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Grassroots Activists: “Abolish ICE” Means Disband, Not Reform the Agency

Truth Out - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:37

After weeks of controversy over the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrant and migrant families, the call to “abolish” US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is generating plenty of headlines, but it did not go mainstream overnight.

Over the weekend, “Abolish ICE” was heard in protest chants and scrawled on banners across the country as thousands of people took to the streets to rally against the separation and incarceration of migrant families. Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who rocketed into the spotlight after beating an establishment Democrat in a New York City congressional primary, famously ran on a platform that included abolishing ICE. Democratic stars like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand are embracing the idea, at least in name, and progressives in the House are reportedly crafting legislation that would end ICE’s role in immigration enforcement after a commission identifies an “alternative.”

Now, Democrats are wringing their hands over the proposal to disband ICE, worried that it may be too divisive for undecided midterm voters. The right wing smells blood, with President Trump repeating racist falsehoods about criminal gangs, and outlets like Fox News gleefully reporting that the Democratic Party is fracturing over an issue once constrained to its left flank. Liberals have been quick to assure the public that “Abolish ICE” really means reforming immigration enforcement, rather than a call to end the mass criminalization of immigrant communities altogether.

However, the “Abolish ICE” slogan is not new, nor is it a position crafted by Democratic strategists and policy wonks. As immigrants’ rights activists Tania Unzueta, Maru Mora-Villalpando and Angélica Cházaro recently pointed out at Medium, a “motley crew of undocumented people, women of color, queers, and grassroots organizers” promoted an abolitionist framework around immigration by demanding “not one more deportation” or #Not1More during the Obama administration, setting the stage for the current moment. For those dedicated to ending mass incarceration, “Abolish ICE” is not just a protest slogan or a half-baked, pie-in-the-sky proposal. Mijente, a leading Latinx racial justice organization, just released a full policy platform for overhauling the immigration system that explains how and why ICE should be disbanded.

Angélica Cházaro is an assistant professor of law at the University of Washington and a member of Mijente and Northwest Detention Center Resistance. On Monday, Truthout asked Cházaro about the current debate over #AbolishICE and the abolitionist roots of a slogan that is rapidly changing the mainstream political landscape. Meanwhile, her fellow activists were busy participating in a direct action demonstration against detention and deportations in San Diego.

Truthout: How long have activists demanded that ICE be abolished? Is this because immigrants and people of color have long been disproportionately criminalized and incarcerated?

Angélica Cházaro: Activists have been protesting ICE since the agency’s birth in the post-9/11 moment of nationalist, Islamophobic panic. The record numbers of deportations under the Obama years led many groups, including those that took up the mantle of #Not1More, to call for a moratorium on deportations and for ICE to be dismantled. These groups understood that the way forward wasn’t through continuing to push stalled out Comprehensive Immigration Reform efforts, but through a grassroots movement to end ICE, led by those most impacted by ICE’s targeting of communities of color. Under the Trump administration, the Department of Justice has joined our list of targets, as [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions uses every tool at his disposal to continue to criminalize and imprison immigrants and other people of color.

While President Trump and the right-wing media use “Abolish ICE” to attack Democrats as “lawless radicals” who are deeply divided on immigration, Democrats are debating the idea, and some are basically arguing that “Abolish ICE” actually means “reform ICE.” Considering the harm ICE has caused, can the agency be “reformed?” Or do we need to rethink the entire immigration system and the militarized border?

One of the biggest dangers of this time is that the call to “Abolish ICE” will become a call to reform the agency — to create a system of “humane” detentions and deportations. For those actually facing detention and deportation, there is no “humane” way to be caged or exiled. The call to “Abolish ICE” is a call to completely restructure the US’s approach to the social crisis of migration away from the current criminalized and militarized approach.

The slogan “Abolish ICE” has been around since the Obama administration. Under Trump, it’s going mainstream. Is this a good example of how grassroots movements can push the political conversation forward with demands considered too “radical” by some reformers?

Grassroots movements, often working with very few resources, are the ones pushing the most visionary demands, because they understand at a visceral level the type of change that will be needed to root out the violence of immigration enforcement. The groundwork laid by these movements offers a base on which to build out the current efforts to abolish ICE.

Last week, activists held a “People’s Tribunal” on ICE outside an immigration court in Seattle while Maru Mora-Villalpando — a longtime US resident who believes she was targeted for deportation proceedings due to her activism against incarceration and deportation — appeared before an immigration judge inside. What did the tribunal conclude about ICE?

The People’s Tribunal put ICE on trial at the same time that ICE was forcing [Mora-Villalpando] to appear in court to defend against her own deportation. Our judges found ICE to be guilty of violent expulsions of our people, guilty of targeting activists, guilty of racial profiling, guilty of engaging in mass surveillance, guilty of enriching private actors, and guilty of separating families and communities. The judges concluded that given the seriousness of these actions, there was no choice but to abolish ICE. The tribunal ended with Maru exiting the courthouse and leading a march up the street to another rally that was taking place in solidarity with Muslim communities, because the Supreme Court had upheld the Muslim Ban that morning, and we know all our struggles are linked. 

This interview has been lightly edited for clarity.

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The US Immigrant Rights Movement Can Learn From Australia’s Asylum Seekers

Truth Out - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:28

The Trump administration’s new wave of anti-immigrant hate has drawn politically and practically from a recent trend internationally of closing borders, scapegoating refugees and using children as political weapons — the most comparable example being Australia.

Like most Western countries since the 1980s, the United States and Australia detain people seeking asylum. What sets these two countries apart is the level of cruelty and criminalization of asylum seekers, and now, the way each nation treats refugee children.

Some speculate that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull even inspired Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy during a phone conversation in 2017, when the two traded tips and compliments about each other’s abilities to blame, ban and brutalize refugees.

Australia in particular continues to set new lows for immigration policy. Since 2012, the government has indefinitely incarcerated asylum seekers on two impoverished islands in the Pacific: Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

Australia is the only country in the world that uses other countries to process its refugees, although the European Union looks set to implement a similarly cruel “regional processing” system.

Already 12 refugees in Australia’s care have died as a result of chronic medical neglect, the government’s inability to assure safety inside the detention facilities, and the daily unbearable, unending conditions that drove five of those 12 to commit suicide.

Weaponizing Children

Like Trump, the Australian government imprisons children. While most children detained by Australia remain with their families, they are held for lengthy periods behind bars in mainland detention facilities as well as the offshore prison camps.

In many countries, there are safeguards that prevent children from being held in detention for more than 48 or 72 hours. In Australia, families currently spend an average of 449 days in detention. July will mark five years since the Australian government indefinitely detained 134 refugee children in the offshore camps. Forty of them have lived in detention their entire lives.

Incarcerating children is an unusual form of border control, which clearly contravenes local and international law and conventions, according to asylum researcher Professor Deborah Zion. Children detained in this way are routinely abused, from medical neglect to outright physical and sexual assault.

The negative effects of detention on the long-term mental and physical health of children are widely documented. Public opinion is often far ahead of what politicians and lawmakers do in office on this issue, with majorities in both Australia and the US roundly opposing the practices of detaining and separating children.

