MHCC Independent Report – Fabio Poveda Interviews Alexander Baretich about Cascadia and bioregionalism.
In Regards to Political Secession and Working Within Corrupt Imperial Politics
By Alexander Baretich
I am actually against the current idea of political secession and the formation of yet another political party within the American-Canadian corrupt political systems. I believe a slave who feels that they need to ask for freedom from their master is never free. A political party would be stereotyped in the corporate media and at first might get a surge in support, but would hit a plateau in interest as it’s stereotyped into two seemingly conflicting images: “radical hippies in communes” and “gun totting racists and xenophobes.” I believe eventually professional or life-long Cascadian politicians would be the biggest obstacle to independence as they would privately see staying in the corrupt political system as a means for their own financial gain. I fear that such a political party would give false hope for reform of the corrupt system.
That all aside there are some things if changed or aspired to would get me to shift my stand on supporting a platform of political secession. I would support political secession if certain things were addressed and actually acted upon. If these (currently 10) specific things are not acted upon then I believe the movement of Cascadian independence is doomed to repeat what the US and other nation-states have become.
1.) That such a secession movement be focused on bioregional awakening
2.) That the movement be a decolonization movement, questioning and deconstructing the thinking of domination of Nature, the Earth and ourselves that we have inherited from “settler culture.” In essence it becomes a resistance movement that includes paradigm shift within us as well
3.) Solidarity with indigenous people in their struggles and acknowledgement of the sovereignty of the indigenous nations within the bioregion
4). Inclusion and active dialog with minorities and marginalized communities as part of the human landscape of the bioregion
5.) Confronting and resisting the current socioeconomic systems of the oppression
6.) Focus on building (birthing) a decentralized Alternative Infrastructure of Resistance and Resilience (A.I.R.R.)
7.) That the movement be focused on decentralization and community autonomy within a bioregional network
8.) Securing and creating culture of stewardship of the social commons (such as education, health and infrastructure) and natural commons (such as water, air, forests, ecological communities, minerals, soil and the Earth)
9.) Denouncing of Nationalism and Cascadia as a single nation, but acknowledging that many indigenous nations exist within that bioregion.
10.) If a secessionist political party was formed that it not focus on electing individuals to positions of power, but focused on issues such as decolonization and demonstrating the corruption of the dominant system.
Contains explicit content.
Alexander gives a lecture including the Dichotomy of Being, the Hegelian Dialectic, Romanticism, Nationalism, and the educational system.
“Caspar David Friedrich – Wanderer above the sea of fog” by Caspar David Friedrich – The photographic reproduction was done by Cybershot800i. (Diff). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
The documentary we watched during this class was Legacy – The Origins of Civilization – Episode 1: Iraq, the Cradle Of Civilization (Documentary).
This is a guerilla course (free class) on bioregionalism, especially in Cascadia. The class will explore what bioregionalism is. In this exploration we will examine civilization and ask is bioregionalism the solution to the negative effects of anthropocentrism and the idea of “power over.”
This class is being held by Alexander Baretich.
Starting April 27th 2015
*NEW LOCATION beginning on May 4th*
6:30 PM Mondays at Portland State University
1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
Cramer Hall, Room 409 (4th floor)
R.S.V.P. to Alexander Baretich at Alexander.Baretich@gmail.com for exactly where and if there is a vacancy in the class. This course is free, but no donations are turned away.
Recording of the first class on 4/27/15Contains some explicit language.
Gardeners Cultivating Network of Food, Fiber, Medicine, and Fuel in Defiance of Local War Machine
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We are dedicated to the cultivation and preservation of what is sacred, life-affirming, and beautiful for the present and future generations. The incredible biodiversity, vibrant ecosystems, and peaceful serenity of Olympic National Park are presently under serious threat. Help us fund and establish a bioregional, forest hub dedicated to growing solutions, building resistance, and inspiring the human community to become engaged stewards and defenders of this World Heritage site, a living habitat and paradise on Earth.
1999. Directed by Tim Lewis & Tim Ream. Pickaxe documents the struggle to halt logging at Warner Creek, a federally protected forest in Oregon. Following a suspicious fire in 1991 that cleared the land, Congress suspended environmental regulations to allow logging in the area. Since arson was determined to be the cause of the fire, however, activists argued that logging at Warner Creek was illegal and should be resisted with radical direct action. What followed was an 11-month battle complete with a 79-day hunger strike and a remarkable blockade of a remote logging road.
By Cascadia Matters.
Occupied Cascadia is a documentary film both journalistic and expressionistic. Exploring the emerging understanding of bioregionalism within the lands and waters of the Northeast Pacific Rim, the filmmakers interweave intimate landscape portraits with human voices both ideological and indigenous. Stories from the land contrast critique of dominant culture, while an embrace of the radical unknown informs a re-birthed and growing culture of resistance. Filming began during the outset of the populist “Occupy” movement, and finished by joining the voices seeking to re-contextualize popular revolt within our life-world as a movement to decolonize, un-occupy, and re-inhabit the living Earth through deep understanding and identification with our specific bioregions (literally “Life-Place”).
More documentaries and videos on FreeCascadia.org
This booklet is an introduction to Cascadia and Cascadian bioreigonalism. It is to be mass printed and handed out at events, gatherings and distributed at libraries, farmers’ markets, cafes, pubs, universities/colleges and generally where like-minded people gather. It was written and designed by Alexander Baretich.
Download and/or print the Cascadia Booklet here.
Cascadia is a bioregion.
Cascadia is a noun and a place.
Cascadian, as an adjective or demonym, means someone or something associated with Cascadia (the bioregion). The name Cascadia comes from the word “cascades” meaning falling water or waterfalls. In the 1820s, David Douglas named the mountain range the Cascades. The name Cascadia in various circles came to mean the whole Pacific Northwest. This bioregion was also called Chinook Illahee in the trade language of Chinook Wawa that was spoken by indigenous and settler people alike. We honor both names as names of this beautiful place.
Cascadia as a geographical region includes most of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and the majority of Idaho as well as northern California, parts of northwestern Wyoming, northwestern Montana, northeastern Nevada, the northwestern corner of Utah, southeastern Alaska, and the southwest corner of the Yukon Territory.
Why not the “Pacific Northwest?” Because the Pacific Northwest is a geographic description based on an Atlantic centered map. By both the place (Cascadia) and the people (Cascadians) remaining as only a geographic description of a distant corner of Atlantic empires, then we do ourselves a great disservice. As “Pacific Northwesterners” we remain a nameless object or second thought to the power centers of Washington DC and Ottawa. By remaining the “Pacific Northwest” the bioregion ends up being an object or description. We have a name, we are Cascadians and we have a home and it is called Cascadia. By giving ourselves and our home a name we empower ourselves and restore the sacredness of the land as a place of home and not a place for “resource extraction” [plunder] for empire or greed!
~ Alexander Baretich