Koçerata: Self-Organization and Social Ecology Under Fire

“Thinking of our communities as ecosystems allows us to understand that self-organization, connection with the land, co-existence of different identities, self-defense, and sustainable use of resources according to needs and in balance with the environment are all essential elements of a free life.”

The Land of Despair Sprouts with Hope

The focus on agriculture and environmentally conscious practices reflect the increased attention Palestinian activists pay to global movements for peasant rights, agro-ecology, and degrowth. Youth cooperatives are increasingly aware that the capitalist model fueling Israeli colonization is the same driving…

La Lucha Política es Permanente

“Hemos aprendido durante los 35 años que tiene la organización que mantenernos juntos es lo que nos tiene seguros. El proceso organizativo se vuelve en un proceso que nos garantiza la vida, la seguridad, y la paz.”

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We’re All Staying!

The example of Hamburg shows how antiracist protests against European asylum policies can link up with local struggles like the fight around skyrocketing rents and the right to the city.

Dispatch from 2013 Exarcheia

Now based in Minneapolis, Antidote is engaging with new struggles that echo in many ways the situation a cofounder encountered in 2013 Exarcheia. Lessons from Greece feel very relevant to people’s struggles in our new home, ten years on.

When Zurich Burned, and Was Reborn

We dedicate this article both to the memory of George Floyd as well as to the freshly founded autonomous zone in Seattle, where activists are further along in the Zurich timeline now than even Minneapolis, where…

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Featured transcripts from The Fire These Times

Why White Nationalists Love Assad

The Assad regime’s open genocidal policies against its own people are enviable to people on the far right. For people whose politics come from identification with the state, this completely unrestrained killing is the highest form of freedom.

Our Wounds Are Bridges

Amplifying the voices of those who are in the middle of the fight, those who have suffered; asking people what life they want to live and then helping them to build it: this is what we need to be doing…

Sectarianization Is a Sickness

The sectarian narrative is often completely false; this messaging of fear is designed to preserve authoritarian regimes in the face of popular protest movements that have nothing to do with sect.

No Peace in Patriarchy

Joey is from Lebanon; Aida is from Bosnia. They found opportunity to make many interesting comparisons between Lebanon and Bosnia looking at the ongoing impacts of the Taif Agreement and the Dayton Accords through a feminist lens.

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Manifesto

The Antidote Writers Collective seeks to resist and counteract the poisons that course through the veins of our politics, our cultures, our movements, our relationships, ourselves.

We believe that a strong collective immune system is built through knowledge and understanding and that the struggle against division and repression requires building a new culture of discussion that goes beyond flat definitions, brittle ideologies, stubborn dogmas, idle preconceptions, and petty rivalries.

We will share knowledge with each other, aiming to build empathy, and in turn enable the emergence of genuine solidarity—one which does not demand uniformity across contexts, one which does not “include” you, but in which you include yourself.

In this spirit, we will provide a platform for a diverse set of voices, especially for those otherwise silenced or ignored in “mainstream” discussions. We want to hear from people engaged in radical struggles all over the world. We seek neither agreement nor conflict, but rather to identify issues at their roots, and to consider different radical approaches to their resolution. And though we at the Antidote Writers Collective have voices—and we will use them—we will not presume to speak for anybody.

On the contrary, we invite you to offer us new ways of thinking, new ways of seeing. It’s not about establishing a space for comfy ideological self-indulgence, but for questions, for a true diversity of voices and viewpoints, and for turning all of this into action.

One World. One Struggle.

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