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(en) Appeal to the third anarchists summercamp in switzerland on 13. - 22. of July 2007

Date Tue, 03 Jul 2007 19:18:46 +0300

Living without domination --- Experiences with other camps and libertarian meetings have shown that it is important to create a place where people can come together on a regular base to unite anarchist theory and practice and to have a good time together. We know that a camp that is limited in time seems like a retreat on an island. But it is trough this that we create a space beyond the everyday life of society and make it possible to try to live our ideas from a domination-free life and try to develop them. The A-Camp gives us the possibility to think about how we want to live and to try things out. Away from the daily struggle against authorities, sexist and right wing molestations and other repulsivenesses which are normal in this society. But also the realisation and overcoming of these structures of domination in our own lives should be a
subject. Basic consensus is, that life without domination can not go along with sexist, racist and patriarchal sorts of behaviour.
We do not tolerate any sexist, racist, and patriarchal behaviour. For
people who don’t agree with this the camp is the wrong place. We
are aware of the fact/we know that this can only be a relative
freedom from domination, because we all carry the mechanism of
domination of this society in ourselves. We count on everyone at
the camp to actively intervene if they become aware of such
behaviour from themselves or others. We should all try to make
the life together as free from domination as possible. It has to be
possible at all times to discuss the structures of domination and
their consequences.
To organise a camp together does not mean being wrapt up in a
"communitiysense of the scene". It is important to show
contradictions and to bring in critic, so we can learn from each
other and question our behaviour. And it’s okay to argue! At the
same time the way how to deal with each other at an anarchist
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camp should be solidary and respectful, which includes the
acceptance of different views and kinds of approaches.
Self-organised plurality 1: organisation
The preparatory group does only exist until the start of the camp,
afterwards it’s up to all participants that it works, is fun and how
far we can bring our utopias to life. We take over the preparation,
look for a place, organise the advertising and try to organise the
infrastructure, but without people who construct and deconstruct
the camp, without the organisation of the kitchen and camp,
people who organise food, cook, clean up, take over the
caretaking for the children it’s not going to work. We are aware of
the hierarchy in knowledge that goes along with a preparatory
group and we will try to spread the informations as transparent as
possible so that in the camp other, common forms of organisation
will come to the fore.
As we hope to meet many french-speaking and italian-speaking
people at the A-Camp, we want to hold the plenary meetings,
informations and discussions polyglot – we will need people who
can translate.
Self-organised plurality part 2: workshops and culture
Besides the life together and the exchange during the camp there
are some workshops planned or already organised – the updated
list can been found on our homepage: www.acamp.ch.vu – but the
idea is that all participants of the camp can organise a workshop
related to their wishes and interests. This can be announced
trough the above mentioned page or spontaneously at the camp.
So the range of workshops can be as colourful and diverse as the
participants’ interests: ranging from building compost toilets to
tree-climbing, making a newspaper or radio, playing street-
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anarchosyndicalism, antimilitarism, the basis of anarchy, work, life
in a commune, about pedagogics/anti-pedagogics to anarchy of
sexes/gender, meaning antisexism, intersexuality, critic of the
romantic two-person relation. But in the end that all depends on
what you do and prepare, so please contact us with all the things
you want to do. A plurality of the camp can only come to life if
people who work with different themes theoretical and practical
anyway prepare and offer a workshop on these subjects. There
should also be a rich cultural programme. If you play music,
cabaret or theater or want to fill the evening programme, please
contact us. On the campside there’s also place for games and
dancing, just bring along the material.
Connecting with others
To continue the resistance against domination and suppression all
over the world and to connect it with the contents of the A-Camp
we should try to connect the camp with concrete political
problems/discussions/struggles. That’s why it would be good if
people who are involved in these struggles could explain the
newest developments and plans in these areas. Use your
contacts to other libertarian camps, caravans, to people from
other countries and anarchist organisations, to make the step to
the A-camp a step towards more linking.
homepage: www.acamp.ch.vu
email: acamp.ch@gmx.net
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