Press Release: RIDGEWOOD, QUEENS, New York – December 30, 2015 –
Woodbine, an organizing hub for building autonomy in the Anthropocene, has released A Resolution, a video call to set out the stakes for 2016: the planetary need to be done with a way of life that is destroying us and the world, and in the face of this, to get organized as a new historical force capable of changing everything.
A Resolution looks back on the crisis and confusion of 2015: climate change-driven wildfires, droughts, and storms; ISIS and their attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Ankara; bankrupt political leaders at COP21 debating how fast to kill the world; and an ever growing number of people murdered by police across American cities. As times grow darker, as despair and hopelessness grow in tandem with stupidity and horror, people everywhere are searching for vision and direction.
“We made this video for a simple reason,” said Woodbine’s director of videography, “In the face of a civilization tearing itself apart, it’s the responsibility of each and every one of us to insist that this is not over, that we can change the world, that we do have a vision – and that in many places people are already building it. We have to be able to confront the global crisis we face today.”
A Resolution points to the sparks that are creating a new light in the growing darkness: the revolutionary wave that spread from Tunis to New York; the Kurdish freedom struggle and the war against ISIS in Rojava; the riots and blockades sparked by the killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner; and the retooling and remaking of life with “civilization starter kits” and “removing the dust” from indigenous knowledges and practices. “We, the people who work every day, who think we ‘don’t have time’ – we are the only ones who can do this,” said Woodbine’s co-founder. “No one’s going to do this for us—no politician, no technological innovation, no international agreement. If we want a different future, we are going to have to make it, from where we are and in every place.”
As people worldwide are taking stock, looking backwards to 2015 and forward to 2016, A Resolution shows that amidst growing catastrophe, the only real future is the one we’ll make.
Woodbine is a hub for building autonomy in the Anthropocene. Our mission is to grow collective material and organizational capacities and build revolution in the 21st century. With a workshop, library, kitchen, and meeting space, we focus on efforts to self-organize, connect, create infrastructures, and develop individual and collective efficacy.
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