JOIN THE ONLINE “WRITE TO PRISONERS” EVENT!

WHEN? 29th July.
WHERE? Wherever the fuck you want.

Folks at @heartcureclothing reached out to organise a collaborative event to raise awareness about anti-prison politics as well as to show solidarity with prisoners. All you need is to get some supplies. Pens pencils, plain paper and maybe some postcards. On the day, we will share addresses of prisoners for you to write to as well as tips on how to write to prisoners.

You’ll need to keep an eye out to know who can receive drawings or postcards and who has restrictions on post and can only receive letters on plain paper with black pen.

If you cannot afford that, you can also visit our website and use the contact for on our prisoner support page to write letters that we will print and post for you. Handy isn’t it?

Keep an eye out for any more information about the online event and spread the word far and wide. Remember that solidarity is our weapon!

PS: Wildfire Magazine has a whole article on how to write to prisoners. Grab yourself a copy of the magazine from our website (because we have a lot of them still!)

UA.

PROTEST AGAINST THE FUR TRADE, PROTEST AGAINST ESCADA!

DATES FOR ACTION: 20th to 24th December. 

INDUSTRY: Fur Farming.

TARGET: Escada.

LOCATION: International Call to Action.

We have been contacted by the German Coalition Against the Fur Industry for an international call to action targeting a specific retailer, Escada. Escada declared themselves Fur-Free in 2010 after constant campaigning for three solid years. In 2017 they started selling fur again. 

We believe that international calls to action against specific targets can be a great tactic to not only raise awareness but also force a business to do a little better and for that reason we are calling on all of our readers to organise, however they seem fit, to put pressure on Escada during the dates provided.

Escada has a very handy website where you can find all of their retail shops so have a look in their finder to be able to approach your closest retailer. You can search by country or by city, they have retail shops in many different countries.  

https://www.escada.com/eu/store-locator

As always, we would like to remind people that creativity is a great tool for campaigning. Whatever your tactic is, be it underground or overground, make sure to report what’s happened against Escada and ensure that Escada understands why they are being targeted. For any underground actions please refer to our Contact Us before sending reports. For overground actions, get creative! They like to present themselves as a very posh and fancy shop. Maybe bring nature back to their patch and cover them in autumn leaves. Maybe if they really like fur a hairdressers can donate a couple of bags of hair. That might help them understand what fur really is. Any and all actions are in the toolbox for you to use. Make it fun, make it militant and make it loud. 

Find below the original email with more information and links that will help you decide what to do, and join this call to action wherever you are!

Original email:

“20th – 24th December 2019: Days of action against ESCADA´s fur trade!

In autumn 2019 the German Coalition Against The Fur Industry (OGPI)

organised an Anti-Fur tour in Germany and Austria. In October and

November the tour protested every weekend in front of another ESCADA

shop in a different city, always demanding the end of ESCADA´s bloody

fur trade. All in all there were 13 different actions taking place

during that period.

For winter 2019 the OGPI calls for more days of action against ESCADA.

https://www.facebook.com/events/562245501222044/

If you can join in, please let us know in advance and share your

Facebook events with us.

Send us pictures and let us know how it went afterwards.

Together we can make ESCADA fur-free again!

ESCADA has been a target of Anti-Fur Protest from 2007 to 2010 and

declared to go fur-free, but started selling real fur again in 2017.

Since then we have been organising protests against ESCADA.

The OGPI is a network of different groups and individuals organised to

aboliosh the fur trade. There is a campaign team which collects and

collates information about the fur industry and makes this available to

other animal rights groups. The campaign team also suggests strategies,

coordinates actions and provides info-material. But all persons active

in a campaign decide for themselve which form of action they take.

contact us:

info@offensive-gegen-die-pelzindustrie.net

https://www.facebook.com/Offensive-gegen-die-Pelzindustrie-135171026633359/?ref=ts

more infos:

https://offensive-gegen-die-pelzindustrie.net/wordpress/escada-protests/“

HAM BUS TARGETED WITH PAINT

“Last saturday we saw that a truck had arrived to our city, it was giving
away pieces of pig legs (ham) for people to eat for free, there was “Ham
Passion Tour” written all over it, so we decided to investigate online.


