IT'S GOING DOWN

By IT'S GOING DOWN

Looking for hard-hitting analysis on the growing crisis? Searching for a revolutionary anarchist, anti-fascist, and autonomous anti-capitalist alternative to the far-Right and the neo-liberal center? Looking to learn more about grassroots revolt and social movements across North America? Every week It’s Going Down produces three audio programs: IGDshow: Features interviews and discussions produced for the Pacifica Radio Network. These 58min radio ready shows are broadcast Fridays, 12pm-1pm PT on KPFA 94.1FM  and 88.1 KFCF in Northern and Central California. This Is America: Audio analysis and roundup of resistance and headline news, all from an anarchist perspective IGDcast: Features raw interviews and discussions. IGDcast is also proudly part of the Channel Zero Anarchist Podcast Network, Subscribe and rate us on iTunes. We’re also on Stitcher, Spotify, Podbean, Podtail, Listen Notes, and BluBrry If you want to come on the show, please contact us.

  1. 1.
    This Is America #148: Nabisco Strike Grows into Wider Struggle; Fight to Free Sean Swain Continues
    1:38:01
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    Encryption, Cell Phones, and Threats from the Surveillance State: A Presentation from the Civil Liberties Defense Center
    1:31:39
  3. 3.
    Life, Death & the Aftermath of Revolt: A Conversation on ‘After the Uprising’
    54:30
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    This Is America #147: Anti-Frat Action Goes Wild; Daryle Lamont Jenkins on Current Terrain; Philly ABC; Organizing Offline
    1:59:46
  5. 5.
    Twenty Years of War, Occupation & Counter-Insurgency: A Conversation on Afghanistan
    1:31:02
  6. 6.
    Alpacalypse Now: How a Trans Anarchist Homestead Defended Itself From Far-Right Attacks
    56:23
  7. 7.
    In Conversation with Oakland Abolition and Solidarity on Strategy and the Upcoming ‘Shut’Em Down’ Demonstrations
    1:23:40
  8. 8.
    This Is America #146: Six Months After Storming of the Capitol; Climate Change, Delta Variant, Schools to Re-Open
    2:20:59
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    Spectacle, Apocalypse, Rebellion & Movement: In Conversation with adrienne maree brown
    44:09
  2. 10.
    This Is America #145: Eviction Moratorium Set to End; Pipeline Company Paying Cops to Police Line 3 Protests
    2:00:29
  3. 11.
    Cuban Anarchists On Context and Importance of the Recent Wave of Protests
    1:13:13
  4. 12.
    Margaret Killjoy on an Anarchist Approach to Prepping in an Age of Climate Change
    1:10:01
  5. 13.
    This Is America #144: Willamette Action Collective on Mutual Aid During Heat Wave; Campaign to Defend the Atlanta Forest
    2:30:05
  6. 14.
    Eric Laursen on Why Everything We’ve Been Told About the Political State is Wrong
    1:04:40
  7. 15.
    The Growing Crisis in Policing: In Conversation with Alex Vitale
    49:44
  8. 16.
    This Is America #143: Line 3 Fight Continues; Discussion on Biden Administration’s Attack on “Both Sides” Extremism
    1:53:42
  9. 17.
    This Is America #142: Resisting the Curfew in NYC; A Discussion on ‘Desert’
    1:52:58
  10. 18.
    How a Far-Right Network With Links to Law Enforcement is Working to Attack Tribal Treaty and Water Rights in Oregon
    1:03:12
  11. 19.
    Inside the Growing On-Campus Abolitionist Movement
    52:30
  12. 20.
    This Is America #141: Mass Action Against Line 3; Sean Swain and June 11th
    1:27:55
  13. 21.
    Back to Work?: An Anti-Capitalist Analysis on Why Jobs Are Going Unfilled
    55:53
  14. 22.
    This Is America #140: Kentucky Mobile Home Park Resists Eviction; Looking Forward Post-Rebellion
    2:00:24
  15. 23.
    Resistance, Fascism & Cracks in Ruling Class Consensus: In Conversation with Shane Burley
    1:21:16
  16. 24.
    Report from Elizabeth City as the State Clamps Down on Protests for Andrew Brown, Jr
    54:22
  17. 25.
    This Is America #139: Fight Against Mountain Valley Pipeline Continues; Analysis of Chauvin Trial’s Close
    1:19:34
  18. 26.
    At the End of the World: Afrofuturism, Black Speculative Futures, and Black Transhumanism
    1:03:49
  19. 27.
    After the Tear-Gas Clears: A Discussion on the Revolutionary Horizon Post-Rebellion
    1:01:43
  20. 28.
    This Is America #138: Chauvin Trial Ends, Streets Explode
    2:08:01
  21. 29.
    Between Biden and the Border: An Anarchist Analysis of the First Three Months of the New Administration
    53:36
  22. 30.
    “Prisons Make us Safer” And Other Myths: Talking Abolition with Victoria Law
    1:00:33
  23. 31.
    Saving Ourselves: Mutual Aid & Collective Action Following the Deep Freeze, Pt. #2
    1:16:15
  24. 32.
    Madness, Disability, and Abolition: A Conversation
    51:42
  25. 33.
    This Is America #137: Social Struggles Heat Up; Importance of Peer-to-Peer Support
    1:24:17
  26. 34.
    Saving Ourselves: Autonomous Disaster Relief in Texas & the Failure of the State, Pt. #1
    1:05:36
  27. 35.
    Society on Lockdown: How the Greek State is Weaponizing COVID-19 Measures
    1:08:28
  28. 36.
    This Is America #136: Struggle Against Line 3 Grows; Rent Strikes Spread; Elites Obsess Over ‘Culture War’
    1:00:09
  29. 37.
    “Viral Fascism”: Travis View on Qanon As a Vehicle for Authoritarian Politics on a Mass Scale
    1:08:59
  30. 38.
    State Repression in Changing Terrain: An Interview with Lauren Regan from the Civil Liberties Defense Center
    1:04:33
  31. 39.
    Rebel Steps on Autonomous Organizing and Action Across NYC in 2020
    49:45
  32. 40.
    Building ‘Autonomous Food Production and Neighborhood Survival’: An Interview with Lobelia Commons
    46:40

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We then feature an interview with Lauren Swain, partner of long-time anarchist prisoner Sean Swain. During our discussion, we talk about how Sean has currently been denied parole, even after serving 30 years in prison for an act of self-defense. We discuss what is needed now to help Sean get out and ways that people can show solidarity. For more information on how to donate and support. go here.

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Call for Support: Sean Swain Denied Parole. The Ohio Parole Board recently denied parole to Sean on the basis of lies & political targeting. Learn more and read Sean’s account of what happened and the call for support. https://t.co/iHlhm4Sqe8@SeanSwain2@StrawFinal@CertainDayspic.twitter.com/K3bxq8MHnj

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— PM Press (@PMPressOrg) September 13, 2021

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Lastly we switch to our discussion, where we address the cutting off of unemployment benefits, the ending of the eviction moratorium, and the continued impact of the so-called ‘War on Terror.’

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It’s Going Down

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On this special edition of the It’s Going Down podcast, we present an audio recording of a recent webinar presentation from the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) about cell-phones, encryption, and how you can protect yourself from police, corporate, and State surveillance. The talk features Lauren Reagan who has been a guest on the show multiple times as well as Glencora Borradaile, the author of Defend Dissent.

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This presentation comes at a time when many new people are becoming involved in emerging social movements, and despite the rise in popularity of things like protonmail and Signal messenger, the State is constantly evolving its tactics and pushing back on digital autonomy and self-defense against surveillance. Just in the few weeks since this audio was recorded:

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CLDC's amended lawsuit alleges that the Springfield Police engaged in politically-motivated spying on Black Unity activists. The claims illuminate further evidence of SPD's misconduct and racist policing practices. Read the full press release: https://t.co/80tapV30D2pic.twitter.com/qIxtALm4XH

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— CLDC (@CLDC) August 20, 2021

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The presentation also makes reference too and draws from Defend Dissent by Borradaile, a free copy of which you can find linked below. The text serves as an overview on government surveillance of social movements, encryption, and electronic self-defense against State and corporate spying.

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From Defend Dissent book website:

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Defend Dissent is an introduction to cryptography paired with the social impacts of surveillance and the protective potential of encryption, with a focus on US social movements. Each chapter ends with a story that brings social context to the material—from surveillance used against contemporary US protests to the African National Congress’s use of partially manual encryption in fighting apartheid in South Africa in the 80s.

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This book can be read linearly, or you can pick and choose what you would like to learn about. Each chapter is prefaced with what you should read first (for background) and concludes with what you might want to read next.

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As the pandemic pushes more and more organizing 0nline and a new generation of participants in social struggle emerges, the need to hone our skills, knowledge, and self-defense against online threats has never been greater.

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More Info:Civil Liberties Defense Center homepage and CLDC Digital Security hub.

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photo: FLY:D via Unsplash

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What happens when insurrections die? What becomes of the participants? What happens when the police come back to settle scores and people are thrown in jail?

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On our latest podcast, we speak with someone involved in the new podcast series, After the Uprising: The Death of Danyé Dion Jones, and explore what happened in Ferguson after the revolt in the wake of the police murder of Mike Brown, Jr. had come to a close.

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From the description:

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When 24-year-old Danyé Jones was found hanging from a tree in St. Louis County in 2018, police declared it a suicide. But his Ferguson frontline activist mother Melissa grabbed headlines with her viral post alleging her son had in fact died by lynching. Who was right? Starting only six weeks after Danyé died, journalists John Duffy and Ray Nowosielski spent two and a half years working with his mother, family members, close friends and many in the activist community to follow the trail and find out what exactly happened to him. After the Uprising is the result, an unforgettable 11-episode investigative podcast series that documents every shocking twist and turn in the investigation. The take-away: almost seven years after the Black Lives Matter movement was launched from this place, something is still terribly wrong in North County.

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We talk about what happened in the Ferguson community in the years after the riots, the very real scars that remain, interactions between community members and the police, lingering anger at activist “leaders” and social media influencers, and the lasting relationships that were formed in the struggle which still remain.

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More Info: Double Asterisk Media and After the Uprising

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photo: Matt Hearne via Unsplash

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Welcome, to This is America, September 1st, 2021.

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On today’s episode, first we speak with Daryle Lamont Jenkins about his recent travels to New York for an antifascist film festival and Portland for a mass convergence against the Proud Boys. We talk about fighting the far-Right in a post-J6 world, the need to build alternatives to the State, and the growing threat of the anti-vaxx/mask movement. We then talk with someone from Philadelphia Anarchist Black Cross about the history of the group and the importance of upcoming ‘Running Down the Walls’ events.

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Last week to register for #RunningDownTheWalls
–> Deadline is Friday!!!

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It's on all of us to free Mumia Abu-Jamal. This is the year we bring him home! Share this inspiring video by @thelastjamal and @hate5six, and register for the event at: https://t.co/ocfM6VHasz#RunForMumiapic.twitter.com/38lpoUdass

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— Philly ABC (@phillyabc) August 23, 2021

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We then switch to our discussion, where we talk about the need for people to re-hone their organizing skills as posts on social media are often leading to diminishing returns.

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All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news.

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Living and Fighting

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Line 3

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Yesterday, water protectors blockaded @GovTimWalz’s mansion.

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Cops came in riot gear, assaulting peaceful #stopline3 activists, hitting one on the head with a baton.

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69 were arrested – and are still in custody.

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The Governor spent the day at the fair.
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— Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) August 29, 2021

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On August 25th, Unicorn Riot reported:

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Thousands converged on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds to demand that construction on the contentious Line 3 tar sands pipeline be stopped. A massive police response greeted the water protectors who held ceremony, set tipis up and attempted to occupy the area after the permitted Treaty Not Tar Sands Rally. On Friday, hundreds of State Troopers made arrests…The next day, hundreds of water protectors unsuccessfully attempted to speak to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz at his residence in St. Paul. Over 60 were arrested by police…Despite plenty of opposition and constant direct actions halting construction, Enbridge’s new Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota is nearing completion.

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Lincoln, Nebraska and Iowa City Pops Off

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Thousands took to the streets of Lincoln, Nebraska and Iowa City, Iowa to demand the closure of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, also known as Fiji, after continuous reports of sexual assault have come to light at the fraternity.

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New video on recent events in Lincoln, NE!

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Protests continue tonight at 8pm at Nebraska Union. #ShutdownFiji

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*Repost from Instagram* pic.twitter.com/yIXaLWr4EK

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— Midwest People's History (@MPHProject) August 31, 2021

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In Lincoln, the massive crowds have currently forced the closure of the frat house and also clashed with police amid reports of police tasing an African-American man. According to a report on Instagram:

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Last night, a man was tazed by Lincoln Police on O street in front of his family. Nearby witnesses began to act immediately. At the same time, just around the corner, protestors were demonstrating against the rapists at a UNL frat. They heard what happened and soon came to help the fight.

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Notably, at least initially, there was no time for organizers to stop the crowd from acting. The police were terrified. People acted swiftly, autonomously and posed a huge threat to police. They blocked traffic, surrounded cop cars, acted with force, broke riot lines, and they eventually forced LPD to retreat.

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At the height of their power though, after police had retreated, professional organizers stepped in and led the crowd to the sidewalk. Even amongst shouts of dissent, and a willingness to continue in the street, they gave their social media handles and promised to sue the police. But people were angry.

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We hope last night has revealed the true intentions of these self-appointed leaders–to quell action, not support it. People organizing themselves can make their own decisions.

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On late Tuesday night, a massive crowd marched on the frat in Iowa City, Iowa, flipping over cars, breaking windows, and spray painting graffiti.

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Easily over one thousand people in front of the FIJI frat right now. Pissed as all hell pic.twitter.com/MCJJwkZ6WT

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— Oliver 🏴🐇🐈‍⬛ (@Ollie_XVX) September 1, 2021

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Some cars at the frat turned over. pic.twitter.com/AFgclBrLdQ

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— Oliver 🏴🐇🐈‍⬛ (@Ollie_XVX) September 1, 2021

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Struggle for Abolition

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Another one from our #ShutEmDown noise demo outside GBCI today.

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Right on the other side of this wall is where people are currently being tortured in solitary confinement.

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we’ve been told they can hear cars drive by—hopefully they could hear us too!@JailLawSpeakpic.twitter.com/LzYFm5DYR3

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— ABOLISHmke (@ABOLISHmke) August 28, 2021

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#ShutEmDown2021 actions continue, with a noise demos being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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In DC, people took to the streets after the police murder of 27 year-old Antwan Gilmore who was reportedly asleep in his car when police approached him, startling him, and then opening fire. This deadly shooting comes only days after police arrested and brought in alive a white Trump supporter, who threatened to explode a truck bomb in front of the Library of Congress.

