On July 10th, Little Big Burger fired another union leader. After working at the Northwest 23rd location for over 2 years, Cam was terminated in front of the store surrounded by district management, HR consultants, and the President of Chanticleer Holdings, the North Carolina-based corporation that owns Little Big Burger. Why? He allegedly failed to refill napkins and fry sauce containers on one closing shift a few days prior. To our knowledge, no other worker has ever been fired for such an infraction. In his termination meeting Cam asked about this and his regional manager replied with a non-answer: “This is not about anyone else, this is about you.” Management went even beyond firing him under dubious circumstances, as corporate threatened to call the police if he ever returned to any Little Big Burger locations.
The timing of this firing and ban makes things a bit more clear. This came in the middle of an active union election cycle, where workers are currently voting on whether Little Big Burger will be forced to bargain with their union. Cam was fired because Little Big Burger is union busting and does not want workers who speak up and stand by one another. Cam is devoted to his co-workers and making a healthy environment to work in for everybody. He’s known across many Little Big Burger stores for his friendliness and commitment to improving working conditions. Less than a year ago he was offered the store manager position, and just last month was praised by management as “one of the best trainers we have.”
Workers like Cam go from being “good” employees to “bad” employees when management learns of their union affiliation. Cam is the SEVENTH union worker to be fired since the union was announced March 16th, 2019. That’s 7% of the entire workforce voting in the current election, when ballots are counted in two weeks. Corporate is attempting to foster a culture of fear and confusion for workers who promote the union. That’s against the law, and the National Labor Relations Board agrees. This month, the NLRB has begun to find merit in favor of workers who were fired or disciplined as targets of “gross retaliation” by Little Big Burger management. Despite this, Little Big Burger chose to continue ignoring the law by firing Cam. In their calculation, it was worth it to try and tip the election. Cam is a beloved Little Big Union member and though we are not surprised, we are furious. Their tactics are transparent, their firings are targeted, and we will win anyway.
“All management has been doing is stoke fear and division,” Cam said to Northwest Labor Press. “All we can do is provide mutual aid, be there, and try to improve one another’s lives. That’s a message that resonates much better than fear and division.” We agree!
Please consider contributing to our “Strike and Hardship Fund” to support unionists like Cam who face financial hardship after being retaliated against for standing up for what is right.
Tech Billionaires and Outsourcing Lobby Finance GOP/Dems' Green Card Giveaway | 14 July 2019 | A handful of tech billionaires, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Indian outsourcing lobby are financing a green card giveaway plan that has already passed the House with support from 140 House Republicans and 224 House Democrats [ Deep State sacks of garbage from both parties]. Last week, the majority of House Republicans and Democrats -- led by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) -- voted to approve a green card giveaway for 300,000 Indian workers and allow India to effectively monopolize the U.S. green card system for at least the next ten years. Lobbyists across the big business lobby, multinational tech corporations, the Indian outsourcing lobby, and representing the billionaire Koch brothers are financing the passage of HR. 1044 as all are set to gain hugely.
The lobbying groups include:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP)
While most of Louisiana was spared Barry’s wrath last week, Isle de Jean Charles, a quickly eroding strip of land among coastal wetlands in the Gulf of Mexico, was not. A storm surge swept over the island, about 80 miles southwest of New Orleans, early in the morning on July 13 before Barry was upgraded from a tropical storm to a category 1 hurricane.
On July 15, I met with Albert Naquin, Chief of the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe (IDJC) and Wenceslaus Billiot Jr., the Tribe’s deputy chief, to travel to the island and assess the damages. That afternoon, we made our way through the receding waters that still covered Island Road, the only route connecting the island to the mainland. Days after the storm, some parts of the road on the island were still submerged in three feet of water.
House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale | 17 July 2019 | Congress and President Trump are headed for a second veto showdown over Saudi Arabia after the House approved three resolutions Wednesday to block emergency arms sales to the kingdom.
