In this week’s sedition of TFN, a look at the repression being faced by comrades in Klanada and the United Snakes. First an update on the J20 trials, where prosecutors have been repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot, and then an udpate on the state’s crack-down on anarchists in so-called Ontario and Quebec in the lead-up to this weekend’s G7 Summit.
For more info on how to help peeps in Hamilton:
For more updates on the J20 defendants, follow Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) and Defend J20 (@Defendj20) on Twitter!submediavideothe fucking newscategory: Projects
DNC panel adopts rule requiring candidates to run, serve as a Democrat | 08 June 2018 | The Democratic National Committee (DNC) adopted a new rule on Friday aimed at keeping outsider candidates like Bernie Sanders from trying to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 [which he would have done, had the Deep State/DNC not stole it]. The new rule, adopted by the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee, requires all Democratic presidential candidates to be a member of the Democratic Party, Yahoo News reported. A presidential candidate running for the Democratic nomination must be a member of the party, accept the Democratic nomination and “run and serve” as a member.
Memes 'will be banned' under new EU copyright law, warn campaigners | 08 June 2018 | A new copyright law from the European Union would lead to the banning of memes on the internet, campaigners are warning. The EU Copyright Directive intends to protect the intellectual property rights of people who upload their material to the internet. However, campaigners are warning the law will require "all content uploaded to the internet to be monitored and potentially deleted if a likeness to existing copyright is protected". The law would "destroy the internet as we know it" warn the campaigners, who add it would "allow big companies to control what we see and do online".
'Russia should be in G7, whether you like it or not' - Trump says on way to summit | 08 June 2018 | Donald Trump says Russia should be at the negotiating table in the G7 meeting whether the world powers "like it or not." The US president made the statement as he was preparing to fly to Canada for the summit. "It used to be [the] G8 because Russia was in it, now Russia isn't in it… But Russia should be in this meeting. Why are we having a meeting while Russia isn't at the meeting," the US leader told reporters, adding that he will recommend Russia's inclusion in the summit. "Whether you like it or not, it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run. And it’s the G7, which used to be the G8, threw Russia out, they should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table," he stated. [*Exactly.*]
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Over the last several days, we have seen wheatpastes and signs put up around San Francisco by supporters of Tommy Robinson after his arrest in the UK.
On Monday we found several wheatpastes around the city, mostly in the Financial District and Chinatown. Images posted by local fascist shithead Based Stickman appear to be ones we took down.
After this, we discovered plywood boards labeled #FreeTommy on Highway 1 entering San Francisco out of Daly City, where Based Stickman resides. These signs were quickly destroyed or re-purposed, much to our delight. Other images found online showed boards in the Outer Sunset area near Great Highway, but we have not found these in person.
We would like to extend our solidarity to Celeste Guap, who was arrested by Richmond police the day after speaking in a rally against SESTA/FOSTA last weekend. The same Richmond police department sexually abused Celeste in the past. Fortunately, she has been released since.
With love, from mfin anarchists in the Bay
In this week’s sedition of TFN, a look at the repression being faced by comrades in Klanada and the United Snakes. First an update on the J20 trials, where prosecutors have been repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot, and then an update on the state’s crack-down on anarchists in so-called Ontario and Quebec in the lead-up to this weekend’s G7 Summit.
For more info on how to help peeps in Hamilton:
For more updates on the J20 defendants, follow Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) and Defend J20 (@Defendj20) on Twitter!
Minneapolis is an antifa zone. Antifascists have a organized and militant presence and will kick Nazis off the block.
RIP Toor! – MSP161
President Donald Trump headed for the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada on Friday but will be leaving before Saturday's meeting on climate change, clean energy and oceans. The White House said an aide will take Trump's place, CNN reported.Tags: Donald TrumpG7Scott Pruittclimate politics
Mueller files new charges against Manafort, associate | 08 June 2018 | Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate on Friday, accusing them of obstructing justice in the investigation into [alleged] Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in 2016. The latest indictment against Manafort adds an associate, Konstantin Kilimnik, 48, of Moscow. Both were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice, according to federal court filings. The third superseding indictment against Manafort comes days after Mueller accused the former campaign chairman of witness tampering.
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Welcome to This Is America, June 8th, 2018.
