How social cooperatives help informal workers

Grassroots Economic Survival - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 16:46
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Does organizing informal workers into their own cooperatives help them? Most certainly. Let me tell you about two poor salt-pan workers from the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK), Gujarat, India; Bhuriben and Samiben.

Bhuriben, a salt-pan worker for more than 25 years, told me what life was like before her cooperative. “At the end of a season, a salt-farmer would be hardly left with 5,000 rupees (US$ 73) to support her family for the entire year.”

So, life was very tough for Bhuriben and over 16,000 salt-pan workers like her in the LRK. They faced two big problems – lack of direct market access that led to exploitatively low prices offered by a traders’ cartel, and the cost of the diesel fuel to operate the pumps needed for salt-farming.

Then, in 1998 something changed. India’s Self Employed Women’s Organization (SEWA) got involved. SEWA brings together more than 1.5 million poor, self-employed women who work in the informal economy. Bhuriben told me what happened next.

“SEWA helped us organize into salt-collectives and provided us with training to produce industrial salt, thereby fetching higher prices. Through our salt-collectives, we also started selling our industrial salt directly to large industries, thereby eliminating the middle-person. Thanks to SEWA and our salt-collectives, our income increased by 30 per cent.”

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What's new with LBC - Summer 2019

Anarchist News - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:12

From Little Black Cart

Welcome to "What's new with LBC" for the Summer of 2019. This spring we did a dash across the country to little effect except for a lovely evening in Lincoln, Nebraska (and a couple days learning to use a chainsaw). Yay for small college towns in the Midwest with a receptive audience! We are trying to start making some video reviews. We plan on some being done by the end of summer. We have produced a new issue of Black Seed, and hope to have issue 8 out by the end of the year--perhaps it will be organized at the Indigenous Anarchist Conference in August in Flagstaff AZ. We have three new book titles for your edification.

New Titles Insurrection Omnibus

''Insurrection'' was a magazine that attempted to articulate a revolutionary perspective in English that largely existed only in Italian (1982 - 1989). It was the work of Jean Weir (Elephant Editions), Alfredo Bonanno, and a host of anon. In their own words...

Capitalism contains deep contradictions that push it towards processes of adjustment and evolution aimed at avoiding the periodic crises that afflict it; but we cannot cradle ourselves waiting for these crises. When they happen they will be welcomed if they respond to the requirements for accelerating the elements of the insurrectional process. In the meantime, for our part, we are preparing ourselves and the exploited masses for insurrection.

In this sense we consider the time is always ripe for the next insurrection. Better a failed insurrection than a hundred vacillations that cause the failure of a hundred occasions from which it might have been possible for the final revolution to break out. We are therefore against those who say that the recent defeat of the revolutionary movement should make us reflect and conclude that we should be more prudent. We consider that the time for insurrection has come precisely because it is always time to fight, whereas procrastinating is useful only for capital. To prepare for insurrection means to prepare the subjective conditions (personal and material) which consent a specific anarchist minority to create the indispensable circumstances for the development of the insurrectional process. Although insurrection is a mass phenomenon, and would risk aborting immediately if it were not, its beginning is always the result of the action of a decided minority, a handful of brave ones capable of attacking the nerve centres of the partial objective to be reached. We must be very clear on this point. The tasks of the anarchist struggle against power can be extremely varied, but all—in our opinion—must be coherently directed towards preparing the insurrection.

In this insurrectionary spirit we publish this omnibus edition (everything short of some 30-year-old, time-sensitive reportbacks).

For the creation of indispensable circumstances!

For more information - Insurrection Omnibus

The Spectacle of Society

'''Everything is Under Review'''

Popular culture seems to insist that each of us takes positions all the time, pro or con, yes or no, either/or. Most of these are choices between two equally stupid options. Wrap yourself in a flag, believe this or that about sex, drugs, responsibility, and fle sharing, and shut your mind. Take one side or another in difficult questions about living in a complicated world that only increases in its complexity. The constant drum of celebrity gossip, manufactured outrage, and drama that completely obfuscates important things is deafening. We are deaf.

This cacophony-induced deafness prevents us hearing the screams of the people of Northern Africa or of Rust-Belt America. It prevents us from taking our own problems seriously, or slowing down from the relentless grind of work, bills, or hearing anything outside the drone of mundanity.

But there are moments when you pause, when you exert your will onto your life for long enough to evaluate the options you are confronted with, and choose none of the above. The first time you see a fork in the road and choose a knife is the moment you realize that you have the power, and ability, to put everything under review. It is your cautious intelligence that frees you from the cacophony of simplification and allows you to begin to question.

When we are not battened down by our shitty jobs or the qualities of our limitations–inability to communicate, lack of resources,

alienation–we can come to our own conclusions. This moment, and the decision to ponder, is precious. Perhaps this is the most precious time we have in our adult lives, when we make real decisions about where ends the world (large and small) and we begin. Where we decide about the things we feel strong enough to say NO to. It is this no that drives the producers of the Anvil.

This project of review essays, at best, uses something real, something labored over and shared with the world, as a way to speak both to that labor and to something else. It could be that a review of the latest pop album addresses the depth and composition of the alienation one feels, or the soaring joy of the ephemeral moment the album demarcates.

For more information - The Spectacle of Society


I want to resist portraying this as a coming-of-age story set in the Greek anarchist space, but it definitely is that. It is also a story of irony and naivete coming up against the cold and boring—and later thrilling and confusing—immersion into “the real world” and what a fantastic and terrifying place it is.

By the beer shop, a couple anarchists sit, dressed in all black, asking, “why did they have to come to our neighborhood?” There is political talk, talk of sex, and too many cigarettes, and of homes, lots of talk of homes. The square is home to some of the people, others came here for jobs that didn’t exist or to escape bombs, and found refuge in the bomb center. Exarchia is a bomb in the middle of Athens. Not only are there plenty of molotovs hurtling through the nights, but the area is gunpowder. Radical ideas, stories, connections, safe houses, and a ‘fuck you’ attitude combine with a complete disillusionment with the government and economic warfare being enacted plainly, a spit in the face, have made Exarchia fertile.

from This is a Piece of the Fiction

For more information - Xoros: Exploring a Time and Place in Greece

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In our continuing (if slow) process of making the website better and easier to use, we now have categories by publisher, which makes searching by publisher possible. Search functions are hard! But we're getting there. Enjoy!

Recent LBC Titles & Distro Items
  1. The Fight for Turtle Island The Fight for Turtle Island edited by Aragorn!: Native anarchist conversations and reflections
  2. BASTARD Chronicles 2018 on hyphenated anarchisms The BASTARD Chronicles 2018
  3. The Totality is Incomplete: Our first book of The Anvil Review reprints starring Alex Gorrion!
  4. Enemy Combatant

    Enemy Combatant: unconventional explorations into anti-authoritarian thought and existence, bring to light forgotten and unknown outliers from history, anti-civilization theory, anarchism, individualism, and egoism, like Tsuji Jun, Eliphalet Kimball, and Arnulf Overland. This project promotes active creation of our realities, through humor, anti-political thought and actions, and relearning/remembering the lessons of people who live now and who have gone before us.

    We feel that revolt today means insisting on enjoying life, so here is no belly-aching or belittling moral condemnation. As far as we're concerned the only organizing to do is a refining of our revolts to maximize the time, space, and pleasure we have left here together.

    As we write this a mailing is being delivered to everyone on the EC mailing list explaining the new conditions for production.

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    Send manuscript proposals to us at info@lbc

    Become an Intern

    In a program that we're really happy with, LBC hosts a new intern every three months. If you are interested in becoming a close friend with LBC and being exposed to the ideas and personalities around the project and our environs, if you've been wanting time and encouragement to work on or start that awesome anarchist project you've had in mind, feel free to reach out to us at our email address for more information. We are currently looking for interns for the whole of 2020!!!

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FBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:16

FBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier | 17 July 2019 | (Opinion) Investigators are trying to ascertain what the British intelligence operative [MI6 agent Christopher Steele and his infamous dossier] told the FBI about his sources, his relation to the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign, his hatred for Donald Trump, his Election Day deadline to get his information public and his leaking to media outlets before agents used his dossier to justify a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on ex-Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. There is evidence Steele told the DOJ in July, and the State Department in October, about all of these flaws in his work, and that State officials even detected blatant inaccuracies in his intelligence. If so, all of that information should have been flagged by the FBI as potentially derogatory information weighing against Steele's use as a source for the FISA warrant. But lest anyone be tempted to think Steele's 2016 dossier is about to be mysteriously revived as credible, consider this: Over months of work, FBI agents painstakingly researched every claim Steele made about Trump's possible collusion with Russia, and assembled their findings into a spreadsheet-like document. The over-under isn't flattering to Steele.

