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Action Report: Anarcha-feminists in Amsterdam say #KillTheBill

We’ve received an action report from our friends of the Anarcha-Feminist Group Amsterdam in solidarity with the Resist Anti-Trespass Day of Action. You can see the photos and read their statement bellow.


Today , on the 23rd of March, Anarcha-Feminist Group Amsterdam, takes action in solidarity with those resisting the new police, crime, sentencing and courts bill in the UK.

The repressive and authoritarian Police Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill, criminalises the act of protests, as well as any attempt to trespass with the intention to reside. On top of destroying basic rights to resist the racist sexist police state, this bill criminalises the lives of already vulnerable and discriminated groups of people: especially no fixed abode communities. We stand in solidarity with Roma people and travellers, with squatters, boaters, the homeless and anyone fighting back against this racist bill.

Private property is theft!
Everything for everyone!
Trespass the British Embassy!

Squatters Occupy Clapham Common Police Station

A group of squatters have occupied the former Clapham Common Police Station in London to demand the withdrawal of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the end of the femicide. Here’s their statement in full:


Squatters and autonomous activists have occupied the former Clapham Common Police Station to demand the withdrawal of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the end of the femicide recently highlighted by the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Met police officer.

As the closest cop shop to where Sarah was last seen, the occupation of this building holds particular importance and meaning at this time. Although the bill has been postponed, we have to keep fighting it to ensure it does not pass. And in the meantime, violence against women continues. We must seize this moment where we find ourselves UNITED in rage, unified in our fight against the ongoing global femicide and to remember people like Sarah, Blessing Olusegun and countless others and to build our fight to end violence against women.

We also seek to bring attention to Section 4 of the Bill which criminalises trespass, a racist move by this Tory government which will affect predominantly travellers and van dwellers but also squatters, protest camps and the homeless. We hope that all those who resist the expansion of police powers in the Tories Bill will also join us in resisting any amended versions of that Bill which retain this racist attack which will make a travelling way of life almost impossible.

Last night, police attempted to intimidate us into leaving the building, stating that they did not care that this was a legally occupied building and that they would turn up in the morning full force to get us out. We called their bluff and continue to enforce our rights as squatters to occupy this empty building in political protest.

We invite all to come and help occupy the space, to discuss and share ideas and create networks of solidarity which will help us to resist this racist, authoritarian Bill, and just to use the space for whatever you need it for as we work to stop this Bill and end femicide!

In love, rage and solidarity,

The occupiers xx

Action Report: In Solidarity with Dimitris Koufontinas. London Sends its Regards to the New Democracy Party

During the last few weeks, Greek prisoner and hitman of the famous revolutionary organisation 17 November Dimitris Koufontinas went on a hunger strike to protest against the conditions the Greek state had him under. This inspired a series of solidarity protests all over the Greek state. These linked up with the increasing number of large protests that were being help to express the Greek people’s anger against the disastrous handling of the pandemic by the government, the increased authoritarianism of the police forces and the state, and the disillusionment with the entire conceit of capitalist democratic rule.

This is currently embodied by the New Democracy Party, which has been making use of the democratic structures and the state of exception during the pandemic to impose the kind of authoritarian measures most people associate with dictatorships. Seeing that the New Democracy party came to power on an extreme right platform and that, despite the Greek junta falling in 1974, many of its members and proponents are still alive and active within the state institutions (especially the police), this association is particularly real in Greece.

We shouldn’t see this as a break with the previous administrations, but rather a continuation and maybe a culmination of processes initiated long before the current government took power. They are the result of dynamics taking place in many other countries as the current world system approaches its end amid economical, social and ecological collapse and the ruling classes try to reconfigure its future. Including the UK under the Tories, who have escalated the level of police repression since the start of the Pandemic to the point where even peaceful protests have been forbidden. Furthermore, they are now seeking to enshrine these powers and authoritarian measures into law in the form of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

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Don’t nuke the climate

Remembering Fukushima

We all remember the Fukushima Daiichi disaster that took place in Northern Japan on the 11th of March 2011, the aftereffects of which are still being felt as the Japanese government continues to grapple to deal with the tons of radioactive soil, water and waste they need to store or dispose of. The surrounding communities are still suffering from their radiation exposure and displacement as 36,000 people have not returned to their homes (according to Fukushima prefecture) despite government announcements allowing return, and compensation claims are still being processed.

