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Hambi Treeplanting Action in Wendland

Wendland Action

Several Trees from the endangered Hambacher Forest were planted as a show of solidarity with the Anti Nuclear struggle in Wendland which with its large scale actions and victories has inspired activists world over.
Two trees, a pine and a maple, were planted at homes of AntiCastor activists many of whom have settled in the area making it a vibrant epicenter of ecological activism.
Two oaks were placed in Meuchefitz at the site of Radical Herbalism Camp and a community complex hosting numerous activists and resources. https://herbalism.blackblogs.org/english/what-unites-us/ The camp i presently coming to an end however the next years camp is aready being planned.

The project of replainting trees from Hambi in other locations is especially important for the symbolic few trees that can be replanted from the next 500 meter strip of the forest that is scheduled to be cut in this winter cutting season. It also underlines the importance of preserving and defending genetic diversity of trees which not only sustains a larger web of life but it also the natural defense of the forest against diseases and parasites the largest of which at the moment seems to be RWE.

Tenth Blockade of Logging Equipment in Ancient Białowieża Forest

Harvester Blockaded

Early in the morning of July 18 over 20 activists from Poland and Czech Republic converged on a logging harvester and proceeded to lock-on all around the machine with pipe lockons and banners. The Forestry Department guards removed all support and media from the site attempting to take away their phones to prevent their actions from being filmed and photographed. The operator of the harvester was then instructed to keep the machine running. This continued for several hours exposing the attached activists to the risk of intentional injury, with the operator of the machine warning the activists that the machine might move uncontrolably as it runs out of fuel. Yet while being separated from the media and support group and despite the noise, heat, dripping oil and the danger, the locked-on forest defenders remained there for several hours and continued to call for immediate stopping of all the logging and for biodiversity experts to inspect the logging location. The forest guards made no attempt to remove the blockaders till finally the contractor operating the harvester agreed to seize work for the day and remove the equipment from the forest.

Białowieża Forest is the last remnant of primodial forest that once stretched across the European Plain. With its ancient trees draped in multitude of mosses, lichens and fungi it is a hotspot of biodiversity supporting the largest wild herd of European Bison, populations of Wolves, Lynx and 180 bird species, including three-toed woodpeckers and Eurasian pygmy owls.The survival of this ecosystem is at stake as large portions of BiNational Park on the Bielorussian side have been selectively logged over the years for its oldest and largest trees. Now this is extensively happening on the Polish side of the forest with over 40,000 cubic meters of lumber harvested in 2017. Bark Beetle outbreak is being used as justification for salvage logging during which the bark containing the eggs of the beetle is left on site, unafected species such as oaks are cut as well while the Polish enviromental minister Jan Szyszko, who is behind this wave of clear cutting, has set up a series of lumber shell companies involving some of his closest relatives.

Numerous international calls for immediate stop of logging included the Unesco Congress in Cracow on July 3rd adopting a resolution for immediately halt to all logging and wood extraction. This meeting and decission took place as direct actions and blockades were occuring in the forest. The govermental response was to contine logging and advocate the removal of Białowieża Forest from the International Registry of Unesco World Heritage Sites. As of July 18 the European Comission joined in condeming the logging and taking the Polish Goverment to the European Tribunal to which Minister Szyszko responded by increasing the amount of law enforcement sent to the forest.

Since May on the frontline of resistance to this lumber grab has been the Camp for the Defense of the Białowieża Forest bringing together a coalition of activists, journalist, artists and natural scientists engaging in continous series of blockades and actions. While the state and private media has engaged in a constant campaign attempting to vilify the activists resulting in harassment of forest defenders by more conservative members of the local populace while young people with backpacks are regularly stopped and searched in the area and blockaders experience waves of repression and violence. This dynamic has only underlined the importance of international support and solidarity to the Białowieża Struggle.

„Nie było nas był las, nie będzie nas będzie las.“ : „The forest preceeds us and will follow us.“ Has been the motto of Polish partizans fighting in the forests during World War II and even though the first part of that slogan still resonates and holds true today the second: whether the forest will remain after us, is in question and depends on the reponse this destruction will evoke in all who embrace the importance of biodiversity, biocentrism and ecojustice.

Camp for the Forest‏:
email: dlapuszczy@gmail.com
@DlaPuszczy on Twitter
http://save-bialowieza.net/

New GPG Key

SInce our GPG key has expired, we extended it’s expiration date. Unfortunately this changed the public key. You get get the new public key at the keyserver of your choice or here

A few words about communicating with the forest occupation

Communication with the Hambach Forest Occupation can sometimes be difficult. Especially if you have never been here and don‘t know what the structures are like, it can be frustrating. So here are some communication tips, and to make things a bit more transparent.