It turns out that this Tour is funded by the European Union, and its
objective is to promote the so called “mediterranean diet” by taking
this truck to several cities of the continent and the UK.

We saw this truck as a clear symbol of speciesism and exploitation, so we decided to throw some balloons filled with red paint at it, we also threw some leaflets explaining the reasons behind the action.

We know there are a lot of nice people that probably want to welcome the truck when it arrives to their area, so take a look at the map and dates of the tour, don’t miss a chance to greet it!

Askekintza”

map of europe

ONE YEAR AFTER THE SABOTAGE OF THE PERLY SLAUGHTERHOUSE

Read below a text sent to us on the incarceration of Matthias, the slaughterhouse sabotage action in Switzerland last year and a call to action to show Matthias isn’t alone: 

Exactly one year ago, following the Geneva march for the end of speciesism, activists targeted the canton’s largest chicken slaughterhouse, temporarily disabling it and destroying the killing chain, computers, and the entire stock of speciesist “goods”, thus causing a direct attack on the murder economy of several tens of thousands of francs.(991,856 hens killed in 2018 in the canton, 8,000~ per week in this slaughterhouse, Tribune de Genève, Céline Garcin)

The activists had issued press releases explaining their action through various media. 

It was the first such action in Switzerland in at least 10 years. 

The idea is simple, however: as antispeciesists we all oppose every forms of animal exploitation and where there are the most victims are slaughterhouses. 

Since Matthias’ imprisonment, it has to be said that the repression has worked well. Where is the revolt, the sound of broken windows and the fear of speciesist businesses and multinationals that our egalitarian movement will resist it?

Where are the 250,000 vegans from Switzerland? At the sides of their brothers and sisters, in sanctuaries, and places of domination to resist with them? Or at the supermarket, credit card in hand? 

Matthias is innocent until proven guilty, this beautiful judicial system promises us. 

And yet, for the past 9 months he has been paying the price of our silence for a prosecutor who dreamed of seeing him held as a leader of actions for which there is STILL no proof. 

But since we no longer hear broken windows, it’s because he necessarily did it, right?

It seems obvious to us that the best way to help him, beyond supporting him morally and materially, is to make him this promise: when you’re getting out Matthias, the speciesist industry will have suffered many failures and we are one day closer to animal liberation.

We were neither silent nor fearful, we did not abandon our brothers and sisters to their fate by closing our eyes, we grabbed picks, bolt cutters, shovels and carboys to indicate everywhere and all the time that we are determined to resist their side regardless of our criminal record, regardless of the risks, because they are ready to be free at last! 

If his incarceration has taught us anything, it is this: solidarity is never an empty word. Solidarity is lived and proven on a daily basis. Not behind a keyboard. We went to meet activists from all over the world to share Matthias’ story and often the most distant people are the ones who do the most to get him out of his cell. 

But this is obviously not enough. In Switzerland it is urgently time to activate all the manoeuvres to denounce his incarceration.

This is a call to action. NOW!

Read the report from the slaughterhouse action last year here: 

“On the night of Saturday night, antispeciesist activists attacked a slaughterhouse in Perly, Canton Geneva, announced the activists in an anonymous letter. 

Upset citizens have decided to attack a slaughterhouse in Perly, which claims several thousand victims every week,” the anonymous message said.

“Science has long proven (…) the sentience (the ability to feel emotions and live a subjective life) that other animals show. They can rightly be considered as individuals, who deserve to live as long and happy a life as possible,” the letter continues.

“That is why antispeciesist activists decided to undermine this slaughterhouse, damaging its slaughter line, premises and stocks in the hope of temporarily preventing them from taking further lives and showing their refusal to see these morbid places exist.”

