From Anarchy Bang
It used to be that the anarchist space was also a cultural space. Music was a big part of that space and mostly is no longer. Why is that? Or if not then why is the space that is about music seems to not exactly be about other aspects of the anarchist space. This week let's talk about anarchist music and about music that appeals to anarchists. Did anarchist music end at Tub Thumping? Or should we take heed at anarchist music lists like this one? https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6ddept8PXHsXGmtPgNCZU0
Documenting a New Era of Prisoner Resistance: An Update and Call for Support from Perilous Chronicle
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After launching our project in February, the Perilous team has worked to provide history and continuity to specific prison struggles, forward conversations around incarceration, do on-the-ground reporting, and continue to build the most comprehensive database of prisoner unrest to date. For nearly a year our project has been actively updated, shared, and engaged with in a variety of exciting ways. We hope to make crucial improvements to the usability and scope of our project over the next year, but we need your support!
Check out these 5 goals we’ve met in our first year and 5 ways we hope to build the project in the future.
- Connecting prisoner resistance to broader social movements:
Perilous works to place prisoner resistance in conversation with larger social movements of our time. One example of this is highlighting actions taken by ICE detainees amid the growing national movement to end ICE detention. Browse our website by the Immigrant Detention Centers tag to see all the ICE related posts on our site.
Yesterday prisoners at the Santa Rita County Jail in California participated in a mass hunger strike and work stoppage in protest of “widespread institutional neglect and abuse” and more.
We interviewed their lawyer as well as the sheriff. Read more here:https://t.co/tgUxUxj0YL
— Perilous Chronicle (@PerilousPrisons) October 31, 2019
- Creating historical and political analysis:
Perilous was cited in a recent article following the death of Willem Van Spronsen at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington State. The article contextualizes Van Spronsen’s actions and death in a long history of struggle at the NWDC, demonstrating how our data can be used for historical analysis.
By tracking prison unrest in one place we are also able to notice trends and make connections between seemingly disparate events. For instance, in early July, we noticed that there were seven simultaneous hunger strikes at jails, prisons, and immigrant detention centers around the country. We were able to draw attention to this wave of protest that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. By noticing patterns in the occurrence of prisoner resistance we hope to spur independent inquiry and analysis.
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🚨🚨Ongoing action alert!🚨🚨
On Friday more than two hundred prisoners began a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center, a privately-run immigrant detention center, demanding “edible food” and more.
We’ll update our post as more details emerge:https://t.co/AJGsL8hh2w
— Perilous Chronicle (@PerilousPrisons) October 19, 2019
- Doing on-the-ground live reporting:
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With hopes of inspiring independent research and use of our archive, Perilous has publicized specific timelines to showcase our data. For example, check out our Georgia Prison Unrest timeline to learn more about the history of Georgia prisons and prisoner rebellion in the past 10 years.
BREAKING: Uprising tonight at DeKalb County Jail in Georgia, where inmates smashed out their cell windows during a noise demo to shout to the protesters below.
— Perilous Chronicle (@PerilousPrisons) May 16, 2019
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Exert Chapter from the recently released text "Let. Me. Die"- Pandas Technology and the End of The World- Down & Out Distro: other chapters/the text in its entirety are available at https://downandoutdistro.noblogs.org/post/2019/10/12/let-me-die/
1. Futurority is the promise of civilization that the human species will continue.
2. Moreover, it is the promise that the 'right' human species will continue.
3. Beyond the promise, it is also the force that it MUST continue.
4. It is white, cis, and hetro; it is the nuclear family and 2.5 children- the house in the suburbs, and the promise of university educated grandchildren to blast into space.
5. Futurority is another way in which we are forced to live forever.
6. It is the legacy of humanity, but also it is the legacy of individual beings, therefore it involves applying force not only to societies reproduction but also to the reproductive capacities of individuals.
7. The force to reproduce civilization and its disciples is applied differently to different individuals but wherever it exists, it is always forced.
8. Sometimes reproducing civilization implies sterilization (for undesirables such as drug addicts, trans people etc), and other times it implies forced reproduction (denial of abortion, heterosexual indoctrination in schools, assimilation of queer sexualities into reproductive logics etc).
9. Historically and currently, this force is disproportionately applied to women and gender non conforming people; placing responsibility of reproduction and maintenance of life squarely in their hands, or wombs.
10. The program of severing women from the knowledge of herbal abortives, the rape and forced impregnation of black women during chattel slavery (in order to produce more slaves), and the extraction of genetic materials and then sterilization of trans "patients" are all examples of this force.
11. Abortion is still illegal in many countries worldwide, and even when it is accessible rigid state guidelines are applied and the possibility to abort outside of the medical industrial complex is almost universally illegal; likewise infanticide is universally criminalized.