In this episode we were lucky enough to catch up to both a member of Appalachians Against Pipelines for an update on the Hellbender Autonomous Zone as well as Maru Villalpando about the #ChingaLaMigra tour, ongoing actions against a private immigrant detention facility in Tacoma, Washington, and ICE’s own attempts to deport her for being a “Latino advocate.”
But first, here’s our roundup of resistance and repression news.Living and Fighting
- In big J20 news, the remaining three other people from the current J20 trial block all were acquitted or had remaining charges declared a mistrial by the judge. While the State could still come back to retry them in 30 days, this represents yet another blow to Kerkhoff’s attempt to enact a draconian crackdown on protest. Moreover, these defendants, called “breakers,” were supposed to be a slam dunk for the State, and Kerkhoff and friends claimed they would easily show that they were guilty. Things turned out the complete opposite. One juror that spoke to Unicorn Riot after the trial stated that they were afraid that the State would use the trials to set a precedent of attacking public protest. Many articles in both mainstream and center-Liberal outlets noted that continued failure of the State to enact guilty verdicts, as it continues to waste massive amounts of tax-payer dollars. It remains unclear what will now happen to the remaining 40 or so defendants, but many predict that more charges are expected to be dropped. The IWW has also called for a day of action and protest outside of DOJ officers on June 25th.
A juror in the second #J20 trial, who we spoke to after the jury was dismissed today, told us she was concerned about the “slippery slope” of conspiracy charges used against people who attend a protest where others are accused of crimes https://t.co/taLz0hd78f pic.twitter.com/8HDqwIZ0Rx
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 7, 2018
- Over 250,000 UPS workers are set to go on strike over a new contact. One report wrote that the “devastating strike…may disrupt the nation’s economy.” We can only hope that workers take control of the strike on their own terms, and realize the power they hold in their hards when the shut everything down.
- Protests began in Quebec City at the G-7 summit, as heavily armed riot police were out in force. One report wrote that protests “erupted” on Friday morning and that “Protesters said they achieved their goals of shutting down Québec City after the legislature was closed down on Friday and many businesses decided to shut their doors.” Meanwhile in the halls of power, tensions remained high between G-7 leaders over Trump’s proposals for tariffs and “America First” policies.
- In Charlottesville, Virginia, as people rallied outside of the courthouse, Corrie Long was sadly found guilty of disorderly conduct and now will do about 20 days in jail. More updates on that expected soon, as well as info on how to support Corey. After the verdict, people took to the streets in protest.
— Solidarity Cville (@SolidCville) June 8, 2018
- In other Charlottesville news, walking Alt-Right embarrassment Jason Kessler keeps putting out mixed messages to if he will hold his “Unite the Right 2” in Charlottesville or outside the White House, or opt for both. Currently it appears he has filed for a permit in DC.
- We missed this early this week, but big ups to the Eagles for taking as massive bird poop on Trump’s comb over, everyone that booed Trump at this short lived rally in front of the White House, and the brave individual that took a knee during the National Anthem.
- In Brooklyn, people rallied to support a pizza delivery man that was kidnapped by ICE and now faces deportation.
- In LA, home demos continued to take place against slumlords by tenants on rent strike. Meanwhile, the “F- Your Flips” campaign continues to trend on social media.
- In Atlanta, antifascists put up posters linking “Incel” violence to far-Right blowhard and all around creepy man, Jordan Peterson.
"Free Pablo, Abolish ICE," chant at 201 Varick Street for pizza delivery man detained at Brooklyn military base earlier this week pic.twitter.com/ch7mNy1Uva
— Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff) June 7, 2018
- In Chicago, members of the Autonomous Tenants Union organized protests against gentrifying real estate capitalists holding an “event to teach rich ppl to use AirBnB—a service intended to help rent spare rooms for short periods—to finance buying multi-family buildings. Of course, they’ll have to kick out existing tenants first.”
— Colorado Springs Anti-Fascists (@COSAntifa) June 7, 2018
- In Colorado Springs, antifa made quick work of trust-fund fascist group Identity Evropa’s stickers, and made sure to put up some of their own.
