As our movements grow and the neoliberal order tries to salvage its interests through new alignments with the far-right and other authoritarian tendencies, activists and organisations face new threats and forms of attack. We need to better understand the mechanisms of suppression and repression and ways to combat the damage they cause our movements.
In this session we’ll draw on the experience of diverse contemporary movements, as well as looking at some of the lessons we can learn from history. We’ll explore the experience of the Kurdish movements in facing harsh repression and the new forms of organising they have developed in Rojava. We’ll hear about the challenges faced by pro-democracy organisers in Hong Kong over recent years, as they’ve faced the maneuvering of the state against them and tried to adapt or respond. And we’ll hear how different systems construct consent for repressive violence or find ways to conceal movement suppression within the mechanisms of social reproduction and what this means for our organising.
We will ask:
How can we strengthen our ability to respond to threats against our movements?
What can we learn about the variety of methods that state and non-state actors use to close down the spaces we work and organise in?
What does resilience look like in the face of repressive attacks?