The post July 14th: Portland Action in Solidarity with the CIPOG-EZ appeared first on It's Going Down.Call for action in solidarity with indigenous formations in so-called Mexico facing repression from cartels and paramilitary groups and with those targeted by ICE in Portland, Oregon on July 14th.
Earlier today, Mexico’s National Indigenous Congress (CNI), the Indigenous Governing Council (CIG), and the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN) put out a call for solidarity.
Specifically, they are calling for actions between the dates of July 12th and 14th in support of the Emiliano Zapata Popular Indigenous Council of Guerrero (CIPOG-EZ) who have been under siege by cartel-led paramilitary groups in the state of Guerrero. Four members of the CIPOG-EZ have been killed since May.
“With these actions we will break through the siege imposed by these criminal gangs who, along with the bad government, hope to put an end to the power that we have below through terror and violence.”
We plan to meet at Elizabeth Caruthers Park on July 14th 2019, at approximately 1 pm.
We will march to the ICE facility on Macadam avenue to show solidarity both to the indigenous people struggling against oppression and neocolonialism in so-called Mexico, and to the largely indigenous people struggling against oppression and necolonialism on the border and being detained in concentration camps.Martyrs of the CIPOG-EZ since May:
Bartolo Hilario Morales
Isaías Xanteco Ahuejote
Lucio Bartolo Faustino
Modesto Verales Sebastián
Signed – Informal Chicanx Anarchist Clique
In the past week, the current figurehead of the U.S. empire threatened an upcoming round of raids targeting undocumented people– particularly families. It is no secret, however, that such raids have been going on for as long as this country has had immigrants. Whether the new raids promised by Trump – building on the increased deportations by Obama – happen this week, next week, later in the summer, or next year, those of us who respect human life must take action and stand side by side with those facing this onslaught.
When immigrant communities are not being actively ripped apart, they are habitually terrorized and dehumanized by the State and its far-right proxies. Right-wing militias have become increasingly emboldened, holding families hostage at gunpoint, as witnessed in the recent video of United Constitutional Patriots. It is well known that such militias — like the Minutemen — have long operated with impunity and even encouragement from ICE, for example, destroying food and water supplies placed along migration routes in the desert to inflict suffering. Children routinely die in ICE and Border Patrol custody; they are ripped from their families in a policy reminiscent of this country’s long history of stealing Black children or Native American children away as a means of terrorizing, controlling, and routing communities. Only a culture and bureaucracy steeped in white-supremacist ideology could enact such horrors.
Now more than ever, we must act together against this physical and psychological violence. We must fight for the most vulnerable among us. This is why the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) has decided to engage in sanctuary work: to ensure that anyone in any community we are able to reach who does not feel safe in their home, at work, or at school has access to a place of refuge. We are honored to join a long-standing historical tradition of community self-defense in the face of State oppression. We recognize that this moment in history is not unique, and we refuse to stand idly by as the horrors of the past are repeated. Make no mistake; the State is our enemy, and the conditions you’ve heard about in detention centers where children are being held are not unusual. This isn’t about money. This isn’t about “capacity.” This is the deliberate internment and humiliation of a large group of people, motivated purely by racial hatred.
RAM stands in solidarity with all oppressed people around the world. We recognize all borders to be nothing more than oppressive tools utilized by State entities to allocate resources and regional power among a few, at the expense of the many. Join us in letting targeted populations know that we are here with them, while showing the State that its ruthless attempts to divide and conquer us are doomed to fail.
Chinga la Migra! Burn down the American plantation!
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The post Announcing the 2nd Annual Halifax Anarchist Bookfair appeared first on It's Going Down.Kicking off on September 7th on unceded Mi’kmaq territory, this event is free to all.
We are living in a world where ecological collapse is imminent, and fascist forces militarize borders, destroy land and livelihoods; a world where basic freedoms are a further and further reality for most people, a world where prisons still incarcerate our loved ones. In the spirit of rebellion, we are calling for a gathering, the largest anarchist event in the Atlantic region, to learn collectively how to challenge and disrupt these forces. In this time, it is crucial for anarchist gatherings to take place, to share stories, strategies and plans for dismantling capitalism and all forces of coercive control, and to experience and create together a culture based on mutual aid, solidarity and freedom for all.
In this spirit of rebellion, we invite you to come to the 2nd Annual Halifax Anarchist Bookfair.