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#AntwanGilmore was murdered by police in DC tonite & the community wants everyone to know his name.#MarchOnWashingtonpic.twitter.com/qpuYTV0bh0

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— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) August 29, 2021

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Stop Cop City in Atlanta

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The Stop Cop City campaign continues to build in Atlanta, with activists forcing the city council to push back voting on the project to until the end of the summer. Currently, a mass march is planned on September 3rd. Also, responding to a call for solidarity, an office for a company involved in the ‘Cop City’ project was trashed in Minneapolis. According to the communique:

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Responding to the call from comrades in Atlanta for an 8/18 day of action in solidarity with the struggle to defend the Atlanta forest; vandals broke into the office complex housing Corporation Service Company’s (CSC) regional office in Roseville, a suburb of Minneapolis. After smashing the office door and throwing cans of paint inside, a message was left sprayed across the front: HANDS OFF THE ATLANTA FOREST.

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Demands are being made for CSC to drop their client, Blackhall Studios. Blackhall Studios would like to level the South Atlanta Forest to build the country’s largest soundstage and an airport, creating unprecedented levels of gentrification in the city.

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Atlanta police plan to level 300 acres and create a sprawling tactical training compound featuring a mock city, with which they’ll develop the ability of police departments around the country to brutalize those practicing resistance.

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Rebels in Minneapolis know what it means to inhabit a rapidly gentrifying city, and know what it means to have cutting edge police repression deployed against us. We also know what it means to fight back. Atlanta, we love you.

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Mutual Aid and Climate Chaos

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Fires are raging across Northern California and Hurricane Ida has slammed into the southeast, causing mass flooding and infrastructure to fail. Check out these following mutual aid projects to support:

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Dixie and Caldor Fire

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Thank you to all the local farms who have so graciously donated their space and bounty, to community members who put in the work to harvest, to all who donate, to those who week after week make the mutual aid effort happen. pic.twitter.com/KbhA1i7PFp

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— BLMEDC (Placerville) 🔥🌍☮️ (@blmedc) August 2, 2021

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In just days, @HelpSierraLungs organizers have given out hundreds of n95s to people in need near the fires. Help the work to keep #HelpSierraBreathe going: https://t.co/toBslJAdWs#CaldorFire#WildfireSmoke@blmedc@RuralResistanc2@MaskOakland@NNVMutualAidpic.twitter.com/enUHXnXdXQ

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— BLMEDC (Placerville) 🔥🌍☮️ (@blmedc) September 1, 2021

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#Placerville#MutualAid and N95 mask giveaway on 8/29/21. @RuralResistanc2@blmedc@MaskOakland@Helpsierralungspic.twitter.com/Vd4JahMWCk

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— Rural Resistance Placerville (@RuralResistanc2) August 31, 2021

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Hurricane Ida

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We've been keeping up with ppl's updates & needs around #neworleans & the wider area on this telegram channel for disaster preparedness and decentralized response on the Gulf Coast

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if you're affected by #HurricaneIda get on in here and get connected

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https://t.co/byIlqxkvnR

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— Lobelia Commons (@lobeliacommons) August 29, 2021

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Grassroots supply chain is coalescing to bring needed items to people impacted by #hurricaneidapic.twitter.com/E58uIfpWD6

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— Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (@MutualAidRelief) August 30, 2021

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We are only a small part of a much larger mutual aid movement. Connect with and support some of our South Louisiana extended family of mutual aid here. #HuricaneIdapic.twitter.com/KE8qkWHmh2

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— Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (@MutualAidRelief) August 31, 2021

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Nabisco Strike Heats Up

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Joined by left-wing supporters taking action in solidarity, striking @nabisco workers are escalating their tactics: blocking trains and scabs. Actions seem to have drastically impacted production. “If they were making stuff, we would smell the cookies.” https://t.co/Cw1DgIVsiH

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) September 2, 2021

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A baker strike at the Nabisco factory is heating up in the Pacific Northwest, as left-wing protesters are joining the fight in solidarity. Workers and their allies have been blockading trains and scabs and claim they had a big impact on production. On striking worker who was part of an encampment set up by train tracks claimed, “If they were making stuff, we could smell the cookies.”

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with a former veteran and author of a recent piece on CrimethInc. entitled, Afghanistan: The Taliban Victory in a Global Context: An Anti-Imperial Perspective from a Veteran of the US Occupation. We discuss the current situation in Afghanistan with the Taliban’s recent victory, the fall of Kabul, and the devastating impact of twenty years of imperialist occupation. Our guest, who was both a soldier in the army and a contractor, also dives into how massive amounts of lives were bombed, tortured, and destroyed, trillions of dollars were wasted, how counter-insurgency has become privatized through a vast network of corporations, and how the US is simply the latest in a long line of imperial powers to fail against insurgents in Afghanistan.

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From CrimethInc.:

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For 20 years, we propped up local and regional warlords, giving them weapons, money, and arms so they wouldn’t attack our forces. We green-lit their death squads and called them the Afghan Local Police. Working at senior-echelon levels, I watched both ranking officers and junior soldiers scramble to pad their résumés in hopes of becoming mercenaries for the companies and agencies that were actually running the show. Generals made careers and went on to be employed by those companies or the Department of Defense/Intelligence Community. From Syria and Iraq to Yemen and all across Africa, throughout our 800 military bases, I do not know of a single military mission that is chiefly focused on creating peace and stability.

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It took the death of one my soldiers to put it all into perspective. Afterwards, I began to suffer from effects of CPTSD [Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder]. The classic characteristics: drinking and drug use, the loss of relationships, depression, suicidal tendencies. I also began to reach out for help. I joined Iraq Veterans Against the War and connected with current and former service members fighting US imperialism. With information from the GI Rights Hotline, I was able to leave the Army Reserves. I began a process of politicization in which I learned about militarism, imperialism, colonialism, and white supremacy.

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Now that the occupation has ended, an entire generation of US military veterans will be forced to question what it was all for. All I can do is ask why it took them so long to arrive at that question. It was always evident, all around us.

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We also discuss at length the push by the far-Right to attack refugees, the anti-war movement, private counter-insurgency companies at work in the US (such as TigerSwan at Standing Rock), and much more.

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More Info: CrimethInc. article here and Iraq Veterans Against the War

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photo: Levi Meir Clancy via Unsplash

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In rural Colorado, the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch is building a trans-anarchist homestead and autonomous infrastructure while experimenting in permaculture and raising alpacas. On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we discuss the project with three people from the ranch, talk about the release of the upcoming documentary film, Tenacious, and how people living on the ranch mobilized over the past year against threats from the far-Right.

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Throughout our discussion, we talk about how people found each other and began to create the project, what is means to create a homestead in the context of climate chaos, how a land project relates to social struggle, what organizing and interacting within a largely pro-Trump area looks like, how antifascist networks activated to defend the ranch in the face of far-Right attacks, and what it would mean to expand the project into the future.

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More Info: Tenacious Unicorn Ranch homepage, Tenacious Unicorn Ranch on Twitter, shop and support.

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with two members of Oakland Abolition and Solidarity about their organizing work in the California bay area, abolitionist strategy in the current terrain, the wave of prisoner resistance that erupted during the outset of the coronavirus, and also the current call from Jailhouse Lawyers Speak for nation wide ‘Shut’Em Down’ demonstrations.

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More Info: Oakland Abolition and Solidarity, Oakland Abolition and Solidarity on Twitter, It’s Going Down interview with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak on call for ‘Shut’Em Down’ demonstrations

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Welcome, to This Is America, August 12th, 2021.

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On today’s episode, we speak with journalist Raven Geary, as we look back on the 6 month anniversary of the storming of the DC capital on January 6th. Raven was on the ground that day and has completed a new 30 minutes documentary based on their reporting from January 5th and 6th. We look back on that day, their experiences, and the continuing threat of mass far-Right violence.

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We then switch to our discussion, where we address politicians LARPing as salt-of-the-earth people and offer a roundup of Trump scandals from the past week.

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All this and more, but first let’s get to the news.

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Living and Fighting

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A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been released and concludes that the rate of global warming is happening at a much faster pace than previously reported and humans have only a few short years to stop catastrophic climate change. The report warns that methane, deforestation, and greenhouse gas emissions must be drastically reduced or brought down to net zero in only a matter of years in order to stop the continued rise of temperatures. Already, this year has seen cripplingly heat waves, floods, firestorms, droughts, and other extreme weather events across the globe – and we haven’t even hit hurricane season.

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FULL STATEMENT: The White House urges OPEC+ to pump more oil (above and beyond the current 400,000 b/d monthly hikes the cartel is already implementing) | #OOTTpic.twitter.com/qnWA1l7Pnt

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— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) August 11, 2021

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So far the responses from elite and corporate circles to the report have been more of the same: ideas about putting tariffs on countries with a high carbon output, so-called “carbon” trading, pushing for people to make consumer choices and “vote with their dollar,” and calls for government to cut red tape and regulations to build “green” energy while championing the “market” taking the lead in finding solutions. Meanwhile, fossil fuel companies have spent millions on green-washing their image, pushing back on climate legislation, paying police to attack pipeline protesters, and also pumping money into “green” solutions.

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Last year, the oil and gas industry spent at least $9.6 million on ads on Facebook’s U.S. platform. https://t.co/f2EDc5eHWn

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— grist (@grist) August 9, 2021

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Anarchists and participants in social movements are going to have to intervene on multiple fronts: both in terms of offering autonomous disaster relief and building zones of autonomy and resiliency; but moreover in pushing for mass collective action and refusal which shuts down and stops fossil fuels production. Such action flies in the face of approaches tried by groups like Extinction Rebellion, which have focused instead on pressuring governments to “take action.” As the recent IPCC report shows, the State is well aware of the current reality, the question is, are we going to continue to place our futures in the hands of the State and industrial capitalism – or instead push for a collective break with the mega-machine that is threatening to annihilate life on this planet.

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As Turkey burned, ravaged by the worst wildfires in living memory, arguments raged over #HelpTurkey.

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Backed by celebrities and traumatised Turks, the trending hashtag drew fire from Erdogan supporters saying it was designed to humiliate the governmenthttps://t.co/mYo6kZAiz3pic.twitter.com/RjRj0QWGHh

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— AFP News Agency (@AFP) August 9, 2021

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In other news, the Delta Variant strand of COVID-19 is spreading quickly across the US and the world, bringing rates of infection on par to the original virus last summer as hospitals fill past capacity. This comes just as many schools are set to re-open and many people have stopped wearing masks and engaging in social distancing.

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Within days of reopening, school districts across the region reported thousands of COVID-19 infections and many reverted to short-term virtual instruction. Nevertheless, the ruling class, spearheaded by the Biden administration and Republican-controlled state governments, remains steadfast that in-person schooling must resume, sacrificing children’s lives for corporate profit as their parents go back to work. On social media, teachers have circulated petitions in an attempt to pressure politicians and superintendents to enforce mitigation strategies at the least or shut down in-person learning altogether.

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Biden’s economic adviser Brian Deese admitted that the real priority in reopening schools is the “labor shortage” due to a lack of “child care and school.” It was under Biden’s administration that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called for vaccinated people to throw off their masks, despite having definitive proof that vaccinated people contract and spread the virus.

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As NBC wrote:

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Children have shown more symptoms with the delta variant of the coronavirus than with previous strains, and they have increasingly been hospitalized in recent weeks. Children’s hospitals in states that have high transmission rates have begun to battle bed shortages, NBC News reported Monday.

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Attempts at collective refusal and organization by workers and students in the face of this disaster should be encouraged and supported at all levels.

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At the same time, a small but very loud minority of far-Right groups has been mobilizing within anti-mask and anti-vax camps, holding rallies outside of hospitals, restaurants, and even cancer clinics. These rallies have been joined by neo-fascists gangs of Proud Boys and in some instances, have even led to violence. In Los Angeles, COVID-19 conspiracy theorists assaulted a cancer patient for wearing a mask and other groups have mobilized at school board meetings to oppose COVID testing, mask mandates, and vaccinations – often clashing with the opposing side. Currently in Texas, major cites are pushing for children to remain masked as schools re-open, in open defiance of the Governor’s attempts to end mandatory masking.

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Anti-vaxxers have been holding violent protests attacking innocent bystanders in the process.

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Now they want to hold a rally downtown, this directly puts the unhoused communities who live in the area in danger. We say no more!

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Join us at City Hall, August 14th at 1pm pic.twitter.com/Kvn8YmJgI7

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— SoCal Antifa (@SocalAntifa) August 10, 2021

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with author, podcaster, and organizer, adrienne maree brown, known for such works as Pleasure Activism, Emergent Strategy, and We Will Not Cancel Us.

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During our conversation, we speak about Brown’s past and current written work and it can be viewed looking back on both the recent rebellion in defense of Black lives, the catastrophic impacts of climate change, and the growth of mutual aid programs in the wake of the coronavirus.

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We spend the majority of our time however talking about the impact of the internet on social movements and analyzing, through an abolitionist lens, how we recreate aspects of the carceral state within our interpersonal conflicts. With newer folks coming into social movements, we discuss what it would mean to build non-toxic relationships that can both challenge power but also help people grow to become better human beings.

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More Info:Adrienne Maree Brown homepage, on Twitter, works on AK Press, How to Survive at the End of the World podcast, and Octavia’s Parables podcast.

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music: Soundz of the South “Who Taught You?”

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Welcome, to This Is America, July 29th, 2021.

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On this episode, we speak with someone from the Puget Sound Tenants Union, which is also apart of the Autonomous Tenant Union Network, We discuss what we can potentially expect with the possible end to the eviction moratorium happening at the end of the month and how tenants can get organized to resist evictions now.

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We then switch to our discussion, where we talk about the doubling-down of the GOP around fascist and conspiracy laden politics and how this relates to the ramping up of an attack on voting rights.

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All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

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Living and Fighting

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— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) July 19, 2021

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Fight Against Line 3

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So far Enbridge has reimbursed more than $1 million in expenses, for things like crowd control training, overtime pay, and so-called personal protective equipment, like riot suits and tear gas masks.

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With promises of reimbursement on the table, police and Enbridge officials were communicating regularly in the year leading up to the final construction permit’s approval. Meanwhile, the interagency Northern Lights Task Force was pouring “countless hours” into building an elaborate infrastructure for quelling pipeline opposition. More than a dozen Northern Lights subcommitteesmet monthly or weekly. An agenda for a January 2020 task force meeting included a discussion of “Phone/car tracking possibilities to consider.” The group also planned to discuss potentially back-grounding organizers for links to terrorism and whether to launch a “public information campaign on who they are and what they have done in the past.” Multiple planning documents described law enforcement drone assets.

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[Pro-pipeline groups] spent around $20,000 on Facebook ads in March and April alone, circulating testimony from motel, restaurant, and construction supply store owners about how friendly pipeline workers are and how much they’ve boosted business.

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Minnesotans for Line 3 describes itself as a “grassroots organization of people who understand how important it is to have reliable energy to power our economy,” but a disclosure form unearthed by DeSmog lists Enbridge as a sponsor of a Minnesotans for Line 3 TV ad. Pipeline opponents say that the group is an astroturf organization, a grassroots group hiding the fact that it is sponsored by a corporation to advance the corporation’s agenda.

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For continuous action updates, see the Resist Line 3 pipeline page on Instagram and the Giniw Collective.

