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From the 16 to the 18 of June : anticarceral meetings

 

Anarchiste Bure Cross presents

16 – 18 of June 

In Bure

The first anticarceral meetings 

Film screening, discussions, food, workshop

Program and informations on vmc.camp

The new group Anarchist Bure Cross invites you to participate in discussions and film screening on the struggle against prison, from the 16 to the 18 of June at the House of the Resistance (Bure).

We want to meet those who want to fight for a total abolishment of the prison system and all forms of coercive systems in general. We don’t believe in the existence of alternatives to incarceration, considering that prison is a systematic tool for social control. Therefore, we want to analyze the carceral system in order to provide basis for organizing struggle networks against the prisons of today and tomorrow, and all systems that go with.

Around 30 news prisons are under construction in France : today, our political system tend to incarcerate more and more people who don’t fit to social norms. Prisons are full of strangers, poor people, and all those who fight against social injustice.

On the agenda :

 

  • On Friday we’ll freely discuss and share prison experiences and all detention experiences we lived or might live one day, especially after the Loi Travail social movement.

On the evening : film screening of a film about prison

 

  • On Saturday we will welcome Kyou and Nadia to talk about their books Beau comme une prison qui brûle (Beautiful as a burning jail) and A ceux qui se croient libres (For those who think they’re free) in which they talk about life in jail, incarcerated people they knew, the resistance inside, mutiny and past struggles against prison. An Gaël, with the book Frères de la côte (Brethren of the Coast) that describes the path of Somali pirates, incarcerated for a long time in France, cut off from their families. Some of the Somali friends incarcerated will be present.

Presentations, stands, discussions on struggles against prison in 1970-1980. Some friends from Libertalia and groups from this period might be here.

On the evening, live music  at the ancient train station of Luméville, 5km further from Bure.

 

  • On Sunday, we’ll open the discussion by putting on perspectives the struggle against prison we could ride in the future. We’ll also discuss with some Anarchist Black Cross french and international groups, and other groups against prisons implied in the struggle. Then we’ll have more concrete discussions on meetings, tools and organization forms, in and out of jails, and against the ones that are under construction.

 

  • During the undless birthday party week, on tuesday at noon, one canteen will be dedicated to the incarcerated people’s friends, taking place in front of a jail.
  • We invite you to bring documentation, films, infokiosques, friends and/or prisoners testimonies, to share on a table specially used for this.
  • And if you wanna suggest a discussion’s topic, a workshop, a political action, thanks for writing us at aburecross@riseup.net

Practical informations :

 

  • To go to Bure, the Bure Car’bure carpool website
  • We can host you at the House of the Resistance or some of our other places around (thanks for telling if you are a group). Let us know if you have some specific needs (access requirement, hosting) at sauvonslaforet@riseup.net or by call 03 29 45 41 77.

 

– Simultaneous translation will be provided during the discussions

– Self-managed canteens : thanks for bringing some vegetables if you can !

– Free pricing for everything ! (except at the bar on Saturday night)
Link to the website : anarchistburecross.noblogs.org

Link to the Bure struggle’s website : www.vmc.camp 

Owly shit, It’s my birthday ! From the 19 to 26 of June : let’s make an endless birthday party !

Translation : Yaaay It’s my birthday !

Dear friends,

I invite you from the 19 to 26 of June

To celebrate my 1st birthday party

Into Lejuc Wood 

An endless birthday party

We’ve been living in the wood for a year now !

 

We can feel today that the meaning of our lives can be found in autonomous communities. In the occupied rooms of the University, in the self-managed canteens, in the “zone to defend” (ZAD)… In Bure, the political quest for autonomy is taking place both in the collectives houses we bought and Lejuc wood. One year ago, we nested after having an endless pic nic in the wood to prevent the first construction works of the CIGEO project. From the 19 to 26 of June 2017, we want to celebrate this all year by having an endless birthday party into the woods !

We’ve been told that Lejuc wood can be evicted anytime, and the owls living there won’t survive summer 2017. This is what the authorities want us and need us to believe, but we won’t play their game. This won’t be a celebration of nostalgia : we want to create a new spark of life in the forest, new links between people, new practical attacks.

