Turtle Islands Strategies v.14: From Front Line Organizers …

November 28th, 2016

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There’s a whole lot of analyzing and a whole lot of blaming and a whole lot of anxiety… BUT what’s to be done !??

We’ll be adding to this list, as time allows, but here’s a few good strategy guides, beginning with Bill Quigley – the Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, who first came to our attention during the Katrina crisis.

1. Twelve Ideas Post-Election from Front Line Organizers

2. The Yes Men’s Guide to Resisting Trump

3. Is America ready for a municipalist movement? by Alexander Kolokotronis for ROAR

4. Art Strikes Back : Against the Normalization of FASCISM ( work-in-porgress)

5. The #NoDAPL struggle. All the strategies we can learn and expand upon, happening currently in Dakota, which we’ve been reporting on. See our previous Strategies For Turtle Islands blog entries, where you can find links + resources ( needs work ).

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For the XLterrestrials, the Dakota resistance represents a crucial focus for a new environmental movement which in the era of the climate change threats  becomes a front line issue, which could effectively bridge a wide variety of groups in solidarity and civil actions.

And for us the indigenous language bypasses many of the tangled and stuck fragmentations of the left.

Protecting Mother Earth, Water is Life, Seven Generations, and Sovereignity + Survival for culture(s) – concepts + strategies that essentially pre-date the invasive Krapitalist species that has turned the world on its head, and/or the turtle on its back.

Could we reboot or re-ground ourselves again from a point in human existence which is prior to the departure when civilization/ society no longer functioned as a co-existing organism on planet earth ?! Could we all take the lead from indigenous culture which still embodies most of those pre-krapitalist, pre-consumerist, pre-industrialism ideals and ways of life !? And take those directives and ethical positions to counter the ecocidal governance that is now accelerated by failing democracies.

Not to be boggled in new agey thinking, this needs to be as concrete as the standoff at Standing Rock ! And we might ask ourselves : Could this resistance be replicated by communities acting in solidarity to the front lines of wherever you are right now !?

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more to come !

T.I. Strategies v.13 : Art Strikes Back – Against the Normalization of FASCISM

November 21st, 2016

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{ see ‘template’ below to make your own }

When Mass Media becomes primarily a tool owned by the powerful and wealthy, it becomes, more often then not a weapon against the masses. For-profit communication technologies are then used to steer and manage perception…  to download direction and instruction, to distract and misinform, to channel and capture the crowd,  to lure and manipulate consumers… in short, to use its audiences for its own agendas.

During the recent US (s)election campaigns, communication technologies owned by corporate enterprise stooped to an all-new and dangerous low by amplifying the voice of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, narcissism and hate ! Not an entirely new phenomenon, but never done with such consolidated recklessness as to swing an election for a president of the world’s most militarized nation into the grip of a rising fascist mentality.

As we have pointed out in an earlier piece, voters are hardly to blame, as the playing/battle fields are the construct of a mediated culture… one that, we might say, is managed as tightly as any dictatorship…  by the ruling class !

Strategies For Turtle Islands v.13 :

Alternative Media Art Strikes Back !

Ways to mobilize arts + media to counter the current attempts to normalize any racism, white supremacy and/or fascism !

Trump’s election is NOT normal, and no media should be portraying it as an acceptable or tolerable outcome. It was NOT a result of a legitimate democratic process, NOT the will of the people, NOT a majority victory, and NOT the way forward for an intelligent sustainable society !

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And here’s a template to make your own :

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MORE TACTICAL ART COMING SOON !

Strategies For Turtle Islands v.13 : Ckino + Cryptoparty + C-base

November 18th, 2016

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< 18.11 > Ckino + CryptopartyBerlin + Cbase , 2o:0o h at Rungestrasse

We will combine a cryptoparty skillshare session with a little interspersed CiTiZEN KiNO excerpts from the latest Strategies For Turtles Islands ( #57 ) …

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Here’s a sneak preview …

Technology can make the planet great again ! … come find out how 2nite at c-base Spacestation …. An XXxtra special Cryptoparty with special guests CiTIZEN KiNO and Dj Podinski and Vortex AB throughout. … 2o:0o h … all late-comers will be obliterated !

