Posts Tagged ‘Australia’
‘Some old things to live by, some new things to live by…’ – Anti-authoritarian ideas to hold onto in these times of virus and crisis (Au$tralia)
Friday, March 27th, 2020
We’re all living quite a situation here. Before the virus had got near most of us, we were thrown into this necessary mode of life called social-distancing. Our lack of knowledge and the speed it has covered the globe and is transmitting within the locations we live has produced feelings of shock, confusion and fear. While these feelings make sense, we should also recognise and counter the tendency that they produce towards individualism and isolation.
Fear. Individualism. Isolation. Currently the circulation of these sentiments is exponentially bolstering the power of the state. As Crimethinc have said, “social distancing must not mean total isolation. We won’t be safer if our society is reduced to a bunch atomised of individuals”. Such an atomised society is the path to least resistance. Even as the virus spreads we must not become too isolated and disconnected from each other to be able to resist state control and the implementation of measures that fuck most of us over in a desperate attempt to save the economy.
We’ve never organised in a situation like this before. We’ve never organised where the idea that to be responsible to each other requires us to stay away from each other is common sense. And yet, we’re still finding ways to set up networks of mutual aid and support, to get supplies to people who need them. As things progress – as what is a medical- scientific issue expands further and further into the terrain of the social – we’ll find ourselves returning to the things we always knew, that we’d learnt in all our experiences of struggle and resistance.
Consider this a simple reminder of some of those things, to keep them in mind now, before fear and isolation means we’ve ceded too much ground to an increasingly authoritarian state. (more…)
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
FIVE AFFIRMATIONS FORMED IN SMOKE AND FIRE
1. In these fires we see the ongoing violence of more than two centuries of colonisation on this continent. In attempting to eradicate the sovereignty of First Nations people and their connections to country, so much long-held knowledge about taking care of this land has been dismissed. Instead of a holistic and interconnected relationship with the environment, there is a relationship based on domination and possession.
A colonial society is not capable of establishing a nourishing relationship with the environment.
2. In these fires we see the devastation that is arriving due to climate change. While mining and the fossil fuel industry should be targets of our anger, they do not speak to the entirety of the devastation. Industrial farming of water-hungry crops like cotton and rice while rivers run dry. Livestock churning through the soil as erosion leads to desertification. The logging of old-growth forests. The links in the chain connect to our whole way of life.
The scale of devastation is systematic, and so the entire system becomes our target.
3. In these fires we see the outcome of a complete disregard for life beyond generating wealth. And we know that there is no changing course within capitalism, with its endless drive for the next source of profit. The destitution that it inflicts upon all life and the environment through insatiable resource extraction has been noted. We won’t be fooled by desperately staged attempts at green-washing.
Capitalism will get no further chances.
4. In these fires we see that there is no way forward in rebuilding back to the way things were. This might not be the end times or the apocalypse – it might simply be the new normality. Catastrophe, followed by catastrophe, followed by doing the best we can to recover. But if ‘recovery’ means desperately trying to return to a way of life that is untenable, we’d rather not. Colonised people have been living and fighting through catastrophe for a long time. Do the rest of us feel that we have enough skin in the game now to join them?
There is not much positive in this disaster, but from these ashes we can build something different.
5. In these fires we see that those who govern us – no matter what party they represent – will never provide for us, even in the hardest of times. Just ask one of the volunteer firies fighting the flames. If it wasn’t Scotty from marketing, it would be some other insufferable fuckwit. They protect wealth and the economy, while playing on anxiety and fear. They do nothing to sustain us.
In these times of crises, we can only turn to each other in solidarity and mutual aid.
This country now has its own climate refugees, joining millions of others from all around the world. We have seen people risk everything to assist each other, sharing resources and caring for others. This kind of humanity need not be reserved for extreme situations. While it might start the people immediately alongside us, the alliances we build and the mutual aid we enact will have to cross borders and reflect the global scale of what we are facing.