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BREAKING: This morning, Water Protectors blocked pullback of Line 3 pipeline under Crow Wing River by locking to drill! Are you listening @POTUS@ginamccarthy46@USACEHQ? Our wild rice, the Mississippi River headwaters call out. Already been 9 spills. #STOPLINE3#CantStopWontStoppic.twitter.com/KAJDTFzqko

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— giniw collective (@GiniwCollective) July 23, 2021

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Class War

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Twitter deleted my video of the NYPD attacking activists today at 1083 Broadway in Brooklyn. Here it is again. pic.twitter.com/MRO6zJpFk4

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— Isabelle Leyva (@isabelle_leyva) July 24, 2021

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A group in #Brooklyn again occupied the ground floor of a vacant space for mutual aid programs. Police responded with a raid on the building. Listen to communique on situation here. https://t.co/n22FG6pr8O

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) July 25, 2021

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Our neighbors in Edgewood are protesting their abusive apartment manager. He is sexually exploiting tenants, evicting them, and violating their rights. We're supporting them in organizing a tenant union, and you should too! Please spread the word. https://t.co/JzJBIwjlF5

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— The Teardown (@The_Teardown) July 25, 2021

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CRESCENT TOWN TENANTS WIN IN FIGHT AGAINST EVICTIONS: Thread (1/20)
Last week the Landlord Tenant Board was forced to admit Pinedale Properties retaliated against @CrescentUnion: their eviction cases will be dismissed due to Pinedale's retaliation against tenants pic.twitter.com/2hjOCUPmXh

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— PeoplesDefenceTO (@Peoples_Defence) July 14, 2021

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Yesterday, young Panjabi workers protested in front of a wage thief’s home in Brampton to demand that he pay his former truck driver $5,552.82 for his labour.

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I don’t think the streets of Brampton have seen self-organized workers do besti of their employer like this before. 🧵 pic.twitter.com/eOhe39tDww

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— Simran (@dhunnasim) July 26, 2021

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— colorado peoples press (@colpeoplespress) July 18, 2021

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Those gathered chanting “Who killed Winston Smith!” at Lake/Girard. The memorials for Winston Smith and Deona Marie were cleared at 5am this morning by an unknown security crew. pic.twitter.com/WbEjF6V22E

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— daviss (@daviss) July 15, 2021

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Prosecutors wasted tax dollars & time trying to repress our right to free speech. #KarenSmith is smiling somewhere as we continue our collective fight for abolition. #NotGuilty#FreeSpeech#EndPrisonSlavery#PrisonAbolitionpic.twitter.com/0vApSYp763

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— Florida Prisoner Solidarity (@FL_Abolition) July 21, 2021

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People assemble for 3 month anniversary of #AndrewBrown being shot and killed by police in #ElizabethCity

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— 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@AndreaRovenski) July 21, 2021

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Solidarity with LA Antifascist and Anarchists

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Good morning from just over the Downtown Connector. If you're commuting south, feel free to slow to a cool 80mph to check out these cute new banners 🤠 Solidarity with Queer Angelenos and Antifascist prisoners everywhere! pic.twitter.com/ypZwYT1tkt

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— Atlanta YLF (@AtlantaYLF) July 26, 2021

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Queer solidarity from Sacramento comrades! 🏴🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ pic.twitter.com/nnuugwKQmM

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— A.A.R.F ⍟ Autonomous Anarchist Revolutionary Front (@AARF_LA) July 26, 2021

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Queer means attack! 🏴🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈 Banner drop in solidarity with queer comrades fighting against transphobia infront of Wi Spa!#SmashTransphobia#SmashFascismpic.twitter.com/Y8k9DF8Pnn

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— A.A.R.F ⍟ Autonomous Anarchist Revolutionary Front (@AARF_LA) July 22, 2021

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Anti-Homophobe Action from the UK showing solidarity with Los Angeles! 🏴🏳️‍⚧️🏳️‍🌈 pic.twitter.com/DXfpbFC4ZI

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— A.A.R.F ⍟ Autonomous Anarchist Revolutionary Front (@AARF_LA) July 18, 2021

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Fight Against Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Photo: Indigenous Resistance to #transmountain tar sands dilbit pipeline and tankers! **To all the rcmp, csis, the crowns guards/Tmx security & oil trolls surveillance & monitoring of me. FUCK YOU & Canadian occupation OF #SECWEPEMC UNCEDED LAND!!! The Crown 👑 has no land here! pic.twitter.com/GsFMztvaAq

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— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) July 29, 2021

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Tiny House Warriors asserting Indigenous Sovereignty to Unceded Secwepemc Homelands and Territory from a dirty Tar Sands pipeline and 1000-man “man camp” /// #stoptmx#tinyhousewarriorspic.twitter.com/7YMmFVo21c

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— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) July 27, 2021

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International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners

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Very nice: FC St. Pauli Fans – Atlanta @SanktPauliATL supporting the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners #j25antifa yesterday. pic.twitter.com/QAOwVi9oLF

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— Atlanta Antifascists (@afainatl) July 27, 2021

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Antifascists counter protested a fascist rally in NYC’s Foley Square (that featured Proud Boys doing “security,” anti-vax nonsense, & January 6 coup apologia) earlier today. NYPD protected fascists & arrested multiple antifascists. Here’s some pics of the antifascist banners: pic.twitter.com/XzJGsuyvqI

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— Ash J (@AshAgony) July 25, 2021

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Mutual Aid

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Earlier this week, the Willamette Action Collective delivered five full vehicles of food to the Coquille Reservation on the Oregon Coast to help alleviate continued food insecurity in the tribal community due to the recent effects of Covid-19 and the long history of material pic.twitter.com/8sEwNKzsgL

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— Willamette Action Collective (@WillametteAC) July 22, 2021

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Getting resources directly to the Klamath Tribes directly impacted by the bootleg fire.

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their people are not only the navigating fire & drought with over 72 wells running dry, but the constant threats of violence from the alt right militia groups fighting for control of water pic.twitter.com/vjZpjomqLT

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— Symbiosis PDX ☀️❤️🌻 (@Symbiosis_PDX) July 23, 2021

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COMMUNITY COOL OFF 🧊 ✊

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We’ve got water bottles, ice packs, zines, and more!

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Come down to Peavey Park under the pavilion and cool down pic.twitter.com/Af5qdnqlxS

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— Twin Cities Encampment Responders (@TCparkresponder) July 24, 2021

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with an anarchist from Cuba and a Cuban-American anarchist living in Miami about the recent wave of protests which have swept the island over the last few weeks. While the demonstrations took everyone by surprise, our guests argue that they are historic in that they represent a ground swell of working-class anger that has manifested itself in demonstrations, clashes with the police, and looting; activity which has not taken place on the island for decades.

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As Cuban anarchists wrote in a recent interview with CrimethInc.:

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The demonstrations were a social explosion, without a doubt. The crisis and the tensions generated by precarity and the collapse of the health system brought it about. Now, it wasn’t a generalized explosion across all social strata. Beyond the areas where significant portions of the towns were involved, the poorest sectors of the population carried out the majority of the protests. The classist bias with which the state and its defenders have approached the issue is evident in the criticism of the protesters and their violence. Social inequality has been growing in Cuba for decades now, and the state has played with this dynamic to make alliances and secure loyalties. In this case, there’s been a clash between the most disadvantaged and most privileged sectors.

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The protests began outside of Havana, in areas scourged by the supply shortage, excessive quarantines, and blackouts lasting up to 12 hours. Added to the accumulated social discontent from the present crisis produced by the intensification of the US embargo and government mismanagement—the peak of which was the implementation of a series of measures at the beginning of the year that led to increased inflation and the growth of the black market—this meant that in a municipality like San Antonio, hundreds of people poured into the streets to express their discontent. After the impact of that demonstration on social media, other protests occurred in areas suffering similar problems. Around 4 pm, the demonstrations spread nationally.

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It was after Díaz-Canel’s communiqué, in which he called for his “revolutionaries” to confront the demonstrators, that harsh repression took place against peaceful marches, along with fierce clashes with the police.

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All of the marches were spontaneous and ended up disoriented and easily dispersed. The Internet shutdown also reduced their visibility, while an immediate flood of (dis)information from the state proclaimed that the protests had ended in many places. Communication suffered a big hit during this whole process, since the only things getting through were the skewed news of the official media and lots of fake news spread through messaging apps. This contributed significantly to the reduction of tensions, but the return of the Internet and the publication of testimonials about repression haven’t permitted a complete return to normality. These days, the major organizing spaces are focused on the struggle to free those arrested—more than 500 people, according to some lists.

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Cuban Anarchists on the Protests of July 11https://t.co/JbanZKoFo5

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Two interviews with Cuban anarchists and a statement from the anarchist initiative Taller Libertario Alfredo López exploring the causes and implications of the wave of protests that broke out on July 11. pic.twitter.com/HsW7zUOWdd

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— CrimethInc. (@crimethinc) July 22, 2021

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Throughout out discussion we speak on the context of the revolt: both in terms of the US embargo, economic crisis, power shut-offs, and the COVID-19 pandemic, the class and racial makeup of the demonstrations, the impact of growing anger at police brutality and State authority, the historic division between the countryside and the urban centers, the role, size, and scope of reactionary, pro-US, and pro-intervention currents within the protests, repression of protesters, including anarchists and other anti-capitalists, and a discussion on how the Left has responded to the protests here in the United States.

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We close by speaking about the small but growing anarchist movement in Cuba and how people can support autonomous and mutual aid projects there, as well as the importance of remembering Cuban anarchist history.

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More Info: Support mutual aid programs here, support Cuban anarchists here, CrimethInc. interview with Cuban anarchists here

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with long-time anarchist musician, author, activist, and podcaster Margaret Killjoy, host of How to Live Like the World is Dying, which embraces the concept of preparedness, or “prepping,” from an anarchist perspective, while interviewing a whole host of guests about skills, infrastructure, and real world problem solving.

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We begin our conversation by talking about the tension of the Right having such a foothold in the prepping space, while also not wanting to concede ground or rural communities to them. We then go on to discuss what everyday people can do to get prepared in the face of increasing natural disasters, pandemics, and fallout from climate change.

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More Info: Margaret Killjoy on Twitter, on Linktree, homepage for How To Live Like the World is Dying.

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photo: Scott Rodgerson via Unsplash

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Welcome, to This Is America, July 13th, 2021.

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On this episode, first we speak someone from the Willamette Action Collective, a grassroots autonomous anti-capitalist group organizing in the Portland, Oregon area. We speak about the realities on the ground in the Pacific Northwest as a recent heat wave has left hundreds dead and mutual aid groups have begun to organize in the face of a terrifying new normal brought on by climate change.

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Fire season has begun in Oregon. Willamette Action Collective is running emergency supplies to the Warms Springs reservation this week. Support our mutual aid efforts in response to this fire & our preparations for the rest of this fire season. pic.twitter.com/FqG00lnkq1

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— Willamette Action Collective (@WillametteAC) June 24, 2021

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We then speak with two folks involved in the growing autonomous campaign to Defend the Atlanta Forest in Atlanta, GA. They discuss the history of the area, the importance of the forest to the local ecology, and how recent development proposals from both the Atlanta police and a movie studio threaten to bulldoze hundreds of acres of woodland to make way for a massive sound-stage and a huge police training facility which locals have dubbed, “Cop City.” We also talk about the recent week of action, which saw everything from cultural and educational events, live music, and militant demonstrations.

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defend the atlanta forest! #nocopcitypic.twitter.com/lcuYrvHNbg

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— Defend the Atlanta Forest (@defendATLforest) July 12, 2021

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We then switch to our discussion, where we cover the current realities of climate change, the possibilities of economic collapse, and much more.

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Eric Laursen, author of The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern Statewho argues that everything we think we know about the creation and function of the political State is fundamentally wrong. During our conversation, Laursen lays out how the State did not arise out of a collective need, nor was it created organically; that instead, it was imposed from above as an instrument to amass wealth and expand economic and military control.

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Laursen goes on to argue that the State is unable to not only deal with the problems that humanity currently faces: climate change, pandemics, class and racial inequalities – but moreover, the State is the instrument that is exacerbating these crises to begin with.

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Despite these massive problems, much of the Left still holds up capturing the State or reforming it as the main way to change the world. With this reality in mind, Laursen argues that anarchists need to continue to articulate the need for a broad, anti-state position, as more and more people begin to question key aspect of the state: white supremacy, the police, and beyond.

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More Info:Eric Laursen on Twitter and The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State on AK Press.

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photo: Koshu Kunii via Unsplash

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with abolitionist Alex Vitale, author of the new book, The End of Policing. In our discussion, we look at the abolitionist movement one year after the George Floyd uprising, with Vitale arguing that we have seen a massive shift, both in terms of gains made by the movement and a massive change in the consciousness of millions of people.

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We also discuss how the uprising has exposed and created clear cracks within policing itself: from divisions within the top police brass coming to the surface, to departments across the US struggling to hire new officers, to law enforcement suffering a legitimacy crisis, and police and corporate mass media struggling to link a slight rise in gun deaths with calls to defund the police.

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Throughout our conversation, Vitale argues that neoliberal attempts to reform the police through sensitivity training, diversifying police departments, and things like body cameras have done little to bring down levels of violence and police killings. At a time when both parties are calling for more cops, abolitionists must continue to set their sights on systemic change across the board, building off of relationships made through community organizing and grassroots campaigns, which seek to move the movement forward.

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More Info: Alex Vitale on Twitter and The End of Policing pdf.

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photo: Jack Prommel via Unsplash

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Welcome, to This Is America, July 3rd, 2021.

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On today’s episode we launch straight into our discussion, where we tackle how the Right has  built an AstroTurf campaign around the demonetization of ‘Critical Race Theory,’ and how this relates to broader attacks on basic rights. We then dive into a blow by blow of the Biden administration’s newly published report on “domestic terrorism” and what it all means.

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All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news.

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The Fight Against Line 3

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As cities across the world sweat through record breaking heat, the State continues to attack autonomous movements and struggles attempting to stop the extraction of fossil fuels and destroy the natural environment for profit.

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After 14 hours, the police finally left the Namewag Camp driveway, yet some are staged at a nearby power line easement. A person who locked down to one of the parked vehicles was extracted and arrested. pic.twitter.com/bqBMFDHgyg

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— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 29, 2021

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In so-called Minnesota, police in an attempt to finish the drilling of the Line 3 pipeline, set up a barricade on the outskirts of someone’s property where Water Protectors were staying. The resistance “camp woke up to Hubbard County handing over a letter stating they would be barricading the sole access to camp in 4 hours. As the day wore on, police formed a riot line and attempted to push into the premises. County sheriffs were met with fierce resistance… Hubbard continued to escalate the situation into the night, arresting a dozen people and towing vehicles off the road. Over-policing and militarization by Enbridge-backed police in the north country is out of control,” the Giniw Collective reported.

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Dozens of climate-justice protesters…occupied the northeast regional headquarters of Canada-based Enbridge Corporation, near Boston, MA. The occupation lasted for a total of 26 hours.

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On July 1st, direct actions continued to put a halt to pipeline construction.