12. Individuals are separated from their own bodies, from the right to self determine their reproduction (or especially their non reproduction). Sexual organs capable of reproducing, are ultimately the property of the state- whether or not it chooses to exercise its ownership in a given moment.
13. The negative connotations imbued in such desperate characters as the lonely childless old women, the evil solitary gay men, and the pathetic street transsexual are all folklore troupes which (re)enforce the psychic pressure to reproduce rather than die alone or in shame.
14. A perhaps esoteric though none the less real example of the application of this force can be seen in the numerous Reddit threads and National Geographic 'exposes' on "natures worst mothers". Panda infanticide, for example, occurs in an extremely high number of pregnancies (Panda mothers regularly produce 2 infants during a pregnancy and in this case will kill or abandon at least one), yet we are constantly bombarded with the idea that conserving Panda life is a worthwhile cause- the 'cute' panda bastion of conservationists worldwide, bestower of great revenue to domesticators and zoo keepers alike may also provide a shining light in exposing the application of force inherent in futurority; after all whoever heard of a forced breeding program for the Lichen Weevil?
15. Civilization reproduces that which is of value to it and destroys all life which is not.
16. The continuum of futurority always implies the absorption of each new life into the horrors of domination, every new individual born is the property and product of domination, the new recipient of safety, the next candidate for immortality- the latest lamb to the slaughter.
17. Perhaps dominations cleverest tactic, has been to deny simultaneously self determination, and selectively prevent the reproduction of specific communities/groups- making reproduction appear (and in some cases genuinely be) an act of resistance- this paradigm continues to provide civilization with all the bio and necro political material it needs for its own manifestation.
18. When standing on the edge of a precipice between the seeming certainty of the collapse of the current epochs form and the horrific new world which may rise in its ashes- it is sometimes incomprehensible as to why individuals reproduce at all.
19. In the spiraling collapse, the decomposition, the apocalypse (however you choose to name the moment humanity currently finds itself at the center of) the potential for lines of fractious conflictuality to appear in the sphere of reproductive futurority seem infinite and alluring.
20. Yet thus far, the discursive and practical possibilities contained within world ending are ignored in favor of clinging to the idea of survival (and by extension reproduction).
21. The technophiles and modern day prophets of climate change denial dream of emergent colonies on mars, humanist expansion with technological aid, new life born off planet but inside the same civilization; whilst a haphazard brigade of similarly dreamy ideologues on the so called left fight an increasingly meaningless discursive battle against extinction- preaching moderation and 'ecology' in the name of continuing the species.
22. In the end both sides, though they may posture and present themselves endlessly in conflict are merely two sides of the same civilized coin.
23. Whether Eco-fascism or Techno-fascism will rule the next phase of decomposition changes little, the force of reproduction will inevitably remain under either condition though perhaps with mildly different parameters (the Eco-facists for example will likely place restrictions on the number of beings one can (re)produce especially on those inhabiting the 'global south', whilst the Techno-fascists will likely see greater benefit in having those same persons (re)produce an endless supply of workers for Martian extractivism or other dangerous and brutal off planet projects).
24. Though these realties may sound far off, extreme, or polarized, signs of there becoming already appear in the here and now and are far from 'extreme' when one considers the whole history of civilization in all its horror.
25. These gruesome yet moderate/modest continuations of 'business as usual' under new flags or ideologies will prove little more meaningful than rearranging chairs on the titanic- and ultimately both exist within the same sinking ship of 'civilized' humanity.
26. Of course, reducing all the future possibilities of domination to a dichotomy between Eco and Techno fascism is a somewhat reductive and lazy analysis- there are perhaps myriad other ways futurority may choose to articulate itself in the order of the civilized, though in this moment the two aforementioned incarnations of terror seem the most dominant of those vying for a position in or after the ashes.
27. The desire to analyse the future trajectories of terror, does not negate the fact that the present is also terrifying and horrific.
28. Even if it were possible to imagine that the future could be better, freer, or without domination; the terror of the present still presents adequate reason to reject futurority, to reject (re)production where and when possible.
29. To knowingly inflict the suffering of the now onto new life is a choice, a choice to domesticate another life inside the furnaces of civilization, a choice for which on must ultimately take responsibility if he is in a position to choose it.
30. At the same time, and paradoxically; the (re)production of those lives undesirable to futurority may be a form of resistance to domination- a resistance which carries great violence, pain, and suffering, but a resistance none the less.
31. When faced with this brutal double bind one is forced to choose between a resistance and an ending.
32. The unspoken blasphemy for those wishing to live beyond the walls lies in the total refusal of futurority (personal or societical).
33. The (re)production of society at large may be inescapable (since it is also non consensual) except in moments of direct conflict with it (society), but the personal refusal of futurority is perhaps, in moments, more likely achievable.
