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Josiah Warren: A Communitarian Individualist

Anarchist News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:51

From Bad Press

The goal of every anarchist is the elimination of the state and all other forms of authority. From this common starting point, however, libertarians then take off in many different directions. Ideas about how people should or could interact with each other socially, economically, sexually or in any other way vary tremendously from person to person and from group to group. Perhaps the fundamental difference between the assorted varieties of libertarian is in how they view the ownership and distribution of property and goods and how they believe decisions about such matters should be made. Some are individualists, some communists, others somewhere in between. But though they may differ in what they consider the ideal balance between the individual and the group or community, even those on the individualist end of the spectrum believe that in a free society people would, by and large, live in proximity to others with whom they would trade, cooperate and intermingle to the mutual benefit of all concerned. In fact, american libertarian individualists were among the first to form anarchist communities where they could try out their ideas in the real world.

Josiah Warren is a good example of these anarchist pioneers. Born in Boston, he moved to Cincinnati in his twenties. There he came across the ideas on Robert Owen and became a founding member of the (non-anarchist) communist community at New Harmony. Warren’s experience in this short-lived project convinced him that its failure was caused by a dedication to communist social and economic arrangements which subjugated the individual to the community, imposing conformity and suppressing individual freedom of thought and action. Instead, he proposed the idea of individual sovereignty, where all were free to live as they chose as long as their actions did not interfere with the freedom of others to do likewise.

There’s a Time for Everything

But this did not mean he rejected cooperation among such free people. After leaving new Harmony he established a time store in Cincinnati to test out the economic principles that cost should be the limit of price and that free exchange can benefit all parties without any exploiting the others. His time store was quite successful, with buyers getting low prices and Warren earning his keep not through profit and interest but by payment for the labor he exerted in stocking and running his store or the labor he expended in the mechanics of lending money to others. As part of this project, he and his fellow traders, including white collar workers like physicians, utilized labor notes as a means of exchange, promising quantities of their labor in exchange for that of others. Those who participated in this arrangement had the option of asking for the promised labor, such as yard work or medical treatment, in exchange for a labor note, but these pieces of paper also took on the characteristics of money, and holders could exchange them for other goods and services (produced of course by labor) instead of the actual labor itself. Impressed with the success of the time store, other local businesses accepted and used these labor notes, and one competitor even decided to convert his shop into a time store as well.

After two years spent demonstrating that private property could be exchanged equitably, Warren moved on to other projects, all of which served to establish in some way that all relationships between people, whether economic, social, educational or sexual could be conducted fairly and justly without delegating decision-making and ownership of resources to groups, committees or communities. In the ensuing years he and others established an equitable trade school for boys in defiance of the apprenticeship model then prevalent. Participants became skilled at a trade in a short and intensive course of practical studies while being allowed both their independence and the responsibility for their own support. This project rejected the authoritarian system of master and student, resulting in inquisitive, self-directed and fast-learning young people without the deference to authority and subservience bred into students in traditional schools. Following this, a group including Warren made a failed attempt at an individualist intentional community (Equity) in the 1830s. After this flop he returned to New Harmony, no longer a commune, and opened a time store in the town. This time store, like his first, was successful in providing Warren with a modest income and those with whom he traded quality goods at a fair price, while forcing his capitalist merchant competitors to lower their prices so that they could continue to attract business

Low Living and High Thinking

Several years later Warren helped found the settlement of Utopia, where, in the words of a biographer, his “attempts in this direction were made with those whose only means was their labor force, and his purpose was to demonstrate that such people, with free access to natural resources, could, by exchanging their labor on equitable terms through the use of labor notes, build their own houses, supply their prime necessities, and attain to comfort and prosperity without dependence on capitalists or on any external authority for the means of life.” The cooperators in this village, complete with time stores and other equitable businesses, prospered for a decade or so, all trade mediated by labor notes and free exchange of goods and services. The community eventually dissolved and people moved on to different adventures, but Warren saw Utopia as another proof of the concept that equitable commerce provided the ideal way for people to live in cooperation with one another.

Leaving the midwest, Warren moved to New York where he became close to Stephen Pearl Andrews, a writer and activist who was persuaded by Warren of the importance of individual sovereignty and equitable commerce and became the most prolific advocate of these principles in print. Warren, Andrews and other cooperators soon decided to have another go at creating a community based on free people and free trade and moved to a rural location on Long Island. Here they founded the village of Modern Times where the inhabitants all agreed to respect the equal freedom of others, trade equitably using a local labor-based currency, socialize with others as they saw fit, and otherwise mind their own business. The village attracted all sorts of radicals, libertarian and otherwise. Residents included free lovers, nudists, alternative health practitioners, and people who wore unorthodox clothing. Women cut their hair and men grew theirs. Anyone willing to live and let live was accepted and tolerated, if not always welcomed, at Modern Times. People discussed and debated the appropriateness of the activities of others but never presumed to interfere with the peaceful, non-invasive conduct of anyone else.

Modern Times functioned relatively well for more than 10 years but was one of the myriad casualties of the american civil war. Warren, who took the libertarian position of opposing both governments in that war, left Modern Times in 1862 at the same time that many of the other villagers, like most people outside, became pro-government, pro-war patriots. This was Warren’s final attempt at community building and he died in Boston in 1874.

Groups of Individuals

While none of these projects changed the world, the villages and settlements of which Warren was a part showed that one can be an extreme individualist and still remain committed to ongoing voluntary interaction with others. Being anti-communist or anti-socialist does not mean one is also anti-community or anti-social. The individual sovereigns of Modern Times and Utopia proved that there need be no irreconcilable conflict between individuals and communities as long as such communities are based on a recognition and respect by all participants of the equal freedom of each of their fellows and a refusal to initiate force and coercion to resolve disputes.

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Montreal: The Gunnies and the Far Right

It's Goin Down - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:51

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The following is the complete text from a flier antifascists were planning to distribute at a counterdemonstration against a group that had planned to hold a pro-gun rally at the Place du 6 Décembre (the memorial to victims of the 1989 antifeminist Polytechnique massacre, in which 14 women were killed) on Saturday, December 2nd. This rally has now been moved outside of Montreal, and as a result the planned counterdemonstrations have been canceled. We still feel it is worthwhile to share this text, which explains the connections between this rally – and the “gunnies” — with the Quebec far-Right. A more in-depth text on this subject will be coming soon.

Today some self-styled “gunnies” were planning to hold a rally at the memorial for the victims of the Polytechnique massacre, in which 14 women were killed in 1989 by antifeminist gunman Marc Lépine.

We are here to share our solidarity and outrage over this misogynist provocation.

Over the past year we have witnessed a sickening increase in hate crimes, and far-right organizing, across Quebec. This was sparked by a mass shooting at the Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec City, on January 29. The current far-right wave, while focused on Muslims, is hostile to anything that threatens their imaginary “traditional” Quebec society, made up of white, francophone, heterosexual Catholics, with men “protecting” women and laying down the law.

The so-called “gunnies” protest was organized by the collectif Tous contre un registre québécois des armes à feu, and specifically by Conservative Party officials Guy Morin and Jessie McNicoll. It is no surprise that both McNicoll and Morin, along with several people who indicated they would attend the event, are also supporters of various far right groups, such as Storm Alliance, La Meute, and the Three Percenters.

The Three Percenters is a group that many who planned to attend this event, including Guy Morin himself, are also associated with. “Threepers,” as they are called, are a paramilitary group that was started in the United States in 2008, pledging armed resistance against attempts to restrict private gun ownership. However, their political agenda goes far beyond simply supporting gun rights. In the United States, Three Percenters have been actively involved in vigilante patrols along the Mexican border, blocking buses of immigrants who have already been detained, and holding anti-refugee rallies. Threepers have held protests outside mosques, and have been involved in a number of cases of violence, including in November 2015 when one of their supporters shot five people at a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis. In Canada, Threepers have “staked out” mosques and tried to intimidate counterprotesters at anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant demonstrations.

There is clear overlap between Tous contre un registre québécois des armes à feu, the Threepers, and other far-right groups, including the Storm Alliance and La Meute. Several Threepers armed with clubs and wearing the group’s insignia were identified providing security at the recent racist demonstration organized by those two groups on November 25 in Quebec City, and before the facebook event for the December 2 “gunny” rally was taken down, a number of Storm Alliance and La Meute members as well as Threepers had indicated they would attend. At the same time, one of the “gunnies” who made an insulting videoaccusing the victims of Lepine’s massacre of being “polypleurniches” (“polycrybabies”), Martin Leger, is a former member of the neo-nazi Quebec Stomper scene from which the group Atalante (who were also present on November 25) emerged.

The plan to hold a “gunny” rally at the memorial to the Polytechnique victims is a clear antifeminist provocation. While groups like Storm Alliance and La Meute claim to favor equality between men and women, they routinely deride feminism for having “ruined” women in Quebec, or for being part of a leftist conspiracy to weaken the Quebec nation. These racist groups are mainly interested in positioning white francophone Québécois men as protectors of white women against the threat they feel “other” men pose. And yet, since December 6, 1989, over 1500 women and girls have been murdered in Quebec, generally by white men, often by men they knew. The racism of Storm Alliance, La Meute, and the Threepers will do nothing to protect anyone, but on the contrary will simply lead to heightened violence against women, including and especially women in the communities they target.

We are determined to resist by any means necessary the rise of the extreme right and its racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic agenda.

Montréal Antifasciste: United against racism, patriarchy and colonialism

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Athens video : Aerial view of the massive solidarity protest to anarchist Nikos Romanos /12/2014

Anarchist News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:35

From Act for freedom now!

