August 4, 2020

English

Kronstadt 2021 represents:

#ReclaimSolidarity #Kronstadt2021 #b0506
Anarchist perspectives in the pandemic

Social organising, health & domination, state of emergency, Counterinsurgency and Repression

Saturday, 5 June 2021, 2pm – 10pm Mariannenplatz, Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Speeches, open mic & live acts, music + performance

It is the anniversary of the emancipatory uprising of the sailors of Kronstadt. 100 years ago they revolted against authoritarian „leftists“ and for the self-administration of their community. Also today, the authoritarian camps are gaining ground worldwide, the pandemic is accelerating the processes, bringing a state of emergency and repression onto the agenda. In order to find ways out of this and to talk about realistic possibilities of action from an anarchist perspective, a Kronstadt congress is planned. Due to adverse circumstances it has been postponed. Therefore, we are organising an improvised rally and invite you to review with us and look forward. We want to hear your stories, your experiences and your manners from the past year. We want to create a space to listen to eachother and exchange ideas.
More than a year has passed since the first lockdown. There has been a lot of talk about solidarity, while open spaces and living spaces are being cleared. People at Europe’s borders continue to die, sea rescuers are persecuted by the state and the ultra-right. Isolation and neglect are advancing, dystopian conditions have become the norm, uncritical obedience to the state has even become the left-wing consensus. Home office, as weird as it sounds, people have to be able to afford it. The cashier and many others have nothing of it. Worldwide, the virus has hit the poor harder than the rich. The effects of privatisation in the health system are catastrophic. Nurses were applauded from afar, while intensive care units overflowed. While people are dying of the virus, autoritarian egoists and neo-Nazis demonstrate under the guise of supposed freedom. The state lets them do their thing, attacks left-wing demonstrators and criminalises anti-fascist work. With the digitalisation push, new monitoring and control is established.  A return to „normality“ before the pandemic is neither in sight nor desirable. It was bad enough before.

Reason enough to talk about social revolution again! Precisely because the uselessness of the state, with its capitalist and misanthropic doctrine through chaos-politics during the pandemic, is becoming lear to more and more people. The failure of parliamentarism and the market economy for a genuine democracy lies before us as clearly as rarely before. What can we do?

We have invited some groups and individuals to comment on their situation. People who are  organising socially despite and precisely because of the pandemic. But you were all asked! With a moderated open microphone, we invite to a discussion. Those who don’t like to speak in front of a lot of people, have the possibility to drop written texts into a speech box at the rally.
The written texts will then be read out.
→ What stands in the way of our political struggles, how do we deal with it?
→ How can mutual aid work in the pandemic and beyond?
→ How can our struggles continue despite the state of emergency?
→ Where is the fire right now? What is going down? What is happening unseen?
→ Many people are forgotten or deliberately left behind. How are you doing?
→ What will happen next? What are your worries? What are your utopias?
→ How do we deal with technocratic and authoritarian normality now?

All people and all languages* are welcome, the basis of the meeting is mutual respect.
Anyone who disregards this is in the wrong place.
No macho posturing, no racism or antisemitism, no sexism and queer-hostility, no parties and no authoritarian positions…
There is an infection control concept. Keep your distance from each other, wear masks!

We are looking forward to seeing you!

*Please let us know early enough, then we will try to organise translation.
The Mariannenplatz is partly barrier-free.

Congress postponed

 

Dear friends, fellows and contributors,

we are very happy that many groups and individuals have contacted us for the congress with exciting contributions and ideas. The fact that there is a strong interest in exchanging views on anti-authoritarian ways of living and networking across regions encourages us to continue.

However, you all know how the pandemic is developing… At the moment, the incidences are growing and the number of free intensive care beds is decreasing frighteningly fast. Health workers have long since been overworked beyond any tolerable level and receive too little support. It is to be feared that the already considerably aggravated capitalist state of emergency will be solidified and the scope for self-determination and freedom will be even more massively restricted.


We believe that presently social organising is tremendousley important, this need has been even intensified by the pandemic! Anyhow, in the current situation, we cannot justify holding the congress as we would like to. Therefore, we have decided to postpone the actual congress, but to organise a one-day rally on 5 June instead. Under the expected circumstances, we do not expect to be able to have a direct exchange of content, which is the real purpose of a congress. We do not want a complete shift to the digital.