The Hambi email address (hambacherforst(a)riseup.net) is managed by multiple people who try to read and answer emails as regularly as possible. Please don‘t be surprised if it takes a few days until you hear back. It’s also possible that you might never receive an answer, if, for example, the person you are writing to doesn‘t have the capacity to answer, or if the person reading your email doesn‘t know the answer to your question.

From the Internet to the Meadow

The internet on the meadow is very slow, and sometimes there can be a few days where we have no internet at all. This is why people who aren‘t in the tree occupations take care of answering emails and updating the blog, when they have better internet access. If you want to get in touch quickly with the meadow- and forest-occupations, it’s better to call. Don‘t be surprised though if the person who you‘re talking to on the meadow has no idea that you‘ve recently wrote an email.

So what to do if you need a quick answer, or if it’s been more than two weeks that you haven‘t heard back? It’s best to just call the meadow occupation (0157 81008614) or the forest occupation (0178 163 7325) directly. Sometimes you have to be a bit persistent :) Because cell service on the meadow is often bad, and sometimes no one even has the phone on them. Just think of it like calling the landline of friendly apartment — you never know who’s going to pick up, and sometimes no one’s home! Different people have the phone at different times, and there are many people here, and we‘re not always discussing who called and what they said. So please don‘t be worried if the person you‘re talking to doesn‘t know that you called half an hour ago and what you discussed with someone else.

Arrangements often work better if you look for a fixed contact person for your requests, especially if you want to come and do journalist interviews here.

Security on the Phone

Don‘t be surprised when people answer the phone without using names. This serves the same purpose as using nicknames/chosen names: protection from surveillance and repression. In this same vein, please only use ONE of a person’s names during a given phone call, and especially don‘t use a person’s nickname/chosen name and their legal name in the same sentence. You can be sure that at least the metadata from the phone call (which number is calling and how long the call lasted) is being monitored. Also be extra careful what you discuss via the meadow phone.

To Visit

You are always welcome to come visit us! Spontaneously or by giving us a heads-up, either way. You don‘t have to bring anything with you. You can usually find a caravan with a place to sleep and a sleeping bag. But if you would like your privacy or have certain hygienic standards then it’s best to bring your own tent and sleeping bag.

But please remember this: for some people, Hambi is their home. And you know just as well that sometimes all you want at home is to rest. So please don‘t take it personally if some people aren‘t so friendly at first.

For email encryption

It’s great when people want to use encrypted mail. But since you can only really safely hand over your key in person via USB, not everyone who is answering emails can read the encrypted ones. Therefore, it’s possible that you‘ll get responses to encrypted emails late, or in the worst case scenario, not even at all. Especially if your email is for a specific person.

„Why are you not better organized?“

Occupying forests is really a full-time, exhausting job. Daily tasks need to be done: picking up drinking water, cooking, going dumpster diving, doing various building projects, etc. In addition to this, public relations work needs to be done, like info presentations, and anti-repression work, including preparing for court cases and supporting those in jail. In addition, life here can be unpredictable. On the one hand we have the weather (when we build things is directly dependent upon the weather), and on the other hand there’s the police and RWE. It can be quiet for weeks, and then RWE suddenly starts to do forest work or the police suddenly begin one of their operations. In addition, the occupation fluctuates a lot: every week people come and go. Of course, some are here consistently. But it’s not a fixed, tight group. And the people who check the email account or answer the meadow phone do so voluntarily and must of course be mindful of their own personal capacities.

So please don‘t take offense if sometimes it’s hard to reach us. Because despite everything, it’s really worthwhile to look past all this and stay in touch. ;)

Skillshare is about to begin

The Skillsharing Camps kicks off this Monday, 10th of April>
You can find a preliminary line-up of workshops here.

We‘re still looking for the following items for the kitchen – if you are able to organise and bring any or some of it, please get in touch via e-mail (hambacherforst[at]riseup.net) or bring it along:

* (Red) lentils (ca. 50kg)
* Cooking oil (ca. 30l)
* Gluten-free flour (e.g. chickpea, earth almond, buchwheat, etc ca. 15kg)
* Vegetables
* Jam/vegan spreads

other than that,

Welcome to the Occupation!
In order for everyone to be at ease we try to interact by helping and respecting each other. Behaviour that is discriminating will not be tolerated in any sort of way. For announcements and to share and distribute necessary tasks there’s a short ToDo meeting every evening.