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Cracks In the ICE: History, Abolition & the Path Ahead

It's Goin Down - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 10:10

The post Cracks In the ICE: History, Abolition & the Path Ahead appeared first on It's Going Down.

As this is being written, Abolish ICE protesters have surrounded the DC based ICE headquarters and today it was announced that BNP Paribas, which owns the US based Bank of the West, would be just the latest in a growing collection of big banks such as Bank of America, SunTrust, JP Morgan Chase, and Wells Fargo who have all decided to divest from ICE and pro-profit prisons after a wave of direct actions, bank shut downs, call-in campaigns, and protests.

All of this comes hot on the heels of both a complete and total public relations disaster by the Trump administration following Trump’s racist comments, his lies on Monday morning that the ICE raids were a massive success, and Pence’s trip to a detention facility in Texas, (taking place only hours before over 700 cities saw larger than expected protests), which ended in him singing the praises of the squalid conditions inside while journalists who accompanied him spoke of the horrific overcrowding, stench, and lack of access to basic hygiene and food.

After spending only seconds inside, Pence commented that he “couldn’t be more impressed with the compassionate work that our Customs and Border Protection are doing here,” before stating, “It’s time we moved past the harsh rhetoric of the American left.” This vapid doublespeak however has done nothing to stop the growing anger over the situation in the camps, made worse by the coming to light of secret racist Facebook groups that many Border Patrol agents belonged to online, including the head of their entire agency, Carla Provost.

The Intercept reported that:

[Border Patrol] used the page to joke about migrant deaths and share sexually violent and threatening posts about several Democratic lawmakers, including, in particular, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y. Politico followed up by reporting that senior officials in the Border Patrol, as well as CBP public affairs officials, had known about the group for years and used it as an “intelligence” stream to monitor the sentiment of the workforce. The Intercept then reported that the public revelations sparked an internal purging of the Facebook group’s content, but not before we archived hundreds of posts shared over multiple weeks.

“This victory is perhaps one of the most important wins by autonomous social movements against Trump’s policies since the Muslim Ban, and like the airport blockades, was based around the logic of direct, not symbolic action, and happened in opposition to Democratic Party leadership, not because of it.”

This revelation came after months of open collusion between far-Right border militias and Border Patrol officers, who were video taped working together at the border and officers were even filmed giving tours of the border fence to members of the AZ Patriots, a far-Right group linked to neo-Nazi organizers like Antonio Foreman who attended Unite the Right in Charlottesville.

But while the hood of the Border Patrol, who’s origins trace their history from white vigilanties and surpemacist groups like the KKK, was being pulled off, tens of thousands of people were taking to the streets across the United States in opposition to ICE, migrant detention, and Trumpism.

The result of this continued action, has been powerful. Twice in the past several weeks and in the face of threats of mass deportations, we saw nearly daily actions which led to ICE raids, at least this weekend with only a few exceptions, never materializing on a large scale.

This victory is perhaps one of the most important wins by autonomous social movements against Trump’s policies since the Muslim Ban, and like the airport blockades, was based around the logic of direct, not symbolic action, and happened in opposition to Democratic Party leadership, not because of it.

The growing #AbolishICE movement, since it first kicked off last year with a wave of encampments and occupations, has taken many forms: physical Occupy style blockades and campouts, mass marches, graffiti and wheatpaste, call-in campaigns, “Know Your Rights” trainings and community patrols, pro-divestment protests and rallies, sabotage actions, and the spread of a network of sanctuary spaces. This diversity of tactics has given the movement strength and complete autonomy, as it has largely divorced itself from electoral politics and the control of the Democratic Party apparatus.

As Eric London wrote:

House and Senate Democrats voted in June to provide Trump with $5 billion to fund ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), giving the administration the funds it is now using to conduct raids and lock up children in desert camps.

These votes were not capitulations to Republican demands, but conscious political decisions to provide the police and immigration Gestapo with whatever legal and material powers they require to crush opposition and defend the capitalist status quo.

All talk of halting the persecution of immigrants by pressuring or appealing to the Democratic Party is hopeless illusion or deliberate deception. Those who advocate such a program—most notably the Democratic Socialists of America—are servants of the ruling class whose goal is to channel opposition back into the Democratic Party where it can be rendered harmless.

Democrats and the pro-Democratic media [have given the] White House a blank check to expand its network of concentration camps, intensify its police state tactics and accelerate its program of mass deportations.

In editorial board statements published in Sunday’s print editions of the New York Times and Washington Post, the publishers of the Democratic Party-aligned newspapers effectively endorsed the anti-immigrant pogrom.

The Times statement, titled “All Presidents Are Deporters in Chief,” denounced left-wing opposition to Trump’s attack on immigrants. It declared that “the office [of the presidency] comes with the responsibility to enforce the nation’s laws—laws that require that the borders be secure and that some of the people who aren’t legally authorized to live here be deported, after being afforded due process.”

This “shouldn’t be a provocative assertion,” the Times continued, while condemning “inflamed passions” and opposing those advocating “greater extremes,” including “calls to abolish ICE outright.” The editors concentrated their fire on those on the left who are “flirting with radical changes to the country’s immigration laws,” and concluded by declaring that “the next president has to be ready to assume the role of deporter in chief.”

Thus, this autonomous, radical, and self-organized movement has achieved, at least for now, more than even the most progressive wings of the Democratic Party have – which is nothing. Collectively, this mass resistance has also been strengthened by Trump’s own miscalculations and stupidity, leading to a decisive, albeit for now, victory over the State.

But despite the fact that there has been significant push back against proposed raids, at the same time, thousands still suffer in migrant detention facilities, and the continued need to mobilize and build a movement to liberate them from these prisons grows more dire by the day.

Concentration Camps and Mass Deportations: As American As Apple Pie

The Right has pushed a narrative that, led by Democrats like AOC, “the Left” on the streets is being worked into a frenzy because of extreme rhetoric around “concentration camps.” This type of conspiratorial thinking fits perfectly into their narrative; social movements are simply puppets of politicians and the elites and that those taking action against ICE are really just stupid snowflakes who are worked up over nothing – you know, as opposed to those galaxy brain folks who fall in behind Qanon, Pizzagate, and Trumpism itself.

In reality, people don’t need politicians to see the truth of what is going on, and it is horrific. Making things even more terrible, is the reality that concentration camps and mass deportations as a means of ethnic cleansing have long been a tool used by the US government and past example bare many similarities to what we see being carried out today.

People rounded up during “Operation Wetback.”

Starting in the 1830s, the US began rounding up thousands of Native Cherokee people and placing them in concentration camps, leading to rampant death, starvation, disease, and ultimately the “Trail of Tears.” This was part of a larger process of pushing settlers westward and achieving “Manifest Destiny.” Ideologically, this grab for land was justified because of the need to spread so-called, Western Civilization.

As All That’s Interesting wrote:

As white settlements formed into the American states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida, their borders crossed into Native American land. Natives, then, were viewed as a roadblock in the path of westward expansion. This “Indian Problem,” it was believed, could be resolved through a policy of “civilization.”

“Civilization,” as proposed by Thomas Jefferson, would eradicate the Native American’s way of life and assimilate them into western culture. Jefferson believed that Native Americans were stunted by their “savage” customs and so required missionaries to teach them how to be Anglo-American. If they could be converted to Christianity; learn to speak, read, and write English; as well as dress like whites, eat like whites, and most importantly convert to European notions of individual ownership and commerce then they could be saved.

Andrew Jackson’s motivation was to expand the influence and economic prosperity of the United States. In particular, he wanted to make way for cotton growth on a large scale. Native Americans, consequently, did not fit into this plan for the new southeastern United States.

During the Civil War in Minnesota, the US launched a war against the Dakota people and other indigenous nations, even offering money for indigenous people’s scalps. In December of 1862, thirty eight Dakota warriors were hanged in the largest mass execution on US soil by order of Abraham Lincoln, with hundreds more prisoners being sent to camps in other states. 1,700 Dakota women, children, and elderly were then forced marched to Fort Snelling; as they marched they were violently attacked by white mobs. Once at Fort Snelling, hundreds died as men and women were broken apart and children were forced into boarding schools, forced to learn English and assimilate to Christianity, as authorities sought to ultimately “Kill the Indian…and save the man.”

