Education and work are the levers to uplift a people.
– W. E. B. Du Bois
Since the historical resistance of Kobani the revolution in Rojava is inspiring revolutionaries from all over the world. Many want to take part in it and learn from the experiences of the movement here. In order to give a meaningful contribution, it is important to understand the dynamics of Rojava. Without knowing the history, culture and mentality of the region, the view on Rojava will always remain an outsider’s perspective. Education is the key to understanding and practice.
Our education focuses on history, culture and ethics. Another main aspect is learning the languages of the societies we live in. Without knowing one of the local languages it is hard to feel and understand social processes and contradictions in this revolution. Speaking a local language is more than just the technical ability to communicate – if you want to become part of the collective structures you have to learn Kurdish, Arabic or Syriac.
Solidarity is what we want. We want to solidify our forces. Our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing.
– Marry Harris Jones
Despite the military achievements against Daesh (IS) as well as the stabilization and expansion of the revolution in northern Syria, the democratic self-administration remains under pressure: Under siege of hegemonic ambitions and violent threats, Rojava has to spend most of its resources on its defense. The embargo against the people of Rojava creates a lack of many things, mostly people with specific skills, medical personnel, engineers, language teachers and translators. But not only experts are needed – we are looking for committed people with ideals.
We are neither an NGO nor are we tourists. We are not trying to “teach” the people of Rojava how to do a revolution, nor do we plan to import European leftist subculture to Rojava. Our work is not about creating fancy projects for our personal development. We are working hand in hand and step by step with the local structures to develop a better and direct way to support the revolution. By integrating ourselves into the local culture and society we aim to become a meaningful part of the revolution.
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
– Che Guevara
The struggle for the liberation of women as well as for an ecological and democratic society will not be limited to Northern Syria. Internationalism is the mutual support in the fight against the Capitalist Modernity consisting of Nation State, Capitalism and Industrialism. Bringing the struggle of the people in Rojava to our societies, it’s one of the most significant contribution to the revolution.
Supporting the revolution does not mean coming or sending money once, it means organizing the revolution where you are, and being connected to the local struggles. Revolution does not happen by itself, neither in Rojava nor elsewhere – Revolution has to be organized. This requires, will, discussion, experiences, inspirations and a glimpse of madness – if not in Rojava where should this practical change start?