2 December 2014 ~ Aerial view of the massive solidarity protest to anarchist Nikos Romanos that is on hunger strike since 10 November, where. 8.000 -10.000 people marched in the streets of Athens, Greece. 3 other anarchists are also on hunger strike in solidarity to Nikos Romanos. Nikos Romanos is demanding to be able to make use of educational leaves to attend university classes, while by studying in prison he has succeeded in the admission exams. Any other prison inmate is entitled to university prison leaves that Romanos is denied, because of his anarchist political beliefs. The greek State also punishes him because of his defiant stance in denying to attend an award ceremony where the greek Minister of Justice handed awards to prison inmates that succeeded in the university ebtrance exams. Nikos is currently in Athens general hospital Gennimatas, under a strong custody of the police. Physician Pantelia (Lina) Vergopoulou, who visited him on 28/11, reports that the comrade remains in a critical condition with life-threatening complications. Anarchist prisoner Yannis Michailidis is also on hunger strike since November 17, 2014, as a form of solidarity with the struggle of Nikos Romanos. Few days ago, Yannis Michailidis also needed to be hospitalized, after he was diagnosed with bradycardia. Yannis is currently in Piraeus general hospital Tzaneio, under a strong custody of the police. Politis and Mpourzoukos are also on hunger strike since December 1.

Athens Warzone – Front line view of the fierce riots in solidarity to anarchist Nikos Romanos (2/12/2014) Tags: GreeceNikos Romanosvideocategory: Prisoners
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The Hotwire #16: December 6, 2017

Anarchist News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:20

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Repression from #J20 to #G20—New Year’s noise demos—antifascist student actions

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Our final episode for the season! But we’ll be back in February. This week, antifascist students were active with a #StopSpencer week of action at the University of Michigan and shutting down Lucian Wintrich at the University of Connecticut. Racist remarks keep coming up during police testimony at the [#J20 trials](https://itsgoingdown.org/drop-j20-podcast-update–3-police-take-stand/). We have updates on the massive, sweeping raids against anti-capitalists in Germany over the successful protests against the G20 in Germany in July. New York City Anarchist Black Cross call for international New Year’s Eve noise demonstrations outside prisons, jails, and detention centers. Finally, we get mushy and grateful for the past year of resistance. Let us know how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

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An Increase in Far-left Attacks in Quebec: Philippe Teisceira-Lessard to Blame?

Anarchist News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 22:12

From Montréal Counter-Information

Anonymous submission to MTL Counter-info

Exclusive insight into the modus operandi of the “far-left”, liberal use of simplistic grammar, words pulled directly from dictionaries: recent months have seen a recent upsurge in the number of articles signed by Philippe Teisceira-Lessard in La Presse.

As recently as November 23rd, 2017, Philippe Teisceira-Lessard allegedly published an article describing the alleged actions of the “far-left” in alleged ‘Quebec’. Through exclusive interviews with admitted ex-nazis (Maxime Fiset) and CSIS investigators, he delves deep into the dark underground of the ‘anarchists’, and surfaces with a profound analysis of the ideas and actions motivating the criminally-minded left.

We asked how Teisceira-Lessard has such detailed analysis and information about the motivations of the various actors who post anonymously on Montreal Counter-Info. When we reached out to a source who requested anonymity, we were informed that “he has insider knowledge… how else could he provide details of their intentions and tactics? How would he know that they draw inspiration from djihadist websites?”

There has been a recent upsurge in Teisceira-Lessard’s journalistic contributions. In 2017 alone, he published 54 articles, compared to only 13 in 2015. While reading through his articles from 2016-2017, we became increasingly aware of the glaring similarities between Teisceira-Lessard’s writing and the communiques that anonymously appear on Montreal Counter-Info.

“Similar to an Anarchist Blog”

As part of our investigation, we consulted technological experts who ran several algorithms to compare sentence structures and phrasing patterns from Teisceira-Lessard’s articles to those from various posts on Montreal Counter-Info. The results were, to say the least, disturbing.

In 99.2% of the comparisons, both Teisceira-Lessard and the anonymous contributors made liberal use of the following sentence structures: simple, compound, and complex. Both used subjects that employed verbs, at times linked by the conjunctions ‘and’, as well as ‘or’. What is most shocking, is that occasionally an independent clause was linked with a dependent clause through the use of the conjunction ‘because’.

After repeated linguistic triangulations between Teisceira-Lessard’s La Presse contributions and communiques posted on Montreal Counter-Info, Ian Lafreniere, the leading researcher in far-left symbology, stated with concern that “his articles are remarkably similar to anarchist blog posts”. Below we have highlighted several examples of similarities between Teisceira-Lessard’s writing and these anonymous communiques:

“A website called Montreal Counter-Info has become the hub of the movement, and releases communiques that claim responsibility for several attacks on people and property.”

“A video released on the website shows two individuals approaching a railroad and activating paint-filled extinguishers.”

“Many yuppies decide to show their wealth in ways other than by BMWs and Mercedes.”

Editor’s note: The websites actually made more frequent use of the compound-complex format than Teisceira-Lessard, who appears to not want to cloud his writing or confuse his readership with more than two clauses.

Internet as a Means of Communication

Lapresse.com, mtlcounter-info.org, ISIS.net/recruitment. All three are websites. They publish and distribute articles and editorial opinions to a wide audience, who access this information via the internet.

By its own admission, La Presse has been using the internet to disseminate its propaganda since 1999, and as recently as 2015, converted almost entirely to an internet-based distribution model. In what we can hardly view as mere coincidence, Montreal Counter-Info also uses this platform of primarily disseminating information via the “web”, while maintaining a small distribution base in print.

The manager(s) of the La Presse website did not respond to our email inquiries. Their host, the Canadian company Namespro Solutions, refused to reveal their identity to our computer science expert Daniel Lecavalier.

A History of Crime

Teisceira-Lessard is no stranger to the violent actions of the far-left. In April 2012, he was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and mischief for his “essential role” in the occupation and destruction of Minister Line Beauchamp’s office in Montreal.

In an interview following the events, Teisceira-Lessard admitted his involvement. “When the police talked to me about mischief, theft, and break and enter, I was in shock—these are strong words. These aren’t petty accusations!” he said with a hint of pride. Since then, Teisceira-Lessard has maintained a low profile and retreated to the seedy underground of the extremist blogosphere.

Helpless Victims

Though it is technically correct that far-right ideology has directly lead to the murder of eight muslim men, consistent racist attacks at a mosque, and an increase in violent assaults on people of colour, we cannot ignore the impact of the far-left’s actions. “We find ourselves in a situation where the far-left is as much of a problem as the far right,” says Michel Juneau-Katsuya, national security expert and ex-CSIS agent.

We approached several front-end loaders and security cameras, who would only speak to us under the veil of anonymity. In one touching testimony, a storefront window had this to say:

“These violent actions are completely unacceptable and have no place in a lawful society…in no way will I accept attacks on my family, their security, and their peace-of-mind.”

Our investigation and thorough analysis lead us to the following conclusion: if we disregard both ideology and content, there are far too many similarities between articles written by Teisceira-Lessard and those that appear on Montreal Counter-Info for them to be penned by different authors. We contacted the SPVM to request additional support of $524,937.50 to continue with our investigative operations, but their petty cash fund had recently been depleted.

We attempted to contact Teisceira-Lessard to shed some light on these new concerning allegations, but he replied only with “no comment”, a phrase he no doubt learned during his time in jail.

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#NoG20: Cops Raided More Than 20 Buildings Across #Germany Today

Anarchist News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:55

From Enough is Enough

Published by Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Read all our NoG20 reports; here.

NoG20: Cops Raided More Than 20 Buildings Across Germany Today

December 5, 2017: German cops raided more than 20 buildings in several German states today by order of the special investigation unit “Black Bloc”, which is investgating the clashes during the G20 summit in Hamburg.

The raids started in the early morning hours. At 06:35am Twitter account @linksunten_goe tweeted that there where many cops around left wing buildings in Göttingen, Germany.

0635 Jetzt überall #BFE #Cops in #Göttingen vor linken Häusern! Watch out!!!

— LinksUnten Göttingen (@linksunten_goe) December 5, 2017

Soon similar messages arrived from other German cities. Cops raided more than 20 buildings in eight different German states. Among these states were Hamburg, Berlin and Lower-Saxony and cities like Cologne, Bonn, Siegburg, Göttingen and Stuttgart.

According to German main stream media outlet NDR one of the raids was carried out in the private apartment of an alleged member of “Roter Aufbau Hamburg.”

Tthe cops also raided 2 social centers in Göttingen (Rotes Zentrum) and Stuttgart (Lilo Herrmann). In Göttingen cops also raided the private apartment of a member of the county council. Meinhart Ramaswamy, a member of the German pirate party said: “We were ruggedly and brutally disturbed during breakfast and we feared they will damage the doors. The police came in with 25 officers. They even wanted to take job-related documents. The don’t let in the press.”

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Image: German cops during todays police raid against Rotes Zentrum.

In Göttingen activists spontaneously took the streets during the raids. Several people were injured during the raids, one of the injured people hat to be brought to hospital by ambulance.

In Bonn cops raided Verdi-Jugend. Verdi-Jugend is the youth organisation of the Verdi union, one of the biggest labour unions in Germany. Several members of the youth organisation of the union were temporarily detained during the NoG20 protests in Hamburg. But in the early afternoon Verdi could not confirm that official facilities of Verdi were raided.

According to German daily Neues Deutschland the cops said that the raids were solely related to the events in the morning on July 7 at Rondenbarg Straße in Hamburg. This was the area where Fabio was arrested, who was released on November 27. During the police operation at Rondenbarg 11 people were severy injured on July 7.