Please, help Matthias economically whilst he endures an illegal incarceration by donating on the link below:


https://www.cotizup.com/cagnotteantirepression

WET’SWET’EN TERRITORY UNDER ATTACK – SO CALLED ‘CANADA’ DECLARES WAR AGAINST INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN FAVOUR OF GAS COMPANIES.

The fuckface, only-good-for-photos, Justin Trudeau is allowing the invasion of indigenous land in the Wet’swet’en territory and applying an injunction in favour of the gas companies planning to build a gianormous fucking pipeline to transport gas and further climate change. 

The Wet’swet’en nation, made of five different regions, has actively opposed the construction of the pipeline through their land, and two of the groups have actively set up check points and soft blockades to ensure that the territory is safe. Today, after bringing heavy militarised police as well as actual army, they have breached through one of the blockades and arrested 12 people, including elderly folks. The filth ensured to jam all phone signal to make sure no one could inform, use internet and talk to the press. 

Meanwhile, Unist’ot’en camp fears they will receive the exact same treatment. Their hard blockade is, as far as we know, still standing, but it could be breached by police at any time now. 

This breaches all indigenous treaties that ‘Canada’ has agreed to and that ensure that no indigenous folks are forcefully removed from their rightful territory under any circumstances. This simply shows yet another action by the system in favour of capitalism and against the people and the environment. 

We stand in solidarity with Unist’ot’en camp, with the folks resisting in Wet’swet’en territory and with anyone fighting to stop the machine before climate change has crossed the line of no return. 

If we take care of the land, the land will take care of us. 

SHUT DOWN CANADA! 

More info: 

The Wet’swet’en nation has issued an international call to action. You can read about it here: http://unistoten.camp/action-alert-international-call-to-action-for-gidimten-access-checkpoint/

Submedia is doing a lot of good work so probably check them out too:

https://sub.media/video/canada-declares-war-on-the-wetsuweten/

 

HAMBACHER FORST – THE EVICTION HAS STARTED. 

Yesterday it was announced that the eviction in Hambacher Forst had to start today for the safety of the activists as the occupation is a fire hazard. It is of no surprise that RWE workers took all fire extinguishers they could find last week.

This morning, police is everywhere. Gallien is surrounded by cops, Oaktown doesn’t seem to have any police presence and monopods and tripods are starting to be vacated.

Heavy machinery on the other hand is stuck at the entrance of the forest. It is raining, and thanks to the past attacks by the police there is more mud than green on the ground.

The spirits are high and the people are willing to put up a fight. Over 100 people have appeared to the first line of the forest as a spontaneous solidarity demo. There are demos and actions popping up all over Germany.

We are aware that most of our readers are U.K. based. Also, many of you only know about Hambacher Forst because of us. We are not going to write a massive dissertation about the animals and plants an a different social system between the forest. You can do the learning yourself. But we are going to ask for something. We are asking you to take action. We are asking you to not simply “share and be sad” about this story. We want you to do something against it.

Here is a list of all of the buildings RWE has in the U.K. From energy rations to offices, there are many different levels of action that can be taken to fight back. It is your time to take action.

www.rweukjobs.com/our-locations

FOR THE FUCKING WILD.

CALL FOR ACTION AND SUPPORT!

This coming month is extremely busy for us at the collective, with multiple events (some occurring simultaneously) happening all over Europe! We will be at as many of these as we can, so say hello if you see us!!

Firstly there has been a call for action made by Hambacher Forst Besetzung for the 3rd of February in solidarity with the Hambi 9. In a recent attempt of eviction in the Hambacher forest 9 activists were arrested and remain in custody. Whatever city you’re in, engage in acts of solidarity! Whether in the form of vigils, demonstrations or the blockade of your local RWE power plants or offices, be creative. Shout fuck RWE from the top of your lungs and show a finger to the ‘justice’ system!

Follow the link below for more information.

