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RadicalBeirut'splanforthecomingyear

RadicalBeirutisalivelaboratoryaimingtoradicalizeandrevolutionizethe activismsceneinLebanon andtheMediterranean.RadicalBeirutisnotanorganizationbutahubworkingonenhancingourways ofworkandstrengtheningoureffectivenessasactivists. Onthepracticallevel,RadicalBeirutisanapproachandaproject. TheapproachofRadicalBeirutisbasedon: Believingthattheglobaldominantvisionandsystemareoppressiveanddestructivetolifeon Earth.Theglobalsystemandallthelocalsubsystemsstemmingfromitarebasedonavisionof slaveryanddomination.Theyflourishonexploitation,destruction,authoritarianism,patriarchy, andviolence.Thissystemistherootofallmoderncrises. Believinginthenecessityofdestroyingthesystem,nottoreplaceitwithanothersystembutto abolish systems of power altogether. The solution is to build local, independent, sustainable, decentralized free societies in which no authorities can deprive people of their basic rights, especiallyfood,shelter,andsecurity. We believe in direct transformation and action, and community power instead of the conventionalwaysofpoliticalactionlikeelections,manifestations,andsitins. Webelieveintheimportanceofconcreteorganizedactionsofresistancethatdirectlyconfronts thosewhoholdkeypowerpositionsinthesystem. Webelieveintheimportanceofsystematicapproachestowardallpubliccauses.

Onthepracticallevel,theworkorRadicalBeirutwillconsistofthreestages:

Thefirststage:StrengtheningRadicalawareness.
A phase that aims in helping radicalize activists, revolutionize our ways of thinking, planning, acting, strategies,andtactics.Itaimstohelpusbringourcommunitiesandorganizationsuptodateonthenew dynamics of ecological, social, economical, political, and spiritual predicaments. It also works on re energizingthediscussionaroundtheimportantglobalandlocalissueintheactivismcommunity. ThemaintoolforthisphaseisourFacebookPage.

Howyoucanhelpatthisstage:Ifyouownorhavestumbleduponanymaterials,cause,oreventthat you think should be known and supported by the larger activism community, or that you think it contributesinbuildingawarenesstowardaspecificissue,shareitonourpage! Share your page, event, idea, articles, videos, photos, and artistic productions with us, and we will spreadtheworkonthepage.

SecondStage:Empoweringthelocalactivismscenethroughcapacitybuilding andknowledge
Thisstageaimstoempowerthelocalinitiativesandactivists'communityinLebanonandenhancetheir effectivenessthroughexchangingresources,ideasandexpertise,andthroughworkshops,andtraining camps. Thesecondarygoalofthisstageistohaveagroupofpeoplewithagoodknowledgeoftheecological, social,economicalandspiritualpredicamentsofourtimes,andthepracticalwaystoconfrontthem. Examplesonthetoolsandprojectsatthisstage: Series of freeofcharge or verylowcost workshops on different topics, from putting and implementingsocialmediastrategies,directaction training,onlinesecurity,enhancing project management, personal leadership, nonviolence strategies, selfdefense courses, planting your vegetables,recycling,repairingyourstuff,ormaintainingyourbicycle. Elibraryproject:valuableresourcesonlineforfree. Summer(orwinter)camp:Extendedworkshopondifferentstuff. ManualsandBookletsaboutactivismstrategies,tactics,actions,analysis,andconcepts... Videos(themetobediscussedwiththoseinvolvedintheproject). Movie/bookclubwithmonthlydiscussionsaboutdiversetopicsofinterest.

How you can help at this stage: Theres a lot of work at this stage to be done, and everyone has something to offer: Setting and organizing workshops, attending and helping in workshops, giving a training module in an area of your expertise, setting, funding, providing EBooks and securing the E Library project (knowledge in online security and secure servers is a must), setting and organizing the extended training camp, contributing in the manuals and booklets production, publishing and distribution,writing,shootingandeditingvideos,settingandorganizingthemovie/bookclub.

ThirdStage:SettingupTheRadicalCircle.
Moreaboutthiswillbedisclosedinthefuture;fornowwecansaythattheRadicalCirclewillconsistof highly trained and committed individuals who work on enhancing the learning process, exchanging

mutual support, and taking action. The Radical Circle also aims to organize the continuous work of RadicalBeirutandshiftitsnaturefromaninitiativetoorganizedwork. Contact: Facebook:www.facebook.com/RadicalBeirut Twitter:@RadicalBeirut Email:RadicalBeirut@riseup.net