Wednesday 25th September 2019
Legal introduction for action by the “Rote Hilfe” (de)
“Kleiner Onkel” introduction to ContrastPunkt
What is “Kleiner Onkel”: Open workshop, atelier and living room for all. It is a prompt to question urban environments and bring life, exchange of ideas and shared experiences to them. The mobile space “Kleiner Onkel” aims to get to know spaces, change them and expand on what’s possible on the space known as “street”.
(Kleiner Onkel is open Wednesday till Sunday)
Workshop anarchy of relationships (de)
“How I rock interviews and podium discussions”| Sina Reisch, spokesperson of Ende Gelände
Blue Heart – Movie evening
The Balkan Peninsula is home to the last wild rivers in Europe. However, a deluge of hydropower development threatens to destroy the culture and ecology of this forgotten region. If fierce local opposition fails, the last undammed watersheds on the continent will be corralled by more than 3,000 proposed hydropower dams and diversions—at a time when dams are being decommissioned throughout much of the developed world. Activists, who span the shores of these rivers, and European NGOs such as RiverWatch (run by German activist Ulrich Eichelmann), are fighting against local government corruption and foreign investment. Blue Heart documents the battle for the largest undammed river in Europe, Albania’s Vjosa, the effort to save the endangered Balkan lynx in Macedonia, and the women of Kruščica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are spearheading a months-long, 24/7 protest to protect their community’s only source of drinking water. These and other stories expose for the first time the gravest impending environmental disaster in Europe. (from the trailer on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LadlBg9bmfg)
Thursday 26th September 2019
Workshop Anarchism and non-violence (11-13 o’clock) | Lou Marin
Over the past few hundred years, rulers have long tried to project an image of anarchists as violent, chaotic bomb-throwers. Thanks to the efforts of non-violent groups since the 70s, especially in the anti-nuclear power, peace and ecological movements this deception is getting harder and harder to maintain. The non-violent resistance to nuclear power that gathered around the newspaper “Graswurzelrevolution” paints a totally different picture of democratic decision making using consensus. Even groups that have not been explicitly non-violent are increasingly turning to civil disobedience. Internationally, the movements in Sudan and Algeria are especially impressive. In the climate justice movement, Ende Gelände, Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion have all gathered experience with civil disobedience and non-violent direct action. The climate justice movement, however, has hit a dilemma: it demands action from states, while anarchistic ideas say that the state only acts in self-interest, and that green parties, as experienced between 1998 and 2005 have made very little positive changes. In this workshop we will discuss the connection between non-violent direct action and anarchism. It will not be a sterile presentation, we will build circles to discuss these issues in depth. Lou Marin has been part of non-violent action groups since the seventies (ecological and peace movement, men against men’s violence, antiracist hotlines, transnational connections) as part of his work with the newspaper Graswurzelrevolution. Today he lives in Marseille, France. Suggested reading, but in no way necessary for the workshop: https://www.graswurzel.net/gwr/produkt/gewaltfreier-anarchismus-anarchistischer-pazifismus/
Degrowth, visions and practices for a sustainable post-capitalist society | Ulrich Demmer
The climate justice movement has long agreed that an answer to climate change and the various other crises created by capitalism and the western lifestyle is a system change. “Degrowth” is a socio-ecological movement that radically formulates the political aspects of climate change, names the people and organisations that cause it, takes inspiration from many sources (feminist, ecological-economical, anarchist, system-based) and uses this to formulate post-capitalist, anti-growth system change. Starting with our own experiences, wishes and reflections as participants we will explore the themes of regrowth, and critically discuss the post-growth debate. We could also consider how to become active locally, how to build groups, plan actions, start projects… Suggested reading: Einleitung, in: Degrowth in Bewegungen. Herausgegeben von C. Burkhart, M. Schmelzer und N. Treu. 2016
Changing Transport – presentation
#autofrei: a radical change in transport systems is necessary. Transport is responsible for over 20% of CO2 emissions. Ever larger cars and SUVs also emit other harmful substances, such as particulate and nitrogen oxides, cause hundreds of thousands of accidents and take up ever more space in cities for streets and parking. Electric cars will not solve these issues, but make them worse. We need a general change in the way we move, to make cities more habitable again. Some cities show that free public transport is possible, that streets can be made cycle friendly. Why is this change nit happening in Germany? What role to BMW, VW and the other car manufacturers play in the slowing of change. Actions, like EndeGeländeWagen, Radentscheid München and #autofrei during the IAA in Frankfurt are just the beginning.
