As the devastating news about Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine emerges, we mourn with the peoples of Ukraine. International experts and Ukrainian local organizers, municipal officials, and community organizations have long warned that this attack is an eventuality. We join our colleagues around the world who condemn Russia’s intentional and unprovoked harm to Ukraine’s population. And we express our solidarity with all those who oppose this war, as well as with its targets and victims.
There was a wager circulating in recent decades that empires and colonizers had moved away from large-scale territorial aggressions, toward “softer” means—cyber, cultural, and economic. This invasion shows that imperialists reserve the recourse to both paleo- and neocolonial forms, that they relinquish nothing with the passing of time. Misogyny, white supremacy, antisemitism, homophobia, and classic nationalism are still the tried-and-true friends of would-be invaders. Resistance to these things in 2022 must also mean resistance to military occupation, to the stealing of lands, to social death as well as to imminent danger to life and limb.
In alignment with our DDGC Guiding Principles, we offer this list of action items to our broader DDGC community and those beyond. With it, we hope to mobilize a collective force intended to counteract both this invasion and various iterations of imperialism globally as well as its permutations in our own local contexts:
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