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Alternative Maniax Show #48

Posted in Alternative Maniax Show, autonomous green spaces, Autonomous local communities, Independent music, Music, routard, Self-production, Squatting//Occupy, traveler, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2013 by Alternative Maniax

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Last year, we had introduced the story of the ZAD (Zone to defend) and we had a guest talking about the occupation lifestyle there. They were expecting an eviction wave already at this time.

The ZAD is a huge Land with many water beds, a forest, some fields around and a very rich wild life. It’s been 40 years since the first proposal about an aiport construction plan has been thrown and so it’s been 40 years that inhabitants and locals are refusing to sell out their piece of land and leave.
Since about 5 years ago, nature lovers, travellers, passengers from around the world started to come and occupy the lands to support the locals and defend this beautiful natural site.
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For many years then until the first wave of eviction in October 2012, people have been living there, building small houses, tree houses, clay houses, organising a communal garden, giant clay oven, outdoor shower, living peacefully on this loved and cherished land.
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On this last October 2012, the local police started a massive eviction operation, destroying all the existed houses and fragile shelters, beating up  the people sometimes to get them out of their houses, cutting the trees to get down the tree-houses cause they would be lazy to climb …

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“The ZAD (Zone A Défendre) is a 4,000 acres of occupied land conveniently located where
the state and multinational building company vinci plan to make an
airport. for 40 years locals have been fighting the project, joined
by squatters in the last 5 years. cue countless actions and demos and
constructions, building a place where people strove to be autonomous,
with libraries, treehouse villages, a bakery, a farm, collective
gardens, a goat dairy etc, all horizontally organized.”

“Then in October, the military and riot police came and knocked it all
down. But they didn’t expect the resistance they got and had to
extend their initial planned operation by 3 weeks. It’s been almost 3 months
now that there is a daily military presence, and two people have gone
to prison so far, with hundreds wounded.

So there was a big demo and 40,000 people came to re-squat some new
land. Over 200 “collectives of support” were created and the
government proposed negotiations (which were refused by the people
involved). There was a zine made with just a listing of the
solidarity actions. And it’s quite strange because nobody had ever heard of it and
evictions were supposed to be the end and now instead of 100 living
there we are 500 and it’s on the national news and everyone is
scratching their heads.”

Extract from: http://thewildcat.org/events/the-struggle-on-la-zad/

“Website of the ZAD occupation – where the future airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes is planned to be.

The ZAD – to the developers it is the Zone d’Aménagement Différé’, the differed development zone and for us it’s a Zone À Défendre: a zone to be defended. Either way, it’s a part of the countryside close to Nantes in France, which according to the decision-makers should make way for an international airport.

Their construction project “Grand Ouest” is an economic platform of international importance stretching from Nantes to Saint-Nazaire, which will form a singular, huge metropolis. Fulfilling this project means taking over the sky, the sea and the land in replacing the current airport in Nantes with a new one at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, but also enlarging the port at Saint-Nazaire and constructing new roads and highways…

Our goals, in coming to live here on the proposed site of the airport, are many: to live on a protest site, where we can be close to those who’ve been opposing the project for 40 years and to have the power to act when construction happens; to make use of abandoned spaces to learn to live together, to cultivate the land and to be more autonomous from the capitalist system.”

Extract from the official The ZAD website: http://zad.nadir.org/?lang=en

What happened then ?

“17th November 2012 – Today marks the full-force reoccupation of an area known as the ZAD (zone à défendre – zone to defend) in Notre Dame des Landes, Brittany, France. In response to the brutal eviction and bulldozing of various farms, the disruption of livestock and tear-gas poisoning of vegetable gardens by riot police during the last week of October 2012, between 20,000 and 40,000 people are estimated to be on-site today. They are constructing cabins and cleaning up the land to get it ready to be inhabited once again.”

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“Police are trying to protect the economic interests of the company Vinci. Vinci plans to build the aforementioned airport on acres of farmland and Rohanne forest, and is using an argument of “public utility” to try to evict inhabitants. The validity of the “public utility” argument is very questionable. Another airport, Nantes Atlantique, is located about 40 minutes away from the site. Nantes Atlantique receives top ratings for its great ability to serve the region. Even pilots based out of Nantes Atlantique are speaking out against the new airport project, saying it is unnecessary.”

“Past actions of protest have included a walking vegetable garden and clowns on luggage carts with airplane wings at Nantes Atlantique, a No-G20 solidarity camp on the ZAD in the summer of 2011, various bicycle/tractor mobilizations to regional political events, a 6-day bike/tractor/cow march to the senate in Paris, permanent vigils in government buildings in the immediate area, and now a large-scale reoccupation.

Here is an exclusive video from the airport protest in late July of 2011: Riot police negotiate with clowns, get sprayed with fire extinguishers.”

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“Occupants are under heavy surveillance, and their children are at times blocked by police from being able to go to school. At the end of October and beginning of November many farms and houses were violently evicted and subsequently demolished. Battles raged between riot cops and locals. Tear gas was sprayed, projectiles were thrown, barricades were constructed and lit on fire and roads were blocked. The provocation was on the part of invading police forces, as the locals were only trying to defend their homes.”

“Vinci’s airport project at Notre Dame des Landes is purely profit-seeking. It is an unnecessary and environmentally-destructive venture that must be stopped. It is being met with the resistance it merits, and people are stepping up to show solidarity through their presence and through donations of building materials, food and clothing.  The people of Notre Dame des Landes are fighting to keep their homes and means of living.”

Extract from: http://superchief.tv/zad-reoccupation/

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Tonight, the English/French documentary made about the ZAD will be played. Testimonies; description; why; how; fight; resistance; sparkles and LOADS of LOVE in the eyes of these fighters, defenders of the nature they cherish 😀

More Links and articles about it:

http://lutteaeroportnddl.com/

Music of course, independent as always 😀

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TONIGHT, from 7pm on OPTICALRADIO.net

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Altenative Maniax #46: About Dumpster Diving

Posted in Alternative, Alternative Maniax Show, Independent music, Music, Street with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2013 by Alternative Maniax

Hello!

Here we go again, talking about getting food from the bins ah!
The common name for this activity is dumpster diving, known as “skipping” in the United Kingdom.
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So how does it work? Why do people get dirty to get their food? Don’t they get sick? Are they desperate? What kind of people is doing it? Is it legal in their country? What kind of food or goods do you find?
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(Found in a dumpster in Sweden, check it out here: http://attlevadetlevandelivet.wordpress.com/2011/08/17/dumpstring-fran-sopor-till-mat/)

Well, this next show coming is going to give you some more informations about it.

Video documentary about Dumpster Diving:

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http://www.talkingoffood.com/watch/1-video-content/19-food-scavengers.html

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http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/12/dumpster-diving-video-trader-joes.html*

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/dumpster-diving-documentary-on-the-joy-of-free-food-video.html*
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Articles about Dumpster Diving:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/dumpster-divers-grab-40-000-worth-food-article-1.1195338
http://www.wikihow.com/Dumpster-Dive
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http://freegan.info/what-is-a-freegan/freegan-practices/urban-foraging/diving-and-the-law/
http://www.allthingsfrugal.com/dumpster.htm

What about the music tonight ? We got 2 new artists from the UK, plus the usual wicked underground playlist of exclusively independent musicians 😀
Have a look:

Lottie Day

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The LockSmith

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CLICK HERE TO LISTEN ON-AIR tonight from 7pm

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