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LIVE: Direct Action Delays #Line3 Pipeline Constructionhttps://t.co/M9IboVeMMF

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Cordons of state troopers have arrived in school busses to the tar sands pipeline work site in Hubbard County, MN where some water protectors are still locked down to construction equipment

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— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) July 1, 2021

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For continued updates on resistance to the Line 3 pipeline, follow the Giniw Collective and Unicorn Riot. Donations to the bail fund are also needed. To donate, go here.

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Week of Action to Defend the Atlanta Forest Wraps Up

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#Atlanta officials are pushing to cut down 300 acres of forest to build a \"Cop City\" megacomplex + expand a Hollywood studio. Resistance to the project has taken many forms + today a protest against the development marched on the Atlanta Police foundation. Photos via @nathansapppic.twitter.com/XkluKzzdzw

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) June 26, 2021

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Support for the campaign to defend the Atlanta forest is growing. Here’s a report from someone on the ground on the recent week of action:

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A week of action took place June 20-26 for the movement to Defend the Atlanta Forest. The movement has taken off as two project proposals threaten over 1,000 acres of forest in South Atlanta, Georgia. A vibrant and varied week of action brought out hundreds to spend time in the forest. Events included ecology walks and talks, movie night in the forest, a shabbat dinner, Kid’s Day, a non-monogamy discussion group, a hardcore show with several hundred attendees who got confrontational with the police, a forest rave that brought out hundreds to dance in Intrenchment Creek under the full moon, and a demonstration which resulted in a smashed window at the Atlanta Police Foundation offices, firefly monitoring, mycology education, tree planting, a two night encampment in the forest, and much more. City officials, the Atlanta Police Foundation, Blackhall Movie studios and major corporations are attempting to devastate this forest by building a major regional police training center as well as the largest movie soundstage in the U.S., but resistance to these projects grows stronger every day. Follow @defendatlantaforest on Instagram and @defendATLforest on Twitter as well as #NoCopCity and #dtfatl to keep up with the movement.

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Mutual Aid Heats Up

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Scene from the Water Relief effort on Friday, June 25th. We provided again to over 400 families from West Jackson. #MutualAidpic.twitter.com/v1cBg3iZ3j

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— Cooperation Jackson (@CooperationJXN) June 29, 2021

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This past week gave us a glimpse into the horrors that lie just on the horizon from climate change, as new reports pointed to the growing threat to the arctic and horrifying examples of monstrous weather patterns. In the face of a crippling heat wave across regions like the Pacific Northwest, which left hundreds dead and many more hospitalized and saw literal firestorms, autonomous groups are mobilizing to provide mutual aid. This includes organizations like Symbiosis in Portland, OR and Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, who are running cooling centers and water distribution hubs. Both groups have already been involved in the distribution of emergency supplies, including water, as Symbiosis has been working with rural communities in the face of ongoing water shortages following last summer’s devastating fires and Cooperation Jackson has been distributing water following massive hurricanes which knocked out water infrastructure. Check out our interview with someone from the Willamette Action Collective in the next episode for a discussion on autonomous disaster relief in an age of global warming.

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With fires and this heat wave excaserbating the water crisis in Warm Springs, we've been doubling efforts to transport large amounts of water this week. If you have funds please donate to cash app: $XulXiYut funds are going fast as the water drops continue to not be enough. pic.twitter.com/9kdfsj7RXA

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— Symbiosis PDX ☀️❤️🌻 (@Symbiosis_PDX) June 26, 2021

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As Biden doubles down in support of the police and the Right and the neoliberal center attempt to play up misconstrued reports of rising crime, anger remains high as police killings continue to push many into the streets.

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Protests continue at the Lonoke County Sheriffs Office tonight after Hunter Brittain, 17, was shot and killed by Sgt. Michael Davis in a traffic stop.
Brittain's family says they want justice– not chaos– after people were doing burnouts in the parking lot last night.
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— Hunter Hoagland (@HunterHoagland) June 26, 2021

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— 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@AndreaRovenski) June 27, 2021

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UPDATE: Police have left the scene and dumpsters are now on fire uptown #justiceforwinstonsmithpic.twitter.com/MKNir1Ntmo

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— Visual Black Justice (@VBJ_Minneapolis) June 25, 2021

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It’s beautiful out at Wince Marie Way this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/Dcnv9BQByo

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— Rachel Bean (@colocha_rachel) June 24, 2021

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In response to the Portland Police murder of Michael Ray Townsend on June 24, a parking lot containing multiple Portland Police Bureau squad cars was attacked. A hole was cut into the surrounding barbed wire fence, and a dozen vehicles were hit. All cars had their windows, windshields, lights and mirrors smashed, and abolitionists / anarchists messages were painted across their exteriors. A fire extinguisher filled with paint was used to completely cover multiple squad cars, as well as their interiors.

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Everyday the pigs turn our public spaces into open air prisons. We call on all abolitionists to take the defunding and disarming of the pigs into their own hands.

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PPB riot line move in & mace community members that have gathered outside the crime scene where a man was shot by PPB tonight. From my viewpoint, there was no escalation from the crowd that warranted this use of force. A few water bottles were thrown after they maced the crowd. pic.twitter.com/53iKxLLsLm

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— Grace Morgan (@gravemorgan) June 25, 2021

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ICE uses our streets to move, isolate, and then deport people every day.

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— ✡️ Never Again Action ✡️ (@NeverAgainActn) June 30, 2021

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Today, on the 116th anniversary of the founding of the IWW, Doughnut Workers United went on strike to protest the conditions at Voodoo Doughnuts. We love and thank every last one of you for supporting us in this action.#dwu#voodoodoughnut#union#unionstrong💪 pic.twitter.com/RxKa36wZzm

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— Doughnut Workers United (@DWU_PDX) June 27, 2021

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@IWW workers @dillpicklecoop are going #OnStrike July 2 & 3 because management is refusing to settle cases found to have merit by @NLRB ✊🏿✊🏽✊🏻 pic.twitter.com/eUW4oi5rdf

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— Dill Pickle Worker’s Union (@dillpickle_iww) July 2, 2021

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Breaking protest, #ElizabethCity city workers occupy Colonial, and MLK Jr to protest for higher wages in accordance with their valuation, demanding that city council raise the wages. #AndrewBrown protesters join in solidarity. pic.twitter.com/dG8dqTCH87

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— 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@AndreaRovenski) June 29, 2021

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#ElizabethCity city workers on day #2 of their #strike today! After 3 years of 0% raises and being 35% behind others in their industry, city council decided tonight on pathetic 4% raise and to study $15/hr minimum wage #organizethesouthpic.twitter.com/fEoK9zTTfO

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— Dante Strobino (@imastringbean) July 1, 2021

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Welcome, to This Is America, June 25th, 2021.

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On today’s show, first we feature an interview with Black House News, about the ongoing resistance to curfews happening in New York and attempts by the State to hold onto control of the streets in a post-pandemic and post-rebellion world. We also discuss how the terrain in DC has changed following the attempted far-Right coup. We then play a recorded text from Perilous Chronicle, about surveillance of teenage activists in so-called Tucson by local police.

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I don't mean to alarm anyone but the ground temperature in the Arctic was a staggering 118 degrees this weekend https://t.co/uJVNelxTeW

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— Brian Kahn (@blkahn) June 22, 2021

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We then switch to our discussion, where we cover the horrific realities of climate change and the implications raised in the book Desert for the anarchist movement in an epoch of global warming.

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All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

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Living and Fighting

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Fire is now surrounding the tree outside the Rock Hill Law Center pic.twitter.com/xEaGPyxdm6

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— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) June 24, 2021

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— Defend the Atlanta Forest (@defendATLforest) June 24, 2021

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A Proud Boy and a Vietnam war veteran get into an altercation across the street from Clackamette Park over a sign that reads “Antifa Loves You” #portland#pdx#oregoncity#protest#riotpic.twitter.com/5n7I0i6RQV

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— Independent Media PDX (@NDpendentPDX) June 19, 2021

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Chuck Tanner of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) about the People’s Rights Network, a collection of far-Right activists led by Ammon Bundy, (who has just announced a run for governor of Idaho) famous for his role in a series of armed standoffs in various states alongside members of far-Right militia groups such as the Oath Keepers and the III%ers.

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A conflict is brewing in the Klamath River Basin in southern Oregon. Ammon Bundy, one of the far-right figures involved in the 2016 armed standoff at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge and his group, People’s Rights, have inserted themselves into the dispute over scarce water resources in the region that could lead to more armed conflict.

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Severe drought has gripped the Klamath River Basin. A recurring problem in the irrigated high desert, the current round of limits on water for the Klamath Irrigation Project came April 14 when the Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) released its Klamath Project 2021 Temporary Operations Plan, announcing it would make an “initial minimum” allocation to the Klamath Irrigation Project of 33,000 acre-feet and provide some $15 million in immediate aid to the Klamath Project and $3 million in technical assistance to tribal ecosystem projects. The allocation is at an historic low.

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The decision comes as tribes in the Lower Klamath Basin, including the Yurok and Karuk, are facing massive fish die-offs and emergency conditions in their fisheries; and the Klamath Tribes have expressed concern that BoR managed water levels in Klamath Lake be maintained to support its treaty-reserved fisheries.

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As a result, water for irrigation has been curtailed. Unhappy with that decision, a group of local irrigators, some of who were involved in a similar conflict back in 2001, are trying to reopen the flow of the irrigation canal. They’ve aligned with Bundy’s People’s Rights network, and are now holding organizing meetings on the property next to the headgates to the canal. Grant Knoll, a Klamath Irrigation District board member and one of the irrigators who purchased the property to stage the big tent People’s Rights protests recently declared, “We’re going to turn on the water and have a standoff.”

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— Devin Burghart (@dburghart) June 17, 2021

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Anti-Indigenous opposition from the People’s Rights Network to Native treaty and water rights has grown into a strong ideological component for their brand of far-Right politics. According to IREHR

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Bundy completely dismissed [Native] rights, casting them in the conspiratorial terms that dominate his far-right, nationalist, and insurrectionary organization. For Bundy, anti-tribal politics and behavior are nothing new. The disregard for tribal rights endemic to his movement came into relief during the Bundy-led 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur wildlife refuge. The takeover took place in the homelands of the Burns Paiute Tribe, over objections from the tribe. Some of those in Bundy’s group damaged a tribal archaeological site, and two of the paramilitary occupiers were ordered to pay restitution to the tribe.

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Our latest look at People’s Rights activity in Oregon examines the deeply anti-Indian ideas, goals and alliances associated with Ammon Bundy and company's efforts in the Klamath Basin. https://t.co/CHFXEzOZfQ

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— IREHR (@IREHR) June 10, 2021

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Also in our discussion, we map out the ideological origins of Ammon Bundy and by extension, the People’s Rights Network, which trace their roots back to proto-milita white supremacist groups like the Posse Comitatus. Far from being ‘anti-government,’ along with current organizations like the Oath Keepers, Bundy and his followers embrace the concept of “Constitutional Sheriffs” which argues that the Sheriff should be the highest law in the land, backed up by the army and the local militia (or posse). As Chuck argues, this embrace of far-Right revolutionary violence, a push for a return to an old colonial order, and a fierce opposition to Native sovereignty, “is the stuff of death squads,” and also finds growing support among law enforcement.

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More Info:Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR) homepage, on Twitter, and collection of articles on the Klamath Basin conflict.

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photo: Anton Ivanchenko via Unsplash

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On this episode of It’s Going Down, we speak with SA Smythe, who is “a statewide coordinating committee member of the faculty wing of California Cops Off Campus and organizes with students and other comrades in the broader Cops Off Campus Coalition and other abolitionist/anti-carceral groups across Turtle Island and in Europe.”

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— Cops Off Campus – #AbolitionMay (@ucftp) May 25, 2021

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We discuss the rise of abolitionist organizing on college campuses, the recent “Abolitionist May” month of action, and where the movement is going in the post-George Floyd world. We also talk about the repressive role of campus police against on campus movements and struggles, and in enforcing gentrification and racial apartheid.

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More Info:SA Smythe on Twitter, homepage, Cop Off California College Campuses, Cops off Campus across Turtle Island/North America, and LinkTree.

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Welcome to This Is America, June 10th, 2021.

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On this episode, first we bring you an interview with Lauren Swain, the partner of anarchist prisoner Sean Swain who currently has launched a campaign in order to help them hopefully transition out of prison later this summer. We discuss Swain’s case and his amazing life, his journey to anarchist politics, and the repression he has faced as a politicized prisoner. For ways to support Sean, check out this Instagram account here.

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Anarchist prisoner Sean Swain is up for parole soon! Take action to help get this comrade free after nearly 30 years locked up. pic.twitter.com/EARqUXSmJF

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— Fidencio Libre (@FidencioLibre) June 5, 2021

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We then switch to our discussion, where we tackle the attempt by the Republicans to solidify their base increasingly within the far-Right and what this means for the wider political terrain.

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The weather reminded us of something today:

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HAPPY PRIDE!!!#pride#NoJusticeNoStreets

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📷: https://t.co/SYvp6es8SLpic.twitter.com/updieJ8kVv

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— 38th And Chicago Avenue (@GeorgeFloydSQ) June 10, 2021

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All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

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Line 3 Resistance Shuts Down Construction in Mass Action
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Hundreds of water protectors from across the U.S. are taking part in a large action to #StopLine3 in Northern MN.

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The road is blockaded & many are locked down to pipeline construction equipment thruout a large pump station & construction yard. #LIVEhttps://t.co/bEBc8baCWh

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— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 7, 2021

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This week, thousands of people have responded to a call put out several months ago to converge against Line 3 and blockade the construction site of the pipeline. Police and DHS agents responded with arrests and flying helicopters low to the ground, in an effort to frighten Water Protectors and to stir up dust storms around those locked down to construction equipment.

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Occupying Enbridge’s attempts to drill under the Mississippi River. #StopLine3pic.twitter.com/n0qa7hTST5

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— Scott Parkin (@sparki1969) June 8, 2021

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According to reporters with Unicorn Riot on the ground, some of the lock-downs put in place by Water Protectors have impacted construction significantly and in one case, last for over 30 hours. Be sure to check their extensive coverage of resistance on the ground.

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DHS/Border Patrol is using helicopter rotor wash to try to clear out activists out from an occupied #Line3 pump station north of Park Rapids. More than 24 activists are locked down to equipment inside. @MPRnewspic.twitter.com/ArTN6FAqwC

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— Evan Frost (@efrostee) June 7, 2021

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In Minnesota’s largest ever anti-pipeline mobilization, water protectors Monday morning halted construction of Enbridge’s Line 3 toxic tar sands pipeline. Over 1,000 people marched with Indigenous leaders to the headwaters of the Mississippi River for a treaty ceremony at the site where the pipeline is proposed to cross. Further south, over 500 Indigenous people [and] allies shut down an active Line 3 pump station in a massive direct action in solidarity with the Giniw Collective, an Indigenous women, two-spirit-led frontline land defense group.

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These actions are a part of the Treaty People Gathering, a mass mobilization of more than 2,000 people planned by Indigenous-led groups, communities of faith, and climate justice organizations, and the beginning of a summer of resistance. At day break, hundreds of land defenders reached the Two Inlets Line 3 pump station . Some climbed ladders or locked themselves to equipment, while others blockaded the entrance…

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Actions in Solidarity with Palestine Expand

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Newly formed \"Block the Boat\" NY-NJ coalition organized a protest against the the Israeli \"ZIM Tarragona\", which was scheduled to arrive at the port Sunday morning.