34. Staring extinction squarely in the face, perhaps even welcoming it; refusing reproductive futurority, accepting that there is No Future.
35. A mass 'die off' is likely approaching the human species; the task for radicals in this epoch lies in communizing this die off to include the insides of western civilization instead of merely allowing its unchecked continuation outside of it- to communize the 'die off' is to deny futurority.
36. To face and embrace a reality in which one is amongst the final generations of 'humanity' may be the closest thing to hope those struggling against the existent can expect.
37. If futurority falls civilization may crumble.
38. The end of futurority is the end of humanity, but not necessarily the end of individual projectualities.
39. The human being and it's reproduction are the social constructs and material realities of civilization, but the existence of wild beings and their proliferation outside the walls are something yet to be known.
40. Against ideologues who claim the future.
41. And tyrants who enforce tomorrows.
42. Against state ownership of reproductive capacity.
43. And the brutal taming of wild life.
44. Towards the fall of civilization.
45. And the death of futurority.Tags: nihilsmanti-civAnti-TechnologyNo FutureinsurrectionACAB
Nasty House floor fight sets baseline for Trump impeachment | 31 Oct 2019 | For only the fourth time in its history, the House voted Thursday to initiate impeachment against a president of the United States. As a technical matter, the resolution was a dry set of rules for the public phase of an investigation into President Donald Trump that has been under way informally almost since Democrats took control of the House in January. But on a political level, the floor fight over it was nasty, brutish and relatively short -- just over an hour -- ending in a nearly perfect party-line vote. Two Democrats voted "no," and one independent, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, an independent who left the GOP essentially in protest over his party's allegiance to Trump, voted in favor.
Panel deciding whether to dump radioactive water from Fukushima into the ocean | 30 Oct 2019 | The Japanese government may allow Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to dump more than 250 million gallons of contaminated water accumulated in tanks around its Fukushima nuclear power plants into the ocean. Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada commented in September that he supports the plan, as it may be the only solution for the wastewater. An expert panel is now studying the options, and its recommendation is likely to become policy.
Trump, Lifelong New Yorker, Declares Himself a Resident of Florida --The president filed a "declaration of domicile" last month saying that his property in Palm Beach will be his permanent residence. | 31 Oct 2019 | In late September, Mr. Trump changed his primary residence from Manhattan to Palm Beach, Fla., according to documents filed with the Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Melania Trump, the first lady, also changed her residence to Palm Beach in an identical document. Each of the Trumps filed a "declaration of domicile" saying that the Mar-a-Lago Club, Mr. Trump's resort in Palm Beach, will be their permanent residence. The president confirmed the decision on Twitter after The New York Times reported on the move, saying that he would "be making Palm Beach, Florida, our Permanent Residence" and denouncing New York officials.
Keystone pipeline spills more than 350,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota | 31 Oct 2019 | The Keystone pipeline has spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into North Dakota this week, The New York Times reports. The pipeline has leaked roughly 383,000 gallons of crude oil, impacting an estimated half-acre of wetland, according to state environmental regulators. The leak has been contained, according to Karl Rockeman, the director of the state Department of Environmental Quality's division of water quality. "It is one of the larger spills in the state," he told the Times.
CIA 'whistle-blower' Eric Ciaramella originated hearsay complaint against President Trump - report | 30 Oct 2019 | Washington has done an astonishingly effective job keeping from the American public the name of the anonymous "whistleblower" who triggered impeachment proceedings against President Trump...But the name of a government official fitting that description -- Eric Ciaramella -- has been raised privately in impeachment depositions, according to officials with direct knowledge of the proceedings, as well as in at least one open hearing held by a House committee not involved in the impeachment inquiry. Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia "collusion" investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Further, Ciaramella left his National Security Council posting in the White House's West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media. He has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
'Must be held accountable': Matt Gaetz files ethics complaint against Adam Schiff | 31 Oct 2019 | Rep. Matt Gaetz asked the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation of Rep. Adam B. Schiff, accusing the California Democrat of lying to the public. The Florida Republican took to Twitter to post the letter he sent to the Democrat-led panel outlining his case for an investigation and demanding that "Schiff must be held accountable." The complaint accused Mr. Schiff, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, of distorting President Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, of lying about the investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling, and of keeping Mr. Gaetz and other members of Congress out of a non-public impeachment hearing.
Government officials around the globe targeted for hacking through WhatsApp - sources | 31 Oct 2019 | Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc's WhatsApp to take over users' phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company's investigation. Sources familiar with WhatsApp's internal investigation into the breach said a "significant" portion of the known victims are high-profile government and military officials spread across at least 20 countries on five continents. Many of the nations are U.S. allies, they said...WhatsApp filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Israeli hacking tool developer NSO Group.