Come out whether you’re a seasoned anarchist, excited to learn about anarchism, a curious skeptic, a lover of books, or if you are simply becoming disillusioned with capitalism and the government. Featuring publishers and book distributors, vendors, artists, and facilitators from all over North America/Turtle Island; the day will be filled with presentations, workshops, films, discussions, kids’ activities, art exhibits, parties and more! Let’s connect our struggles, build our capacities, and support anti-authoritarian revolutionary culture and community.
Last year’s bookfair was an incredible success. Over 400 rebels attended throughout the day to peruse the huge selection of literature, and participate in workshops that inspired new ideas and actions. Parties and events brought us together; new friendships were formed and old friendships rekindled. We send out a huge thanks to everyone who came and helped make the weekend an overwhelming success.
We are now inviting you to help make this year’s bookfair weekend as incredible as last year.
Please get in touch with your workshop proposals, table requests inquiries, accessibility needs, collaboration ideas and wildest dreams at:
Proposals for tables and workshops are due by Aug 1st, 2019
Apply for a workshop: Anarchist Book Fair WorkshopApply for a Table: HAB Tabler RSVP For a more Anarchic Halifax, and a freer, more joyful, and just world! P.S. We know Halifax is far from most other major cities, get in touch if you want to participate but distance feels like a barrier. We’ll try to work out creative solutions to this issue. Halifax Anarchist Bookfair, September 7th, 2019, 10am-6pm
5450 Russell St, Halifax (Kjipuktuk), unceded Mi’kmaq territory.
~For anarchists, and those curious about anarchism~
FREE – Welcome to all.
On Sunday, June 30, 2019 we was on lockdown most of the day because of three inmate drug overdoses. Guys, I want to say this: when my feet first touched down in the streets of Ferguson I felt connected suddenly, because I felt the pain of the people out there. I felt what was going on with them, and I did not want to leave. Even if I did want to leave, I couldn’t—my body wouldn’t let me. Not only my body, but my mind.
I was then rooted in Ferguson. In the movement. In that moment, let me tell you, it was so powerful that if you didn’t feel nothing it was something wrong with you.
So after three days of being out there I got connected with a group called the Lost Voices. They became my family. Before I went to Ferguson I was still trying to find my calling and trying to find myself, but after a year of being exposed to what the cops was doing to young people, and not only my young people but people period, I found myself and I found my calling. And that calling is to be a help to people. To stand with my people in their time of need.
When the cops are tearing them down I will be there to help build them up again. When the cops kill my people I will be there to help get justice. It’s not try to get justice no more it’s we will get justice and there’s not a cop in the world who will stop us.
It’s time we stand our ground. It’s time we defend our people against this bitchass system they call “fair,” because all they doing is trying to get money. On they police car it say “protect and serve,” and that is a damn lie. What that mean is the law protects them and the courthouse serves them with a free walk away from murder.
So to the cops of St. Louis and around the world, we tell you to cut the bullshit because we on to your game, and I say you will not kill anybody else. You will see my face on the front line every time, and if that makes you want to kill me then do it. We all got to die one day.
To the CO’s of these prisons who treat my inmates poorly: I see you. It will stop. You will no longer treat us any fucking way you want to.
To the warden I say get off your ass and get your fucking staff together and prison together. You got CO’s running around like fucking animals. Train your pets, because how they treat us is unacceptable. We won’t allow this type of behavior to go on any longer. They are not my parents. They will respect me or they have no respect coming from me.
For my people out there: keep fighting the good fight as I fight from the inside. Love you guys.Contact:
Joshua Williams #1292002
Missouri Eastern Correctional Center
18701 Old Highway 66
Pacific, Missouri 63069
Matt Gaetz defends bipartisan plan to block Trump from using military force against Iran without congressional approval
Matt Gaetz defends bipartisan plan to block Trump from using military force against Iran without congressional approval | 09 July 2019 | Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, typically a staunch supporter of President Trump, on Tuesday defended his bipartisan plan that would block the president from using military force against Iran without congressional approval. "We're against forever wars and we don't think that any president should be able to keep the United States in war or any type of conflict beyond 60 days," Gaetz, a Republican, told Fox News on Tuesday. The Florida lawmaker teamed up with Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., to craft an amendment that would prevent federal funds from being used for any military force against Iran without congressional approval.
