts, networking possibilities and several formats for exchange

What is the connection between the debate around a just design of migration and the one around an ecologically and socially just economy?

What are the connections between alternative concepts such as „Degrowth“ or „Post-Development“ and a postcolonial perspective on causes of flight?

This conference wants to focus on the links between flight, migration, self-determined development and ecological crises. We want to connect these seemingly independent topics within a broader context in order to build bridges between the different political struggles and movements.

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The empty promise of “integration” Work and employment opportunities for asylum (Arbeitsgelegenheiten Asyl (AGH-Asyl))

Guy Louis Debord “Abolition du Travail Aliéné” / “Abolition of alienated labor” from 1963. A picture and a political campaign at the same time. Both where directed against wage labor so against the abstraction of a meaningful act or action into exploitable work – therefore abstract work.

Prior to the conference „Do it yourself – Concepts of grassroots organization, community organizing and autonomy“, the Internationalist Centre Dresden analyzises the new „job opportunities for asylum“ (80 cents jobs for refugees) and comes to the conclusion, that there is a necessity of a mutual organization of refugees and unemployed, to escape the exclusion of society resulted by the work fetishism.

 

„A twenty-first-century left must seek to combat the centrality of work to contemporary life. In the end, our choice is between glorifying work and the working class or abolishing them both. […] Yet the latter is the only true postcapitalist position.“

(Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, extracts from Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work)

 

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Guided city tours

The next guided city walk takes place at the 21th March 2016 on occasion of the “international day against racism”. Meeting point is the “Jorge-Gomondai-Platz” (Jorge Gomondai square). It will be in german, if you prefer englich, please write us: dresden-postkolonial [at] riseup.net


We provide guided city tours about the colonial past and the postcolonial present in Dresden on a regular basis. We provide one (rather historical) walk through Dresden old city and one (more current) tour through Dresden Neustadt. Both guided walks start at „Jorge-Gomondai-Platz“ (Jorge Gomondai square) and take about 1.5 to 2 hours. If you are interested in a guided city walk on a date of your choice, for examplefor your group, school or seminar, please contact us: dresden-postkolonial [at] riseup.net. Usually, the tour is in german, if you prefer english, please write us.



Guided city walk through Dresden old city

We discuss the tracks of the colonial past and postcolonial present in Dresden. What does a building like the “Japanisches Palais” (japanese palais) tell us about exotism and the european perspective on “other” cultures? At the same time, we want to ask how the associated “images” are working until now: What is the connection between the past and the contemporary perception of “otherness” or social phenomena like racism? The guided city tour through the old town takes you from “Jorge-Gomondai-Platz” (Jorge Gomondai square) to “Yenidze” and the famous “Fürstenzug” (cortege of princes). Are there connections between this places? What do they tell us?


Guided city tour through Dresden Neustadt

What is the relationship between Dresden Neustadt and Germany’s colonial past? Postcolonial perspectives show interesting facts about Dresden Neustadt. The postcolonial city tour tells stories about places, buildungs and people and doesn’t only raise questions about old and new images of „foreign“ people and places, but also addresses social phenomena like racism and xenophobia. The tour takes you to stories from the „Orient“ and „Tikkipop“ while trying to take a look behind the scenes of a „multicultural, colorful“ Neustadt.