Two House Democrats break with party on impeachment vote | 31 Oct 2019 | Two House Democrats bucked party lines on Thursday and voted against the impeachment inquiry procedure resolution on President Trump. Moderate Reps. Collin Peterson (Minn.) and Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), who represent swing districts Trump won in 2016, opted against the measure, which passed 232-196...Republican leadership managed to hold its conference together on the vote, with no GOP lawmakers supporting the resolution.
from anarchists worldwide, via athens indymedia.
Anarchist comrade Abtin Parsa, a refugee from Iran who is now active in the anarchist struggle in Athens, Greece, is facing constant harassment from the forces of repression. The following is an update from Abtin in his own words about what he has been experiencing…
At the moment i am under psychological harassment and be followed by undercover cops, which the regime wants me(same about all of us) to be silent about these repression but in our anarchy culture, being silent about state repression dose not exist so it is very clear that if the state push more, not only can not silent me, also even i will say it in louder voice.
By putting some cops to follow me or watch my home, the state is try to make me fear but it shows that it is the state who really fears us. This is not me who fear of walking in the streets but it should be cops because streets are exactly the places that we will take it back and do our revolution there and this is not a theory, since in our history we have comrades like makhno and zapatista who did proof how the revolution can taken place in the streets. Greek ragime should fear from those who have nothing to lose and those are us as immigrants who are the must oppressed people in here, those who finally will uprising and your cops will shoot them but you have to know that bullet could not stop those who are hungry and angry.
If the situation continue a new statement will be published against this state repression that targets me.
NO peace with the state. Bosses are bosses, no matter left (SYRIZA) or right (ND)
In 7 FEB 2018, i was taken by anti terrorist cops next to the embassy of israel in accusation of terrorist activity, those cops threw this accusation on me, while i was at the police car and under psychological harassment by a israeli cop from MUSAD. Anti terrorist cops of greece allowed the israeli cop to even take photos of me, though there was not any proof for any accusations against me, after hours being under psychological and physical harassment by cops, finally there was not any proof for these accusations and i was released from GADA.
On 27 JULY 2018, while i was sitting with a friend next to the university of polytechnic (exarchia), i was blockaded by cops and cops who did taken me, tortured me for more than one hour, which under torture they broken my right ribs (by kicks) and my backbone (by baton), which still my body has problem from it. https://athens.indymedia.org/post/1590385/
On 21 January 2019, i got arrested in accusation of using the identity of another people, which still i have trial about it on 24 MAY 2020. https://athens.indymedia.org/post/1595085/
On 12 AUG 2019, while i was walking in my neighborhood, a patrol police car stopped me in accusation that (awhile ago) i spit on them at the neighborhood of exarchia, which there were no any proof for it but they created new accusation and arrested me. https://athens.indymedia.org/post/1599482/
Abtin Parsa, 27/10Tags: athensGreecerepression
from anarchists worldwide
The IFB had already reformed and reorganised before the recent Turkish invasion, and the former members of the Antifascist Forces In Afrin (AFFA) are now a part of the IFB. We are now fighting alongside our Turkish, Kurdish, and Internationalist comrades in the IFB in Tiltamir.
The IFB is comprised of the following groups:
• Devrimci Komünarlar Partisi (DKP) / Birlik
• Marksist-Leninist Komünist Partisi (MLKP)
• Maoist Komünist Partisi (MKP)
• Türkiye Komünist Partisi-Marksist-Leninist (TKP-ML) – TİKKO
• Türkiye Halk Kurtuluş Partisi-Cephesi (THKP-C) – Marksist Leninist Silahlı Propaganda Birliği (MLSPB)
• Türkiye Komünist Emek Partisi/Leninist (TKEP/L)
• Devrimci Komünarlar Partisi (DKP) / Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri (BÖG)
• Tekoşîna Anarşîst (TA)
Long live the revolution!
Long live internationalism!
from a-infos by Jose Antonio Gutierrez D.
The past few weeks have been hard in Catalonia. The images of the crowds protesting the sentences for "sedition" to former members of the Generalitat, and the subsequent repression, have gone around the world. That the wave of protests that travels around the world reaches a corner of Europe and exposes the system in its violence, stripped of its democratic pretensions, is a remarkable fact. With its own modalities, with its limitations, and with its specificity, Catalonia is also demonstrating the crisis faced by capitalist democracies in the supposed "end of history." To understand this moment a little better, we talked with members of the Catalan libertarian organization Embat.
---- 1. What does the "procés" judgment issued by the Supreme Court mean?
