From It's Going Down
Xinachtli is a revolutionary Chicano anarchist political prisoner, jailhouse lawyer, and member of the Certain Days collective, who is held in the Texas prison system as a result of disarming a police officer who was threatening his life. He is currently in severe medical danger. As a 67-year-old man who takes several medications for hypertension and also has Hepatitis C, he has serious medical needs and is sensitive to the heat. Staff at the Polunsky Unit, where he is currently held, are refusing to give him access to a fan, or even to use his own funds to purchase one, even though Xinachtli warns that he is on the verge of heatstroke. In addition, he has not yet been given all his property, including legal papers, after a recent medical transfer from the Allred Unit.
The extreme heat conditions in the Texas prison system have drawn increasing attention in recent years. Inmates at one prison, the Pack Unit, filed a lawsuit about the heat conditions, leading Judge Keith Ellison to rule that the heat constituted cruel and unusual punishment and caused a serious risk of injury or death. The dangers of extreme heat have been extensively documented by Texas prisoners such as Jason Walker and Comrade Malik, and publications from Truth Out to the Guardian have covered the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s failings in this area. The heat has already killed atleast one Texas prisoner so far this summer. We need to put pressure on TDCJ to make sure Xinachtli does not become another victim.
TDCJ contact addresses:
Polunsky Unit Senior Warden Michael Butcher,
3872 F.M. 350,
Livingston, Texas 77351
(940) 855-7477 – phone number for the Allred Unit, ask to speak to Ms. McLemore, the manager in charge of transferring Xinachtli’s property.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Region I Director’s Office
1225 Avenue G
Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: (936) 437-1770
Executive Director’s Office:
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
I am contacting you on behalf of Alvaro Luna Hernandez, #255735, an inmate who is currently receiving medical treatment at the Allan B. Polunsky Unit. As a 67-year-old man who suffers from Hepatitis C and is taking medication for hypertension, Mr. Hernandez has serious medical needs and is heat sensitive, but he reports that he is being refused access to a fan, and is not being allowed to purchase one from commissary. In addition, he reports that he has not yet been given all of his property, including legal papers, after his transfer from the Allred Unit.
You will be aware that TDCJ has received a substantial amount of negative coverage as a result of heat-related conditions in recent years, including situations such as Judge Ellison’s ruling against the Department in the Cole v. Collier lawsuit and the deaths of Robert Earl Robinson and Seth Donnelly. This coverage has reached the pages of prominent international publications such as theGuardian. I am sure you will agree that it is in TDCJ’s best interest to avoid any further negative publicity, or legal consequences, by ensuring that this situation is brought to a safe and favorable resolution as swiftly as possible, and that Mr. Hernandez is given access to his property from the Allred Unit, a floor fan, and any other resources needed to mitigate the effects of the heat.Tags: anarchist prisonerprisoner supportit's going down
Anarchist gathering 2019! Featuring speakers, poets, workshops, a fashion show, bands, and more!
SATURDAY DAY ONE-
ICONOCLAST (Los Angeles)
Headdress (anarcho peace punk from Inland Empire)
Mystic Priestess (anarcho post punk / death rock )
Aztlan Underground (Los Angeles)
Medusa Stare (anarcho goth from Seattle)
Otzi (dark post-punk trio from Oakland)
The Revolutionary Eseibio The Automatic
(black power revolutionary hip hop )
Graveyard Junkies (queer punx from Orange County)
Bastet (Dark punx from Oakland / S.F.)
Feminist Punk Rock fashion show by Audey Thunders Clothing
Workshop- "What We Can Learn From Other Movements": Images and stories of the Black Panther Party in South Berkeley by Billy X Jennings from 4pm-5pm
Speakers & Poets: Sasha LaPointe, Mariam Ataya, Jakobe Ares from Beginning Of The End fanzine, Shawn McDougal , Kira Garcia, Paradise, and J.Lee from Orange County Peace Punks
MC by Chris from Korrosive and Mardhavi
Stage manager Chuck
FOR MORE INFO GO TO: https://diyzine.com/anarchistgathering2019.html
ALL AGES. $10 + $2 membership. Doors at 3pm and ends at 12am
SAFER SPACE VENUE: absolutely NO DRUGS, ALCOHOL, or BIGOTED BEHAVIOR will be tolerated.