The Fukushima accident was the second worst nuclear accident in the history of nuclear power generation. It was the result of tsunami waves generated by the powerful earthquake that shook Japan on the same day damaging the backup generators of the plant. Japan is an earthquake prone country and tsunami waves of this size have historical precedents in the country. Despite the reactors shutting down, the power loss caused the cooling systems to fail and the reactors’ cores to melt down, release radiation and create holes in their containment vessels exposing the nuclear materials and resulting in explosions in the following days that released further radioactive materials.

At least 600 square km of land was initially evacuated with 47,000 people leaving their homes surrounded by a wider zone where residents were asked to remain indoors. In the following months radiation was found in the local food and drinking water, and ocean water near the plant was discovered to have been contaminated with high levels of iodine-131. An additional corridor of land covering roughly 207 square km was also designated for evacuation in the months following the disaster raising the number of evacuated people to 150,000.

Apart from the contamination of the soil, plants, animals and groundwater in the surrounding areas, the Fukushima disaster is the single largest accidental (in other words excluding bomb testing) release of radioactivity into the ocean the results of which it is too early to tell.

Why are we still talking about nuclear energy?

Nuclear energy, an ominous spectre to those who grew up in the shadow of Chernobyl, is still around. Why? Even worse, several countries are either considering or in the progress of building new nuclear power plants, one of them the UK. Even worse than that, the temptation seems to be strong for liberal environmentalists to be seduced by its lure and start touting it as the solution to climate change. Case in point last year’s defection of the Extinction Rebellion (XR) newspaper “Hour Glass” editor to a pro-nuclear power propagandist lobbying “environmental NGO”.

Trapped in the panicked rhetoric of an “urgent climate emergency”, people and states are grasping for quick fixes. And what is better than promising an easy, painless “techno-fix” in the form of a technology that already exists? That being nuclear energy, in case you were wondering. Nuclear energy looms in the imagination as the perfect solution to our climate change problems. Perfect as in needing no change or sacrifices on our part so we can continue to live our lives of comfort in the Global North, as nuclear energy promises to provide us all with unlimited clean energy. Plus living in the atomic era is sexy, is it not?

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Action Report: Anarcha-feminist Squatting during 8th of March in Amsterdam

We’ve received the following action report from some anarcha-feminist friends in Amsterdam who took action during the 8th of March International Women’s day by squatting a building, something that is illegal in the Netherlands. Read their statement bellow.

Today, in honor of 8th of March, we organized a squatting action with demonstration. Due to security concerns, it was organized silently, sharing call-out in private channels. Despite this, more that 60 comrades came to support our action! Three banners (“Woman life freedom”, “Sex work is work”, “destroy patriarchy, fight capitalism, smash the state”) were dropped with flares from the windows of the squatted building. Police were present, but no one was arrested.

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Action Report: Redecoration of Scottish Power HQ

We’ve received the following anonymous action report taken on the March 6th Day of Action against the Scottish Power HQ.

Happy March 6th!
To celebrate the autonomous day of action called for by the insurrectionary collective Full Stop Affinity, we paid a visit to the HQ of Scottish Power in Glasgow. In an attempt to stop their greenwashing, we added black to the facade of their HQ: anarchist and ecological symbols and slogans.

Why Scottish Power? Scottish Power, and their parent company Iberdrola, are trying to greenwash their role in global and local environmental destruction by sponsoring COP26, the summit of fools that will take place in our city in November.

We do not forgive the irreversible environmental damage you have caused, and are still causing. There is no such thing as ‘Green Energy’, no matter how many pledges you sign, nor how much you pay for ‘ecological’ summits. We also do not forget your constant, and still ongoing, attempts to scam common people by creating debt out of thin air, nor your catastrophic ‘service’, leaving people freezing and hungry. In a worldwide pandemic, Scottish Power somehow manages to keep being one of the most predatory capitalist organisations around.

