Racists, fascists, homophobics, sexists,
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"The Organization Team"
In 1998 there was the first "international animal rights gathering" in Leiden/Holland, organised by some people from different countrys and it was in a nice squat (Eurodusnie). It was a very big success (I think). There were nearly 200 people from all over the world (okay, the most were from Europe...) and it was the first time, that activists get connected over their own "borders". The workshops were pretty good, a lot of practice stuff (like how to get in a vivisection laboratory, what to do with ill liberated animals, selfdefense...) and there were also a lot of discussions about what happens in the other countrys and new forms of sabotage. There were direct action and powerfull demonstrations (for example: one Mc Murder chain store was battered so bad, that they closed the others in the city for some hours...).
1999 was the second meeting in Oslo/Norway. Nearly 150 people were there, most of them from the other scandinavian countrys. This time it was organised by the norwegian animal rights group "NOAH". Everything was a little more quiter and moderate, the protest wasn´t as offensive as it was in Holland.Good workshops that I remember are one about "sexism in the animal rights scene" and one about "class war and how much solidarity we have (or not) in this movement". Not that the results of the discussions were so good, but the issue was very interesting.
Anyway, we met some new people and get connected a little bit more and maybe it wouldn´t have been so bad, if I didn´t expected something like in Holland...
Yes and this year it´s our turn to make the best out of it. First we have decided to change the name from "international animal rights gathering" into "intergalactic animal liberation gathering". I just can write for myself here, but to me this name is much better, because I think that we have to offer resistance against the maintenance of the "nation". "Nations" want to give us the impression, of a "natural unit", which increases the ruling construct of "race". The differentiation to others is producing a "national Identity". And in this definition is the reason for racism.
"The different" becomes a threat for "the own".
To deal with antinational positions is very important and necessary for EVERY liberation movement, I think.
We also changed the "animal rights" term. Our target is the liberation of every animal (and human). An animal, which is living in the wild, isn´t under control of any rules at this time and don´t need any rights then. Humans also have requirements (like housing, food,..) and we always violate their "rights". To demand "animal rights" is necessary, to protect so called "domestic animals", but this are the relations that we want to change.
The words "animal liberation" is also a little bit general and for this not very easy to handle, but I think in this case it is the one that fitts better.
The organisers of the gathering in this year are mostly people from anarchist coherences. We don´t represent a special group, but we are autonomous individuals, that want to offer resistance against animal murder and oppression. But we don´t forget that this is just a part of the fight against ALL forms of power and that we ALL have the right to be liberated. We have to be aware of realize that animals are not just oppressed, because they are animals, but there is a huge patriarchal and capitalistic exploitation logic behind.
For sure, we don´t want to have any hardline (or other fascistic, sexistic and homophohic) people on this gathering. If there is still someone, who want to discuss this issue, can use the forum. Think for yourself...
We are still looking for people that will help us, setting the gathering up, and / or that would
like to organize workshops, bands that want to play, videos, new ideas etc...
This is just my opinion in this text. It don´t represent the opinion of everybody in the organiser group.
If you want to write any articles to discuss about, you are very welcome!!! For short statements you can also use the forum or you send us an e-mail with the text (no attachments please!)
The gathering is in Berlin, Germoney from July, 22th-29th 2000, Potsdamerstrasse 180, Berlin-Schöneberg (U-Bahnstation: Kurfürstenstrasse). In some days you we put a map in here!
We also have a telephon number, where you can leave a message (answering machine is in german, but just speak after the beep...!). Call (0049) 01805 66166679328
Okay, I think that´s it... I hope somebody understood what I wrote a little bit...?
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