Ok, ok, in reality films and crypto teaching begins roughly at 20:30h … but if you come late you might have to buy us a beer… ;)

Check THIS ! http://www.trumpelectionreportingdevices.com/#/

AND THIS ! : M.A.M.O.N. – Latinos VS. Donald Trump

AAAAAND THIS ! : Indigenous Drone Pilots

MORE coming soon !

Ok, Let’s Break Down This Democrat’s Farewell … Obama in Btropolis

November 17th, 2016

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A picture above looks at the Adlon Hotel just down the street from Brandenburger Tor, The US and UK Embassy … where… ” Large areas of central Berlin have been cordoned off during the visit and the US president will travel to meetings in a 27-car motorcade. ” – From the UK Guardian’s “Obama meets Merkel in Berlin to discuss TTIP and Russia in wake of Trump win“.

Apparently, this last Prez Obama visit isn’t about trying to repair any of the many damages done by the Democratic Party’s miserable foreign policy strategies over the last eight years.  Certainly no talk of emergency and cooperative aid to a metastisizing refugee crisis, where still now in winter Medicine Sans Frontier reports almost DAILY about RESCUING up to 100, 200 fleeing HUMANS out of the Mediterranean Border Pool Of Death ; It’s about using the threat of the coming rabid recombinant dog Trump ( also in part a Democrats’ Frankenstein lab experiment gone awry ) to quickly coax or coerce its ‘closest partner’ * Germany into furthering the US vision of blood-sucking globalization !  From resurrecting the TTIP’s blatant corporate global putsch to the dreamy Cold War aggressiveness and the thoughtful gift of a returning eastern front ! Lovely conciliatory package isnt it ?

Corporate media is doing a wonderful job of pushing the White House PR agendas… More from the Guardian:

In a joint op-ed published on the eve of the president’s visit in the German weekly Wirtschafts Woche, the leaders appealed on behalf of TTIP, the future of which is in doubt after Trump’s election success and protests across Europe, saying “there will not be a return to a world before globalisation”.

Translation : There’s no going backwards to pre-neo-liberal fascism ! Let’s DO THIS NOW friends… before … god knows what other brands of fascism will come next !

For us Berliners, one can barely look at the Adlon Hotel without thinking of Michael Jackson waving a baby over his balcony for the crowd below… But, now perhaps it may come to be known as where Obama – the popstar charmer prez – came to do his last Juggling  ( Monsanto ) Carrots Act to entertain his fellow EU / G7 bizness clowns.

No, No No … the democrats have much more to own up to for the current chaos ! And those of us who don’t swallow corporate PR briefs whole, aren’t gonna be mesmerized by this embarrasing final trade show !

And btw, GO HOME OBAMA and deal with your promises made to the indigenous communities in Dakota. #NoDAPL .#waterislife .. And in your last 2 months quit shoving more fossil fools and anti-labor trade pacts down our throats !

GO HOME and deal with Flint, #waterispoisoned , victims of militarized racist police #blacklivesmatter, the mass surveillance apparatus  + drone assassinations ( now in the hands of white supremacists ), pardoning Chelsea Manning, Snowden … and Leonard Peltier, etc, etc. …

Oh … and … not to be too hard on the poor Democrats who have lost their brains , their guts, their spines and their underpants… but still have all their Wall Street friends… We should all be reminded this is the party whose apparent recourse for the next four years is to say “Hey,  Let’s give Trump a chance ! “

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* Is Germany Obama’s closest partner, because intel sucks the data off of the Chancelor’s mobile or because Merkel and Co. really, sovereignly likes you ?!