The very origin of Australia’s offshore detention regime actually lies in the exploitation of children.

In 2001, John Howard’s conservative government — the Australian prime minister, whom Americans may know best because of his enthusiastic commitment to joining Bush’s invasion of Iraq — claimed that refugees who arrived in Australian waters to seek asylum had thrown their children into the sea in a devious plot to be rescued by authorities and brought to the mainland.

The incident was a fabrication entirely concocted by the conservative government. They knew no children had been throw overboard, and they maintained their lie long enough to win a federal election that year, in large part because they campaigned on a tough border control platform.

The “children overboard” scandal set in motion Australia’s uniquely cruel offshore processing regime and helped maintain conservative rule in Australia until 2007 — during which time the government attempted to gut unions, ramped up the war on terror, wrecked the climate, and attacked indigenous Australians.

Sound familiar? That’s because it is. Trump has spent months playing with the lives of 700,000 young DACA recipients, abolishing their protected status and then using them as a cynical bargaining chip while the Republicans rammed through the worst tax breaks for the rich in US history.

While family separations have rightly captivated the country (and the world) these past weeks, the Republicans have quietly filed documents in a federal court case attempting to remove Obamacare provisions like covering people with pre-existing conditions.

Manufacturing and then using crises like these is a well-worn capitalist tool to deflect attention from controversial policy measures. They also help ensure that locally born people will look across the border for “enemies” and “infiltrators” — rather than at the politicians who are actually responsible for making their lives worse or the bosses who don’t provide enough jobs for everyone.

Criminalizing Migration

Another area in which Australia and the US lead the way is the use of smuggling laws to criminalize seeking asylum itself.

Bound up in the family separation policy is the fact that parents who bring their children across the border may now be charged with the criminal offense of people smuggling. If family members living in the US come forward to sponsor unaccompanied migrant children, they may also face arrest and deportation.

The “logic” is that anyone who helps children seek asylum is necessarily responsible for their exploitation, like the eight Guatemalan children who were forcibly trafficked to work on egg farms last year — a crime facilitated by ICE’s negligence, not smuggler parents.

In Australia, the same logic is used to justify offshore detention. In 2012, the Labor Party government went on a rampage against people smugglers who helped transport refugees from Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia and Malaysia to Australia. This followed a tragic boat crash in late 2010 that killed 48 asylum seekers. Graphic images of drowning refugees held the headlines for weeks.

Both of the major Australian political parties brandished their humanitarian credentials and vowed to stop accidents like this from happening — by promising to prevent refugees getting to Australian waters in the first place.

But Tony Kevin, a former diplomat who testified in and oversaw a number of inquiries into Australia’s handling of asylum boat sinkings, has shown unequivocally how authorities routinely ignore distress signals from refugee boats — meaning Australian government departments are the ones responsible for the deaths at sea.

Just like Trump, they manufactured a refugee crisis where there was none, and used it to justify a slate of harsh policies.

In 2011, the Labor government instituted compulsory five-year minimum sentences for people convicted of smuggling. Undoubtedly, there are smugglers who prey on refugees’ vulnerability and charge extreme fees for their boat journeys to Australia and border crossings to the US

But often smugglers to Australia were simply impoverished Indonesian fishermen who didn’t actually know what they had been employed to do. Sometimes they were former refugees hoping to help others cross safely to Australia.

The truth is, prosecuting smuggling is simply an extension of prosecuting asylum seekers and migrants themselves. No one uses a smuggler unless they are out of other safe and “lawful” options.

If Australia increased its refugee intake and actually responded to sinking boats in time, refugees wouldn’t die at sea. And if it provided safe ways to bring refugees to the mainland in the first place, there would be neither the need for smugglers, nor the tragic immigrant deaths.

When Trump talks about the “very sophisticated child smuggling trade” today, it is a direct echo of the continuously repeated Australian sound bite “smash the people smugglers’ business model,” a refrain coined by the Labor Party’s Julia Gillard. (Incidentally, she is Australia’s first woman prime minister, which should lay waste to the idea that women in office are necessarily better for progressive causes.)

These two governments have created the very conditions that make a market for smuggling. And when Trump says he’s going to close those smuggling loopholes, what he really means is that he’s going to make migration more difficult and dangerous.

Trump’s use of the smuggler trope is perhaps more spurious even than in Australia, since the so-called smugglers he has lambasted recently are usually just parents trying to find safety for themselves and their families. Relaxing, not hardening, border control policies is the only solution for those who care what happens to refugees.

The Logic of Deterrence

Both US and Australian immigration measures like detention, separation and deportation are based on the strategy of “deterrence.” What deterring refugees means, at its core, is making the journey to seek and secure asylum more treacherous and violent than the situation the refugee originally fled.

This is how Australia’s “Pacific Solution” works: Make indefinite mandatory incarceration in tropical prison camps so vicious, hopeless and cruel that refugees would rather return to war, exile and even death than risk attempting to seek asylum in Australia.

The threat of family separations is designed to do the same thing, although this has not worked as Trump expected. This is because there are few deterrents horrible enough to prevent people crossing borders when they need to escape domestic violence, civil war and poverty.

If either country was actually interested in “deterring” refugees in any humane way, they would stop backing coups in Central America, bombing civilians in the Middle East, and creating a refugee crisis in the first place. As long as capitalism produces violence, it will produce refugees.

Building an Opposition

The current calls to abolish ICE are an excellent sign for the immigrant rights movement, and far more radical than the earlier calls for “comprehensive immigration reform,” which amounted to a compromise that would accept greater rights for (some) undocumented people already here in exchange for stronger border control.

It’s important to remember our history. ICE hasn’t been around forever, it’s a young organization founded only in 2003.

In addition to the island camps, Australia has a system of mandatory immigrant detention on the mainland. And like ICE, it hasn’t been around forever. Before 1994, Australia didn’t have this kind of compulsory detention. Some refugees were detained at authorities’ discretion, and the processing system and migrant hostels before 1994 were certainly nothing to celebrate.

But there was no razor wire or endless imprisonment of all refugees. If we lived without these structures before, there is no reason we can’t today. And if we could do away with ICE here and mandatory detention there, it raises questions about how essential and whether border control measures are necessary in the first place.

Of course, not everyone agrees with demands like abolishing ICE.

Although the Democrats have come out in full rhetorical force against the family separations, it should come as no surprise to readers of Socialist Workerthat such protestations about border control are relatively limited. And if history teaches us anything, we can’t trust that they will continue with their shouts of today when they’re back in office.

Just like in Australia’s recent history, Bill Clinton used the tragic Golden Venture refugee boat crash in 1993 to lambast smugglers and assert that immigrants were a threat to national security. He locked up more than 50 of the survivors for four years. The incident paved the way for his 1996 slew of anti-immigrant reforms.

Barack Obama left intact the ICE agency created in the Bush era and deported more immigrants than any other US president. He focused on “felons” rather than “families” — never mind that felons also have families.

But as immigration historian Carly Goodman argues, his deportation machine helped solidify the public perception that immigration and criminality are connected.