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The activists successfully blocked an Israeli ZIM cargo ship from unloading at the Port of #Oakland on Friday. pic.twitter.com/9Mgdgg8OYO

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— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) June 7, 2021

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Block the Boat actions and mobilizations have taken place at various ports across the US and Canada over the past week. Mass picketing (which have been honored by union port workers of the ILWU who have refused to cross the lines) at the Port of Oakland and in so-called Vancouver has been successful in stopping the unloading of Israeli goods from ZIM ships.

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Amazing photos from #BlockTheBoat Vancouver where hundreds of community members successfully blocked the port entrance. If you are near Vancouver, sign up for text alerts (833-590-1987) as more ZIM ships are headed your way! #BDS#EndIsraeliApartheidpic.twitter.com/ODKtucaMKf

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— AROC #BlocktheBoat (@AROCBayArea) June 9, 2021

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In May, members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union in Durban, South Africa, responded to a call from the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions and refused to offload cargo from a ZIM ship.

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Dockworkers in Livorno, Italy, withheld their service to load a shipment of arms going to Israel.

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On May 25, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Northern California District Council also expressed its support of the Palestinians in a written statement.

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A communique posted to Abolition Media Worldwide also took credit for an action in solidarity with Palestine. It read:

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The brutal bombardment of Gaza, the mass eviction of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque; these can only described as acts of ethnic cleansing and extermination.

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Last week, in an act of revolutionary solidarity with autonomous Palestinian resistance, we started a fire at the Pratt & Whitney engine facility in Orange County, CA, completely destroying a fleet van and damaging the exterior of the building. For us, revolutionary solidarity can’t mean mere words or symbolic gestures; it means putting our entire bodies into the struggle and causing material damage to the war machine.

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Pratt & Whitney is a division of Raytheon Technologies, the fourth largest arms dealer in the world. Pratt & Whitney have deep ties to the Israeli defense industry. In 2015, Pratt & Whitney signed a 15 year contract with the Israeli Ministry of Defense, in support of the Israeli Air Force, designed to provide 100% daily propulsion readiness for the entire Israeli fleet of F-15 and F-16 aircraft. Pratt and Whitney also supplies the engines used in the Israeli Air Forces entire fleet of F-16 fighter jets. These same fighter jets are now being used to rain down all hell on Gaza.

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As we approach the one year anniversary of the burning of the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis following the police lynching of George Floyd, we can’t forget the role that arms dealers such as Raytheon play in the militarization of law enforcement. Raytheon supplies police departments across the country with surveillance technology and training software. We know that all liberation is tied together, and that the Israeli settler state is enlivened by the same racism and colonial ambitions that the United States is embodied by. The same multinational corporations arming the IDF to crush Palestinian resistance are also arming law enforcement agencies in the US to brutalize Black and Brown communities.

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From the alleys of Gaza City, to mountains of Kurdistan, to streets of Minneapolis; solidarity with all who struggle against colonialism and state power

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-Anarchist Cells of Abolitionist Fire

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Strikes by Miners and Auto Workers Continue

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Over 3,000 auto workers at the Volvo New River Valley Plant in Dublin, Virginia are back on the picket lines following their second mass rejection of a sell-out contract, which forced the union to re-authorize the resumption of the strike.

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This is a separate assault that took place today at #WarriorMet. A #UMWA member trying to join the picket line was intentionally struck by a boss.Please share so people can see first hand exactly why we are on an unfair labor practices strike. #Solidarity#1upic.twitter.com/O3YbJkIyFo

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— Haeden Wright (@HaedenWright) June 5, 2021

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Meanwhile in Alabama, a strike by over a thousand United Mine Workers fighting against attacks in their pay and benefits by Warrior Met Coal continues to heat up. Last week, video surfaced of a boss hitting a striking miner with their truck.

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According to one report, the recent attack is only the latest in a string of assaults against strikers, who “have been hit by cars three times in the past three days while on the picket line.”

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George Floyd Square Faces Down Another Attempted Eviction

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— Greenganon (@Greenganon) June 9, 2021

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On the morning of June 8th, the City of Minneapolis attempted another eviction of George Floyd Square, however community members swiftly put back barricades. According to the Associated Press:

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City crews returned early Tuesday to a Minneapolis intersection where a memorial to George Floyd was assembled after his death last year and worked to reopen it to traffic by removing…barriers, only to have activists barricade the area again. As soon as workers left the area on Tuesday, activists moved back in, again blocking traffic with parked cars, trash cans, traffic signs and other items in a repeat of last Thursday’s scene.

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Members of the Agape Movement, a community group hired by the city to provide security in lieu of police, and protest organizers argued over the wooden pallets and concrete barricades remaining on the west side of the square…As soon as workers were finished, protesters began parking cars and piling pallets in the streets again.

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A new zine has also been created, mapping the various non-profits and “community organizations” actively working as a force for counter-insurgency on behalf of the police and city of Minneapolis. View it here.

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Upcoming Events

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June 9th: Peninsula Park, 6:30 PM. Presentation on ‘History of Rose City Antifa.’ More info here.

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June 11th: International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

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June 12th: Letter writing and book packaging for prisoners to mark June 11th. Chicago, IL. More info here.

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June 12 – 13th: Philly Skillshare Convergence featuring workshops, discussions, and tabling. For more information and updates, check here.

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June 18th: Counter-protest against the Proud Boys in Oregon City, OR. 2pm.

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June 26th – July 1st: Earth First! Summer Gathering in so-called Minnesota. More info here.

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August 21st – September 9th: Call for abolitionist actions in support of prisoner struggles. More info here.

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November 12th – 14th: Protest against white nationalist ‘American Renaissance’ conference in Burns, Tennessee.

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Robert Ovetz and Gifford Hartman, two long time anti-capitalist and class struggle researchers, who discuss the pandemic and how it has fundamentally changed the lives of everyday waged workers. Specifically, we tackle the rhetoric surrounding “unfilled jobs,” largely in the service industry, where capitalists are scrambling in some cases to offer workers higher wages, better benefits, and even pay for them to come in and fill out a resume because they are desperate to fill vacant positions, as many States prepare to fully reopen their economies.

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— brands getting owned (@BrandsOwned) May 8, 2021

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What is causing these jobs to be unfilled? Have workers simply gone into other sectors of the economy as the pandemic has raged on? Are they “striking with their feet”: refusing to take jobs that put themselves in harm’s way, or are they like the politicians claim, simply “lazy” because of recent stimulus checks and unemployment benefits?

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— KING LATIFAH (@HaritoMorales) May 8, 2021

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We close our discussion by speaking about resistance in the workplace in the age of the pandemic, the rise of wildcat strikes, and also the recent failed attempt by business unions to carry out a union drive at Amazon. If current conditions have shifted things more in workers’ favor, then how can future struggles build upon this?

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More Info: When Workers Shot Back on the IGD podcastFrom Automation to the Gig Economy on the IGD podcast, Payday Report

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Welcome, to This Is America, May 28th, 2021.

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On today’s episode, first we speak with a resident of the North Fork mobile home park in Kentucky, about how residents there have been fighting the mass eviction of a trailer park to make way for a strip mall, a move that will displace dozens of families and individuals and enrich “one of the most successful businessmen in Kentucky,” who will rake in a massive amount of corporate welfare, to complete development of the project.

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George Floyd's life was stolen from him by police last year. Rest in power. pic.twitter.com/G1cg0ySN5L

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— DC Youth Liberation Front (@dcylf) May 26, 2021

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We then switch to a recording from a recent May Day event, featuring speakers from It’s Going Down, Sima Lee and Klee Benally, who discuss the past year since the start of the George Floyd rebellion and the path ahead in the changing terrain.

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All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

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Living and Fighting

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One Year Since the Start of the George Floyd Uprising

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George Floyd Square showing everyone what community looks like. pic.twitter.com/qVkGNvsElu

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— daviss (@daviss) May 26, 2021

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A year after George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police officers racial justice activists in Portland, Oregon protested outside the Justice Center.

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After a dumpster was set on fire at the Justice Center riot police responded while firefighters extinguished the flames.

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1/3 pic.twitter.com/FQlzYPCbXk

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— Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) May 26, 2021

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Fireworks are let off outside the Injustice center in downtown Portland on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. There are around 300 people here. #GeorgeFloyd#portlandprotestpic.twitter.com/fCqwmh7jvb

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— Grace Morgan (@gravemorgan) May 26, 2021

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Solidarity with Palestine

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Rockford stands in Solidarity with Palestine!!!

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— 815 Mutual Aid Network (@mutualaid815) May 22, 2021

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HAPPENING NOW: Organizers are blocking the road to the international headquarters of Boeing here in Chicago, demanding to #Blockthebombs after Biden approved a $735 MILLION sale of Boeing weapons to Apartheid Israel #DivestfromBoeingpic.twitter.com/0WvtoHhvzq

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— Hoda Katebi هدی کاتبی (@hodakatebi) May 27, 2021

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Fight for Abolition

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At UCDavis a gang of people rolled up on the Chancellor’s house … and some abolitionist good times ensued pic.twitter.com/C0KDOhqZT2

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— Cops Off Campus – #AbolitionMay (@ucftp) May 25, 2021

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How many different ways can we say it @UCLA? #CopsOffCampus#AbolitionNow. And oh yes, FUCK REFORMS. pic.twitter.com/BQid6S46WI

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— DIVEST/INVEST – #CopsOffCampus (@divestucla) May 21, 2021

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Thanks to everyone who showed up to Abolition Square today in-person and online! Looking forward to seeing y'all again soon #CareNotCopspic.twitter.com/BUpDMxUOSN

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— UCSD Cops Off Campus (@ucsd_ftp) May 20, 2021

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There is no good reason for UCPD to exist. Today, students, faculty, staff, community members took over the intersection in front of UCPD @UCLA to state that message. #AbolitionMay#CopsOffCampuspic.twitter.com/zpPy8YGsbN

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— DIVEST/INVEST – #CopsOffCampus (@divestucla) May 21, 2021

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Car hits #AndrewBrown protester on bike in #ElizabethCitypic.twitter.com/FaCkFyfXZX

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— 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@PAWGsForBernie) May 24, 2021

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LAPD really showed up to the punk show last night and shot less-lethal rounds directly into the pit pic.twitter.com/xMMu4bgHI7

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— New York Year Zero (@newyorkyearzero) May 9, 2021

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Surviving members of the MOVE family walked with hundreds of supporters through West Philadelphia Thursday night to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the day city leaders dropped explosives on their…compound.

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The subsequent fire, allowed to burn to the point where it turned more than 60 houses to rubble, killed 11 people, including five children.

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Just hours before Pam Africa and Mike Africa Jr. began their remembrance of lost comrades by describing the two-day assault, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced the resignation of the city’s top health official for mishandling remains of victims of the bombing.

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— T A H I R (@TheVirtuousLion) May 13, 2021

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Indigenous Resistance

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Source: Rising Tide North America

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Update about #TinyHouseWarriors vs #TransMountain trial starts today May 25-29, 2021 #stoptmxpic.twitter.com/GzjRU1gziR

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— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) May 25, 2021

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The loudest thunder this spring … pic.twitter.com/wYDmLdLfM3

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— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) May 27, 2021

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Members of the Six Nations of the Grand River have built cabins and other structures on the site…which is right beside the Six Nations territory, and have been living there for the past 10 months. The purpose of the occupation is to halt construction of a housing project by Foxgate Developments.

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While blockades have come down, people are preparing for “a summer of get-togethers, concerts and lacrosse games” on the land.

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From Turtle Island to Palestine colonization is a crime!

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We have raised a banner in the intersection where police shot at our people in October in solidarity with Palestine. We stand united in our shared struggle. pic.twitter.com/ZHmaO4zAyu

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— #1492LandBackLane (@1492LBL) May 14, 2021

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A few photos from today’s protest at the illegal development site in Kanehsatake pic.twitter.com/vJJAZApw9z

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— Ellen Gabriel (@EllenGabriel1) May 22, 2021

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Class War

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Workers at Voodoo Doughnut have received our union election date!

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Workers will be voting this month from May 11th to June 8th. The workers are expecting to win the vote with an overwhelming majority ✊#doughnutworkersunited#dwu#iww#voodoodoughnut#union#unionstrongpic.twitter.com/ZVYBoplTAl

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— Doughnut Workers United (@DWU_PDX) May 1, 2021

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Members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) have been busy, working to unionize Moe’s Books in Berkeley, CA, Charter school workers in Richmond, CA, and also the staff of the Socialist Rifle Association (SRA), the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC), and Voodoo Doughnut workers in Portland, OR.

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A march to defend historic People’s Park and 1921 Walnut st in Berkeley from developers happening now, on the weekend of People’s Park 52nd anniversary @defendpparkpic.twitter.com/3xb50BriKW

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— 𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐧 (@renepakmorrison) April 24, 2021

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Also in Berkeley, marches and protests have been ongoing, fighting back against proposed evictions by UC Berkeley of housing and the autonomous People’s Park.

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Upcoming Events

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June 5th: Beaverton City Library, 2pm. Zinefest and Mutual Aid Fair. Beaverton, Oregon.

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June 5th: Abolition Assembly and BBQ, Richmond, VA. More info here.

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June 11th: International Day of Solidarity with Marius Mason and Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners

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June 12 – 13th: Philly Skillshare Convergence featuring workshops, discussions, and tabling. For more information and updates, check here.

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June 26th – July 1st: Earth First! Summer Gathering in so-called Minnesota. More info here.

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August 21st – September 9th: Call for abolitionist actions in support of prisoner struggles. More info here.

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It’s Going Down

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If you value IGD as a revolutionary autonomous media resource in times of crisis and have the means, please sign up to support us monthly! Help autonomous revolutionary media grow into 2021!

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with journalist and author Shane Burley both about their new book, Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse, as well as on the current crisis playing itself within the Republican party and within ruling class circles in the US in general.

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During our discussion, we talk about the current struggle for power between neo-con and Trumpian forces within the Republicans and what this means both for the State itself and for other forces both inside and outside of it. We then discuss elements of Burley’s book, including the future of GOP and far-Right crossover, key lessons and take-ways from the rebellion that kicked off last summer, and how autonomous movements can continue to grow in the current terrain.

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More Info:Why We Fight on AK Press, Shane Burley on TwitterIt’s Going Down podcast 2017, It’s Going Down podcast 2019

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photo: Chris Henry via Unsplash

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music: Inner Terrestrials “White Nightmare”

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we spoke with Andrea about the unfolding demonstrations and protests in Elizabeth City in North Carolina, following the police killing of Andrew Brown, Jr, on April 21st.

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Day 12 of protests for #AndrewBrown in #ElizabethCity starts at the waterfront pic.twitter.com/qgrhpDvmCW

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— 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@PAWGsForBernie) May 2, 2021

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For the past three weeks, people have continued to take to the streets to call for the release of police tapes of the incident, while family members who have had access to view the tape have stated that it shows Brown’s execution by police and that he had his hands on the steering wheel of his car at the time of this death.