Food and Drinks
There will be a vegan people’s kitchen several times a day. Please donate if you can. There is drinking water in the kitchen.
If you have any questions regarding schedules speak to people. You are also very welcome to ask for a tour of the meadow.

When you meet others, ask what they would like to be called, which pronoun they‘d like to be used and what their preferred language is.
Please take care to translate conversations or speak in a language that everyone who’s present understands, so that everyone present can contribute. There are three ’spiders‘ – interpreting equipment, that can be collected from Flax or the tree house ‚chillum‘ for workshops.

When you are looking for support, want to talk about problems or feel that your borders have not been respected you can contact the awareness team. You can reach them by either calling +49(0)17654798967, using the phone in the Safer Space or via the box below the Safer Space. All of this is anonymous. You can recognise the awareness team by their black and red badges. You can use the Safer Space when you need a refuge.

All huts and caravans on the meadow are non-smoking. Please respect others and do not consume drugs in common spaces. You‘re welcome to use the drug space at the forest entrance though. If you want to consume alcohol in private spaces please make sure to ask all present whether they mind. The same applies to when you‘re smoking outside.

Please keep in mind that this occupation aims to live and communicate emancipatory principles. The occupation is in continuous confrontation with RW€ and the state, and there is always the risk of danger from these institutions. Please be aware of the need of others for drug free spaces. In addition to all workshops this includes the fire in the vegan kitchen. You are welcome to consume alcohol and cook freegan food in the guerilla kitchen.

Accomodation
You can put up your tent in the forest or on the meadow. Spaces in huts or caravans are foremost for people who do not have a tent of their own or who cannot sleep in tents. Please use the spaces-board to mark the space you‘re staying in on the meadow and leave it in a clean state before leaving. Keep any food and electronics in rat safe boxes.

Freeshop
Please only take clean clothes to the freeshop. Unfortunately this is currently not done by everyone, so make sure you wash any clothes you pick up from there at a minimum of 60C before wearing (scabies). With a pot, rainwater and a fire you can do this without a washing machine.

Electricity
You can charge electronic devices in the tech caravan. Please keep in mind that we‘ve only got a limited amount of electricity and that it’s dependent on sunny wheather.

We‘re looking forward to an enjoyable time :)

BREAD AND ROSES

As soon as barricades are destroyed in the Hambacher Forest they have been rebuild often even right behind bulldozers and before cops left the forest. This friday was no exeption but for the fact that this time also bread and roses have been put up in the place of destroyed barricades protecting the forest. This is connected not just with not continuing the resistance on an empty stomach but also with "Stones Are Our Breads and Barricades Our Dinner Tables." action that happened during this cutting season. It was also inspired by 1912 Breads and Roses Textile Strike and Riots in Lawrence Massachusetts which were organized by women and united over 30 different ethnic groups and also used workplace sabotage. The striking mothers with their children were brutally attacked by police at a train station as the kids were being sent to live with supporters when due to the prolonged strike the families could no longer feed them themselves. This resulted in international solidarity and finally with congressional hearings, positive workplace pay increase settlements, changing of work conditions and eventual shortening of the work week itself.

100 years later is it possible for RWE's irreversible destabilization of the Planet's climate and pumping its atmosphere full of toxins responsible for killing over 7 million people a year, as conservative estimates by World Health Organization indicate, result in equally positive response on the part of today's politicians?

The latest police action of clearing the barricades opens up the Millenarian Hambacher Forest to destruction by RWE and its release of megatons of carbon and a long list of toxins that lay below its floor and its roots. To be pumped into the atmosphere in the name of profit and greed regardless of the consequences showing that this time as well there will be no response that has anything to do with social and ecological justice on the part of legistlators, politicians and cops all deeply co-opted by the special interests of the coal industry without more radical actions such as those at the Hambacher Forest.
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Bread and Roses was a title of a poem by James Oppenheim published in 1911 that a year later became a anthem of the strike to be performed through out the decades by numerous artists including a version with historical background by Utah Phillips.

Cops in the Forest

Today in the morning the forest has once again been invaded by a contingent of RW€ and police. It seems to be a periodic barricade clearing only.

A Call for Support and Solidarity with the Forest Activists goes out: please document this action in person, online and if possible visit the occupation and offer your support.

Timeline of the Police Intrussion:

8:00 Information is received that cops are undertaking barricade eviction in the forest.

8:15 – Details: At Deathtrap 4-5 police vans, a few Security vehicles with heavy equipment. The clearing has not begun yet.