Bernie Sanders won’t even join the calls to abolish ICE, despite their growing popularity. Without question, the Democrats are less vicious than Trump on immigration, but they all believe in strong borders, and they will use violence to protect them when they see fit.

In Australia, the current Labor opposition is different from the Democrats. It’s a mainstream social democratic party with organic ties to the labor movement, and has some semblance of party democracy and accountability. Winning trade unionists and left-wing members to a pro-refugee position has had great social importance in the Australian movement, because they have the power to shift party policy.

The Democrats are a much looser, less accountable constellation. However, the Labor Party shares two things in common with the Democrats: In office, the party leadership fails to stand up for refugees, and even in opposition, they fail. Second, their base voters are usually more progressive on immigration than the policies they implement.

Closing the Camps

In 2007, the Labor Party ran on a platform of closing the offshore detention camps — and won.

During the six previous years after the conservative government launched the Pacific Solution, socialists, unionists, faith groups, students and other activists built a powerful social movement that turned the tide of public opinion and made refugee rights an inescapable discussion in every workplace, college and community. Crucially, the courageous resistance inside the detention centers also helped tear down the fences.

But five years later, the same Labor government reopened the offshore camps. The refugee campaign in Australia today is one of the most powerful social movements in the country. Through struggle, sections of it have learned that unless it builds a force that can hold the major parties on both sides of the aisle to account, it cannot hold onto anything it wins for asylum seekers.

This is a lesson for us.

Beyond the Democrats’ failure to protect refugees while in office, there is a grave danger in going to the polls hoping to vote this type of cruelty out of office. Movements collapse into the Democrats this way — and leave us incapable of fighting them when they disappoint us and fail to deliver immigration justice.

Sections of the Australian movement also learned the power of organized labor — with detention workers, medical professionals and teachers in particular taking a stand for refugee rights in their workplaces.

Because of workers’ involvement in production, we have immense potential social power to shut down the system until we win our demands, whether for immigrant rights or increases in teacher salaries.

Already we are seeing signs of this power in the US, with airline workers refusing to work flights that carry separated children and Amazon developers refusing to build technology that aids the surveillance and policing of immigrants. Striking teachers across the country showed us the way workers can fight and win.

The refugee campaign closed Australia’s offshore camps before. A new generation of activists is fighting now to free the children, close every camp and bring all asylum seekers to the mainland for humane processing in the community.

Their story tells us that we can crack open the border-control regime and win crucial demands with a mass social movement — the likes of which we must foment on both sides of the Pacific now.

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Wolfgang Halbig has stunning evidence that Sandy Hook Elementary School was closed months before 'massacre'

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 04:29

Wolfgang Halbig has stunning evidence that Sandy Hook Elementary School was closed months before 'massacre' | 18 June 2018 | We are told that on December 14, 2012, a lone gunman, Adam Lanza, went to Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) in Newtown, Connecticut, where in the space of 11 minutes, shot and killed 20 first-graders and 6 adults. We are also told that after the massacre, SHES relocated to an empty school in neighboring Monroe, CT -- Chalk Hill Middle School at 375 Fan Hill Rd. -- until a new swanky SHES was rebuilt with the $50 million from the state of Connecticut as a result of the shooting massacre. It turns out that SHES had moved to Chalk Hill months before the alleged massacre, which leads to this question: Since SHES had moved to Monroe, who, then, were the students and teachers whom Lanza shot to death at SHES on December 14, 2012? ...[Other 'oddities':] Years before the "massacre," the school was reported to be in disrepair and contaminated with environmental toxins, including the deadly asbestos. --Absence of legally-required designated handicapped parking spaces and signage in the many aerial photographic and video images of the school’s parking lot taken by news media on the day of the "massacre". --Testimony from the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine of the school's lack of Internet activity from the beginning of 2008 through all of 2012.

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Under Scrutiny for Astroturfing Campaign, Entergy Takes Heat for Missed Clean Energy Goals and Power Outages

deSmog - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 01:27
Read time: 8 minsSite where Entergy Plans to build a natural gas power plant in New Orleans East

At a June 28 meeting, New Orleans regulators put the city’s public utility Entergy in the hot seat over increasing power outages and slow progress on clean energy goals. City councilmembers showed little patience for the embattled company, which currently is under investigation for its role in paying actors to show support for its proposed $210 million natural gas power plant, approved by the council on March 8.

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Chiapas: Denunciation of Military Helicopter Flyovers in Zapatista Territory

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 23:43

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This communique comes from the National Indigenous Congress and the Indigenous Government Council denouncing the harassment of Indigenous communities that have refused to allow the electoral process take place in their territories. This includes military helicopter flyers in Zapatista territory, misinformation being spread in the corporate media, and threats of repression in Indigenous communities of Michoacán and Jalisco.

The Indigenous Government Council and the National Indigenous Congress denounce and condemn the harassment on part of the bad government with military helicopter flyers in the territory of the bases of support of the EZLN in the Lacandona Jungle, in the state of Chiapas.

We denounce this cowardly aggression that adds to the diffusion of false information spread this past June 26th by the corporate media. There they published images of supposed “representatives of 23 Rebel Autonomous Zapatista Municipalities (MAREZ)” endorsing the candidacy of the cacique Roberto Albores, PRI candidate to govern Chiapas. In a deceptive manner, the political class used masked up people posing as representatives of MAREZ, through an organization called the Regional Union of Marginalized Ejidos in the State (UREME).

We clarify that this organization UREME is not and has never been part of the National Indigenous Congress, nor are they representatives of the Zapatista Caracoles. Thus, we do not know any assertion or political position that they might have regarding the party of the powerful which is the capitalist electoral process.

The CNI and the bases of support of the EZLN have made our thoughts clear without rest, that capitalist politics do not fit with ours. We do not support any political party or candidate because our struggle is for life and not for the rotten power of the bad governments, for the destruction of those below and of Mother Earth.

In that same sense, we energetically condemn the aggressions of the bad government with the intention of installing voting booths for the elections on July 1st in the Indigenous municipalities and communities that have decided to expel political parties and the electoral processes from their territories. This is the case of Tila, Chiapas and Nahuatzen in the Purépecha plateau of Michoacán.

We denounce the militarization of entire regions of the country with the pretext of safeguarding the electoral process. We demand respect for the decision of the Wixárika community of San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlan, in Jalisco, of not allowing the electoral process in their territory.

We reject the lies and the war with which they seek to divide our peoples. For us the true importance is the struggle for life, and not the death that the bad governments bring and will bring, regardless of their political party.

June 2018

For the Integral Reconstitution of our Peoples

Never More a Mexico Without Us

Sincerely,

National Indigenous Congress

Indigenous Government Council

 

 

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Abolitionist Contingent Breaks Away from #FamiliesBelongTogether, Protests at Stephen Miller’s Condo

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 23:40

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Report from DC Direct Action News about the Abolitionist Bloc that took place in DC during the mass anti-ICE demonstrations, and marched on Stephen Miller’s home.