In New Mexico, at least 4,000 people died due to horrible conditions, starvation, and disease in concentration camps, after 10,000 Najavo people were forced from their land in the “Long Walk” of 1864.

Around the same time in Natchez, Mississippi, Union forces in the South began a system of capturing freed slaves and forcing them to work in concentration camps. As one article wrote:

The Devil’s Punchbowl is a place located in Natchez, Mississippi where during the Civil War; authorities forced tens of thousands of freed slaves to live into concentration camps. Westbrook adds that, “The union army did not allow them to remove the bodies from the camp. They just gave ’em shovels and said bury ’em where they drop.”

According to researcher Paula Westbrook, she researched through Adams County Sheriff’s reports from the time.

“When the slaves were released from the plantations during the occupation they overran Natchez. And the population went from about 10,000 to 120,000 overnight,” Westbrook said.

“So they decided to build an encampment for ’em at Devil’s Punchbowl which they walled off and wouldn’t let ’em out,” Don Estes, former director of the Natchez City Cemetery, said.

Estes said that history research is his life. During his studies he said he learned that Union troops ordered re-captured black men to perform hard labor. Women and children were all but left to die in the three “punchbowls”.

“Disease broke out among ’em, smallpox being the main one. And thousands and thousands died. They were begging to get out. ‘Turn me loose and I’ll go home back to the plantation! Anywhere but there’,” Estes said.

The Devil’s Punchbowl, a concentration camp made up of former slaves help captive by Union troops. Tens of thousands were worked to death.

In the early 1900s, the US exported the use of concentration camps during the Philippine-American war. As part of a counter-insurgency operation against rebels, the US began a scorched earth policy of killing crops, plants, and animals across a wide area, and setting up concentration camps, called reconcentrados, to house Natives, behind US controlled lines. As OZY wrote:

Insurgent fighters captured by U.S. forces were dealt with swiftly through deportation, imprisonment or execution, while tens of thousands of civilians were herded into “zones of protection” to protect them and prevent them from joining guerrilla bands. These “reconcentrados,” or concentration camps, were crowded and filled with disease; as the frustrations of guerrilla warfare grew, many U.S. fighters resorted to some of the brutal retaliatory measures reported in the Ledger. One camp commandant referred to them as the “suburbs of hell.”

The U.S. State Department estimates that around 20,000 Filipino and 4,000 U.S. combatants died in the fighting in the Philippines, and as many as 200,000 Filipino civilians died as a result of violence, famine and disease, with most losses attributable to a cholera epidemic near the end of the war. “The U.S. conquest of the Philippines,” Stanley Karnow claims in In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines, reflecting a common view of historians, “had been as cruel as any conflict in the annals of imperialism.”

In the World War II period under executive order 9066, the US government set up concentration camps for Italian, German, Alaskan Native people, and Japanese Americans. Conditions in the camps were harsh, with some people dying due to medical neglect and others being killed by guards for attempting to escape or walking too close to the fence line. After the end of internment, in many instances people returned to find their homes and belongings had been sold, their jobs gone, and often faced racist violence from white vigilantes and mobs.

In 1950, Democratic Senator Sen. Pat McCarran passed the Emergency Detention Act, which brought about the construction of several concentration camps for the purpose of interning communists, civil-rights activists, and other dissents in the event of a State of Emergency. The camps were never used but up-kept until the 1960s.

As the Densho Encyclopedia wrote:

In December 1952, attorney general J. Howard McGrath designated six potential camp sites under the provisions of Title II. One of them was the Tule Lake site that had been formerly used to detain Japanese Americans.

Ultimately, the law was never invoked and concentration camps were never activated. Despite opposition from civil liberties groups, the waning of anti-communist/Cold War hysteria, and being defunded in 1957, the law remained on the books for nearly twenty years until an ultimately successful effort to repeal it came into being in the late 1960s.

From the Cold War and then into the War on Terror, concentration camps were also put to use from Vietnam, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, not to mention through the spread of the prison-industrial complex, coupled with the growth of migrant detention facilities.

What unites all of these examples however are largely two things: first, the bureaucratic nightmare created by the State which gives rise to conditions of mass starvation, disease, and death by neglect, along with an attempt by the State to justify this reality either as a way to protect the wider public or even “save” those being interned themselves. Then as now, this is presented as a way to defend so-called Western Civilization or America itself. We see this play out in contemporary far-Right discourse all the time, as people like Rush Limbaugh defend the conditions of the current camps, because drinking toilet water is a “step up” for migrants.

But if concentration camps are as American as apple pie, so to then are mass deportations, even of American citizens as long as they are carried out along lines of race, or occasionally, against revolutionary anti-capitalists, such as with the Palmer Raids of 1919 and 1920. A decade later, during the aftermath of the Great Depression, over a million US citizens from Mexican backgrounds were deported, along with many more who were undocumented.

According to

These were the “repatriation drives,” a series of informal raids that took place around the United States during the Great Depression. Local governments and officials deported up to 1.8 million people to Mexico, according to research conducted by Joseph Dunn, a former California state senator. Dunn estimates around 60 percent of these people were actually American citizens, many of them born in the U.S. to first-generation immigrants. For these citizens, deportation wasn’t “repatriation”—it was exile from their country.

The logic behind these raids was that Mexican immigrants were supposedly using resources and working jobs that should go to white Americans affected by the Great Depression. However, modern economists who’ve studied the effect of the 1930s “repatriation drives” on cities argue the raids did not boost local economies. “The repatriation of Mexicans, who were mostly laborers and farm workers, reduced demand for other jobs mainly held by natives, such as skilled craftsman and managerial, administrative and sales jobs,” write economists in a 2017 academic paper circulated by the non-partisan National Bureau of Economic Research. “In fact, our estimates suggest that it may have further increased their levels of unemployment and depressed their wages.”

These raids were then followed by so-called “Operation Wetback,” as a new round of deportations began in the mid-1950s. As wrote:

Operation Wetback, the biggest mass deportation of undocumented workers in United States history. As many as 1.3 million people may have been swept up in the Eisenhower-era campaign with a racist name, which was designed to root out undocumented Mexicans from American society.

The short-lived operation used military-style tactics to remove Mexican immigrants—some of them American citizens—from the United States. Though millions of Mexicans had legally entered the country through joint immigration programs in the first half of the 20th century, Operation Wetback was designed to send them back to Mexico.

Timeline noted:

Rather than dump deportees on the other side of the border, where many would simply cross back over, the U.S. government negotiated with the Mexican government to transport them by train, truck, or plane to southern Mexico, hundreds of miles away. Since many of the deportees were from other places, this stranded them, without connections or access to money or food. For the sake of speed, civil rights went out the window. As during the massive deportation push of the 1930s, when more than half a million U.S. citizens were deported, hundreds of Americans who could not quickly produce proof of citizenship were swept up in Operation Wetback’s dragnet and hauled off to Mexico.

As with concentration camps, looking back at the mass deportation campaigns of the 30s and 50s, we can see commonalities. First, the push for mass deportations was grounded in a desire to physically ethnically cleanse the United States, although it was often sold to the American people along economic lines or through the creation of a manufactured anti-social threat. Second, these raids were carried out quickly, sloppily, and done with the full knowledge that they were sweeping up many actual American citizens in the process and trampling on people’s rights.

We see the same realities at play today, as the current concentration camps are marred in thousands of people lacking access to basic hygiene, food, a place to sleep, legal representation, and water. These are victims of a brutality largely defined by systemic antipathy and bureaucratic negligence. Meanwhile, like the mass sweeps of the past, today they are carried out due to an ideological drive, namely from white nationalist think tanks like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), and not because of some sort of actual crisis caused by migrants living in the United States.

Examples of the outcome of these policies is everywhere, from people being forced to drink out of toilets, being punished with sleep deprivation techniques, not being allowed to bathe for weeks at a time, forcing toddlers to choose between which parent they want to be separated from, the rising amount of deaths, the looming threat of disease, to the rampant reports of sexual abuse and assault.

