Trespass Journal

Anarchist Libraries

Behind every project there is one or more individuals. Fairly large projects don’t grow by themselves. They need love and passion. When there is no more love, it’s time to move on and build something else.

This project, AnarchistLibraries.net, forks off from The Anarchist Library project, and serves as an international platform for anarchist sites focusing on publishing and archiving texts.

I’ve been involved with The Anarchist Library since the very beginning, formatting texts, building the libraries’ software and assisting in the creation of new ones in languages other than English.
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Aachen: Muffeter Weg 5 squatted

Machine translation from deutsch

Invitation to the resistant action week

Today, on 30.06.2018, the Muffeter Weg 5 in Aachen was occupied. It is planned to stay in the vacant building for a week. This week will be filled with all sorts of activities and space to meet, learn, try, network, make, fight, talk, read, celebrate or whatever comes to mind!

We invite all interested parties to come along and help shape. There is enough space – bring your friends / family / neighbors with you and make you a nice time or organize workshops, discussions, concerts, actions or whatever you feel like!

Why occupy?
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In solidarity with Studentato 95100 in Catania

On Monday June 25, it was suddenly announced that the occupied student housing block in Catania (studentato 95100) would be evicted immediately, on grounds of public order. People made barricades on the street (see pictures) and saw off the eviction threat.

The block was squatted in February 2018 after being empty for ten years. In the last six months the owner (Ursino Recupero) had made no attempt to contact the students, who have self-organised their accommodation since the university fails to provide it. As well as giving people a place to stay, the block has provided a study room, organised social events and hosted conferences on social movements, including the SqEK 2018 conference.

To respond to this unexpected threat, supporters of the student block have occupied a library which is also owned by Ursino Recupero at Monastero dei Bendettini.

Residents of ADM take the municipality of Amsterdam to court

Today, the residents of the cultural free-haven ADM summoned the Amsterdam municipality in ‘Kort Geding’ (=> interim proceedings). They are claiming that Amsterdam enforces the perpetual clause in the purchase contract and thus prevents the public- and social interests of Amsterdam from being damaged by hundreds of millions.
More background information:

The terrain was purchased by Chidda Real Estate LLC in 1997 with the proviso that the municipality of Amsterdam always has the first right of repurchase and that only an authentic shipyard can be established on the 42-hectare terrain.
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Stop the eviction of C.O.S.A

On the 13th of October in 2000 a group of young people from Setúbal, Portugal, decided to take in their own hands the control of a part of their lives. They squatted an abandoned house replacing emptiness and apathy with desires, dreams and experiences of freedom, autonomy, self organisation, confrontation and atack.

A communitarian place to live free action and expression, without political parties or state control, without authority, without profit and at last puting anarchism in practice. They named the squat C.O.S.A. (casa okupada de Setùbal autogestionada) and from this moment a new confrontation with power starts spreading through the city. Quickly the critique, denounce and intervention became present in the daily life of Setúbal. Cosa became a social center from where people organized against speculation, tourism resorts, oppression from the state, deaths by the hands of police, political parties, alienation… There were discussions, actions, demos, concerts, political paintings all around, all the experiments that were necessary to break up with the system. Many things happened trough these years but COSA always stood firm and strong. 17 Years passed and neither the police or the courts can erase this chapter in the rebel and unsubmissive history of the city.
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Intergalactic Week at ZAD NDDL! August 27 – September 2

After the long awaited victory against the airport project, we are trying to lift ourselves out of the brutal spring, a season marked by two phases of evictions in which the government made sure to avenge the affront that the zad had represented for so many years. The massive police operations caused many injuries, the destruction of a part of the living spaces of the zad and a long military presence. But the state was forced to give up going any further and entirely eradicating our presence in this bocage. Resistance on the ground, solidarity elsewhere and the negotiation process resulted in a status quo that maintained of dozens of homes, common spaces and activities on most of the land held by the movement. Nevertheless, what we managed to preserve today could very quickly be attacked again, administratively, politically or militarily. Whilst the zad recovers from its wounds and recomposes itself, the work in the fields and the constructions resumes and we project ourselves towards the struggles of the next months. These however go beyond us and connect with others around the world. They concern the collective and respectful use of the land, the sharing of the commons, the questioning of nation-states and borders, the reappropriation of our habitats, the possibility of producing and exchanging free from the shackles of the market, forms of self-organization on territories in resistance and the right to live there freely …

Following more than two years of regular building work and a new month of construction this summer, this week of August 27 to September 2, will also be the inauguration of the Ambazada, a space intended to welcome rebels and struggles from around the world to the zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. To honor and celebrate the opening of the Ambazada the obvious thing to do was to make a call for a new intergalactic week. We hope that it helps to bring back momentum and horizons before the autumn mobilizations at home and abroad.
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SqEk Catania 13-17 June 2018

The schedule for the forthcoming SqEK meeting in Catania, Sicily, is now online. You can find it here.

