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Climate Change is a Feminist Issue

Marginalised groups will always be hit the hardest during any crisis, such as cis and trans women, the LGBTQIA+ community, people of colour and disabled people. This article talks about women in the traditional roles, that are still widespread in almost every society, and how they will be one of the groups most negatively affected by climate change with a focus on peripheral or “developing” countries and why climate change is a Feminist Issue.

Women’s contributions to domestic life are undeniably vital. But becomes even more evident in peripheral countries (Gramscian sense) where survival still dominates, and women are incapacitated with work and abuse to the point where resistance to the patriarchal-capitalist system is unimaginable.  In addition to the challenges women in Western countries are faced with, women in peripheral countries take on roles of both ‘productive’ work such as agricultural labour as well as ‘reproductive’ work such as care roles for children and the elderly and sick (to name a few). Climate change affects food and water security and people’s health on a massive scale. A study by Médecins Sans Frontieres has shown that already through changes in rainy seasons the cases of malaria and other water borne illnesses have increased in certain parts of the world. With more frequent floods and at new times. The people to look after the sick and injured will, as traditionally prescribed, be women, further resulting in the neglect of their own needs, health, and progress.

Water is the most often talked about aspect that climate change will affect negatively. Changing water patterns and new schedules for floods and droughts will result in both food and water insecurities which no government will care to resolve. More than that, rising sea levels will result in shortages of freshwater; for every centimetre that sea levels rise, sea water will penetrate freshwater two metres inland and thus create a shortage of freshwater for drinking but also irrigation.

With climate change making living situations more precarious and stressful, it is mainly marginalised groups, and in this case particularly women’s, mental and physical health that will suffer. Patriarchal societies and the men within them who do not fight the norms they are brought up with will allow those in positions of power to relieve their stress by blaming, abusing, and exploiting the women in their communities even more than before. This would be in addition to the immense pressure that many women will already be subjected to as they try to keep their families alive and if necessary sacrifice themselves for them and their community. Reports by the UN have pointed out that women when faced with food shortages or droughts, distribute their rations amongst their children and male family members, subjecting themselves to severe malnutrition and death.

Climate change is a feminist issue because it will be women, along with other marginalised groups, who will suffer the most and sacrifice the most. This is due to the gender roles they are appointed and expected to uphold. These two struggles are interlinked, as not only will the exploitation of women worsen, the degree of this being dependent on how badly affected their region is but through this exploitation women will be unable to support their communities anymore, whether that may be due to burnouts, femicide, or sacrifice.

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In our fight against patriarchy we need to remember to fight intersectionally and be anti-capitalist and remember why. Beating the patriarchy and with that destroying capitalism we follow an ecological agenda and stop women from further exploitation. This requires radical feminism that allows no room for patriarchal belittling and discrimination. Supporting women in the global south and the most exploited regions, as well as supporting black and native women is a must and we must all stand united and fight these interwoven threats to us and our sisters across the planet.

Clap for capitalists? They’re lucky we haven’t torn the banks down.

Boris Johnson has just said that people should be out clapping for “our wealth creators, our capitalists, our financiers”. Stating that it is the bankers, the CEOs and people like the Conservative Party’s big money donors who are the most important people in the British economy’s recovery after the pandemic because they take ‘risks’.

It’s important to note who takes the actual risks in a capitalist economy. It’s regular working people who have to take all the risk just to survive. Regardless of how much ‘risk’ the CEO claims to take, it is always the employees who will be struggling for food if the business collapses, not the executives.

It’s not the ultra-rich like Boris Johnson claims, in fact, there is almost nothing short of revolution that can present itself as a serious risk to billionaires. In the pandemic the richest 25 people on the planet have gained $255 billion while millions of people have been forced out of their jobs and some out on to the street through violent evictions.

There is a huge strain on Food Banks with some showing a 300% increase in demand in the last few months. This is because the so-called wealth creators, capitalists and financiers have made an active choice to create a society in which even if you work over 40 hours a week some can barely afford to feed their kids, and in a pandemic people are forced out of work with only the cruel system of universal credit to keep them alive.

Outside of the UK, there are millions of people in refugee camps who barely have basic sanitation and have no opportunity to socially distance amid the pandemic, but these aren’t the people who the government wants to help. The bankers who have millions of pounds at their disposal rally against these refugees being provided safe access to the UK and do nothing to help anyone but themselves.

Lets not clap for capitalists, lets chase them through the streets!

In the same time where the Prime minister is asking people to clap for capitalists, we are seeing historic revolutionary movements across the world. When the President of the USA is publicly discussing anarchists as a serious threat to the capitalist system and there are insurrectionist movements spanning from Chile to Hong Kong and on the streets of the the beast of capitalism and imperialism that is the US itself, it’s clear that there is serious change coming.

We won’t ever achieve serious change by working through the present system, we will take change by smashing the system and building a new world together, with no place for capitalists or financiers. Lets not clap for capitalists, lets chase them through the streets until there is no one stuck out on the street, no one struggling to feed themselves and no one stuck in a system that is destroying the world we live in.