Wednesday's votes on the Senate-passed measures send them to Trump's desk, where he is expected to use his veto pen for a third time. The House approved two of the resolutions 238-190 and the third resolution 237-190.
Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment | 17 July 2019 | Bucking House Democratic leaders, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) forced a floor vote Wednesday on whether the chamber go forward with an effort to impeach President Trump, a highly charged topic that has stoked divisions within the caucus. A majority of Democrats, along with the chamber's Republicans, voted to table the measure, while 94 Democrats joined Green in going on record to accuse Trump of inflaming racial tensions...Most Democrats who voted Wednesday to move toward impeachment were liberal lawmakers who had already endorsed the push to launch an impeachment inquiry against the president.
House orders Pentagon to say if it weaponized ticks and released them --The order requires the agency to say if it experimented with insects for use as a biological weapon between 1950 and 1975 | 15 July 2019 | The House quietly voted last week to require the Pentagon inspector general to tell Congress whether the department experimented with weaponizing disease-carrying insects and whether they were released into the public realm --either accidentally or on purpose. [My money's on *the latter.*] The unusual proposal took the form of an amendment that was adopted by voice vote July 11 during House debate on the fiscal 2020 defense authorization bill, which lawmakers passed the following day. The amendment, by New Jersey Republican [hero] Christopher H. Smith, says the inspector general "shall conduct a review of whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975." [Guess I can't be labeled a 'conspiracy theorist,' going forward.]
Los Angeles, California cities 'overrun by rodents' that pose public health epidemic, study says | 17 July 2019 | An ever-growing number of rodents in California -- particularly in Los Angeles -- is being fueled by a spiking homeless population and restrictions on rodenticides that are risking a public health crisis, according to a study released Tuesday. The report by political action committee Reform California cites recent rodent-related events over the past six months, including an employee at the Los Angeles Police Department contracting Typhus and a rat falling from the ceiling of a Buffalo Wild Wings onto the menu of a patron [LOL!], as proof of an "undeniable problem" in the Golden State.
Field locked in, but stage is still in flux, for Round 2 of Dem debates | 17 July 2019 | The names of the 20 Democratic presidential candidates who will take part in the second round of primary debates is now official. The Democratic National Committee and CNN, its media partner for the consecutive nights of showdowns July 30-31 in Detroit, on Wednesday announced which candidates made the cut...While the lineup is set, however, the stage is not. A random drawing to determine the candidate lineup for each of the two nights of the debates will be conducted on CNN on Thursday evening.
The post Migrants from Cameroon and Eritrea Block the Port-of-Entry appeared first on It's Going Down.Report from Commotion.World about recent actions at the border in Tijuana by migrants against conditions and corruption of officials. All photos by A. López Uribe.
On July 9, 2019, approximately 100 Cameroonians and Eriteans blocked the path of the Mexican vans that transport migrants to the U.S. The migrants protested Mexican officials taking bribes, not calling list numbers, and skipping over the Africans on the list.
Early every morning, migrants from all over the world gather at the El Chaparral port-of-entry to put their names on a wait list, get a number, and hear the numbers called for that day. This is how the process for seeking asylum in the U.S. begins. Your name on a list in a paper notebook kept at the El Chaparral port of entry. The list saves a spot for the few border-crossing slots that CBP makes available each day. When the Mexican government, Grupos Beta, calls your number you have the chance to cross and present yourself for asylum in the U.S. The list is a response to the U.S. police called metering, which managed the flow of migrants in Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, and Ciudad Acuña, roughly since December 2017.
The CBP “metering” policy and the list came into effect when thousands of Haitian refugees fleeing destitution after Hurricane Matthew arrived at the southern border. The U.S. declined to allow the black migrants entry, instead requiring them either to wait for an asylum appointment with the CBP or try to cross the border on their own.
Consistent with the new “Third Country” rule, the U.S. has slowed down its acceptance of asylum-seekers at the Border this July. For the past four days, the Grupos Beta has called no numbers. All migrants continue to wait. The list continues to grow.