These atrocities, from the tens of thousands who have perished in American concentration camps over the decades, to those who have died in an attempt to make it across the desert, to those now anguishing inside the camps now, are all based around creating an entire state of exception; the suspension of the rule of law over an entire population in the name of the supposed “public good,” based simply upon a person’s skin color, what neighborhood they live in, and their family background.

This is done to make the job of the State that much easier, but also prepare the rest of the population for what could possibly come next.

Fort Snelling Cherokee concentration camp.

Setting Hell on Fire

To make a complete timeline or catalogue of actions for the #AbolishICE will be a task for a later date, however the movement has largely been both abolitionist in the sense that its overall goal is the complete dismantling of ICE (and for many others, the entire State structure). Beyond that, the tactics used by the movement have by and large been based in direct action, as opposed to symbolic actions such as passive candle light vigils, permitted marches that go in circles, or attempts to build support for Democrats in the upcoming 2020 election. There was an attempt to push the movement in that direction last Friday as many liberals were organizing and leading the #Lights4Liberty protests, but the fact that so many exploded into expressions of organic outrage and anger, showed that this simply was not going to be the case.

#JewsAgainstICE still blockading the Atlanta ICE Field Office! We’re not moving because every day that ICE is “just doing their job” is another day of roundups, concentration camps, family separation, & terror for our undocumented neighbors.

Take Action:

— ✡️ Never Again Action ✡️ (@NeverAgainActn) July 15, 2019

Furthermore, the acceptance if not embrace of the actions of Willem Von Spronsen, and the sentiment that direct action is needed to physically stop this from happening, has caused many liberals to at least acknowledge that direct forms of resistance in a situation such as this are in fact, acceptable if not outright needed.

Over all the #AbolishICE movement has utilized a wide variety of tactics, yet they broadly can been lumped into several categories: disruption, divestment, community organizing, and sabotage.

We have literally trapped DHS officers on the street outside the employee parking garage. We’re chanting “there are no excuses for human rights abuses.”#ShutDownICE #NeverAgainAction

— Sophie Ellman-Golan (@EgSophie) July 16, 2019

As we saw last summer, and with lessons learned from Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, and antifascist mobilizations – disruption, blockading, and the physical shutting down of infrastructure is key to stopping the State from being able to continue to carrying out its maneuvers. This was clear last summer, when the Abolish ICE camps shut down ICE centers for weeks, as it was today, when ICE HQ was shut down and employees scrambled out of the building. Such actions show the power of mass mobilization and the ability to impact bureaucratic and top-down systems that already are in crisis and deeply unpopular.

Many groups have also adopted a strategy of divestment, which as mentioned earlier has already led to large banks such as Bank of America, SunTrust, Bank of the West, and many more, divesting from private prisons. Other campaigns have also gained steam, such as against Amazon’s contracts with ICE, as well as Planatir, a mega-tech company which has massive deals with ICE.

Activists protest in front of Amazon’s SF HQ on #PrimeDayAmazon to call for the company to break ties with ICE. @KRON4MKelly

— Maureen Kelly (@KRON4MKelly) July 15, 2019

Many groups have also been heavily involved in bread and butter community organizing; putting on Know Your Rights workshops, distributing information to impacted communities, setting up social media accounts, phone trees, and community response systems. In some instances that we know about, this type of organizing has had a big impact, with reports coming in of many people refusing to cooperate with ICE after they failed to produce a warrant.

Lastly, there’s been a small trickle of direct acts of sabotage, from people putting glue into ATMs of banks profiting off ICE prisons, the leaking or hacking of private info related to ICE, graffiti and wheatpaste campaigns, and of course Williem Von Spronsen’s final attempt at throwing a wrench into the deportation machine. While these actions, all aimed at property, not human life, have remained small in number, at the same time have represented yet another set of tactics being used in the broader struggle.

What unites all of these tactics visions, is the realization that the time to act is now. As the anarchist Jean Weir once wrote, “The secret is really to begin” and as anarchist historian Mark Bray pointed out, the point is not to fight fascism when it gets to the point of concentration camps, but to fight it so that such things never come to pass. The present moment offers us both a clarity of what horrors may lay just on the horizon: mass deportations which could lead to full scale slaughter, camps riddled with disease and death, children continuously torn from their families for years and decades, and moreover the proliferation of the concentration camp system into more and more facets of social life with more and more people being brought under the state of exception.

Thus at our present moment, there is no reason not to act, and act now. There is also every reason to fight, and fight hard, to stop the horrors that have yet to come to fruition from ever seeing the light of day as well as against the nightmare that’s already here.

Camps in the Desert, Lines in the Sand

Trump is entrenching himself further and further into the camp of boomer resentment and white identity politics, while Steve Bannon dreams of Trumpism representing a return of manufacturing jobs (“economic nationalism”), a border wall (“national sovereignty”), and an end to foreign wars (“isolationism”), has been put to bed as a total failure.

While unemployment is low and profits are up, this is because people are working more for less pay, and the GDP is rising because of this austerity model. This is compounded by a mass restructuring of the tax system along with cuts to environmental and worker regulations; all which benefit a small elite class and have transferred, thanks to the government, mass amounts of wealth out of the hands of poor and working-class. and into those of the elites. Socialism indeed.

Far from bringing ‘manufacturing jobs back’ (since 2000, more than 80% of jobs lost has been to automation, not corporate globalization and outsourcing) many staple blue collar jobs on currently on the chopping block to be automated. Far from ending imperialist interventions into other countries, Trump has in fact put more money into the war machine and brought the US into increased tensions with more countries. On top of that, his policies only will exasperate the problems; from US intervention to climate change, that are leading so many people to migrate.

But while Trump has failed on all these fronts, he hasn’t lost his core base that is enthralled with his open racism and mysogyny; his ability to “trigger the libs.” Going into 2020, this seems to be Trump’s campaign strategy as well, simply holding onto that base and hoping that enough voters on the other side lose interest long enough for him to pull off a repeat of 2016.

Meanwhile, in response to the success of the #AbolishICE movement this weekend, Trump has now pushed forward new rules that will not allow people to apply for asylum if they cross over another country without apply there first.

As one report wrote:

“The Trump administration is today implementing an “interim final rule” drafted by the US Justice and Homeland Security Departments that will effectively seal the US southern border to men, women and children seeking asylum from violence and repression in Central America and beyond.

In yet another assertion of untrammeled executive power, Trump’s asylum decree rides roughshod over both US and international law.

The interim rule orders US border officials to summarily deny asylum to anyone who “enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border after failing to apply for protection in a third country outside the alien’s country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which the alien transited en route to the United States.”’

This means that those attempting to apply for asylum at ports of entry along the US southern border will simply be asked if they applied for asylum in Mexico or Guatemala and, if they say no, will be turned away. Meanwhile those crossing the Rio Grande and the desert and turning themselves in to the border patrol will be deported on the same grounds without any semblance of due process.

While various groups are now launching law suits against the Trump administration, what is clear is that Trump and the rest of the racket that is the political class is more than willing to let the situation get even worse. In many ways, an escalation along the border benefits both corporate parties, with Trump appealing to his base and the Democrats helping fund Trump’s operation but putting on a show of looking disgusted and surprised.

The task remains on everyday people who are coming together everywhere and taking action against ICE and its world of bureaucratic misery to continue the struggle forward and see it through to the end: abolition.

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Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 04:09

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99 | 16 July 2019 | Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has died at the age of 99, ABC News has confirmed. "Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Paul Stevens, died this evening at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, of complications following a stroke he suffered on July 15. He passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side. He was 99 years old," the Supreme Court said in a statement.

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Green files articles of impeachment against Trump, setting up floor vote

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 03:51

Green files articles of impeachment against Trump, setting up floor vote | 16 July 2019 | Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) filed articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday under a process that will force a House floor vote by the end of this week. Green introduced his articles of impeachment after the House passed a resolution largely along party lines condemning Trump for [a controversial tweet]. Green said that the House should go beyond condemning Trump and move to remove him from office.

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Trump pledges probe into Google 'treason' claim

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 03:25

Trump pledges probe into Google 'treason' claim | 16 July 2019 | President Donald Trump on Tuesday said his administration will look into tech investor Peter Thiel's accusation that Google may be committing treason through its work in China, suggesting he may urge the Justice Department to launch an investigation into the matter. Thiel, a prominent Trump supporter and Facebook board member, on Sunday accused Google of "engag[ing] in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military," according to Axios. Thiel later criticized the company's approach to China as "very peculiar" during a Monday night interview on Fox News.

