LIBERATE OR DIE: FROM CAGE TO FREEDOM.

INTERNATIONAL CALL!

JOIN US FOR A WEEK OF ANTISPECIESIST ACTION, WORKSHOPS AND SKILLSHARING.

2nd – 7th May, Hambacher Forst.

After the success of last year’s event we are ready to announce that Liberate or Die: From Cage to Freedom will have a second edition! The event will be hosted in Hambacher Forst, a landmark of anticapitalist and climate justice resistance, to amalgamate the concept of animal liberation to the broader ideal of total liberation.

PROVISIONAL LIST OF WORKSHOPS:

  • Action Climbing and Action Knots.
  • How to build a lock on.
  • Introduction to Hunt Sabotage.
  • Who are the ALF.
  • Lock Picking.
  • How to plan an action.
  • How to deploy and climb a portable tripod.
  • Civil Disobedience as a practical tool for liberation.
  • Badger Cull, how to get involved.
  • Violence and direct action, what is justified in the path to liberation?
  • How to organise a campaign.
  • Learning from history: SHAC campaign.

(This list is provisional and subject to changes. If you’re interested in hosting a workshop, please let us know! The same way, if you’d like to learn something specific or if you believe a specific workshop should be listed, contact us and we will see if we can find someone to host it!)

THIS EVENT IS FREE.

With our concept of Anti-Capitalism, we do not believe people should have to pay to learn, share knowledge and take part in actions. Donations are well received as the occupation can always do with some funds, but they are not necessary! The kitchen collective will have a donation pot and will be very happy to receive some donations during the event, too. They have gotten new equipment this year and it obviously has a lot of costs associated to it all!

THIS EVENT IS VEGAN.

We would like the space to be vegan and the participants should be able to respect it. We dumpster dive most of our food and although the forest has a divide between freegan and vegan diets, the Antispeciesist Space will remain fully vegan.

THIS EVENT IS ACTIVIST RUN.

We are all crew. We all take turns to wash up dishes and to cook dinner, we all collect firewood and build a fire! From each according to their need to each according to their ability, do not be shy to help out! There will be shifts to cover in the kitchen, the welcome point and the washing up station for example. Sign up your name to the sheet and help the event run smooth!

THIS IS AN ACTION EVENT.

From the content of the workshops and discussions to the focus of organising actions throughout the week, this is an action event. We want to see folks standing up and doing more than spreading veganism. We want to see accomplices joining the fight for animal liberation. Actions will be proposed and discussed upon arrival on Thursday and folks will be able to join different actions depending on their level of action and legal risk factor. After last year we have learnt to not announce an action day to avoid police action, so actions will be organised throughout, in and between workshops, and folks can join whatever they see fit.

THIS EVENT IS BASED AT THE HEART OF A COMMUNITY.


We will be sharing the forest with others and many have lived there to protect the trees for
years. Some are VERY camera shy. Taking photos of the occupation is wonderful, but DO NOT take photos of activists without express permission. The same way, phones aren’t very welcomed in plenaries and workshops. Trust us, you’ll feel a massive relieve not carrying it around at all times! Respect for the forest is paramount. Please keep to the paths, leave the wild be wild and pick up your fucking trash. We all are one with the planet. Respect each other.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

You should firstly bring yourself. Call in sick at work and avoid going to uni, what’s best; being a wage slave or fighting for the animals?

There is a list of things you could bring with you but if you don’t have
something specifically DO NOT WORRY, we will find a way.

– Sleeping bag and mattress
– Tent (This is actually quite important, if you don’t have one just steal it from Decathlon!)
– Rage
– Head torch
– Love
– Warm clothes
– Boots
– Hugs (but please ask first before sharing them!)
– Harness (if you have one)

We also believe it is important to answer the question; how should I bring that stuff? There are multiple answers, and one of them is NOT in a wheelie carry bag. Don’t bring your wheelie thingy. Seriously. You’re going to a forest.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

If you are coming from outside of Germany, Cologne has great bus connections! Check FlixBus and get yourself here! From Cologne, you will need to grab the train line “S-Bahn” to BUIR. S12 to Duren will work, but google map it if you’re lost!

Once you arrive at Buir’s train station, go down the stairs and turn left. Keep walking over the motorway bridge and another 200m until you arrive at a junction signalling left towards Morschenich. Take the first sand road to the right and carry on walking on the sand path all the way to Jesus Point. There will be a sign telling you how to get to Lluna from there.

If you need more explanation, click on the link below:
https://hambachforest.org/contact/directions/

Closer to the event, paint marks to follow will be posted.

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?

Come whenever, come for the event, come before and stay for years or come for the weekend. It is up to you!

IS IT REALLY FOR FREE?

Yes. Food, smiles and a place to sleep, all for free. Fuck capitalism big time. We are here to change the world, not to become part of the system.

DISCLAIMER 1: This is an ANARCHO-VEGAN event. Nazis, right-wingers, sexists, transphobes and any other form of oppressive bigot needs to abstain themselves from attending. Also cops not welcome but we know you’ll be there, won’t you?

DISCLAIMER 2: Many people in the forest have “forest names”. You can rename yourself too if that makes you happy! We also don’t tend to ask for real names, ages, place of origin and all that stuff. Also, we don’t usually have IDs in the forest as folks like to remain anonymous if they get arrested. Up to you to consider your own security, of course.