The number of names on the list has now reached more than 9,150 people, its highest number ever. The number of people taken by CBP for processing per day in January averaged about 42, that dropped to about 24 people per day in June.
From Tuesday July 1st to Sunday July 7th, Grupos Beta called no numbers in Tijuana. On Monday, July 8, they called the same number as July 1, which had been a large group divided into two and they were allowed to cross.
On Tuesday, July 9th, the Cameroonians and Eriteans blocked the street outside of the El Chaparral port-of-entry. They demanded fair treatment on the list. No numbers were called.
When the media responded to cover the blockade on Wednesday, the Grupos Beta resumed calling numbers but only one, so again ten people.
On Thursday, the Grupos Beta called three numbers, and then on Friday, Saturday and Saturday called no numbers.
During the protest, some migrants, mostly from Central America, called for the Africans to clear the street. The Central Americans believed that the protest was causing Grupos Beta to stop calling numbers and allowing people to cross. However, there is not way for the migrants to require the Grupos Beta to call numbers and the CBP to allow migrants to cross.
While they wait, many migrants sleep on the street near the U.S. border or group together to rent expensive apartments. Migrants from African countries have difficulty tapping into many of the resources available to Central American and Mexican migrants due to language and other cultural barriers. For example, instead of staying at shelters for migrants in Tijuana, Eritreans often pool their money to live in hotels, often in dangerous parts of the city, where they stay several people to a room. Though many Cameroonians in Tijuana are from a persecuted English-speaking minority, they have been able to access the Haitian community to an extent because they speak some French.
This year, here have been 1,044 detentions of African migrants in Mexico. Overall, their number has increased over the past five years, but migrants from Central African countries, like Eritrea, Cameroon, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have the highest proportions in 2019. Many have traveled through South America, Panama, Central America, and Mexico, only hit a dead end at the southern U.S. border. This influx poses a problem for the Mexican government, which can easily deport and turn away Central American migrants. Mexico has no effective way to return Africans.
After the blockade, eight African asylum-seekers met with Mexican officials. The protest ended after the government agreed to call the correct numbers and to allow the African migrants to double check the numbers.
There is no way to ensure that the Mexican government will abide by this agreement, just like there is no way to ensure that the U.S. will accept asylum-seekers.
Like the hunger strikes in November, the Africans’ protest has pushed back against this immigration system, which is not designed to help them find refuge, but instead designed to force them away.
Below is the report on the protest from KPBS, a local San Diego public radio:
The complaints of the Cameroonians stem from the Mexican authorities refusal to accept migrants from Africa for transport to the U.S. side of the border, where they can officially declare asylum. The Africans claim that days have gone by without Mexican officials calling any numbers from an unofficial “waiting list,” and yet Central American asylum seekers have been granted entry to the U.S. on those days.
“It’s corruption plain and simple,” said an asylum-seeker named Beatriz, who asked that her last name not be published. She said Central Americans have been paying bribes to the immigration officers. Beatriz has been waiting two months to cross into the United States and saw her number recently skipped over. “I can’t wait another two months.”
Asylum-seekers from Cameroon are, for the most part, members of the English-speaking minority in the country, and they have faced intense persecution since 2016. Many have traveled through South America, the jungles of Panama and Central America, only to run out of time and money south of the U.S. border.
“We’ve been suffering for two months. We have nothing to eat. We’re sick. Everything is finished,” said Stanley, an asylum seeker.
He also asked that his last name be withheld.
Stanley was part of a group of eight African asylum-seekers that were asked to meet with Mexican officials in the hopes of ending the protest, which had drawn the attention of the newly-formed Mexican National Guard.
After an hour-long meeting, the asylum-seekers and Mexican officials emerged with a “deal” that the African asylum-seekers would be able to verify the unofficial list each morning, to make sure the correct numbers were being called. The group dispersed and let the immigration vans proceed, but not without a promise by many to hold the Mexicans to their word in the final stage of what has been a very long journey for them.