924 Gilman St., Berkeley, CA
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986.
SUNDAY DAY TWO
George Crustanza (hardcore / d-beat from SF)
Audiomatic Tha Fyah Starter (Abdul-Rahman Shakur)
"Hip Hop artist from the Bay Area"
Rabia Al Sistema (Anarcho Punks from South-Central L.A.)
B-Ward (Anarcho Punks from Santa Rosa & Oakland)
Mental Health Panel workshop with Gabby Falzone, Mariam Ataya, Delphine Brody, and Maryam Kazi
Speakers and Poets: Stacy Russo, West Oakland Punks with Lunch, Rampage, and MC by Mardhavi
ALL AGES. $5 + $2 membership. Doors at 1pm and ends at 6pm.
SAFER SPACE VENUE: absolutely NO DRUGS, ALCOHOL, or BIGOTED BEHAVIOR will be tolerated.
924 Gilman St., Berkeley, CA
An All Ages DIY, Volunteer Run, 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Music & Art Community Space Since 1986
From Act for Freedom!
The heretic, like the bandit, knows that the loss of his freedom takes him irremediably to the gallows. What awaits him is a tribunal that will ask him about his actions. A court that will exercise its power and absolute reason in the name of God, the People, the Kingdom and the State. Power and reason are acts of authoritarian syncretism developed throughout the course of the centuries by the proprietors of the Earth, the Sea and the Sky. Therefore the individualist anarchist – who is at the same time heretic and bandit – is aware that his conviction on power and reason takes them to the stake. Like a moth, they seek light and succumb. Like Icarus, they fly high and the Sun melts their wings. Like Prometheus they steal the fire of the gods for themself and for the others; like him.
The anarchist’s drama is his passion for freedom, his unrelenting search for accomplices, whom he rarely finds. She/he despises the conformism of the herd, the cowardice of the crowd, the dogmatism of every faith.
Any priest – of every ‘ism’ – hates her because they can’t be controlled, she/he doesn’t obey him, he/she doesn’t listen to him; and when he/she can, she/he raises their voice to attack the slightest form of power and authority. Sometimes these solitary avengers throw a bomb or plunge a dagger with the intent – always – of sowing chaos into the order of reason, rigorously established as law or supreme truth. At other times, they mingle with discontent with the intent to trigger insurrections. But they use most of their time reading, because their best friend and hobby is the knowledge of what was and what is. They do not have illusions or hopes, but convictions. They know that knowledge is their strength and that it gives them self-determination.
They live each day as if it were their last. In an enslaved society, Freedom is punishable with death. They don’t resign themselves, they don’t complain, they curse, attack, expropriate. There aren’t many of them, but even these few can preoccupy all governments, precisely because they are ungovernable; in love with total freedom. What was doesn’t matter. They reinvent themselves at every step, every shot, every kiss. They are not strategists because they do not have a final goal and, therefore, their actions arouse the anger of others.
They have no ‘partisans’ other than those who know and love them, apart from their barbarian iconoclasts. Often, they are caricatures in newspapers, from the moment that they are thought to be able to prevent people asking: who are these madmen/women? What do they want? How to explain who anarchists are to citizens who delegate their lives and thoughts to others?
Yes, they are mad and they don’t want anything less than nothing. Everything that has been taken from them and nobody can give back. There they are! They have no ‘arguments’, fire and powder speak for them. A kilo of dynamite and a poem. A kilo of black powder and a new heresy. A ‘Hands up’ and they are off. Machines that destroy their banks, courts, police stations; Barracks, churches and political seats… ‘What do these madmen/women want?’ Nothing! The destructive nothing which leaves space to wild nature. Flowers eat their way under the ruins of their putrid ‘civilization’.
Gabriel Pombo Da Silva
5th July 2019
From somewhere in the Old World
Note: dedicated to our dead in combat, our prisoners of anarchist war, our fugitives and all the conspirators who acted in the night.