We’ve seen the use of Airbnb in cities around the world drive up median rents, remove housing from the rental market & accelerate gentrification. pic.twitter.com/jsucom5Qfr
— Autonomous Tenants Union (@AutonomousUnion) June 7, 2018
- Finally, there’s a lot of events this weekend. The Fight Toxic Prisoners conference kicks off today. In the Pacific Northwest, people are defending Planned Parenthood from Joey Gibson and his merry band of Proud Boys on June 9th. Also, next Monday is June 11th, the international day of solidarity with anarchist prisoners. See you next week!
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Tell us about Victory Gardens. How did it get started and how does it work?
Victory Gardens was started in 2012 by a group of friends and gardeners who saw an opportunity to teach people how to grow food. We’re fundamentally motivated to transform private and public space to become productive and bountiful, to decrease the reliance on the global food system, to promote consumption of organic fruits and vegetables, to empower individuals with the knowledge of food production and to inspire people to be outside, connecting with the earth. The first year, we boot-strapped and fundraised, holding onto our jobs, until we determined whether the model had legs. Once we knew more, we flushed out the ideas, model and organizational structure to GROW!
If you want food in your space but don’t know where to start, we can help! Depending on the customer’s needs, we generally start with a consultation to see the space and get a sense of how we can best help them meet their food growing goals and from that point, proceed with designing and building a garden, developing a garden map and planting guide or booking a series of coaching or veggie garden maintenance session. We do it all (even bring the seeds)!
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On Tuesday June 12th at 7 PM the third installment of the monthly(ish) radical movie series PDX Rad Movie Night will take place at the Social Justice Action Center at 400 SE 12th Ave.
PDX Rad Movie Night aims to create a space for people in the local radical community to come together on regular basis in a setting that isn’t a meeting or protest, and give them the chance to socialize and make connections in a low stress environment. The first part of the event will be social time for folks to network and talk to people involved in radical community projects.
This month we will be showing parts 1 and 2 of the There Goes the Neighborhood episode of Submedia’s Trouble series. Part 1 of the episode examines gentrification as a process of capitalist urban development, by taking a closer look at how it is playing out in three mega-cities: Toronto, New Orleans and Istanbul. Part 2 talks to comrades in Montreal, the Bay Area and Berlin to see how people in these cities are fighting back on attacks on their communities by developers, real estate speculators and the tech industry.
If you want to help us out with organizing future screenings or have film suggestions email us at email@example.com.
The post End the Genocide of Our Communities: Connecticut Against ICE appeared first on It's Going Down.Report from the Connecticut branch of the IWW about ongoing anti-ICE organizing.
During a busy Thursday evening rush hour in front of immigration court in Hartford, CT, several hundred community members and allies gathered in defiance and anger at the assassinations of Claudia Gomez Gonzalez, Roxsana Hernandez, and the more than 7,200 people who have died while crossing the border over the past two decades.
"I didn't want to come to Mexico — I wanted to stay in Honduras but I couldn't…They kill trans people in Honduras."
— Pero Like (@BFPeroLike) May 30, 2018
This number is the official estimate; we all know there are likely thousands more who have died at the hands of immigration agents and through the inhumane way families are forced to cross this imaginary line called the border. Claudia, an indigenous Mayan from Guatemala, was 19 years old and had decided to migrate to the United States to finance her college education. Roxsana was a trans woman who died while in the custody of immigration authorities on May 25th when she suffered a heart attack after the willful medical negligence of immigration authorities while in detention.
Members of several organizations spoke, including Unidad Latina en Acción, a radical grassroots immigrant rights organization that has been fighting for the rights of immigrants and workers across Connecticut for more than 15 years.
It is important to remember that what is happening now is nothing new. What has been happening to our communities for, indeed, decades, including under Democratic presidents Clinton and Obama, is nothing short of genocide. We will never be able to rely on politicians or government agencies to protect us or our families. It ends now!
Immigration agents, both customs patrol and ICE, kill us in cold blood on the borders and deny us the medical care we need while in detention centers. They are committing genocide against our communities as they tear children out of the arms of our families, steal us from our homes, and strip workers away from jobs and livelihoods. We are calling for the abolition of ICE, the abolition of detention centers, and the abolition of these inhumane policies and immoral government agencies.
We want to make it clear that we are not immigrants. We are migrants. No one can be illegal on stolen land. So-called immigrants in the so-called United States stand in solidarity with our indigenous brothers and sisters as we call for a reclamation of the land we traversed for thousands of years before the colonizers came and started to kill us off. This is our land, this is our home, and we are reclaiming it as such. We reclaim our right to travel freely among the many lands of this continent.