Over a hundred asylum-seekers from Cameroon blocked the path of Mexican immigration vans Tuesday morning in Tijuana, in protest of what they believe to be corruption by Mexican immigration officials.
The post Analysis and Reflection of #AllOutDC: On the Past and Future of Antifascist Tactics appeared first on It's Going Down.A report and analysis of the recent #AllOutDC mobilization that brought out hundreds against the Proud Boys and Alt-Lite conspiracy theorists in Washington DC.
On July 6, fascists attempted to hold a “Demand Free Speech”1 rally in Washington, DC. Anarchists and DC Black Lives Matter mobilized in response. Although the massive police presence hampered what anti-fascists could do, the fascist rally was not a success, confirming that anti-fascists have largely succeeded in thwarting the street-level fascist movement that many feared would emerge in the Trump era. The question, now, is how we can employ the tactics we have popularized in the anti-fascist movement—black blocs, de-platforming, and —in other movements and contexts.
Here, we offer a short report from DC on how previous mobilizations in DC have informed the strategies they employ today and an account of the day’s events.
A group of neo-fascists promised to bring out 1000 people to a rally in Washington, DC on July 6, including 100 or more battle-ready Proud Boys. The rally had big names associated with it and local, institutional, and regional support; the organizers included Enrique Tarrio, chairman of the Proud Boys. Because it was sandwiched between Donald Trump’s 4th of July rally and “Christians United For Israel,” a major gathering of the Christian right, DC anti-fascists feared that this event could draw a much larger turnout than recent far-right events had in the area. If a new right-wing coalition emerged that could put numbers back into the streets, that would mean another round of draining confrontations between fascists and anti-fascists.View this post on Instagram
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In the end, the “Demand Free Speech Rally” was disorganized and undermined by infighting. Their event was a bust: it brought out dozens, not a thousand. The Proud Boys, which seemed like the last group standing among the fascist organizations of two years ago, couldn’t muster the 100 attendees they promised. Identity Evropa also made a last-minute push and failed to bring out the numbers they anticipated.
While repugnant characters like Adrienna DiCioccio and Jack Posebiac have huge Twitter followings, that doesn’t translate into an on-the-ground street movement. They are social media grifters who consider a trending hashtag more important than the kind of organizing that can mobilize people. They can use their platforms to create misinformation campaigns that cause police to crack down on anti-fascists, but they lack the relationships, skills, and political savvy to produce mass turnout for their own events.
Of course, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn those skills. We were not born with those skills either. We have to remain vigilant, mobilizing resistance whenever there is a chance that fascists will succeed in their publicity stunts, so they are never positively reinforced for their efforts to recruit.
Over the past two and a half years, organizers in DC have learned harsh lessons about the risks of collective action. DC anarchists were shocked when DC police chose to mass-arrest and then mass-prosecute over 200 people for the courageous actions of January 20, 2017. The preceding 10 years of comparatively restrained police tactics had made DC anarchists complacent. We had conceded ground to liberals when we should have been developing strategies that could prepare us for the moment when that scenario changed.
The now infamous Anti-Capitalist and Anti-fascist Bloc that responded to the inauguration of Donald Trump was isolated from the majority of people on the street in DC that day, leaving it vulnerable to repression. In setting out to deepen our relations with other social movements, local anarchists aim to ensure that we cannot be isolated from our communities.View this post on Instagram
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One role the black bloc can play is to defend those who are vulnerable to police attacks. On July 6, the bloc mobilized when we heard a large number of fascists were close to the park; our goal was to preserve space for people from targeted communities.
Just a year ago, anarchists were asked to stay out of the sites of permitted demonstrations for fear of mass arrests and police violence. Our recent efforts to connect with others have enabled us to make space for anarchist actions in a way that was not possible between 2016 and 2018. Building and deepening relationships takes time, patience, and understanding. We hope that these efforts will equip us to be better prepared for demonstrations in DC in the future, the next time anarchists and anti-fascists mobilize.
