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Repression against Villa Zografou – IT CONCERNS YOU

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2017 by bleepedout

1. Because you have been and you are still paying for it.

50% of the Villa Zografou estate was bought with an illegal loan in 2006 amounting to €19.000.000 (excluding interest). A loan which was legalized in 2013 through a majority vote by a municipal faction consisting of the parties: PASOK, NEW DEMOCRACY and SYRIZA.

2. Because you will continue to pay for it.

The ink is still wet on a €154.430 contract budgeted by the municipal and regional authorities for the renovation of the villas Kotopouli, Bougra and Bonaparte. And let us not forget the recent purchase of the theater Dimitris Potamitis amounting to €550.000, likewise bought under the pretext to create a „cultural center,“ and whose renovation will require a truck load of licenses and money. Apparently, municipal funds for „cultural centers,“ „cultural events“ and top artistic directors with annual salaries amounting to €23.000 exist and are available. But when it comes to providing stable and dignified work conditions for municipal workers, who disenfranchised slave away under so-called „charity work“ austerity programs, funds are missing – despite all the electoral and post-electoral declarations and promises to the contrary. These workers are exceptionally poorly payed and are denied basic worker right such as sick leave, right to strike, etc. In the end, it was only through a prolonged strike that municipal cleaning workers succeeded at re-claiming a few basic labor rights. These are the priorities not only of the municipal officials of Zografou, but of each and every municipal authority.

3. Because in the period villa Zografou was squatted you could influence each and every decision concerning the squat.

The main decision-making structure was an open assembly organized and announced publicly every week. The decision-making process at these assemblies were organized by principal of horizontalism, that is: without hierarchies or discrimination. Indeed, despite the strict priority given to organizational practicality in terms of the space, anyone could put forward any socio-political topic on their heart and make their opinion be heard – provided the motivation wasn‘t to promote a political party, commercially vested and didn‘t transmit fascist attitudes. All decisions concerning the future of the Villa, or any other matter, were shaped and made collectively. Try to pay the municipal council a visit to have your say similarly. Rest assured: you can not.

4. Because Villa Zografou was already a „conservatory“.

Music lessons were continually held at the squat – which even had an entire studio/rehearsal space build into it. And as if that wasn‘t enough, the space offered tutoring classes to junior high and high school students, multiple languages courses, courses in photography, history, cinema, theater and other subjects. Moreover the squat served as a space for science and literature studies. All of the above were offered – for free! Generally speaking the squat was a space for the exchange of knowledge and ideas: from the smallest daily matters to the largest and most complex issues.

5. Because Villa Zografou was already a „cultural center“.

But not only in the traditional sense of the concept; that is to say, the squat included a nursery, a library, a puppet theater and held plays, arranged concerts, film screenings and other events. Villa Zografou served as a hub of learning for and production of an alternative social system. A society of human beings who will not stop fighting for a better world; who refuse to bow their heads; who will not be silenced and who will not outsource their future to some politico or so-called expert. This is so, because the people who participated in the occupation know that they belong to the social classes, which despite generating the wealth of the world, only receive crumbs, exploitation and oppression in return!

6. Because Villa Zografou was already a „green space“.

This is firstly a well-known fact to the residents who participated in treeplanting the area thereby reversing an image of neglect and abandonment that previously characterized the place. And secondly it can be assured by anyone who has ever brought their child to play in the courtyard or to the various children’s events that took place there; whoever has taken their dog for a walk around in the area or who has played ball in the „gipedaki.“ And generally anyone who has ever passed by even once and taken a look from the outside. And those who forgot or ignored the growing of food in „Baksé“, a crop field that made up a large part of the outdoors squat space, may soon come to realize that grass is not so palatable. It is worth noting that the municipality hires contractors to prune the trees even though there are municipal gardeners available.