After the state prosecution failed to proof that Fabio was involved in any violent clashes and the massive police violence at Rondenbarg, it seems like todays raids are an attempt to distract from the police violence by criminalizing activists. In the past weeks there were several critical media reports about the Fabio case and other court cases. The Police violence during the NoG20 protests was also featured in several German media reports.

The cops also announced that they will start a public manhunt against people they are searching in relation to the NoG20 protests. The public manhunt will start this month.

Todays raids can be seen as another stage in the massive disinformation campaing by German politicians and the cops. The disinformation campaign started before the NoG20 protests and seems to be an ongoing operation.

leipzig7dlogoIt’s expected that people will take action against the massive wave of repression. After the showcases in German courts, the threats to evict the Rote Flora, the closure of Linksunten Indy media people have had more than enough. One of the first possibilities where people can take action is during this weeks conference of the German ministers of interior. At December 7 there will be a demonstration against the conference in Leipzig, Germany. The conference of the German interior ministers (of all German states and the federal minister of interior) will take place in Leiprzig. The demo starts at 05:00pm (17:00) at the main train station (Hauptbahnhof) in Leipzig.

Image gallery: Spontaneous protests against the police raids in Göttingen, Germany, earlier today. Images by Twitter account @linksunten_goe

Update (tweets) 01:00pm:

#NoG20 Presser by German cops: Cops want to correct the "false impression" spreaded by the media about the #FreeFabio case.

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: Leader of the special task force "Black Bloc" relativize the relase of Fabio. #FreeFabio

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: "People who do not distance themselves from #BlackBloc are committing a crime". Cops say the raids in Hamburg were targetted against "Rote Aufbau".

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: More than 3000 investigations, several hundred of them against people who's name the cops know. The numbers are rising. 11 people in pre-trial detention.

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: Todays raids were against means of communication and the digital structure of the left wing movement.

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: Cops refuse to speak about investigations against the #RoteFlora in #Hamburg.

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: Police plans to use the videos and images of the #G20 protests they have to start a public manhunt to find people they are looking for.

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: There were no detentions during todays raids. At the moment none of the seized objects during the raids is classified as illegal. Police ist still examine the objects. The picture of the weapons at the presser is "only to show the character of the suspects"

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: Police say that there was a tweet that warned for the raids before the raids took place. There seems to be a leak.

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: Not all suspects were present during the raids and some objects that were raided were empty.

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser: It actually looks like the cops have nothing and todays raids were more a kind of media show to criminalize activists. #Germany #G20 #Repression #antireport

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

#NoG20 Police presser ended now.

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

Update 01:30pm: After todays NoG20 raids there will be a demostration in Hamburg tonight, December 5, 08:00pm (20:00). The demo starts at Grünen Jäger in Hamburg.

After todays #NoG20 raids there will be a demostration in #Hamburg tonight, December 5, 08:00pm (20:00). The demo starts at Grünen Jäger in Hamburg. #UnitedWeStand #antireport

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

Update 02:20pm: Tonight there will also be a solidarity protest in Stuttgart after todays raids. The gathering starts at 06:00pm at Rotebühlplatz in Stuttgart, Germany.

Tonight there will also be a solidarity protest in #Stuttgart after todays #NoG20 raids. The gathering starts at 06:00pm (18:00) at Rotebühlplatz in Stuttgart, Germany. #G20 #antireport

— Enough is Enough! (@enough14) December 5, 2017

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Image: A cop during one of the raids .

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Plain Words #4: Anarchist Counter-Information in Bloomington, IN

It's Goin Down - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:48

The post Plain Words #4: Anarchist Counter-Information in Bloomington, IN appeared first on It's Going Down.

The Winter 2017/2018 issue of Plain Words is here! This time around, we present articles on anarchist prisoners and grand jury resistance, social media and television as obstacles to revolt, local eco-action, animal resistance to techno-society, and memory as a weapon.

CONTENTS
– “Mirror, Kaleidoscope, Dagger: What is Anarchism?”
– Solidarity with Michael Kimble
– “Fuck Your Selfie: On the Spectacle of Resistance from Bloomington to Hamburg”
– “Destitution & Trolling”
– Solidarity with Grand Jury Resisters
– “Good TV as a Roadblock to Becoming Ungovernable”
– To a Trodden Pansy: Remembering Louis Lingg
– Night Owls Disrupt Yellowwood State Forest Timber Sale
– Deer: 1, Computers: 0
– Black December

[For reading and printing 8.5×11]
[For printing 11×17]

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Florida Prisoners Announce Operation PUSH Starting Jan 15th to Cripple Prison System

It's Goin Down - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:18

The post Florida Prisoners Announce Operation PUSH Starting Jan 15th to Cripple Prison System appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following message is from a group of prisoners who are spread throughout the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC). It was sent anonymously and compiled from a series of correspondences received on November 26th and 27th by both the Gainesville chapter of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) and the national Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons.

We have been able to verify the authenticity of this message which was also posted on SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Real Change), a social media page for Florida prisoners and their families.

According to their statement, these prisoners plan to initiate a work stoppage or “laydown” beginning Monday, January 15th, coinciding with MLK Day, in nonviolent protest of conditions in FL prisons. They are calling it Operation PUSH.

Their primary demands are clear and concise: end prison slavery, stop price gouging, and fully return parole. They believe these issues have directly created the overcrowding that is responsible for the deplorable conditions in Florida prisons.

Their statement also raises other major issues that need to be grappled with, including the death penalty, voting rights and environmental health conditions.

From the communication we have received, these prisoners claim to represent thousands in at least eight facilities already. And say they are prepared to “stay down indefinitely” until someone addresses their concerns.

The following text is their message regarding Operation PUSH in its entirety:

FL Prisoners Call for Operation PUSH to Improve the Lives of Incarcerated People and the Communities We Come From

Sending out an S.O.S. to all parties concerned!

We are currently forming a network agency within D.O.C. We are asking all prisoners within the Department of Corrections to take a stand by laying down starting January 15, 2018, until the injustice we see facing prisoners within the Florida system is resolved.

We are calling on all organized groups as well as religious systems to come together on the same page. We will be taking a stand for:

1. Payment for our labor, rather than the current slave arrangement
2. Ending outrageous canteen prices
3. Reintroducing parole incentives to lifers and those with Buck Rogers dates

Along with these primary demands, we are also expressing our support for the following goals:

• Stop the overcrowding and acts of brutality committed by officers throughout FDOC which have resulted in the highest death rates in prison history.
• Expose the environmental conditions we face, including extreme temperatures, mold, contaminated water, and being placed next to toxic sites such as landfills, military bases and phosphate mines (including a proposed mine which would surround the Reception and Medical Center prison in Lake Butler).
• Honor the moratorium on state executions, as a court-ordered the state to do, without the legal loophole now being used to kill prisoners on death row.
• Restore voting rights as a basic human right to all, not a privilege, regardless of criminal convictions.

Operation PUSH

Every Institution must prepare to lay down for at least one month or longer: No prisoners will go to their job assignments.

Our goal is to make the Governor realize that it will cost the state of Florida millions of dollars daily to contract outside companies to come and cook, clean, and handle the maintenance. This will cause a total BREAK DOWN.

In order to become very effective we must use everything we have to show that we mean business. This is our chance to establish UNITY and SOLIDARITY. This is the strategy of Operation PUSH! A voice locked up is not a voice unheard!

Slave Labor

We are encouraging prisoners throughout the DOC to band together in an effort to demand payment for work performances.

One of the main reasons why we’re demanding payment as opposed to gain time is because the DOC is bent on taking something we’ve earned away and using it against us to restructure new release dates.

Another reason is that $50 and a bus ticket to parts unknown is not working for us, especially if we have conditions that require us to pay out of pocket cost.

The system knows that the odds are heavily stacked against us when we reenter into mainstream society, so they make it look like they’re helping us by giving us $50, but the reality is it’s not enough to do anything with!

With even a modest amount of payment we will be able to save up something to survive outside with; for those with lengthy sentences, they would be able to support themselves inside.

At any event, once we win establishment of payment, this would be the one thing the system won’t be able to take away from us.
While this will be the strongest “Push,” our next concern will be on price-gouging us with items we buy out of canteen.

Price Gouging

We can no longer allow the state to take advantage of our families’ hard earned money by over-charging us, they’re taking food out our mouths!

All prisoners and their family members are getting pimped with these outrageous canteen prices. We want regular market value.

Take for example: one case of soup on the street cost $4.00. It costs us $17.00 on the inside. This is highway robbery without a gun. It’s not just us that they’re taking from. It’s our families who struggle to make ends meet and send us money—they are the real victims that the state of Florida is taking advantage of. We got to put a stop to this!

Parole

The federal government has given every state in the country a choice as to how they wish to use incentives to reward their prisoners. Florida decided to offer gain time as an incentive, however, those who have life sentences and Buck Rogers dates don’t have any incentives.

We are now demanding that the State of Florida bring back parole and come up with a payment for prisoners work performances, as the law required.

Let us demonstrate why these two issues are so important. Take for example someone who has done a ten year bid. In the process he loses all family support and money stops, the letters stop. He finds himself supporting himself the best way he can. In short, the system robbed him of ten years of labor.

He has nothing to show for it so now even if he does his ten year bid with no probation or parole, he’s still a convicted felon, and finding a job is very difficult.

These are the things we’re protesting, and we are currently trying to mentally prepare Florida inmates throughout the DOC for January 15.

WE HAVE TO STRIKE BACK AND STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!