Organisation from below, left | Samuel Flach
Self-Organisation with the “Flake” system
Everyone has experienced it: A group with many people. Great potential, skills, needs and vision – but where to start? Best to just flake away! This workshop explains an easy, fast and effective communication and coordination tool to quickly connect the abilities and needs of people in a group.
Antropocene – an anthropological view on the relation of Human/Nature and the importance of activism | Irma Allen
This presentation is in english!
Invisible theatre – action workshop
Also known as “Hidden theatre”, this form of action was invented in the 20s and 30s by communist theatre groups, and experienced a renaissance in the 60s as Augusto Boal rediscovered it for the Brazilian Military-dictatorship. The invisible theatre is a political or artistic form of action in which theatre scenes are acted out in the public sphere, without the public knowing that the scene is a scene. The aim of the action is to expose structural repression. It is encouraged to let the audience participate with the scene, to help them think about the themes of the play. This form of action lets us carry any topic into the public light – climate, racism, sexism, social justice, capitalism, or even new ways of living together and solving these issues. In this workshop we will quickly touch on the background and potential of this form of action, to them move on to becoming active and creative ourselves.
“Deckname Jenny”- Movie evening
Deckname jenny is a project of the self-organising film-school filmArche. Together with an enthusiastic and authentic cast, political activists and many helpers we want to tell a story about the militant parts of social resistance – with elements of a political thriller, but close to reality.
Friday 27th of September 2019
Workshop climate solidarity – the struggles of movements in central America and how they relate to us | oeku-buero
In central America climate change is already a harsh reality. The people there have to deal with the consequences every year. Drought, floods and reoccurring storms threaten the livelihoods, especially of subsistence farmers. In this workshop activists from the Öku-Büro München talk about how the capitalist economical system shares responsibility for the ecological and societal problems of the region. The investments of transitional companies and local oligarchs into the “green economy” is no exception: hydroelectric power plants, large solar power plants and the valuing of nature, for example through the REDD* protection sceme, lead to social conflict and are often carried out through lethal repressions. Small farmers and indigenous people develop strategies to protect their territories from external resource extraction. They become active themselves to find alternatives, beat ecological challenges and survive climate change. We want to discuss how to connect our struggle with theirs. To give live to the phrase climate solidarity. The Öku-Büro introduces interesting project from Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Stopping freedom from prosecution for multinationals |oeku-buero
It sounds absurd, but its true: people, clubs, governments and even states can be prosecuted in courts. But there is not a single case where a company was prosecuted for violating human rights. Often activists are persecuted, imprisoned, tortured and even killed because they cross multinationals with their legitimate defence of their rights. A global campaign has been started to change this. It consists of more than 250 social movements, civil rights organisations, unions and communities that are all affected by the actions of transnational companies. These groups defend themselves against land grabs, mining, poverty wages, environmental destruction and resource wars, as well as forced migration caused by multinational companies. In this workshop Raffaele Morgantini from the “Centre Europe Tiers-Monde (CETIM)” will introduce this global campaign, as well as showing some examples of the freedom from prosecution shown by transnationals. He will also be talking about the binding treaty to represent human rights in the economy currently being discussed at the UNO in Genf. In October there will be an action week of activists around the world. How you can take part in the mobilisation will also be part of the workshop.
Paper theatre “This takes the biscuit” (young people) | Johannes Volkmann
With three blocks of paper, two spotlights and one typewriter Johannes Volkmann tells two stories on a screen. DO you know Erich Kästner’s “conference of the animals”? Do you know the 4-year paper-theatre project “conference of the children”? Can you imagine what both might have to do with the title “This takes the biscuit”? All will be revealed when Alois the lion, Oskar the elephant and Leopold the giraffe are cut from the paper to save the world. When children from Oslo, Bucharest, Lichtenstein, Athens, Kuala Lumpur and Ouagadougou appear on the big screen that want to change the world. Then you will understand that the conference of the animals and the children have the same goal: a healthy, peaceful world. This play is funny, sobering and empowers you to action. Maybe even to things you might not ordinarily be brave enough to do.
Saturday 28th September 2019
Discussion of the movie “Deckname Jenny” with activists. Organising, collectivism, solidarity, love and resistance.
