[WSMDiscuss] Launch of RED website, call for your contributions!

JS CACIM jai.sen at cacim.net
Fri Jul 28 19:03:26 CEST 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017


Greetings Ashish !

            This is mostly just to warmly congratulate you and Pallav – and Kalpavriksh ? – on this initiative, and to appreciate your taking up this mantle.  It is also wonderful to see how you are progressing – and managing to progress, which is no mean feat -, step by step; from Kalpavriksh, to the Vikalp Sangam, and to the Radical Ecological Democracy blog space, and now from there to a RED interactive webspace….  (and where, as I’m sure you know, ‘red’ in Spanish also means… network !)

            (Even though you have asked us, if we have responses, to not reply all – ie onto the list - but only to you and Pallav, as list admin I am selfishly also posting this on WSMDiscuss in the hope that this might open up some discussion on the list of your initiative !)

In fact, I guess that even this is in fact an incorrect picturisation, because as I understand it, you are not ‘stepping’ from one to the other, but always also remaining in each circle, and so where they are in a way, either concentric circles, ever widening, or overlapping circles… ecologically interconnected.  Personally, I am astonished how you are being able to successfully manage this marvellous and fine balance ( I have always found this not just difficult but just about impossible), and so I seriously do hope that you and your colleagues will at some point reflect (critically !) and write about how you are managing to do this.  (And share that with us, on this list !)

Without wanting to make this message too long, I also want to say that as I see it, what you are attempting and aiming at, as summarised in these questions, is so similar to what we at what is now World Social Movement Discuss also want to do; the questions you list out are also so appropriate to what this list is about – and so where I anyway, would like to hope that there might be ways in which we could even collaborate across our respective initiatives (such as, as a minimum, each of us tapping each other’s archives ?).  Let’s talk about this, and about ways in which we could make this work.

            Having said this, there are also a couple of comments I would like to make, which I hope you will read in the spirit of critical embrace that I offer them :  

First, I think it would be very useful if you were to consider adding three aspects that I think are, I think, implied in what you say here – but, I feel, always need to be spelled out (in your own words, of course) :

One, to not just report and inform etc but also to always keep a critically awareness of the larger context within which what we are reporting on is taking place, and to critically reflect on that;

Two, I suggest, and related to the first point, to look not only at ‘movements from below’ – which is what comes across in your questions - but also at what some have called ‘movements from above’, and at the interrelationship, and to therefore always attempt developing a structural (and dialectical) perspective on things that are happening, and unfolding….; and –

Three, to add / spell out ‘communalism’, ‘casteism’, and ‘racism’ to the forms of power that you want to overcome.  (I know that these could be considered to be included within your saying “other forms of concentration of power”, but… I think that in the world we live in, it’s useful not to be silent on these but to also spell them out.)  And also what some people call the ‘intersectionality’.

And second, if you don't mind my saying this, to somewhere and somehow make clear that you want / RED wants to not only hear from the ‘civil’ world, and from so-called ‘civil society’, and to know about ‘civil’ initiatives and so on, but also from those who are challenging the civil world, from outside and also sort of ‘from within’…; from those I term the ‘incivil’ (and / but where I see that others are also beginning to use this term and perspective).  At the moment, I feel that your call – and even if using terms such as ‘transformative’ - is still too ‘civil’, and too much addressed to the ‘civil’ world.

            Again, I hope you will not mind my making these comments, and may even find them useful !

            Let me end by being more obviously constructive, and in response to your request, suggest a few other forums that I think RED shares space with and might want relate to, some civil and some incivil :

The initiative in Abya Yala [‘South America’] named Crisis de Civilizacion Y Paradigmas Alternativos [‘Crisis of Civilisation and Alternative Paradigms’]; contact the list admin Roberto Espinoza at ayamtai08 at gmail.com <mailto:ayamtai08 at gmail.com>
Ecosocialist Horizons, at www.ecosocialisthorizons.com <http://www.ecosocialisthorizons.com/>
Indymedia, at https://indymedia.org/or/index.shtml <https://indymedia.org/or/index.shtml>
Interface, at http://www.interfacejournal.net/ <http://www.interfacejournal.net/>
Open Movements : The ISA47 platform on www.opendemocracy.net <http://www.opendemocracy.net/>
New Socialist, at http://www.newsocialist.org/ <http://www.newsocialist.org/>
Peoples Studies, at www.peoples-studies.com <http://www.peoples-studies.com/>
Rabble, at www.rabble.ca <http://www.rabble.ca/>
Resistance Studies Initiative, at www.resistancestudies.org <http://www.resistancestudies.org/>
Waging Nonviolence, at https://wagingnonviolence.org/ <https://wagingnonviolence.org/>
Yes magazine, at www.yesmagazine.org <http://www.yesmagazine.org/>
You may also find some of the following of interest – the list of Web Pages and Blog spots from the first of my two current / forthcoming books, just copied and pasted in :