What do you do when there’s no body giving you jack shit and you’re hungry? Add to this you wearing hand-me-downs, looking like you can’t be trusted? This is enough to drive you off the edge and try your hand at stealing, robbing, or selling drugs to make a dollar.

This is not a joke! In fact it’s our reality and for those who do have strong family support, we salute you, but please understand you are the few that are blessed with the foot hold that you have. This is not the case for the over-all majority, and this is the cause of high recidivism rates.

It’s time we reverse the psychology and STAND together. The way to strike back is not with violence as this is what they want! If we show them violence they will have a legitimate excuse to use brute force against us and explain to the public that they had to use brute force in order to contain the situation. However, their weakness is their wallet.

By sitting down and doing nothing, each institution will have the responsibility of feeding, cleaning, and all the maintenance. DO THE MATH.

The more institutions that have to employ outside contractors, the sooner we will see results.

Welcome to Operation PUSH.

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Stay Warm this Winter! Come to Houston and Volunteer with Autonomous Disaster Relief!

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We need…

anti-oppressive people skilled in construction, childcare, squatting, media, cooking, growing food, fundraising, medics, healers, birthworkers, herbalists, artists, musicians, and Spanish speakers.

Houston is the 4th largest city in the US and the heart of the oil industry in terms of both corporate headquarters and industrial infrastructure, but most of the city’s people have always been considered expendable by those powers.

In the days immediately after the storm, disaster communism naturally took hold as neighbors took it upon themselves to organize boat rescues in the absence of any help from the state. For a few weeks, its influence extended beyond the hardest hit neighborhoods and we found ourselves as a small part of a large mobilization. Neighbors helping each other were the biggest force, church groups and liberals were out in large numbers, and even the local fascists were playing at relief work (in their own neighborhoods). Many businesses shared resources, including restaurant kitchens which were used to mass-produce free meals for distribution.

Fourteen weeks after Harvey, those free meals are a distant memory. Thousands of people are newly homeless, or living in unsafe conditions, or crowded in with family – and it’s starting to get cold here at night.

This is a critical time for anarchists to intervene against the return to normalcy – we do not want to rebuild the old Houston of hyper-individualism and slow death under capitalism. We want to take space opened by the storm and build new ways of supporting each other and relating to each other.

If you can help with that, and you don’t mind camping (with bathrooms/showers, kitchen etc) in a communal setting, get in touch with us at htxautonomy@protonmail.com

Projects Include:

– Mobile daycare/unschool and free store (we set up 4-5 days a week and need consistent volunteers)

– Radical library/storefront and meeting space (help us hold regular teach-ins and fun events)

– Garden/Nursery (propagating and seeding high value food & medicine plants for giveaway/fundraising)

– Medic tent & apothecary (we’ve got the tent and some supply sources but not enough people)

– Arts & Media (help us put on shows, surround our spaces with good art, in-person social media help also needed)

– Construction support (we’re connected with various crews that go out to help repair or restore homes, there’s no shortage of work)

Contact and More Info:

Please contact us at htxautonomy@protonmail.com if you’d like to come. Don’t just show up! Also, please read this primer on H-town here.

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Hotwire #16: Repression from J20 to G20, New Year’s Call

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Our final episode for the season! But we’ll be back in February. This week, antifascist students were active with a #StopSpencer week of action at the University of Michigan and shutting down Lucian Wintrich at the University of ConnecticutRacist remarks keep coming up during police testimony at the #J20 trials.

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We have updates on the massive, sweeping raids against anti-capitalists in Germany over the successful protests against the G20 in Germany in July. New York City Anarchist Black Cross call for international New Year’s Eve noise demonstrations outside prisons, jails, and detention centers. Finally, we get mushy and grateful for the past year of resistance. Let us know how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

NOTES AND LINKS TRANSCRIPT

Rebel Girl: December 6, 2017: The state stumbles in the first J20 trial, sweeping raids against anti-capitalists in Germany, anti-fascists at the University of Connecticut take up the alt-right on their so-called “free speech,” and we end our first season with heartfelt gratitude on this episode of…

The Hotwire.

A weekly anarchist news show brought to you by The Ex-Worker.

With me, the Rebel Girl.

Welcome to the last Hotwire of 2017, and thank you so much for tuning in for our first season.

We’ll be back with our second season in February of next year. This week we have all the same kinds of news we normally bring you—antifascist organizing in Michigan, updates on political prisoners, calls to action for the new year; but we also pan back and take a look at the whole last year of resistance, and run down the list of other great podcasts and websites where you can get rebel news and anarchist perspectives on current events. Please please please, let us know what you thought about this season. Did we leave anything out that you would’ve liked to hear more about? Is there some way our show can better serve anarchist organizing in your region? Get in touch with us at podcast[AT]CrimethInc[DOT]com and let us know how we can improve our show.

A full transcript of this episode with shownotes and useful links can be found at our website, CrimethInc.com/podcast. You can subscribe to The Hotwire on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, just search for The Ex-Worker. You can listen to us through the anarchist podcast network Channel Zero, or on your radio’s dial in Tacoma, Washington, every Wednesday at 9 AM on KUPS 90.1 FM; and in Eugene, Oregon every Sunday at 11 AM on KEPW 97.3 FM. Believe it or not, every Hotwire is radio ready, so feel free to put The Hotwire on your local airwaves.

HEADLINES

And now for the headlines…

The night of November 16, vandals paid a special visit to the house of Jean-Yves Lavoie, the President of ‘Junex,’ a major fossil fuels company that is seeking to extract oil and natural gas in remote areas of so-called Canada.

The vandals sent an anonymous communiqué to Montreal Counter Info, part of which reads, “His dream of becoming rich through the destruction of territory will not come to pass. Collective efforts of earth defense – blockades, support camps, demos, education campaigns – as well as all the autonomous initiatives put forward by a multitude of indigenous and non-indigenous groups will be much more powerful than the work of Mr. Lavoie and Junex can accomplish in one life.”

People from dozens of indigenous communities in southern Mexico are currently staging a week-long caravan across the state of Oaxaca. They have expressed solidarity with the disappeared 43 of Ayotzinapa, as well as calling for an end to the criminalization of social protest, but the primary focus is opposition to megaprojects like mines and hydroelectric dams, which dispossess indigenous people from their lands, pollute the air and water, and rupture the social fabric of those who are not uprooted. The protest caravan is taking place while communities are holding assemblies against a planned military base on communal land in Oaxaca.

In Cordoba, Argentina, 200 people marched after the police murder of Rafael Nahuel, an indigenous Mapuche resister.

For the past few months, refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos have been organizing and agitating to demand free movement from the Moria refugee camp on Lesbos to the mainland of Greece. At the end of November, after a fascist mob attacked refugees occupying a public park, refugees, members of the anti-authoritarian movement, and non-parliamentary leftists occupied the SYRIZA party headquarters on the island. And just on Monday, police cracked down against a second occupation of the same public square by refugees. In addition to freedom of movement, the refugees are demanding the immediate release of Hesam Shaeri Hesari, an imprisoned member of the refugee protesters. Follow the hashtag #OpenTheIsland on twitter for more info as it develops.

In Medford, Oregon, anarchists inspired by the Olympia blockade sabotaged railways and disrupted traffic. In their communiqué they stated, “Sabotage is fun and easy.” Sadly, the Olympia blockade was evicted last Wednesday, which we have more about later this episode in the Repression Roundup.

In New York City, dozens marched against police and rape on Thursday, in response to two cops being accused of raping a teenager in Brooklyn in September. Anarchists carried banners that read, “All cops are bastards, and some are rapists,” and “let’s smash the rapist cop state.” The survivor of the assault in Brooklyn hasn’t attended any of the latest marches, but has expressed her support and gratitude over social media.

In Riverside, Ohio, a cop accidentally tasered another cop. As anarchists we can’t support all police actions, but this one seems okay with us. There were, in fact, bad people on both sides.

ANTI-FASCISM WORLDWIDE

With less than a day’s notice, anti-fascists in Washington DC outnumbered and drowned out an alt-right rally at the White House on Sunday with barely 20 fascists in attendance. Richard Spencer and Mike Enoch were there, notably along with Tony Hovater, the neo-Nazi recently depicted in the New York Times as just a regular guy who likes pasta. But make no mistake, far from exposing the supposed “banality of evil,” or whatever the New York Times claims it was trying to do with that story, Hovater was emboldened to show up Sunday and was celebrated by other fascists there.

That is dangerous, because where fascists gather, violence follows, no matter how much they claim to be abiding by peaceful free speech. In Murfreesboro they assaulted an interracial couple, in Gainesville they shot at a demonstrator, and in Charlottesville they killed Heather Heyer and injured dozens more.

This is why last week, students at the University of Michigan organized a week of activity to HASHTAG #StopSpencer from speaking there. This included teach-ins about contemporary fascist movements, debunking “free speech,” support for a rally of unionized non-tenured faculty, and on last Thursday, a student strike! The whole university didn’t shut down, but some professors did cancel class. And when anti-fascist students found out that one of the schools’ deans sent a castigating letter to professors who cancelled their classes, over 60 people occupied his office until he left for the day. With the dean’s office to themselves, the student rebels joined together in song, posted anti-fascist signs on the office windows, and ordered pizza!

Michigan students expect the university to approve Richard Spencer to speak, so stay tuned to ItsGoingDown.org for possible upcoming anti-fascist mobilizing there.