Two permanent reception services will be set at the south lookout and the north barricade, on monday morning, For all week, there’ll be self-managed camps (we’ll make a space for transsexual and gays people), constructions activities (solar showers, shacks for discussion groups, barricades, …), self-training workshops (climbing, bolas, flexible yurts, healthcare, chemistry,…), discussions on the autonomous struggle perspectives in France and elsewhere, some reading next to the fire, actions against police controls, role playing games, and obviously : accoustic music party on the week-end !

Come with all things you need (tent, sleeping bag, construction tools and equipment, dishes…) Even if we’ll cook together, bring some food to be independent as much as possible. We really hope that this birthday party will open up new possibilities for all summer. So let’s be as many as we can !

 

BOOM BOOM BOOM ! I WANT YOU IN MY WOOD !

The owls of Bure

And if we are evicted before :

  • Meeting on the day at 6pm at the House of Resistance
  • Convergence towards Bure on the following days
  • Reoccupation of the forest on the following weeks
  • Call-out for decentralized actions against the promoters and contractors of CIGEO (VINCI, EIFFAGE, EDF, ANDRA, AREVA, CEA…)

PDF handout about the eviction : spread it everywhere ! 😉

Press release : illegitimate vote, legal disaster, police invasion : the inexorable headlong rush of CIGEO

A village is in a state of siege over its city council,  the “300 000 pas” demonstration is under close surveillance, a helicopter hedge hops and flies above Bure, several groups of mobile policemen stand with helmets and shields in front of Lejuc wood on the morning : the prefecture and ANDRA are not de-escalating the conflict !

 

Not everything in the CIGEO garden is rosy. The CIGEO suffered its first defeat on the 1st of August 2016, when standing before the court of Bar-le-Duc, the tribunal decided clearing in Lejuc wood was illegal and that all work there had to stop. ANDRA experienced yet another juridical defeat on May 22, 2017, when ANDRA’s appeal against the August 1st court condemnation failed
and the court confirmed the illegality of any construction by ANDRA in
the forest and the fines they should pay for what they did. However, instead of keeping a low profile, CIGEO continued ordering its guards to watch the Lejuc Wood despite having violence complaints already filed against them. ANDRA also attempted to force its way into the wood with machines last January, causing a scandal when one of its engineers poured gasoline on activists holding a barricade that was blocking the road access. ANDRA’s attempts to impose itself result in a rise of shields; the mobilization in Bure revealed their aggressive and rushed strategy, which often remains hidden behind the mask of a social acceptability implemented within the last decade.

CIGEO’s overconfidence shows its incompetence and inconsistency. The company claims to have guaranteed the safe burial of radioactive waste for several decades, yet one can only worry about so much amateurism. Beyond its nonsensical communication tactics and mafia practices, ANDRA has, for several months, shown a complete inability to face the situation at hand. The numerous appeals filed against the agency in recent months demonstrate the growing weakness of the CIGEO project. Their glossy-papered plans multiply, all the while they struggle to demonstrate their credibility

Environmental research (deliberately) done poorly, aggressive land acquisitions, political corruption: ANDRA shows a very dark future for the entire southern Meuse. It tried to bribe the municipal councilors of Mandres to vote in favour of the exchange of the wood, as well as it using and then lying about a mayor who tried his best to save the ship from sinking.  In the end, it is not at the Andra’s Ile-de-France headquarters in Châtenay-Malabry that a complaint will be filed against the mayor for forgery and uttering, or that we’ll consider the appeal filed by 35 inhabitants for a vote potentially made with a conflict of interest, or that we will have to deal with a divided and exhausted community.

More and more, ANDRA reveals that its promises were in fact false promises. Mayors get cold feet, residents finally dare to speak about what went wrong, and rancor takes root. Yet, the prefecture and ANDRA keep walking hand in hand; the first being an accomplice of the second, both working to dissuade and intimidate  the activists and inhabitants who are no longer afraid to raise their voice. Police continue to be omnipresent : identity checks, traffic violations, and convocations to a hearing rain down on those who support the fight against CIGEO.

