Ψήφισμα αλληλεγγύης στο Wet’suwet’en

Ο Εργατικός Σύλλογος Ελλήνων του Κεμπέκ (Association des travailleurs grecs du Québec) στέλνει το ακόλουθο ψήφισμα αλληλεγγύης στους αγωνιστές του Wet’suwet’en:


23 Φεβρουαρίου 2020

Ο Εργατικός Σύλλογος Ελλήνων του Κεμπέκ είναι μια συλλογική οργάνωση Ελλήνων εργαζομένων που ιδρύθηκε το 1971 στο Μόντρεαλ με αποστολή να ενημερώνει τους εργαζόμενους στην κοινότητα για τα δικαιώματά τους και να ενημερώνει, να καθοδηγεί και να προωθεί την ένταξή τους και την ενεργό συμμετοχή τους στα τοπικά εργατικά και προοδευτικά κινήματα του Κεμπέκ.

Είμαστε αλληλέγγυοι με τις κοινότητες του Wet’suwet’en που συμπαραστέκονται τους κληρονομικούς αρχηγούς τους, καθώς υπερασπίζονται τη γη τους, την οποία ποτέ δεν παραχώρησαν στις αποικιακές δυνάμεις. Καλούμε την ομοσπονδιακή και τις επαρχιακές κυβερνήσεις να σεβαστούν την ίδια τους την δέσμευση στη Διακήρυξη των Ηνωμένων Εθνών για τα Δικαιώματα των Αυτόχθονων Πληθυσμών (UNRIP), ιδίως όσον αφορά το δικαίωμα ελεύθερης, προηγούμενης και ενημερωμένης συναίνεσης (Free, Prior and Informed Consent — FPIC).

Καταδικάζουμε τα σχέδια της ομοσπονδιακής και των επαρχιακών κυβερνήσεων να ιδιωτικοποιήσουν τον φυσικό πλούτο του Turtle Island (όνομα που οι αυτόχθονες προτιμούν για την Β. Αμερική), τον οποίο ξεπουλάνε στον υψηλότερο καπιταλιστή πλειοδότη. Τα σχέδια αυτά είναι ιδιαίτερα επαίσχυντα ενόψει της παγκόσμιας κλιματικής κρίσης. Τα ορυκτά καύσιμα πρέπει να παραμείνουν στο έδαφος.

Εκφράζουμε τη βαθιά μας οργή για τις απαράδεκτες, επιθετικές και βίαιες επιχειρήσεις της Έφιππης Αστυνομίας ενάντια στους κληρονομικούς αρχηγούς και τους υπερασπιστές της γης. Η έξωση των ανθρώπων του Wet’suwet’en που υπερασπίζονται τα δικαιώματά τους από το ίδιο τους το σπίτι γελοιοποιεί τις υποτιθέμενες δεσμεύσεις του Καναδά για συμφιλίωση με τους Αυτόχθονες λαούς ξαναζωντανεύοντας τις χειρότερες πρακτικές του αποικιοκρατικού παρελθόντος.

Καλούμε τις κυβερνήσεις του Καναδά και της Βρετανικής Κολομβίας να εργαστούν για μια πραγματική συμφιλίωση, που σημαίνει αναγνώριση της κυριαρχίας των Αυτοχθόνων, παρέχοντας στις αυτόχθονες κοινότητες τον έλεγχο των εδαφών τους και τον σεβασμό των νομικών τους συστημάτων.

Υποστηρίζουμε επίσης Αυτόχθονες σε όλο τον Καναδά που έχουν ξεσηκωθεί σε αλληλεγγύη με τους Wet’suwet’en. Στην περιοχή μας, το μπλόκο στο Kahnawake είναι ένα αξιοσημείωτο παράδειγμα. Παρατηρούμε επίσης την υποκρισία του πολιτικού κατεστημένου του Καναδά και του Κεμπέκ, το οποίο αντιμετωπίζει διαφορετικά την αντίσταση στους  αγωγούς πετρελαίου και φυσικού αερίου όταν εκφράζεται (και καλώς) από τους ψηφοφόρους του Κεμπέκ σε σύγκριση με όταν εκφράζεται από Αυτόχθονες πληθυσμούς.

Καλούμε την ομοσπονδιακή και τις επαρχιακές κυβερνήσεις να σεβαστούν την κυριαρχία, τα δικαιώματα, τους αγώνες και τις επιθυμίες των Αυτόχθονων λαών και να δεσμευτούν πραγματικά για την επίλυση της μακρόχρονης συστηματικής και οικονομικής τους περιθωριοποίησης.

Καλούμε επίσης όλους τους Έλληνες εργαζόμενους και όλα τα δημοκρατικά και προοδευτικά μέλη της Ελληνικής διασποράς στο Κεμπέκ και τον Καναδά να ενώσουν τη φωνή τους με τη δική μας.

