Archive der Kategorie 'Mobilization'

NEXT RED LINE ACTION: SUNDAY 19.2 12:00

RWE’s destruction of the Hambacher Forest and the emissions from its power plants and their impact on the climate and general health is too destructive to allow and as stated by official estimates, to continue into the 2020’s.

As a response once again a human red line will be made at the edge of the clear cutting of the forest to show the public opposition to this destruction and to express support for the Hambach Forest Occupation.
Please come wearing red, with red fabrics and signs and lets draw a human red line to send an urgent message of That is Enough!, Yo Basta, and No More.

Directions: The meeting point will be at 12:00 at Grilplatz Manheimer Burge on the country road heading straight North into the forest out of Buir’s Train station where you should have no problem following the crowd between 10:30-11:30.

For more info you can also contact Michael Zobel, the certified forest guide conducting the walk.
info@zobel-natur.de

More Photos from Previous Red Lines Actions available below:http://www.flickr.com/photos/127928013@N04/sets/72157676647031073

See You in the Forest

CALL FOR ANTI-REPRESSION RESPONSE

Such cases will only repeat themselves with greater regularity and intensity as RWE and other corporate barons carve out the Planet and local jurisdictions into their private domains and as the effect of their actions on the global climate and ecology is distracted by more and more militarized and violent police actions. Here an analogy of the struggle of Zapatistas comes to mind: In the 90s the Mexican State response to the Zapatistas Uprising was massacres of whole indigenous villages. In the Rhineland the forests are massacred outright, the people are moved away but the villages themselves are also destroyed by the bulldozers and wrecking balls. The carnage however of these actions is not just felt by local biodiversity but also already felt by millions affected by climate chaos world-wide and will take a heavy toll on future generations in the global north as well, presently shielded by their privilege.

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Skillsharing-Camp vom 10.-17. April 4. February 2017

As each Spring before there will be a Skill-Sharing-Camp on the Meadow-Occupation at Hambach Forest.

Between the 10th to the 17th of April will be a lot of workshops, speeches, art & actions in the Hambach Forest and the surrounding area. We are confident that a lot of folks will join as the last years and that after a harsh winter a lot of new energy will empower the resistance.
Please share the info!

If you are up to join the Orga or if you want to participate with a workshop etc, just contact us!

NODAPL Water Defeners Under Constant Attack

This Monday 1.17 another confrontation has taken place between Water Defenders opposing the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the cops. Rubber encased steel bullets were fired injuring several activists, tear gas was used and 14 activists were arrested. Barbed wire was removed formed into frisbies and thrown back at the cops.Several hour long standoff continued on the Backwater Bridge separating the protesters from the pipeline construction site. The pigs continued to shoot down any drones that were not their own. This repression is taking place while the Republican controlled state assembly of North Dakota is attempting to pass a new law that would make it legal to injure and even kill any pedestrians blocking a road while driving a car. This is obviously directed against Water Defenders who like many ecological activists often blockade roadways and who already have been hit and injured by idiots driving snow mobiles around the protest site. This new law would in effect allow any racist pig-headed vigilante to turn his already destructive and deadly vehicle into even deadlier and now even state sanctioned weapon. This brings up parallels of RWE’s secus also using a truck to ram, injure and then arrest a Hambi activist also with full sanction and approval of the state. Water Defenders are also currently facing Grand Juries forcing them to testify and list their comrades under a threat of imprisonment if they refuse. Regardless many have chosen not to cooperate. This resembles the cases of house searches, home visits and questioning by the german cops as experienced on many occasions by those involved in the anti-coal struggle in the Rhineland. Both are not even as much attempts to persecute as they are tools to intimidate and silence especially in the case of Water Defenders who are facing grand juries in cases dealing with repressive police tactics and their use of force resulting in activist’s injuries. The parallels and similiarities between the two movements come to an end however when one takes into account that none of us in the Rhineland has had to dealt with 400 years of colonialism, genocide and continuing state sanctioned racism and exploitation and its aftermath, 4-5 to 11 years maybe but not 400. Neither are any of us eposed to daily barages of rubber bullets, armored personell carriers and water cannons in freezing weather. In the case of Rhineland and RWE in particular the bullets _are_ flying but they are being shot by right wing hit squads aka crooked cops in places like Columbia against those who refuse to move from their homes to make way for RWE’s coal mines there, the gas is not tear gas but giga-tons of climate killing carbon affecting the global poor in the south of the planet the most, oh yeah there is even freezing water involved as well as antarctic ice shelves turn into mush and slide into the ocean and as the northern ice cover diminishes to the lowest levels ever recorded. Flooding hundreds of millions in Bangladesh, through out the Indian Ocean and beyond. Proving that RWE is just as racist and reactionary in its modus operandi as the rest of its Fossil Fool(Fuel) industry cohorts.