Translated from Italian by act for freedom now!Tags: anarchists in trouble
IG Horowitz to Release Report With Evidence Comey Conducted “Counterintelligence” of Trump on the Sly - Had Covert Agent in White House
IG Horowitz to Release Report With Evidence Comey Conducted “Counterintelligence” of Trump on the Sly - Had Covert Agent in White House | 22 July 2019 | DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release his report in early September showing evidence indicating that former FBI Director James Comey was misleading Trump about being a target of an investigation. According to investigative reporter Paul Sperry, Comey was running a “counterintelligence assessment” on Trump on the sly. Comey didn’t even need to keep files or get surveillance warrants on Trump, he may just have covertly made Trump the subject of investigation by spying on him incidentally... Comey had an agent inside the White House reporting back to the FBI about Trump and his aides, sources tell Paul Sperry.
FBI serves sealed search warrants at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and City Hall | 22 July 2019 | FBI agents served search warrants at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and City Hall on Monday. The search started at approximately 10 a.m. and no arrests are planned, FBI officials said. The L.A. City Attorney's Office said the search warrants served on its staff relate to the class action litigation and settlement surrounding the DWP billing system.
It was a whistleblower that helped kickstart our Mauritius Leaks investigation after we reported on the region for Paradise Papers. Our African partnership coordinator, Will Fitzgibbon, takes you behind the scenes of the reporting that followed.
The post Watch: How Mauritius Leaks got started (and what we found) appeared first on ICIJ.
CBP rebuked by watchdog, whistle-blowers for 'failure' to collect DNA from migrant detainees | 22 July 2019 | A top government watchdog has joined whistle-blowers in rebuking U.S. Customs and Border Protection for allegedly failing to collect DNA from detained migrants so the samples could be checked against an FBI database for violent crimes. "U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and illegal aliens in this country are and have been harmed due to our agency not collecting DNA," Mike Taylor, one of the government whistle-blowers, told Fox News. The whistle-blowers specifically alleged that the DNA pilot program was put on hold during the Obama administration, and efforts to implement it under the Trump administration were derailed. "There is no current pilot program. It's basically dead in the water," fellow whistle-blower Fred Wynn said.
Actress Smears Ivanka Trump as a Nazi for Getting a White Dog | 22 July 2019 | Soap star Nancy Lee Grahn reiterated her disdain for the Trump family in a tweet posted Sunday, smearing White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump as a Nazi after she posted a picture of her family's new dog, Winter. Trump tweeted a photo of her family's newest [beautiful] furry addition -- or what she called "Arabella's birthday dream come true" -- in a tweet to her 6.7 million Twitter followers Saturday. Grahn pounced and went on the attack. "How darling. I see you skipped a rescue and went straight to an Aryan breeder. Does it sit and sieg heil yet?" Grahn said, making a clear Nazi reference.
Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office | 20 July 2019 | The Trump administration has not installed a single mile of new wall in a previously fenceless part of the U.S.-Mexico border in the 30 months since President Trump assumed office, despite his campaign promise to construct a "big beautiful wall." In a statement last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the federal agency overseeing border barrier construction, confirmed that all the fencing completed since Trump took office is "in place of dilapidated designs" because the existing fence was in need of replacement. The agency said that it had built 51 miles of steel bollard fence with funding that was set aside during fiscal 2017 and 2018. But while the funding was meant both to replace outdated walls and to place barriers where there previously had been none, the government has only completed the replacement projects.
Army Conducting Secret Operation Around Washington, D.C. | 22 July 2019 | The Pentagon has revealed a few details about a secret Army mission that has Black Hawk helicopters flying missions over the Washington, D.C., area backed by active-duty and reserve soldiers. The mysterious classified operation was disclosed when the Army asked Congress for approval to shift funds to provide an extra $1.55 million for aircraft maintenance, air crews and travel in support of " emerging classified flight mission." It's part of a $2.5 billion request this month to "reprogram” funds in the current fiscal year's budget to programs considered high priorities. "Without additional funding, the Army will not be able to perform this classified mission," the Defense Department said.