In order to protest against the worsening political conditions, we will nevertheless hold a political manifestation on Saturday, 5th of June as the symbolic first day of the congress. Here we want to focus on possibilities of social organisation during the pandemic, state of emergency and counterinsurgency, health and domination, as well as repression during the pandemic. There will be various keynote speeches, but especially a moderated open microphone to facilitate discussion, as well as artistic contributions. We will do this because we think despite the postponement, it is important to communicate and exchange in the current situation – with distance, mask and protection concept. If it is not possible to participate or travel to Berlin, we look forward to receiving your contributions or online messages. The manifestation will be streamed on the internet, the link will be published a few days before 5 June and will also be available on our website.

For the manifestation as well as for the congress, we are currently developing concepts that allow for health protection, consideration as well as the necessity of anarchist networking to be thought together without giving up our ideas of freedom and self-determination. At the moment we are exploring with the venues when the congress can be held. We will update you soon with the new date and the further procedure.

We very much hope that you will continue to participate in terms of content and organisation despite the postponement and ask you to continue to promote the congress!

With kind, rebellious and solidary greetings,

The preparation group

 

Call for participation!

 

Kronstadt Congress 2021
Anarchist movements and perspectives today
03 – 06 June 2021 in Berlin

We have a desire for a life free of domination, for possibilities to develop freely, to take responsibility for each other. However, we are confronted with many faces of direct and indirect repression. Wage labour, prisons, the residence obligation, gender roles or the coercion to capitalist self-optimization, which gradually leads to exhaustion and only serves to perpetuate power-political positions. Ecological consequences of this system logic, which puts profits first, are bulldozed villages for mining, nitrate-contaminated soils, polluted water and a collapsing climate, to name but a few. When we consider the state of the world today, with its social neglect, ecological and economic problems, revolutionary perspectives are more compelling than ever. Yet, existing theories and practices often lack anti-colonial and queer-feminist perspectives, and also exclude living beings and perspectives due to many other blind spots.

Just like the Kronstadt workers and soldiers, who 100 years ago fought for self-governing structures and social organization beyond the state with their slogan „All power to the councils, no power to the party“, we advocate in their tradition for building society from below. In order to bring together different anti-authoritarian movements and currents, we offer a platform in June 2021 with an anarchist congress in Berlin. We want to engage with all those who are tired of hearing the conventional authoritarian answers to the crises. Liberation from any domination will never come from social democracy, parliamentarism or even post-Leninist cults! Instead we want to discuss different perspectives of self-management, concepts of mutual help and cooperation and resistant forms of domination-free struggles and let something new emerge. We do not want to deliver ready-made answers, but want to find them together with all curious people. In doing so, we are guided by the courage to want to see where we are in our diversity, and, much more, where we want to go from here.

It is about our future! We need you, your participation and your criticism, your courage and your desire!

Taking up the tradition of past Kronstadt Congresses in Berlin – these took place in 1971 and 1981 – we are planning a supra-regional meeting of groups and individuals committed to libertarian ideas from June 3 to 6, 2021. The program currently focuses on ecology, housing and work, although we are open to recent developments and other topics. Common to all contributions is an anti-capitalist and anti-authoritarian perspective, as well as the goal of establishing a queer-feminist and anti-colonial practice.

We are planning a diverse program of theoretical, practical, and creative events that serve to inform, network, and discuss. But also a colorful cultural and family program with music, performances and artistic workshops, as well as distris/bookstalls, community kitchen and café operations will be provided.

We are looking forward to your contributions to the congress and are looking for groups and people who want to participate in the general organization and realization of the congress. You are welcome to suggest contributions to the program or take on tasks such as coordinating the café, a vegan küfa unit or stall, etc. A sleeping place service will be organized.

It is important to us to facilitate an in-depth discussion, but we also want to keep the congress open to a wide variety of desires. Therefore, the contributions should be designed to include participation, accessibility and inclusivity. For this purpose, it is important to us that we document and record results, discussions, contributions, questions and answers at the congress, so that things won’t need to keep being repeated and the congress can unfold its lasting effect.

We look forward to your participation! Please send feedback to:

kontakt@kronstadtkongress.de

The preparation group