Maybe Michigan students can take a lesson from those at the University of Connecticut, who, on Tuesday, November 28, shut down a speech by alt-lite troll Lucian Wintrich. Wintrich was slated to give a speech entitled, “It’s Okay To Be White,” a reference to a neo-Nazi meme popularized on 4chan. Wintrich was flanked by Sal Cipolla, a Proud Boys member who attended the neo-Nazi Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Not long into the presentation, two people briefly approached the podium; and one of them nabbed the printed out speech from under Wintrich’s nose. I guess they just thought this was the free speech the alt-right can’t seem to shut up about. He immediately ran after them and can be seen on video assaulting the person who’d taken his papers, pulling their neck and hair. Here at the Hotwire, we don’t really understand Wintrich’s overreaction. Hasn’t the alt-right been shouting “free speech” all year long?

In any case, police quickly intervened and escorted Wintrich into the men’s bathroom in the front lobby. An angry crowd had amassed outside the lobby, protesting the platform that the university had provided to fascists. When they saw police whisking Wintrich away, folks broke the lobby’s windows, threw in a smoke bomb which triggered the fire alarm, and unarrested someone nabbed by police. Wintrich caught a “breach of peace” charge for his assault, but predictably, after the successful, people-powered shutdown, the Dean of Students expressed disappointment not in the white nationalist, misogynist speaker who assaulted someone, but in the students who disrupted his disgusting message.

In our shownotes, we have an ever-useful anarchist FAQ on free speech for fascists, which cuts right through the liberal hand-wringing that universities often employ to excuse fascist speakers.

Over the weekend in Hanover, Germany, a couple thousand anti-fascists demonstrated outside a meeting of the far-right Alternative for Deutschland party, who won seats in parliament in the recent German elections. Anti-fascists chanted, “Solidarity is our alternative.” Police used water cannons against the demonstrators and made arrests.

In Melbourne, Australia, scuffles broke out when nationalist attendees of a Milo Yiannopolous event attacked anti-fascist and anti-racist demonstrators.

On Monday, the Muslim Ban was ultimately approved in the Supreme Court, demonstrating, one, that we can’t count on the institutions of the state to preserve anyone’s freedom, and two, only direct action can prevent them from imposing total oppression and control. In our shownotes at crimethinc.com/podcast, we have stickers and posters you can use to make visible solidarity with migrants and opposition to all borders. Also, we recommend episode 3 of Sub.media’s excellent webseries Trouble, which is all about defiance to borders, both from migrants themselves and those in solidarity.

Just days before the Muslim ban approval, liberal Trump opponents celebrated former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s cooperation with FBI investigations into the Trump campaign. It’s hard to be too upset about any misfortune suffered by the president and his ilk, but let us remember: this is also about re-legitimizing the FBI and the repressive forces of the state—which exist chiefly to crack down on dissidents, the poor, immigrants, and people of color.

Just this last week, the FBI Director told congress “we are investigating a number of what we would call anarchist-extremist [groups], where we have properly predicated subjects of people who are motivated to commit violent criminal activity on kind of an antifa ideology.”

This comes on the heels of at least two federal grand jury subpoenas being served to anti-racist activists and victims of the car attack at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August. On ItsGoingDown.org you can find a useful article about these subpoenas and what to do if you are served one. You can also contact VAresistsgrandjury@protonmail.com to find out more.

REPRESSION ROUNDUP

Rebel Girl: In this week’s repression roundup…

The prosecution continues to call witnesses in the first trial of the J20 inauguration protest case. The defense’s most compelling cross-examination this past week was of the commander responsible for ordering, overseeing and coordinating police operations regarding protests on January 20. This was the guy in charge of the mass arrest that day. Despite well-documented police protocol that requires them to issue dispersal orders before mass-arrests, the commander admitted that no attempt at such warnings were made. Even more damning, the commander admitted that convictions of those arrested meant that his police were less likely to lose millions of dollars in a civil suit for the illegal mass-arrest, as has happened before in DC.

Then, things just got creepy when the commander was questioned about his personal bias. It turns out this guy has been written up on multiple occasions for homophobic, transphobic, and anti-semitic “jokes.” Go figure that he would have extra determination in arresting an entire anti-fascist march.

For ongoing, detailed trial coverage, we highly recommend Unicorn Riot’s Twitter feed, at Twitter.com/UR_Ninja.

Also check out the latest [#J20 Podcast Update #3](https://itsgoingdown.org/drop-j20-podcast-update–3-police-take-stand/), available from It’s Going Down.
 What happens in this trial could be a bellwether for what happens to the other 190 defendants, not to mention resistance movements as a whole. That’s why support is so crucial at this moment. The Trump administration wants to set a precedent with this case so they can argue that anyone wearing black in vicinity of a broken window is participating in a conspiracy and deserves to spend the rest of his or her life in prison. Their goal is to criminalize protest itself. The prosecution has based their case on claiming that basic elements of large protests are evidence of a “conspiracy to riot” and commit acts of vandalism. As evidence, they are citing normal protest activities such as preparing for the possibility of arrest, the presence of street medics and legal observers in case of police or fascist violence, and even sharing information about public plans to assemble. The outcome of this case could have disastrous consequences on all dissent in the United States.

At CrimethInc.com, you can find a new text with seven easy things you can do to support the J20 defendants, including a fundraiser, easy-to-share videos and memes for social media, and specific tips for if you live in DC. Stay tuned to @defendj20 on Twitter for details on when to pack the courtroom and show support at the end of trial.

While the sweeping court case against the J20 resisters is taking place in DC, sweeping repression against G20 resisters ramped up on Tuesday in Germany. Police raided more than 20 buildings across the country, including apartments and social centers, and they opened 75 new cases. At the police’s press conference, they claimed to be opening 3000 more cases in relation to July’s demonstrations against the G20. The commission in charge of the operation is dubbed “Black Block,” indicating a similar kind of demonization of protesters in the G20 cases as we’ve seen in the J20 case. Solidarity actions took place in Kiel, Flensburg, Stuttgart, Hamburg, and Gottingen.

In our shownotes, we have a link to the CrimethInc. report on the historic G20 protests this past summer in Germany, and we have links to stories with more information on the raids.

As we go to press, Greek anarchist prisoners Pola Roupa and Nikos Maziotis are going on day 25 of hunger strike. In a communication from Maziotis, he states that after the prison denied he and Pola phone communication with their son, he, “destroyed the lights in the corridor and caused damage in the cells by breaking plumbing, sinks and basins.” Maziotis went on, “WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN, WE WILL NOT GIVE UP UNTIL OUR DEMANDS ARE SATISFIED. WE WILL CONTINUE THE HUNGER STRIKE UNTIL THE END.”

We wish victory to Nikos and Pola against the cruel, inhumane conditions they are facing. Stay tuned to InsurrectionNewsWorldwide.com for updates on their health and their hunger strike.

The hunt against anarchists in Brazil continues with Operation Érebo. On November 30, police raided more houses in Porto Alegre, confiscating items and destroying personal belongings.

In a statement, anarchists from Porto Alegre declared, “We remain strong, determined and still during these persecutions, certain that the love of freedom cries stronger. The shows of support and solidarity are not lacking and the different positions of anarchism have remained firm in their rejection of authority and with their arms extended to their comrades. It strengthens us. Spread the news. Arms extended to our comrades, clenched fists for our enemies! Let us live anarchy!”

Supporters of Ramsey Orta, the copwatcher who filmed Eric Garner’s asphyxiation by police, have renewed their call for support. Ramsey is the victim of targeted police harassment and trumped up charges after exposing the NYPD. Last month Ramsey was placed in solitary confinement, and supporters are requesting folks send him letters and books. We have his address in this episode’s shownotes at crimethinc.com/podcast.

Black Liberation Movement prisoner Herman Bell is up for parole in February, and your support letters are needed by December 15. He has been to the parole board seven times, and has been denied seven times. At this next appearance, supporters are hoping that 70-year-old Bell will have a better chance of being seriously considered to leave prison. Details for how you can help can be found in our shownotes, or at FreeHermanBell.org.

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that last Wednesday, police in Olympia, Washington evicted the anti-fracking blockade on the train tracks to the port. Police also destroyed a nearby homeless encampment that had nothing to do with the blockade. In the American tradition of the government betraying every deal they ever made with the first nations of Turtle Island, the raid came on the same morning that the Olympia Stand Indigenous Caucus was scheduled to meet with City Council and the Port of Olympia. The Olympia Stand aka the Olympia Commune aka the Olympia Blockade aka, “the greatest thing that ever happened in this sad rainy town,” lasted just under two weeks, but in that short time they completely transformed daily life for those who visited and lived in the camp. Just listen to this interview with an Olympia communard in Hotwire #14:

Olympia Communard: The thing that has been most exciting to me about this blockade, and that I was surprised by, that I wasn’t expecting, is the social relations that I’ve been experiencing as a result of this conflictual, liberated territory. It’s felt really exhilarating. I’ve been through a few different aspects of when the commune happens—when there’s some sort of occupation—and I think this is the first time that I’ve been to multiple General Assemblies in a row that I haven’t left just frustrated with the level of dealing with the peace police. Just feeling like there’s really good conversations being had. For example, “what would a victory look like?” Or, “how do we extend these new ways of interacting with each other beyond the blockade.” Because presumably, unfortunately, the blockade won’t last forever, but we are experimenting with there’s food, there’s heat. People are getting basic needs met in ways that often don’t happen, and interacting with each other in ways that don’t often happen, and how do we carry that outside of the blockade? How do we continue interacting with each other in these liberatory ways outside of the blockade and after the blockade.

Rebel Girl: Indeed, and now that it is after the blockade, we’d like to reiterate that the worlds we build and the relationships we foster are just as important as the resistance we put up to authority and capital.

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD

This is actually a useful lens for looking at how far we’ve come along in the last year. We’d like to take this moment to remember the 36 people who died a year ago, on December 2, when a fire trapped people inside the Ghost Ship, a DIY space in Oakland, California. Alt-right trolls exploited this tragedy to advocate targeting and shutting down other autonomous spaces and social centers across the country.