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Dems override House rules to allow Pelosi to refer to Trump's tweets as 'racist'

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 02:52

Dems override House rules to allow Pelosi to refer to Trump's tweets as 'racist' | 16 July 2019 | The House voted along party lines to allow Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call President Donald Trump's tweets about minority Democratic lawmakers "racist" in the Congressional Record on Tuesday, overriding a parliamentary ruling and GOP objections.
Pelosi's comments were initially ruled "out of order" on the floor itself, a small victory for the Republicans during a tense day in which both sides exchanged accusations of racism, hypocrisy and indecorous behavior unworthy of Congress or the country.The drama over Pelosi's comments played out before the House voted 240-187 to condemn Trump's weekend tweets about four Democratic members of color -- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. All 235 Democrats were joined by four Republicans and Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) in backing the measure.

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¡Punky Mauri Presente!

Anarchist News - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 02:13

From The Anarchist Library via Madre Tierra[ES]


The night has already advanced. It is not so cold for all the clothes that obscure our image, but that does not matter, the wind refreshes our rapid advance. We are on time. Everything so far goes well. We are alone, alone as ever and as always. Through the gloomy and battered streets we surround the prison factory. We approach. The next stop is near. In my mind I review the agreed plan …

“A greeting from Libertad” - [1]

After a holiday that anticipated a long weekend for many, the city of Santiago went to sleep in the cold early morning of May 22, 2009. A sector of Avenida Matta remained quiet, away from the lights and bustle of business premises. Only two cyclists advance as diffuse silhouettes for different security cameras.

The advance is interrupted when the silhouettes are separated and one of them gets off the bike to fix something in their backpack. A large flash then cuts the footage.

The noise of a powerful explosion echoes through the streets, confusion awakens the place, launching police alerts.

In the middle of Ventura Lavalle Street, almost on the corner with Artemio Gutiérrez, a body already lifeless is wrapped in a trail of gunpowder, beside a revolver with a single bullet, beyond a black bicycle waiting to continue the trip. Only a few meters away is the Gendarmerie School, where the jailers receive indoctrination and specialization.

The police, the press, firemen and neighbors are taking over the place. After the initial confusion, the first inspections give light of what happened. A man had been killed by the detonation of an explosive device he was carrying, the target of the attack was the jailers’ compound.

Photographers of the press approach the body and record the first images, broadcast without a filter to terrorize, macabre and false details spread by the media as the hours pass.

After cordoning off the area, the criminalist team of Carabineros goes collecting the evidence, photographing and assigning a number to each piece raised. As there was no identification document, they make fingerprint registration to find the identity. They get it in the course of the morning.

The dead man is Mauricio Morales, 27, an anarchist, whose file includes arrests in anarchist demonstrations. By the press his tattoos are described with meticulousness. It is almost noon on May 22, 2009.

The first raids on his blood family begin. The hunt is already unleashed.


“If the press had been able to shed blood through the screen, I would have done it, but even so, that blood would have continued to be a warrior, never subdued and that high pride was what bothered them the most”

Macul with Greece- [2]

The communication companies spared no adjectives to describe the place, inventing rough passages. The exhibition of the body and its wounds reached levels that are only understood within the logic of state terrorism.

At 1:30 p.m., in the mid-day newscasts, they spread the identity of Mauri, with his passport photograph, also indicating that he belonged to a group occupying a squatter house in the center of Santiago.

For months, the police investigations into the series of explosive attacks against symbols of power and banking had focused their sights on squatting, especially in some, where propaganda and anarchic agitation were constant.

Then, almost simultaneously with the delivery of the name of Mauri, two raids occur in downtown Santiago. Carabineros raided a private house, which functioned as a social center and the Investigative Police raided the squat “La Idea,” from where detainees were taken.

News teams televised and covered the raids, while talking about “advances in research.” Among pompous declarations, they affirm that the comrade of Mauri, who fled wounded, would be identified and their capture was described as “imminent.”

The Investigative Police took the detained comrades to one of their barracks; there they tried to interrogate some of them. They were asked about the person accompanying Mauri. They asked for a name that at least they “imagined” that it could be, to which they were denied sharply. They were thus pressured “if they do not cooperate we will show them photographs of how the body was.” For the police, Mauri’s body became a trophy, with which they wanted to hit the whole environment.

There was a media feast with the death of Mauri, inquiring about his life, his family, his behavior in the university and even highlighting that he maintained debts with a commercial house, looking to ridicule him at all costs.

Teams of a television channel were approaching the compañerxs and family that waited for the delivery of the body in the outskirts of the Legal Medical Service; they tried to get an interview with the same old and hackneyed argument “we want to give them the opportunity to defend him, to explain what he did, they are saying very ugly things… ” They kicked and shoved them back.

The same night of May 22 from a news channel appeared a crude interview of two alleged comrades of Mauri, who with their faces covered and with distorted voice would account for the “plan” of the comrade, with an absurd and meaningless script. This is perhaps one of the most pathetic and pitiful passages, which serves as a barometer of hatred inspired by the figure of anyone who attempts, even at the risk of their life, to oppose those that dominate and their order.


“Comrades, we are very clear and aware of what is going to happen now, we know that difficult days and months are coming. But we also know that the pain and sadness of our brother’s departure can not paralyze us. We remember insistently that he died in combat, that the offensive has various forms, that no one is worth more than another. We appeal then, that the beautiful flame of his anarchist heart propagate the irreducible desire to annihilate this reality.

His body today remains a prisoner in the hands of the police and his mercenaries, but the energy of his life remains with us, with the comrades who together with him and in different ways confronted those that want to transform us into slaves.”

“A warrior has died but our fire does not go out” - [3]

The two raided houses were about 15 blocks away, in the middle of both was the Social Center Okupado and Sacco and Vanzetti library, a place where Mauri lived and whose comrades decided to face the possible raid and shake the waters of memory.

Encapuchadxs (“hooded ones”) from the roof faced the first police cars that arrived at the place, in minutes, the street was cordoned off, while the press staked out the best places.

But as the carrion arrived, comrades were also arriving, from different points, many compas were present, many who did not know Mauri, but were moved by a genuine solidarity impulse and decided to contribute.

At mid afternoon the first clashes with the press are recorded–memorable is the beating of a television crew, which moments after generated the arrest of some compañerxs. With daring, the press was expelled from the place, bringing out complicity, resistance and the offensive.

It was not about defending a house or the comrades who from the roof challenged the power, it was about defending the memory of Mauri, cutting off the stillness of May 22. A comrade had left, a brother, but it was not tears that were going to be given to the press and the police: there was pain, but there was no defeat.

An urgent and collective feeling of defense of the comrade was the spark that lit the fuse; Mauri unwittingly operated as a catalyst for anarchic sedition.

Perhaps the beauty of that long day full of chaotic feelings is in the way of facing the death blow and the police hunt.

Instead of silence, submission and retreat, the response was resistance and offensive, expelling the press from the outskirts of the Sacco and Vanzetti squat, joining several comrades to build barricades and face the police attack.

That is the beauty of confrontation. Just in moments where the powerful and their multiple characters yearned to see defeat expanded, the bold way to face that moment was the best propaganda of anarchy and companionship.

After 10 PM, almost a hundred comrades were meeting in front of the “Sacco,” from one of its windows a speaker played the music that Mauri listened to, the songs he sang when his voice (and laughter) accompanied the night.

Understanding the progress of the police cars, the comrades in the street decided to go out to raise barricades throughout the neighborhood. A combat that lasted for hours began, moving around the sector, looking for the main arteries. It was a night of multiple flares.

There were detainees, fellow combatants and various attempts by the Carabineros to enter the squat, but even when they threw water and gases, they finally did not enter. From the roof they waited anxiously …

In the early morning lights, the barricades still smoked and every wall in the neighborhood remembered Mauri. The seed of black memory was thus sown.


“Today, the State, the police, the economic and intellectual management of this country show their ineptitude by attacking houses, raising crude statements, repeating the images of blatant political persecution–whether democratic or dictatorial does not matter.”

“A greeting of freedom” - [4]

Hundreds of comrades came to the funeral from different corners, many still without declaring complete affinity with the ideas and actions of Mauri, demonstrated with their sole presence respect, solidarity and camaraderie.

Again in moments where the “rational” dictated to take shelter, as far as possible so as not to be hit with the police attack, anarchists gathered to dismiss the physical body of the comrade.