When we act, ideally we should be swimming in a sea of people, not alone against the stream of police repression. Different tactics make us stronger and sharing space makes those tactical experiments safer. It’s harder to make a bugaboo out of the black bloc when other people in the streets know who we are and what we are there to do.Don’t Mute DC
Earlier this year, white gentrifiers demanded that Shaw’s Metro PCS store shut off the music it has been playing for over 20 years. In the 1990s, Metro PCS was rocking Go-Go outside and selling beepers, back when the U Street corridor was known as “Black Broadway.” Formerly known as Chocolate City, DC has been seeing Go-Go events pushed out of the city into Maryland.
— Legba Carrefour (@legbacarrefour) July 6, 2019
Go-Go is a historically Black music that developed in Washington, DC—a homegrown variant of funk, old-school hip-hop, and R&B music, founded by DC legend Chuck Brown. The disappearance of Go-Go from nearly every neighborhood illustrates the displacement of Black people from DC.
A massive community-led response to the pressure on Metro PCS brought thousands out to U Street in the face of policing and gentrification. Later in spring 2019, Metro PCS returned Go-Go music to Chuck Brown Way. While police have been shutting down these shows, communities have been using Go-Go dance parties as a form of resistance to gentrification in DC.
When anarchists, Black Lives Matter activists, and local anti-fascists became aware of the right-wing mobilization, we believed it would be important to hold space for Black, Brown, and Indigenous joy in the face of white supremacy. We set out to help bring together social movements in a way that would secure the safety of DC residents and give the protest a specifically DC atmosphere.Before the Demonstration
While DC organizers believed that this could be a large mobilization, the material force the Proud Boys promised didn’t show. It was a far cry from the “thousand give or take a few hundred” they predicted to the park service.
Leading up to the mobilization, we intentionally did not discuss their politics. We just branded their event for them, clarifying for everyone that it was part of the same fascist current as previous such demonstrations in DC. A week before the demonstration, public pressure compelled the Spy Museum to publicly denounce the alt-right and cancel their VIP event.
In a last-minute attempt to mobilize supporters and escalate the likelihood of right-wing violence, far-right media began circulating rumors about “antifa acid attacks.” Numerous Proud Boys used this opportunity to announce that they planned to carry loaded guns. On the other hand, these rumors also provided cover for several of the speakers to cancel in the face of public pressure from DC antifascists. Jack Posebiac, Mike Cernovich, and Omar Navarrow all backed out before the rally.
Roger Stone was a no-show. Laura Loomer blamed antifa for the rally ending early. All in all, their rally was logistical failure, with numerous events ending early and lacking attendance.Tactically Unimpressive, But Politically Successful?
10:30 am, at the beginning of the rally—Black Lives Matter organizers explicitly expressed support for the black bloc. “See the people with masks over their faces, and in all black? Those are our people. They are here to keep us safe because police don’t. We keep each other safe.” As the demonstration got underway, crowds gathered against the backdrop of DC’s homegrown funk while anti-fascist speakers from different communities alternated with bands brought in by anti-fascists of color and Black Lives Matter DC.
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) July 6, 2019
“While the Nazis may be out here today, the police are in our neighborhood every single day extending white supremacy and anti-Blackness”#MuteTheAltRight #AllOutDC #MuteWhiteSupremacy pic.twitter.com/z8IFimGIuR
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) July 6, 2019
Around 11:30 am, as the rally was getting started, groups of right-wing journalists repeatedly attempted to film the demonstration without the consent of organizers or the community at large. Organizers aimed to create an atmosphere characterized by consent and solidarity in which the attendees would actively prevent fascists from attacking community members. At one point, a group of drag queens chased out a group of fascists.
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) July 6, 2019
This began a skirmish between fascists and anti-fascists. As this unfolded, some of them continued heckling and attempting to film. Numerous Proud Boys and their supporters repeatedly came over and were chased away by community members, not just participants in the bloc.