On the 30th of June, the Abolitionist Contingent broke away from the huge #FamiliesBelongTogether march, and protested at the fancy condo home of Trump’s senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. It was Stephen Miller who both designed Trump’s Muslim Ban and encouraged Trump to start ripping children from their parent’s arms at the border. Now he has to answer to the public at the very gates of his home.

The main rally at Lafayette Park was so massive that the staging area, portajohns, medic tents etc had to be set up at Farragut Square. Heavy pedestrian traffic was evident as far away as K street. The Abolitionalist Contingent joined in the huge march down Penn Ave before breaking away at 9th st, and when this was in front of Trump Hotel the crowd seemed to fill the street as far as the eye could see.

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When the Abolitionist Contingent broke away, they marched up 9th st against traffic, a tactic that blocks pursuit by police cars and vans. From somewhere nearby a swarm of police bicycles and motorcycles came up 9th st and started hugging the sides of the march, in a tactic that looked eerily like some of the police behavior during Trump’s inauguration. This time though police did not open fire with pepper spray and grenades. When the march turned the corner and reached the palatial condo building in which Stephen Miller lives, police quickly set up a line of bikes defending the building. The cops acted like they feared an Occupy-style storming of the building which was never attempted. Still, being known as the originator of a policy that rips small children screaming from their parents’ arms is is close to the most unpopular possible behavior with the general public. Even a registered child sex offender who also killed puppies at Huntingdon Life Sciences for his job probably would be no more harshly regarded.

One of the chants outside Stephen Miller’s home was “Stephen Miller we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!” On a related note, the Washington Post reports that Wikileaks has published a dossier of the home addresses of many ICE agents. Some of them will no doubt be receiving similar protests from angry neighbors and local activists disgusted with their crimes.

Gotta love protests against Stephen Miller at his condo. pic.twitter.com/9ZFjPU4BLv

— Ed K (@ejkjr) July 1, 2018

Earlier, at about noon a single anti-choice disruptor walked back and forth on Penn Ave in front of the White House. He was escorted by a dozen or so cops, He screamed antiabortion slogans into his bullhorn and seemed to be trying by any means possible to incite a crowd that outnumbered him by tens of thousands to one. Even when he assaulted someone (and was not arrested), the crowd did not take the bait. He was booed and shouted down, but the discipline of the crowd held and nobody punched him in front of all those cops. Right-wing tricks like throwing one punch only to run and hide behind police are just too well known.

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Kite Line: They’re Not Detention Centers, They’re Prisons

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 23:26

The post Kite Line: They’re Not Detention Centers, They’re Prisons appeared first on It's Going Down.

The latest episode of Kite Line, a long running anti-prison podcast out of Bloomington, Indiana.

Listen and Download HERE

For this episode, we are returning to the conditions in immigrant detention centers. Alejandra spoke at the Fight Toxic Prisons conference in Pittsburgh, which was held earlier this month. Growing up in California, she was the only child in her family to be undocumented. As an adult in Arizona, she had a minor arrest that led to her incarceration in Eloy Deportation Center. Now, she sheds light on the conditions in the women’s detention facilities. Alejandra continued her organizing behind the walls of the detention center, and now that she is out, she is busy trying to share information about the conditions inside, as well as aid immigrants affected by deportation.

Her message is vital in this current political climate. She makes sure to remind us that conditions in these detention centers are often the same as in prisons.

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Purépecha Territory, Michoacán: “WE DECIDED THAT THERE WILL NOT BE ELECTIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY”

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 23:19

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This communique comes from the community of Nahuatzén, Michoacán who are facing aggressions for refusing to allow the electoral process to take place in their community.

Brothers and sisters of Michoacán, Mexico and the world: we have declared a red alert and we ask you to be attentive to what is happening at this moment in our town.

WE DECIDED THAT THERE WILL NOT BE ELECTIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY

The threats of Silvano Aureoles Conejo, the governor of Michoacán, have been fulfilled: bringing blood and fire in attempt to carry out the election on July 1st. At six in the evening today, we were threatened with high caliber weapons by sympathizers of political parties at the barricade located at the exit of the town directed toward the community of Sevina.

Up to this moment, we do not have any compañeros injured as we have opted to not fall into their confrontation. We ask ourselves, “For the government, are some electoral ballots worth more than the lives of human beings? Who armed these groups that act as paramilitaries?”

We denounce that those responsible for this cunning aggression are the three levels of government because they are capable of preventing such acts. Also, the aggression was carried out with weaponry exclusive for military use. We also denounce the sectorial police that under orders of Ignacio Pérez García (director of municipal public security in this municipality with rank of Infantry Capitan of the Mexican Army), have already clearly acted in favor of the aggressor group. Within minutes after the aggression, they arrived to unite with the aggressors who were carrying high power weaponry, without disarming them.

As we have made clear, the protests that we are carrying out are meant to demand that the Electoral Institute of Michoacán not install voting booths in our community. We have agreed in neighborhood and general assemblies to not allow the installation of these voting booths, because as a community, we are seeking a citizen consultation to transition from the system of political parties to a system of uses and customs to elect our authorities and exercise our self-government. This has already been ordered the Supreme Chamber of the Electoral Tribunal of Justice of the Federation located in the City of Toluca, Mexico State.

We demand at this moment that the three levels of government order the aggression to stop. We do not want bloodshed. The bad government will be responsible for whatever massacre of grand dimensions that might occur.

In name of truth and justice we will continue resisting, our ancestral roots only know the word of victory.

The United Peoples Will Never be Defeated!

Council Yes, Political Parties No!

Always Until the Victory!

Sincerely,

Community of Nahuatzén

Indigenous Citizen Council of Nahuatzén

Juchari Huinapekua

Heart of the Purépecha Plateau

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Support Portland Arrestees & Injured in Patriot Prayer Confrontation

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 23:15

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Please donate to help those injured and arrested during confrontations with Patriot Prayer in Portland, Oregon. Rose City Antifa is also doing a fundraiser as well.

Please donate HERE

In Portland, OR, on June 30, Joey Gibson, Patriot Prayer, Proud Boys, Nazis, and the usual assortment of alt-right nationalists showed up to hold a “Freedom & Courage Rally” at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 4 pm. The build up to this event has been a series of protests and counter-protests for the past 2 years, resulting in the occasional skirmishes between protesters and fascists (commonly aided by Portland Police Bureau). Days before the June 30th “rally”, chatter amoungst the attending alt-right and fascists strongly suggested and promoted an all out attack on counter protesters. Assisted by the initial shielding of DHS and PPB riot police, the fascists charged through openings in the police line that were granted to them BY THE POLICE. The violence that ensued is shocking to say the least, with imagery depicting levels of state-sanctioned street brutality against counter protesters reminiscent of the historical rise of fascist powers.

Proceeds from all t-shirt sales from our distro will go towards the legal and medical expenses of antifascists that came out to #defendpdx on June 30th. pic.twitter.com/y9Ha5iO9Mq

— Always Antifascist (@RoseCityAntifa) July 2, 2018

This violence has been costly to some of our comrades. Several arrests and serious injuries have thus far been reported, and the fear of future arrests for attendance and alleged actions taken by counter protesters is on many of our minds. The bravery of local counter protesters and antifascists must be recognized through the support of the community!

