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Info talk Maastricht, June 13

June 13 2018 we will organise an info talk at Mandril in Maastricht about the coming civil disobedience action in the north of Groningen. Information about Code Rood, the action, the climate camp, the problems in Groningen en civil disobedience training will be provided. After the presentation (in english) we will screen the documatary “Disobedience” an inspiring documentary that nicely shows the growth of the climate movement.

Programma:

  • Datum: 13 Juni 2018
  • Locatie:  Mandril, Cabergerweg 45, 6219 PE Maastricht, (map),   13 min fietsen van  Maastricht CS
  • Programma
    • 20:00 presentation Code Rood + Q&A
    • 20:40  Info Actietrainingen & opgave
    • 21:00 Documantary: Disobedience
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About Mandril

The Mandril Cultural and Political Centre (MCPC) is a volunteer-run, community-based space for creative expression, collaboration, and political discussion in Maastricht. We are a collective of dreamers,
doers, and thinkers that is built on values of inclusion, diversity, sharing, and mutual support. We aim to promote alternative approaches to art and politics. We connect people and initiatives from different
backgrounds and facilitate an exchange of skills and ideas and reach out to a variety of groups to encourage collaboration and promote awareness for crucial political issues. Additionally to fostering social sustainability we aim to inspire a culture of environmental awareness. The physical space is largely built through reusing, recycling and upcycling existing materials. Similarly, we continually work on keeping the day-to-day running of the place environmentally sustainable by repairing rather than replacing and making use of products considered as “waste”.

Code Rood supports “We Reclaim Our Pride!”

As a defender and proponent of intersectional radical politics for greater social justice, Code Rood stands in solidarity with the Anti-capitalist Decolonial Intersectional Queer Solidarity Bloc and supports their planned action ‘We reclaim our Pride’ on the 5th of August.

With its origin in the Stonewall riots, Gay Pride was once a radical movement for the recognition of equal rights and dignity for the LGBTQ+ community. However, over the years, commercialisation and pinkwashing of the parade have eradicated the critical and liberatory nature of the former riots.

With this initiative, Code Rood is joining over a dozen other organisations to reclaim Pride’s original spirit: a disobedient act against hetero/cis-normativity and sexism, in solidarity with the struggles against racism, classism and other forms of oppression.

Politicians believe that ‘we are all in the same boat’ when it comes to combatting the climate crisis or celebrating Pride. But there is no Pride in celebrating ‘togetherness’ and ‘diversity’ with ING, Schiphol, VVD, Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie, Politie Roze in Blauw Nederland. We do not wish to be ‘in the same boat (parade)’ with companies profiting from the climate crisis and organisations discriminating climate refugees.

Against scapegoating in politics!
We want radical liberation for all!

For more information on the August 5th action see: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103667679766879/

A Letter From Our Czech Friends

Dear Code Rood people,

Klimakemp 2017 is behind us. We thank everyone who joined us, supported us, or is just cheering for us in general. We are happy to bring you this summary of all the important things that happened at the first Czech climate camp. You will find a photogallery on our Flickr.

Photo of workshop participants sitting in a circle in one of programme tents. From Wednesday to Sunday, more than 300 people came to the north-Bohemian town of Horní Jiřetín from Czechia, Slovakia, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Romania, Italy, Belgium, Lithuania, France, Russia, and USA. They all took part in talks, workshops and other activities and lived together in a camp governed by principles of sustainability. Our goal was to teach and learn, meet each other, get to know each other and most importantly fight for climate justice. In order to draw attention to the problem of climate change, on Saturday we organized several very successful legal protests and a mass action of non-violent civil disobedience.

Photo of demonstrators in white overalls holding hands forming a red line and a human chain on the border of mining limits on ČSA opencast mine. Approximately 300 people marched against fossil fuel mining and for a clean energy future on Saturday morning. We created a red line with our own bodies on the border of the allowed coal mining area on top of the ČSA lignite pit. In doing so, we wanted to express that every individual person can try to stop climate change if he or she takes a stand against coal mining and becomes its literal limit.