Claiming that they want to prevent the environmental degradations that ANDRA has caused for over 20 years, some radical activists are determined to not go backward. The prefecture and its executioner, the ubiquitous commander Dubois, use increasingly mind-boggling and disproportionate police tactics : military jeeps and trucks, surveillance drones, hidden cameras, riot barriers in the streets of Mandres, helicopter rounds every week, daily patrols in front of the House of Resistance, systematic deployment of mobile policemen at all our events.

Therefore, let’s not confuse things : all people agree that the atmosphere is much more peaceful when no policemen or guards appear on the horizon. If someone has to take responsibility for the intensification of this conflict, it should be, without a doubt, the prefecture and ANDRA. They have created a permanent atmosphere of insecurity and extreme tension. It is not surprising that emotions and tempers are heated by increased controls and surveillance, as well as the very regular police raids on the Lejuc Wood outskirts. We run out of patience: the explosion of anger last Thursday in Mandres, when the police interrupted and shoved a tribute to a deceased activist in order to make a way for the mayor of the village.

ANDRA’s unclear communication has given way to the contemptuous brutality of the prefecture: the tone has been set, the CIGEO project will impose itself by the force of the truncheon.

We saw this violence in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, and it that triggered a wonderful impulse for national and international solidarity. Without the constructive determination we use to oppose the CIGEO and its partners, there will be the repression that, more and more, turns into Bure the Notre-Dame-des-Landes of eastern France. In the past few months, the media and hundreds of people have come to understand that this fight is not only about nuclear wastes management. It is opposing a capitalist and hostile plan, both here and in fighting zones all over the world.

From Standing Rock to Hambach, via Notre-Dame-des-Landres or Rosia Montana, we have one transversal struggle that takes shape in practices and convictions.

 

Bure automedia

Media contact : (+ 33) 7 53 54 07 31 / automedia.bure@riseup.net / www.vmc.camp

 

Tomorrow, Andra’a great circus will hold an exceptional performance in Mandres-en-Barrois !

Yesterday inhabitants from Mandres-en-Barrois had the priviledge of witnessing the great Andrastik Circus freak show arrival. The only performance will be held on Thursday at 8pm in the city hall, starring the mayor Xavier Levet who just got sued for forgery and using forged documents. We also impatiently await Emmanuel Hance who made an (almost) explosive buzz in January during his visit to the forest. And let us not forget Brutal and André, our favorite guard-gorillas, who surely won’t miss an occasion to keep the city hall “safe”.

In Bure, if ANDRA reoccupies the forest, lets evict them!

Call to all meet in Meuse starting now to defend the forest

In our strange Meuse country, it sometimes feels like time has become cyclical. For once global warming isn’t to blame, but rather seasonal authoritarian fever spikes around the Lejuc Forest, reoccupied since September 2016. On April 26th, after many judiciary procedures which gained us some time since December, the Bar-le-Duc court finally declared that the forest inhabitants were susceptible to eviction without delay. Now, on May 18th, Mandres-en-Barrois municipal council will meet to make a new decision to legalize the exchange of the Lejuc Forest. The Empire (and ANDRA) strike back.

We’ve had two months of respite, during which new people have settled, tree houses have been built, houses bought, 1500m² of potatoes and onions planted on squatted land, naturalist walks and witches week ends organized, etc, etc.

Now, it’s all starting again. After the “emergency summer” and the first eviction, “the indian summer” and the reoccupation, the “determined winter” with threats against the forest and marches against the lab, we now enter our “resisting spring”! The helicopters have started once more to tour daily, or even nightly. The cops, nasty vultures, are going around villages, making some villagers furious. Leaves and flowers are blooming everywhere, including on some barricades: Meuse is beautiful and is welcoming you, starting now.

So the forest can be evicted, but it hasn’t been yet. A few reminders about the “paper” barricades – which always fall in the end but help us gain time to strengthen our (op)position: the decision which had enabled ANDRA to own the forest was invalidated by a court order on February 28th. So this forest legally never stopped being the property of Mandres-en-Barrois inhabitants. It’s not over yet about the decision to be made on May 18th. From March to July many bird species are nesting in the forest, which blocks the authorization to cut trees. Moreover a good dozen of protected species – a forest cat, bats, birds…- have been identified in the forest in the last few months. And about the real, actual barricades, the houses and look out posts… it is only up to us to solidify them, starting now!