Therefore the only justice possible and attainable here will never originate from any of the capitalist courts which are now in a never-ending state of emergency and a mad race to out due each other with ever expanding arsenal of surveillance, repression and torture to protect the profits of their corporate masters. In a time of global ecological and social collapse the only justice that is possible is a justice attained by the struggle of resistance based on solidarity and unity of struggles such as the one in Rhineland, Standing Rock and countless others around the planet which are standing and fighting against the forces of greed, destruction and death.

In Solidarity with Standing Rock, and all others who are active in the Strugle….

Hambach Forest Defender

2017 OVERVIEW OF UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIONS

This years events related to the Hambacher Forest and Climate Justice at large struggles include: Tour de France passing by Garzweiler Mine in July and COP 23 taking place in Bonn in November.

January:
21st. City of Essen, the location of RWE headquarters, is awarded the title of the greenest city in Europe, this will take place with numerous coal industry sponsorships.
21st. Demo against Green Week, Berlin 12:00 Potsdamer Platz
23rd. 19:00 Anti-Coal Meeting: AlleWelt Haus Cologne

February:
27th. Carnival in Cologne with left political parade groups participating

March
12-31 Climate Fest in Cologne coinciding with Global Break Free from Fossil Fuels Week

April:
RWE shareholders meeting

May:9
5-13 Global Divest from Fossil Fuels(Fools) Week

June:
25th. Anti-Atom Action Achen

July:
2nd. Tour de France passes by the Garzweiler Coal Mine

August:
24th-29th Action Week/Clima Camp

Septemeber:
Bundestag Election

November
COP23 Bonn + ende galende at cop 23

1.15 SUNDAY 34th FOREST WALK AND RED CARD FOR RWE ACTION

At noon this Sunday a Red Card for RWE action will start at the parking lot and grill platz at the entrance to the forest outside of Buir . Please bring red cards, signs, costumes, flags etc and rubber or hiking boots. The walk will be led by Michael Sobel forest guide with background given on the history of the forest and the struggle. Lets giving RWE red card for additional 500 meters of the forest cut this season be the starting point for the response to this ecological disaster.

COLOGNE: KVB ABOUT TO CUT 300 TREES.

Koelner Verkehrs-Betriebe, Cologne’s Municipal Transportation Authority, intends to cut down trees in 2 neighbourhood parks and among the Bonner Strasse to make way for a light rail project. Light rail unlike trams can not stop on a street but calls for elevated platforms and does not use existing road surface. Instead it causes massive neighbourhood destruction by the need to construct dedicated rail tracks, demolishing the already existing roads, tree-lines, side walks and historical buildings. It is an example of green-washed unsustainable mega projects. Initial estimate of construction was put at 500 million however over the first 2 years of its construction the cost have ballooned to over 3 billion while still not being in service.
This profit driven project focuses also on car traffic expansion and will result in a further pollution, CO₂ emissions and gentrification in this now largely working class neighbourhood.

A call goes out to all in the Cologne urban area and beyond to fight this concrete and asphalt based attack on the remaining urban green areas.
Stop by and support every Tuesday between 15:00 and 17:00 at the Vigil (Mahnwache) and info stand at Schönhauser Str. and Bonner Str. and on Thursday at 19:00 for a planning meeting at Restaurant Oratio on the corner of Mannsfelder Str. and Brühler Str.
4 day warning has to be given before these trees will be felled.

