On October 22nd the constitutional court in Poland decided to ban the right to nearly all abortions. People have been protesting under the name of “Strajk Kobiet” ever since. They demand the repealing of the ban, which is heavily influenced by the Catholic Church and the ruling right-wing PiS. At the moment safe abortions are only possible abroad and therefore very expensive. The “Plattform Radikale Linke” has formed a project named “Solidarität mit dem Netzwerk Abortions without borders” in order to provide financial support by selling t-shirts, patches and beanies. All proceeds go to the network “Abortions without borders” that allows safe abortions.
More information about “Abortions without borders”: https://abortion.eu/
For further questions regarding merch/shipping or other donations, contact us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rząd nie ciąża, da się usunąć! The government is not a pregnancy, it can be terminated!
Po wyroku Trybunału Konstytucyjnego zaostrzającym prawo antyaborcyjne, który zapadł 22 października, gniew rozprzestrzenił się na ulicach Polski pod nazwą Strajk Kobiet. Protesty są skierowane przeciwko wpływom Kościoła katolickiego oraz kontroli prawicowego ekstremistycznego PiS nad Trybunałem Konstytucyjnym i domagają się zniesienia zakazu. O bezpieczną aborcję można się obecnie ubiegać tylko za granicą i jest kosztowna. Dlatego chcemy zapewnić wsparcie finansowe potrzebującym kobietom poprzez sprzedaż benefitowych koszulek, naszywek i bluz. Cały dochód trafia do organizacji “Aborcje bez granic”, która umożliwia kobietom bezpieczną aborcję i zapewnia wsparcie.
Więcej informacji na temat aborcji bez granic: https://abortion.eu/
Rząd nie ciąża, da się usunąć!
Never let the fascists have the fields!
On the 18th of May, the Ustaša meeting will once again take place in Bleiburg / Pliberk (Southern Carinthia). Officially, it is considered a religious commemoration event – in fact, (neo)fascists are gathering there to mourn the Ustaša state (NDH), an ally of Nazi Germany.
The participants of the Ustaša meeting stick to a narrative according to which fleeing Ustaša and Croats had become victims of the Partisans and the Allies in Bleiburg during the liberation of Carinthia in 1945. They draw upon the myth of a massacre at Loibacher field / Libuško polje, which has historically not been confirmed, but has been cultivated through publications by the ex-Croatian communities after 1945. There are however records of casualties and of wounded during the last battles around Bleiburg / Pliberk and suicides on said Loibacher field / Libuško polje.
The meeting, with around 15,000 attending fascists every year, is one of the largest right-wing extremist gatherings in Europe! That’s why we have to take to the streets to show that right-wing extremism and historical revisionism should have no place in society.
For more information we recommend the blog www.no-ustasa.at.
To show our resistance, we call for a demonstration on 18.05! Meeting point is at 09:00 at the station forecourt Bleiburg (Land).
P.S.: For arrivals from Vienna, please contact us at the following e-mail address: email@example.com
We recommend travelling together no matter where you come from, meet up and get active!
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Current developments and news about the protests against the Ustaša meeting will be posted on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RadikaleLinke
On 20 September 2018, the EU heads of state and government met in Salzburg to intensify and coordinate the authoritarian drift that that EU countries have seen in recent years. Points on the agenda included an increased militarization of the EU‘s external borders, as well as extended surveillance and police powers. Therefore, activists gathered in Salzburg on 20 September to send out a clear signal against this „summit of authority, militarized borders and social control“ (NoS20).
The state‘s response to these protests has been repression. And one thing is clear: repression costs a lot of money, energy and nerves. Our support can only be effective as a collective effort! So get organised: collect money for the anti-repression fund, e.g. by hosting solidarity parties, or carry out actions in solidarity. If you have friends / comrades affected by state repression, make sure you have their back. – Find further information about the campaign against repression here
We will not be stopped by state repression!
We will continue fighting for a better world!
The current federal presidential elections and the way and quantity with which in Vienna and the rest of the country is thought of problematic symbolic figures such as Karl Lueger depend to the extent that they represent German National and anti-Semitic continuities. The action at the Lueger monument at Cobenzl as a form of intervention in public remembrance politics is one of the many ways todraw attention to current and past anti-Semitic conditions.
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We are witnessing a diffuse interaction of economics, national security and social upheavals in Austria and Europe. Our time is shaped by phenomena which can be described as an expression of uncertainty – the crisis ladden developments of capitalism are becoming ever more apparent. The easy answer of many people to these developments is the longing and desire for a “strong leader” which should bring about stability. “Rather less freedom than chaos” is the commonly accepted notion.
This desire is activated and accelarated by many different sides, the authoritarians are in the offence: no matter if FPÖ, “Bloc Identitaire”, Turkish or Polish nationalists, islamistic and jihadi groups: they all promise a different political order meaning an uncompromising governing for their own “nation”, respectively. This “nation” is defined along the lines of nationality, ethnicity and/or religion.
