SEEDMail #49 Direct action – What is it and how can it be effective?
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After a busy September and start of October, we’ve slowed down this month with our direct actions and taken some time to reflect on the topic. We’ve had stands and workshops at the Anarchist Bookfair and Open Source Seeds event. The reading group has been restarted with large attendance and … verder lezen

Experiences & insights from a study session on youth activism in Europe
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Between the 20th and 28th of October, two ASEED’ers travelled to Strasbourg, France, to take part in a study session on youth activism. Direct action has been prominent in the work of ASEED in previous months, between the Lutkemeer actions, Free the Soil and holding discussions around the topic of … verder lezen

Reading group – non-violence & violence
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On the 30th of October, ASEED organised a reading group on the topic of direct action: non-violence and diversity of tactics. The evening was very inspiring and filled with new insights. Thank you to everyone who joined and contributed. The first two chapters of Peter Gelderloos’ book “How nonviolence protects … verder lezen

SEEDMail #48 Resistance is Fertile – Lutkemeer polder eviction, Free the soil and more
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The summer has been filled with waves of direct action, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Under the umbrella campaign of Fossil Free Agriculture (FFA) we have targeted pressing, local and international struggles. Starting on the 1st of September we joined We Squash and Behoud Lutkemeer to fight back against the Lutkemeerpolder eviction by Schiphol … verder lezen

A chance encounter with a dairy farmer’s husband on a train – are we not all fighting the same fight?
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The past months have been a wave of direct actions. Through this, our minds have been jumbled with thoughts of what is effective and what is not, and what message we should be sending out with our actions. This reflection has led us to much frustration, as well as many … verder lezen

Learning and reflections from Non-Violent Communication training
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On Wednesday 2nd October members of our ASEED team and the Cityplot collective participated in a Non-Violent Communication workshop in the beautiful venue of Stadsborderij Osdorp. The last month has been intense with multiple direct actions of civil disobedience and high-pressure situations in which violent confrontations emerged. The training was … verder lezen

FFA info & benefit dinner in Amsterdam
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On Thursday 3 October, the Fossil Free Agriculture folks will be cooking and sharing a delicious 3-course vegan meal at the Fabriek Volkskamer, in Amsterdam. Come join us!

Free the Soil report #6: Second day of the blockade! Time to look at the media.
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The blockade of the fertilizer company Yara that had started on Monday, continued during the night. In the evening some activists, the newly formed ‘yellow finger’, even managed to block the third entrance. This only lasted for two hours though. We did affect the activities inside the plant, but unfortunately … verder lezen

Free the Soil report #5 Yara blocked
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On September 23, 2019, 500 activists in Brunsbüttel, Northern Germany, have blocked the production site of YARA, the world’s largest producer of nitrogen fertilizers. In groups of several hundred people, they occupy the entrance gates. The activists from the climate justice movement thus draw attention to the harmful consequences on … verder lezen

Free the Soil report #4: getting ready for action day!
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Today is the last preparation day before the action. Just by taking a look around, you can see excitement and determination on people’s faces. The atmosphere is joyful, yet a bit nervous…

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