Culture of Sharing March 19,2017 Taguig, City “Sharing is Resistance”

Sharing is Resistance
By: Bandido
In a modern world that we live in, even your from the west or from the east we are all under by capitalism. The value and monetary exchange that capitalist promotes are all in favor for the benefit of some few elite individuals in which strongly supported by the government/state and push people to participate in a game orchestrated by corporation and politician for us to continue buying, paying, consuming, extracting, working, competing etc. and even churches who supposedly said promoting God’s will are also giving services for profits.
So if you do something that are not related with the kind of capitalist-consumers society, you are not normal. Every services and things that the people need like medical, education/information, foods, technology, shelter, recreational etc. are all needed to be valued with an amount of money. A paper and a coin in which has no feelings of love, compassion, selflessness, understanding, and respect. Money dominates the realm of our daily life. Money gives you a power to eradicate a harmonious relationship with each other. Creating a huge disparity between the rich and poor. Injustice, despair and inequalities are accepted concept of human condition.
Sharing is an act of resistance against this capitalist instigated false reality. Today, if you are aware on how the system works you should re-think and imagine a new society that solely base on sharing, mutual-cooperation, volunteerism, self-initiative to empower the people for self-determination and to advance the horizontal social relation.
Question our privileges and share this privileges to others if we really want to make a new world. Our life is not always base on profits, salary or money-making reality. Giving free workshop or skill-sharing, potlucks or sharing foods, really free market that is giving away stuffs and taking things that you need, sharing a space for activities and events, showing or exhibiting your talents for free, access for free tools and accessories, free school etc. We can achieve this by collaborating with diverse individuals who believes in solidarity, friendship and anarchy.

Eksena Sa Kalye February 17, 2017

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Eksena Sa Kalye were spontaneously plan and participated by various individuals. To popularize the topics on environment, food politics and oppression. Creative approach should be done to address this issue and it need to do it from below.

An attempt to showcase a lifestyle or culture of sharing in a marginalized communities in Pasig City, the reaction by the people were different. They not usually see this kind of activities that gives away free clothes, shoes, utensils. cd’s etc. in the principles of Really Really Free Market “bring what you can and take what you need” and one of the effect was positive as an unknown lady with her child who are getting some stuffs voluntarily order a pizza for us to say thank you. Art exhibition also happen and kids are excited to paint the sculpture made by our friend.

Kids playing with bubbles make a relaxation moment for their parents while watching their kids having fun. At night time, our friend gave some information and tips about basic composting for kitchen waste disposal as a practice to lessen the the daily waste produce by it. Lastly, our friend from Davao with his partner share their music.

Making this an everyday reality will possibly change the way people think, act and behave.

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Climate Crisis and Direct Action Forum February 23, 2017 Bulacan State University

 

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By Chuck Baclagon

Climate change challenges us to rethink and build a new world using the lens of equity and sustainability. This entails the protracted work of changing our personal lifestyles and raising the awareness of others to take action individually and in coordination with the many other struggles that are fighting against the system that brought the climate crisis.

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We exist on a particular juncture in history. The prospect of our collective extinction as a specie, forces us to endure and challenges us to strive harder than before to speak truth to power, highlight the alternatives, and demonstrate possible solution to the current crisis by bringing out counter-narratives to the ones that we have been accustomed to like the capitalist-consumer myth of infinite growth in a finite planet.

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In the forum I was able to explore the theme of climate change as a being both a crisis and an opportunity to build a socially just and ecologically sustainable world. While the next speaker Bas Umali of Onsite Infoshop explored the theme of responding to the ecological crisis through direct action as a way of to undermining the current system and showing it to be unnecessary and harmful. Lastly, Chris De Vera of Etniko Bandido gave practical examples of how direct action can be integrated into our individual lifestyles and our communities, these actions involve urban gardening, do-it-yourself solar installations, cycling among others.