Canvases, hoods and will were accompanied by the coffin that, very much in line with Mauri’s ideas, had an engraving that read “Neither god nor master.” The blood family decided to get out of the cars and walk along the road to the cemetery, advancing together with all the comrades. The aim was to prevent the police cars from cutting off and isolating the coffin at all costs.

After the funeral some barricades were erected in the vicinity of the cemetery, without there being any arrests at the site. The press watched from a distance, being able to obtain some near images only in the outskirts of the house of the blood family.

The echoes of the clashes after the death of Mauri overcame any distance, taking the news to different territories, from where they were expressing solidarity, contributing to the expansion of memory.

The police and journalistic presence around squatting was permanent, intensifying the controls that existed before 22 May. The power, through harassment, sought to provoke the closure of the spaces, because it understood the contribution they meant for the propagation of anti-authoritarian ideas / actions.

Carabineros and the Police of Investigations disputed the protagonism in the case, elaborating different theories, that finally implied the presence of both policemen in the environment of Mauri. Even so, no path led to his companion.

The break between the blood family and Mauri’s comrades that the police could not achieve at first was obtained over the months. Police psychologists were advising the blood family, taking advantage of them, guiding and guiding their pain towards the path that suited the investigation.

So finally, from a family member, the police obtain a statement with a list of people possibly accompanying Mauri, who would also be “guilty” of their decision to attack, their ideas and actions against the authority.

All this would be known only in 2010, when in the framework of the infamous “Bombs Case,” many of their comrades faced accusations from the power.

In a twisted and contrived thesis of the prosecution, there was an illicit terrorist organization, with a criminal plan studied to spread terror through direct actions. In this organization there were supposed leaders and a defined structure, with established roles. And as the icing on the cake, the prosecution argued that to carry out the “criminal plan” those accused raised “facades” of squatting, called in fiscal delirium as centers of power.

Mauri and 14 other compañerxs were organized as part of this illicit terrorist organization. During the endless audiences is where the declaration of part of the blood family comes to light. It was a hard and bitter moment, because beyond all the media and police feast after his death, finally part of his nuclear family not only trampled his life and anarchic values, but also denied his individual strength and collaborated with the eternal enemies of Mauri: the defenders of authority.

At a distance of years, the course of events may seem tragicomic, with its twists and turns of investigation, but the truth is that they managed to dismantle environments, with fear and wear, and also evicted the squat. More than 10 compañerxs from Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested for several months; they extended the trial for more than a year and during the trial they exhibited-once again-photographs of Mauri’s dead body, detailing each wound. It is without a doubt regrettable that this last fact did not find resistance, however minimal.

Finally, the trial ended with the acquittal of all the accused. Thus, for that moment, the attempt to judicialize a wide anarchic environment and to resolve, at least by police, the death of Mauri ended.


“When death unexpectedly surprises us, it’s the people who wonder about the “meaning” of these deaths… The dead cannot answer us; only their lives and actions can give us clues about what motivated our brothers to be as they were…”

Gabriel Pombo da Silva- [5]

A little over three months after his death, his squatting comrades edited a text, compiling a large part of his writings, songs, stories and poems. The intention is to collectively share their reflections and ideas, so that they can spread to other comrades and Mauri will not remain locked in his inner circle.

In the middle of the hunt, in a generous gesture, different compañerxs were contributing with songs, writings, interviews or letters that had left. Mauri was not a treasure that had to be kept for himself, hiding it from the eyes of the rest, nor was he the martyred hero whose figure was rising above others. It was the opposite and he was always claimed as a comrade.

After the journalistic attack, with its multiple defamations, among pompous police statements that tried to describe him, it was important to rescue the comrade. Avoid reinterpretations and make it possible for Mauri himself in the first person through his multiple writings, to be closer to other comrades and environments.

There are compañerxs whose deaths are explained by the life they decided to live. The gesture of editing a book with his writings, is framed precisely in enabling those who were not close to the comrade, to know the transit of his way, the different paths that led him to be who he was, the life decisions that finally bring him closer to death.

Thus Punky Mauri was expanding among comrades, traveling thousands of kilometers, speaking different languages, but with a common black language. Their experiences, values and ideas flew, tearing down the borders of time and geography. There was decision and persistence in which the flame of his life did not go out.

The black memory was acquiring wide and varied ways to spread and infect new comrades. In that transit, every gesture was and is a contribution. Without leaders, we are all called to tirelessly seek to contribute to this propagation, in the way we create most accurately. There is not an official memory, but multiple gestures to continue the way that Anarchy lives.


“Four years? I think it’s an infinity, but it was also nothing when Culmine sent me the news of that May 22, along with a newspaper clipping with his photo. Just a piece of paper, an image already marked by time, destined quickly to decompose? Yes, but also much more!

It is the symbol of an indelible memory, it is a dear and intimate image, one of the truly few that up to now, always remains stuck to the wall of the cell. It is a symbol of a relationship with the warrior Mauri and his warrior tribe, imprinted with fire always quiet and secure in my heart and in my mind. Beyond any border, distance, repression, and death! “

Marco Camenisch- [6]

It is already 10 years since Mauri’s death; it is almost inevitable to do a retrospective, analyze how it happened and face different facts.

To rescue of the beauty of certain moments of confrontation, highlighting the permanent presence of solidarity, agitation and the spread of memory.

There have not been 10 years of quiet or silent memory, it has been a time where collective memory gestures have been raised from different territories, as an idea / action that tends to propagate the life that Mauri was forging, his decision to confront the established, his active negation of any authority, at the same time that inseparably Anarchy and Chaos continue spreading like vital force.

The departure of Mauri became the meeting point between many other comrades. A meeting point to take off to new challenges; there lies the vitality of memory: it is not the static photography of a moment of confrontation; it is the present that we are building, nourished by the experiences of other comrades, as well as our own interests and longings. So we are projecting the way.

After the passage of death and the police hunt, we affirm ourselves in the proud decision not to back down, nourishing the smile with the certainty that power could impose neither silence nor submission. It could not stop the offensive dimension of our black memory, which fights resignation and fear, only functional to authority.

Punky Mauri has been present on the street all this time, because those who remember him are not far from the paths of struggle, a memory does not rise from the path of comfort, but from the very terrain of combat against domination.

There has been no victimization, nor any attempt to whitewash his memory. Mauri is not the innocent who falls into a montage, he was an anarchic being who dared to challenge the imposed. He died as he chose to live. He is not a hero or an idealized martyr, he is just another companion, with defects and virtues, successes and mistakes, whose life decisions were spreading fire in anarchic hearts.

In these years there have been various repressive moves, many comrades have been imprisoned, some have managed to get out of the cages, others have received long sentences. Some compañerxs have gone, they have tired, others are coming and in their happy rage they bring new energy.

Many of those who today actively remember Mauri have known him after his death, feeling close and comradely through what he was forging in life. There has been a generational transfer of memory, like a black fiber that connects us and our brother. On the street today he continues laughing in other laughs, with total vitality. His ideas are still tools with which to resist and attack what they try to submit to us.

Ten years after his death, Mauri remains among us, impregnated with new accomplices. He is still present in the fight, generating the contempt of the police and the press, we see it in its crude exposure and discredit campaigns.

Years go by, but our dead in war are still with us.

Good Trip Mauri

Nothing has finished, everything continues

"Something always remains. They say that ideas are indelible. Here and there and everywhere. Not just you, not just us, all of you. All and forever. We still have a way ahead." [7]

[1] Communiqué written by three action groups on May 23, 2009, greeting companion Mauricio Morales.

[2] Excerpted from the book “Macul con Grecia. Fire in the hands against the Authority.”

[3] Communiqué written by the Social Center Okupado Sacco and Vanzetti on May 22, 2009.

[4] Communiqué written by three action groups on May 23, 2009, greeting companion Mauricio Morales.

[5] Text published in 2013.

[6] Text published in 2013.

[7] Writings of comrades Yanis Skuludis, Sokratis Tzifkas (Avlona Minors Prison), Mpampis Tsilianidis, Dimitris Dimtsiadis (Koridallos Prison). May 22, 2011. Tags: Mauricio Moraleschile
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Portland, OR: Vigil Outside of ICE Detention Center July 17th

It's Goin Down - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 00:00

The post Portland, OR: Vigil Outside of ICE Detention Center July 17th appeared first on It's Going Down.