Donations will be used to assist in legal and other related expenses for those alleged counter-protesters arrested during the June 30th “Rally”. Any additional or unused funds will be donated to Rose City Antifa for their fundraiser for medical expenses related to the violence on June 30th.

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Kingston: Anti-Canada Day Banner Drop

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 22:47

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The following anonymous report was originally posted to North-Shore.Info.

This morning we dropped a banner over Highway 2 from the Royal Military College bridge reading “Stolen Kids, Tar Sands, Racist Murder – Nothing To Celebrate”. This was both a response to a call from Six Nations to mourn the death of Jon Styres and as part of an ongoing tradition of resistance to Canadian nationalism here in Kingston.

Against Canada, Against Colonialism
For Freedom

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P’urhépecha Territory, Michoacán: Indigenous Resist Violent State Repression and the Installation of Voting Booths

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 22:44

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This communique comes from the Indigenous community of Nahuatzén, who yesterday June 30th, received violent attacks from the state for resisting the installation of voting booths in their community. Resisting the attacks, the community burned the voting stations, ballots and political party propaganda, remaining steadfast in their quest for self-government.

To the People of Michoacán
To the People of México
To the Media

Brothers and sisters of Michoacán, México and the world, those in solidarity with the struggle of Nahuatzén; dignity connects us. Greetings and thanks for the support that has made it to our community, demanding that our autonomy be respected and denouncing the repression of the bad government.

We have declared: In Nahuatzén, we will not permit the electoral circus. There will not be elections here.

The dignified struggle of the Indigenous peoples has to be respected. Today we have won this battle. The bad government led by Silvano Aureoles Conejo has given up. The Electoral Institute of Michoacán declared today around noon that there will not be an election in the municipal seat of our community.

We call on all the people to do the same. Let’s leave behind this system of political parties and govern ourselves by uses and customs. Let’s support each other doing so. We will not permit the installation of voting booths. We will stop these parasites from existing, regardless of their political party.

Nahuatzén said “Enough Already!”, autonomy will not die. We will not fall into provocation. We will maintain our posture. We have values and dignity. If we want a true change, the pathway is self-government. It is the right of the communities to decide their form of government, and we do not want the political party system. The government must stop telling us what we will do and what we will not do. This is not the solution.

The dignified people are repressed because the government sees that many have joined this project of self-government. However, it is our duty to continue organizing. We denounce that today we woke up with a police operation in our streets, plaza and the entrances of our community. This operation was carried out by convoys of police heavily armed of the Michoacán Single Command. In addition, there were six white trucks without a police logo, with armed people whom we do not know if they were marines, army or of another organization.

The political parties divide the people. The governments demand elections to vote and continue sustaining the same criminals that have robbed the people regardless of their party. The government decides to impose voting booths against the will of the communities, provoking clashes and bloodshed. That is to say, provoking state crimes.

Those that are behind the destabilization in our community are required to do so by the Court of Justice of Michoacán, because they owe millions of pesos that they took from the municipal budget and have not proven where they invested it. These are those who want to continue governing. These are the same people that for more than forty years have lived off of the municipal budget. They are the same people who hand over power generation after generation, from one party to another, at the cost of the poverty of the people. The political parties are nothing more than a fraud that sells false democracy.

We want to state that yesterday at 2:00pm, a government functionary arrived to our community and promised that the INE, the IEM and state government would give a press conference to clarify that there would not be elections in our municipal seat. At 6:30 pm while we remained in the barricade at the exit of the town in the direction of Sevina, a group of politicians and people of other communities, paid by David Eduardo Otlíca Avilés of the PRD, attacked us with bullets, shooting to kill. We retreated. We heard the bullets flying near us when we ran between the hills, corn fields, fences and highway. A compañera was injured by a rock that hit her shoulder. They destroyed motorcycles and the truck of our compañero. Immediately after the attack, the electoral voting booths were brought into our community by vehicles guarded by an armed command accompanied by politicians of all parties. Completely illegal acts endorsed by the bad government.

Afterwards, the entire community gathered in the Communal House and took the decision to burn the voting booths and ballots that were in the Municipal Electoral Institute. Later the decision was made to go to the campaign house of the political parties and do the same with the electoral propaganda. At that moment, it was decided to go talk to the police and tell them to leave the town. However, we did not arrive there because we again received gunfire, resulting in a young person injured in his hand. We collected more than 50 shells of high caliber weaponry of those who attacked us.

The state government threatens us, but to threaten the people is to make the violence greater. Different media outlets support the authoritarianism of the government of the state of Michoacán.

We will remain open to dialogue. We call on our brothers and sisters to unite with us, and that it will be us that writes our own destiny.

The United People Will Never Be Defeated!!
Council Yes, Political Parties No!
Always Until the Victory!
Our Dreams Don’t Fit in Your Voting Booths!

Sincerely,
Community of Nahuatzén
Indigenous Citizen Council of Nahuatzén

Juchari Huinapekua
Heart of the P’urhépecha Plateau

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Concerning the Recent Raids across Europe and Ongoing Repression from the Hamburg G20

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 22:14

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An interview and analysis about the ongoing repression in the wake of last year’s G20 summit and how it relates to what is happening in the US and beyond.

The ongoing repression linked to last year’s G20 summit in Hamburg has not been much discussed outside of Europe. Mobilizations against global bodies like the G20 are international traditions (whether or not we consider them to be wise), beyond the sense of international that exists in Europe where borders are less stark. These summits exist as heightened moments of repression that shift around globally, providing local police forces and their masters with enormously enhanced resources to crush anarchists, non-electoral leftists, and others who persistently oppose them locally. The G20 as a policing operation is carried out by different police forces around the world, but the phenomenon is international in scope and recognizing it is a necessary first step in linking our struggle through solidarity.

In North America, a similar insistence on crushing protests that the state considers to have gone too far is visible in the ongoing J20 repression in the United States and on a smaller scale in the use of G7 policing resources to go after anarchists in Hamilton, Ontario and other Canadian cities. The scale of the hunt initiated by the Hamburg police is beyond either of these and in fact the only recent reference point I’m aware of in North America are other summit protests where the state was humiliated in the streets, notably in Toronto in 2010, where international warrants were still being carried out over a year after the demonstrations took place.

I don’t always agree with the analysis of repression the comrade from Hamburg is putting forward in this piece, but I still think what they have to say is extremely valuable. I won’t pick out every point, but the narrative of “the German state managed the summit badly” is strange to me, since the good management of a summit’s security isn’t something I think we should care about. I changed the title for this reason, but the original title is translated literally below and it might just refer to the state needing to save face.

However, the person interviewed remains strongly in solidarity with the courageous acts that took place in the streets during the summit and continues to centre them in their analysis, which to me is a sufficient basis for translating and republishing their words. They also offer specific reference points for solidarity that we can make use of on the other side of the Atlantic. As well, the urgency of the issue of censorship raised in the final paragraphs is largely missing from our conversation in North America.