To call attention to these issues and more, at a pre-determined signal, around 40 community members slowly walked out of the crowd and onto the plaza, directly in front of the immigration court building. As they began to lie down, others came around with chalk to draw outlines in order to leave a longer-lasting reminder to those who work within this genocidal system and passersby of the deaths, detentions, and separations suffered by thousands upon thousands of people every year. After several minutes, police made their way over to where we were laying and warned that anyone who didn’t move would be arrested.
In order to ensure the safety of everyone at the action, which included several families with young children, we slowly rose up and walked back into the crowd to chants of “El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido,” “Cops and ICE and Klan go hand in hand,” and “La poli, la migra, la misma porquería.” Left behind were some bloodied handprints and the shadows of all those lost. We will not stop until ICE is abolished, all of our families and children are free, and we are once again able to travel our land unimpeded by power-hungry, white supremacist laws and leaders. As our final speaker put it, “This is a beginning.”
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It’s summer! Time to relax, sit in the shade, and take a break.
With that in mind, and in the spirit of June 11th, an international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners, IGD is proud to announce in collaboration with comrades in Mexico, hammocks made for summer by Mexican anarchist prisoner Miguel Peralta!
While we’re no fans of prison labor, these hammocks, designed and made by Peralta were created for the purpose of selling on the outside to raise money to support him during his time inside. Only three are available and proceeds after shipping will all go direct to Miguel. Each orders comes with an English language zine of Miguel’s writings, some of which you can find on It’s Going Down.
From the product description:
Pick up a beautiful handmade hammock from Mexican anarchist prisoner Miguel Ángel Peralta Betanzos. Miguel is currently being held in Cuicatlán prison in the state of Oaxaca. He will soon face sentencing for trumped-up charges relating to his defense of the autonomy of his indigenous community of Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón, the birthplace of the Flores Magón brothers. With only three in stock, all funds (except shipping) will go directly to Miguel to help with his legal costs and survive inside. Each handmade hammock comes with an English-language zine of Miguel’s writing and background information about Eloxochitlán.
The post IWW Call for June 25th Actions in Solidarity with J20 Defendants appeared first on It's Going Down.Call from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) for worldwide solidarity actions in solidarity with J20 defendants.
For over a year, the US has been pressing felony charges–including “riot,” “inciting a riot,” and “conspiracy to riot”–against protesters who were arrested at the inauguration of Donald Trump. After a revelation that they had been withholding evidence from the defense, federal prosecutors dropped all charges against 10 defendants last week, including against members of our union. Today, the second J20 trial ended in a mistrial for three defendants and full acquittal for a fourth.
“If you live in the US, organize a demonstration outside your local DOJ building. If you live in another country, organize a picket of a US embassy.”
The state is reeling from this defeat, and lashing out like a wounded animal as it retreats. 44 defendants are still awaiting trial. The hour is late; the time to act in their defense is now. We are calling for an international day of action in solidarity with the J20 defendants on Monday, June 25th.
From the beginning, the J20 case has represented an escalation of the state’s attempts to criminalize revolutionary politics. The Riot Act is an archaic law with a racist history, once used to repress and attack the black liberation movement in the US, which has not been used in Washington, DC since the Matthews case of 1968. Its application against protesters today signals the beginning of a wave of state repression comparable to the Red Scares of the 1920’s and 1950’s. Despite not even being present on Inauguration Day, an IWW member had his door kicked in and his house raided by police, before being slapped with the same charges as other protesters. We live in an era when fascists and white supremacists can attack us in the streets without legal consequence, but antifascists face over 60 years in prison for a demonstration.
If you live in the US, organize a demonstration outside your local DOJ building. If you live in another country, organize a picket of a US embassy. Call a 1-day solidarity strike at your workplace. Do whatever you can to raise the profile of our courageous comrades who are facing down the forces of reaction. The more scandal an action produces, the better.
It would have been unthinkable not many years ago to imagine the impending death of the Great Barrier Reef. The world’s largest living structure and a world heritage site unsurpassed for its tremendous beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has been one of the planet’s most important ecosystems. Now, after consecutive years of prolonged, extreme marine heatwaves in 2016 and 2017, one-half of the reef is dead.