Με αλληλεγγύη,

Εργατικός Σύλλογος Ελλήνων του Κεμπέκ
5359 Park Ave, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9
+1 514-279-3526


23 février 2020

L’Association de Travailleurs Grecs du Québec est une organisation collective de travailleurs grecs, fondée en 1971 à Montréal avec la mission d’informer les travailleurs de la communauté sur leurs droits et d’informer, d’orienter et de promouvoir leur intégration et leur participation active dans les mouvements syndicaux et progressistes locaux au Québec.

Nous sommes solidaires des communautés Wet’suwet’en qui défendent, avec leurs chefs héréditaires, leurs terres qui n’ont jamais été cédées aux autorités coloniales.  Nous exhortons les gouvernements fédéral et provincial à respecter leur propre engagement envers la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones (UNDRIP), en particulier en ce qui concerne le droit au consentement préalable, libre et éclairé (Free, Prior and Informed Consent — FPIC).

Nous condamnons les projets des gouvernements fédéral et provincial de privatiser les richesses naturelles de Turtle Island, en les vendant au plus offrant des capitalistes.  Ces plans sont particulièrement honteux face à l’urgence climatique mondiale. Les combustibles fossiles doivent rester dans le sol.

Nous exprimons notre profonde indignation face aux opérations inacceptables, agressives et violentes de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada contre les chefs héréditaires et les défenseurs des terres de Wet’suwet’en.  Retirer les Wet’suwet’en qui défendent leurs droits de leur propre maison va à l’encontre des engagements supposés du Canada en faveur de la réconciliation avec les peuples autochtones en mettant en œuvre les pires pratiques du colonialisme passé.

Nous demandons instamment aux gouvernements du Canada et de la Colombie-Britannique d’œuvrer à une véritable réconciliation, ce qui signifie la reconnaissance la souveraineté des autochtones, donner aux communautés autochtones le contrôle de leurs terres et respecter leurs systèmes juridiques.

Nous soutenons également les peuples autochtones à travers le Canada qui se sont mobilisés en solidarité avec Wet’suwet’en.  Dans notre région, le blocus de Kahnawake en est un exemple notable. Nous constatons l’hypocrisie de l’establishment politique canadien et québécois qui traite différemment la résistance aux pipelines lorsqu’elle est (légitimement) exprimée par les électeurs québécois par rapport à celle exprimée par les peuples autochtones.

Nous appelons les gouvernements fédéral et provinciaux à respecter la souveraineté, les droits, les luttes et les souhaits des peuples autochtones, et à s’engager réellement à résoudre leur privation systémique et économique de longue date.

Nous invitons également tous les travailleurs grecs et tous les membres démocratiques et progressistes de la diaspora grecque au Québec et au Canada à se joindre à nous dans cet appel.

En toute solidarité,

Association de Travailleurs Grecs du Québec
5359 Park Ave, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9
+1 514-279-3526


February 23, 2020

The Association of Greek Workers of Quebec (Association de Travailleurs Grecs du Québec) is a collective organization of Greek workers, founded in 1971 in Montréal with the mission to inform workers in the community about their rights and to inform, guide and promote their integration and active participation in the local labour and progressive movements in Quebec.

We stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en communities standing with their hereditary chiefs as they defend their land, which was never ceded to colonial powers. We urge the federal and provincial governments to respect their own commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), especially with respect to the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

We condemn the plans of the federal and provincial governments to privatize the natural wealth of Turtle Island, selling them out to the highest capitalist bidder. These plans are especially shameful in the face of the global climate emergency. Fossil fuels should remain in the ground.

We express our deep outrage for the unacceptable, aggressive and violent operations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police against the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and land defenders. Removing Wet’suwet’en people who defend their rights from their own home flies in the face of supposed commitments of Canada to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples by acting out the worst practices of past colonialism.

We urge the Canadian and British Columbia governments to work towards true reconciliation, which means recognizing Indigenous sovereignty, giving Indigenous communities control of their lands and respecting their legal systems.

We also support Indigenous people across Canada who have risen in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en. In our area, the Kahnawake blockade is a notable example. We note the hypocrisy of the Canadian and Quebec political establishment that treats differently the resistance to pipelines when it is (rightfully) expressed by Quebec voters compared to when it is expressed by Indigenous peoples.

We call the federal and provincial governments to respect the sovereignty, rights, struggles, and wishes of Indigenous peoples, and to truly commit to resolving their long-standing systemic and economic disenfranchisement.

We also invite all Greek workers and all democratic and progressive members of the Greek diaspora in Quebec and across Canada to join us in this call.