Photo from direct action on Bílina opencast mine showing how activists get further down to the deepest point of this mining area. Shortly after that, 144 of us entered a lignite mining site Bílina. We reached the bottom of the pit in high spirits and without being stopped by the police. When the riot police arrived, we formed a blockade under a digger which had to be broken through by securing people inidividually. We were all handcuffed, taken to nearby towns to police stations for interrogation, and released after several hours. Several of us did not receive any water during a 12 hour detainment. We were very happy to receive support from the miners themselves, who brought us their own water. One foreigner was detained for 48 hours (the maximum legal limit). We supported our detained friends by demonstrating in front of the police stations, and, upon release, provided them with food, drink and hugs.

In addition, shortly after the noon a group of around fifteen people entered the a different area of the mining area of Bílina, where they disabled conveyor belt transporting coal to the Ledvice coal power plant. They decided to occupy the site for a few hours.

During the day of action, we carried out two other legal happenings – a demonstration in front of the Ledvice coal power plant and a bike ride around the border of the ČSA mine. Even though the bike ride consisted only of six people, the police decided to follow them by two vans filled with riot officers and a police helicopter.

Photo of demonstrators holding a banner with sign „Limity jsme my!“ (We are the limits!)

The first Czech Klimakemp exceeded all of our expectations. We succeeded in stopping the mining at three lignite mines (Bílina, ČSA, Vršany). Our nonviolent protest was received positively by the media. We consider it a big success that we noticed support from the general public, the miners themselves, and the locals living in the area of the Most lignite region. Climate activists spent several days making friendships, enjoying the moment, and working toward climate justice. They had time and resources to plan more events that will further the cause of the global climate justice movement. We hope that even more people will come next year, and that we will continue the very successful legacy of the first year.

Limity jsme my

Code Rood climate camp was fantastic

The participants in Code Rood have taken down the climate camp Sunday afternoon. It was a fantastic weekend and we thank everybody who contributed!

We also showed our solidarity with the human chain for the shutdown of the nuclear power plants Tihange 2 and Doel 3 in Belgium. 50.000 people formed a chain across 90 kilometers. This weekend really showed that many people want a transition to sustainable energy!

Live blog Code Rood (action day)

It has begun! Participants of CODE RED action have penetrated in all parts of the coal stations in the port of Amsterdam. Follow here the live blog of the day of action for regular updates and new photos. On this website, you can access the liveblogs of Thursday and Friday as well.

Here we go! This is the blog where you’ll find reguylar updates during the day. Here you can find the blogs of Friday and Thursday.

For all other updates, check:

All large media houses reported on CODE ROOD. The six o’clock NOS-journaal showed gorgeous images from the action. Articles about us can be found on the websites of NRC, Het Financieele Dagblad, Trouw, Het Parool, AT5, The Post Online, HP/DeTijd and on nu.nl. Ealier, Radio 1 announced the action.

A beautiful clip with footage of the action day has been made:

2:20 PM:

Time for a personal story. Wolfmann is one of the hundreds of participants that is taking part of a civil disobedience action for the first time. “It feels incredibly powerful and at the same time very vulnerable” he says. “You go with nothing other than your body to try and blockade the fossil fuel industry, that makes you feel vulnerable. At the same time you are with all these people and so you feel very strong together.”

The sit-in blockade is going very well, says Wolfmann. “Now we need to ensure that we are well coordinated. We are going to  be here for awhile longer.”

The ‘Mango’ affinity group groet vanaf de toren.

2:00 PM:

The support demonstration just started. We’re happy with the support and hope they have a good time!

 

1:50 PM:

Nuon’s coal power plant at Hemweg was supposed to be closed for reparation until Saturday. Today, Sunday it’s still closed. Would that have anything to do with unwanted visitors?

1:30 PM:

There is more police by the fence where the participants of Code Rood have entered the grounds of the Coal Transport Bulk Terminal Amsterdam (OBA). The media bus has been sent away.