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ZAD: Until where will we go with this scam of negotiations?

I haven’t signed the files project nor do i believe in negociation with a State. I don’t want to discuss with this oppressor, i just simply and only want to destroy it. But still I feel concerned by this process of legalisation that includes almost all lands and sites on ZAD, this area that I see as a whole and not only as my little home, this last one today being destroyed anyways.
We’re calling negociations the injuctions of the prefect, while I really don’t see when have we been negociating. When have we won any advantage of this situation? When have we said anything else than “Yes yes madam, we’re scared, we’re nice people!”? And today again it’s still a topic to go and sign the (agricultural) projects, without even waiting for the ones not accepted yet?! One more time, our famous limit of when will we stop being cheated is pushed further.
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We are about to squat

#besetzen (#squat #occupy)

We hereby inform you, that we, self-determined Berliners, will no longer accept the stupidity of empty houses, poverty, evictions and lack of space to live in. Soon, we are going to take back the houses. We want to encourage all of you to realise your secret dreams of living without profit. We ask for solidarity for activists and neighbours and to join in and reject the logics of rents and ownership.

We have nothing to lose but our next rent-increase.

The City of the Wealthy

We oppose the city of the rich. In their city, every flat, every place, every park, and every moral is adjusted to those who are able to afford it. Most Berliners, us included, are not rich. Quite the opposite. Of all federal states, Berlin has seen the biggest increase in poverty. That is directly related to the ‘System Rent’, which re-distributes money from the bottom to the top. We fight the ruling authoritarian ideas from economic players and politics, valorising every square meter. Preventing this nightmare has nothing to do with despising the well-off. We are simply opposed to the fact that social participation stems from income as well as social and cultural background. The poor, Homeless, refugees, the old, they do not fit into the city of the rich.

This is why we fight for…

…a City from below.

It lives in the heads of people and is taking shape in local gatherings, collective movements, economies in solidarity and neighbourhood-centres. Here, problems are faced contrary to capitalist incentives and needs are focused. We stand for the right to choose one’s own living situation and organise it in and around the neighbourhood. To gather and resist means to stand up for one’s needs and is the social alternative to an expensive city. An alternative to a city in which we are so busy working, our flats only serve as a place to sleep and the coming-together with neighbours becomes impossible. The options of leaving, working more or social isolation is a choice between pest and cholera. Fighting for a city in solidarity on the other hand, means not giving in to gentrification. The city from below is a struggle, also against the laws that protect owners and bosses.

Squat!

We fail at finding spaces for non-commercial living while being offered one room flats for 700€, meanwhile, apartments and buildings next door remain empty. The government could expropriate speculators. But why should they, when evictions improve their social statistics but they don’t see the lives behind the statistics. Leaving expropriation to the parties that sold this city in the first place is not an option for us. For that reason, we will take our future into our own hands. This spring, we will take the space we need. We will squat the houses and our share of the square meters to withdraw it from the logic of speculation and ownership. We are going to take the consecutive step toward a self-determined city from below populated with people who shape their districts and spaces themselves.

via: https://besetzen.noblogs.org/we-are-about-to-squat/

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ZAD: We are already dead … but still breathing

Some scattered thoughts as we pause and take stock of the situation before May 14

To quote Durruti, “It’s not the barricade but the rifle you have to hold on to.” If you lose the barricade (e.g., the ZAD, a squat, a particular engagement with the state) but retain the rifle (the collective ability to fight, immunity to narratives that legitimize state violence, a commitment to solidarity over opportunism), you can still move from one engagement to the next, building capacity. If you lose the rifle, but retain the barricade, it may appear that you have won, but thirty years later you will look around and find that you are where the once-formidable Dutch squatting movement is today.
Crimethinc – One but Many Movements

I was zipping through the recent Crimethinc commentary on the ZAD internal conflicts when I hit this quote and had to stop to laugh.
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