Michael Flynn's New Brief Shines Sunlight on Prosecutor's Tactics | 09 July 2019 | The defense team for former National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn has submitted a filing to the Eastern District of Virginia, fighting the government's most recent proposal to ask the court to deem Flynn a "co-conspirator" in the case against his former partner. The designation is solely for the purpose of obtaining the admission of one document the government itself claims is already admissible under a different rule, according to a brief filed by Flynn's defense team. The substantial briefing was filed in just the last few days in the case the government filed against Bijan Rafiekian, Flynn's former consulting firm partner. It was only unsealed Tuesday...The evidence collected by Flynn's current defense Attorney Sidney Powell, who recently replaced Flynn’s former defense attorney Robert Kelner, sheds new light on the extraordinary tactics used to target and retaliate against Flynn, according to the filing.
The post Call For Week of Agitation in Solidarity With Miguel Peralta appeared first on It's Going Down.This communique comes from the solidarity group accompanying anarchist political prisoner Miguel Peralta, rejecting the recent ruling on his appeal, and calling for a week of agitation July 22- 28.
July 9th 2019English:
This past October 26th, 2018, the then judge Juan León Montiel of the Mixed District Court of Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca, sentenced our compañero Miguel Ángel Peralta to 50 years in prison with a $151,134.90 peso fine. On October 29th of that same year, an appeal was filed against this sentence. The appeal should have been resolved in three months in the Supreme Court of Justice of the State of Oaxaca.
However, after nine months, on July 8th, 2019, Miguel’s lawyers were finally notified of the resolution. The ruling of the appeal was decided on by Judge Arturo León de la Vega, president of the Third Criminal Chamber of the aforementioned court. In this resolution, our compañero was again denied his freedom. Rather, his legal case will be returned to the court in Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca.
Judge Arturo León Vega ignored evidence that shows Miguel is not responsible for the crimes of which he is accused (homicide and attempted homicide). Instead, the judge returned the file (02/2015) to the court where Miguel was originally sentenced. The judge made this decision in light of having the legal capacity to free Miguel. These decisions again show that this legal process is filled with irregularities. Neither the court of Oaxaca nor the court of Huautla have impeded these irregularities. Rather, they have continued them, lengthening legal times and failing to deeply analyze the contradictions and inconsistencies of the case.
Faced with this disparaging and absurd panorama, we worry that the political and economic power of the cacique Zepeda family from Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón continues to have an impact on the legal rulings being made in Miguel’s case. We are particularly concerned with the political influence of local representative of MORENA Elisa Zepeda Lagunas. For over four years that Miguel has been incarcerated, it has been demonstrated on countless occasions that the accusations against him are fabricated. The absurdity is ever clearer with the same courts (tribunal in Oaxaca and court in Huautla) having cast aside the same criminal case, for being inconsistent and contradictory, resulting in freedom of seven other political prisoners from Eloxochitlán.
We make a call for solidarity, against this ruling and to demand that all of the courts involved do not delay any longer in freeing Miguel. We call for a week of agitation #SkandaloContraelEncierro July 22-28, to repudiate the prison institutions and to show our solidarity with our imprisoned comprades, from your own spaces and according to your own forms.
Share your #SkandaloContraelEncierro and send it to:
FB: Miguel Peralta Libre
Prisoners to the streets or everything will explode!
Solidarity Group for the Freedom of Miguel PeraltaEspañol:
Repudiamos la resolución de apelación contra nuestro compañero Miguel Ángel Peralta Betanzos
Actualización de su situación jurídica: llamado a la solidaridad
El pasado 26 de octubre de 2018 el entonces juez Juan León Montiel, del Juzgado Mixto de Huautla de Jiménez, Oaxaca, dictó una sentencia condenatoria de 50 años y una reparación del daño por $151, 134.90 m/n a nuestro compañero Miguel Ángel Peralta. El 29 de octubre de ese mismo año, se interpuso el recurso de apelación en contra de dicha sentencia, misma que debería resolverse en tres meses en el Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Estado de Oaxaca.