Not long after, the last encampments at Standing Rock were evicted in the dead of winter. For much of the year, we’ve been on the defensive: reacting to the Trump agenda, like the Muslim Banfighting back fascism in the streets; organizing support around unprecedented repression. But in the last few months, anarchists and other rebels have sprung into action in ways that open up examples of the kind of world we’re fighting for, one based in mutual aid, solidarity, and direct action. In Olympia, rebels transformed daily life by occupying the tracks to defy fracking, colonialism, and boredom. In Chicago, squatters at the IRL building showed that political squats are not only possible in North America, but also a powerful way to bring people together over shared conflict with the police and gentrification. After the devastation of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, people disillusioned with government have established mutual aid centers across the island. In Pittsburgh, anarchist students took over the landmark Cathedral of Learning in what was as much a protest against the administration as it was a middle finger to the demand-driven model of reformist university occupations. And our first season of the Hotwire began with the widespread solidarity rallies after Charlottesville, which in Chapel Hill, North Carolina evolved into a weeklong commune against the confederate monument in town.

Occupations aren’t the only kind of spaces that communicate anarchist values. Infoshops, DIY collective spaces, and regular gatherings are also places where we can form the bonds we need to fight oppression and weather repression, which is why for January 20, 2018, CrimethInc, It’s Going Down, Sub.media and other anarchist collectives have called for a day of activity to expand our networks and strengthen our spaces. We’ll quote at length from the call, “we’re calling for people to gather in anarchist and autonomous spaces on the week of January 20, 2018 in order to reconnect to the roots from which our movements draw strength, discuss the path ahead, and gather resources for prisoners, relief efforts, and ongoing struggles. Autonomous spaces include infoshops, community centers, and bookstores. But an autonomous space can also be a public place you make a habit of gathering in or a territory you share and defend. The advantage of open spaces is that they offer a way for people who are freshly curious about our movements to plug in, pick up literature, and begin fostering relationships.”

The call proposes anti-cop block parties, fundraisers for the J20 defendants, screenings of Sub.media’s show Trouble, letter writing nights for political prisoners, and plenty of other ideas for ways to come together to dream and scheme. Go to CrimethInc.com to read the full call.

Just as occupations aren’t the only kind of spaces that communicate anarchist visions, they’re not the only kind of conflict that can demonstrate that resistance to authority is possible.

So before we wrap up our first season of the Hotwire, we want to salute everybody who set the tone of resistance on day one of the Trump presidency, as well as everyone who flooded airports a few weeks later in defiance of the Muslim Ban. We’d like to offer our utmost gratitude to everyone who hit the streets this year against fascism, especially those who shut down Milo Yiannopolous’ speech in Berkeley, and every single person who showed up in Charlottesville to finally put a stop to the increasing legitimacy of the alt-right, albeit at a very high cost. Thank you to the rebels in St. Louis and everywhere else that rose up against racist police impunity; thank you to the statue-topplers and everybody who took action against confederate monuments and other legacies of white supremacy; thank you to the brave undocumented dreamers who stormed parades and lawmakers’ offices; thank you to the inspiring prison rebels at VaughnHolmanMcCormick, and other prisons who remind us that incarceration is not the end of struggle, just a different battleground. Thanks to the tree-sitters in the Mattole and Willamette Forests, and to everyone fighting pipelines and extraction from Anishinaabe land in so-called Wisconsin to Mi’kmaq land in so-called Quebec.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to every single person who stood up, in whatever way they saw fit, to any kind of authority and domination this year. Even if it was just by adding your voice to legitimize and dignify resistance. Because while liberals and the alt-right maintain that speech and action are two different things; this is a false dichotomy: speech is action, and action is speech. It’s not enough to just believe in something, you have to fight for it. And it’s not enough to just fight against Trump, or to just fight against fascism for that matter. We have to suggest ways out of a society driven by profit, power, and privilege, the values that make Trump’s presidency and fascism possible.

It’s been a long, hard fought year. And with the changing of the calendar, let’s regather our strength, celebrate our victories, and remember our fallen. Here’s to a new year, and a whole new world!

ANARCHIST MEDIA ROUNDUP

Rebel Girl: Before we announce upcoming events, we wanted to give you an overview of other sources you can get anarchist news and media from until The Hotwire returns in February. Searching the name of any of these collectives online should easily turn up their websites, but we also have them linked in our shownotes at crimethinc.com/podcast.

Our main source for stories is the website ItsGoingDown.org. It’s the best source for anarchist news about a variety of struggles in North America. We’re particularly fond of their podcast, the IGDcast, and their semi-regular column Bloc Party. They issue sporadic round-ups called “All the News You Didn’t Even Know was Going Down,” which usually has some good anarchist commentary on mainstream politics, such as the Republican tax plan and other items of Trump’s agenda.

For those who want to satisfy their weekly podcast fix, subscribe to The Final Straw, an excellent, interview-based anarchist podcast that we can’t recommend highly enough. The hosts have also spun-off with another show, Error #451, which covers technology and digital security for activists.

If you prefer video, go to Sub.media for the excellent documentary webseries Trouble, regular video-ninja reports about resistance from all over the world, and the irreverent, foul-mouthed humor of the StimulatorUnicorn Riot is another great source for video, although they’ve been doing a lot of quality researched based journalism lately, not to mention the regular Twitter updates from the J20 trial in DC.

The Earth First! Newswire is our go-to source for land-based struggles, along with news about the devastation being wrought by industrial capitalism. Insurrection News Worldwide has updates on anarchist prisoners and insurrectionary direct action from across the world, in multiple languages! The calendars from New York City Anarchist Black Cross and PrisonBooks.info are a useful way to keep up with political prisoner support. And last but not least, stay tuned to CrimethInc.com for all kinds of anarchist analysis, first-hand reports, and resources.

Stay informed so that you can stay rebel into the New Year, and we’ll be back with you in February.

NEXT WEEK’S NEWS

We’ll close out this Hotwire with next week’s news, our list of events that you can plug into in real life.

The New Orleans Anarchist Bookfair is this Saturday, December 9 from 11 AM to 5 PM at Clouet Gardens, near the corner of Clouet Street and Royal.

Also on December 9, in Mexico City, there is a day of boxing matches to benefit anarchist prisoner Fernando Bárcenas. Fernando is serving time for torching a Coca-Cola sponsored Christmas tree during a demonstration in 2013, and the money raised will go to establishing an autonomous library inside his prison. The sparring in solidarity with Fernando begins at 10 AM at #20 Calle Godard, two blocks from La Raza metro station in Mexico City.

On December 16 in Union Square, San Francisco, an anti-fascist, anti-racist counter-protest is happening in response to a March Against Sanctuary Cities. Unsurprisingly, neo-Nazis and other fash are exploiting the recently Steinle verdict to recruit. The counter-protest starts at noon.

New York City Anarchist Black Cross has issued an international call for New Year’s Eve noise demonstrations outside of prisons, jails, and detention centers. We’ll quote from it at length,

“This is a call for a raucous night of strong solidarity with those imprisoned by the state on one of the noisiest nights of the year. On New Year’s Eve gather your crew, collective, community, organization, or just yourself and come together to raise a racket and remind those on the inside that they are not alone.

Internationally, noise demonstrations outside of prisons are a way to remember those who are held captive by the state and a way to show solidarity with imprisoned comrades and loved ones. We come together to break the loneliness and isolation.

We know that prison is beyond reform and must be completely abolished. It is a mechanism of repression used by the state to maintain a social order rooted in white supremacy, patriarchy, and heteronormativity. To come together outside of the sites of repression is to also stand in defiance of what they represent.

The logic of the state and capital—of punishment and imprisonment, must be replaced by a rejection of oppression and exploitation. This call is one step in that direction.”

The call continues, “Wherever you are, meet on New Year’s Eve at the prisons, jails, and detention centers, be loud in solidarity with those imprisoned and to push forward the idea of a world free from domination. We send this call in solidarity with those defying state repression of large scale dissent: from the J20 defendants in Washington, DC to those in Hamburg facing trial following the G20, as well as those in the spaces between. We want a world without walls and borders. We will fight together until everyone is free!”

Stay tuned to ItsGoingDown.org for further details on New Year’s Eve noise demos near you—or just do the anarchist thing and make one happen yourself.

Cascadia Forest Defenders in Oregon have been fighting the logging of the Willamette National Forest. Check out the recent episode of the anarchist podcast The Final Straw with an interview about the forest occupation and re-contextualizing forest defense in a time of climate change. You can go to –forestdefensenow.wordpress.com to donate and find out more about how to get involved.

Defenders of the Ancient Mattole Forest in Northern California are hosting a training camp in early January. It’s still in the preliminary planning stages, but if you want to help make it happen e-mail contactefhum@gmail.com.

The 2018 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar is now available! Your group use the calendar as a way to fundraise for your organization. Single issues are available from LeftWingBooks.net and AK Press. They’re also looking for websites and publications to review the calendar, just get in touch at info@certaindays.org

The Popular Organizing for Defense, Education and Revolution, or PODER Conference, is coming up on December 30. It’s a free, one-day opportunity for revolutionaries in California’s San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire to meet, discuss and build relationships. The conference is multi-tendency, though all participating organizations are loosely bound by a commitment to the abolition of class society. For more info, visit poderconference.org.

In Lansing, Michigan from January 19 to the 21, the organization Solidarity and Defense is hosting a community self-defense conference. What does community self-defense mean?

