Radical Community Profile: Free state Swomp (Amsterdam) under threat

recycled materials strawbale house

recycled materials strawbale house

I’m reposting this post because I just learned that they may be facing eviction 😦

There is a genuine non violent revolution going on around the globe.  One that crosses boundaries of race, creed, color, religion and subculture.  A revolution that heals the heart even as it dismantles the heartless systems of oppression.  It is of course the permaculture revolution; a revolution that is interconnected and diverse.

“…the greatest change we need to make is from consumption to
production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of
us do this, there is enough for everyone.

Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on
the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food
and shelter.” – Bill Mollison

I want to take sometime and give you a picture of some of these true revolutionaries….

The Swomp in Amsterdam is a collective squat that is guided by permaculture and its principals.  Besides providing for themselves with their garden production the Swomp does community outreach and education.  They are under constant threat of eviction and they may need some media attention soon.  Please take the time to read their declaration and the inspiring sustainable ethics by which the community abides.   Here is just a sampling of what they’ve accomplished:

  • successfully squatted a unused urban lot and turned it into a permaculture demonstration site.
  • built a strawbale home from mostly recycle materials
  • organized with numerous other collectives on a wide range of important global issues
  • provided free education to the community
  • demonstrated that one can live in harmony with one’s conscience and with the earth

Please visit their awesome blog and if you are aware of other radical communities in the permaculture vein we would love to feature them here.

p.s.  We are always looking for more contributors so if you would like to write for PRP e-zine please contact thejulianeffect(at)gmail with the subject “gaia punks.”


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