There is a peaceful atmosphere on the grounds of the OBA. More cranes and towers are occupied by participants. Some participants are playing frisbee. The participants’ white suits with red stripes – a sign that we are drawing a red line against climate destruction – are in stark contrast against the black mountains of coal.

A fox has been signed walking on the coal grounds.

11.30 A.M:

A police bus has arrived by the media bus, which is parked along the road of the Coal Transport Terminal Amsterdam (OBA). They wanted to know if the participants on the terrain have been advised about their safety. We have assured the police that last night a long briefing has been done with participants about safety, in three languages.

The police have told us they are not planning to enter the terrain. They are concerned about the participants’ safety.

10.30 A.M:

At least 4 cranes have been reached by the group. “We are everywhere”, says Kira, one of the participants. Even under the cranes you can see people chanting: “Climate justice. Now!”

“We are here in the middle of Mordor”, says Kira about the view from one of the cranes. There are mountains of coal everywhere. There are only a few employees on site at the Coal Transport Terminal Amsterdam (OBA).

From the Westhavenweg there are Code Red participants and big banners on the top of a conveyor belt.

Police have not arrived yet. The security officers indicated that the operations had been preventively suspended. Nowadays it seems you only need to announce that you want to close the fossil-fuel industry and they close it right away!

10 A.M.:

It’s time! More than fifty participants of Code Red sit on top of a crane of Coal Transport Terminal Amsterdam (OBA). They’re displaying a banner with the text: ‘Robbers’ state is killing the climate.’ They are planning to stay for a while. According to the student Fleur, they even started building a toilet.

Over 350 people were in the area of ​​OBA this morning. ‘Entering the terrain was exciting for me because it was the first time in taking part with an action. But it did happen, we all had to cross a small creek. The guards even helped us,” says Fleur. Once inside, however, the participants were sprayed with water that smelled of mud and manure.

An hour earlier, the participants had left from the camp on the Contactweg wearing white jumpsuits – showing the connection with the Ende Gelände actions in the brown coal mines in Germany. The participants began the walk by taking a lap around the climate camp tents, shouting the slogan: ‘Ready to fight for climate justice. We are a peaceful army. Let’s go!”

Livestream from the crane on Facebook.

Live blog Code Rood (Friday)

Today is the final day before the CODE ROOD actions. A day of workshops, preparations, and creative banner making moments. Don’t wait any longer, join us today. Follow the live blog here!

Location action camp: Contactweg X Zekeringstraat, just north off metro station Isolatorweg.

Solidarity with the #VanGogh8

It was announced in the programme of the Fossilfree “Global Divestment Mobilisation” (GDM) plan for this week.  On friday there would be something, further unspecified, in the van Gogh Museum, by Fossilfree Culture NL.  But the exact performance was a surprise.

Like at a previous occasion, the performance aimed at artfully exposing the poisonous sponsorship of the famous Amsterdam van Gogh Museum with SHELL.   Seven female performers entered the lobby in a simple white dress, carrying a St. Jacob’s shell, the image used by the SHELL company.  They stood on the staircase and drank a dark fluid from the shells. But the fluid dribbled from over their lips, chin, dress.

Hundreds of people present in the lobby watched, took pictures. And the beautiful video below was composed of the performance.

All seven performers and somebody from the support team were arrested after the short performance ended, and taken in custody by the police.  There they spent the night in a cell. The charge was unlawful entry and vandalism, because the black fluid (molasses) also landed on the staircase and the floor of the lobby.   While SHELL enriches itself by destroying the environment, spreading corruption, and causing harmful climate change, peaceful protest is being criminalised.

However, the message of Fossilfree Culture NL has clearly landed in the national press: break the connections between our cultural institutions and powerful companies like SHELL who damage the climate and cannot be a part of a sustainable future: divest.

We, the CODEROOD (Code Red) movement, want to express our solidarity with these artists, most of whom are still in prison, nearly 24 hours later!  The #vanGogh8 are real climate heroes! They need our support, now!

For updates, follow their twitter account @FFcultureNL, their facebook page, and the fossilfreeculture.nl website.  We will also support them on our twitter and we uploaded their facebook video onto our youtube account for sharing.