7. Because the squat covered basic needs and desires over the past five and a half years.

Villa Zografou collected money for political prisoners, strikers and to pay for medical expenses, legal costs, syndicates and worker collectives. It cultivated agricultural products and organized collective kitchens, free flea markets and occasionally collected first aid articles and supplies. The Villa offered temporary shelter for the homeless and stray. And all of the above mentioned services were organized far apart from NGOs, the church, philanthropic funds and state institutions – because their „humanism“ doesn‘t stretch far and simply perpetuates impoverishment, while our militant solidarity is our project and solution for the problems of society.

8. Because it didn‘t cost you a thing.

At least until the municipal authorities arbitrarily decided to pay a random amount of the squat‘s electricity bill, thereby economically burdening the local residents as part of a propaganda strategy against the occupation. As for the water, it came from preexisting drilling. The national electricity and water companies, DEH and EYDAP, where at no time allowed to check the respective meters of the squat. Electricity and water belongs to those who produce and need it.

9. Because the mass media and the state deceive you.

They renamed confiscated jam jars „molotovs,“ cleaning swabs „fuses,“ safes of Zogfrafou landlords as cash registers and other imaginative fictions. They want to make you believe that the squat was only used by the seven individuals who were arrested inside the building (and not outside as otherwise reported). Their lies failed miserably, when a 1500 strong support protest manifested the same night of the eviction.

10. Because Villa Zografou is still one of many squats and rebellious social centers that were struck by the state and the para-state.

Squats and self-organized spaces are targeted, because they are sites where a pulsing fighting culture can daily emerge „from below“. They are places for the free dissemination of ideas, political fermentation and diversified political activity for many people. Occupations make up spots for freedom of association, expression, development of social relationships and cultivation of consciousness against the alienation and wretchedness that characterizes today‘s reality.

11. Because squats are a thorn in the side of those who lust for the commercial exploitation and privatization of the remaining free social spaces.

We are not fooled that easily; no municipal council spends €19.500.000 to build „conservatories“ and „green spaces“. And although Villa Zografou might not be turned into a shopping center today, doesn‘t mean that it won‘t be tomorrow. The METRO is also on its way. The estate of the villa is a first step to cement it with contractors, as the municipal council has done with other spaces in the past, transforming them into spaces where you have have to pay to exist.

12. Because the Villa is repressed by the state, whose continuation is SYRIZA.

SYRIZA who pre-election „supported“ the grassroots movements and rallied in the name of the world‘s oppressed, and who sold you drivel and seaweed as silk ribbons. The selfsame SYRIZA, who nowadays authorizes one anti-social measure after another (insurance, foreclosures, and other), who beckons new memoranda, who employs riot cops to attack pensioners and who promotes catastrophic changes to the education system; who puts entry-exit barriers at the public transportation stations, who privatizes and sells the common wealth. SYRIZA, who represses the squats in Athens, Thessaloníki and elsewhere; who commands the destruction of refugee aid centers and who throws refugees on the streets at midnight and their possessions in the garbage. That‘s what happened to the refugees and their children at the occupation of Alkibiadou , which was evicted on the same day as Villa Zografou. And if all that seems strikingly reminiscent of the recent past, cf. NEW DEMOCRACY/PASOK, then you‘re starting to fall into our line of thinking. Bosses are bosses, right or left. How long will you accept being told that it‘s raining, when you‘re being spat on, and how long will you accept being beaten without reacting?

HANDS OFF OUR SQUATS AND

REBELLIOUS SOCIAL CENTERS

By the assembly of Villa Zografou and supporters

Link to original text in Greek: http://villazografou.espivblogs.net/files/2017/03/keimeno-1.pdf

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No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!

Posted in Anti-authoritarianism, electoral politics, government, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 18, 2017 by bleepedout

In solidarity with our fellow protesters in Washington D.C. who will put their ass on the line to disrupt the inauguration of Trump as the 45th prez of the US this Friday, 20 January, we will march in protest on the same day from the AfD‘s HQ to the US embassy in Berlin.

Right-wing victories are contagious and we want to salute Trump‘s victory with a stiff middle-finger on the one hand a clenched fist on the other! We are a coalition of groups with mixed political orientations, but with a common goal nevertheless: to fight the spread of the neofascist policies, attitudes and values of Trump and his allies worldwide. That‘s why we‘ll rally in front of the AfD‘s main office in Berlin as we see clear parallels of interest between the AfD and Trump: white nationalism, anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-feminism, expansion of the security and surveillance state, among others.

