Our struggle is the struggle against oppression and exploitation, the struggle against capitalism, against nation-state and against patriarchy. Now more than ever, we will continue the fight for a free and green Rojava. Because the land must be defended or there will be no place for the revolution.
This week, the Turkish state invaded North-East Syria (Rojava), intensifying its war with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Its aims are as transparent as they are horrible; the genocide of the Kurdish people, the ecocide of the local environment, and the annihilation of one of the world’s only bastions of freedom, equality, direct democracy, feminism and ecology. The SDF were on the frontlines of the war against Daesh (ISIL), fighting back from holding 3 small enclaves in the north, they chased Daesh back to the Euphrates where the last of the fascist horde’s territory was swept away. This did not mean the war against Daesh was over, but the United States under the Trump regime declared “job done” and gave the Turkish military the green light to invade.
On the second day of Extinction Rebellion’s ‘October Rebellion’, GAF organised a noise demonstration outside the Oil and Money conference taking place in Park Lane. The Oil and Money conference is as evil as it sounds and acts as a global meeting for fossil fuel executives to meet with their financiers, to plot how to continue to destroy the planet for profit. In attendance were some of the most criminally destructive people on this earth and GAF wanted to show our opposition to their celebration of exploitation.
Once again London will be hosting th Oil and Money conference where our
future will be bought and sold. Ignoring the climate crisis, new oil
exploration is still being funded and capitalists still lobby for
We will be hosting a noise demo outside the venue from 10am to make sure that they know they are not welcome!
Meet 10 AM 8th Oct at the Intercontinental hotel, Park Lane, London
Critical Mass is about making a difference, our bike bloc will takeover the streets to block lorries bringing in weapons for hours.
Meet-up point Canning Town station, 1pm, Friday 6th September
Every 2 years the global arms trade comes to London. DSEI, one of the world’s largest arms fairs returns this September.
This is where representatives of the ruling class who profit from war, neo colonialism and environmental destruction do business. This is where we can stop them.
More than 1000 arms companies plan to set up shop, marketing their weapons to more than 30 000 attendees from around the world including various fascists and war criminals.
Capitalism’s drive to prioritise profits for the rich relies on environmental destruction. But the power to change this lies in the hands of ordinary people not the 1%, in the past critical mass has stopped lorries delivering weapons for hours, and activism remains a huge drain on their profits.
Bring ya bikes, bring noise, colour and defiance. On Friday 6th September Critical Mass will shut the arms fair down.
We can imagine the surprise of Extinction Rebellion (XR) members last week, reading themselves described as ‘extremists’ and ‘anarchists’. These labels come courtesy of the former head of counter-terrorism for the Metropolitan Police Richard Walton and his co-author Tom Wilson, in a report demanding that ‘the honeymoon that Extinction Rebellion has enjoyed to date needs to come to an end.’ The days of cops skateboarding along bridges and dancing with protestors may soon be over. A different treatment now awaits XR’s rebels. They may not understand why. But we understand all too clearly.
On the 4th May 2019, the Green Anti-Capitalist Front (GAF)
held its second open assembly. Approximately seventy people attended,
the majority for their first time. The assembly’s agenda was
divided into two parts: the first focusing on clarifying the aims and
principles of GAF, reflecting on past actions and considering
possible future directions for the Front; the second focusing on
concrete aims, with working groups formed to decide strategies,
actions and organisational methods.
Less than a month after our first assembly we took to the streets of London to carry out an action to coincide with the beginning of Extinction Rebellion’s (XR) ‘Rebellion Week’. We gathered among the tourists in front of St Paul’s cathedral. Our numbers were made up of members from various groups, including but not limited to the London Anarchist Federation, Earth Strike UK and the Revolutionary Communist Group. With flags waving, masks up and the sound system blaring, we began our stroll down the middle of the road, blocking traffic as we went.
We are calling for a broad anti-capitalist front to take part in environmentalist actions starting on Monday 15th of April in London, outside St Paul’s Cathedral, meeting at 12 noon. We will be assembling at St Paul’s Cathedral for a tour of the heart of global extractive finance, also known as the City of London.
We support the efforts by groups like Extinction Rebellion to build large movements, but we also support the many working class, immigrant, anti-borders, socialist, anarchist and communist groups which have been working to dismantle the capitalist roots of climate change, species extinction and extractive industrialism. Unlike Extinction Rebellion, we are not asking you to get arrested but we must highlight the fact that capitalism is the root cause of this crisis and bring this message to the workplaces of the people profiting from environmental destruction.
The Green Anti-capitalist Front is not a group, but rather a banner to bring together all of us who want to join the struggle against climate change, but who see that the only way of doing that is by digging up this threat by is roots – capitalism and state violence. We are calling for all anti-capitalists to join us on the street and show that London is both red and green.
Bring banners, flags, flares and noise! Climate struggle is class struggle!
Critique of XR – although everyone who attended had their
own critique with XR, building a positive narrative of what an anticapitalist future
might look like is more important that pointing out the failures of others. We
can bring people around to our way of thinking by articulating an alternative.
GAF as network – climate change is one of the biggest issues
of our time. GAF could unite groups and individuals in different anticapitalistic
tendencies to fight together.
Youth Strike – this movement is inspiring. We should work to
spread anticapitalist ideas amongst students whilst respecting their self-organisation.
We do not want to control or recruit them but we do want them to learn of the
role capitalism plays in environmental destruction.
Political statement – the GAF manifesto could be refined.
Ideas include the decolonisation of the non-violence narrative and more on
building a positive future. We will delay working on this until after Rebellion
Week due to the short deadline engaging with this action imposes.
Red lines – we will not work with the police. As XR share
their plans with the police we can not share our plans with XR.
Outreach – we will host talks in the run up to Rebellion
Week and reach out to grassroots organisations and unions.
Expanding – we’ve had enquiries from all over the country
and all over the world. We encourage anyone to set up groups under the same principles.
Action – we resolved to take three actions. 1. Produce
leaflets explaining our position to hand out at Youth Strike and XR events. 2.
Build for an anticapitalist bloc during Rebellion Week (15th April).
3. Where XR aims to bloc roads and get arrested, we will aim to target symbols
of capital to highlight their role in this crisis.