This second session asked the question ‘What does democracy without a state look like?’, and began with KSN organizers Tom and Arin discussing the difference between liberal parliamentary and stateless democracy, with the help of these pictures.
Arin’s:We then had a discussion with Nilüfer Koç from the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) on the Kurdish Freedom Movement’s understanding of democracy, and how this has changed over time. After this initial overview we heard from organizers involved in two concrete examples of building stateless democracy in Kurdistan, first Ayşe Gökkan from the Free Women’s Movement (TJA) in North Kurdistan/South-East Turkey (Bakur). We attach a map of Kurdistan and it’s different parts:
As well as a diagram of the movement for a democratic society in Bakur, the Free Women’s Movement is made up parallel autonomous women’s structures at every level:And a picture of Ayşe:The full recording of her talk can be listen to in the original Kurdish here, and the English translation here.
Finally we heard from Berivan, an internationalist at the Andrea Wolf Institute in North-East Syria/Rojava, talking about the Movement for a Democratic Society (TevDem). We put a diagram below from Rojava Information Center’s brilliant report on the democratic system, and you can listen to Berivan’s pre-recorded talk here. As well as these we heard from organisers in the island of Britain discussing their projects, including Cooperation Birmingham (recording here), ACORN (recording here), the Industrial Workers of the World (recording here) and BS5 Mutual Aid in Bristol (recording here).
You can download and listen to the whole webinar here.