We hope for you to join us on Friday!

For more info visit: http://the-coalition.berlin/

The price of failure is dire. Imagine the worst case scenario, in which millions of fans cheer for Trump while fascist gangs beat up protesters around Washington, DC. That would embolden right-wing thugs all over the country, provoking a new wave of racist attacks and recruiting: it would make 2017 the equivalent of 1932 in Germany. At the very least, we owe it to those who are determined to demonstrate in DC to make sure that they are not alone.

https://enoughisenough14.org/2017/01/12/disruptj20-j20-10-reasons-to-go-hard-for-january-20/

The price of failure is dire.Imagine the worst case scenario, in which millions of fans cheer for Trump while fascist gangs beat up protesters around Washington, DC.That would embolden right-wing thugs all over the country, provoking a new wave of racist attacks and recruiting: it would make 2017 the equivalent of 1932 in Germany.At the very least, we owe it to those who are determined to demonstrate in DC to make sure that they are not alone.
Der Preis des Versagens ist schrecklich. Stellen Sie sich das Worst-Case-Szenario vor, in dem Millionen von Fans für Trump anfeuern, während faschistische Banden die Demonstranten um Washington DC schlagen. Das würde rechtsextreme Schläger im ganzen Land ermutigen und eine neue Welle rassistischer Angriffe und Rekrutierung provozieren: Es würde 2017 das Äquivalent von 1932 in Deutschland machen. Zumindest schulden wir es denen, die entschlossen sind, in DC zu demonstrieren, um sicherzustellen, dass sie nicht alleine sind.
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Capitalysis – An Experiment in Anti-authoritarian Neologism

Posted in Anarchism, Anti-authoritarianism, anti-parliamentarianism, social system, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 19, 2016 by bleepedout
capitalysis 
n.
  • the process on a social scale by which accumulated wealth, capital, is released through the breakdown of societal structures of exploitation.

capitalyse or capitalyze

v.tr. capitalysed, capitalysing, capitalyses
  • To accelerate or catalyze the rate of capitalysis
[from Lat. capit-, as used in capitalism or capital, and the Gr. suffix -lysis, that denotes breakdown, decomposition, dissolution or the gradual recession of a disease]

On “Property is theft!”

Posted in Uncategorized on October 14, 2015 by bleepedout

Britain was the first industrialised country, and so it was here that the first working class developed.  The Enclosure Acts from 1750 onwards evicted the peasantry from traditional common land and turned them into rural wage labourers or landless vagabonds.  Meanwhile, the need for large numbers of workers to staff the burgeoning manufacturing industries created an intense wave of urbanisation.  Rural migrants were joined by former craft workers thrown into unemployment by the competition of industry.  The labouring population of town and country were completely dispossessed, having nothing to sell but their labour power, They were the first members of a class which today accounts for the majority of humanity – the proletariat.

Fighting For Ourselves

Anarcho-syndicalism And The Class Struggle

Solidarity Federation, 2012


Are the present definitions and distribution of property justified, if the conditions for their acquisition are provenly based on coercion, violence and invasion?

reflected shadow of a standing, opaque object perpendicular to a mirror

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2015 by bleepedout

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A simple home experiment set up to refute the religious irrationality presented in the video below.

To whom it may concern, I can guarantee that the bird sculpture suffered no demonic possession in the making of the expt.

