January 27th and 28th marks an international efforts to build solidarity and awareness towards Rojava. This comes after the American departure of the region, putting Rojava into possible invasion by Turkey.
The Bay Area community is rallying at noon at Union Square to bring attention of this development. The California Kurdish Community Center, the Bay Area Light Brigade, the Emergency Committee for Rojava, along with ourselves, the Mesopotamia Solidarity Committee, are part of the effort.
Actions are being planned throughout the country and the world.
In collaboration with the SFSU Anarchist Student Committee, the Bay Mesopotamia Area Solidarity Committee has launched a class on the Rojava Revolution. The class aims to provide an overview of the Rojava Revolution – it’s history, theory and relevance to the world. This is possible with the Experimental College, a radical pedagogical program that has recently restarted at San Francisco State University for the Spring 2018 semester.
The Rojava class appears in a time when there is high military tension in Rojava, as the Turkish government attempts to invade the Afrin canton. Despite the success of the Rojava Revolution, little is known or mentioned in radical circles, making a need for information, education and solidarity on the issue.
The Experimental College at SFSU was a prefiguration of what would be the formalized Ethnic Studies Departmentin the 1960s. After being in contention with funding and later co-optation, ExCo disappeared. However, in the face of austerity, ExCo has now re-lauched. The program is self-managed by students, who have the freedom to shape and teach their classes of their own expertise and desire.
In much the same anarchistic spirit, the class attempts to operate in a bottom-up fashion. An (already agreed) collective syllabus characterizes the class. The invitation of speakers in relation to the Kurdish autonomy movement avoids the remaking of a hierarchical class by the facilitator, de-centering the lecturer and prioritizing the needs and questions of the students. The class is also open to the public, without the need for attendees to be registered with the university.
Meeting times of the Rojava class are on every Tuesday at the Humanities Building in room 114, from 5-6pm. The class is in duration for the 2018 Spring Semester. For more information contact the facilitator at: [email protected]
In 2012, from within the civil war of Syria, emerged Rojava .
Today, they need our solidarity to survive.
The Kurdish movement in Rojava, found in Northern Syria, took an opportunity to assert their autonomy and put into practice ideas of a free society based upon women’s liberation, ecology and a council-driven horizontally democratic system of local communes. Although the revolution in was the assertion of a criminalized Kurdish identity, it was also a proposal for the rest of us tired of feeling powerless in the face of modern capitalist society and under the rule of nationalist states. Continue reading “Statement of Solidarity in Defense of Afrin and the Rojava Revolution”
As anti-fascist and anti-capitalist organizers, we condemn the far-right rallies planned for San Francisco and Berkeley. From Mesopotamia to La Misión, we condemn the violence of borders and jails, which fascists claim are not violent ENOUGH. They reject ideas like “freedom,” “peace,” or “justice” on principle, so no matter what they call themselves, we know these rallies are not about “free speech,” “patriotism,” or even “Trump.” We are angry (but not surprised) that Bay Area oligarchs and their allies in media, state, and civil society are discouraging direct action. We honor the diversity of tactics locals may use to defend their bodies, communities, and ways of life from the Golden State Skinheads, KKK, Proud Boys, or #FastAgent. We do not seek solutions from failing institutions like capitalism or the state, whose crises of legitimacy have allowed the most sadistic elements of society to congeal into an international cult of barbarism, the pulpits of which are the White House and Kremlin. Their rituals of hierarchy and subjugation have taught the “alt-right” most of what they know about brutalizing the “weak” and worshipping the “strong.” In our lands of origin, some of us have personally witnessed the dysfunction, humiliation, and cruelty which regular people endure when fascist cadres live their myth through our bodies. We are especially disturbed by the fallacy of “two sides” or “left and right extremists” advanced by centrists who cannot connect racist thuggery to fundamental flaws in the American project. Right-wing regimes in Mesopotamia and beyond have justified torture and mass murder by using this same fallacy to frame state terror as “restoring order”. We support any and all resistance against Trump, Ed Lee, or Berkeley PD should they manipulate this crisis to expand their powers. This is not just a battle between right and left, or even right and wrong; it is a battle between life and death. There is only one “side”: humanity. There is only one “extreme”: structural violence. We continue to be inspired by liberation projects in and around Rojava, which seek a horizontal, intersectional, sustainable alternative to capitalism, fascism, nation-states, and borders. We look to Rojava’s holistic model of anti-fascist organizing through armed struggle, neighborhood councils, use-based economy, ecological sustainability, and political sovereignty of Womyn. As the enemy of difference, equality, and freedom – in short, life – fascism must be confronted and defeated in every space, on every square inch. All colors are beautiful! Fasizme karsi omuz omuza! Jin, jîyan, azadî!
Join us for a evening with Brace Belden who recently back from fighting with the Syrian Democratic Forces in Rojava). Brace, who gained notoriety with his uncompromising, and uncompromisingly witty tweets from Rojava will talk about his time on the battlefield, being a foreigner in solidarity amongst the Kurdish ranks and the complex balance of political forces on the ground as well as how what is happening in Rojava is relevant to the Bay Area.
Organizers from across nations and language are taking aim at the latest atrocities of Turkish State against the people of Rojava throughout social media. The YPG suffered 20 fatalities by Turkish airstrikes as they fight Daesh, though the number may be apt to increase.
As of Wednesday morning, organizers on Twitter have collaborated in spreading the hastag #NoFlyZone4Rojava, in an attempt to pressure governments to halt further Turkish action on the YPG.
The following was stated at the Women’s March in Oakland:
Women have historically been—and continue to be—integral to our collective resistance against capitalism, fascism and patriarchy. Women—all women, however we choose to identify ourselves—are the agents of our own liberation. We have raised our fists, and learned that only by taking part in the making of revolution will we have a voice. In struggling against the patriarchal capitalist system we follow in the tradition of the thousands of women who went on strike in the textile mills of New York on March 8, 1857.
Newroz, celebrated by many of the peoples in Mesopotamia as the new year, falls on the spring equinox and is significant for the Kurdish people as a day of uprising. On this day, bonfires are lit throughout Kurdistan as people celebrate the coming season of resistance. Let’s join with the California Kurdish community in lighting the Newroz fires of resistance.
Bring banners, flags and firewood! We will all meet at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.
We will be commemorating Robin Agiri (Michael Israel) who was killed by Turkish jets while fighting with the YPG in September.