In solidarity,

Association de Travailleurs Grecs du Québec
5359 Park Ave, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9
+1 514-279-3526

Ψήφισμα αλληλεγγύης στο Wet’suwet’en

Towards peak stupidity in the East Med

The elites of Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Turkey and their foreign backers (EU, USA, Russia) are acting like idiots in the Eastern Mediterranean. In a time of climate emergency, when our carbon budget is rapidly being depleted, they are jostling with each other for the power to extract and sell fossil fuels. In a time when any carbon already safely stowed away under the earth should be left the fuck alone, they are up in arms, engaged in arms races, and in cold and proxy wars to do the exact opposite. In a time when the drums of war are beating around the world and when nationalism, militarism and overall human stupidity are once again on the rise, they increase military spending, they send troops to destabilized third countries (Libya), they stoke nationalism internally, and they ratchet up tensions in a region already suffering from the results of war. As if there were not enough environmental destruction, not enough refugees being displaced by wars in the region, not enough fucking CO2 in the atmosphere already. All because these elites are engaged in a race towards the most utterly idiotic goal: making a quick buck out of pumping more carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Idiots, if not criminals.

Towards peak stupidity in the East Med

Vlad Taneev’s speech in Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Blue Mars”.

Transcript and intro by Claybird:

Here is a small excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s book, “Blue Mars”. In my paper back it goes from pages 142 to 147.
The “metanationals” referenced are super-large corporations that generally exceed the power and economic scope of nation-states within the Mars-trilogy reality. The “underground” referenced is a sort of shadow society made up of radical elements within Martian society trying to live apart from the former capitalist society. The excerpt is from a section of the book where a huge congress/symposium is taking place to create a new Martian constitution/government.
When you see “… …” it is because I have removed sections only really relevant to the book and not the main ideological push of the section presented.

“What you said about government and business is absurd,” he stated coldly. It was a tone of voice that had not been heard much at the congress so far, contemptuous and dismissive. “Governments always regulate the kinds of business they allow. Economics is a legal matter , a system of laws. So far, we have been saying in the Martian underground that as a matter of law, democracy and self-government are the innate rights of every person, and that these rights are not to be suspended when a person goes to work. You.”—he waved a hand to indicate he did not know Antar’s name—“do you believe in democracy and self-rule?”
“Yes!” Antar said defensively.
“Do you believe in democracy and self-rule as the fundamental values that government ought to encourage?”
“Yes!” Antar repeated, looking more and more annoyed.
“Very well. If democracy and self-rule are the fundamentals, the why should people give up these rights when they enter the workplace? In politics we fight like tigers for freedom, choice of residence, choice of what work to pursue—control of our lives, in short. And then we wake up in the morning and go to work, and all those rights disappear. We no longer insist on them. And so for most of the day we return to feudalism. That is what capitalism is—a version of feudalism in which capital replaces land, and business leaders replace kings. But the hierarchy remains. And so we will handover our lives’ labor, under duress, to feed rulers who do no real work.”
“Business leaders work,” Antar said sharply. “And they take the financial risks—”
“The so-called risk of the capitalist is merely one of the privileges of capital.”
“Management—”
“Yes yes. Don’t interrupt me. Management is a real thing, a technical matter. But it can be controlled by labor just as well as by capital. Capital itself is simply the useful residue of the work of past laborers, and it could belong to everyone as well as the few. There is no reason why a tiny nobility should own the capital, and everyone else therefore be in service to them. There is no reason they should give us a living wage and take all the rest that we produce. No! The system called capitalist democracy was not really democratic at all. That is why it was able to turn so quickly into the metanational system, in which democracy grew ever weaker and capitalism ever stronger. In which one percent of the population owned half the wealth, and five percent of the population owned ninety-five percent of the wealth. History has shown which values were real in that system. And the sad thing is that all the injustice and suffering caused by it were not at all necessary, in that the technical means have existed since the eighteenth century to provide the basics of life to all.
“So. We must change. It is time. If self-rule is a fundamental value, if simple justice is a value, then they are values everywhere, including in the work place where we spend so much of our lives. That was what was said in point four of the Dorsa Brevia agreement. It says everyone’s work is their own, and the worth of it cannot be taken away. It says that the various modes of production belong to those who created them, and to the common good of the future generations. It says that the world is something we all steward together. That is what it says. And in our years on Mars we have developed an economic system that can keep all those promises. That has been our work these past fifty years. In the system we have developed, all economic enterprises are to be cooperatives, owned by their workers and by no one else. They hire their management, or manage themselves. Industry guilds and co-op associations will form the larger structures necessary to regulate trade and the market, share capital, and create credit.”
Antar said scornfully, “These are nothing but ideas. It is utopianism and nothing more.”
“Not at all.” Again Vlad waved him away. “The system is based on models from Terran history, and its various parts have all been tested on both worlds, and have succeeded very well. You don’t know about this partly because you are ignorant, and partly because metantionalism itself steadfastly ignored and denied all alternatives to it. But most of our microeconomy has been in successful operations for centuries in the Mondragon region of Spain. The different parts of the macroeconomy have been used by the pseudo-metanat Praxis, in Switzerland, in India’s state of Kerala, in Bhutan, in Bologna Italy, and in many other places, including the Martian underground itself. These organizations were the precursors to our economy, which will be democratic in a way capitalism never even tried to be.”…