For those not in the streets in DC on July 6, the black bloc was hardly the wrecking ball we were on J20. There are no smashed windows to write about, no video clips of Richard Spencer being punched in the face. The most exciting moments of the day were funny rather than inspiring—for example, playing tug of war with police over a newspaper box.
Around 1:30 pm, the bloc took the streets to confront Identity Evropa, who were a block away from their permitted rally.
Other participants in the movement are no longer seeking to police our actions, but the police are still eager to suppress even the most mundane acts of rebellion.
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) July 6, 2019
At 5:30 pm, anarchists, Black Lives Matter, and other rally attendees met up again in front of Trump hotel. Despite hundreds of police, several dozen people were able to hold their ground in front of the VIP Bus, delaying its departure by over an hour and a half. The bus, which was supposed to leave by 6:30, left around 8 pm for an undisclosed location in Northern Virginia.
In short, while the day can hardly be said to be a tactical victory, we were able to diminish and contain the threat that the rally posed to our communities. It’s for the best that we didn’t have to physically fight a large group of fascists, in any case.Towards the Future
Days after the #DemandFreeSpeech rally, the “Mother of All Rallies” organizers cancelled their annual pro-Trump demonstration. They cited censorship on social media, but it’s significant that this occurred days after the flop of the “free speech” demonstration.
When we think about the future—about how to make sure we gain strength and our opposition lays dormant—we need to reflect on the limitations we have experienced in this era and how to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.View this post on Instagram
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In many different mobilizations, we have repeatedly confronted the same issues. When there is a small minority of people who feel comfortable standing up to the police, how do we relate to others who are not prepared to? How do we address the questions of timing and the safety of participants both inside and outside the bloc? When should we push the envelope, and when should we play a supporting role?
If we want to increase our ability to act and build relationships with other revolutionary movements, these are important questions. But we can think bigger about what we do next. How do we push for militant resistance in the face of border militarization, concentration camps, police killing, and state violence? How do we take the focus from individual fascists towards state-sanctioned racial violence.View this post on Instagram
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As we look forward to replicating the success of mass anti-fascism, we can look to use the skills we’ve built in other arenas. The Republican Party’s vision, while not quite as overt as Richard Spencer’s program, still includes systemic ethnic cleansing and concentration camps for children. How can we map the relationships that create these policies? How can we build campaigns that make it unpopular to support racialized policing and mass incarceration? How do we use research, counter-intelligence, social mapping, and street militancy against ICE and prisons? How do we use these skills in mutual aid projects as well?
On one hand, we have to build the ability to sustain and intensify our offensive organizing. On the other hand, we have to support each another through crisis capitalism.
- Rather than the kind of state-enforced “freedom of speech” in which armored riot police bludgeon the general population while fascists call for even more violence, anarchists seek real freedom, in which communities can self-organize to defend against the violence of police and fascists alike.
Our societies are heavily dependent on violence to function. While states will attempt to hold a monopoly on violence and constantly find new ways to legitimize their use of force, people struggling against domination can also use violence to confront the hierarchical systems oppressing them. While debates around violence and tactics seem to be revived every time someone decides to fight back, the necessity of physical attacks on power cannot be ignored. So, what is violence exactly, and how does it function in the world?
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The post Anarchist Prisoners Luis Fernando Sotelo and Cedar Both Released from Prison in Mexico & Canada appeared first on It's Going Down.Abolition Media Worldwide reports on the release of two anarchist comrades, Cedar in so-called Canada, and Luis Fernando Sotelo in Mexico, who were both recently released form prison.
Anarchist political prisoner Luis Fernando Sotelo was released from prison on July 12 after more than 4 years and 8 months. Sotelo was arbitarily detained while protesting for the missing 43 Ayotzinapa students. The comrade burned his prison uniform after being released.
His detention was irregular; the judicial process never managed to prove his participation in the action that was prosecuted judicially. Despite this, the prosecutor for capital injustice kept him in custody. With an initial sentence of 33 years and despite all the inconsistencies of the process, they dismantled the lies of the government and thereby lowered the sentence.