[All translator notes are in [square brackets], all italics outside brackets are the author’s, and all footnotes are from the original text. More updates in English on G20 repression are available here: https://unitedwestand.blackblogs.org/en/]

The Hamburg Police Failed So Badly to Maintain Order that They Must Now Succeed in their Hunt

Translated from Indymedia Nantes

A year after the mobilization against the Hamburg G20, a Europe-wide hunt has been launched against people accused of having participated in these actions that showed the weakness of the German state. A member of the counter summit’s legal team looks back on a year of repression and analyzes how this European coordination was carried out.

Orel, a German activist and member of the legal team of the demonstrations against the G20, was passing through Dijon. We asked him a few questions about the post-G20 repression that has come in successive waves up to the present. In fact, this Thursday [June 21], the German press announced that at least 2 of the people arrested around Bure this Wednesday June 20 were charged in connection to the G20 investigation [Bure is a town in eastern France where a land defense struggle against a nuclear waste site has been facing fierce repression since the fall of 2017].

Can you give us a recap of what has been happening in Hamburg?

So last July [in 2017], there was a G20 summit in Hamburg, with a pretty impressive mobilization by movements we could call post-alter-globalization. It was one of the biggest anticapitalist mobilizations of recent years. Around July 7, several tens of thousands of people gathered while the G20 leaders were in the heart of Hamburg. The choice of location in the centre of this emerging “metropolitan” city, a label all big capitalist cities in the Western world seek to give themselves, was with the hope of using such an event to give their city the image of being under control.

In reality, the summit was heavily disrupted by this opposition and Hamburg utterly failed to show it could maintain order, in spite of the fierce repression.

Searches had already been carried out in the weeks before the summit and a few days before, the police prevented people from setting up a camp, even though it had been permitted by the courts. From the beginning of the summit, the police acted very violently even though no demonstration had yet occurred, and by the night of July 6, things had reached a boiling point… There followed two days and three nights of rioting. There was lots of smashing and people increasingly confronted the police. Today we know that the city of Hamburg mobilized 31 000 police officers.

The demonstrators were never able to approach the summit and were confronted by a level of police violence that we had never seen before, with cops trying to run people down with their cars and demonstrators who fell four metres from a wall and broke bones. Lots of people ended up in the hospital during the summit and on two occasions plain clothes cops who had been identified pulled their guns and aimed them at the crowd.

One of the main players in this repression was Hatrmutt Dudde, a retired police chief who was brought back specifically for this occasion. He is known for policing operations that were judged illegal after the fact, notably in regards to anti-nuclear actions in Wendland, where this guy did some truly outrageous stuff. He broke from all the court decisions declaring those protests legal. His return was like an annoucement: “Take note, the police will be led by a hardliner, a real tough guy who will be the tool of Capital and who doesn’t give a damn about so-called civil rights.” And that’s more or less what we saw during those days.

The media narrative was at first very critical of the police’s actions, but this changed completely once the riots broke out in the evening of July 6. The propaganda only increased as the media denounced the protestors’ violence during what was in effect an orgy of police violence. The summit ended on July 8 with a big demonstration of hundreds of thousands of people. In spite of this terrible repression, I think that in terms of political contestation, the mobilization was a success for the radical left.

Following the summit, you faced some serious repression.

Yes, the repression only increased in the days following thesummit. Indymedia Linksunten, an alternative media website, was banned and this was followed up with a raid in August. More and more searches continued throughout the autumn, accompanied by intense communication from the police, always talking about left-wing terrorist extremists who supposedly pulled Hamburg into a civil war [1].

In December, the police launched a public manhunt by publishing a hundred photos of demonstrators accused of various crimes ofroffenses during the summit. Since there had not been many ID checks or arrests during the summit itself, the cops had very few names at their disposal, but they had lots of pictures and video. Many journalists also handed over their photos. Overall, the press really acted as the right arm of the police, by first giving over and then publishing these pictures.

This hunt was a real first. In the 70s, the German police was hunting armed groups and there was talk of 20 or 30 people sought publicly for armed political action, involving political assassinations using bombs. And now we’re talking about people who might have, at one time, thrown a stone or a bottle.

The searches continued, totaling about 60 at present. The police say there are about 3500 ongoing investigations. The cops are gathering and analyzing tons of material and data and are trying to frighten their opponents and to control the discourse through intensive collaboration with the press, using very uncritical journalists.

With the closing of Indymedia Linksunten by administrative means, the radical left and anarchist opposition lost one of its main platforms. We lost one of our main means of communicating, of organizing, of analyzing what had happened, and also of countering the prevailing propaganda.

The media’s coverage has been similar to what happens in France: demonstrations with monstrous police violence are accompanied by a discourse about how the nasty black block caused order to break down. We’re dealing with a terrible capitalist violence tht is countered by the occasional riot, and then the neoliberal order defends itself by denouncing the extremists who supposedly threaten democracy… It’s clear the G20 leaders and their justice and administrative systems are at the root of the demise of democracy.

Can you look back on the series of raids that took place across Europe on May 29?

At the start of May, the “SoKo Black Block” – that’s the special commission of the Hamburg police dealing with data related to the G20 – launched a second public manhunt by publishing another hundred pictures and announcing that they would now look internationally. On May 29 of this year, prosecutors in Hamburg ordered international searches in France, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. I believe there were 8 or 9 locations searched by the Guardia Civile, the carabinieri, and the French and Swiss police.

This offensive was accompanied by the release of a documentary on the most popular German station called “Black Violence” investigating the activities of the evil Black Block that it claims burned half the city of Hamburg. In this documentary, we see the cops from “SoKo Black Block” retracing the activities of demonstrators and activists on the morning of July 7 in the Altona neighbourhood ,where a number of cars were burned and stores attacked. The cops present the international coordination of their work and especially their innovative techniques, such as biometrics. They discuss how their research has relied on computers capable of recognizing faces by pointing lasers at their different parts. The goal of all this propaganda was to create a psychological effect, because it was very scary. Their message: “We will get you all.”

To my knowledge, it’s the first time there have been raids on this scale, carried out internationally. The German prosecution has managed to legitimize a search in five European countries for people accused of simply participating in a riot.

This repression is on a different level, in terms of its duration, its technological innovation, and its harshness. In the courts, we saw clearly that they too are far from impartial. Many rulings go far beyond what has been seen in the past. People have been sentenced to two or three years in prison for simply having thrown cans of beer, which were no real danger to anyone. I think they didn’t have enough proof to arrest anyone for the more major incidents. But they say they’re looking for the people who set fire to the barricades, threatening them with five or ten years of prison, and we’re worried that new sentences will be handed down in the coming months.

There is a lot of pressure on their international manhunt, since I believe most people don’t agree with how the summit took place. In Hamburg, the mood was really against the police, and the citizens of the city weren’t happy that the summit took place there, right downtown and next to counter-culture neighbourhoods. The Hamburg police failed at maintaining order to such a degree that they now need a succesful hunt to show that their work is still effective, even if after the fact. This is why we’re scared for the people they’re after, since the Hamburg prosecutor will have to prove that they’ve finally caught the wicked terrorists they’ve been talking about for months.