Very little was said about “environment” or nuclear power during this French presidential non-campaign which resembled a poorly written, plot twisted reality tv show; 2007 is far away, with its Hulot “ecological pact” and the Grenelle of Environment show. The 2012 promise to shut Fessenheim down remained, until the very end, but a promise. In 2017 people talked about “scandals”, immigration-terrorism-racism and safety-police. The nuclear waste will be buried like the slums or the proletarians in popular neighborhoods and struggles: with a police-militia becoming more fascistic every day and more “autonomous” in its action. Bure is the prolongation in a hyper rural area of the repressive experiments of an ever increasingly authoritarian power.

And the election of a clean shaved white teethed “anti systemic” and “pro change” banker (rather than a fascistic carnivorous woman) isn’t going to change anything -except perhaps the rhythm – to the deadly march of capitalistic, racist and authoritarian hell. Whether one is fighting against a nuclear waste dump, an airport, police, borders, a social plan, systemic oppression, it is always the same hell one is trying to break through and to pause even if just for a moment. Struggling against everything that dominates us, comes down to building an infinity of other spaces by ourselves, other independent life and struggle communities, other songs, other dreams, other relations where one doesn’t have to sell oneself, without the approval of any given authority.

In the twisted language of those who pretend to rule over us, such tentative spaces, such growing struggles, are nothing but “tumors”. Lets take them at their word: this world is cancerous, lets give it a tumor indeed to joyfully pierce so that its pus can bleed all over the wretched face of a rotting order. Lets be nice, and welcome this new baby faced despot of wild capitalism and all his clique of eager would be entrepreneurs with a gift of our own: a fancy coronation with a struggle we fully commit to and publicly and politically assume in the heart of our 220 hectares forest.

Starting now – and as usual- every presence in Bure is crucial. Let us refrain from feeling triumphant or from any war mongering fantasies: we know that what we build is fragile, yet we are ready to bet all our love in it. We also know that even though we are far more now living here than a year ago, we are still not strong enough to push back on every front we wish to. There will be in the months to come in Bure a need indeed for shields, trenches, barricades but also and perhaps mainly a need for songs, massages, cultivating squatted fields, living together, wondering about ourselves and our relationships… there will be mostly though a need for joy, caring and caring for each other if we are to continue building a desirable life here to make their planned desert a lie.

We are waiting for you!

ANDRA DÉGAGE, RÉSISTANCE ET SABOTAGE !

KEEP YOUR WASTE, WE’RE KEEPING THE FOREST!

NEXT MEETINGS

  • Starting now lets converge towards Bure to reinforce the forest occupation: there is space, there is people to welcome you, bring equipment to be self reliant as much as possible: tents, sleeping bags, boots, food, lamps, climbing gear, construction gear and tools…

  • On May 18th PROTEST at 6pm in front of Mandres-en-Barrois city hall to put pressure on the council and prevent them for legalizing ANDRA’s property of the forest: bring food and drinks, metal pans, music instruments, banners, etc! More info to come on en.vmc.camp

  • May 20th : big 300 000 steps demo against the nuclearization of the territory in Bure. More info on http://www.cedra52.fr/

  • June 17th & 18th  : Bure anti-carceral meeting, more info soon on en.vmc.camp

  • June 19th to 26th  : ACTION AND NESTING week: come “nest” in the forest with the cool forest owls to reinforce the occupation, and organize actions against ANDRA (and its (shit) world)! More info soon on en.vmc.camp

IN CASE OF EVICTION

  • On the same day

    • Meeting at 6pm  at the Resistance House in Bure to support the evicted and decide what to do next

    • Meeting at 6pm in front of prefectures for those who are too far to come to Bure

  • Big demo  in the following weeks, updates on en.vmc.camp

  • Call for decentralized actions against promoters and subcontractors of the nuclear dump: Vinci, Eiffage, Edf, Andra, Areva, CEA…