Yet the reef, which has gone through immense challenges over millions of years of changing climates, is not entirely gone yet. Leading coral reef scientist Terry Hughes recently told the Guardian that, “The Great Barrier Reef is certainly threatened by climate change, but it is not doomed if we deal very quickly with greenhouse gas emissions. Our study shows that coral reefs are already shifting radically in response to unprecedented heatwaves.”
Further work from other research teams documented in April that globally, marine heatwaves have increased in frequency and are of longer duration. Scientists from the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies published a study finding that between 1925 and 2016, marine heatwaves occurred 34 percent more often, and lasted 17 percent longer. The result has been a 54 percent increase in the number of marine heatwave days happening each year globally.
The study brought together a range of ocean temperature data over the time period studied. Controlling for climate variability, the authors were able to determine that the increase in marine heatwaves was related to an increase in sea surface temperature. “With more than 90 percent of the heat from human-caused global warming going into our oceans, it is likely marine heatwaves will continue to increase,” said study co-author Neil Holbrook from the University of Tasmania.
The paper cites the impact of recent marine heatwaves in a number of the world’s oceans, concluding that, “These events resulted in substantial ecological and economic impacts, including sustained loss of kelp forests, coral bleaching, reduced surface chlorophyll levels due to increased surface layer stratification, mass mortality of marine invertebrates due to heat stress, rapid long-distance species’ range shifts and associated reshaping of community structure, fishery closures or quota changes, and even intensified economic tensions between nations.”
The news of increasing ocean heatwaves and their devastating impact is truly alarming, especially in connection with the many other signs of accelerating climate change and general ecological crisis, including in just the past several months.Arctic, Antarctic Melt and the Ocean Conveyor Belt
After another abnormally warm year in large parts of the Arctic region, including mid-winter temperatures that went above freezing at the North pole, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported April 2018 essentially tied for the lowest Arctic sea ice extent on record with April 2016. More worrying, not only was the sea ice coverage at a historic April low, but the amount of thicker, multi-year ice cover “has declined from 61 percent in 1984 to 34 percent in 2018. In addition, only 2 percent of the ice age cover is categorized as five-plus years, the least amount recorded during the winter period,” according to the Center.
With the Arctic warming at twice the global average, less ice is forming and more is melting in summer so less of the ice lasts through the warmer months to become multi-year ice. New ice forms in fall and winter, but this ice is now increasingly new, younger ice, instead of building on the thicker and more stable multi-year ice. As ice melts and ice coverage is increasingly younger, less thick and less stable, sea ice is being lost, and the Arctic Ocean is becoming more open in summer. The increasingly ice-free open ocean absorbs the sun’s energy much more readily than the ice-covered ocean, accelerating warming. This dangerous positive feedback loop underway in the Arctic is already impacting climate worldwide.
For the Arctic itself, the disappearing ice threatens to devastate the species and ecosystems that have evolved in connection with it. The decline of Arctic ice and ecosystems, forced by greenhouse gas emissions from the predominant capitalist economies of the planet, also threatens genocide for the culture and way of life of Indigenous peoples throughout the region who have lived for millennia in an ice-covered world.
Another recently published study has shown that melting glaciers in East and West Antarctica are freshening the surrounding ocean and slowing the formation of ocean “bottom water.” Normally, Antarctic bottom water is formed by the sinking of cold, salty water that results as sea ice forms and pushes out salt into surrounding waters. This cold, dense water sinks, mixes with and cools warmer salty water brought by deep ocean currents to Antarctica. But this process is now slowing because of increased glacial freshwater melt. The warm water is stratified, trapped at the bottom, where it is further speeding the melt of Antarctic glaciers from below in these regions. It’s another feedback loop that will likely accelerate sea level rise.
In the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, as well as in the Arctic regions off Norway and Greenland, the process of very dense, cold, salty water sinking is a major factor in causing overturning circulation in the world’s oceans. This is called thermohaline circulation, the process whereby deep-ocean currents are generated by differences in the water’s density, which is controlled by temperature (thermo) and salinity (haline). This is also known as the “ocean conveyor belt.” Ocean currents are very complex and dynamic processes with many factors involved. Essentially though, the ocean conveyor belt drives deep ocean currents that course powerfully around the globe, overturning and mixing enormous quantities of water. In certain regions, this creates upwelling — bringing nutrient-rich water from the ocean’s bottom back to the surface, fueling life. The conveyor belt currents are also a central factor in distributing heat around the planet and stabilizing the Earth’s climate.