The sentence condemns between 9 and 13 years to various politicians who in 2017 were part of the government of the Catalan Generalitat. They are condemned for "sedition", although the penalty of "rebellion" has fallen which, according to the Spanish Constitution, would require a violent uprising against the state. The sentence has wanted to be exemplary so that it is not repeated again. As an anecdote, it appears written in the sentence that a counselor of the Generalitat was in charge of the Department of Education when it was not, so it should be an invalid resolution. In addition, the president of the Catalan parliament is condemned for allowing the debate where the independence resolution was voted. This limits the autonomy that any parliament could have within Spain to discuss the issues you want.
Finally, the leaders of the civil entities Assemble Nacional Catalana (ANC) and Òmnium Cultural are sentenced to a sentence of 9 years in prison. This conviction is for getting into a police car to call off the demonstration that was warming at that time. They sent people to their house and condemned them. This raises a jurisprudence towards social and trade union movements, since any concentration, however peaceful and calm, could be considered seditious by the authorities. And if there is violence, it can be treated as a crime of rebellion, with sentences from 10 (to mere participants) to 30 (to inductors or leaders) years in jail, depending on the degree of responsibility or involvement of each.
It can be seen that in order to condemn these political and social leaders, the Supreme Court passes over justice to take revenge.
2. How was the protest of the Catalan population? What sectors have been mobilizing and who have organized or called the protest?
The protest actually takes many years with ups and downs. In this specific case, civil organizations and many grassroots independent organizations, such as the CoR (or Defense Committees of the Republic) were preparing some response. Due to internal struggles between Catalan political parties, the mood was low and it was not clear what response there would be. However, since the summer a new platform has appeared apart from all of the above - although surely with components from all areas - called Tsunami Democràtic. In the month of September they activated their Telegram channel that in a few weeks reached 350,000 people. Therefore you could see that there was interest, and more when a week before it was already known that the sentence would be condemnatory. Even so, if the sentence came out on Monday 14, two or three days before the sentence had been leaked between politicians of the hard right and the media right and they hinted at it from the media. This greatly irritated the mood.
In this way when the sentence was known, in the morning of the 14th, the spirits were already very hot. The students quickly called a strike and emptied the classes. Some blockages were made on roads or concentrations in front of public buildings. In the afternoon, the Democratic Tsunami called to block the Barcelona-El Prat airport, emulating Hong Kong's protests. And the situation escalated exponentially. As we know, more than 100 flights were canceled, although it was not possible to close the airport but the entry and exit of passengers was blocked. The police had to cut all accesses and the train company canceled the line. Still people came walking from Barcelona, sometimes crossing the orchards for thousands of people. For the first time he loaded the Catalan police (called Mossos d ' Esquadra) against the people and did not back down - something that was not seen here since the riots produced by evictions of social centers or by general strikes. There were scenes of strong combativity that are not common in the Spanish state.
But it is that this did not stay in Barcelona, in the most important towns and cities of Catalonia such as Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Mataró, Manresa, Igualada, Vic, Reus ... the concentrations and manifestations were enormous. They are usually called by the CDRs but sometimes not even that, they were summoned alone by the Telegram groups. Road cuts were announced as a drip. And every day throughout the week (and some still last) new cuts are being convened.
To sum up the summoners are: Tsunami Democràtic, CDRs, student movement and the General Strike on October 18, in particular, the Intersindical CSC and Intersindical Alternativa, IAC. I would point out that many people called themselves and that as mobilizations and riots grew, many new people joined.
3. Specifically, what role have workers and their class organizations played in these protests?
The world of work has become very uneven. For example, the education sector and the public or civil service sector have seconded - in general - the atmosphere of protests and followed the strike. But the other sectors do not. This is due to the strong influence of the CCOO and UGT unions that refuse to summon anything in Catalonia for fear of losing strength in the rest of the state, which usually sees Catalonia as a "problem" in line with the bombing of the media Communication against this land.
The 18O strike was followed by quite a few people in the services sector and in commerce, a sector that is usually poorly mobilized. This is due to the independence sympathies of not a few employers who closed doors without more. But it was also combined with workers asking for a strike. Where the strike was least noticed is in the industrial sector where the calling unions have less weight.
It must be said that they are small unions for Catalonia but they have managed to place their calls in times of great turmoil. Therefore its calls serve as an excuse for the popular independence movement to stop everything.
4. How libertarians, how do they evaluate their position and their contribution to this protest?
The libertarian sector has tried to mark distances from both the repression of the central government and the Catalan political parties. In fact, one part has even lived it from a distance. We know that nothing binds us to any side. But many calls have been made from our ranks to participate in street demonstrations and blockades. We know that there have been hundreds or thousands (nor do we know how many we are) of comrades and companions of the libertarian movement who have been in the events of these days. But the libertarian organizations do not convene more than a demonstration against repression on Saturday 19 in the afternoon. The General Strike was not supported by the anarcho-syndicalist trade union organizations and we could see how several local unions and union sections of these organizations went,
And it is that in the midst of a popular revolt there were not a few libertarians (most are from the rest of the state, although there were natives of Catalonia as well) calling on the internet against the mobilizations because they were from a "nationalist" and "racist" movement and because They wanted to build a new state. They are examples of conservatism in which the European anarchist movement lives, which is easily overcome by events. It also demonstrates the centralism or unionism that permeates much of the Spanish libertarian movement, which presumes to be a federalist and then prevents the parties from having real autonomy (much less independent).
