Continuing the discussion from Mutirão Pataxó - Collective building Call /South Of Bahia, Pataxó domain:
The TCNXMN network is continuing its activities in Brazil where as so many people have left the country due to a restricted access to funding in the past years (due to exterior political manipulations) and the threat posed by the current fascist government.
In this context TCNXMN is seeking friendly support in their activities among another things to support the Pataxó communities they have been working with for years, and who also are having a difficult time to maintain the autonomy of their curing practices and healing infrastructure.
Do not give away information to the GMAFIA
While they were previously working with free software activists in Brazil those also have undergone difficulties and lost information belonging to TCNXMN. TCNXMN feel they should reach out to a large number of persons to gain the support they need and they want to get out of their usual bubble of supporters.
TCNXMN has turned to the GMAFIA to promote their festival project and a Brazilian crowd funding platform to raise the finance, this process is problematic for different reasons:
In times of crisis giving away the name and addresses of the people supporting indigenous cause, is risky and we can all see how this can backfire on the Pataxó themselves. Also using crowd funding platform that exchange financial support with a form of control, e.g.: the money will be in a specified way under the control of the platform. This is a colonialist approach, if I support the project, I trust the people who organize it to make the best use of that money, who am I to tell Pataxó people what they should do with the money I give them? Using a mercantile approach to crowd funding, selling cheap craftwork for “support” is not putting you in a position of resistance: instead, it demonstrates your submission to the capitalist order that only accepts exchange value and leaves aside true solidarity.
But, everyone is there!
No. I am not. My fellow resistors are not. It’s a matter of knowing your audience: who do you want to attract? “The public”, an abstraction covering many thousands of absent people, or activists who will engage personally in what they support? Attracting the wrong attention to your cause may as well bring problems, especially if government agents looking for a promotion in the fascist power play want to make an example of you.
Audience: Activists or “the Public”
Personal engagement vs. many thousands of absent people
The Pataxó are creating common time and establish their networks of solidarity through active presence and shared rituals. Intra-action marks the material relationship between the loss of trust in fellow alternatives following the loss of the wiki, and the correlation & consequence, losing the integrity of the people to the GMAFIA. Inseparation means that in doing so, the human gesture ceases to accompany technical resistance, and thus excludes participation of resistant allies refusing public capture.
Lets roll things back: the Pataxó need money to build an autonomous health center, and what they propose is to create common time and generously transmit us knowledge. My understanding is that they also need structured support, they need people they can rely upon who can relay their information. This is another form of common time we can construct together with people who engage with them both financially and providing means and access to their network. This is how they develop strong support and solidarity networks. The issue is particularly delicate because this induces sharing very personal moments and we all have different strata of intimacy that we can share depending on the relation we create with the concerned people.
TCNXMN is an international network; in Europe many of their networks are part of alternative and free software communities, and not only do they receive reproaches for using surveillance capitalism, but even people cannot forward TCNXMN material because they are not using those platforms themselves. This is very good news, it proves that we are building growing autonomous solidarity networks that support our projects in a meaningful manner: from our own forces, an intra-active model.
What we are striving for is a systemic transformation, as patching problems most of the times reinforces the system in place, because it hides its most visibly harmful effect. In consequence we consider the inseparability of the issues towards a mutation. What we want and the reason why we wish to support projects such as TCNXNM and the Pataxó people is a transformation outside capitalism, and that includes our own transformation and the transformation of our interaction models. Far from an impossibility, such transformation concerns most of us, not just a few ; we are many, and we are strong.