Melting sea ice and glaciers are now pouring more fresh water into the ocean, making the waters where this occurs less salty and dense, so less likely to sink. The effects of freshening waters on thermohaline circulation and ocean currents in the Southern Ocean are not yet known, but studies on the North Atlantic this year found that increasing fresh water melt in the Arctic has caused a slowdown in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Current (AMOC). One of the studies suggested the slowdown has been around 15 percent since 1950. Climatologist Michael Mann said the AMOC slowdown is “happening about a century ahead of schedule relative to what the models predict” and, “I think we’re close to a tipping point.”
What acceleration of ice melt and changing ocean currents will mean for sea level rise that threatens the world coastlines, islands and huge swaths of humanity; for the impact on world climate; and for ocean life and ecosystems that humans also rely on to eat and breathe, is difficult to exactly predict. Nonetheless, it’s clear the climate crisis is already extreme and accelerating. Much depends on whether human society acts quickly to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions currently warming the planet, and takes other urgent steps to prevent ecological disaster.
Instead of being reduced, however, carbon emissions continue to grow, recently measured at 410 parts per million, a level not seen in millions of years. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that April 2018 was the 400th straight month that global temperatures were warmer than average.The Problems of Trump and Capitalism
Faced with this situation of potential ecological catastrophe, Trump and his allies who wield power in the US, lie that global warming is a fabrication, a hoax, or impossible to confirm. They deny the overwhelming evidence and cover over clearly demonstrated science. But this isn’t just a denial of reality, as bad as that is. This is, as The New York Times journalist Justin Gillis said of Scott Pruitt’s denial of climate change, a “civilization-threatening lie.” This is a conscious act that sows confusion, denies people knowledge and prevents them from being able to respond to the existential danger climate change represents. Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Interior Department and other agencies are moving as fully and as quickly as they can to overturn or eliminate every rule, regulation and barrier that stands in the way of fossil fuel development and use. Their goal is to protect the “freedom” of giant corporations to plunder the natural world to maximize their profitability, and to enhance US “energy dominance,” no matter the destruction it brings.
At the end of May, the EPA announced its official proposal to rollback Obama-era regulations requiring automakers to make cars with higher fuel efficiency standards. If adopted, the likely result is a large increase of greenhouse emissions by the US, already by far the leading contributor to global warming historically. In January, Interior Department head Ryan Zinke announced plans to open up 90 percent of the country’s offshore coastal regions to oil drilling.
Companies have already applied for permits to begin work to develop new oil and gas projects in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska, the largest and most pristine wildlife refuge in the country. Moreover, according to a piece in the Hill, “drilling into the refuge is just the tip of the iceberg. Trump is aggressively pushing Arctic drilling projects on water and land, selling off vast tracts of public lands and oceans, and rolling back drilling safety regulations meant to prevent catastrophic oil spills.”
In May, the White House canceled the vital NASA Carbon Monitoring System that uses satellite and aircraft instruments to track carbon and methane emissions and monitors country’s commitments to greenhouse gas cuts.Bigger Than Trump
What the Trump regime is doing environmentally (and otherwise) is a threat to planetary life that must be stopped. This crisis, however, didn’t begin with Trump. The operation of the entire world capitalist system has raised greenhouse gases to the level they are and brought us to this juncture. Trump is just the latest and most destructive manifestation of an omnicidal system. The problem we face is that power rests in the hands of a capitalist class that is incapable of confronting our current ecological unraveling as the emergency it is.
The result is a crisis that is inexorably accelerating, with essentially nothing on the level actually needed being done to stop it. Instead of being able to respond from the need to protect life on Earth and world humanity, the capitalist rulers are constrained by the interests and needs of their system for profitability to contend with and beat out rivals.
Karl Marx said presciently of capitalist economic relations, “Modern bourgeois society with its relations of production, of exchange, and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.”
