I travelled to Brussels with Young Friends of the Earth early November to participate in TTIP GAME OVER ROUND 2, a platform for organisations to come together and take actions against TTIP and CETA for three days while negotiators gathered in the EU capital.
We had an art squat as our headquarters, complete with a friendly chicken called Rubana who clucked around. Two cooking cooperatives drove up to cook for us everyday, and we had a big art space for silkscreening and banner creating.
One of our actions was with EZLN where 150 of us dressed up as animals to storm the corporate lobby of Bayer and make an absolute mess before the police came. Here's a youtube video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh2qTldw1oY
Over all it was the most incredible activist experience I've had so far. All I know is that I want to participate in more of these types of events in the future. The organisation for it was incredible; to get so many people from different countries to gather for workshops, ideas, and action. I felt like my days had so much meaning. For all those times where I feel like I'm not doing enough to create the change I want, these days were an opportunity for full on activism. With so many inspiring and fantastic people.
We had a lovely party on the last night in a squat, where we gathered and watched videos of all the different actions, together in solidarity fighting to regain democracy for us all. We are a lot less powerful in terms of money or connections in high places, but the fact that we came together despite all that, we have people power, and the power of dedication and hope. At least we showed up. At least we tried to make something change, and let people know what we want. That we want a different system. That business can't go on as usual. These trade deals leave us all at stake in terms of health, social justice and environmental justice.
There might be a round 3, where we shut the city down. Stay updated! https://ttipgameover.net/blog/