You’ll also find some of us at Surge‘s London Fashion Week anti-fur demos. Get creative and make some banners, placards and posters! Bring your loudest whistles and megaphone and get ready to make some noise! The disturbing normalisation of fur on the high street is something that MUST be challenged. We must reach a state similar to that of the past were fur wearers were afraid to even step outside donning their grim outfits.

Find the event link below and let us know if you’re going! We will be able to bring down some of our merch with us so hit us up if you want anything!

During the fashion week demonstrations, some of us will also be in Sweden joining Hunt Saboteurs Sweden in challenging the Swedish championship of fox hunting. Details on this are currently brief, and we will post more information as we get it.

After this, we will be joining the Earth First! winter moot to give some interactive workshops as part of their skill sharing event. We seriously recommend coming to this; skill sharing events such are these are vital in meeting fellow activists, learning new tactics and getting your hands dirty!

We will also be out in the fields supporting our local hunt sabs group throughout the month, and carrying on with joining regular local food not bombs. If you want to be put in touch with any of your local groups, give us a shout! We can point you in the right direction and help you get going!

As always, we rely solely on donations to keep going and we would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has supported us on this journey. Because of you, we are able to do this, and it means a lot to every one of us at the collective.

If you want to support our work on a monthly basis please check out our patron account:www.patreon.com/liberateordie

SEE YOU IN THE NEXT RIOT.

LINKS:
https://hambachforest.org/blog/2018/01/26/now-all-the-more-call-for-germany-wide-day-of-action-on-feb-3th/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1499583963461051/

http://earthfirstgathering.org/moot.html

PROTEST AGAINST THE GREYHOUND BOARD OF GREAT BRITAIN

28th January, London

A call to action to protest the Greyhound Board of Great Britain Awards was sent to us. Make sure to be there if you are close by! 

“This is the biggest event in the Greyhound Racing calendar.

Breeders, trainers, owners, bookies, in fact, all those who profit out of the misery inflicted on these gentle dogs will be there….. and so will we!

10,000 greyhounds are slung out of this industry every year: where do they all go? Some will end up running for their lives in China or Pakistan, some will be left in a shallow grave with a bolt to the head, some will find their forever home, but many, many greyhounds simply disappear.

Come and be a voice for those greyhounds that suffer and die, just for entertainment.”

SUPPORT HAMBI 9!

3rd February 2018.

Hambacher Forst Besetzung has issued a blog post calling to action in response to the highly repressive imprisonment of 9 people of the forest after the last barricade eviction.

Whether a lunch-demo in front of your neighbouring prison, direct action against the machine and RWE, pain and colour actions at RWE shops, peaceful blockades and vigils, climbing actions to exhaust the number of climbing cops in the country or a prisoner support and letter-writing evening there are actions to be taken by anyone according to their action level and legal situation.

The idea is simple, targetting around the world any RWE institution, but also saying no to the “justice” system and confronting tribunals, courts and prisons.

Show solidarity with your comrades around the world. Stand up against repression. Say no to this capitalist climate genocide. It is our time to fight back.

If you have ideas, want to share anything with the collective or want to report actions, use freehambi9@riseup.net as your contact.

UNTIL ALL ARE FREE.

LIBERATE OR DIE: FROM CAGE TO FREEDOM

INTERNATIONAL CALL!

JOIN US FOR A WEEK OF ANTISPECIESIST ACTION, WORKSHOPS AND SKILLSHARING.

15th – 20th March, 2018

We’ve been missing a real activist-run, animal-rights-based, radical
action camp, so we decided to make our own. In the Heart of the
Hambacher Forest, a landmark of anti-capitalist and climate justice
resistance, we will be hosting our first antispeciesist event.