In France, there has been little talk of these raids, because the police didn’t find the people they were looking for, even though they still went ahead with the searches. We learned a few days ago that one of the people is on the run and hasn’t been found as of today [more on this person in the footnotes]. This is really a failure for the French police, we’re talking about an international case and the cops weren’t even able to arrest a protestor, it’s shameful for them. They show up with the army and they fail. Interior Ministor Collomb and the politicians gain nothing by talking about it.

But we still need to expect that this hunt will continue. We hope that our friends will get through it and we won’t forget how powerful the defeat of the German state and its police during the G20 was.

Can you briefly explain to us how this European manhunt is organized?

In its press conferences, the “SoKo Black Block” has divided the various “elements” of the summit into sections. This recent wave of international raids is dealing with the “Elbchaussee” section, that is the actions of the morning of July 7 on Elbchausee St in the Altona neighbourhood [2]. They mention various crimes, like a building that was set on fire or molotov cocktails thrown at an Ikea – the Swedish brand that exploits the forced labour of prisoners to make its furniture. No person was in any danger, but because the crimes alleged are much more serious than those at other moments of the summit, the Hamburg prosecutors are exerting political pressure to get other nations involved in their hunt.

This second series of photos was shared with Spanish and Italien journalists, and in Spain the photos of those wanted were published in the paper. In the documentary that I already mentioned, we see the SoKo Black Block and the Hamburg prosecutor coordonating the Zurich police to carry out a raid against a self-managed space in Bremgarten and they also communicate directly with the carabinieri and the Spanish and Italien police. In Bremgarten, 150 cops armed to the teeth showed up to arrest a person who might have been present at one of the demonstrations targeted by their hunt. There is a Europe-wide warrant out for the person sought in France.

Evidently, the states involved are very committed. Enormous means were made available by the Swiss, Spanish, and French states, though I think this is only out of solidarity with the pathetic German state that totally failed in its management of the summit.

Does this international manhunt play into a narrative about “the savage outsiders”?

Of course, how the riots were covered was extremely xenophobic, even in very small towns, and the nasty hooligans always come from elsewhere. These are old communication strategies that seek to scare people using the ambient xenophobia. When the threat comes from outside, many more repressive measures become acceptable. In Hamburg, during and after the summit, there was talk of thousands of autonomists come from all across Europe, especially from the south.

Of course people will come from all over to participate in struggles that are in practice international, but the powerful play on the stereotype of the wicked, foreign stranger who doesn’t speak the language and who wants to trash the city. They use fear to avoid talking about the substance.

There is little talk of police violence, which is also an international phenomena, because it’s more and more common that cops come from elsewhere too. Austrian cops brought their machine guns to Hamburg. German cops were deployed in Switzerland and France for the raids. On September 20, the European security summit will take place in Salzbourg, Austria, and it seems like it will be a follow-up performance for certain Bavarian cops who will travel there.

Personally, I’m not scared of international activists who support each other between countries, but I am truly afraid of a European police state that allows for cooperation at all levels – administrative, judicial, repressive, executive – and where cops will move around from Stockholm to Athens. If an insurrection was to occur in one country, there would be thousands of police ready to come from other countries, never mind the border, in full legality and already legitimized in coming from elsewhere to crush a riot [3].

In one move, the authoritarian state embraces internationalism and opens its doors to anyone equipped with a machine gun, a helmet, and a uniform.

You mentioned the support you’d like to see for those facing repression, what specifically do you have in mind?

Political support can have many facets and I’ve become aware through the experience of repression that even small acts can be quite precious. It’s important to act, and it’s much better to hand out a few handbills, to hold a banner, or to host an info night or radio show than it is to do nothing. Of course, it would be great to see everyone in the streets, but never doubt that those impacted by repression are touched by small acts. We also need to fundraise to support those in jail and there are structures supporting them, like anti-repression groups. If you have some cash, make sure to send it along, but any other action is good too.

On August 25, it will have been one year since the big raids were carried out. That can be a reference point for showing solidarity, even symbolically, with those who took part in street actions.

And next week, there will also be a trial for “Praising Crime” against people accused of producing media supportive of the riots, and that’s also a moment to show solidarity [similar charges only exist in connection to terrorism here, sometimes using the language of “support” or “apology” for terrorism. It looks like the trial may have been pushed back, but I could be wrong – leave a comment if you have a clarification].

The issue of censorship is more and more worrying all across Europe. Many new laws are being passed that will also allow for attacks on divergent opinions, like the censorship of large social networks in Germany and around fake news in France. Our societies believe strongly in the democratic lie they are presented and don’t see that there is censorship. The banning of Indymedia Linksunten and the trial for Praising Crime are prime current examples. We will have to struggle around these issues if we don’t want all we hear to be the police on the evening news. And this begins by continuing to express ourselves using all the media we have access to.

Notes

1] It’s important to note that the army was called in; special forces armed with machine guns blocked a demonstration on the evening of July 7

2] Some of those arrested in December were charged with the Rodenbarg actions, another section that refers to an action during which some youth were beat up by the police. But it seems to us there is nothing to these charges, since the action was far from downtown, it wasn’t a riot, and it was defined by police violence. To have dared carry out an international action over this situation would have been absurd, and the European prosecutors would not have supported charges against people who were beaten up for no reason.

3] In their account, the person wanted in France explains that the German police were accompanied by French cops in charge of investigations tied to the anti-nuclear struggle in Bure and who took advantage of the raid to collect evidence for their own ends. [The link to the wanted person’s account is only in French, but announces that the person in question is dealing with charges from several other struggles, including cyber actions, and announces that they are going underground and will refuse any amnesty tied to Bure. Here is an except:

“In light of the current wave of strikes and revolts against the policies of the Macron government, if a revolution were to happen, it might make possible an amnesty for political prisoners [and only political prisoners, unfortunately] and the removal of their convictions. And who know, the unrest might end up spreading to Germany!

“Gendarmes, police, judges, and legislators, I hope to see you abandon your oppressive and dominating positions. I hope to see you quit them by your own choice, without being forced out by a revolution. Please accept this modest offering, these few words that I toss to the jaws of the powerful. You might find me, or you might have the wisdom to abandon these useless charges and to let me come to you.

“May the light of truth win out over the darkness of prejudice. May the insurrection come. Strength to the six people still locked up in Germany in connection to the G20 demonstrations. Strength to victims of police violence, so often made invisible or stigmatized. Death to state propaganda, death to oppression, death to privileges. Long live freedom, long live anarchy.”]

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Trouble #14: Fighting Where We Stand

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 21:23

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SubMedia returns with another episode of Trouble that focuses on the defense of autonomous spaces.

In our hyper-alienated and media-saturated societies, struggles for collective liberation are all too often reduced to a contest of ideas. Rather than fighting tooth and nail against conditions of exploitation, oppression and ecological devastation, we often instead find ourselves mired in an endless cycle of argument, critique and debate. But while theory can and should play an important role in informing our actions and helping to build relationships based in trust and mutual understanding… at the end of the day, any meaningful practice of collective autonomy requires the capacity to actually defend territory.

