Andrea(s) Speck

Working time
Part-time (2 days)

Andrea(s) wants to dedicate themselves to building and strengthening a new movement that works for social and ecological justice in the context of the already evident impacts of climate change and the limits of fossil energies and other resources. A movement that develops the capacity for civil resistance, inspired by, among others, movements such as the German anti nuclear energy movement, Act UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in the United States, the total objection (insumisión) movement in the State of Spain, and many others.

Andrea(s) has a long history in nonviolent social movement in Germany, Britain, Spain, and world-wide. They began their activism in Germany as a total objector in the 1980s, and got involved with the Federation of Nonviolent Action Groups (Föderation gewaltfreier Aktionsgruppen – FöGA) and later worked for the German nonviolent anarchist magazine 'Graswurzelrevolution'.

Andrea(s) co-organized an international study conference onNonviolence and Social Empowermentin Puri, India, in February 2001 for War Resisters’ International (WRI). From 2001 until 2012 Andreas worked in the office of War Resisters’ International (WRI) in London supporting nonviolent movements in countries such as Israel, South Korea, Turkey, Colombia, among others, above all on issues of tactics and strategies. Andrea(s) facilitated workshops on nonviolent strategies in Germany, Georgia, Turkey, South Korea, and Spain, among other countries.

Andrea(s) contributed to the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns of said organisation, especially chapters on Power and Nonviolence, the Planning of Campaigns, and Gender and Nonviolence. Andreas also contributed to a range of other WRI publications, such as A Conscientious Objectors’ Guide to the International Human Rights System (http://co-guide.info), Conscientious Objection: A Practical Companion for Movements (London, 2015), among others. At present they is finishing a Spanish language organizing handbook provisionally titled Nos organizamos para el cambio social: un pequeño manual del ‘organizing’, which will soon be published.

Andrea(s) was also active in the movement against nuclear energy in Germany and Britain, above all with a focus on nonviolent action. They now lives in Sevilla in Spain and is part of La Transicionera, and is active in the Red Antimilitarista y Noviolenta de Andalucía (R.A.N.A.), the Red de Moneda Social Puma, and the organizing process launched by the ENcuentro sobre Turistización: Resistencias y Alternativas en Sevilla (ENTRA).

They continues to cooperate with WRI especially in the work to support social movement in Turkey in the context of the actual repression, and in relation to the situation in the Kurdish regions of the country.

Andrea(s) identifies as genderqueer