8:50 – The vehicle and bulldozer convoy starts moving through the forest. These are about 25 Police, 15 RW€ Security, 4 with cameras and three with dogs, a front loader, a tractor with and a trailor with the tail-end being a RW€ secu climate-killer SUV.

10:00 – The eviction-commando arrived at „Jesus Point“ forest crossing.

11:00 – The Cops arrive at the exit/entrance to the forest going to Morschenich, it is not clear if this is the end of the action or not.

According to the recent statements of the local police a periodic barricade clearing actions will be undertaken when the barricades reach a certain critical size.

No arrests so far. Be aware of possible controls, even though there does not seem to be any around the Meadow itself.

Skillshares Wishlist

Skillshare Camp is only days away and planning and preparation is well underway. That is why a final call goes out to invite all to come and share their knowledge, learn and take part in defending the Hambach Forest.

A request is also made to support the Skillshares Camp with any of the following:

1. Vegan Food of all types.

2. Sleeping bags, blankets and bedsheets

3. Clothing

4. Media equipment: cameras, laptops and „smart“phones.

See you in the Forest!

Deutsche Welle Article

An article has appeared with video from Deutsche Welle discussing how Hambacher Forest is at the frontline of the Climate Struggle. Also mentions the slow transition to renewables and lists many of the important dates and statistics.

Video Clip shows the Meadow, the meal with visiting Climate Defenders and an interview with one of the activists

http://www.dw.com/en/how-far-is-germany-from-a-complete-coal-exit/a-38214847

Hambacher Forest Abloom

Wood Anemone has once again covered the forest floor with white flowers. One of the first plants to shoot up has been nettles now full of vitamins and being very tender perfect for spinach-like dish and pesto with the plant re-growing quickly after being cut. The tree leaves have not yet opened up but the lower forest canopy of shrubs and bushes is taking advantage of unobstructed sunlight to open their leaves first so the forest floor is beginning to look lush. Insects and migrating birds have returned as well.

The blooming plants are an excellent chance to identify many of the smaller medicinal herbs which are at other times are harder to spot and are easy to mistake for other look-alike plants.

For more info on the Hambacher Forest floowers, herbs and their medicinal and food uses check out: http://forestabloom.blogsport.de/

Secus Destroy Crosses in the Forest

There has been lots of uproar in the past and even threats of mobs coming and buring the #Meadow in response to roadside crosses being put on the barricades in the forest. Well now we know who the neo-pagan barbarians, destroying the crosses, taking away the local jobs, and burning and demolishing the local villages, really are. It is the RWE employed security guards. During their last intrusion in to the forest, when a group of 8 secus entered the forest smoking cigarettes, taking photos and laughing at tree-sitters one of the crosses commemorating trees cut at „Jesus Point“ put-up by one of our supporters from the local village has been destroyed. The cross seems to have been hidden somewhere in the forest and its sign was left torn at where the cut tree and the cross once stood.

Hambacher Forest Erotic Calendar Project

All donations, with the exception of perhaps of those from corporate sponsors, are appreciated. So in order to support the brown coal resistance further, we have considered a new project: Next year the first Hambacher Forest Activist Erotic Calendar will be released! A calendar for the year 2018 with erotic images of people from the brown coal resistance. The goal is to: on the one hand, to address people aesthetically in a body-positive context and on the other hand, not to reproduce sexist, heteronormative or cisnormative norms, animal masks have also been suggested to add a biocentric and less specist element to the calendar. We also want to show a new side of the brown coal resistance in Hambacher Forst. Information about pre-orders will appear on this blog in time.

Results of Remi’s Tower Eviction Re-Trial

This week a re-trial took place in Cologne concerning an eviction of Remi’s Tower barricade during the Cultural Fest in 2015. That eviction resulted in a 3 month imprisoment, 23 day hunger strike and Jus being put under constant suicide watch(basically being awoken every half an hour, through out the nights, to see if he was still alive) for the duration of not accepting food. The police action that led to that has been also symbolic of large repressive actions against single structures like living barricades and compost toilets involving hundreds of cops. These periodic shows of force have taken place over many larger events like Shillshares Camp in the forest. That has not happened on the previous 2 skillshares as they have been planned at the last moment to make planning a large repressive operations more difficult. This upcoming Skillshare Camp _has been_ announced with lots of advanced notice so time will show if another large and expensive action will take place protecting Global Eco-Terrorist RWE and trying to demoralize those who come together to dare, dream and do resist it.