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Posted in Uncategorized on December 30, 2012 by bleepedout

Jeg vil ikke være enig i at være uenig. Nej, jeg ønsker enighed i hvordan vi trives bedst sammen i forskelligheden. Og enighed er ikke ensbetydende med standardisering; standardisering af tid – cæcium standarden -, standardisering af ’det normale 6/6’ syn. Min tidsfornemmelse; mit tempo skal ikke tilpasses en produktionsøkonomisk standard. Mit syn skal heller ikke tilpasses en standard. Jeg er faktiske i gang med at skrive med en standard – standardskrift, hvor hvert bogstav kun har en og kún en udgave! Visuelle fænomener træder mere ’grovkornet’ frem p.g.a. den  ’myopi’ jeg har udviklet med tiden. Men er det en svaghed? Det er det i nogle sammenhænge, indrømmet, men i andre sammenhænge ikke. Fx diskriminerer jeg langt dårligere – diskrimination betyder jo netop at skelne mellem forskellige ting. Diskriminationsevnen kan man skærpe,  og betinger det virkelighedsniveau man oplever i. Sæt nu, at nogle kunne diskriminere v.h.a. røntgensyn eller mikroteleskopi? Hvordan måler det sig i forhold til teleskopi af forskellige styrker? Og – hov – det sprog, jeg tænker og skriver med, det er jo også en standardisering så det batter! Afhængig af hvilken sproglig kultur, jeg opererer med – ja, tænk: operativ system – så er der en bestemt standardisering af lydes sammensætning – overvejende i form af vokaler og konsonanter.  Og de bestemte sammensætninger er forudbestemte til at betegne bestemte diskriminerbare fænomener af forskellig art. Det kaldes også socialisering – standardisering kaldes for socialisering!? Jeg ønsker en verden, hvor den enes svaghed i en bestemt kontekst ikke udnyttes til den komplementære andens magtfordel; jeg ønsker en verden af omsorgsfuldhed, hvor vi opfordres til at finde vores styrke(r) og den kontekst hvori denne styrke bedst udtrykkes. Jeg ønsker en omsorgens verden, en empatiens verden, en kærlighedens verden, hvor de forskellige opløsningsgrader/resolutioner til at analysere (og fortolke) verden på ikke udnyttes, men samles som et puslespil. Nogle kan bedst se ud til stjernerne, og andre kan bedst se ind til atomkernerne.

At skabe er at skabe enhed

At analysere er at splitte ad for at forstå bestanddelenes indbyrdes forhold.

Lad os skabe balance i omsorgsfuldhedens navn.

Monkey hitting keys at random on a keyboard, a.k.a. the monkey of chaos

Dansk asylpolitik udsteder dødsdom over guatemalansk transkvinde

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 16, 2012 by bleepedout

Fernanda Milan, transkønnet menneskeretsaktivist og guatemalansk asylsøger i Danmark, tripper i skrivende stund på en faldlem, hvor hun som en dødsdømt forbryder med strikke om halsen afventer bøddelens eksekvering.

Efter tre år på asylventelisten faldt Flygtningenævnets dom d. 8. august i sommers: udvisning til Guatemala mandag d. 17. september 2012.  Indignationen herover hos Fernandas inderkreds og sympatisører affødte asylinitiativet T-refugee Project, hvis modstand og kamp mod dansk asylpolitik har bragt international bevågenhed på sagen og rejst et ramaskrig på verdensplan over Flytningenævnets afgørelse, da den bl.a. bryder med Genevekonventionen (1951) samt Verdenserklæringen for Menneskerettigheder (1948).  Indenfor E.U. er Danmark, Storbritannien og Irland de eneste af medlemslandene, der tager forbehold for at anerkende forfølgelse grundet transkønnethed som grundlag for asyl, jf. EU direktivet 2011/95/EU

Billedet af Danmark som et yndet flugtland for forfulgte LGBT minoriteter gik allerede i 2009 i skår for Fernanda, da hun kom til landet og blev mødt med dansk asylpolitiks diskrimination mod transkønnede – for fuld skrue. Det viste sig, at dansk asylordning i praksis ikke anerkender transkønnedes kønsidentitet. På trods af Fernandas indvendinger insisterede Sandholmlejrens asylchef, Anne La Cour, at indkvartere Fernanda i centrets mandeafdeling, hvor hun led individuelle overgreb, der kulminerede med gruppevoldtægt en nat, hvor flere af de mandlige beboer brød ind på hendes værelse. Fernanda så derpå ingen andre muligheder end at flygte fra lejren.  Til denne episode havde Anne La Cour følgende til overs at sige til et interview til Politiken:

”som udgangspunkt ville en transkønnet kvinde godt kunne blive placeret på en mandeafdeling, men på et eneværelse. Men vi placerer hende ikke på en kvindegang, for den er jo absolut for kvinder, der kan vi jo ikke tillade os at placere en mand.”

