WE'RE A COLLECTIVE OF IRANIANS IN THE DIASPORA WORKING FOR JIN* JIYAN AZADÎ. WE HOLD DEMONSTRATIONS, WRITE ARTICLES, ORGANIZE, WORK ON FREE INTERNET& HELP ACTIVISTS SEEKING REFUGE OR THEM WHO ARE IN EXILE
One year has passed since the murder of Jina Amini and the uprising of people in Kurdistan, Iran, and the diaspora. During this time, numerous collectives, initiatives, and unions have organized themselves. Through general strikes, demonstrations, sit-ins, and daily practices of civil disobedience, people have resisted the system of oppression. A year later, we have reached a critical juncture where we need to reflect and ask ourselves: how do we wish to further organize?
Revolution requires mobilization and organization, both of which necessitate strategies. Together, we aim to contemplate potential strategies for our collective political struggle while simultaneously connecting the various struggles. Let's recap together: what have we achieved so far? What has been particularly successful, and where must we alter our strategy? Which forms of protest have been chosen? What impact have they had? Which groups were involved in what capacity? What conflicts have arisen, and how have we addressed them? What were our weaknesses and blind spots? To what extent have we managed to foster an internationalist movement, and how can we achieve transnational practice? How can we link struggles and fight beyond national borders for a better and more just life for all? How can we mobilize the masses, and how can we achieve our goal - the revolution?
Now, we find ourselves at a critical juncture, pondering how to continue organizing the dismantling of this deeply exploitative, racist, misogynist, queerphobic, anti-poor, and anti-human system. Our goal is to achieve an abolitionist revolution that leads to real change rather than another system of oppression and exploitation.
The keynotes will be enriched by the presence of Ruth Gilmore and you (of course if you accept our invitation) who will provide an abolitionist, class-struggle perspective from other movements. In panel discussions, initiatives and grassroots organizations will be invited to discuss and exchange insights on their work related to Iran and Kurdistan. Workshops will facilitate constructive and participatory exchanges. We aspire to learn from one another, grow together, and formulate new shared strategies.
The conference will also include panel discussions and workshops facilitated by other grassroots collectives involved in the Jina Revolution. These sessions will serve as platforms for constructive exchanges on past resistance related to work in Iran, Balouchestan, and Kurdistan.