We all agree: We want another society. We want freedom and no hierarchies, no dominance. No more destruction of the climate. And we know: we can’t do it alone. But how, then, does it work? How strong are we? How much load can we and our structures carry? Who are “we”? What influence does existential angst have on us and our groups? What is a collective structure if it still leaves us alone with our fears? And what does the patriarchy do to us? Do we want to take a deep breath, do we want to know who is on our side, do we really want another society? What are we longing for? Questions and open discussion about anarchist and feminist organisation, collectivism, love, resistance and revolutionary ideas.
“Rojava” – presentation and discussion
The destruction of nature and ecology in Kurdistan is worsening. War, oil-based economy and drought endanger the livelihoods of tens of thousands. And there is no end in sight: In the Kurd held north of Syria (Rojava) there eis once again threats of war, the Turkish army with the help of NATO states is already occupying the region of Afrin. The water crisis is being made worse by the Turkish state, because they are building giant dams, cutting off water from Iraq and Syria. But there are ideas and concrete projects to solve the ecological crisis. The 2012 revolution agains the Assad regime in Rojava also sees itself as a start for a society that lives in unison with nature. This journey is also being supported by people from around the globe that came to Rojava to be part of the revolution. They started the make Rojava green again campaign, to work with locals to work on the reforestation of the region and set up model projects for decentralised power and water supplies. Anselm Schindler is part of this campaign and has been to Kurdistan multiple times. Together we will discuss what this all means for us and why the social and environmental questions are inherently linked, in Kurdistan and everywhere.
Spaces of constructive argument
To allow us to carry the fight against capitalism, racism, sexism and for climate justice into the universities we need open, self administrating spaces of meeting and debate. How can we create these despite the repressive burocratic politics of the LMU?
Solidarity in the time of agrarian capitalism
Produce from across the globe is available almost year round here in the global north. Hidden behind the pretty packaging and promising seals of quality there are often practices of exploitation, both of workers and natural resources. What could the fight for global justice at sites of origin and along the supply chain look like? And what ecologically sustainable and socially just alternatives are there to agrarian capitalism? After an introduction the participants are invited to share their ideas and experiences.
Between climate change deniers and nationalists, climate and environmental politics of the right
Debate training against right wing slogans
Right slogans and “arguments” have become commonplace in our day to day lives. We develop strategies to help us fight back and overcome initial shock, to take away power from inhuman statements. We can’t be silent.
Social critique experienced through theatre
Hambi and critique of capitalism
Reflections and perspectives of a movement.
Sunday 29th September 2019
Introduction into a left and antifascist perspective
System change – not climate change. Especially the first part has been called for for hundreds of years by a variety of groups and persons. Especially left and antifascist groups have been calling for a system change away from consumption and competition, essentially also for climate justice. But what are these groups all about? How are they defined, and how do they define themselves? How have they changed over time?
Taking care of land and life as a holistic principle – presentation
Being active sustainably – moderated discussion
Guided walk through the community garden/ demeter farm
Smash Patriarchy – 100 years feminist/lesbian movement
Patriarchy and capitalism – two densely interwoven forms of rule. One significantly older than the other. Caught up in between them: Women, lesbian people, gay people, intersex people, transgender people and queer people, all of whom are looking for some form of freedom. So, how to smash the patriarchy? A workshop about theories, strategies and heroines
Self-sufficient power-supply pirates – guerrilla power plants
Pirate- guerilla power plants: pluggable solar devices is the official term for small photovoltaic devices that consist of a PV-module, a power inverter and a connecting cable, as well as the necessary mounting hardware. They can be added to n existing electric circuit, they can be plugged into a normal wall plug. They are also known as balloon-power-plant, SolarRebell or Guerilla-PV. The stand-alone power system: A photovoltaic stand alone power system is used for self-sufficient power generation. With a PV-module, a charging regulator, a batterie and a power inverter anyone can become independent, and mostly zero-emission in the trailer, lorry, tiny house or anywhere else.
Where do I stand on classism? A discussion circle.
So what’s classism? Today its in fashion to talk about race and gender, class isn’t cool. totally ignored, occasionally picked up and used as a punchline, and then oops, its dropped under the table again. Not surprising then that most of us can’t really say what classism means, or where we stand on it. So let’s give the whole thing some time and space. Small exercises, reading together, exchanging experience and thoughts to get into the topic and try and approach our own position. A discussion circle without a need for answers for every question. Marx, Bordieu, etc aren’t involved, but you are, no matter what your position. In english or german, depending on what’s convenient.
(quotes from bell hooks (2000): where we stand: class matters.)