Strategies For Turtle Islands v.12 : Let’s Elect Water Protectors on Nov. 15th

November 15th, 2016

< Nov. 15 > BIG STRATEGY DAY OF ACTION ! #StandWithStandingRock !

WHERE: EVERYWHERE !

https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/nov-15-nodapl-day-of-action-at-army-corps-of-engineers


Nevermind imperialist pighead presidents, let’s elect WATER PROTECTORS … … Let’s vote for people like Winona Laduke, Dallas Goldtooth, Tara Houska, Bill Mckibben, Naomi Klein, Chairman Dave Archambault II, Josh Fox, Tulsi Gabbard, etc. …

TO PROTECT ALL LIFE !

Who are the candidates you trust to be the guardians of our shared habitat, planet earth !?

Let’s begin the strategy of a parallel politics. We don’t need no more presidents ! We need a council of elders, councils of youth, councils on environmental protection… councils which will make political decisions based on the well-being of the commons and all who live within and from them !

Now’s the time !

End the fossil fools industry … and Stop This Black Snake… before it’s too late  !


{ foto from indigenous water protector and drone operator Myron, see below. }

Listen to Winona LaDuke on Democracy Now explain the struggles with eloquent ferocity …  HERE.

Some Water Protectors to follow on twitter :

#StandWithStandingRock

@dallasgoldtooth
@WinonaLaduke
@zhaabowekwe
@billmckibben

@MyronDewey

Unicorn Riot ?@UR_Ninja

@eelk

Demonstration in Solidarity in Berlin:

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to be cont.

Turtle Islands v.11: Remedies For Inflammated + Unelected Trumps

November 14th, 2016

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{ Lines in the sand are being drawn ! See below * }

Strategies for Turtle Islands… it’s time to assemble a list of emergency responses ! This Trumposis is a life-threatening new illness which further complicates the already fragile state of  living systems …  We were already in critical condition, and this additional human-made + corporate empowered + fascistic state menace is extremely contagious and a serious danger to becoming a planetary, terminal epidemic, requiring immediate global citizen attention… This is NOT A JOKE !

But there are MANY POSSIBILITIES to prevent any further outbreak and to quickly reduce the nasty swelling !

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Now is a crucial time for creative + independent-thinking media, action, courage, bold moves, new vision and solidarities across a broad spectrum… And we need to work collectively and on multiple scales ! We welcome your ideas and strategies. Write us !

The XLterrestrials and the CiTiZEN KiNO project are still fundraising, and could use your help now more than ever… IF you’re able to consider donating to our media education and all our arts + praxis, please contact us NOW !

New maps: While the one above might be a joke … It can still represents some outside-the-box and not-yet-articulated strategies that might actually become real objectives ( when researched or combined with grassroots people power ), real threats, real tests of our constructed boundaries …  and newly opened frames, even if it isn’t one we have a critical mass to mobilize.

more coming !

Strategies For Turtle Islands v.10: Support The Multicultural Planet Everywhere !

November 14th, 2016

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{ Foto: Junun at Funkhaus Berlin, by XLterrestrials }

While we are assembling a list of carefully considered Strategies For Turtle Islands, we begin with one very simple path. One of the most healing things to do in these terrifying times : GO OUT and SUPPORT and LIVE + BREATHE IN the exquisite diversity of our multicultural planet !!!

Remember to always be on the side of diversity and all the alternative and non-corporate cultures ! Support the independent culture makers ! Small publishers, small businesses, local bookstores, artists, musicians, venues + galleries which are allies for the political arts and activism world. Be vigilant, and keep an eye out for when our beautiful neighbors from the other side of the world need our support, or maybe even the ones in the flat just down the hall from yours. In these economicly challenging times, spending your money in the right places matters! Choose the community culture over blockbuster films, Starfucks, chain stores and corporate-managed stadium concerts !


Note: A few of things that triggered this post, was a social media cry for help from the radical Pluto Press as the election results in the US came in, and a concerned reminder from the founder of the underground arts+comics publisher Ron Turner who founded Last Gasp.