The capitalist competitive drive for accumulation is why, despite moves by Obama to limit drilling in some places and make modest cuts to greenhouse emissions, fracking and oil and gas production skyrocketed under his administration. It’s also why Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who campaigned as a climate change fighter and protector of First Nations rights, has now promised to sink billions of Canadian government dollars into buying the Trans Mountain pipeline that investors were just about to pull out of. Trudeau said of the huge reserves of tar sands oil, the production of which is poisoning Indigenous people and lands in Alberta and the full burning of which would mean climate catastrophe, “No country would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and leave them there.”
Exactly. No capitalist country would. That’s exactly why capitalism cannot be allowed to continue to rule and destroy our planet. Winning a better world, is up to us. What better day to begin, than World Ocean’s Day.
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban to last until June 20. The ceasefire comes after Muslim clerics in Afghanistan issued a fatwa—or religious ruling—against suicide bombings, after an attack Monday, claimed by ISIS, killed 14 people who had gathered for a clerics’ peace summit in Kabul. This comes as the BBC is reporting that the number of bombs dropped by the US Air Force has surged dramatically since President Trump announced his Afghanistan strategy and committed more troops to the conflict last August; new rules of engagement have made it easier for US forces to carry out strikes against the Taliban. We speak to Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end US military and economic warfare. She has made many trips to Afghanistan and just returned from a trip this week.
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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is again facing a slew of ethics and spending scandals amid mounting calls for his resignation. On Thursday, The Washington Post reported Pruitt enlisted members of his $3.5 million security detail to pick up his dry cleaning and search for his favorite skin moisturizing lotion, even though federal rules prohibit public officials from receiving gifts from subordinates, including unpaid services. Meanwhile, Pruitt is continuing to radically reshape the EPA. The New York Times reports today the EPA has given the chemical industry a big victory by scaling back the way the federal government determines health and safety risks associated with the most dangerous chemicals on the market. Pruitt has also been accused of radically reshaping the EPA rulemaking process and weakening Obama administration efforts to tighten fuel economy standards. We speak to Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen.
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Accusing Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of thwarting the will of the public by attempting to block lawmakers’ efforts to restore overwhelmingly popular net neutrality protections—which will officially be repealed on June 11th—the entire Senate Democratic caucus sent a letter to Ryan on Thursday demanding that he end his “obstruction” and immediately schedule a vote to preserve the open internet.
“It is incumbent on the House of Representatives to listen to the voices of consumers, including the millions of Americans who supported the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality order, and keep the internet free and open for all,” the Senate Democrats write, urging Ryan to take up a Congressional Review Act (CRA) measure they passed last month with the help of three Republicans.
“The rules that this resolution would restore were enacted by the FCC in 2015 to prevent broadband providers from blocking, slowing down, prioritizing, or otherwise unfairly discriminating against internet traffic that flows across their networks,” the Democrats note. “It is essential that you take this step to protect middle-class families, consumers, farmers, communities of color, entrepreneur, and all who rely on the free and open internet.”
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) June 7, 2018
The senators’ letter comes as House Democrats are gathering signatures for a discharge petition that would force a vote on the CRA, whether Ryan wants one or not. Given that the vast majority of GOP lawmakers have opposed net neutrality despite its popularity among their constituents, Ryan likely doesn’t want his colleagues to go on the record against the open internet ahead of November’s crucial midterms.
As of this writing, the Democrats’ discharge petition has around 175 of the 218 signatures needed to bring the CRA to the floor.
While the public is on their side, net neutrality supporters in Congress are racing against the clock.
“If the CRA resolution doesn’t get a vote this year, it dies when the new Congress comes into session,” the open internet coalition Battle for the Net observes, urging Americans to flood the phonelines and inboxes of their representatives.
Coinciding with the official implementation of FCC chair Ajit Pai’s deeply unpopular net neutrality repeal plan on Monday, web defenders are holding a massive internet-wide day of action to channel public anger and pressure lawmakers to support the House resolution to restore the open internet.
While announcing their action plan for next week, open internet advocates made clear that they will make net neutrality a major campaign issue as midterms approach and vowed to ensure that lawmakers who fail to support the House CRA “regret it come election time.”
“Activists and advocates in every district are already turning up the heat on anyone who sells out their constituents to line the pockets of AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon,” Free Press Action Fund campaign director Candace Clement said in a statement on Wednesday. “Keeping the internet open is critical. It powers social movements, and provides a global platform for people of color, LGBTQ people and the most marginalized communities to tell their own stories, run their own businesses, and route around powerful gatekeepers.”
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