Our activity

Our activity

LIBERATION IDEAS DEBATE SOCIETYHaving a place allows us to widen our activity. Thanks to it, we create fundamental elements of society's functioning, but it is different form the "official" world one. Our idea is to create a liberated thought and building a conscious society. This aim is executed through thousands of discussions in small and big groups, sometimes behind the façade of the Liberation Ideas Debate Society (LIDS). Within the confines of the LIDS, we invite guests with wider knowledge about particular issues. We also organize different workshops that teach both communal creating and concrete skills. But what is most important, at Rozbrat you can learn to think pragmatically.
The ABC group of Poznan has been existing continuously since 1996. In this period, according to the acquired experience, forms and range of our activity were changing.Since several years our work has been focusing on practical support for activists of the anarchist movement and other groups cooperating with it. As a result of long-term observations we concluded that one of the biggest problems in the movement is lack of financial and legal backup. We were fed up with noticing different groups, one by one, being trapped in judicial scrambles after organizing even a small protest. Next activists, instead of doing their work, were forced to pay fines and if they didn't the state could blackmailed them (in Crakow, for example, well known local anarchist was arrested before every inconvenient for the state protest under the pretext of unpaid fines from the past). This is useful for the authorities to control the movement by endless court proceedings.
It takes place every last Friday of a month. People gather in the very center of Poznan, where they start their drive through the streets of the city from. They shout slogans such as: ROWER POWER (Bike power)! and POZNAN - A CITY FOR BIKES!
Food not bombs is a world-wide initiative of handing out free vegetarian meals to the unprivileged. The first action was organized in 1980 by American activists protesting against nuclear armaments. Besides from the practical side of the initiative, it has a symbolic meaning. It pays attention to the problem of famine and malnutrition, that takes place everywhere in the world, even in the richest countries. The problem of famine is not caused by the lack of food in the world, but it is caused by the politics of rich countries, that prefer huge money expenditure spent on arming. Meanwhile, the improvement of the existence situation of the poorest is funded fewer and fewer. Statistically, the sum of money spent a week for arming is equal to the cost of feeding the starving people all over the world for a year. In the face of outbreak of the war in Iraq, our action's aim is to pay attention to the problem of poorness and the disability to satisfy all the living needs of part of our society and people all over the world.
Trojka Publishing House was started in 1994. It originated as an idea to share interesting books found in antique bookshops and old attics. It turned out later that more people were interested in such an idea and the brochures were sold and distributed more widely.
Not without a reason, the birth of modern anarchist movement in Poland is said to be on 1st May 1983, when the group of the Movement for the Alternative Society took an active part in turbulent workers demonstrations. From the moment of appearing, after an almost 40-year break caused by the repression of communist regime, the anarchist was always connected with the workers' movement, on the one hand, and on the other and with counter-culture, that was heading to anti-militarism and ecology. At the turn of the 1980's and the 1990's, it caused an engagement of anarchists in movement of building trade unions, on the basis of objectors (in 1988 the regime, under pressure of protests, introduced the law of substitute national service). In that turbulent period of time (1989-1993) the anarchists were supporting and taking part in numerous workers' protests. However, those actions did not cause a creation of anarchosydicalist movement. After a several years' break - in the face of changed social and political reality - anarchist groups had to face the necessity of participating in the workers' movement which had weakened a lot in that period. In 1998 Anarchosydicalist Agreement was created, and three years later Workers' Initiative.
The Anarchist Federation aims at abolishing all social structures and laws that restrict personal freedom in any way - the power that comes from appropriating the means of compulsion, production and indoctrination. We judge necessary: identifying work as the property, the law of protection of life (and health of every living creature), freedom (deciding about your body and mind by yourself) or work (and its effects). Anything else shouldn't be neither ordered nor banned, and decisions about actions should be made only by people involved and interested in the action, not by some people from the outside, especially from institutions. Organizing life on social scale shouldn't be based on authority from above but on solidarity and workers', local councils etc. people have the right to make mistakes on their own account.
Since the beginning of the 1990's groups of Poznan freedom movement wanted to have their own premises. During that very active period, the freedom movement took part in many initiatives which aim was to socialise goods. Successes of groups in other towns were encouraging them to act.In the summer of 1994, not minding the consent of authorities or owners, activists decisively started to look for premises. Several buildings were found, but the most appropriate one was the barrack of the bankrupted warehouse. It was situated in an deserted area that used to be a warehouse-industrial complex.
Through tens of years of communist dictatorship any studies about the idea and history of anarchist movement were appearing less than rarely, and most often, and to put it mildly – not in a very objective way. After the rebirth of anarchist movement in Poland, a slow process of finding and de-deceiving its roots. The anarchist publishers’ natural reluctance towards national libraries and also not very active winning collections over by employed librarians who got used to "obligatory copy" caused the situation that unofficial publications were almost unavailable. There were and still are private archives but they can be used by only few people.