Plus a rare and luxurious anomaly in the concert world,  this weekend’s performance by Junun – hosted at the Funkhaus Berlin – a group which came to our attention a few months ago when we picked up the new album in a public library. And even though it’s something we should have been aware of as avid world music collectors, it was brought to our attention because of Jonny Greenwood ( Radiohead ) collaborating with these incredible Rajasthani musicians from various regions and cultures of India and Pakistan !

So, if ya happen to be a (western) rockstar, a reminder, use it to promote the real shit ! Let’s share and celebrate the work that connects us all to our own higher selves !

… Thank you Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express – ‘Junun’  … and Funkhaus Berlin Globalistas Unite !

And if these cats are passing thru your town, go experience the beautiful vibes !  Heard they were on their way to Utrecht next…

The experience was all way beyond anything that words can describe. So have a listen :

Junun [Official Album Trailer]

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood, and the Rajasthan Express – Allah Elohim

Junun – homepage ( on Nonesuch )

Stay Inspired !

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More info ( and more pics ) about this project and the experience at Funkhaus and about this otherwordly venue …coming soon.

S.F.T.I. v.9.11: Trump Didn’t Win An Election, He Won A Mr. Flatulent + Fascist Universe Pageant

November 9th, 2016

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{ Note: A CiTiZEN KiNO collage we made for our series of events, but were reluctant to use, as it put to much emphasis ( and predictive inclinations ) on Trump, when it was a 2-party system horror show – a facade of an election – that gave rise to two inept, sinister, rotten and wholly illegitimate candidates. The Trump image was plundered from Bill Griffith, who invented the Zippy The Pinhead comics in the 70s. We also decided to not use it for our poster, because it was too comical. Fascism has no punchlines ! And we honestly didn’t expect that the system would allow such a national self-flagellation to occur. }

Strategies For Turtle Islands  – V.9.11 -

Trump Didn’t Win An Election, He Won A Mr. Flatulent + Fascist Universe Pageant


The XLterrestrials would just like to take this moment to remind you, this was NOT AN ELECTION ! … this is what happens when two desperate right-wing marketing strategies have nothing left to sell you, and will do everything they can to keep power rather than going to jail ! This is what it looks and smells like when white cannibal shit hits the fan ! … And it’s all theirs ! Not ours …

Do not let the political pundits, nor ourselves, blame the voters, blame the left, blame the 3rd parties, blame the stupidity of a poorly educated, bitter and/or backward people. This was a combination of sophisticated manipulation and the management of perception by mass media profiteers and the ruling class, and, if anything’s still laughable, it’s the pathetic failure and entrenched Washington oblivion of the Democratic Party strategists to cater to NONE of the actual electorate’s real interests or concerns.

But let’s first focus on the media, since this is perhaps the 1st truly cyber-netizen election in hell, i.e. A population so funneled through the pipelines of corporate communications irreality, they can not discern the difference between screens and swamplands-for-sale.

The corporate media constructed and stole this election ! And opportunisticly laughed all their ways to the bank by producing the most epicly stupid + faked mongoloid  mud-wrestling spectacle of all time ! And any news or media outlet now so cowardly calling this AN ELECTION … a DEMOCRATIC ELECTION … WON by Donald Trump, should be figuratively or literally, whichever comes first, burned to the ground.

We have yet to see any major news media organization questioning the legitimacy of this election ! No one rejecting it as an illegitimate democracy, rejecting the outcome as a fraudulent and corrupt enterprise ! Of course not, those who propped up and gave this burnt-Orange terror-clown the mic and co-created this racist, sexist, tyrannical Frankenstein will continue to play this tragedy-for-dollars to the very bitter end.

But there’s no way in hell anyone who is still awake and still human, should continue to be so stupid or lazy enough to buy any further into this mediated descent into the abyss !