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Local Democratic leadership as well as conservative judges have both refused to release the tapes and instead have declared a State of Emergency after the killing, in a preemptive move to put down unrest. As we discuss throughout our interview, this move was quickly followed by the imposition of a night-time curfew and another draconian rule that required people to apply for permits with local city leaders in order to legally hold protests. Yet despite this, violent arrests, and threats from Trump supporters – protesters continue to get in the streets: day in and day out.

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— 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@PAWGsForBernie) May 4, 2021

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Elizabeth City shows what happens with local elites and police try to suppress popular anger and attempt to gain total control over the situation. Those in the streets of North Carolina continue to fight and they deserve our support, as mobilizations continue and grassroots reporters like Andrea continue to issue dispatches from the front lines.

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Welcome, to This Is America, May 7th, 2021.

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On this episode we bring you an interview (recorded about two weeks ago) with two folks involved in the battle to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). We talk about the recent end the tree-sit at the Hellbender autonomous zone, broad community support for the campaign and also ongoing State repression against those recently arrested during ongoing actions.

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We then switch to our discussion, where we look at Biden’s first three months in office; specifically his policies, which in many ways are a continuation of Trumpism and how they have played out on the border. When then offer an analysis at the close of the Chauvin trial.

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All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news.

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Living and Fighting

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We're excited to announce that Loren has accepted a favorable, non-cooperating plea deal & has been released. Congrats Loren! And a big thank you to everyone who has supported him over the past year. pic.twitter.com/WlUwuTiw56

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— Tucson Anti-Repression Crew (@TucsonARC) May 5, 2021

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On today’s episode, we want to highlight a few repression updates. First up, in some good news, Loren Reed from so-called Arizona, has been released and has taken a “good” non-cooperating plea deal.

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Daniel Baker has been found guilty on both counts. This is a sad and disappointing result in a case that epitomizes the political prosecution of radical Leftists.https://t.co/HdOik5HSKhhttps://t.co/a3DD3lnibh

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— Brad Thomson (@BradThomsonNoP) May 6, 2021

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And now, in some…not so good news,Daniel Baker, a Florida resident and former YPG volunteer in Rojava, was found guilty in court this week for supposedly making a call to counter a potentially violent pro-Trump rally.

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And, as we discuss in our interview today, Appalachians Against Pipelines (MVP) is in need of ongoing support, as several Water Protectors continue to face serious charges. From a local article: “Two nonviolent protesters must serve a day in jail for every day they spent in tree stands blocking the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a Montgomery County judge ruled Wednesday.” Donate to their bail-fund here!

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This comrade is dealing with some serious bullshit in connection with the uprising in portland—they have him in jail with a 2 million dollar bail! https://t.co/hobXuRB5Kkhttps://t.co/MNttR5Zojp

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) May 7, 2021

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Finally in Oregon, people are raising money to bail out Malik, who is currently facing some serious charges stemming from the rebellion. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for future installments of In Contempt and Prison Break for more updates, as well as future podcasts.

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It’s Going Down

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If you value IGD as a revolutionary autonomous media resource in times of crisis and have the means, please sign up to support us monthly! Help autonomous revolutionary media grow into 2021!

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, IGD contributor Scott Campbell speaks with Clay Colmon, who teaches in the Cultural Studies Department at Claremont Graduate University and is the Associate Director of Instructional Design at UPenn’s School of Arts and Sciences.

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The two discuss the potential and meaning of change, the growing capaciousness of Afrofuturism, the power of Black speculative futures, the significance of vision and story in social struggle, the construction of the human, the possibilities of Black transhumanism and posthumanism, and the implications of all of the above in the work for liberatory social change.

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Clay can be found on Twitter at @warmclay.

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The interlude track is “Soul of the Sea” by Drexciya, accompanied by audio clips of Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, Wanuri Kahiu, Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, and N.K. Jemisin, respectively.

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photo: Hamish Dowson via Unsplash

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Shemon and Arturo, two authors who have contributed numerous pieces analyzing the George Floyd rebellion for both It’s Going Down and Ill Will. We look back at the rebellion which began in late May of 2020 after the police killing of George Floyd and discuss what lessons the revolt leaves us with now, especially following the rebellion in Brooklyn Central after the police murder of Daunte Wright.

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Throughout our discussion, we address the difference in the action taken by the proletariat as a whole and the rhetoric of the managing classes which attempted to drain the revolt of its subversive and revolutionary content, while pushing it back into politics as usual. This took the form of everything from the spreading of conspiracy theories, to downplaying the ability of the proletariat to organize and carry out its own forms of organization and resistance. Also included within our discussion, is dialog around how the pandemic informed the revolt, the role of looting, and the response from the State.

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We end by asking how can rebels adapt to a changing environment as more people leave the streets and the State clamps down with new repressive laws and National Guard troops. Moreover, what does it mean to “consolidate the gains” made during the revolt while pushing back on the new enclosures and repressive measures of the ruling class?

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More Info:Ill Will,The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising, Fragments 215 (IG)

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photo: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona via Unsplash

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photo: @danielvmedia

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Welcome, to This Is America, April 22st, 2021.

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On today’s episode we speak with Kieran, President of CWA Local 7250 and long-time organizer in the Minneapolis area about how rank-n-file union members kicked the National Guard out of a union controlled Labor Center building. We talk about the National Guard on the streets of the city in the thousands, their long history of attacking strikers and putting down rebellions, and much more.

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We then switch to our discussion, were we discuss and offer analysis on the latest string of mass shootings and the push for gun control by the Biden Administration.

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All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

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Living and Fighting

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Struggle Against the Police & National Guard Continues as Derek Chauvin Trial Wraps Up
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Hundreds of high school students staged a walkout and gathered in downtown Minneapolis to protest the deaths of Daunte Wright and George Floyd and chant “National Guard go home.” At least 600 young people in the the crowd by 2:45. Speakers and participants were 16, 17 years old. pic.twitter.com/E4u2qWnQ7V

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— Lois Beckett (@loisbeckett) April 19, 2021

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3,000 National Guard troops have flooded into Minneapolis + Brooklyn Center as Operation Safety Net, a counter-insurgency operation, kicks into high gear. Despite violently attacking residents, protesters + journalists, protests only continue to grow. https://t.co/WEimKSizBs

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) April 19, 2021

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I don’t think that can of soup is for his family. #CNN#BreakingNewspic.twitter.com/QpTjm2siA7

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— SSG JOKER (@therealssgjoker) April 15, 2021

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Another night in America where the government armed with tanks, toxic gas, and guns attack it's citzens, armed with water bottles and umbrellas. pic.twitter.com/DqjaNw1YVx

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— Seattle Protest Network (@SEAProtestNet) April 15, 2021

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People demonstrating are now calling for body camera footage to be released. BCI is investigating. pic.twitter.com/9ovWgqxytU

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— Haley Nelson (@HaleyWSYX6) April 21, 2021

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Last Friday night, after police killed Robert Douglas Delgado during a mental health crisis that same afternoon, anti-police protesters marched through the streets to express their anger at a police force that continues to target and kill marginalized people nationwide.

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— Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) April 18, 2021

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Neighborhood in South Carolina Responds to Racist Assault

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This is right now at the sidewalk outside #JonathanPentland's house where he assaulted a young Black man pic.twitter.com/Z1jeNhfguE

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— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) April 14, 2021

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Class War

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HAPPENING NOW: In a historic walk-off, #Teamsters and ILWU Local 63 members just shut down 1 of the 7 major terminals at the Port of Los Angeles in solidarity with striking port truck drivers. Learn more about justice for port drivers: https://t.co/1jM9oxmgeG#portstrike#1upic.twitter.com/mK7KLA6PeV

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— Teamsters (@Teamsters) April 14, 2021

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Tonight, union members learned that the NG was occupying the St Paul labor hall. Workers from all industries organized and went down to the hall to demand they leave. 2 hrs later the guard was gone. The workers have the power- we always have pic.twitter.com/G5DClryjZA

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— Twin Cities Solidarity Network (@tc_solnet) April 15, 2021

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On Tuesday night, a bus driver in Brooklyn Center realized he was being called out to transport arrested #JusticeForDaunteWright protestors—and turned the bus right back around, refusing to comply. His union supported him 100%, and affirmed their support for Black Lives Matter: https://t.co/97rRHhZhez

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— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) April 15, 2021

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Day 49 of the rent strike, still going strong. @HoustonTenants / @VDPtenantsunion told me today that another meeting between tenants and management is this Wed. In the meantime, they’re hanging this banner from a balcony near the complex entrance https://t.co/f1JBgGDuV1pic.twitter.com/MYt58DZ1W4

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— Sam Russek (@samrussek) April 19, 2021

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Today we marched on Oakland slumlord Marta Depierris with the MDP Tenants Council. Tenants refuse to allow for public walk throughs and endless inspections during a pandemic! pic.twitter.com/foINXVruxZ

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— Tenant And Neighborhood Councils (@TANCBay) April 18, 2021

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Stop the Line 3 Pipeline

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BREAKING: 11 Water Protectors lock to one another blocking an Enbridge office in Beltrami County, MN. Beltrami is a top-billing law enforcement agencies to the “Public Safety Escrow Trust” paid for by Enbridge. @POTUS@VP: #StopLine3 before more of the sacred is destroyed! pic.twitter.com/28RUScpGSv

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— giniw collective (@GiniwCollective) April 9, 2021

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Abolish ICE Heats Up

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On Saturday night, on April 10th, 100+ protesters held an anti-ICE protest outside of Portland's ICE headquarters.

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After several fires were set and windows and doors to the building had their glass shattered protesters dispersed with no arrests made.

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— Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) April 13, 2021

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Long Beach Convention Center, which will be detaining ~1,000 separated refugee kids this week, was tagged early this morning.

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Strong messages against ICE, Biden, putting kids in cages, & local LBC officials are visible— all council members who voted for this facility were named. pic.twitter.com/4n79QN9Tgl

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— Vishal P Singh (@VPS_Reports) April 12, 2021

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Anti-Curfew Riots Pop-off in Montreal

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The children of Montreal have had enough of this stupid curfew #couvrefeu#manifencours#spvmpic.twitter.com/fe4CyLvrfP

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— Inhabit (@readinhabit) April 12, 2021

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In so-called Montreal, riots against curfews imposed in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic popped off. The curfews have been an attempt by the State to put the boot heel to the working-class and poor who already are on the frontlines of the pandemic and having to work through it to survive. Instead of helping people meet their needs directly, it simply criminalizes movement and a person’s day to day activity; a move that will obviously be informed an impacted along lines of race, gender, and class.

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As Jaggi Singh from No Borders Media reported:

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The unnecessary curfew was defied again last night, mainly by Montreal youth, in smaller but still meaningful numbers than Sunday night’s large protest/riot in Old Montreal. The people defying the curfew are not mostly (or even a majority) conspiracy theorists or pandemic deniers. Many take the sensible pandemic mitigation measures (like masking and distancing) seriously, like the two youth here on Ste-Catherine Street last night, along with many others.

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Unlike masking and distancing and other justifiable measures, the curfew is not grounded in facts or science; it’s authoritarian, and the recent move back to an 8pm curfew (from 9:30pm), especially on increasingly longer spring days, is a tipping point, and it’s Montreal youth leading the way with their justifiable anger, mischievousness and defiance. The curfew has been defied since it started, by necessity for some, but also brazenly by others (particularly folks part of the Montreal quasi semi-criminal subculture). Anecdotally, the cops are not out in force at night to enforce the curfew, so people can take their chances, like most poor and working class folks do all the time. Fortunately, curfew defiance is becoming generalized, with youth (mainly racialized youth) at the forefront.

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Like with anything else, it’s in the streets that the curfew will be defeated. I’m inspired by many of Montreal’s youth who are taking to the streets all over the city and playing cat-and-mouse with the cops (and in some cases, being attacked, arrested, detained and/or ticketed doing so).

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Forest Defense in so-called British Columbia
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Upcoming Events

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We are gonna be doing a distro of zines at this event! Please come out! Share and boost! If you’d like to print zines for us or donate radical books to our distro, email us at mutualaidnetwork815@gmail.com pic.twitter.com/YJLfxmuW2A

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— 815 Mutual Aid Network (@mutualaid815) April 18, 2021

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Hey #Cleveland, how long has it been since you had a proper May Day event? Don't worry, your pals at the Forest City Anarchists got you covered with TWO days of events, starting April 30th w/an online panel on the future of resistance & ending with a public gathering on May 1st. pic.twitter.com/7wzIVsX6GY

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— Forest City Anarchists (@FCAnarchists) March 31, 2021

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Breaking: this is gonna be lit. pic.twitter.com/ZnsxiUwQQd

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— Elm Fork John Brown Gun Club (@EFJBGC) April 19, 2021

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If you value IGD as a revolutionary autonomous media resource in times of crisis and have the means, please sign up to support us monthly! Help autonomous revolutionary media grow into 2021!

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we discuss the first three months of the Biden administration, looking at three specific topics:

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More Info:CrimethInc. article on Daunte Wright

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Long-time journalist and prison abolitionist author and organizer Victoria Law joins It’s Going Down to discuss their new book, Prisons Make Us Safer: And 20 Other Myths of Mass Incarceration. We discuss the myths used to justify mass incarceration brought up in Law’s new book, prisoner resistance in an age of COVID-19, how the struggles of women and trans prisoners are often overlooked and under-reported, and how the State has adapted and responded to the growing surge of abolitionist sentiment and activity.

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More Info:Victoria Law homepage, on Twitter, article on Prisons Make Us Safer in Teen Vogue.

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photo: Tim Hüfner via Unsplash

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we continue our discussion with autonomous mutual aid and tenant organizations across Texas about the grassroots response to the “Deep Freeze” which hit Texas and other states in mid-February. The massive storms left several dead and millions without power, heat, and internet. After the storm passed, many homes and apartments were left with broken pipes, the result of dilapidated infrastructure already hit by hurricane Harvey and decades of neoliberalism.

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\"People just woke up, and found themselves in extreme, life threatening danger.\" We talked to autonomous mutual aid and tenant groups across four different cities in #Texas to find out how they got organized in the face of deadly storms. https://t.co/E0jSKK3dnapic.twitter.com/iC4EVoLrD2

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) March 12, 2021

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During our discussion, we pick up where our last podcast left off, talking about the spotlight which was placed on mutual aid groups as the storm became front page news. We then discuss the scope and scale of these mutual aid projects across Austin, Denton, Houston, and beyond. We then talk about other forms of collective activity and direct action which were organized by various groups, including an autonomous cop-free zone organized by 400 + 1 in Austin, marches and protests against attacks on the houseless by groups like Stop the Sweeps, and rent strikes supported by the Houston Tenants Union. We end by talking about the impact of the crisis and the failure of the State on the general population.

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Look for 93 at Rosewood for support or to make donations.