And we want to clarify that at the grassroots level there is a very important percentage of people who want independence from Catalonia do so because they are not reflected in the social and political project that represents Spain, linked to the most aggressive neoliberal project on the one hand and with authoritarianism on the other. Independence is taken as a political space to achieve greater social justice. However, this does not mean that there are no neo-liberals among the independence that wish to implement their thesis. It is your greatest risk and at the same time your greatest burden, in fact.
5. Are these protests part of the open 1-O process? What are the lines of continuity and rupture between these two moments of rebellion?
The current independence process comes from 2006. It has ups and downs but it is latent in a part of society - and not in everything, since many people who feel Spanish live in Catalonia. Then this movement seems to be activated suddenly in a matter of weeks, makes some spectacular actions and then returns to the routine and life of political parties with their fights for power. Over time the parties, given the social pressure mobilized through the civil entities ANC and Òmniun Cultural, had to position themselves clearly in favor of independence. They had splits of who disagreed. The masses forced them to convene a consultation in 2014. And then again in 2017. We want to say that every two or three years there is a high period of strong mobilization like the current one. But there are examples in 2010,
In fact, he has gone further than ever to question the legitimacy of the violence and self-defense of protesters in the face of police brutality. People who showed off pacifism have been put in jail. The streets have exploded when they have imprisoned the pacifists who used to make a stopper or a barrier so that emotions do not get too hot. Now there has been a break. All the actors try to return the waters to their channel and strongly condemn the violence of the protests playing the same game as the state. The important thing is that there have been many people who have seen other tactics in action.
6. What perspectives do you see to these manifestations? Are they only an expression of a cyclical phenomenon or are they expressing a deeper malaise and a potential of greater scope?
You can see that there is much discomfort against the authoritarianism of the Spanish state. Demonstrations in other cities in Spain such as Madrid, Vitoria, Valencia or Granada have also ended with police charges, races and arrests. You will not be allowed in any way to connect with Catalonia. That scenario gives the oligarchy panic. Pablo Iglesias, Íñigo Errejón and Alberto Garzón, who are the leaders of the supposed new left, are also playing this game of isolating and criminalizing Catalonia. You should never forget your role in this conflict: they gave their support to the state and the security forces when there was a revolt in the street. It is clear that the Spanish left prefers a Spain in the hands of the extreme right than a broken Spain. They do not offer any alternative territorial proposal that can convince the Catalans to stay in Spain. Perhaps because everything happens to abolish an untouchable monarchy or to expel the entire Spanish ultranationalist sector from the judiciary, the army and the police. That is why the doors of dialogue close. The Catalans, on the one hand, think about leaving Spain, while the Spaniards believe that the Catalans are unsupportive and selfish and choose to the right. As you can see, it is a conflict that goes on for a long time and that nobody wants to resolve. The anti-capitalist and libertarian left has to take sides in this matter because it is central today in Spanish public life. from the army and the police to the entire Spanish ultranationalist sector. That is why the doors of dialogue close. The Catalans, on the one hand, think about leaving Spain, while the Spaniards believe that the Catalans are unsupportive and selfish and choose to the right. As you can see, it is a conflict that goes on for a long time and that nobody wants to resolve. The anti-capitalist and libertarian left has to take sides in this matter because it is central today in Spanish public life. from the army and the police to the entire Spanish ultranationalist sector. That is why the doors of dialogue close. The Catalans, on the one hand, think about leaving Spain, while the Spaniards believe that the Catalans are unsupportive and selfish and choose to the right. As you can see, it is a conflict that goes on for a long time and that nobody wants to resolve. The anti-capitalist and libertarian left has to take sides in this matter because it is central today in Spanish public life.Tags: conversationCatalunyacataloniafederalistunionismSpainembat
House approves impeachment inquiry rules after fiery floor debate | 31 Oct 2019 | A sharply divided House voted Thursday to approve a resolution setting "ground rules" for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, putting lawmakers on record over the contentious process while setting the stage for proceedings to move into the public eye after weeks of closed-door depositions. The measure passed largely along party lines, 232-196. Two Democrats defected on the vote. The first formal floor vote in relation to the impeachment probe announced a month ago by Speaker Nancy Pelosi followed a fierce debate in the chamber, where Republicans accused Democrats of launching a de facto "coup" against the president in a "pre-ordained" bid to overturn the results of the 2016 election.