…Antar’s objections did not seem like much. Metanational capitalism’s track record at this point did little to support it; in the last century it had precipitated a massive war, chewed up the Earth, and torn its societies apart. Why should they not try something new, given the record?
Someone from Hiranyagarba stood and made an objection from the opposite direction, noting that they seemed to be abandoning the gift economy by which the Mars underground had lived.
Vlad shook his head impatiently. “I believe in the underground economy, I assure you, but it has always been a mixed economy. Pure gift exchange coexisted with a monetary exchange, in which neoclassical market rationality, that is to say the profit mechanism, was bracketed and constrained by society to direct it to serve higher values, such as justice and freedom. Economic rationality is simply not the highest value. It is a tool to calculate costs and benefits, only one part of a larger equation concerning human welfare. The larger equation is called a mixed economy, and that is what we are constructing here. We are proposing a complex system, with public and private spheres of economic activity. It may be that we ask people to give, throughout their lives, about a year of their work to the public good, as in Switzerland’s national service. That labor pool, plus taxes on private co-ops for use of the land and its resources, will enable us to guarantee the so-called social rights we have been discussing—housing, health care, food, education—things that should not be at the mercy of market rationality. Because la salute non si paga, as the Italian workers used to say. Health is not for sale!”…

… “So nothing will be left to the market,” Antar said.
“No no no,” Vlad said, waving at Antar once more irritably than ever. “The market will always exist. It is the mechanism by which things and services are exchanged. Competition to provide the best product at the best price, this is inevitable and healthy. But on Mars it will be directed by society in a more active way. There will be not-for-profit status for vital life-support matters, and then the freest part of the market will be directed away from the basics of existence towards non-essentials, where venture enterprises can be undertaken by worker-owned co-ops, who will be free to try what they like. When the basics are secured and when the workers own their own businesses, why not? It is the process of creation we are talking about.”
Jackie, looking annoyed at Vlad’s dismissals of Antar, and perhaps intending to divert the old man, or trip him up, said, “What about the ecological aspects of this economy that you used to emphasize?”
“They are fundamental,” Vlad said. “Point three of the Dorsa Brevia states that the land, air, and water of Mars belong to no one, that we are the stewards of it for all the future generations. This stewardship will be everyone’s responsibility, but in case of conflicts we propose strong environmental courts, perhaps as part of the constitutional court, which will estimate the real and complete environmental costs of economic activities, and help to coordinate plans that impact the environment.”
“But this is simply a planned economy!” Antar cried.
“Economies are plans. Capitalism planned just as much as this, and metanationalism tried to plan everything. No, an economy is a plan.”
Antar, frustrated and angry, said, “It’s simply socialism returned.”
Vlad shrugged. “Mars is a new totality. Names from earlier totalities are deceptive. They become little more than theological terms. There are elements one could call socialist in this system, of course. How else remove injustice from economy? But private enterprises will be owned by their workers rather than be nationalized, and this is not socialism, at least not socialism as it was usually attempted on Earth. And all the co-ops are businesses—small democracies devoted to some work or other, all needing capital. There will be a market, there will be capital. But in our system workers will hire capital rather than the other way around. It’s more democratic that way, more just. Understand me—we have tried to evaluate each feature of this economy by how well it aids us to reach the goals of more justice and more freedom. And justice and freedom do not contradict each other as much as has been claimed, because freedom in an unjust system is no freedom at all. They both emerge together. And so it is not so impossible, really. It is only a matter of enacting a better system, by combining elements that have been tested and shown to work. This is the moment for that. We have been preparing for this opportunity for seventy years. And now that the chance has come, I see no reason to back off just because someone is afraid of some old words. If you have any specific suggestions for improvements, we’ll be happy to hear them.”

Vlad Taneev’s speech in Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Blue Mars”.

Heather Milton-Lightening on Environmental Justice

Heather Milton-Lightening founded and built a national Native youth network that supported Native youth organizing across the U.S. and Canada with the Indigenous Environmental Network. She was a former member of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Youth Advisory and lobbied internationally through the United Nations and other international arenas on Indigenous People’s issues. She is currently a Co-Director of the Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign.

From the event Environmental Justice, the Tar Sands, and Indigenous Rights, Toronto – 1 February 2015.

Heather Milton-Lightening on Environmental Justice