http://barrikadazapatista.wordpress.com/ <http://barrikadazapatista.wordpress.com/>
http://chiapas.indymedia.org/ <http://chiapas.indymedia.org/>
http://contralarepresion.wordpress.com/2010/06/ <http://contralarepresion.wordpress.com/2010/06/>
http://detodos-paratodos.blogspot.com/2009/03/concluye-el-encuentro-de-mujeres-mama.html <http://detodos-paratodos.blogspot.com/2009/03/concluye-el-encuentro-de-mujeres-mama.html>
http://dignarabia.ezln.org.mx/ <http://dignarabia.ezln.org.mx/>
http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/ <http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/>
http://lahorasexta.podomatic.com/ <http://lahorasexta.podomatic.com/>
http://mujeresylasextaorg.wordpress.com/ <http://mujeresylasextaorg.wordpress.com/>
http://revistarebeldia.org/ <http://revistarebeldia.org/>
http://rinconzapatistazac.blogspot.com/ <http://rinconzapatistazac.blogspot.com/>
http://union-rebelde.blogspot.com/ <http://union-rebelde.blogspot.com/>
http://zapateando.wordpress.com/ <http://zapateando.wordpress.com/>
http://zeztainternazional.ezln.org.mx/ <http://zeztainternazional.ezln.org.mx/>
http://www.capise.org.mx/ <http://www.capise.org.mx/>
http://www.cedoz.org/site/ <http://www.cedoz.org/site/>
http://www.chiapasmediaproject.org/ <http://www.chiapasmediaproject.org/>
http://www.coloquiointernacionalandresaubry.org/ <http://www.coloquiointernacionalandresaubry.org/>
http://www.contralaimpunidad.org/index.php <http://www.contralaimpunidad.org/index.php>
http://www.encuentroindigena.org/ <http://www.encuentroindigena.org/>
http://www.europazapatista.org/ <http://www.europazapatista.org/>
http://www.nodo50.org/pchiapas/chiapas/documentos/caracol/caracol.htm <http://www.nodo50.org/pchiapas/chiapas/documentos/caracol/caracol.htm>
http://www.radioinsurgente.org/ <http://www.radioinsurgente.org/>
http://www.radiozapatista.org/IIEncuentro.htm <http://www.radiozapatista.org/IIEncuentro.htm>
http://www.radiozapatista.org/index.html <http://www.radiozapatista.org/index.html>
http://www.serazln-altos.org/index.html <http://www.serazln-altos.org/index.html>
            In critical solidarity – as always !  A luta continua !


 PS : May I also forward your post onto other lists ?

> On Jul 27, 2017, at 7:30 PM, Ashish Kothari via WSM-Discuss <wsm-discuss at lists.openspaceforum.net> wrote:
> Dear Friends,
> Our new initiative, the launch of the Radical Ecological Democracy website is just a couple of weeks away. Through this website we hope to engage people around the world on the practice and notion of transformative alternatives: initiatives that can challenge and ultimately replace the currently dominant structures of patriarchy, capitalism, statism, and other forms of concentration of power that have institutionalized dire inequality all around the world and thrown it into a severe ecological emergency. We are thrilled that many of you have already become a part of this journey by sharing your expertise through articles and discussions for the site, and hopefully many more of you will consider contributing stories, perspectives, poetry, art pieces, or other forms of expression to enliven and diversify. We also want this website to act as an international bulletin board for the exchange of news, announcements, appeals and general shout-outs on issues that you think are important for the people frequenting this site to be aware of, with a focus on transformative alternatives. So, if you have a contribution to make on any of the following points then please write to us:
> -- Is there a grassroots initiative towards alternatives in your part of the world which is gaining momentum and which the rest of the world needs to know of?
> -- Is there a people's movement attempting alternatives, which is being suppressed by the state or corporate interests, or facing other threats and needs support … and any related protests/movement actions that need publicity?
> -- Are there any events (conferences, workshops, festivals, meets) relevant to transformative alternatives coming up, and need to be publicized? 
> -- Are there any stories of people's triumphs which the world should know about and draw positive energy from?
> -- Are there any mistakes in the practice and conceptualisation of alternatives, which need sharing so that they're not repeated elsewhere?
> -- Are there other websites and forums that are similar to this one, and need to be linked to (as also not duplicated!)? 
> Let us know if you want a committed audience to be aware of what's happening in your part of the world. Obviously, we'll make sure that no unwanted, trivial or irresponsible item features on the website (and if by oversight it does, pl. tell us to take if off!).  Please send your contribution to Pallav. Also, spread the word among your colleagues and comrades and encourage them to contribute. We hope that through this effort we can join hands (and feet, minds, and hearts!) to do our bit in laying the foundation of a new narrative.
> In solidarity, 
> Ashish Kothari / Pallav Das (dpallav at gmail.com <mailto:dpallav at gmail.com>)
> P.S. : some of you would be familiar with the precursor to this website, the blog http://radicalecologicaldemocracy.wordpress.com <http://radicalecologicaldemocracy.wordpress.com/>; this site is an attempt to fully upgrade that initiative into a more active, interactive forum. As this initiative is currently completely voluntary, we also welcome any financial contributions that you can make or can point us to, from sources that will not compromise our basic orientation towards justice of all kinds. 
> PS 2: For those interested, we coordinate a website for similar articles/stories, news/events on alternatives in India: www.vikalpsangam.org <http://www.vikalpsangam.org/> or www.alternativesindia.org <http://www.alternativesindia.org/>. 
> -- 
> Ashish Kothari
> Kalpavriksh
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