The activation and acceleration of this desire is also due to the government: we are witnessing a normalization of political demands which used to be occupied by right-wingers. Not only the tightening of national security policies, massive surveillance, the reduction to the point of abolition of the right to seek refuge, but also the general authoritarian worsening of governmental action is mostly, if not being applauded, at least accepted as a new kind of normality.
In times of an obvious crisis, refugees – and others, which are not perceived as part of the national community – have to serve as the originators of societal problems. And when “foreigners” are made responsible and blamed for everything, the state is called upon as a protector of the national community.
But the state cannot prevent crises in capitalism from arising. It will not save us, because the state is part of the problem/issue/calamity. And it uses its force and authority, through laws, increasing armament and intimidation, if its legitimacy is challenged in crises ladden times. It needs to distract from its obvious helplessness in the face of global economic developments.
Antisexist, antiracist and antifascist fights continue to be necessary, but our critique needs to start at the root of the problem. Patriarchal capitalism as a complex system, which influences many different areas of all of our lives and regulates the rules of our daily interactions, must be attacked. The values of our inhumane achievement-oriented society are so extremely deeply rooted that it’s almost impossible to imagine a different practical experience let alone the possibility of a different society.
The campaign ” Escape the lethargy/helplessness/impotence” wants to encourage and mobilize everyone to organize activities and events against capitalism, the state and its authoritarian forming. If we want to escape the rat race of lethargy/helplessness/impotence, the continuous battles of defence, increasing isolation, separation and marginalization, we need a broad and strong radical left, capable of acting! Only if we organize ourselves and express our critique in actions and words transparently and comprehensibly, make it accessible to people and thus grow as a radical left, is change conceivable.
For a great life for everyone!
On the last weekend of October, in Linz the Congress “Defenders of Europe” takes place in the Redoutensäle rented by the state of Upper Austria. The congress is officially organized by the platform unzensuriert.at and the magazine InfoDirekt. Organizationally, the meeting closes directly to the right-wing extremist “Zwischentag” in Germany. The meeting in Linz brings together the current organizations and publications of German-speaking right-wing extremism (IfS, Sezession, Ares-Verlag, and many more). This group is supplemented by established elites from the field of national right-wing extremism as well as high-ranking parliamentary representatives of right-wing parties. The “Identitäre Bewegung” plays a major role, with which almost all the exhibitors are linked directly at the conference (Phalanx Europa, Wolf PMS). The conference in Linz is also distinguished by important organizers of the international networking and financing of current extreme rights in the international sphere (one percent, Natalie Holzmüller). The meeting in Linz is the largest right-wing event of its kind in the German-speaking world. It is also one of the largest, most important and also most publicly held meetings in Austria in recent years.
On June the 11th the neo-fascist organisation ”Identitäre” wants to organize their third rally in Vienna, Austria. Under the slogan “Remigration” the neo-fascists want to march through the streets. This is an explicit threat to everyone who will not qualify for their ideas of a pure race. The demand for „Remigration“ is nothing less than a call for pogroms. This year and once again we as antifascists will disturb them by any means possible! The rally on the 11th of June is an important happening for all extreme right wing structures throughout Austria and beyond. Not only its symbolical character but also its international reachout makes it a significant event for the far right.
The past marches of the “Identitäre” have been attended by Nazis from France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia. It is on us to block their march and to use the present discussion about the “Identitäre“ to show what they really are: violent fascists, who want the world structured after their racial and discriminating believes. During the movements of refugees and the migration to central Europe one could witness these self-proclaimed “warriors” for a pure society in action and the results of their paranoid craze. Breaking violently through antifascist barricades and attacking antifascists after a rally are just some examples of their actions which we find ourselves confronted with. The violent disturbance of a theatre play performed by refugees at the University of Vienna leaving several injured can be seen as a temporary peak of a series of attacks from the direct surroundings an from inside of the “Identitäre”. The explanation for this new quality of right wing violence is not only due to a process of radicalization, but also the fact that they get the space they aim to take.
Consequently, antifascist actions are necessary to confront and destroy reactionary groups like the “Identitäre”. This is, by any means, what we need to thrive for. Therefore we call out to everyone to plan and act in decentralized and creative ways on the 11th of June, the day the Nazis want to occupy the streets. Join us too on the evening before, when we will walk on these very streets to inform the neighbourhood about the Nazis and to show that a radical left critic of the sexist, nationalist and racist ideology of the “Identitäre“ is alive and sound!
Nazis are the result of our competition, exclusion and domination based society. Nationalism is not a dead ideology hold up by a few but how world affairs are put into context and need to be interpreted on all levels. It’s not about defending the status quo against the “Identitäre” – it’s about articulating and practicing critique on the present situation of society. Everything else would be playing down the brutalities that are taking place right here; right now.
Against the fortress Europe and its fans!
Abolish capitalism! Nationalism is no alternative!