“power to the people, by the people, for the people.”
This is what is currently being experimented with here in Rojava, where the different people organize themselves, beyond the nation state, on the basis of democratic communal assemblies towards a system called democratic confederalism.
Of course, reorganizing a society without state is not an easy thing. Of course it needs time, investment and education — but it also gives us the most intense joy.
We have to find a way, as a society, to live together in freedom. Thousands of people remember the days on the squares, the highways, the streets and the occupied schools as important and significant moments. These actions and experiences will be talked about for months and years to come. Why? Because with these actions and occupations society is rising up collectively. The people (re)discover what it means to live in a communal way.
To achieve a communal life, it is necessary to unravel the myth of the nation state which represents a false Republican unity. We have to take down the borders that separate us, as well as find the capacity to reclaim our many different identities, to revive our cultures, and “regionalized” languages. And as women we have to take back what has been taken from us, make our voices audible and take our place in all parts of society.
We have to work towards building another economic system — socialist, controlled by, and coming from the people, on the basis of cooperative production, self-government and ecological values. Finally, as youths, with the spirit of resistance, we have to become a motor in a movement that will not accept any compromise.
The whole world has to understand that for this movement “winning” doesn’t mean a mere increase in the minimum wage, neither the increase of the real purchasing power. To win means to overcome the stage of revindication and to begin to construct another system of self-governance, building on existing alternative structures. To win means facing contradictions. To try, to fail, to try again. To never lose the hope that we can emancipate from the state and the existing structures of oppression. So that we can live freely.
Solidarity with the Gilets Jaunes and all those who resist in France and everywhere else in the world.
Down with Turkish fascism.
Bijî Berxwedana Fransa! Bijî berxwedana Rojava !
Bijî Rêber Apo !
Jin Jiyan Azadî !