Congress approves 'impeachment' resolution authorizing Schiff's secret probe of Trump | 31 Oct 2019 | The US House of Representatives has approved a resolution authorizing the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, despite Republican opposition arguing that the "Soviet-style" bill lacks transparency and due process. The 232-196 vote ended up being almost entirely along party lines, with only two Democrats voting against and no Republicans voting for the resolution. The White House has reacted to the outcome with a statement saying that "with today's vote, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats have done nothing more than enshrine unacceptable violations of due process into House rules," adding that the "unhinged obsession with this illegitimate impeachment proceeding does not hurt President Trump; it hurts the American people."
America’s air seems to have taken a turn for the worse, according to recent scientific research. Last week, a nationwide study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) found that the country’s air quality deteriorated in 2017 and 2018 — a dramatic reversal of improvements recorded over the prior seven years.
Today, the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) — an organization funded by oil and gas producers — released their own report that presents a different narrative about energy production and air quality in Pennsylvania, a state that’s become one of the nation’s largest producers of fossil fuels.
CEA's report first points to a drop in some types of air pollution in Pennsylvania between 1990 and 2016 and next to a rise in natural gas production in the state from 2010 to 2018.
But a look at the data presented inside that report — a two-page infographic drawing on data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Energy Information Administration — shows that connecting more drilling to less pollution is deeply misleading, public health experts said.Tags: Consumer Energy Alliancepennsylvaniafrackingnatural gasair quality
There is a growing sector of worker owned staffing agency cooperatives. For example, the Staffing Cooperative consists of two staffing agencies - the Core Staffing Cooperative and the Tribe.
The Core Staffing Cooperative consists of formerly incarcerated individuals. This is a group of people who typically have difficulty finding employment and when they do, it's often found through staffing agencies. The workers elect 7 of the 9 board of directors, with investors having the two remaining seats. So far, the recidivism rate of the workers stands at 0%, and the markup fees are lower than the industry average.
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Twitter bans political ads, caving in to 'election meddling' fearmongers | 30 Oct 2019 | Twitter has officially banned political advertising, admitting there's no way to prevent bad actors from gaming the system by spreading disinfo and that they don't want to be responsible for potential negative outcomes. "We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought," Twitter CEO [and Deep State scum-bag] Jack Dorsey declared via tweet on Wednesday, officially pulling his platform out of the election-season advertising drama that has engulfed fellow mega-platform Facebook. Dorsey admitted in a series of tweets that political advertising can skew the conversation away from organic discussion, though his declaration that "we believe this decision should not be compromised by money" belied years of taking money for exactly that skewing.
The post Pigs on a Train: The Growing Transit Crisis & How to Fight It appeared first on It's Going Down.A critique of mass transit in capitalist society and an analysis of the possibilities for anti-capitalist intervention and struggle.
Everywhere public transportation is faltering. Everywhere riders are suffering. The transit crisis spells exclusion, frustration and danger for its users. For poor people, high fares signal a restriction or even elimination of movement. For black, brown and homeless people, militarized policing on transit networks lead to harassment, brutality and death. The riders stranded by infrequent bus service or delayed trains can expect lost jobs, truancy court, and missed appointments. And all transit users face the alarming prospects of derailments and other dangerous transit dysfunctions as infrastructure continues to deteriorate. It’s time for transit riders to self-organize and reclaim public transit as a common resource for the benefit of all.
The transit crisis is not a question of incompetence on behalf of transportation authorities or municipal governments. It is a question of priorities. These entities have consciously neglected a service that millions of working class people depend on daily. In cities where large numbers of residents use transit (New York City, Washington D.C., Boston and San Francisco among others) the disintegration of transit could precipitate the collapse of entire urban economies. When transit agencies do intervene with new capital projects, the repairs are always insufficient, the “service improvements” are merely cosmetic or only serve wealthier and whiter riders (or tourists and developers in the case of most modern streetcar projects) and all of these are always paid for on the backs of riders and working class people through fare hikes and regressive taxes. Often, resources are simply squandered on policing transit systems instead of investing in transit itself. In Portland, TriMet recently hired more fare-inspectors to bust riders who can’t afford steep fares. In New York City, 500 new police officers were hired to harass homeless people and fare beaters in the subway system. Already, several high-profile cases of racist police brutality have surfaced in NYC after since the hiring.