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Baliwag Food Not Bombs gave away freshly cooked vegan food at the event as their way of taking direct action to show how a myriad corporate and government priorities are skewed to allow hunger to persist in the midst of abundance.

The forum served as a venue for discourse and dialogue that could pave the way for developing pathways for the participants to develop their own strategy of taking climate action.

Tarabangan Kitang Gabos (Tulungan Tayong Lahat) Solidarity event January 29,2017

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Last Dec. 25, 2016, Typhoon Nina hit the archipelago. One of the most affected was the town of Sagnay in the province of Camarines Sur. Most of the houses and infrastructures were torn down by the wind. Crops like bananas and coconuts were severely destroyed.

Therefore, the event Tarabangan Kitang Gabos (Tulungan Tayong Lahat) was initiated to declare solidarity to the people most affected by Typhoon Nina. On January 29, we will be calling to all performers ,artists and individuals to spend their time, resources and energy to raise funds to help reconstruct the victims’ houses and sources of living.

Proceeds will be spent for seeds, seedlings, housing materials, or school supplies. A P15,000 peso target is to be set. All of the resources collected from this event will go to people that need it most. Likely are farmers who ‘s livelihood depends on agriculture. These also include people with no capacity to buy materials to rebuild there homes and school supplies for their children.

We do not expect too much from this event, whether or not it will generate alot of resources. But the good thing is that we, people, try with our best effort to extend out to fellow brothers and sisters who are in need of support in continuing there lives. This event will also show us how Mutual Aid and Cooperation defines what kind of society we want to see in this world, and how Climate Change affects us all.

Ways to Participate:
1. Donate cash thruthis page or on the actual event.
2. Artists may donate thier works, to be auctioned online and on the event. Kindly share photos of your craft for the online auction.
3. Share songs, dances and poetry on the event program. Kindly contact us, so we can include you in the program and poster.
4. Share this event to friends and families who may be interested in helping and participating.
Come jam with us on this meaningful night!
Dios Mabalos sa Indong Gabos! Maraming Salamat sa Inyong Lahat! Patnubayan Kitang Gabos ng Kagurangnan!

For inquiries, please contact Ron:
+63 915 869 8940

Critical Mass Action Baliwag Dec.18, 2016 “Bikes against Coal and Fossil Fuels”

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Bulacan is one of the major industrial and agricultural center. It is strategically located between the commercial center of Manila and the industrial and trading centers of Northern Luzon. One of the traditional rice granary of the Philippines. Despite the great challenge posed by El Niño on agriculture, this province pulled off a bountiful harvest that has propelled it to being recognized by the Department of Agriculture as a Hall of Famer in the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers Award. All of a sudden this claim progressively changing due to land conversion for real estate development, mall culture and consumerism. The food production in this area are now getting low because vast agricultural land are now becoming a low-cost housing project, supermarkets and malls. This building and construction will be requiring a huge amount of electricity and it will be dependent on coal and fossil fuel as a source of energy. The situation of food security is at risk and will create an impact on climate related issues.

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At 8am some of the participants already at the Hero’s park waiting. Volunteers from Food Not Bombs Baliwag, 350.org, some friends from Manila and other bikers gathered and other FNB crew are at Bustos preparing foods. While we are waiting we discuss the route and give some brief background of the Critical Mass Action then we put propaganda materials on our bike. The weather is calm with darker clouds as we think it will rain soon, so at 9 am we started the ride going to the north side of Baliwag. We saw a Shell gas station and decided to stop to take a rest and bring out our banner stating “Bikes Against Coal and Fossil Fuels”. After that we ride again, take the one lane of the road at the same time speaking through our megaphone to share the road and promoting the use of bike as an alternative form of transportation to minimize our dependency on fossil fueled cars and motors. We already feel the small drops of rains so we decided to rest and take a cover. The bike ride ended at 12nn timely for lunch break but we waited for FNB crew to come for the free food distribution. Then around 12:30pm food was ready, Food Not Bombs occupy a tent space in the park to set-up the table, install a banner and share foods while giving out flyers.