Of course it will not be easy and certainly not our only strategy, but it’s the most simple and most pragmatic beginning to make our clear departure from the narratives of all those mediated Lemming Broadcasters who operate this Dark Mirror and Authoritarians-R-us mini-series ! This is a channel that must be deleted to be Liberated !

Note: We’re currently hunting through Thomas De Zengotita’s lucid book Mediated. (2005) for some good quotes … to help us understand how this bullshit came so far.

to be cont.

Turtle Islands v.9 : The XLt Guide To Indigenous Resistance + Tactics For Everyone

November 5th, 2016

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The XLt Guide To Indigenous Resistance

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A Preface :

TURTLE ISLAND is the name many indigenous tribes and environmental activists ( since the 70s) use for the so-called “North American” territories. We use the plural – islands – to connect and reflect upon our varying degrees of experiences and impacts in our colonized, fragmented, war-torn, threatened world. Ever since reporting on the Climate Crisis since COP16 in Copenhagen in 2009 ( and then participating in the Anthropocene debates which developed soon after ), we have come to the conclusion that we all now share the same struggles to protect our common home, the Earth.

The XLterrestrials do not suggest that we are all currently in the same boat (nor on the same island ) as the most vulnerable populations, but we acknowledge that the Indigenous Resistance shows us the way to respect and defend the land and the waters ( from which we all come, and all depend ) like it is our very last chance to survive ! The more we learn from and embody this “Indigenous Mind” the more empowered we will become to reclaim our lives and our shared habitat, and change the systems that are destroying it !

This is NOT a romantic or nostalgic approach to our future, it’s learning about  obligations, solidarities, commitments, respect, passion, dignity… and by any technologies necessary !

Tactics For Everyone / Resources / Fundraisers

1. DIVEST

Mathew Cooke from the project Filming Cops explains it best. Showing you how you can take your money out of 2 of the funders in the above map, Chase and Wells Fargo, in 1.5 hours ( and probably a couple more to make, edit and post the video ) … WATCH HERE ! And follow : #BANKEXIT

2. BOYCOTTS

Amy Goodman and Democracy Now are getting more tactical than usual and started naming the names behind the Energy Transfer Partners… Musicians and music fans are gathering their forces to Boycott a festival by ETP’s CEO.  More research will likely be required to find out how to make a billionaire oiligarch feel the pressures ( financially ), but it’s a start ! MORE HERE !

3. DIRECT ACTIONS

Here below is an image from the Ruckus Society in the SF Bay Area about how to organize actions to make local businesses ( in your own areas ) who are involved in illegal activities w/ the DAPL project know how you feel !

#nodapl
#standwithstandingrock
#standingrock
#bankexit

IndigenousEnviroNet ?@IENearth

IEN – the North American network of Indigenous Peoples is calling for a Day of Actions on Nov. 15 !

Indigenous leaders are calling on us to take to the streets and disrupt “business-as-usual” one week after the election to demand that President Obama’s Army Corps of Engineers and the incoming administration stop the Dakota Access Pipeline — and all those after it.

FUNDRAISERS :

https://www.crowdrise.com/winterize-water-protectors-camp

https://www.gofundme.com/red-warrior-camp-logistical-support-2w8bte3k?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campaign_link_t&utm_campaign=welcome

https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/11B5z8

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Strategies For Turtle Island(s) v.8 : CiTiZEN KiNO #57 + Our Top Media Picks for Understanding A Failed Democracy

October 30th, 2016

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< Nov. 6 > CiTIZEN KiNO #57 : Strategies For Turtle Islands, Club Der Polnischen Versager, 169 Ackerstr., Berlin – 19:00h

[ the frackybook invite, plz share if so inclined ]

A night of tactical media to analyze + discuss what the failing US democracy means for the rest of us, in the EU, and on Planet Earth !
( eng + de mix )

Note: Turtle Island is the name many indigenous tribes and environmental activists ( since the 70s) use for the so-called “North American” territories.