Here’s what they have to say, “We think it means people uniting regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or background to fight against government and fascist attacks on our communities. It means people showing up to stand against fascists and racists who are trying to organize and attack us. It means neighbors coming together to physically try to stop ICE raids that disorient and break up immigrant communities. It means folks resisting evictions by blockading dumpsters and cops. It is our hopes that this conference will be one small step to further the fight against fascism, the state, and all forms of domination. It is through this collective struggle that we can begin to build the world that we want.”

The conference includes food, childcare, and housing! We have a link where you can find out more in our shownotes.

The Animal Rights Gathering 2018 will take place on January 20 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Animal Rights Gathering seeks to carve out a space for intersectional, feminist, and anti-capitalist politics in the animal rights movement as a whole. You can find out more at argathering2018.wordpress.com.

Also for January 20, It’s Going Down, CrimethInc., Sub.media, and Channel Zero have issued a call to expand our networks and strengthen our spaces. The call proposes anti-cop block parties, fundraisers for the J20 defendants, screenings of Sub.media’s show Trouble, letter writing nights for political prisoners, and plenty of other ideas for ways to come together to dream and scheme. Go to CrimethInc.com to read the full call.

And that’s it for our first season of The Hotwire. As always thanks to Underground Reverie for the music, and a big THANK YOU to all our listeners. We do this for you, so please send us feedback about how The Hotwire can better serve your organizing. Reach us at podcast[AT]CrimethInc[DOT]com. Every Hotwire episode is radio-ready, so if you want to replay part or all of this show, just go for it! And don’t forget to check out all the links, mailing addresses, and useful notes we customized for this episode at CrimethInc.com/podcast. Remember, we’ll be back in February of 2018. But until then…

Stay informed. Stay rebel. Unplug and get into trouble before it’s too late.

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Recap: Platform Coop 2017

Grassroots Economic Survival - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:29
Link: Recap: Platform Coop 2017

Now in it’s 3rd year, Platform Coop 2017 brought together [1] a diverse group of technologist, entrepreneurs and cooperative veterans to challenge the status quo around platforms.

TL;DR

The current mode of economic organisation isn’t working. A world in which stakeholders are shareholders is possible. Platform coops are one of many alternatives to the domination of capital, helping to build a slightly fairer world within the shell of the old.

Read the rest at Medium

 

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Some questions for the Phone Co-op

Grassroots Economic Survival - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:22
Link: Some questions for the Phone Co-op

The ballot for elections to the Phone Co-op has just opened and – as usual, since this is a co-operative which has traditionally had strong member democracy – the election is not a foregone conclusion.  No shoo-in here:  there are seven candidates for two places.

But despite the Phone Co-op’s traditional democratic traditions I think there are questions which this year the Phone Co-op’s members need to ask their board when the AGM takes place in early February.

Read the rest at Bibby on Cooperatives

 

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A Government Shutdown May Still Be on the Way

Truth Out - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:29
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If you are one of the millions of Americans who could be impacted by a government shutdown, take a deep breath of relief -- there will no longer be any sort of catastrophe if a deal isn't reached by December 8. Now the government may simply shut down two weeks later, instead.

Yes, it seems like the government shutdown -- formerly a once-in-a-lifetime threat -- is yet again looming around the corner. The Republican majority in Congress remains so determined to push its agenda that they are again proposing to close down the US government, rather than pass a reasonable budget that requires any sort of compromise with Democrats.

But they have offered a little wiggle room. Right now, the GOP has agreed to put the actual shutdown on hold for an additional two weeks, in order to push through their unpopular tax plan -- one that benefits large corporations and the independently wealthy.

"House Republican leaders are likely to try averting a partial government shutdown next week by extending talks on a longer-term funding deal until just before Christmas and possibly again into early 2018, senior House GOP aides said Thursday," the Washington Post reports. "Up against a Dec. 8 spending deadline, House Republican leaders are likely to introduce a measure that would extend current funding until Dec. 22, said the aides, who were granted anonymity to describe private deliberations."

Republicans hope that a short deadline extension will allow them to pull in the few Democratic votes needed in the Senate to help overcome a filibuster. Meanwhile, Democrats appear unwilling to approve any legislation that fails to address President Donald Trump's decision to end the DREAM Act for undocumented immigrants living in the US.

According to Politico:

Immigration discussions are likely to complicate spending negotiations further since Democrats say they won't do anything without a solution for Dreamers. A small group of Senate Republicans has been trying to negotiate an immigration package that includes a Dreamer fix paired with security provisions that can win over conservatives as well as Democrats. But there's been little bipartisan consensus behind the scenes.

And the defense budget is also causing headaches, as war hawks demand more funding for military endeavors. Meanwhile, the fiscal GOP hopes to push off the budget deal until their tax plan reaches the president's desk.

Lost in much of the chatter and political posturing is the health of thousands of low and middle income children insured under the Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

CHIP, a bipartisan health care policy, was supposed to have its funding reauthorized almost two months ago, but Congress failed to act -- and dragged its feet ever since. Without a new federal budget,  CHIP programs in most states will quickly go broke, and many are already on the verge of it. And that means millions of children will be cut off from their medical services, foregoing even basic preventative care until a budget is eventually passed.

"Congress must pass a spending bill by next Friday, and CHIP funding is expected to be part of the omnibus bill," reports ABC News. "But CHIP funding has been held up by disagreements between the House and Senate over how to offset funds. CHIP will cost the federal government approximately $15 billion to fund, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates."

Just like in past years, a government shutdown would mean financial harm to military families, government employees, those who need federal aid and more. But this year there are the added concerns of those children who will lose health care, as well as undocumented immigrants who lack legal protections. Meanwhile, with Congress more rabidly divided than ever before, a shutdown may be almost unavoidable.

And after Republicans pass massive handouts to the wealthy and big business, the GOP will have no one to blame but themselves.

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Maintaining Momentum Against the Tax Bill

Truth Out - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:13

How do you pass a tax bill that hurts the bulk of your constituents while lining the pockets of the wealthy? Members of Congress have been speeding to push their historically unpopular tax cuts, voting in the dead of night on a bill covered in handwritten notes with the hope that their haste will prevent their plans from being derailed. But across the country, people have been telling their elected officials: the bill comes with a disastrous price tag for the constituents they're supposed to represent. 

The weeks preceding the Senate vote saw a flurry of protests and rallies aimed at stopping the tax bill in its tracks. Groups like Americans For Tax Fairness have been publishing nonstop updates and fact sheets to educate the public. 

And even as the tax bill cleared another hurdle over the weekend, the actions have continued. Maine residents protested outside the office of Senator Susan Collins, calling her vote in favor of the bill a "betrayal." Just hours after the vote, hundreds in New York City demonstrated outside of a GOP fundraising event attended by President Trump. Protesters around the country have shown that despite the rush to pass tax cuts, they already know about the potential costs of the bill -- and not just the economic kind.

For Rebecca Wood, that cost could come to her five-year-old daughter Charlie, who relies on Medicaid for her healthcare. Wood is concerned about what potential cuts to the program could mean for her child, whom she describes as medically complex. 

So on November 28, Wood, along with several other protesters, attended a Senate Budget Committee hearing to make sure their elected officials knew of their concerns. The group interrupted the meeting, sharing personal stories while chanting "don't kill us, kill the bill," a popular refrain from the health care protests earlier this year. Capitol police arrested several of the demonstrators, including Wood.

"I'm glad I did it, because I felt like I was finally heard," Wood told Inequality.org. "The Republicans never want to meet with us. They never want to see us. Even if you try to talk to them in the hallways, they don't listen. So what choice did they give us?"

Crosby King, another protester arrested on Tuesday, had a similar motive. "It was important for us to make Republican senators realize that most Americans will be hurt by this legislation," King told Inequality.org. "And if they didn't know it then, they certainly do now."

King, an organizer with the Maryland branch of the disability rights organization ADAPT, says the health care components of the bill drew him to action. "Any time people with disabilities are threatened, I make a stand." The bill is one of the worst pieces of legislation King says he's seen in his lifetime, so he plans on keeping pressure on Congress as it moves through the conference process. "We'd like to let them know that they're on the wrong side of history."

Protests continued throughout the week outside the halls of Congress as well -- including right outside on the Capitol lawn, where a coalition held a People's Filibuster for more than 24 hours to voice their displeasure before the Senate vote. Graduate students from Georgetown and the University of Maryland were among the speakers at the rally. The students denounced one particularly confusing provision in the House version of the bill, which would end the tax break graduate students receive on tuition waivers -- a move that could heavily increase taxes on a group that's already facing economic precarity. 

Chad Frazier, a Georgetown PhD candidate and one of the event's speakers, told Inequality.org that he doesn't have more than a couple hundred dollars a month in discretionary spending already. He's not sure if he could manage with a huge hike in his tax bill. "My parents work in retail. They can't give me some big cash infusion to make up for my lost income." 

Eben Levey, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, was similarly concerned about who would be most affected by the bill, especially given the high cost of living in and around Washington, DC "There's no way, unless we're independently wealthy, that we can afford to live here," Levey said. "We already don't make it. This would be a fatal blow." 

Levey and Frazier are only two of the many students protesting the bill. On November 29th, graduate students around the country held a day of action to voice their anger over the tax plan. PhD candidate Nick Millman was one of the organizers of a "work-in" held that day at the University of Pennsylvania. It wasn't his first time protesting against the tax bill -- that came the week before, when he joined students from other universities in the area to demonstrate outside of Senator Pat Toomey's offices. 

Millman found the lack of deliberation around the bill particularly troubling. "I want to see a more critical democracy in place, in which there's a true consultation with the people affected," he told Inequality.org. But he wasn't disheartened. The work-in was a show of strength for the school's budding graduate student union, GET-UP. And while the group doesn't have immediate plans for another protest, "there is now a structure through which we can organize that rather quickly," he said. 