Call from Occupy ICE PDX for a vigil outside of the Portland ICE Detention Center on July 17th.

On July 17th, at 8:30pm OccupyICEpdx will be hosting an outdoor vigil beside Portland’s ICE Detention Center located at 4310 SW Macadam Ave. Join us as we remember a fallen comrade Willem Van Spronsen, a person who gave their life in order to stop the seperation of North Western families. Let us also honor and mourn all migrants and assylum seekers killed by today’s harsh immigration policies.

Before we begin the much needed work of strengthening our communities resistence to ICE, let us honor the actions of Van Spronsen and mourn their loss. We must close Portland’s ICE Detention Center and North West Detention Center, then  keep shutting them down until they are all abolished. As Maru Mora Villalpando from La Resistencia said “If this place wasn’t here (NWDC), that person would be alive today. People have died because of the detintion center and people keep dieing because of immigration enforcement.” We are the fire that Will melt ICE!

The vigil begins at 8:30pm with an Indigenous land acknowledgement, followed by the reading of William Van Spronsen’s manifesto. We will finish the event with a few chants that hopefully have us walking away from the vigil feeling joyfully revolutionary.

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Italy: Operation “Panico” Call for international active solidarity, supporting prisoners and legal expenses

Anarchist News - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:58


On the 01/01/2017, an explosive device placed in front of a fascist bookshop in Florence (Italy), explodes causing serious injuries to a cop, who loose a hand and an eye.

It's been 2 years that 3 of our anarchist comrades are locked away in jail, following the so called Operation Panico, with no proof other than the dna one.

Another bunch of comrades are accused of criminal association related to some direct actions happened during year 2016, while 2 squats in Florence are evicted (Villa Panico and Riottosa).

On the 22/07/2019 we are expecting the 1st grade of the sentence.

This wants to be a call for international active solidarity, supporting prisoners and legal expanses, always besides our comrades in jail!

Solidarity is a weapon!

Freedom for Paska, Ghespe and Giova!

Youssra Ramadan

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Pittsburgh, PA: Noise Demonstrations Fight Corporation Behind Mountain Valley Pipeline

Anarchist News - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:54

From It's Going Down

The following action report details noise demonstrations outside the home of a former CEO connected to the building of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and at a shareholder meeting.

In the early morning hours of July 10th, a protest was held outside the home of the now former EQT Corporation CEO Robert McNally in the town of Wexford, PA. EQT Corporation is the largest fracking company in the United States and is responsible for the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline that communities in the Mid-Atlantic region have been resisting since it was announced.

At the action, McNally hid in his two million dollar home while the protesters banged on drums, blared cars horns, and shouted chants and obscenities at him. Police didn’t arrive until a half hour later to tell the protestors they were being “too loud for this hour of the night.”

About 8 officers arrived on the scene and also attracted the attention of a local news team that covered the protest. No arrests were made although the protesters did have fun taunting the police who were basically powerless to do anything since no real criminal activity had taken place (at least not by the protestors).

Later in the morning a second noise demo was held along with a banner drop in downtown Pittsburgh to protest the annual shareholder meeting of EQT. Members of EQT’s board and other shareholders were forced to go around the demo while protestors chanted “1-2-3, Fuck EQT” as they banged on buckets and scrap metal to make as much of a disturbance as possible. After the meeting it was announced that McNally would be removed as CEO due to a successful proxy fight by shareholders who wanted to gain control of the company. Rest assured we will be at their homes soon enough

Report from: Unity Division, a Pittsburgh-based anarchist collective dedicated to street theater and direct action to promote systemic change.

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Florence, Italy: Last hearings of the trial for the “Panico” operation

Anarchist News - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:50

The hearings from 15 to 18 July, 2019, are confirmed, but due to the absence of one of the judges the sentence (scheduled for July 22nd) could slip, by a maximum of one week, apparently.
For Giova, Paska and Ghespe under house arrest, was asked the transport by their own means for the hearings, therefore without an escort. For Paska has also been asked to temporarily move house arrest to a house near Florence.

As regards presences in the courtroom, Paska should therefore be present at all hearings. Giova and Ghespe will certainly not come to the hearing on the 15th, but for the following ones they still haven’t decided.
We remember that the hearings will be:
15 July – Deposition of the digos [“political police”] on the last part of the environmental interceptions.
16 July – Public prosecutor indictment and civil parties.
17 and 18 July – Defensive harangues.
22 (?) July – Reading of the device (sentence).
All will start at 9.00 am, in room 28 (basement) at the courthouse in Novoli (Florence).
Note: During the course of the month of June 2019 the three imprisoned anarchists, Paska, Giovanni and Salvatore (Ghespe), were transferred from the prisons of Viterbo and Sollicciano (Florence) to house arrest.

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Anarchist Prisoner Luis Fernando Sotelo to be Released

Anarchist News - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:42

Luis Fernando Sotelo, anarchist political prisoner in Mexico City, is set to be released on July 12th after 4 years and eight months in prison.

Luis Fernando Sotelo Zambrano was arrested alongside Sergio Pérez Landero on November 5, 2014, near University City in Mexico City, following the Third Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa. During the demonstration, a Metrobús station and a Metrobús (a rapid transit bus service) were burned.

The following day, Sergio was released for lack of evidence, while 20-year-old student Luis Fernando was charged with several major crimes and sent to South Prison (Reclusorio Sur) in Mexico City where for a time he was held in solitary confinement.

Luis Fernando was involved in various political projects, including the Ollin Meztli Collective, the ik’ otik Cooperative, the Network Against Repression and for Solidarity, and is an adherent to the Zapatista’s Sixth Declaration.

In 2016, Sotelo and several other prisoners participated in a hunger strike in solidarity with the prison strike underway in the United States against prison slavery and in support of the revolts against the killing of African-Americans by police.
Statement by Campaign for the Freedom of Luis Fernando Sotelo:

To the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

To the National Indigenous Congress, Indigenous Governing Council

To the National and International Sixth

To the Left Independent Popular Organization Francisco Villa

To the Compañerxs in Solidarity

To Our Families

Since November 5th, 2014, for more than four years, we have received solidarity from you all, to accompany the struggle for the freedom of Luis Fernando Sotelo Zambrano. The possibility of having Luis in the streets with us is possible thanks to the effort of the legal-political struggle that we have carried out against state repression.

Since November 5th when Luis was arbitrarily detained, even as the repression beat us again and again, Los Otros Abogadoz and Luis, you all, us, we never gave up. Each time we resisted, with a legal appeal, a protest and/ or the closing of the courthouse. In consequence, his sentence was reduced from long-term confinement that sought to rob him of his entire life, to his upcoming release.

To all of those who were there during these four years and eight months with your expressions of solidarity; the mobilizations, publications, economic donations, letters, music, food, forums that you all organized, coffee, honey, fanzines, psychological support, medical support, opening spaces to us in your community assemblies, “encanto del condón,” from the other side of the Atlantic, with your documentaries, engravings, hunger strikes, paintings, serigraphy, hand crafts, organic products, dance…to you all we thank you infinitely. With what you put together to accompany and sustain this struggle, we learned from your solidarity in practice and not only in words.

To those who were not there but who took the stage, who took the microphone, who waved the flag “our prisoners”, who spoke the name of Luis…to you all we say, thank you because we learned who are and who aren’t our compañerxs.

Today, after all of this, we inform you all that our compañero Luis Fernando Sotelo will be released.


The struggle for freedom does not end with the freedom of Luis. There exists many more imprisoned compañerxs and we are clear that we can only build another world when we are all free!



Campaign for the Freedom of Luis Fernando Sotelo


via Anarchist Black Cross Federation

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BASTARD Series kicks off in Oakland this Saturday!

Anarchist News - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:34

For nearly two decades, members of the Berkeley Anarchist Study Group have been organizing the annual BASTARD Conference — a day-long gathering of autodidacts, vagabonds, and pseudo intellectuals discussing anarchy and related shenanigans. This year, we’re trying something a little different... Introducing the BASTARD Series!

This will be a once-monthly series of presentations and conversations featuring members of the Study Group and some of our favorite minds from “the milieu” bringing you that raw shit you know and love.

Kicking things off for this first month is our good friend (and yours) Rydra Wrong! You already know this guy from Free Radical Radio and surf spots far & wide. His presentation, titled “Boundlessness: On playing out the game without a reason”, darts between thinkers as disparate as Max Stirner, Michel Serres, and Milan Kundera while exploring what it means to engage in self-creation and a relational ontology from Rydra’s unique nihilist-inflected perspective. Whether you’re a philosophy nerd, a lifestyle anarchist, or a crustified oogle, this evening will have you kissing the void and loving it...