THE LIST OF WORKSHOPS WILL BE UPDATED AS WE GET MORE SPEAKERS CONFIRMED

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– How to pick locks, by UnoffensiveAnimal
– Basics of climbing, by Hambacher Forst Besetzung
– Who is the ALF // History of the ALF, by UnoffensiveAnimal
– Introduction to Hunt Sabotage, by Hunt Saboteurs
– What is the Save Movement, Save Movement UK & Europe
– How to build a lock-on, by Hambacher Forst Besetzung
– Learning from previous struggles: vegan advocacy for animal liberation, by Seb Alex
– Establish the confrontation by direct action. How create a real offensive movement against the speciesist industry? by 269 Libération Animale
– Action climbing training by Earth Resistance
– The strategy of non violent direct action by Earth Resistance
– Vegan Vs Freegan, An open debate. by Hambacher Forst Besetzung.
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THIS EVENT IS FREE. With our concept of Anti-Capitalism, we do not
believe people should have to pay to learn, share knowledge and take
part in actions. Donations are well received as the occupation can
always do with some funds, but they are not necessary! (We have been
told they really like chocolate, hint hint!)

THIS EVENT IS VEGAN. We would like the space to be vegan and the
participants should be able to respect it. We dumpster dive most of our
food and although the forest has a divide between freegan and vegan
diets, the Antispeciesist Space will remain fully vegan.

THIS EVENT IS ACTIVIST RUN. We are all crew. We all take turns to wash
up dishes and to cook dinner, we all collect firewood and build a fire!
From each according to their need to each according to their ability, do
not be shy to help out!

THIS IS AN ACTION EVENT. On our first day, we would like to discuss
different actions that could take place during the week. Depending on
the skill level and legal comfort we will make a decision to take action
one way or another. Bring ideas and listen to the group, we are sure
that whatever is decided will be a wonderful action!

THIS EVENT IS BASED AT THE HEART OF A COMMUNITY. We will be sharing the
forest with others and many have lived there to protect the trees for
years. Some are VERY camera shy. Taking photos of the occupation is
wonderful, but DO NOT take photos of activists without express
permission. The same way, phones aren’t very welcomed in plenaries and
workshops. Trust us, you’ll feel a massive relieve not carrying it
around at all times!

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
You should firstly bring yourself. Call in sick at work and avoid going
to uni, what’s best; being a wage slave or fighting for the animals?
There is a list of things you could bring with you but if you don’t have
something specifically DO NOT WORRY, we will find a way.

– Sleeping bag and mattress
– Tent (it would be good to bring them depending on how many we are!)
– Rage
– Head torch
– Love
– Warm clothes
– Boots
– Hugs (but please ask first before sharing them!)

HOW DO I GET THERE?
If you are coming from outside of Germany, Cologne has great bus
connections! Check FlixBus and get yourself here! From Cologne, you will
need to grab the train line “S-Bahn” to BUIR. S12 to Duren will work,
but google map it if you’re lost!
Once you arrive at Buir’s train station, go down the stairs and turn
left. Keep walking over the motorway bridge and another 200m until you
arrive at a junction signalling left towards Morschenich. Take the left
and carry on walking straight until you see an airfield to your right.
Then use the sand road to arrive at The Meadow and say hi!

If you need more explanation, click on the link below:
https://hambachforest.org/contact/directions/

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Come whenever, come for the event, come before and stay for years or
come for the weekend. It is up to you!

IS IT REALLY FOR FREE?
Yes. Food, smiles and a place to sleep, all for free. Fuck capitalism
big time. We are here to change the world, not to become part of the
system.

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DISCLAIMER: This is an ANARCHO-VEGAN event. Nazis, right-wingers,
sexists, transphobes and any other form of oppressive bigot needs to
abstain themselves from attending. Also cops not welcome but we know
you’ll be there, won’t you?

DISCLAIMER 2: Many people in the forest have “forest names”. You can
rename yourself too if that makes you happy! We also don’t tend to ask
for real names, ages, place of origin and all that stuff. Also, we don’t
usually have IDs in the forest. Up to you to consider your own security,
of course.

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See the event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/330777867416283/