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(en) leipzig die plattform: "Fight without going down!" - Our contribution to the feminist strike in Leipzig (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 1 Apr 2021 09:27:07 +0300


We also took part in various actions as part of the feminist strike week in Leipzig around March 8th of this year. Here follows a speech which we gave at a connected rally for the best. ---- It was encouraging to see so many people gathered on March 8th. It is motivating when we come together for demonstrations and rallies to stand up for a cause together. Our special thanks go to the organizers of the various rallies. Not only because they gave us the opportunity to speak for the local group of the anarcha-communist platform. But above all for the fact that they have invested their time and energy in the preparation and implementation. That they discussed and planned for weeks at plena. That, in addition to this plenary session, you wrote this email and made that phone call. In short: that they did the political work that made an event like today's possible.

Political work in the left scene
Because let's not kid ourselves: what we do in our political context is work. Apart from the nice moments when we achieve something together, it is also exhausting. It drains our strength, it is stressful, it can be frustrating. And it sometimes takes an immense amount of time. Time for plenas, time to read and write texts, time to paint a transpi. Time that must be available to invest in political work. However, it is precisely this time that is missing when people are looking after relatives or children or when they are in a psychological crisis themselves. Most of the time, these people slowly disappear from political contexts because unpaid care work and political activism both take up a lot of time. But left groups do not run the risk of to reproduce an image of politics that they actually reject? The political sphere in bourgeois society is based on the gender separation of household and public: while the flinta * are supposed to take care of the children and the shopping at home, the men * do politics. The political sphere is then a sphere in which care work has no place, because it is based on someone else - mostly flinta * - doing this care work. But if we insist that we continue to interfere publicly in politics because we think that this is the only way we can change this world, then we have to change the way we do politics. The political forms would have to be changed in such a way that they are not only open to those who can find the time to do so.

Sustainable activism as a solution?
In order to achieve this, the aspect of sustainable activism repeatedly comes into the consciousness of political groups. But often this one falls back down again. There can be various reasons for this: because there is a lack of time, because it is too strenuous for people to deal with it more specifically or because the capacities want to be used for other important topics. There are approaches to establish an appreciative communication culture, such as Emo rounds, emo plenums or paying attention to how many parts of the speech each: r has. But often these approaches only run on the surface or wear out in one way or another. This creates an apparent feeling of "we treat each other carefully", while at the same time activists repeatedly reach their limits or subliminal conflicts smolder, because one "achieves" so much and the other "allegedly so little" People fall out of their political groups due to illness, private struggles and various symptoms of exhaustion. There is seldom a space to really address this need. First of all to recognize this need as this, and not just to observe it as self-inflicted misery, of which in the worst case one is still ashamed. Because let's all ask ourselves honestly: how well we feel in our group, that we can communicate honestly and openly, that we cannot perform a task, that we cannot keep up, that something is too much for us ... how often is this need taken up in the group? How much more often does it happen that a person withdraws and / or gets out and tries to solve the problem independently? These problems are mostly outsourced from political contexts: in groups of friends, family contexts or in therapy. All of these are important pillars and a political context is not intended to replace them. But it should also not be based on establishing a quota of work performance as the norm that not everyone can and will not achieve. It cannot be a matter of everyone taking care of themselves in order to appear fit and lively again at the next plenum. If we want to change this world sustainably, then we have to ensure that we can organize ourselves in the long term. Audre Lorde wrote some time ago that "taking care of myself[...]is not indulgence, it is self-preservation and this is an act of political struggle!"

Fight without going down
There is a dichotomy between the need to fight the many important struggles and the need to respect your own limits. It is the current conditions that prevent us (& all people) in our free self-development and we fight for everyone to be able to develop as they * he wants. However, precisely that cannot mean that we ignore our own needs and thus put ourselves aside for political work. After all, what kind of world do we create if we also orientate ourselves in our political groups to achieve as much as possible, to achieve as much as possible, to be as fast as possible? Can it just be about being as politically active as possible? The point is not that we fight without a break, but that we fight without going down. But how can we overcome the fact that we define ourselves in this way through our performance? Men, above all, are faced with this task. Because in order to overcome this world, a male world, above all friends, comrades and allies have to consistently reflect and question their male socialization. The previously mentioned care work must not always only be done by FLINTA's. It shouldn't just be one-off happnigs like March 8th, where the work is started in solidarity. It is essential that this also become part of everyday political practice. That male group members also take on emotional work, admit and admit weaknesses and mistakes to themselves and others, so that each person can be respected sustainably on the load limits. In the final analysis it simply means,

The claim of the anarcha-communist platform
It would be a lie to say that we can just leave all of this behind. We have to deal with all these adversities. The anarcha-communist platform sees itself as a way of organizing itself sustainably. .... Organizing ourselves platformistically means that we come together on the basis of a shared political idea. For us, that idea is anarchic communism. And that, based on this idea, we interfere in various social struggles that affect us. Be it like the Feminist Struggle Day today, be it fights among tenants, be it labor disputes. But we see ourselves not only as a political group, but also as an emotional frame of reference in which we can give each other strength and rest. We claim To direct our political goals not only outwards, but also inwards. This means that we agree together on how to deal with each other carefully and how we, for example, integrate those people who are endowed with different time and other resources. We want to create a space in our group right from the start that makes it possible to address supposed weaknesses, excessive demands, and uncertainties. With the help of various approaches from the repertoire of sustainable activism, we try not only to prevent individual members from burning out or falling out, but also to work together to counteract aspects such as internal pressure to perform and a negative self-image. We do not want to build a performance machine modeled on the capitalist system. It must also be possible to fail and then start again. In this way we see ourselves as an experiment. We advance questioningly.

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