Join us for the first of many upcoming evenings of conviviality and conversation amongst Bay Area anarchists!

Saturday, July 20, 7-9pm
@ The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St in downtown Oakland
Free and open to all, though donations to benefit the venue and future presenters are appreciated

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Total Liberation!

Anarchist News - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:22

From Signal Fire

“It seems every generation thinks theirs will be the most remarkable, yet ours might just be the first that turns out to be right. To say this century is the most crucial our species has ever faced is actually an understatement: we’re dealing with the most significant crisis life in general has ever faced, even amidst billions of years of evolution.”

Introducing our first publication, in collaboration with Active Distribution:

Total Liberation offers a holistic revolutionary strategy aimed at dismantling all forms of hierarchy – an insurrectional project grounded in social ecology, deep ecology, and anti-speciesism. This pocketbook, released amidst a hot summer of rebellion, responds to that age-old question faced by all revolutionaries, yet posed with unrivalled urgency in the year 2019: what the fuck are we going to do!!?

This can be expected to arrive in radical bookshops in the UK and abroad over the next weeks, and will soon be available from the Active Distribution and AK Press websites, as well as to download for free online.


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‘We Can't Sit on the Sidelines and Be Climate Deniers,’ Dominion VP Warns Natural Gas Industry

deSmog - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 22:04
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Donald Raikes arrived at 2019’s DUG East conference, a major shale gas industry gathering in Pittsburgh, with a mixed set of messages for his fellow fossil energy officials.

“We are faced with a lot of challenges in this industry,” Raikes, senior vice president of gas infrastructure at Dominion Energy, said. “And this morning what I plan to do is use my time to carve out a call for action for all of us. We need to be very aware of the forces that are out there and how they are coming against us.”

What sorts of forces? Raikes warned specifically about opposition from environmental groups.

But Raikes also warned that the oil and gas industry was doing itself no favors by denying that it affects the environment, and he even dipped his toes into the issue of climate science denial.

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Poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren lead 2020 Democrats in New Hampshire

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 17:10

Poll: Biden, Sanders and Warren lead 2020 Democrats in New Hampshire | 16 July 2019 | Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) top the field of Democratic presidential contenders in New Hampshire, according to a poll released Tuesday. The CNN poll, conducted by University of New Hampshire (UNH), found Biden leading the crowded field with 24 percent support in the first-in-the-nation primary state. Sanders and Warren, who both represent states neighboring New Hampshire, are tied at 19 percent support among likely primary voters.

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Congress investigating possible secret 'bioweaponization' of insects by the Pentagon

Citizens for Legitimate Government - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:21

Congressman demands to know if the Pentagon's 'bioweaponized' Lyme disease-carrying ticks were released on purpose: Congress investigating possible secret 'bioweaponization' of insects by the Pentagon | 16 July 2019 | The US Congress has backed an amendment to the 2020 US Defense budget which could force an investigation into allegations that the pentagon had weaponized insects, including ticks, in a secret program. Rep. Christopher Smith (R-New Jersey), co-chair of the House Lyme Disease Caucus, asked a series of hard-hitting questions about the alleged 'bioweaponization' program and its potential side-effects, including the possible spread of a bacterial infection. "Americans have a right to know whether any of this is true," Smith said in a news release. "And have these experiments caused Lyme disease and other tick-borne disease to mutate and to spread? Who ordered it? Were any ticks released by design?" Lawmakers are considering whether or not to include Smith's amendment in the final version of the budget which will ultimately be presented to President Donald Trump. The amendment to the House version of the Defense budget for 2020 would require the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General to explain whether the US military had indeed experimented with weaponizing ticks and other insects between 1950 and 1975.

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Top tips and tricks for going global with FOI

Global Muckracker - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 15:03

We don’t live in an isolated world anymore. Crime, money and politics cross borders every day and so reporters need tools and skills to track those stories into other territories.

Transparency legislation like Freedom of Information requests, Access to Environmental Requests and Re-use of Public Sector Directives are powerful weapons in the arsenal of a canny reporter.

And here at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, we have some tips and tricks to help you launch a global FOI project and take your reporting to the next level.

What is Freedom of Information (FOI)?

FOI or Freedom of Information is an umbrella term for a range of transparency or open data laws in dozens of countries around the globe. FOI laws grant citizens the right to submit requests for data or questions to government bodies, public organizations and some companies who have public contracts.

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The laws vary from country to country but generally the requests are free to make and there is usually a time period in which the designated FOI officer has to respond to your submission.

It can be an uphill battle getting your request granted (there are exemption rules that allow governments to keep some information secret), but there is a system of recourse in most countries, like an information commissioner that will review your denied request, to see if the decision was unjust and not in the public interest.

Devil is in the detail

Like any investigation, planning and focusing on the detail is vital when going global with your FOIs.

You need to think about what time periods you’re looking for and if different countries categorize their data in calendar year or financial year. For instance, in the United States the calendar year and financial year cover the same time period, but the United Kingdom financial year starts on April 1.

When we submit multiple FOI requests to several countries looking for comparable data, we have to take into account which language to file the requests in, if there are any particular quirks or requirements in a specific country’s FOI law and what do we need to request in order to get comparable formats and data?

Remember to always request the raw data. We’re in the business of open data, not open summary statistics.

Spreadsheets are brilliant at helping you to keep track of hundreds of requests and when responses are due back. You can set up reminders for yourself to start chasing those FOI officers. Friendly but persistent is a magical combination.

Writing detailed data requests

Remember to always request the raw data. We’re in the business of open data, not open summary statistics. You may have a mammoth cleaning job ahead of you but you’ll see what’s really going on.

A snapshot from the user guide or data dictionary of the U.K.’s National Pupil Database. Data dictionary UK NPD

Always request a data dictionary, too, or a breakdown of the schema so you know exactly what each heading means; how everything is counted; and over what time period.

Always ask how the data is collected, stored and if it’s cleaned. It’s crucial to understand this process, as many government databases are compilations of thousands of smaller datasets merged together which may have some classification bias or are collecting different types of information.

Be creative with data sources

It’s worth considering who has the data you’re looking for: is it always a government body or is it possible another authority like a university has a copy, or even better is the data already public through an open data portal?

Some public organizations and government departments publish lists of FOI requests they have received and whether they granted or denied them. These are called FOI logs and they’re often a treasure trove of previously released data. It’s worthwhile seeking them out then checking to see if the data you want has already been requested and published by someone else. FOI logs will also give you an idea of what type of requests are successful and which are not, which is invaluable when dealing with a government body in a country you have little knowledge or experience of.

Here are just a few FOI logs you should look at:

Find a friend

Some countries stipulate that only resident citizens can submit requests, in situations like these it is best to find a trustworthy FOI buddy to file for you. You can ask a friend through one of the mailing lists like the GIJN Listserv.

Alternatively, you can find a workaround. Data journalist Winny de Jong has successfully obtained data on immigration in the Netherlands by sending an FOI request to the Norwegian government. While governments don’t like to share information with reporters, they tend to be more open when it comes to sharing data with other governments.

It’s not always about a data dump of spreadsheets; other documents, like memos, correspondence, emails, reports and minutes of meetings can provide vital insight into how an agency is treating information.  Collecting it can help you to bulletproof your story.

European directives

The re-use of public sector information in Europe is a powerful directive which applies to every member state. It’s intended to open up public sector data for commercial use, but you can use it to request entire datasets from government departments. FOI officers may not be familiar with the directive so you may need to point out which parts of the directive apply to them and fight your case.

The Access to Environmental Information Directive was adopted by the European Union in 2003 and can be used to request data on a range of issues through the prism of the environment. By being creative, you can make an AIE request for housing, pollution, emissions, transport and population data just to start.


There are plenty of resources out there to assist reporters embarking on global FOIs:

  • GIJN have a great help center and list FOI laws by country
  • Muckrock is a great tool for filing FOIA requests within the U.S.
  • What do they know, allows you to send public requests in the United Kingdom and to see what other people have requested and been granted
  • lets citizens submit transparency requests to EU bodies
  • Right to Know is an organization in the Republic of Ireland that pushes for greater transparency in Ireland the European Union.

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