Sin embargo, después de un entorpecido periodo de nueve meses, el 8 de julio de 2019 los abogados de Miguel, fueron notificados de la resolución de la apelación, la cual estuvo a cargo del magistrado Arturo León de la Vega presidente de la Tercera Sala Penal del Tribunal mencionado. En dicha resolución, de nueva cuenta, le fue negada la libertad a nuestro compañero, ya que el magistrado, decidió reponer el procedimiento, lo cual implica que el expediente será devuelto al Juzgado de Huautla de Jiménez, manteniendo a Miguel más tiempo en prisión.
El magistrado Arturo León de la Vega, ignoró las pruebas que demuestran que Miguel no tiene responsabilidad alguna en los dos delitos por los que ha sido acusado (Homicidio calificado y Tentativa de Homicidio), y en cambio, regresa el expediente de la causa penal 02/2015, a la instancia donde se le condenó a 50 años de prisión, a pesar de tener las herramientas jurídicas necesarias para dejar a Miguel en libertad. Lo cual es una muestra más de que el proceso de nuestro compañero continua viciado, ya que tanto el Tribunal de Oaxaca, como el Juzgado de Huautla, lo han entorpecido, al alargar los tiempos jurídicos y al ser omisos en analizar con profundidad las contradicciones e inconsistencias del expediente.
Ante este desfavorable y absurdo panorama, vemos con preocupación que el poder político y económico de la familia de caciques Zepeda, del municipio mazateco de Eloxochitlán de Flores Magón, principalmente de la diputada local por MORENA Elisa Zepeda Lagunas, quien ha manipulado a través de mentiras a la opinión pública y a diversas instituciones gubernamentales, siga incidiendo en las resoluciones jurídicas del caso de Miguel, aunque a lo largo de los cuatro años que lleva encerrado, se ha demostrado que las acusaciones que lo mantienen preso son fabricadas, e incluso han sido desechadas por estas mismas instancias (Tribunal y Juzgado de Huautla), en la misma causa penal, al ser inconsistentes y contradictorias, dejando en libertad a 7 personas más.
Por lo que nuevamente hacemos un llamado a manifestarnos en contra de esta resolución y exigir a todas las instancias involucradas que no alarguen más los tiempos jurídicos para que Miguel pueda obtener su libertad. Les convocamos a la Jornada de Agitación #SkandaloContraelEncierro del 22 al 28 de julio, para repudiar las instituciones carcelarias y solidarizarse con nuestrxs compas presxs, desde su propios espacios y formas.
¡Haz pública tu #SkandaloContraelEncierro y compártelo a:
¡Presxs a la calle o que todo estalle!
Grupo Solidario por la libertad de Miguel Peralta
As the Trump administration scrambles to formalize its rollback of clean car standards, 24 governors are telling the President to pump the brakes on the proposed rule. The governors have signed a letter, as reported this morning in The New York Times, Associated Press, and Bloomberg, requesting that the administration reconsider the rollback of fuel efficiency and emissions standards, and to honor California’s authority under the Clean Air Act to write its own standards, which other states are allowed under the law to sign onto.Tags: koch vs cleanMarathon PetroleumAFPMkoch industriesclean car standardscafe standardsEnergy4USTrump Administration
The post Tacoma, WA: Community Continues to Mobilize Against Nazi-Owned Tattoo Parlor appeared first on It's Going Down.Report from the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club on continued community mobilization against a neo-Nazi owned tattoo parlor in Tacoma, Washington.
On Saturday, July 6th, members of Tacoma Against Nazis, Destiny City Antifa, Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club, and other members of the community paid a visit to a nazi-owned business: House of Pain Tattoo at 8232 Pacific Ave in Tacoma, WA.
Sound familiar? That’s because the community chased them out of their old location, Tac Town Tattoo!
The neo-nazi owners, Jason “Gravy” Desimas and Kenrick Baughman, have been spotted last week hanging out with Guy Miller, one of the white supremacists who participated in the hate crime attack against a black DJ in Lynnwood, WA. Members at that incident from their neo-nazi hate group, Hammerskins Crew 38, are listed in jail registries as white supremacists, and were caught carrying nazi business cards and swastika jewelry while throwing nazi hand salutes at this stop on their way to celebrate a neo-nazi holiday on Whidbey Island.
Gravy himself has pictures in front of nazi flags. Kenrick is photographed in front of Crew 38 signs.
Members of the community stepped up hard to protest their nazi presence in our community, carrying signs and marching in front of their doors. Meanwhile, the nazis inside pulled one of their favorite tactics: putting up a “white lives matter” sign and hiding behind their children.
