The Rojava revolution continues and anti-capitalist revolutionaries from across the world are in the thick of the fighting. Come out to hear how people are putting communal, feminist, horizontal, and anti-capitalist politics into action in their communities and fighting against ISIS, the Turkish State, and hierarchal society.
Washington DC, Saturday, May 13th:
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Come learn about radical social movements in the Middle East at The Electric Maid at 268 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012, 2pm, Saturday, May 13th.
The Ezidi, Kurdish, Syriac/Assyrian, and Arab people are fighting for autonomy, democracy, and their very survival.
The struggle is set amidst the ongoing devastation wrought by six years of civil war, against the existential threat of a new regional fascist power (Daesh) and the old imperial ambitions that have shaped the region for a century.
Their project is a multicultural effort to create a new order based on democratic confederalism, a cooperative economy, universal human rights, the radical inclusion of women in those universal rights and the armed struggle to establish them; beyond the constraints of political borders.
Lucy Usoyan – Founder/President of the Ezidi Relief Fund and a Director at the Kurdish Policy Research Center
Robert Özgün – Founder and Head of Foreign Affairs of the American Syriac Union
Heval P. – Anarchist volunteer to the YPG
Oakland, CA Sunday, May 14th:
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Sunday, May 15th, 7pm, OMNI Commons, 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA.
Join us for a evening with Brace Belden (aka @pisspiggranddad), recently back from fighting with the Syrian Democratic Forces in Rojava). Brace, who gained notoriety with his uncompromising, and uncompromisingly witty tweets from Rojava will talk about his time on the battlefield, being a foreigner in solidarity amongst the Kurdish ranks and the complex balance of political forces on the ground as well as how what is happening in Rojava is relevant to the Bay Area.
Entrance will be a sliding scale of $5-20.
The Bay Area Mesopotamia Solidarity Committee was formed as an effort to accompany, organize and act in solidarity with the struggling peoples of the region. As a group, while having diverse ideologies, we share the common goal of total freedom: we are both anti-capitalists and anti-fascists. We understand the fight against capitalism and authoritarianism as global, and as a means for a borderless and classless world, we wish to act internationally, alongside all those who are waging this struggle.
Mesopotamia, once home to many of the ancient Middle East’s most vibrant cultures, is today bounded by the nation-states of Turkey, Syria and Iraq. Within these modern, artificial borders lie some of the most challenging realities of modern capitalism—as well as some of the most resilient efforts to imagine and create a new world. We see Rojava, with its new examples of communal life that attempt to transcend capitalist social relations, as a source of profound inspiration. Importantly, the autonomous women’s revolution there has become a rallying cry for liberation from patriarchy.
By acting together with other revolutionaries in our immediate area, the Mesopotamian Solidarity Committee aims to raise awareness around what is happening in the region, as we practice determined—yet critical—solidarity.