Stories of the campaigns and actions that we have worked with
The infamous transport tunnel ”Förbifart Stockholm” started its construction work in Akalla - one of the poorer suburbs where it’s designed to release most gases and kill most people. Both activists and local residents wants an end to this incredibly expensive monstrosity. The first action under the name ”Vägs Ände” played out with support from friendly police who gladly ensured that the activists peacefully blocked the entrance to the murderous construction site. A pram bloc with children made friends with the workers, who left work early looking content. Perhaps more than anything else, this day’s blockade showed how incredibly high legitimacy the highway resistance has even when the shovels have hit the dirt. It could reinvigorate an inclusive battle against the car norm, and replace it with low carbon transport systems
The UN Climate Talks in Paris (COP21)
The first project we did as trainers, was to prepare Swedish activists to take civil disobedience action in Paris in connection with the climate talks.
While we were squeezed between a terrorist threat a repressive state, 15000 people took disobedient action. We defied the state of emergency, and occupied spaces under the Eiffel Tower in protest against the inadequate Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, a nearby demonstration declared a state of climate emergency. Afterwards we were filled with both disappointment on the agreement and pride over our friends. To build a continuity in the movement, the Climate Justice Program was formed shortly afterwards.
Ende Gelände – the german activist organization shutting down mining infrastructure in Europe’s most coal-dense regions – is a source of inspirations for CJP. As a mass action in May 2016 targeted coal mines owned by Sweden, we rallied to empower 150 people to go down and take action in Germany. This resulted in an unprecedented success of shutting down all coal infrastructure for 48 hours and almost putting the coal power plant Schwartze Pumpe out of business.
As many took action for the first time during both Ende Gelände mass actions to date, it continues to build people power all over Europe. It became a clear example of how we, working together, can achieve things we beforehand though were impossible.