Mayday Revolt 2020

2020 is turning out to be a year unlike its predecessors, forcing us to redefine how we act and how we react. This May Day, the usual displays of working class radical mass action were off the cards due to COVID-19. However, now more than ever, despite being told repeatedly by the state to “stay at home” and be obedient, radical action was needed to mark this anniversary. Workers’ rights have suffered multiple attacks over the last decade and now the pandemic is shining a bright light on the inequalities of our society and the war that is waged against the working classes by those in power.

This Mayday GAF sent out a call out to all to participate in any way they were able in actions of revolt, small or big, because not even a global pandemic can quell the rage of the oppressed. We were heartened to see how many of you responded to the call as hundreds of autonomous actions against the state and capital took place all across the country. The GAF May Day Revolt saw banner drops, postering campaigns, graffiti and other actions taking place across the country from Devon to Scotland.

May Day maybe done for this year, but the spirit of resistance lives on – we must continue to disrupt capital and build a new world no matter the date. What ever happens 2020 will prove a crucial year and will see many changes, it is up to us to make sure we get a say in what those changes will be.

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Mayday Revolt Call Out

May 1st is well known as international workers day across the globe, but this year we want it to be known as a day where anyone who is sick and tired of capitalists and the state threatening their life can step up and fight back by any means necessary.

The Green Anti-capitalist Front (GAF) is calling for May 1st to be a day of action, where we can all be apart physically but united as one cause against the rich and the state.

These actions should be done to maximise the amount of damage inflicted upon the ruling class while staying safe and observing social distancing. Each action should be done safely and in small crews or alone. Use the hash tag #MayDayRevolt to show what you find on the day.

We called this day of action alongside comrades from a range of different organisations across the globe to show that we are angry.

How many deaths could have been prevented if governments didn’t act purely to keep their own class’ power? How many loved ones will be lost because they prioritise economic growth over people’s lives? How many times can the police abuse their power and see no consequences?

Let’s make them scared to ever risk our lives again.

Solidarity and good luck.

Click on the images below to download printable pdfs of the flyers.

Why I’d be Happy to see Boris Johnson Dead: Structural Violence and COVID-19

Happy might be an overstatement – while there’s some catharsis in seeing butchers like Johnson bite it off the back of their own hubris, ultimately it wouldn’t help those who still suffer at the hands of his toxic party and ideology. That said, the world would undoubtedly be a better place had Johnson never existed, and I daresay will in the future be a better place if he ceases to exist. This probably seems cruel, callous, and unkind. In some ways it is, but now that’s out the way, I want to spend the rest of the article explaining myself.

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Reflections on Covid-19: it’s not the virus that is killing us, it’s capitalism

Over recent weeks, the business as usual that activists have been fighting against for decades has been abruptly suspended in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although many expected such a crisis could occur around this time, what could not have been predicted is the form and magnitude of the upheaval. Not just governments, businesses and heath-services, but also activists and grassroots organisations – we have all been caught with our proverbial trousers down. In this short period of time we have experienced significant changes to our lives and daily routines. Some have been able to adapt quickly, immediately getting involved with setting up mutual aid initiatives around the country. Others have needed time to recover, reflect, and regroup.

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Brief write up on the Green Anti-capitalist Front’s week of action

A month ago, from Monday 24th February 2020 till Sunday the 1st of March, the Green Anti-Capitalist Front (GAF) staged our week of action, drawing thousands of participants from around the country. Events took place in Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, with everything from marches and rallies to skillshares and reading groups. A diverse array of groups and individuals were invited to share their knowledge and skills.

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Statement in reference to the RCG

The Green Anticapitalist Front, as stated in its Aims and Principles is committed to organising in a way that is supportive and inclusive, and therefore to driving out abusive or bullying behaviour wherever it presents. This includes the challenging of perceived tolerance of sexual violence and/or covering for abusers. 

Recently, allegations of such nature were brought to the attention of GAF London regarding the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG), who have organised under the GAF banner. Link 1 Link 2 Link 3

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The Rally Against Capital

At the Rally Against Capital, the Green Anti-capitalist Front wanted to show that it’s not regular working people but the rich, the bankers and those who protect them who are causing climate change. We led our demonstration to the London Stock Exchange, a centre of finance and capital for some of the most destructive companies on the planet, to attempt to disrupt some of their capitalist system.

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Statement in relation to Revolutionary Communist Group

The Green Anticapitalist Front, as stated in its Aims and Principles (https://greenanticapitalist.org/aims-principles/) organises in a supportive, inclusive way, free from bullying or abusive behaviour. This includes sexual harassment and abuse, as well as covering up and tolerating such behaviour. GAF London has been approached several times by people outside the organisation about why we were organising with the RCG (Revolutionary Communist Group) who are accused of all the aforementioned actions.

We want to assure everyone that we are taking these accusations very seriously and are in the process of investigating them and holding discussions with the RCG. A decision and statement will be released as soon as all parties are satisfied.

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