This trial itself was an appeal of an earlier rulling that has levied assault charges as a result of a bulldozer window being cracked and the operator of the machine claiming that he was injured by twisting his head to the side with no medical diagnosis filed or medications taken to back up this claim. This has been a part of an ongoing pattern where many activists have been seriously injured by the secus and then counter accused of having attacked and injured them(with no injuries on their part that are documented) to redirect the public attention from the destructive and violent nature of both RWE’s and Police actions agains Hambacher Forest.
Greater Good otherwise called Necessity Defense, which allows for lesser laws to be broken to prevent a larger crime from happening, was used pointing out to World Health Organizations 2015 Study Raising the number of deaths resulting from airborne pollution asociated with fossil fuels from just over a million to seven million a year. The witnesses testifying against the defendant were asked whether they are aware of this, resulting in the judge at first alowing this question to be asked and then requesting that it be not asked anymore. Also the court has refused to alow an expert to testify on the validity of this study which was ironic as the World Health Organization is made up of the top experts in all fields of Western Medicine and all of its studies are peer reviewed and accepted by the medical community including medical forensic experts. The „authorities“ that could perphaps testify to the validity and bias of this study would perhaps be people like Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein or Vandana Shiva who could say a word or two about how WHO is full of of experts with Pharma connections and its studdies have allways been biased towards the Petro-Chemical industry, and hence even the 7 million death a year is once again a conservative estimate towards which they have been forced by new particulate detection and effects data. The courts of NRW(NotRWe?) are not likely to listen to either as they are more inklined to accept a self diagnosis from individuals responsible for this situation without having to offer a medical documentation of any sort.
In other words you can detain individuals for several months and put them under abusive observation without any medical proof of their actions One however can not miss a day of work without a doctors note. Prematurely shortened lives of millions also become an externality that is not part of the bussines/court equation and shall not be discussed in polite company.

The outcome of the trial however was that the a fine of 1500 euros has been imposed for the cracked front windscreen of the bulldozer. However the charge of assault has been reduced to attempted assault, and the draconian 3 year probation reduced to probation to the moment of trial.

Letter From Debbie Vincent

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Dear Defenders of Nature :)

Your actions against the destroyers of Hambach Forest are an inspiration. I know it has been a hard struggle over the cold winter. I send you love, respect and solidarity from within the walls of prison. Though they incarcarate my body, my heart, mind and soul will always be free.

Being in prison has not dampened my resolve to continue to challange injustices, wrong-doings, wanton destruction of all life and all forms of opression.

I am proud to know wonderful, good people, who are out there trying to make a difference.

What is scary in this world is oppression and injustice, when people hurt people, animals and nature. What is beautiful in this world is resistance, when good people say enough is enough and act. Oppression and injustice are everywhere, but so is resistance. Because some people know that if you fight you may loose, but if you do not fight, you have aready lost.

Activism is the immune system for society ills. Helping to fight the diseases of capitalism: greed, violence, oppression and indifference. We are all part of nature and we must continue to act against the destructive madness, in however small a way, to try to create a better world for all.

I only have 3 weeks left in prison. On the 13th of April, I will be send to a probation hostel, where I will be for 1-6 months. Along with draconian license conditions to stop me from campaigning until 2020. I will continue to challenge what I can and resist.

Skillsharing FlyerAll the friendship, love, support and solidarity I have received over the past 3 years of my incarceration from compasionate, free-thinking individuals from around the world has been awesome and humbling, and very much appreciated – thank you! :)

Thank You to all those from ABC Rhineland and Clima Camp for their solidarity and support postcard @ www.war-starts-here-camp.org.

Sending you all hope and strength, as well as sunshine to brighten your days and smiles to warm your hearts.

You all stay safe.

Lots of love, rage, respect, total liberation, hope and strength and purple vegan hugs of solidarity!

Xvx Debie xx

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On May 17th, 2014, Debbie was sentenced to 6 years in prison for campaigning against Huntingdon Life Sciences, Europe’s largest animal testing
laboratory. For about a week from this posting you can still send letters to Debbie Vincent, AJ81DE, E1-13, HMP Send, UK. You can also post comments and we can forward them. It is important to support prisoners after their release as readjustment and decompression can be just as hard if not worse then imprisoment and the mental scars of repression do not disapear overnight.

Noise Demo and Concert for Detained Compas 28.03

After two compas were arrested in Aachen last week, there will be a concert in front of JVA Ossendorf next Tuesday (March 28th) at 6 pm. Klaus der Geiger will be playing. If you want to be an active part of the concert yourself, bring your instruments or just come and make noise.

Meeting point is 6 pm Tram stop Rektor-Klein-Straße

Until the are free a phrase: „Give us the Finn or we‘ll burn down the jail!!“ will ring out !!! ***