More info on http://www.nabis.de/artikel/ubahn-25.html

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Let’s stop together racists and neo-Nazis!

sit in
Saturday, 01/07/2017
1:30 pm Demonstration in front of the main station

Saturday, 01/14/2017
1:30 pm Cologne Ottoplatz/railway station Deutz

Pro NRW and other right-wing groups want to exploit sexual assaults on women on New Year’s Eve, during the night of January 1, 2016, for their racist agitation.
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Meadow christmas wishes

Dear friends of the grotesque theatre of judiciary,

Kurt (the person who legally owns the meadow) puts a lot of effort and time, energy and money into saving the Hambach Forest and to bring an end to lignite coal mining.
A lot of court cases took so much money from him that he is not able to continue the court cases alone. That means a fundamental threat for the meadow occupation!

We want that Kurt can continue his fight against RWE!

If you want to do some more useful than enjoying capitalist consume-terror, then donate some of your christmas money or organise a solidarity event.

Bank: Kreissparkasse Köln
IBAN: DE22 3705 0299 1147 0393 73
BIC: COKSDE33XXX
Account holder: Classen, Kurt – Sonderkonto
Reference: Soli-Spende Hafo

Kurt and we will be happy about donations!

Trial date about meadow postponed

Trial date about meadow before the administrative court in Münster, which originally was scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 23th, 2:30 pm, was postponed by 2 weeks on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, also 2:30 p.m.

Meeting on Saturday 11/19/2016

We invite you to an open discussion on general strategies for the current deforestation season and the future of the struggle against the destruction of Hambach Forest.
An open space is to be created for ideas, opinions, analyses and concerns. We want to create a platform for the cooperation and communication that our movement needs to be successful. There will be a warm meal and tea. Please bring your own cup and the appropriate clothing (solid footwear etc).

Place: Meadow camp behind the airfield of Morschenich / Date: Saturday 11/19/2016, 4:00 p.m.

Bus from Cologne to the guided forest tour of Michael Zobel

Bus from Cologne on November 13th to the guided tour in the Hambach Forest, or what still remains of it.
Nature guide Michael Zobel shows the beauty of the forest and supports the preservation of the rest of the forest, which is further destroyed by the now starting deforesting season.
Actual info: web site of Attac Cologne.

The guided tour will start at 12 o’clock and take about 3 hours. The bus will stay on the spot and will bring us warmly and comfortably back to Cologne.
Arrival Hans-Böckler-Platz about 4 pm or a little later.

Depart und booking:
Place:
Hans-Böckler-Platz
Time: 11°° (Please be there 15 minutes before!)
Cost contribution: 10,- €, reduced 5,- €
Signing up and place reservation: weissenfeld@posteo.de

This bus tour is organized and supported by Attac Cologne, die LINKE (section Cologne), action group Tschö RheinEnergie.

The season has started – clearing protected by police

Today the first large-scale clearing operation by RWE in the Hambach Forest of this season took place. Up to now, the destruction work is limited to the area north of the former highway of the relocated A4: After the clearing of the previous year, a narrow strip of forest was left behind between the old A4 and the Hambachbahn, a coal railway-line that was also relocated. Today, trees in this strip were cut down for five hours close to the so-called Secu-Bridge at the former highway exit. So apparently, in this clearing season RWE plans to first cut down this strip of forest from east to west. (more…)

Action Red Line – Media Review

In nice autumn weather, more than 1000 people (according to police) participated on Sunday, October 23, 2016 in the Action Red Line A4.

10-23-2016 Action Red Line on the ancient A4

Pictures/Films:

Press releases (selection):

One of the organizers created a petition with the same demands as were set out in the action below. She asks to sign it numerously!
She is a member of Buirer für Buir

Sunday, October 23, 12.00: Forest Instead of Coal – Action Red Line A4

DIY or die

„The Hambach forest – or what is left of it and perhaps can be saved?
(Further dates November 13, December 11, January 15…)

The 31st monthly guided tour in the Hambach Forest, during the current grubbing season, surely will be the largest one ever in this forest: 3842 large and small people have been there, today many, many will come.

So far all appeals have been useless. This year RWE wants to destroy irrevocably 80 hectares of this unique forest again. We are not willing to accept that. We want to send a signal. The rest of the Hambach Forest can be preserved without stopping the lignite mining. Up to the route of the former A4 motorway can be dug, in the large area between the motorway and the mine are still immense coal seams. Our appeal to RWE: (more…)