[DAAS Living Room for Solidarity]

DAAS Living Room for Solidarity

The Living Room for Solidarity at Norbergfestival is a space dedicated to international and intersectional solidarity. Together, we demand a permanent ceasefire, an end to occupation and apartheid, an end to Western complicity, the release of all Palestinian prisoners, and the right to return for all Palestinian refugees. We call for the cessation of genocide, urbicide, ecocide, domesticide, and scholasticide in Palestine and everywhere else in the world. Our commitment places us within a broader movement that connects global liberation struggles, embracing anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism, anti-fascism, and anti-capitalism.

We invite everyone in need of a space to process, mourn, share their anger, learn, discuss, and organize against ongoing genocides and war aggressions. We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian, Sudanese, Congolese, Rohingya, West Papuan, Armenian, Tigrayan, Kurdish, and Ukrainian people, and all those who resist oppression and strive for self-determination.

Friday 5/7:

Teach In with International Solidarity Movement

Practising Solidarity in the Nordics

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the long-entrenched and systematic oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian population, using non-violent, direct-action methods and principles. Founded in August 2001, ISM aims to support and strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by being immediately alongside Palestinians in olive groves, on school runs, at demonstrations, within villages being attacked, by houses being demolished or where Palestinians are subject to consistent harassment or attacks from soldiers and settlers as well as numerous other situations.

Poetry Reading with Jasim Mohamed

New Elegi to Gaza

Jasim Mohamed, born in 1962 in Ur, Iraq, is a poet and translator now living in Uppsala, Sweden. Mohamed made his poetic debut in 2005 with Övningar in i ett annat språk. His contributions to literature have earned him several awards, such as the Svenska Akademiens prize in 2010 and Samfundet De Nios vinterpris in 2022. His notable works include Det var ett märkligt granatäpple and Uppror mot ingen​. At Norbergfestival, he will read from an upcoming collection of poems.

Saturday 6/7:

Workshop with Palestine Direct Action Fund

No Business as Usual: Exercising Direct Action

This is a workshop on imagining defiance. Sparked by the direct action taking place within the Palestinian liberation movement worldwide, this workshop will explore how we can reclaim our power. When the rules imposed by our institutions of power do not make moral sense, how might we live in defiance? Member of the Black Liberation Army, Assata Shakur, said it best: "Nobody in history has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them."

This workshop will be hosted by several people who have engaged in direct action for Palestine and other related causes in Sweden. Some of us have made a ruckus at Parliament. Some of us have organized the student encampments. Some of us have been arrested. All of us strongly decry the genocides taking place, and believe that no business as usual can take place while countless people are being slaughtered.

The organizers of this workshop acknowledge that we live in a time profoundly shaped by the two-headed snake of racism and capitalism, resulting in the oppression of multiple peoples and the destruction of our planet. What more can we do after we have signed all the petitions, marched in all of the demonstrations, and participated in all the boycotts? Anthropologist and anarchist activist, David Graeber, observed: "Protest is like begging the powers that be to dig a well. Direct action is digging the well and daring them to stop you." Join us in the workshop to imagine the new wells we can collectively dig. Free Palestine, free Sudan, free Congo, free Tigray, free Haiti, free Kanaky, free West Papua, free Hawaii. Free all oppressed peoples.

[DAAS Living Room for Solidarity]