It was thanks to his resistance, courage and knowledge of his innocence that he remained firm in his struggle. Many compañeras and compañeros joined his fight for freedom, among them the compañeras that made up the Luis Fernado Free Committee! who came every week to visit him in the Southern Prison.
#Anarchist political prisoner Luis Fernando Sotelo was released from prison yesterday after more than 4 yrs & 8 mo. Sotelo was arbitarily detained while protesting for the missing 43 #Ayotzinapa students. The comrade burned his prison uniform after being released. Free Them All! pic.twitter.com/NUr47YLiGC
— Voices in Movement (@VIM_Media) July 14, 2019
Organizations such as the Popular Organization Francisco Villa de Izquierda Independiente, Weaving Revolutionary Organization, the comrades of the Vendaval cooperative, Street Brigade, organizations and collectives that fight together with the Indigenous Council of Government and support the EZLN, comrades who fight in the anti-prison movement, the CGT of the Spanish State, Zapata Vive coffee, among many others, participated in the meetings held in the courts, in the SCJN and in the marches called to demand his release.
Finally, this July 12, the comrade Luis Fernando left the Southern Prison in the company of his family and comrades who sang, hurled slogans and embraced him to welcome him.
After hugging his family, the comrade burned the uniform he had to wear in these years and gave a message of thanks to the organizations and compañerxs present and recalled that there are still many political prisoners in the country, inviting them to keep fighting for their release.
Down with the walls of the prisons!
FREEDOM for political prisoners!
Anarchist comrade Cedar Hopperton has been released after spending nearly a month in jail for allegedly violating their parole conditions after giving a speech arguing that police should not be part of the queer community and applauding those at Pride who stood up to the police and fascists.
Despite the fact that they weren’t at Pride, Cedar spent weeks in jail in a clear case of retaliation by the Hamilton police against Cedar for expressing their anarchist convictions. Cedar went on hunger strike after their arrest, and the queer and anarchist communities of Hamilton mobilized in their support.
The Tower, an anarchist social space in Hamilton, posted on Facebook Tuesday that Cedar was free, along with a photo of Cedar holding a “Free Cedar” poster.
“The rumours are true, and this time it’s a good thing — Cedar is free!” The Tower said. “A statement with more details is forthcoming.”
Asaf Rashid, Cedar’s lawyer in the parole board challenge, confirmed that Cedar was released in relation to some credited time around their incarceration. Cedar was initially due to be released at the end of July.
The parole board dismissed the false claim by Hamilton police that Cedar was at Pride.
Cedar’s release is a victory for the anarchist movement in Hamilton and beyond and a defeat for the oppressive Hamilton police force.
The post Vancouver, BC: Posters Pasted Against ICE and Migrant Detention Prisons appeared first on It's Going Down.The following report was sent to It’s Going Down anonymously. We repost it here.
To remember Willem Van Spronsen and stand in solidarity with actions against I.C.E. and the violence of borders and capital more broadly, we posted up roughly 100 posters in so-called “Vancouver, Canada.” In the same ways that Willem’s act has inspired us, we hope that our small act feeds into a larger movement of resistance against the inherent violence of borders and capital.
In our community we are seeing the expansion of the state’s capabilities to detain those seeking asylum. After reports of the “prison like conditions” and 2013 death of Lucia Vega Jiménez at the Immigration Holding Centre at Vancouver’s International airport, the CBSA (Canada Border Service Agency) has announced the opening of a new more “humane” detention center in “Surrey, BC”. Like Willem, who wrote in his manifesto that “the handmaid of evil says the concentration camp should be more humane,” we believe that no form of detention can be ethical and all forms of crimilinalization should be resisted.
The detention facility in Surrey is being built at 1310 76th Avenue on the traditional and unceded territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen First Nations. The facility’s intended completion date was January 2019, but the project has failed to meet the majority of its deadlines. We are working to build resistance to this expansion of the state’s attempts to criminalize those seeking asylum. In Willem’s words, “it’s time to take actions against the forces of evil.” Let his action ignite a spirit of resistance among us all.