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Culture of Sharing Oct.31, 2016

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Culture of sharing is a practice in which we encourage people to share their skills, talent, information, stuffs etc. for free. Culture of sharing are horizontally organized and self-managed by the volunteers. There is no need for coercion and domination. Culture of sharing is a tool to minimize our dependency on State, Corporation, NGO and any other institutions in providing and exchanging services or goods. Culture of sharing is a values that promotes mutual-cooperation, self-reliant and willingness. Culture of sharing defies private property and intellectual property rights. Culture of sharing respects individuality for collective emancipation against monopoly and control. Culture of sharing applied in family house hold, with friends, neighbors, collectives, communities, etc. Creating a harmonious relationship with each other.

Biag, Buhay, Ikabuhi “Value of Life, Denouncing Killings” Oct.29, 2016

On October 29, 2016 autonomous individuals, cause-oriented groups and local networks shared their thoughts about the on-going war on drugs and affirmed the life force through poetry, music, performances and talks. Friends from Peace Church and volunteers from different info shops initiated an event at project 20 Maginhawa to launch Manlaban zine, a do-it-yourself publication which features critical content and writings on drug-related and extra-judicial killings. It was an expression of sentiments, info sharing, narration, perspective and idea of resistance. Such is the core of Manlaban, amidst the hate, stigma and violence, the freedom to express, to think for one’s self, and criticality to resist all forms of violence, authority and hierarchy. Fread from Theo sa Kanto and Chung of the Etniko Bandido Infoshop traced the series of meetings which lead to the Biag, Buhay, Ikabuhi event. Taong Grasa Orchestra opened the night with communal music.

Jestoni of Notra Block, a network of autonomous groups in Caloocan and the rest of Northern part of Metro Manila provided a context and rationale of Manlaban zine. Greg Bituin Jr. a self-published poet commemorated the 150th death year anniversary of the slain Filipino general, Antonio Luna through an spontaneous poetry. While Darnell, a Canadian anabaptist and also part of peace church shared a counter-narrative about people of the bible.

Meanwhile, a volunteer from Marindukanon Infoshop also offered a solidarity message on the newly-launched zine, Manlaban. Members of Linangan ng Imahen Retorika at Arte (LIRA) took turns in reciting poems about the current state of killings and violence in the archipelago. While I-Defend, a human rights and dignity coalition gave the current score on the war on drugs of the present administration. Musical performances from folk punk Bata,Xterm Zoid, A.lien, Kaibuturan and Kontemporaryong Gamelang Filiipino (Kontra Gapi) followed.

In addition, there were simultaneous happenings in support of the cause like free t-shirt printing, pot luck, film screening, really really free market. The said creative resistance and direct action was a manifestation of the long tradition of sharing culture based on horizontal organising, anti-authoritarian alternative and non-hierarchical politics.

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Manlaban Zine

This zine is a collection of creative art/writings that are related to an on-going campaign of this administration against drugs. Expression, sentiments, information, stories and ideas that are not usually seen on mainstream media. Every piece that includes here are shared freely. It is not been edited. We encourage the people who will get this to think, to be critical and resist.

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Decentralize Source of Power October 5, 2016 Quezon City

I was invited by 350.org to share some information regarding Solar Power.
The technical aspects on how the solar power works and our politics why we promote this kind of alternative source of energy in response to climate crisis issue and the battle against dirty energy.

In the Philippines, who are still dependent on coal and fossil fuels, the information regarding renewable energy is limited, sometimes the access on how to get this information are preferably for the privilege class only.  We believe by promoting and sharing technical aspects about Solar Power through different communities we can advance the campaign on decentralization and a self-manageable type of energy dependency. Making more popular in a wide range of general public is an strategy to eradicate  monopoly, control and centralization. Creating more autonomous facilities and commune that can provide technological development in the grassroots level.