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When you arrive, they’ll get you settled in, connect you to housing 400+1 is offering, offer warm food and beverages, & facilitate healing. #martialtheblock#winterstorm2021#atxpic.twitter.com/jKHQsIkqRX

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— 400+1 (prounounced four hundred and one) (@_400and1) February 18, 2021

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Folks gathering for a vigil for the unhoused people who lost their lives during the #texasfreeze at the memorial tree for homelessness at Auditorium Shores here in Austin. pic.twitter.com/pugbyDtkJG

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— Candice Bernd (@CandiceBernd) February 21, 2021

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The response by autonomous anti-capitalist groups to the Deep Freeze offers us valuable lessons, as climate change fueled disasters and the breakdown of racialized capitalism and neoliberal infrastructure continues to feed crisis after crisis. We hope that these discussions provide folks with examples of how everyday people in horrific conditions responded not only to help people through hard times, but mobilized to confront the systems which immiserate our lives.

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— Houston Tenants Union (@HoustonTenants) March 2, 2021

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More Info: Mutual Aid Houston, Houston Tenants Union, Stop the Sweeps Austin, 400 + 1, Cooperation Denton, and North Texas Rural Resilience

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Listen and Download HERE

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with the author of the text, Madness, Disability, and Abolition, a two part series that ran on It’s Going Down which explored the history of the criminalization of madness and mapped out what an abolitionist approach might look like, along with examples of projects already being put into place.

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Connecting both a history of eugenics, genocide and mass imprisonment of Native people, and the weaponizing of psychiatry against unruly femmes and people of color, we look at how this brings us to the present day, where police are more and more used as a deadly force to “deal” with homelessness, mental illness, and the growing suicide epidemic.

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Ending on examples of abolitionist and autonomous alternatives, we hope that this discussion continues a broader engagement within our movements about how we deal with these complex issues outside of the State, police, and prisons.

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More Info:Madness, Disability, and Abolition: A Call for Movement Solidarity, Madness, Disability, and Abolition: Healing in Autonomous Communities

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photo: Alexandre Debiève via Unsplash

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Welcome, to This Is America, March 23th, 2021.

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On today’s show, we start off with an action roundup, from ongoing resistance to the Line 3 pipeline, continued battles on the streets with the State, to the growing struggle for housing and much more.

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We then switch to our discussion, were we tackle the need for peer-to-peer support in both our movements and lives.

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There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get into it!

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Living and Fighting

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Situation at Border Worsens

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Biden administration officials confirmed that they are expanding the number of camps to hold the influx of migrants including a convention center in Dallas that will be used to imprison children. Another camp in Midland, Texas, is also being used.

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The White House is desperate to cover up a swell of migrants coming to the US-Mexico border, the overwhelming majority of whom are escaping extreme violence and poverty in Central America. The worsening conditions in the camps have proven to be a political embarrassment for a government that was voted in on a promise to reverse the anti-immigrant policies enforced by Trump.

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Over 15,000 migrant children are in U.S. custody.

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The Biden admin has refused to let news organizations in migrant detention centers. After a trip to one in Texas, @RepCuellar released these photos.

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— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 23, 2021

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Although the Biden administration ended one particularly egregious practice, separating parents and children and detaining them in separate facilities, it is keeping families “united” by expelling them back across the border, denying their rights to file asylum claims once they reach US soil. In response to political attacks from Republicans demanding even more cruel treatment of immigrants, Biden sent envoys to Mexico and Guatemala on Monday to ask officials to assist the US in blocking migrants from reaching the border.

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The Mexican government has already increased its presence of law enforcement at its southern border, under pressure from the Trump Administration. Mexico has been engaged in its own deportations, which it euphemistically calls “assisted returns.” Immigrants in “migration stations” face abhorrent conditions and attacks from police.

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Biden’s promises of reversing Trump’s asylum policies have proven to be lies, as his administration has continued to arrest, detain, and deport migrants in large numbers. More than 100,000 people were detained by immigration officials in February alone. This includes 9,460 unaccompanied minors, a more than 60 percent increase from January.

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Rebellion in Haiti

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Protests have spread beyond #Haiti's capital growing more frequent in the countryside such as this community action in Commune Bainet du département Sud Est. They are calling for resignation of @moisejovenel & the arrest of #PHTK ruling party mayor. pic.twitter.com/1GXgT2KZGU

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— HaitiInfoProj (@HaitiInfoProj) March 11, 2021

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The Fight Against the Line 3 Pipeline

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Actions against the Line 3 pipeline continue across the so-called United States as part of a week of action aimed at stopping the construction of the pipeline. If you’re looking for on the ground reports and action updates, Resist Line 3 on Twitter has been doing weekly action roundups that are worth checking out. Here’s some notable actions:

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BREAKING: Two water protectors have locked themselves to a machine on a Line 3 worksite in St. Louis County.

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Support these brave water protectors and the movement to #StopLine3: https://t.co/Q48AZ2iRZ0pic.twitter.com/OWxcyqBCYu

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— Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) March 18, 2021

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BREAKING: Water Protectors Blockade Line 3 Pump Station!

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(Swatara, MN) Thursday morning, 7 water protectors locked to each other, blocking work on an Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pump station.

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We fight on ✊🏽❤️🔥 #StopLine3#FuckTarSandspic.twitter.com/RemDmXD7qL

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— giniw collective (@GiniwCollective) March 18, 2021

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Yesterday during a march in solidarity with the Anishinaabe, Portland protestors stopped at a @Chase location and shut it down.

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Chase Bank has provided over 7.7 billion to the tar sands industry. https://t.co/yTbK7k8Jhl

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— Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) March 12, 2021

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Time to #DefundLine3 with @oil_action@350BAAction@xrsfbaypic.twitter.com/RpkvB1gk5D

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— Diablo Rising Tide (@RTBayArea) March 19, 2021

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We are here at TD Bank in Providence, demanding they divest and #DefundLine3pic.twitter.com/g7h2HRmBBU

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— FANG (@FangCollective) March 13, 2021

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Indigenous youth collective @BraidedWarriors have shut down the railway tracks beside Renfrew Skytrain in Vancouver, BC to show solidarity with @GiniwCollective battle against Line 3 pipeline! #StopLine3#NoConsent#NoPipeline#NoMoreStolenSisterpic.twitter.com/xjtIsJCfhD

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— Siiam Hamilton (@siiamhamilton) March 13, 2021

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Antifascist researcher/scholar Daryle Jenkins spoke at the antifascist block party in Brooklyn earlier today. (Part 1) pic.twitter.com/8NL9bAMG6f

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— Ash J (@AshAgony) March 20, 2021

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Where ever people collectively mobilize to better their conditions, the Proud Boys will be there to actively push back against them under the threat of outright violence. https://t.co/OrJ1PjXVlS

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) March 20, 2021

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) March 21, 2021

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Activists rally in downtown Atlanta to show solidarity with Asian-Americans in the wake of tragedy. pic.twitter.com/Dsn2VcPeNY

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— Sean Keenan (@ThatSeanKeenan) March 20, 2021

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Photo Essay: Approximately 4000 people (at the high point) protested yesterday in Montreal against anti-Asian racism, in the aftermath of the #AtlantaMassacre of massage parlor workers. #SupportSexWorkers#StopAntiAsianRacism#EndWhiteSupremacy#MakeRacistsAfraidAgain (1/) pic.twitter.com/9qssoUXdyZ

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— No Borders Media (@NoBordersMedia) March 22, 2021

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Mutual Aid in the Face of Water Crisis

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More scenes from the Water Relief effort on Friday, March 19th. Solidarity is key to overcoming crisis. #MutualAid#BuildandFightpic.twitter.com/SpVFWPae3f

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— Cooperation Jackson (@CooperationJXN) March 23, 2021

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Abolitionist Struggle

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Today, we've stood outside of the ICE detention center in Adelanto and protested against the continued imprisonment of innocent people and their families. That even a single person remains in detention at these camps is a travesty and one of this country's greatest shames. pic.twitter.com/x2qt0MpG8y

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— High Desert Mutual Aid (@aid_high) March 14, 2021

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OTG at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in Portland, OR where a large protest has gathered on the one year anniversary of the killing of Breonna Taylor pic.twitter.com/RxnKe5ZdUe

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— Mathieu Lewis-Rolland (@MathieuLRolland) March 14, 2021

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Justice for Breonna Taylor demonstration. Crowd is getting bigger down at the injustice center as the march from the burnside bridge arrives. The group here is cheering as they approach and we join together pic.twitter.com/W22oZNEHOc

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— Alissa Azar (@AlissaAzar) March 14, 2021

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This video shows the speed the shield wall has to run to stay ahead of a kettle.

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It’s best not to use side streets, but when you do, you have to move quick to take that far intersection before the police have time to react.

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Operational initiative favors lightweight shields. pic.twitter.com/2OvtqHXMT7

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— Chad Loder (@chadloder) March 16, 2021

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— 1312press (@1312press) March 14, 2021

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Tenant and Housing Struggles

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Activists shutdown two major intersections yesterday in so called uptown Minneapolis in response to the state sanctioned kidnapping at Near North Thursday.
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— MNUPRISING (@MnUrising) March 21, 2021

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Here is an extended video of this mornings pig riot with sound from the copaganda press conference later. A comrade said “These cops were practically foaming at the mouth they were really on their fascism today. Like they were trying to start a fight.” https://t.co/9SRPJBzhp5pic.twitter.com/EcIZni7jPk

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— MNUPRISING (@MnUrising) March 18, 2021

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Between the evening of March 4 and the early morning of March 5, there were seven reports of vandalism at the private homes of UC Berkeley employees and officials, which are believed to be connected to the pending development on People’s Park. The alleged vandals slashed tires and broke vehicle windows, threw a brick in the window of a residence and spray painted “highly threatening, hateful” graffiti, according to a statement from campus.

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For one member of the campus administration, the vandalism stated, “you try it, we riot,” the spokesperson said. They added that some people were called “murderers” and other “disgusting” language was used, much of which they could not relay, leaving those affected “deeply concerned.”

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We want more than to simply end State and Private terror against our houseless friends. Eradicating displacement, gentrication, and those other buzzwords won’t satiate us. The administration at UC Berkeley and the City are prophets of a liberal, high-tech, ruthlessly policed capitalist society that is already killing us and our planet. We want to rip every rose out of the flowerbeds of their planned society and make their and every one of their cronies’ lives and jobs miserable.

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Our protest yesterday was also a celebration of community and unity! That’s why we held a BBQ + gathering. Proud to be members of @TANCBay thank you Sean for the song! pic.twitter.com/beNtaplfdr

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— 1921 Walnut St Association (@save1921walnut) March 18, 2021

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with participants in autonomous groups across Texas, including Cooperation Denton, Stop the Sweeps in Austin, Mutual Aid Houston, Houston Tenants Union, and North Texas Rural Resilience.

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late thread, but I wrote a piece last week for @grist on how mutual aid orgs filled the gap left by the state in Texas last week and provided food, water and shelter for their communities. https://t.co/FLd28X1Ure

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— 🌾🌾alexandria 🌾🌾 (@HerrCaitlin) March 1, 2021

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The first in a two part series, this episode discusses the devastating storms which rocked Texas and the Southwest and the context that the “big freeze” happened within: from anti-Black police violence and attacks on the homeless community, to widespread neoliberal policies that left infrastructure and housing stock dilapidated and on the verge of collapse.

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Hotels are pulling tricks to kick out our homeless neighbors back into the cold or selling rooms out from under people.

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Call in now to demand NO EVICTIONS FROM HOTELS

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See post or images below for call in info: https://t.co/mH0mFmE6Dxpic.twitter.com/GJjl4IIkYH

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— Stop The Sweeps Austin (@StopSweepsATX) February 18, 2021

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Our guests describe the tragic and deadly impact of the storms, which already have caused the deaths of at least 80 people, the broad failure of the State to respond, how lines of race and class impacted the outcome of the disaster, and how mutual aid projects and autonomous groups began to find each other and get organized.

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Fellow Texans. Looking at these pictures, what do you see?

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The images, these are just people, like you and I and our neighbors and others in our community. They are not politicians, they don't hold some elevated spot, they don't get paid to care. They just do. pic.twitter.com/cq5mGOurNu

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— Cooperation Denton (@CooperationdTX) February 19, 2021

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Part testimonial to the massive catastrophe made possible by both climate change and racialized capitalism and part oral history of autonomous organizing in the face of the storm, we hope that this podcast serves to inspire as well as document.

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Scenes from today’s #HoustonFreeze supply drop with @mutualaidhou@sayhername_tx. Inspired by so many volunteers and community members coming together to help one another and build power ✊🏾✊🏽✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/XtdsRkukGy

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— Houston DSA (@HoustonDSA) February 20, 2021

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More Info:List of autonomous mutual aid groups to donate to, Stop the Sweeps Austin, Cooperation Denton, Mutual Aid Houston, Houston Tenants Union, and North Texas Rural Resilience.

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with an anarchist living in the Exarcheia neighborhood of Greece, which has long been a center of autonomous organizing and resistance. For more background on the Greek anarchist movement, the Exarcheia neighborhood, and the coming to power of New Democracy, a right-wing Greek political party, which has vowed to cleanse Exarcheia of anarchists, squatters, and refugees, go here.

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Greek police terrorize common citizens in #ΝεαΣμυρνη, Athens, an authoritarian practice that was normalized during the coronavirus pandemic. Police brutality in Greece cannot be tolerated anymore… #ποναωpic.twitter.com/YReEvwIy9N

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— Panos Iordanidis (@PanosIordan) March 8, 2021

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During our discussion, we talk about how the new government has implemented a set of lockdown measures in the face of the coronavirus, that requires people to get permission from the police to leave there homes. As in many other countries, this has lead to a build up of police forces, while the medical system is pushed to capacity. A common refrain under lockdown has become: “Police everywhere, ICU’s nowhere.”

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The lockdowns have also been militarized, especially in the poorer regions to the west of Athens and in the treatment of Roma communities across the country. Soldiers in armored vehicles enforce intensive lockdowns in these regions characterized by poverty, migrant labor, and Roma populations. It is no coincidence that the rebellious neighborhood of Exarchia and Roma communities outside the center of Athens are targeted with especially strict lockdowns, while in wealthy suburbs and neighborhoods like Athens’ Colonaki, groups gather outside coffee shops, people move freely without fear of being detained, and upscale business owners use a loophole intended for essential workers to make papers that permit their friends to hang out with them in bars and restaurants that are open for take away. It is truly dystopian when a boss’s signature is the next best justification for being out after curfew to a dog that needs walking.

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Police gather in groups without masks; they stop nighttime medical and delivery workers out of sheer boredom, fingering their papers, searching them, spreading the virus in the name of prevention. If this isn’t enough entertainment, they turn to abusing homeless people. Even Politico, a corporate media source, has begun to cover the police abuse and political opportunism New Democracy has introduced during the pandemic.

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This new reality has been coupled with attempts by the State to clamp down on demonstrations; everything from anarchist days of militant street action to attacks on student demonstrations and the eviction of squats housing refugees.