We hope you enjoyed our little redecoration. Our actions (and our graffiti skills) can only get better.

WE ARE NATURE DEFENDING ITSELF – TOTAL LIBERATION NOW

RA-T Day Of Action Against Anti-Trespass Law

Our friends from the Resist Anti-Tresspass (RA-T) campaign, a “decentralised network of squatters and vagabonds resisting the proposal and enforcement of the new anti-trespass measures”, are calling for a day of action against the new bill on the 23rd of March. This bill is designed to target traveller communities and on that basis alone it should be opposed with all our strength. But we should also be concerned about the implications it could have for squatters, protesters, hunt saboteurs and others. Please read their statement bellow and start planning now!

We are calling for action on the23rd March.
(To tie in with the closure of the Legislative Scrutiny consultation led by the Joint Committee of Human Rights of the UK Parliament on the Police Powers and Protections Bill.)

We want to show solidarity with Travellers who are targeted by this bill that will criminalise trespass with intention to reside. We also stand in defiance with other groups under threat including; squatters, rough sleepers, protesters, hunt saboteurs, van dwellers, ravers, boaters…

We demand the right to roam and reside. Our land rights have for too long been eroded by a handful of elites who concentrate land ownership. This bill is a direct threat to our ways of life by criminalising our already limited access to the countryside. The government must drop this bill immediately.

LETS TAKE BACK WHAT IS OURS,
RECLAIM THE LAND & RESIST ANTI-TRESPASS LAWS!
Join us for a day of decentralised action against anti-trespass measures to raise awareness and fight this pivotal issue.

Send us the pictures and videos of your actions at:
Resisting_Anti-Trespass@protonmail.com
You can also use #rataction on social media.

You can download their leaflet with the call here: Call-to-action-23-1.pdf

Call for solidarity with Ruymán Rodríguez, anarchist repressed, tortured and persecuted by the Spanish state for housing the poor

We are publishing a statement sent to us by GAF London as well as a translation of the one released by Federación Anarquista Gran Canaria. You can see the amazing work the FAGC does by listening to our recent interview with one of them. Please remember that Green Anti-capitalist Media simply publishes what we receive and we don’t necessarily endorse or condone any of the opinions it contains.

Here is the statement by GAF London followed by the translation below.


We’ve translated a statement published by the Federación Anarquista Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria Anarquist Federation) where they detail the political persecution of their member Ruymán Rodríguez, who is facing false charges to cover up the brutal violence they inflicted upon him as part of a ploy to repress the radical housing movement in Gran Canaria. The FAGC he’s part of has been involved in a very successful social movement for housing in Gran Canaria and has helped hundreds of families left abandoned by the state. Like any other threat to its legitimacy, the state couldn’t allow this to continue unchallenged.

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Queer Feminist Climate Activism – A Zine by Edinburgh GAF

Our friends from Edinburgh GAF have put together an amazing zine exploring the intersection and interaction between queerness, feminism and climate activism. In their own words the articles in this zine consider:

Categorisation and homogeneity as efforts to control; struggle as one of many fronts; how patriarchy is related to power over nature and people at large; and how to be a better climate movement. The zine also contains artworks about strong women, tree planting, capitalism co-opting our struggles, capitalist and anarchist structures, how ‘green capitalism’ is not good, and why anti-capitalism is (obviously) for the better, as well as the wonderful drawings on the front and back cover.

GAF as a movement recognises that the struggle against ecological destruction is inextricable from the fight against all forms of oppression, as explained in the Aims & Principles that we all share. And we see this zine as an amazing resource to explore this connection further. Read it, share it, print it and let it inspire you to take action for a better future.

Download the zine here:

And listen to the audio reading of the zine here.

GAF Fucks The Media: Introducing GAM

What is going on?

Hey there. You may have noticed that our online presence has changed a bit. That’s because some of the people who have been running the GAF social media, website, livestreams and reading groups over the last few months have decided to create an independent group organising under the GAF banner but focused on media creation and supporting the wider GAF movement. We are calling ourselves Green Anti-capitalist Media.

We are doing this for several reasons.

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