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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #293 - Notre-Dame-des-Landes: We buy collectively ! (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:50:46 +0300

After the abandonment of the airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes (Loire-Atlantique), the anti-airport movement wants to continue the fight by experimenting with other ways of living and working. To consolidate this dynamic movement has created an endowment fund and calls all its support to contribute financially. ---- The announcement by Édouard Philippe, on January 17, 2018, of the abandonment of the Notre-Dame-des-Landes airport project has created a new situation on the ZAD, symbolized by its agricultural, economic and social experiments and its resistance. fiercely, from an insubordination to the capitalist order. The opponents who remained united, despite some vicissitudes - the Acipa dissolved in June 2018, but a new association was created on its ruins: " Pursue Together " - today bear a project that wants to anchor resistance to the capitalist order in the long term within the ZAD.

A coherent territory
The land occupation of the ZAD for nearly a decade has not been limited to being an obstacle to the concreting of land. Alternative experiences have developed there, whether they are agricultural (agroforestry, beekeeping, farming in ecopaturing, market gardening bio), craft (canning, brewery, bakery, woodworking, forging, sewing), cultural (library, spaces of meetings, concerts and exhibitions) or political (popular assemblies, working commissions).

But beyond these experiences, it is the development of life-forms based on mutual aid, mutualisation and solidarity which was and remains sought after. It is this wealth of experience that the movement wants to continue to develop today.

After a year of tension, on the future of the lands, the peasant projects resulting from the movement are being stabilized on several hundred hectares. The common experience continues, but in many ways the future remains uncertain, especially with regard to the possibilities of collective management of the buildings and the land of the ZAD so that they remain in the long term a good common.

The endowment fund
To give it a head start and strength, the movement was projected since 2015 in a future without an airport. Among the principles that emerged were the willingness of the anti-airport movement - and not the usual institutions - to determine the use of the land and that the land be moved to new facilities and not to expansion. But after the abandonment, the state vetoed fiercely any idea of collective management of the territory.

The debate thus continued: How to perpetuate the collective use of the lands of the ZAD without fear of tomorrow, in front of the State which announced the return of the property to the departmental council on a part of the lands of the ZAD and its intention of to sell the rest ?

The Assembly of usages [1]has chosen to acquire land, forests and buildings through an endowment fund, a legal structure halfway between association and foundation, without system of shares nor actions. In this fund, the Assembly of Usages will remain in control of the guidelines, through the commissions from this assembly (Land, Housing, Allocation, Monitoring and Analysis ...). The fund is also designed to finance projects and to lease or contract the use of land and habitats to structures organized collectively.

An alternative to capitalism
This endowment fund is the realization of a desire to remove permanently built, land and forests to private morcellement as well as development plans of the State or departmental council ; to anchor in the long term economic, cultural, political and social experiments ; in short, to set up other ways of living and working, to invent a collective and supportive life that opposes capitalist individualism.

Beyond this aspect, the ZAD remains the melting pot of initiatives and solidarities with the rest of the social movement. The inhabitants of the ZAD have concretely affirmed their solidarity with the social movement, by participating in blocking actions during social conflicts, by the solidarity movement with migrants or by organizing canteens during workers' strikes.

Objective: 3 million euros to acquire the lands and buildings on which to continue the collective adventure.
To ensure a future for the ZAD is to participate, on the one hand, in the popularization of the utopian imaginaries necessary for the construction of the anti-capitalist movement. And on the other hand - as long as these experiments will not live as " the " single and complete solution, but will fit in a will of convergences with the social and ecological struggles - to participate in the construction of the necessary counter-powers to the fight for a new society.

Call for financial contribution
Baptized La terre en commun, the endowment fund launched its first donation campaigns, with the aim of purchasing a first series of buildings. The first action targeted the closest supporters. They and they were more than 500 to answer in a few weeks ... In total, 250 000 euros were thus raised in less than two months.

This success reinforces the conviction that the objective of 3 million euros - to acquire the buildings, and the lands on which to continue the collective adventure that is the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes - is attainable.

Today, the call for donations continues. To contribute any necessary information and contacts are available on the website of the endowment fund. [2]Finally, let us give here a little additional information: by using a so-called general interest structure, this project, which aims at anchoring an anti-capitalist protest in the long term, enables donors to benefit from tax cuts of up to 66%. money paid.

Steph (AL Nantes)

[1] The Assembly of Usages is the " historic " collective of discussions and decision-making concerning the life and activities of the ZAD.

[2] See " The endowment fund" land in common " " on https://encommun.eco

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