As the extreme becomes normal, so can our solidarity.
Melbourne, Australia: Action Against Turkish Military Supplier Trakka Corp in Solidarity with Rojava
Sunday, December 15th, 2019
From Anarchists Worldwide:
In the early morning hours of December 14th, 2019, the International Day of Action for Rojava, we paid a visit to the offices of local war profiteers, Trakka Corp/Trakka Systems, in Moorabin, south-east Melbourne, to let them know that their greed-driven collaboration with the fascist Turkish State’s war machine has not gone unnoticed.
In August 2019, Trakka Systems were contracted by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, to supply “cutting edge, high intensity, multi-mission Trakka Beam A800 searchlights” for their Black Hawk helicopters, including the Sikorsky TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) variant destined for use by the fascist Turkish Armed Forces in their ongoing invasion and occupation of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (Rojava).
As a small contribution to the International Day of Action for Rojava we decided to take direct action against Trakka Systems to express our solidarity with the people of Rojava and their internationalist comrades who, since October 9th, 2019, have courageously resisted the genocidal occupation plans of Erdoğan’s fascist forces. We also carried out this action to highlight the shameless activities of capitalist vultures like Trakka Corp / Trakka Systems, one of many companies operating within so-called Australia who willingly collaborate with war-mongering authoritarian regimes for profit. Not only do Trakka Systems do business with the Turkish Armed Forces, they are also in bed with other international military and police forces such as those of Israel, Indonesia and the US, who they supply with the latest in ‘Critical Vision Technology’.
Finally, we hope that our small action contributes in some way towards a revival of militant, targeted direct action and sabotage in so-called Australia.
Death to Turkish State Fascism!
Death to War Profiteers!
Long Live International Solidarity!
Indonesia: Anarchist Solidarity from Yogyakarta and Surabaya with Antifascist Prisoner Jock Palfreeman!
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
Solidarity Action Group of Indonesia and Australia
Anarchist Solidarity from Yogyakarta and Surabaya with Antifascist Prisoner Jock Palfreeman!
International Anarchist Solidarity with Antifascist prisoner Jock Palfreeman from the Solidarity Action Group of Indonesia and Australia. Comrade Jock recently completed a 33 day hunger strike in protest against the conditions of his imprisonment and ongoing harassment from prison authorities for his work with the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association. Jock is serving a 20 year prison sentence for defending 2 Roma boys and himself from a racist mob. Free Jock! Long live the Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association.
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
Narrm / Melbourne, so-called Australia: Graffiti mural in memory of 17 year old Russian Anarchist-Communist Mikhail Zhlobitsky who died while carrying out an explosive attack against the FSB (Federal Security Service) Regional Headquarters in Arkhangelsk, Russia on October 31st.
“Never Forget Our Fallen Comrades!”
Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
Information relating to recently dispossessed members on Mallingbar Country.
PDF: KUNIN LAW: CROW AND COUNTRY
A Letter To All First Nations
Walman Yawuru descendant,
Goolarabooloo Elder, Broome, Western Australia.
Thursday, August 9th, 2018
“an independently produced film bringing the voices of the contemporary Adnyamathanha, Gurindji, Tanganekald, Yankunytjatjara Anangu, Mirning, Narunnga Aboriginal Australian people forward who are united in their stand AGAINST the present and planned uranium mining and nuclear dump activities in South Australia. Bruce Hammond, an Aboriginal Tanganekald man with ties to the coast in the lower South East of South Australia and the central desert regions of Finke and Alice Springs in conjunction with Alexander Hayes & Magali McDuffie from Ngikalikarra Media brought the ‘Protecting Country’ documentary film on a screening road trip across Australia.”