DISCLAIMER 3: Last year, cops came to the forest during the event. Some folks got arrested with no legal grounds and UPiii spent time in prison after that day over seriously bullshit charges. We write this because although it is a safe environment, it is also a frontline. In case of police action, you should be responsible of yourself and decide to face the cops or walk away. Both actions being as acceptable as each other. A legal team will be set up for the folks arriving to the event and those who might want to take actions. There also is a very experienced legal team that is available 24/7 for anyone in and around the forest and particularly active during actions and police actions.

DISCLAIMER 4: Humans that live with furry animals are welcome to travel together, but let’s remember that the forest is home to many animals, from resident cats and doggies to wild boar, squirrels and deer. If some furry fellas tend to scare the wild animals, it might be a good idea to not allow them to hunt or to take them on holidays somewhere else. Up to you, but think of everybody. It’s only fair.

UNOFFENSIVE UPDATE – LET US INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME NEW MERCH!


Hey folks! We hope you’re keeping well and as radical as ever. We’ve been relaxing, fucking with the huge advertisements in city centres and planing Liberate Or Die (We will release the event info VERY soon!) 

We are really fucking privileged to be able to make this post and we have a few little announcements. The first one is that we’ve managed (barely) to stock up our merch, so there are all sizes, all designs, on hoodies and tees back up on our website. We’ve taken a while to do so as we had no funds to buy more, but we’ve realised as our PayPal grows smaller and smaller that we needed to get more merch if we want to survive as a collective. So in these real fucking tough money times after losing Patreon, if you can support us and want some cool merch, head straight up to our website and grab yourself whatever the fuck you fancy!

Here is where things get interesting; Underground Badger Syndicate is about to release some seriously sick merch and we are super lucky to have received a hoodie to raffle. UBS will not be printing hoodies, only tees, so this XL hoodie will be a one of a kind kinda ting and it is a big thing that they are happy for us to give it away! We also have found four of our DIY Defend patches that we are gonna throw in the mix (they have been out of stock for fucking ages) so FIVE people that order something between today and Sunday night will receive a lil something else in the post with the order! 

To top up that shit, Eat Cops Not Pigs has sent us some amazing stickers so we will be putting them in ALL orders for free to share a bit more of love. 

So yeah, if you’re able to, help us the fuck out, maybe get a lil extra in the post with your order and wear some rad merch with pride. What’s not to fucking like?

FIND ALL OUR MERCH HERE:
https://www.unoffensiveanimal.is/collections/

That’s all from us for now, we are still working behind the scenes during our little break and we will be back soon, really soon, to keep giving as much shit as we can to this oppressive system! 

Also if you are able to support us on a regular basis, maybe join our Liberapay team! 
www.liberapay.com/Unoffensiveanimal

SEE YOU IN THE NEXT RIOT!

TAKING AN EXTENDED BREAK.

As many of you know, we’ve been receiving quite a few blows in the last few weeks. Our facebook page taken down, then being banned on Patreon, then getting our website down… whilst working on the ground in Hambacher Forst and attempting to keep up with the internet world.


Certainly, the cold has taken a toll on us. After talking to a good few different people, we have decided that a self care break is needed. Because the team is small right now, it means that Unoffensive needs to take a little break from online publishing for the time being.


That does not mean that we are giving up, that we are not carrying on the fight on the ground and by bringing news to the world. But for about two to three weeks our presence online will be reduced to a minimum (the merch folks might want to make a post when new stuff has arrived and we will probably post about Liberate or Die in the next few days) but we will not publish any hit reports or updates from the frontlines.


In fact, we are actually walking away from the frontlines and swapping it for a couple of weeks of sanctuary, animal cuddles and respite to restore our strength and our will to keep pushing forward.


Surely our regular followers will know that posting this is not an easy task. It actually has taken quite a lot of convincing by folks around us to stop for a bit, and it make us feel like in the future we should probably talk more about activism and self care.


Until we come back, please check Bite Back magazine (directaction.info) for ALF hit reports, CrimethInc. (crimethinc.com) for anarchist news and Earth First! (earthfirstjournal.org) to keep up to date with environmental struggle.


Whilst we are at it, please write some letters to prisoners. You can find a good few on our website under “Prisoner Support”. Solidarity is our biggest weapon.


Warm revolutionary hugs, the same rage (just under a blanket now) and kilos of biodegradable glitter to throw at cops.


Unoffensive Animal Collective.
UNTIL WE WIN.


PS: if anyone is able to support our work, liberapay isn’t working as well as we expected but you can still join and donate monthly if that works for you! www.liberapay.com/UnoffensiveAnimal

IF A TREE FALLS.


A story of the Earth Liberation Front tells the
remarkable story of the rise and fall of an ELF cell, by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members

With the arrest of Daniel and thirteen others, the government had cracked what was probably the largest ELF cell in America and brought down the group responsible for the very first ELF arsons in this country.

For years the ELF had launched spectacular arsons against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment.

PUPPY LIBERATED FROM BREEDERS. ACTION DEDICATED TO JILL.


30th January, UK


received anonymously:

“After receiving a tip off that a puppy was being left outside all day in the freezing cold and with the fate of being used as a breeding machine we had to act quickly. On arrival we found the dog chained up to a small kennel that was just large enough for her body. Faeces were inside the kennel. No water was left and the only food was scraps from the human scums dinner the night before. The dog was extremely frightened and it took a lot of coaxing to bring her out so we could grab her and go. She had clearly been beaten. And nails cut to the core. It was risky daytime liberation but we couldn’t let this girl suffer a minute longer. No one will ever hurt her again.

We want to dedicate this action to Jill Phipps, who lost her life on the 1st of February campaigning against live exports. She is never forgotten and she remind us that animal liberation is fierce, uncompromised and female! 

Animal Liberation Front.”