There's also a glimmer of hope for graduate students across the country, as the Senate version of the bill doesn't consider waived tuition as taxable income. Whether that holds true for the final proposal remains to be seen.

Even if the graduate students win their fight against the tuition waiver provision, there's still a lot of injustice tucked into every corner of the tax bill, much of it yet to be fully understood. Wood hopes that people around the country will stand up against the bill as it enters its next stage in Congress. "Do you know how much you have to lose? Why are you not outraged?" Wood asks of people who haven't been following the debate over the tax cuts.

But she won't end her battle with the bill prematurely. "You have to fight until they actually vote," she said on Friday afternoon as she headed back to DC for the Senate deliberations. And even if the bill passes, she promises that Congress will keep hearing from her: "Hell hath no fury like a pissed off mom."

How do you pass a tax bill that hurts the bulk of your constituents while lining the pockets of the wealthy? Members of Congress have been speeding to push their historically unpopular tax cuts, voting in the dead of night on a bill covered in handwritten notes with the hope that their haste will prevent their plans from being derailed. But across the country, people have been telling their elected officials: the bill comes with a disastrous price tag for the constituents they're supposed to represent. 

The weeks preceding the Senate vote saw a flurry of protests and rallies aimed at stopping the tax bill in its tracks. Groups like Americans For Tax Fairness have been publishing nonstop updates and fact sheets to educate the public. 

And even as the tax bill cleared another hurdle over the weekend, the actions have continued. Maine residents protested outside the office of Senator Susan Collins, calling her vote in favor of the bill a "betrayal." Just hours after the vote, hundreds in New York City demonstrated outside of a GOP fundraising event attended by President Trump. Protesters around the country have shown that despite the rush to pass tax cuts, they already know about the potential costs of the bill -- and not just the economic kind.

For Rebecca Wood, that cost could come to her five-year-old daughter Charlie, who relies on Medicaid for her healthcare. Wood is concerned about what potential cuts to the program could mean for her child, whom she describes as medically complex. 

So on November 28, Wood, along with several other protesters, attended a Senate Budget Committee hearing to make sure their elected officials knew of their concerns. The group interrupted the meeting, sharing personal stories while chanting "don't kill us, kill the bill," a popular refrain from the health care protests earlier this year. Capitol police arrested several of the demonstrators, including Wood.

"I'm glad I did it, because I felt like I was finally heard," Wood told Inequality.org. "The Republicans never want to meet with us. They never want to see us. Even if you try to talk to them in the hallways, they don't listen. So what choice did they give us?"

Crosby King, another protester arrested on Tuesday, had a similar motive. "It was important for us to make Republican senators realize that most Americans will be hurt by this legislation," King told Inequality.org. "And if they didn't know it then, they certainly do now."

King, an organizer with the Maryland branch of the disability rights organization ADAPT, says the health care components of the bill drew him to action. "Any time people with disabilities are threatened, I make a stand." The bill is one of the worst pieces of legislation King says he's seen in his lifetime, so he plans on keeping pressure on Congress as it moves through the conference process. "We'd like to let them know that they're on the wrong side of history."

Protests continued throughout the week outside the halls of Congress as well -- including right outside on the Capitol lawn, where a coalition held a People's Filibuster for more than 24 hours to voice their displeasure before the Senate vote. Graduate students from Georgetown and the University of Maryland were among the speakers at the rally. The students denounced one particularly confusing provision in the House version of the bill, which would end the tax break graduate students receive on tuition waivers -- a move that could heavily increase taxes on a group that's already facing economic precarity. 

Chad Frazier, a Georgetown PhD candidate and one of the event's speakers, told Inequality.org that he doesn't have more than a couple hundred dollars a month in discretionary spending already. He's not sure if he could manage with a huge hike in his tax bill. "My parents work in retail. They can't give me some big cash infusion to make up for my lost income." 

Eben Levey, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, was similarly concerned about who would be most affected by the bill, especially given the high cost of living in and around Washington, DC "There's no way, unless we're independently wealthy, that we can afford to live here," Levey said. "We already don't make it. This would be a fatal blow." 

Levey and Frazier are only two of the many students protesting the bill. On November 29th, graduate students around the country held a day of action to voice their anger over the tax plan. PhD candidate Nick Millman was one of the organizers of a "work-in" held that day at the University of Pennsylvania. It wasn't his first time protesting against the tax bill -- that came the week before, when he joined students from other universities in the area to demonstrate outside of Senator Pat Toomey's offices. 

Millman found the lack of deliberation around the bill particularly troubling. "I want to see a more critical democracy in place, in which there's a true consultation with the people affected," he told Inequality.org. But he wasn't disheartened. The work-in was a show of strength for the school's budding graduate student union, GET-UP. And while the group doesn't have immediate plans for another protest, "there is now a structure through which we can organize that rather quickly," he said. 

There's also a glimmer of hope for graduate students across the country, as the Senate version of the bill doesn't consider waived tuition as taxable income. Whether that holds true for the final proposal remains to be seen.

Even if the graduate students win their fight against the tuition waiver provision, there's still a lot of injustice tucked into every corner of the tax bill, much of it yet to be fully understood. Wood hopes that people around the country will stand up against the bill as it enters its next stage in Congress. "Do you know how much you have to lose? Why are you not outraged?" Wood asks of people who haven't been following the debate over the tax cuts.

But she won't end her battle with the bill prematurely. "You have to fight until they actually vote," she said on Friday afternoon as she headed back to DC for the Senate deliberations. And even if the bill passes, she promises that Congress will keep hearing from her: "Hell hath no fury like a pissed off mom."

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Rep. John Conyers, most senior member of House, resigns amid accusations of sexual harassment

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 09:08

Rep. John Conyers, most senior member of House, resigns amid accusations of sexual harassment | 05 Dec 2017 | Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, resigned Tuesday after his support among fellow Democrats collapsed amid accusations of sexual harassment by several female employees. Conyers endorsed his son, John Conyers III, in a radio interview...Conyers's replacement will be chosen in a special election. Conyers has continued to deny any wrongdoing, although on Nov. 26, he agreed to step down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee in what served as the first acknowledgment of his vulnerability.

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'Out-of-control' Southern California fire explodes as growing blazes force 27,000 to flee

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:27

'Out-of-control' Southern California fire explodes as growing blazes force 27,000 to flee | 05 Dec 2017 | Ferocious fires tore through Southern California on Tuesday, burning massive stretches of land in a matter of hours and forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes. As firefighters in Ventura County grappled with an explosive blaze northwest of downtown Los Angeles, others across the region confronted additional fires that burned during the day and forced more evacuations. Authorities issued ominous warnings of more dangers to come during a "multiday event" across the area, as weather forecasters said the region faces "extreme fire danger" through at least Thursday due to intense Santa Ana winds and low humidity that could cause the fires to grow rapidly.

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Another Mueller deputy caught sending anti-Trump message: Top prosecutor told Obama holdover who refused to defend travel ban that 'I am so proud'

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 08:20

Another Mueller deputy caught sending anti-Trump message: Top prosecutor told Obama holdover who refused to defend travel ban that 'I am so proud' | 05 Dec 2017 | A top prosecutor working with special counsel Robert Mueller praised former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates at a moment in late January when she was at loggerheads with newly minted president Donald Trump. Andrew Weissman emailed Yates ten days into the Trump administration after she refused to enforce or defend an executive order banning incoming travelers to the U.S. from seven terror-prone countries. 'I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects,' Weissman wrote to her. The message, sent January 30 to Yates's government email account, was one of hundreds of pages of documents newly obtained by Judicial Watch, a right-leaning advocacy group.

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Plot to blow up Theresa May is foiled: Suicide bombers armed with knives planned to murder the Prime Minister in Downing Street, claims MI5

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:49

Plot to blow up Theresa May is foiled: Suicide bombers armed with knives planned to murder the Prime Minister in Downing Street, claims MI5 | 06 Dec 2017 | The security services believe they have stopped an Islamist suicide bomb plot to assassinate the Prime Minister. Two men are suspected of conspiring to attack Downing Street armed with an improvised bomb, suicide vest and knives. Investigators suspect the pair wanted to detonate a bomb disguised as a bag. They would then attempt to kill Theresa May armed with a suicide vest, pepper spray and knife in the chaotic aftermath. Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with planning terror attacks.

 

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Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, forge ahead with moving US Embassy

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:44

Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, forge ahead with moving US Embassy | 05 Dec 2017 | President Trump on Wednesday will order the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, senior administration officials said, a move that fulfills a campaign promise made to religious conservatives but one that could inflame tensions across the Middle East. The U.S. would be the first country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians. Other countries who have diplomatic relations with Israel keep their embassies in Tel Aviv. But the embassy move would not be immediate and could take at least three or four years.

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Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He Was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter and Global Starvation

Truth Out - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 05:00

Could tension between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un bring us to the brink of nuclear war? As tensions ramp up, we discuss what nuclear war would look like with a former nuclear war planner and one of the world's most famous whistleblowers -- Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, Ellsberg was a high-level defense analyst when he leaked a top-secret report on US involvement in Vietnam to The New York Times and other publications, which came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. He played a key role in ending the Vietnam War. Few know Ellsberg was also a Pentagon and White House consultant who drafted plans for nuclear war. His new book, published Tuesday, is titled The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. We speak with Ellsberg about his top-secret nuclear studies, his front row seat to the Cuban missile crisis, whether Trump could start a nuclear war and how contemporary whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Ed Snowden are his heroes.

Please check back later for full transcript.

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