– some anarchists in so-called Vancouver Canada
The post Orange County, CA: Birds to be Euthanized Liberated in Wetlands appeared first on It's Going Down.The following communique was sent anonymously to It’s Going Down which we republish here.
A cowbird trap was discovered during a late night stroll through the San Joaquin Wetlands in Orange County, CA. Under the light of the moon, wire cutters were used to cut the top off the trap – releasing 6 brown-headed cowbirds into the wild. Government agencies and so-called conservation groups have labeled the brown-headed cowbird as “invasive” and using them as a scapegoat for struggling song-bird populations. Each year hundreds of these traps – usually latter traps containing between 4 to 6 live cowbirds as “decoys” – are set up in parks and wildlife areas throughout Southern California between April and mid-July, where thousands of cowbirds are captured and “euthanized.” These traps are usually unguarded and in many cases held together with nothing more than plastic zip-ties, making them laughably simple to sabotage.
In memory of anarchist Will Van Spronsen who died fighting for real freedom for all and a life worth living.
DR Congo Ebola outbreak declared public health emergency | 17 July 2019 | The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a public health emergency of international concern. But it stressed borders should not be closed, adding that the risk of the disease spreading outside the region was not high.The outbreak in the DRC has killed more than 1,600 people. This week, the first case was detected in Goma, home to more than a million.
MH370 had 'mysterious' 200-pound load added to flight list after takeoff - report | 17 July 2019 | Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had a "mysterious" addition to the flight list after takeoff, according to an engineer whose wife and two children were aboard the ill-fated aircraft when it disappeared in 2014. Ghyslain Wattrelos recently told Le Parisien newspaper that French investigators made the discovery while probing the passengers and baggage reported aboard the airplane. The Boeing 777 carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing vanished March 8, 2014, and is presumed to have crashed in the far southern Indian Ocean. A safety report into the disaster by an international team last July revealed the plane was likely steered off course deliberately by someone and flown for several hours after communications were severed.
Massive heat wave to affect most of US, some temperatures surpassing 90 degrees | 17 July 2019 | A massive heatwave is expected to roast much of the nation through the weekend. The National Weather Service (NWS) this week warned a "scorching heatwave" is expected to affect roughly two-thirds of the nation starting Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. "About a total of 20 to 30 record highs are possible this Friday and Saturday, from the Front Range of the south-central Rockies to the East Coast," the NWS said on Twitter.
19 MS-13 gang members indicted in 'medieval-style' California slayings were in country illegally, officials say
19 MS-13 gang members indicted in 'medieval-style' California slayings were in country illegally, officials say | 17 July 2019 | Nearly all of the members and associates of an MS-13 gang charged in the "medieval-style" slayings of seven people in California were in the country illegally, officials said. The U.S. Attorney's [Nick Hanna] Office in Los Angeles charged 22 people linked to a subset of the vicious gang that's known as the Fulton clique, members of which are suspected in nearly 200 crimes in several states over 9 years, according to a federal indictment released Tuesday. Of the 22 defendants, 19 had entered the country illegally in the past three or four years, according to Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles.
Mondragon operates under the values of participation, innovation, social responsibility, and cooperation. Workers in Mondragon have the right to participate in a democratic decision-making governance structure, are given skill trainings and social safety nets to ensure sustainable employment, and experience a work culture of solidarity and alliances. While the rest of Spain struggled to maintain economic stability after the Great Recession of 2008, areas around Mondragon remained fairly unaffected.
Although Mondragon offers numerous benefits through its distribution of wealth and power, the model is not entirely absent of inequities. The Mondragon Corporation has over 266 business and cooperatives, in 32 countries, but only 98 of those are federated cooperatives, while the rest are international production subsidiaries. Workers in those other locations are not members of the cooperatives, and thus do no participate in democratic governance. This structure has created a group of people, who aren’t owners, but whose labor Mondragon now depends on.
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