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Police brutality in Greece is reaching a whole new level. And they're using pandemic as pretext for abuse.
(For the non Greek speakers, just watch the videos) #ποναω#ΝεαΣμυρνηhttps://t.co/0cZBE0bbv7

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— Demetrios Ioannou (@ioannou_dim) March 8, 2021

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In the weeks after this podcast was completed, the streets of Greece has seen intense clashes explode, both in response to the State’s attempts to push the movement off the streets, and also in solidarity with a hunger-strike by political prisoner Dimitris Koufontinas.

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#Athens#ΝεαΣμυρνη: Well over 10,000 people turned out for the demo against police violence in the #NeaSmyrni district, some report as many as 20,000. This is how resistance works during the curfew. #antireport video: @human_wannabe_pic.twitter.com/Q1TJFLoxUz

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— Enough 14 (@enough14) March 9, 2021

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We hope that this discussion shines a light on the ways in which the State is using the Coronavirus pandemic as a vehicle to increase repression and engage in counter-insurgency, beyond and outside of the shallow “culture war” we are used to in the US.

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More Info:IGD interview on Greek anarchist movement here, Lockdown Dispatch on CrimethInc. here, and report on hunger-strike of Dimitris Koufontinas.

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Welcome, to This Is America, February 6th, 2021.

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On today’s episode, we launch into resistance news, from updates on the fight against the Line 3 pipeline in the midwest, to continuing rent strikes in major cities, and ongoing fierce abolitionist struggle from Portland to New York.

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Living and Fighting

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Stop Line 3

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Resistance to the Line 3 pipeline continues, both in so-called Minnesota and across the US. A week of action is also being planned from March 8th – 15th, check the Giniw collective for more information. Here’s a roundup of some recent actions:

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Thirty years ago today, Enbridge's #Line3 pipeline had the largest inland oil spill in North America–1.7 million gallons of tar sands crude. To commemorate that tragedy, over 75 water protectors rallied earlier today in Grand Rapids, MN. Photo credit: @GiniwCollectivepic.twitter.com/DcJlkjwGun

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— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) March 4, 2021

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— Ash J (@AshAgony) March 3, 2021

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BREAKING: Water Protectors Blockade Over a Dozen Line 3 Worksites! Early this morning in Savanna State Forest, 2 Indigenous Water protectors locked into a blockade while another ascended nearly 40ft in the air in a bi-pod. Our fight for our Mother Earth continues ✊🏽❤️ #StopLine3pic.twitter.com/rP25exKloB

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— giniw collective (@GiniwCollective) February 24, 2021

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Two different blockades – including people locking themselves inside a flipped-over car – are now blocking an access road to a work site for the #Line3 tar sands oil pipeline in Northern Minnesota. We’re #LIVE: https://t.co/P0TDIn5OaA

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— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 24, 2021

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Today we send our deepest respect and gratitude to the Indigenous water protectors working to #stopline3. Water and forests are not separate – they are part of a single ecosystem, of which we are also a part. The health of forests, water, and humans, all depend on each other. pic.twitter.com/mfAN7xqZy5

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This morning at 11 a.m. about 30 water protectors and #Line3 resisters walked onto a work site halting construction of a section of the pipeline in Anishinaabe territory. A few people went inside a section of the pipe and are still inside as of 10 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/Vvuykmotvc

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— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 16, 2021

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In the early hours of Saturday, February 6th on occupied Chinook land known as “portland,” Chase banks throughout the city were attacked in solidarity with the fight against the Line 3 Pipeline expansion, a project being funded by Chase. Line 3 would further the poisoning of the land, water, and atmosphere and violates the sovereignty of the Anishinaabe people. We say no to genocidal and ecocidal colonial capitalist projects!

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Solidarity with #StopLine3! We visited the biggest funders of Enbridge’s pipeline in downtown San Francisco. Including the world headquarters of Wells Fargo! #keepitintheground#BuildBackFossilFree#ClimateCrisis#nopipelinespic.twitter.com/Y5xHkqyJhm

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— Diablo Rising Tide (@RTBayArea) February 12, 2021

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This morning over 20 water protectors walked on to Enbridge’s site and shut down Line 3 construction. Temperatures are below zero, but that can’t stop us from fighting for what’s right.

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— Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) February 5, 2021

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This morning, 8 water protectors locked to one another with barrels of concrete & a piano blockaded an Enbridge fueling station & #Line3 pipeline worksite as dozens more held space.

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— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) February 4, 2021

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This is what community looks, we are getting a whole bunch of supplies & food for the occupy!

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But we’re going to be out here for a long time so please continue to share the Venmo @/pparkberk! Let’s protect PEOPLES PARK TOGETHER! pic.twitter.com/pcxLRPwnJ3

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— black lives still matter ‼️ (@omgshagg) February 10, 2021

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BREAKING: Tacoma Housing Now Blocks Intersection with Coffins to Protest Shelter Closure

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— Tacoma Housing Now (@TacHousing) February 25, 2021

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No Water, No Rent! Villas del Paseo Tenants On Strike pic.twitter.com/mOuLjS1AyP

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— Houston Tenants Union (@HoustonTenants) March 2, 2021

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Today marks the 11th time that rent is due in a deadly pandemic. For so many tenants, it’s the 11th month that they can’t or won’t pay. At our LATU Annual Assembly, our members shared what a year on rent strike has meant. You’re going to want to read this.

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— LA Tenants Union (@LATenantsUnion) March 1, 2021

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Housing is a human right, people shouldn’t have to choose between food and rent in a pandemic, and working class Black people shouldn’t have to deal with inhumane living conditions. Basic shit, but here we are!!!! pic.twitter.com/hIdhGwkAB8

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— aparna raj (@largeaparna) February 27, 2021

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Land Back Lane Struggle

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Indigenous Resistance to Pipelines in so-called Vancouver
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Happening now: anti-pipeline protest still blocking Clark and Hastings, near a truck entry to Port of Vancouver. #bcpoli#vanpoli#cdnpoiipic.twitter.com/kSVxQfp8Ol

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— theBreaker.news (@theBreakerNews) March 3, 2021

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HAPPENING NOW: #Indigenous Youth occupy CHUBB INSURANCE @ 250 Howe Street Vancouver BC with clear loud message to #stopinsuringgenocide for Chubb to stop underwriting #transmountain pipelines #stopTMXpic.twitter.com/NCk3MBrSWO

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— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) February 18, 2021

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Black Lives Matter, Abolish ICE and Abolitionist Struggle

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The fight to prosecute and convict Modesto Police Officer, Joseph Lamantia has continued within the community. This weekend, a protest against police brutality took place on the corner of Hatch and Crows Landing in Modesto. The protesters calling fo… https://t.co/71WCJqnuCh

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— CSUSignal (@CSUSignal) March 4, 2021

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Last night in Portland 100+ activists held an anti-ICE march through the Pearl District.
During the march the US Immigration Services office, several banks, and a security vehicle were tagged. Portland Police moved in once direct action had begun and the crowd quickly dispersed. pic.twitter.com/Jxlm8sYQ6s

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— Daniel V. Media (@danielvmedia) February 28, 2021

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#F12 protesters took over the streets of NYC last nite to say “Fuck 12!” to the cops who brutalize Black & Brown folks & protesters. Protesters stopped at NYPD’s Times Square station to burn US & Thin Blue Line/Blue Lives Matter flags. Multiple arrests at the end of the march. pic.twitter.com/iklwP5ieBb

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— Ash J (@AshAgony) February 13, 2021

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So they’re just flyering the neighborhood in the neighborhood of this guy the cops murdered. Hour out to @PDX_Carepic.twitter.com/qH7muHmPLc

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— LEFT COAST RIGHT WATCH (@LCRWnews) February 7, 2021

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I’m at the Portland ICE facility for a Saturday night protests. Around 100-ish protesters gather, and the American Indigenous Movement kicks things off with a traditional chant. #PortlandProtestspic.twitter.com/8OGQB64L8K

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— Grace Morgan (@gravemorgan) February 6, 2021

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Earlier in Brooklyn, NY an autonomous group of activists & protesters marched from Fort Greene Park to NYPD’s 84th Precinct.

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The group wants an officer off the force for pulling his service weapon on protestors a few weeks ago. They also marched in solidarity w/ Treyvon Martin. pic.twitter.com/XJo1bw7qcQ

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— @TheIndypendent (@TheIndypendent) February 6, 2021

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Class War

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\"What the hell are we doing here?\" Incredible solidarity letter from mine workers to Inuit hunters and community members blockading the corporation they work for.https://t.co/qjGEriThKr

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— Kai Nagata 🇨🇦 (@kainagata) February 12, 2021

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An open letter written by a “sizeable minority” of mine employees currently stranded by [the] protest…says they recognize [the] Inuit as [the] “rightful custodians of the land.”

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About 700 staff from southern provinces have been stranded at the Nunavut mine site since a group of protesters staged a blockade last week, blocking roads and the airstrip. The protesters object to [a] proposed expansion of the mine and fear the impacts it could have on the water and surrounding areas.

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We are writing to express our full support for the efforts, means and goals of your protest. We do not pretend to represent the views of the majority of Baffinland’s workers, but we do represent a sizeable minority.

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We recognize the Inuit as the rightful custodians of this land, and as the people who should make the decisions about how it is used.

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Your protest has generated a lot of conversation among the workers here. Many of us are disappointed that our flights to return home were postponed, but some also consider it a small thing compared to the hundreds of years of colonization and cultural erasure that Indigenous people have experienced — and continue to experience — at the hands of the Canadian government and the private sector.

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Voodoo Doughnut's union, formed in the early days of the pandemic, will file for an NLRB election this week if the company doesn't voluntarily recognize it https://t.co/5rBjA16BeY

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— Eater PDX (@eaterpdx) February 24, 2021

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Over 2 dozen youth leaders at UMN demand @Chase stop destroying communities & climate. #DefundLine3#StopLine3pic.twitter.com/V4wh1V3gU8

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Travis View, one of the hosts of the QAnon Anonymous Podcast, one of the leading shows that critically picks apart and examines the Qanon conspiracy from a variety of angles, using humor to talk about the far-Right movement and its growing influence.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene was involved in QAnon early. In November 2017, just a month after the first Q drops, she posted a 29-minute long Facebook Live video. In it, she repeatedly praises Q.

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“Q is a patriot. We know that for sure. But we do not know who Q is.” pic.twitter.com/aJRJxffmlr

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— Travis View (@travis_view) January 3, 2021

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Throughout our discussion we touch on the threat posed by Qanon as a vehicle for the mass distribution of authoritarian and fascist politics, as View argues that the end goal of the movement is to create a Trumpian dictatorship made possible by massive amounts of violence. We also talk about the origins of Qanon, its future as a current with the Republican party, the fallout from the attempted coup in DC, and much more.

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— QAA Podcast (@QanonAnonymous) February 20, 2021

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We end our discussion by talking about how some people have left the Qanon cult and how social movements might begin to ‘bring people home’ after watching family and friends be sucked into far-Right Facebook groups and social media platforms. While we end our conversation with no easy answers, we hope that the questions raised will spur continue discussions about moving forward in a rapidly changing world.

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More Info:Travis View on Twitter and Qanon Anonymous podcast homepage and on Twitter

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we again speak with Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), about the changing face of State repression as the new administration takes power and the push by various forces to paint protest as “domestic terrorism.”

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States across the U.S. are introducing legislation to target activists & curtail free speech. Join CLDC staff & panelists from @pal_legal & @RightsDissent to discuss what this means for progressive organizers & how movements can fight back. Register online https://t.co/WB8CnuRfx2pic.twitter.com/OBWjFvjlgV

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— CLDC (@CLDC) February 5, 2021

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We cover a lot of ground in this discussion, from talking about a wave of anti-protest bills being pushed in various states, how policing is rushing to keep up with technology, to the repression that followed the George Floyd rebellion last summer, and the impact of the pro-Trump coup attempt in Washington DC on January 6th.

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Republicans in Florida, Mississippi, and Indiana – under the guise of fighting 'domestic terrorism' – are re-introducing laws that would further criminalize protest movements like Occupy, Standing Rock, and BLM. https://t.co/IcHkl73I1z

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) January 14, 2021

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Offering insight and historical context, Regan addresses the current push to ramp up State surveillance against “extremists” while also talking about what social movements from below can do to organize against attacks on civil liberties and basic freedoms.

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More Info:CLDC webpage, CLDC on Twitter and Instagram, previous interview with Lauren Regan on It’s Going Down

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photo: Ricardo Gomez Angel via Unsplash

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Two separated contingents of protesters in Brooklyn have just met up with each other. Lots of NYPD here though in riot gear too though. Helicopter flying overhead. #GeorgeFloydpic.twitter.com/Ek9R5jR0tE

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— Ash J (@AshAgony) May 30, 2020

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Over the course of our interview, we touch on the pandemic, looking critically at the response to COVID-19 by the Democratic Party, the rise of mutual aid projects, the explosion of the George Floyd rebellion, antifascist struggle, autonomous tenant organizing and rent strikes, and over all, the growth and proliferation of both movement infrastructure and community based organizing.

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“Every city, every town – burn the precincts to the ground!”

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Last night, Everybody Out NYC was brutally attacked by the NYPD. Everybody out means we don’t trust politicians to control our future. We won’t legitimize institutions that have never looked out for us or kept us safe. pic.twitter.com/Qz1j0SmU5s

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— Outlive Them NYC (@outlivethemnyc) November 5, 2020

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While the post-Trump era leaves us with even more difficult questions, it’s important to look back and take stock of the past year and prepare for what lies ahead.

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On #ThisIsAmerica, we talked to two @1234PacificPowr
tenants on #rentstrike in #Brooklyn about the growing movement, the intersections of #mutualaid projects, and what we should expect on #MayDay2020 as a city-wide rent strike has been called in #NYC. https://t.co/zZyBbj40r1pic.twitter.com/2xt57kE1RA

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— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) April 25, 2020

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More Info: Rebel Steps website and podcast,Rebel Steps on Twitter, support Rebel Steps on Patreon

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photo: Ash J on Twitter

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with two participants in the Lobelia Commons, an autonomous and anti-capitalist project based out of so-called New Orleans. Our guests explain how they are working on several endeavors: from creating a hub for food production, building a de-centralized nursery, and also creating a new print version of the Farmer’s Almanac.

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Tell your neighbors and post on social what plants ya got, where the micro-nursery is at, and any other important info. We can also help get the word out if you @ us on here or IG 🙂

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FB group @ https://t.co/yZalgbGWd7pic.twitter.com/Mtfo4Cboud

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— Lobelia Commons (@lobeliacommons) October 1, 2020

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During our discussion, we talk about overcoming the false culture war narrative of ‘rural vs urban,’ what is would mean to network and build up autonomous land and food projects, and how we might link them with existing struggles happening all around us.

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Garden starting to take form in the upper 9th! Got the water catchment up and ready, just need a lot more soil. If you can, we're looking for donations to help expand the garden across the lot!
venmo @ lobeliacommons 🔨🔧🌧️ pic.twitter.com/K7ThRiVzVw

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— Lobelia Commons (@lobeliacommons) April 25, 2020

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With both the pandemic and ensuing economic fallout showing no signs of slowing down, we hope that this interview both raises important questions and inspires people to think about possible projects.

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More Info:Lobelia Commons on Twitter and on Instagram

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Music: Lee Brickley

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