Dansk asylpolitiks kynisme gjorde Fernanda sårbar og tvang hende til at søge desperate løsninger for at kunne overleve; de efterfølgende år så hun sig nødsaget til et prekært liv som sexarbejder i Jylland og København.  Det ene mareridt blev afløst af et det næste, da politiet en dag ransagede det bordel hun arbejdede for. Fernanda kom i Reden Internationals varetægt, hvor hun året efter modtog Flygtningenævnets afslag på asyl.

Bundlinjen vedrørende Fernandas asylsag er betingelserne, der skal opfyldes for at opnå status som flygtning eller som person, der behøver international beskyttelse – det drejer sig om der er begrundet frygt for forfølgelse. For at undersøge vilkårene for transkønnede i Guatemala har T-refugee Project bl.a. taget kontakt til Ph.D. og seniorforsker Ninna Nyberg Sørensen fra Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier, DIIS:

” Vi ved godt, at LGBT-personer i Guatemala lider under brutal, inhuman og degraderende behandling – der blandt andet inkluderer trusler om vold, tortur, tvungne forsvindinger, seksuelle overgreb i fængsler og andre institutioner, og medicinske test uden forudgående samtykke – er ikke alene kendt blandt nationale, regionale og internationale menneskerettighedspersoner, men også af den danske stat. Danmark har nemlig siden 1992 støttet menneskerettighedsorganisationer i Guatemala og det Interamerikanske Menneskerettighedssystem. Det danske udviklingsbistandssystem har løbende modtaget rapporter fra de støttede organisationer, hvor mord og overgreb på aktivister har haft en fremtrædende plads. Hvorfor har Flygtningenævnet ikke inddraget denne viden i behandlingen af Fernanda Miláns asylsag?”

Den seneste rapport fra TGEU (Transgender Europe, marts 2012), meddeler om 31 transkønnede myrdet i Guatemala i perioden januar 2008 – december 2011.  Middellevetiden for transkønnede i Guatemala anslås at være 25 år, og transpersoner, der når 30-årsalderen, er et sjældent syn i landet ifølge den Internationale Menneskerettighedskommission for Bøsser og Lesbiske, IGLHCR.

Udover det strengt katolske lands udprægede transfobi er Guatemala dybt plaget af korruption i politikorpset og retsvæsenet. Menneskerettighedsforkæmpere sætter deres liv på spil i landet; de er yndet mål for dødstrusler og mord i et korrupt retssystem med mangelfuld vidnebeskytelse, hvor straffriheden for manddrab ligger på himmelråbende 95 procent (Human Rights Watch, 2012). Den Internationale Kommission mod Straffrihed i Guatemala, CICIG, tilføjer:

”angreb og trusler mod menneskeretsforkæmpere er almindelige, og hæmmer betydeligt menneskerettighedsarbejde i hele landet. Retsforfølgelse af de ansvarlige viser sig at være en rutinemæssig fiasko.”

Dublin-forordningen, der regulerer flygtningepolitikken i EU, er en vanskelig hurdle for at få Fernandas sag optaget i andre EU-lande, hvor flygtningepolitikken er bedre stemt over for transkønnede. T-refugee Project kæmper op til udvisningsdatoen sammen med Søren Lauersen, juridisk repræsentant fra LGBT Danmark, for at få genoptaget Fernandas sag hos Flygtningenævnet, nu med udbygget dokumentation fra hendes tid som forfulgt aktivist indenfor OASIS (guatemalansk LGBT org.) samt optrappet opbakningen fra internationale menneskerettighedsorganisationer.

Kanske at Flygtningenævnet, justitsminister Morten Bødskov og statsminister Helle-Thorning Schmidt er mere lydhør over for deres autoritet; Danmark har rigeligt med blod på hænderne i forvejen.

”Ingen er fri, når andre er undertrykte!”