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— Black Ashley (@ashleysimpo) October 28, 2019
The transit crisis has manifested in declining transit ridership throughout the U.S. Curtailed mobility for the poorest entrenches their exclusion, placing employment, educational and housing opportunities farther out of reach. Those with means will increasingly drive or utilize ride-sharing companies like Uber or Lyft. These trends contribute to traffic congestion, road damage and poor air quality with all of their attendant physical and health dangers. Even as liberal politicians and transit agencies endorse youth-led climate strikes and employ green rhetoric, their decisions to raise fares and condemn transit systems to rot exacerbate the global climate catastrophe.
An Orange Line train in Boston overheats and starts smoking with passengers on board in 2016
The transit crisis is a crisis for riders. Through organized collective struggle, direct action and mutual aid we can make a crisis for transit authorities and governments too. The failure of public transit to satisfy the human need to movement has catalyzed social revolts time and again. The Venezuelan Brazilian protest wave of 2013 riots of 1989 and Brazilian protest wave of 2013 were initially sparked by fare increases, before generalizing into mass movements against government corruption and inequality. The 2009 racist police murder of Oscar Grant at a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station by a BART police officer ignited a series of protests and riots in Oakland. Autonomous anti-capitalists have also intervened in a variety of mass transit struggles, from strikes to fighting fare increases. And of course, the ongoing Chilean uprising begun with youth evading fares en masse on the Santiago Metro, forcing the government to rescind a fare hike within days.
In the United States, most transit justice work has been carried out by transit rider advocacy organizations. These groups have won crucial reforms and engage in important outreach with riders. In Seattle and Portland, low-income fare discounts and extended transfer tickets have been secured through the sustained organizing of groups like Transit Riders Union and OPAL Environmental Justice League. Pittsburghers for Public Transit has fought for restored service following debilitating budget cuts while Riders Alliance in NYC helped lobby the New York state government for increased transit funding. The Los Angeles-based Bus Riders Union successfully filed a civil rights lawsuit in 1994, forcing the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) to prioritize service for bus riders, overwhelmingly low-income people of color. Relationships should be forged with these organizations and their work must be supported, but their tactics should also be complimented by other direct action and mutual aid tactics.Tactical Suggestions Moving Forward
Mass fare evasion or “Fare Strikes”
- Mass refusals of fare payment is one of the most common political tactics transit riders employ. Fare strikes assume a range of forms, from relatively spontaneous ones that harness the immediate momentum of a crisis, to smaller tightly organized civil disobediences that require months of planning. But the fundamental power of leveraging our economic power exists in all cases. Organizing a direct action that involves mass fare evasion must account for the particularities of fare collection on a given transit system. On many older heavy rail (“metro” or “subway” systems like NYC Subway, Boston T, DC Metro, Chicago L etc.), jumping faregates and holding emergency exits open (already a common, if less organized practice) may be necessary. On many newer rapid transit systems (Seattle’s Link and RapidRide or Portland’s MAX, for example) where “proof of payment” fare enforcement is used, boarding without paying will be easier. However, maintaining strong numbers throughout a transit ride will be important if fare enforcement officers attempt to bust fare strike participants while on board. Be sure to film transit police and have funds ready to pay the fines for those caught. All-bus transit networks pose more difficulties as fare payment requires interacting with bus drivers, who are too victims of the transit crisis. Nevertheless, by doing extensive outreach with drivers prior to the launch of fare strikes, transit justice organizers have successfully staged mass fare evasions on buses, often with support from drivers. Learn more about past fare strikes in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Grand Rapids.
Mutual Aid support for fare evaders
- Be sure to perform adequate research and understand what the repercussions are for fare evasion in your locale. Where fare evasion is decriminalized, carrying a fine, but not usually entailing jail time or court appearances, fundraising is crucial. Where fare evasion remains a criminal offense, legal and court support will be necessary. In some European cities, such as Stockholm, mutual aid insurance schemes have been developed, in which consistent fare evaders pay a small monthly fee and re reimbursed whenever they are busted and fined by transit police. Organize recurring benefit shows and maintain online fundraising platforms to sustain funds.
Popular education and outreach
- A public information campaign complete with digestible leaflets and posters as well as workshops and teach-ins can compliment a direct action strategy. Material could examine the class implications of transit fares, racist disparities in transit policing and the importance of free mass transit for reducing carbon emissions. Separate material could be developed specifically for transit workers. Popular education, leafletting and connecting with new riders could be done during mass fare evasions themselves, on platforms or in trains and buses.
Find other nodes!
- Speak out at transit authority board meetings. Picket or occupy the offices of transit authorities. Organize copwatch patrols to deter harassment and violence from transit police. Get creative!
Although varying conditions in different cities may warrant different sets of demands, these are four broad goals that could inform a renewed transit justice movement:
1. Eliminate fares.
2. Fire all transit police or fare enforcement officers and divert resources to hiring unionized transit operators.
3. Frequent and reliable 24/7 service.
4. Improve transit service coverage and options in historically excluded communities of color and working class neighborhoods.