Naarm / Melbourne, so-called Australia: Serco Compound Attacked in Solidarity with Refugees in Detention
Sunday, November 26th, 2017
19.11.17: Tonight, a group of people in Naarm / Melbourne, responding to the call out for 8 Days of Solidarity for Refugees, undertook an action targeting Serco. Serco is a multinational corporation which is directly responsible for the inhumane incarceration conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and detainees, in so-called Australia. Serco is also a major player in the international privatised prison complex.
The group gained access to a central Naarm / Melbourne, Serco compound and immobilised 7 vehicles. The group also left spray-painted messages on Serco compound property, including vehicles, reading “Serco Psycho Scum”, “Serco, profiting from refugee detention- this is war”, and “Serco profits from misery, we hold YOU responsible”.
Deaths in Detention Vengeance and Accountability Crew
Monday, September 12th, 2016
video of prison strike solidarity noise demo, fireworks, flares. smoke bombs at juvenile ‘detention centre’ in Narrm (so-called ‘Melbourne’) Wurundjeri land
Painted slogans in Melbourne for the international week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners (Australia)
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Slogans painted around inner-city Narrm / Melbourne, so-called ‘Australia’ as a minimum contribution to the International Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners (August 23-30).
Victory to the anarchist fighters!
Solidarity with all combative anarchist prisoners!
Destroy the prison society!
– Pictures here
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Wilson Storage and Wilson Parking benefit from the suffering caused by Wilson Security on Manus, Nauru and elsewhere. In the past week we attacked both subsidiaries with glue, concrete, paint and hammers. We will continue to attack Wilson Group until they pull out of detention wholly and permanently. Any company associated with the border industrial complex is a target. We urge our comrades to join us in solidarity with protesters on Nauru and all others incarcerated.
Sunday, July 17th, 2016
On the night of Sunday 26th June we glued the locks and spray painted the entrance to Wilson Security on Sydney Road, Coburg in Melbourne.
Wilson provides security at Nauru and Manus Island detention centres and are responsible for numerous, well documented abuses of detainees.
Solidarity with the protestors at Nauru detention centre!
Close the camps!
Friday, July 8th, 2016
On the 2nd July, the day of the federal election in so-called Australia, we glued locks, graffitted and broke the windows of Liberal and Labour MP offices across Narrm/so-called Melbourne.
We did this in solidarity with those on Manus Island, Nauru and in detention centres everywhere. End the border & prison industrial complex. End white supremacy.
[three photos here]
Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Disruption of VINCI and French Consulate
To the defenders of the ZAD,
Solidarity from anarchists in so-called ‘Melbourne, Australia’- the never-ceded indigenous land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, stolen and occupied by the genocidal settler-colonial state.
In response to recent threats of violent eviction by the French State, actions were taken at several locations in Melbourne, the city built on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, in colonised Australia. The actions targetted the French consulate and offices of companies of the VINCI corporate-family linked to the proposed destruction of land at the Zone-A-Defendre.
The French consulate was attacked with paint and its locks were stuffed and glued.
The Offices of Menard-Bachy and Fressynet (both companies owned by VINCI), had their windows broken and slogans in support of the ZAD painted on the facade.
The Melbourne office of Electrix (a company owned by VINCI) was redecorated with a number of slogans celebrating resistance to VINCI’s plans.
For information see http://zad.nadir.org
(photos and text)
(or clearnet links ):
Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
In the final hours of December 2015 we attacked the offices of the
defense contractor BAE Systems on River Boulevard in Richmond with paint
and sledge hammers.
BAE Systems make billions from war and their technology is responsible
for countless civilian deaths worldwide.
This action was carried out as part of Black December, a month of
anarchist direct action that was initiated by the anarchist prisoners
Nikos Romanos and Panagiotis Argirou in Greece.
We also carried out this action in solidarity with anarchist prisoners
held hostage by states worldwide and in solidarity with Indigenous
prisoners held hostage by the colonist ‘authorities’ here in so-called
‘Australia’ – all of whom are political prisoners.
Black December is everywhere!
Anarchist Office Refurbishment Cell