Though they often draw inspiration from one another, struggles for territorial autonomy – if they are to be successful – must be based on local realities. After all… defending a physical space means fighting where we stand. And so the battle to defend a squatted social center in an urban neighbourhood will necessarily look very different from one waged by Indigenous land defenders against the encroachment of pipeline companies through their territories. But though these struggles may assume different forms, they stem from a shared resolve to draw a line in the sand and to defend it… come what may.

In this month’s episode of Trouble, subMedia showcases three ongoing land defence struggles: the Unist’ot’en Camp, located on the unceded Wet’suwet’en territories of so-called “British Columbia”; the autonomous spaces movement in Ljubljana, Slovenia and the eco-defence occupation known as La ZAD, in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, France.

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Mexico's leftist Lopez Obrador wins largest landslide in country's recent history

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:50

Mexico's leftist Lopez Obrador wins largest landslide in country's recent history | 02 July 2018 | Veteran Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been elected president of Mexico, winning the largest landslide in his country's recent history in a remarkable routing of what he terms "the mafia of power". Promising to combat corruption and drive down record crime rates, Mr Lopez Obrador captured 53 per cent of the vote, according to preliminary results - a historic victory for the party he created. Voters decided in their millions to turn their backs on the two parties which have ruled Mexico for almost 100 years, and finally give him a chance - sending his supporters into a frenzy. Donald Trump, the US president, was quick to congratulate the 64-year-old, who has charted a careful course of not antagonising his northern neighbour, but vowing to put Mexico first. "I look very much forward to working with him," said Mr Trump.

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Philadelphia, PA: Feminist Vandals Make A Mess

It's Goin Down - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:36

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The following communique was sent anonymously to It’s Going Down which we reprint below.

The communique reads:

We spruced up a pro-life billboard by throwing a bunch of paintbombs at it. The world hates women, and we’re sick of all the misogyny and patriarchy infused in every aspect of our lives.

We want body autonomy, more than the “rights” of healthcare and reproductive “freedom,” we mean freedom of movement. The freedom to come and go as we please, and as we want to be. The freedom to leave any four walls we happen to have around us. The freedom to live our lives as we choose. To be clear we don’t just mean freedom for women but freedom for anyone constrained by a social role or jailer.

May Day started the season off right, let’s keep it going. Remember when you see something you don’t like don’t wait to trash it. Later this summer is a huge nationwide prison strike, let’s be ready for it. As anarchists we want the destruction of all prisons, let’s put it into motion.

A thought goes out to Eric King, and to everyone fighting against ICE and borders.

Despite borders, gender, and prisons, chaos can always manage to spill through!

-Feminist Anarchist Vandals >:)

*How to fill a glass christmas ornament with paint*

  1. Wearing gloves, remove the cap

  2. Fill with a mixture of paint and water (using a funnel or squeeze bottle)

  3. Replace cap and seal with tape

  4. Wipe away any fingerprints and any mess you made

  5. Transport carefully (maybe in a double bag)

  6. Throw at something ugly

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Peru – Act of vandalism on the Nautilus aquarium

Anarchist News - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:19

via act for freedom now!

A few weeks ago we went to the Nautilus aquarium, a prison for marine species, which as such is part of a macro-structure that assimilates the detention of free beings into its own interests. We attacked a part of its structure scattered around several blocks. In this case the goal was to vandalize the aquarium advert on the avenue with paint, write slogans near the aquarium and leave leaflets explaining our action for the closure of this prison.

Why did we choose the form of vandalism?

Because the level of devastation carried out by the bodies of Power has reached the point where such places (like the aquarium and others) are protected by the people’s consensus dictated by ignorance, by the laws that defend them, the false representation of beauty, by entertainment to others’ detriment and also by false critics: welfare groups, associations, pacifists who weigh things up and beg the anthropocentric-specist enemy.

In short, we believe that it’s necessary to put an end to everything that violates free and wild nature and the path that denies these dynamics is this: attack. Freedom can’t be asked for, you don’t beg for, it won’t be the result of rules, laws or reforms. We need to crush fear, freedom is here and needs to be left as it is.

Peace around detention centres is specism!

Nature is chaotic!

The animal bites whoever wants to tame it!

The animal is prepared to suffer pain, hunger and thirst for its own freedom!

Strength to those who struggle for anarchy and total liberation!

Acapana contra el blanco/objetivo – Grupo de acción.

Translated from Italian by act for freedom now!

anarhija.info

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From Lab to Commons

Grassroots Economic Survival - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:09
Link: From Lab to Commons: Shifting to a Biomedical System that’s in the Public Interest

Today Commons Network publishes a new policy paper that takes on the pharmaceutical system and presents real alternatives, based on open source research and the knowledge commons. Commons Network proposes a new vision for the biomedical research system that safeguards universal access to affordable medicines and scientific advances.

Taking the commons perspective allows us to offer a diagnostic of our biomedical innovation system and to put forth a political programme for a transition to a new public interest model. The EU’s market-dominated pharmaceutical policies are sized up from the ‘outside the box’ viewpoint of the common good.

This paper responds to the questions: How does the present pharma model work in Europe, what is wrong with it and what can be done right now to change it. This includes a comparison between the existing model, positive transitions and the transformative commons model with practical examples, principles and outcomes.

Read the rest at the P2P Foundation blog

 

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IGD: "We are being doxxed"

Anarchist News - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:07

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The following is a text about what to do to keep yourself and loved ones from being doxxed and everyday steps to avoid detection.

Read and Download HERE

The alt-right has gotten hold of some of our online accounts. With this information they are creating imposter accounts in order to harass, phish, and dox us. They are sharing our personal photos along with addresses and phone numbers to encourage further harassment. Their efforts have been far reaching and are expanding. Now is a crucial time for us to take our data security seriously and review our practices.

We particularly encourage those of us who may feel off the radar to examine security practices, as we have seen a willingness to target less visible or publicly active friends both for harassment and for information mining. Individual security is about keeping all of us safe.

We have put together a PDF detailing what we have learned thus far so we can all be prepared and hopefully prevent future doxxings and invasions on our privacy and safety.

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Tech co-operatives are leaving the startup rat race behind

Grassroots Economic Survival - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 19:03
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Together, Padagaite and Ball founded Blake House, a filmmaking co-op that makes films for charities and social enterprises. In 2016, it became one of the first members of CoTech, a growing network of tech co-operatives in the UK. There are currently 30 tech businesses united under the CoTech banner, which range from filmmakers to programmers; they collectively employ more than 250 staff and have revenues of over £10.2 million.

The idea is fast gaining traction, as some tech workers fall out of love with a startup culture focused on growing companies as fast as possible to attract maximum investment. “We want to grow as slow as possible and build a company that’s here for the long term,” says Chris Lowis, a developer with software co-operative Go Free Range. Lowis was attracted to the CoTech model after working for large companies where months of work could be lost if a manager pulled funding or changed direction. “Autonomy is important to us,” he says.

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