An amazing group of anti-fascist community members from all walks of life showed up to defend their community against nazis, and it’s guaranteed that we’ll return. Yesterday’s action was the first of many in a diversity of tactics for this new location.
We’ll be back.
DENTON, TX -- Anarchists from the Trinity River Lookout Media Collective will be hosting a book fair July 27, 2019 from noon to 1:30 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton, TX.
The anarchist book fair, a first organized in North Texas, will feature Vermin Supreme as well as anarchist political prisoner Barrett Brown, and anarchist founder of the Black Women's Defense League, Niecee X.
Collectives from other Texas cities are planning on tabling. Other anarchist groups are planning on coming to the event from around the country.
Organizers of the event hope that this event will help educate folx about anarchism, as well as build stronger bonds between anarchist groups in Texas and around the country.
Lineup as of 7/9/2019 3 p.m. CST
Vermin Supreme, Presidential Candidate
Barrett Brown, journalist and former political prisoner
“Why Adrian Chen Went Silent”
Eric Niederkruger, Solidarity Not Charity - Grand Junction, CO
"Non-Violence? In fact, it's a Crime."
Niecee X, Black Women's Defense League
"Blackness is Not Blankness : Building solidarity Beyond the Erasure of the intersections of Race and Sex in State Violence"
Sandra Price, Delegate for the CNI CIG and EZLN
"Update on EZLN resistance to Tren Maya"
Occupied Southwest Zine Distro
"Anarchist printing and the proliferation of infrastructure"
Archer of Eden
Red Scare Infoshop - Tulsa, OK
Revolution Cafe and Bookstore
Cactus Collective - Riverside, California
Central Arkansas AFA
Cyphera Transhumanist Info
DFW Antifascist League
Ediciones Inéditas ALV - Los Angeles, CA
Emma Goldman Book Club
Filler PGH Zine Distro - Pittsburgh, PA
Occupied Southwest Zine Distro - Phoenix, Arizona
Vermin Supreme 2020 Campaign
The post Parole Board Moves to Keep Ceder Locked Up Over Summer appeared first on It's Going Down.Update from Hamilton, Ontario on the decision by the parole board to keep Cedar locked up over the summer, in the face of massive community outrage.
After waiting close to five days, we finally got news on the outcome of Cedar’s parole hearing. At about 4:56pm Monday, July 8th, after days of deliberation, we got the news that the revocation their parole stands. After submitting over a dozen affidavits to the parole board; after hundreds of community members spoke out and took action against the criminalization of pride defenders; after a day of solidarity that resulted in over fifty actions taking place across several continents in support of queers fighting back, the parole board nonetheless decided to keep Cedar in prison for the rest of the summer.
The parole board’s findings, though heartbreaking, are not surprising to those of us who are experienced in dealing with the legal system. It may not be surprising, but it is something to pay attention to and learn from. Given the outcome, it is crucial to understand the general circumstances, as well as the particular forces that created this situation. Knowing the rationale behind Cedar’s arrest and their subsequent incarceration tells us much about our current moment and provides many warnings to consider as we continue on in Hamilton.
One of the key questions that the parole board considered was whether or not a speech given by Cedar could be considered incitement and thus a breach of their parole. Contrary to the many statements made by the Hamilton Police that Cedar was arrested due to their alleged presence at Pride, the police’s own internal documents indicate that they were arrested in large part for a different incident. Police lie. They regularly abuse their power, and cannot be trusted in any way, shape, or form to address the wave of hate that has been sweeping through the city. On the Monday following Pride, an open meeting was called at City Hall to bring together Hamilton’s queer, trans, and non-binary community. The meeting was supposed to be a safe space – a place for queers to have an opportunity to voice their thoughts, feelings, and concerns following the weekend’s attack. Unfortunately, this meeting ended up being extremely unsafe. During the event, Cedar gave a fiery speech criticizing the police and calling on queers to defend themselves. The speech also directly referenced and called out the uniformed police officers who were present. All of this is pretty well known. However, there is more to the story and this more is incredibly relevant to any discussion of the city’s proposed “hate incident policy and procedure”.
The cops who were visible in uniform at the meeting, were NOT the only cops present in the room. There was at least one other officer in attendance, but he was undercover in plain clothes. As if this isn’t enough of a violation, the officer in question belongs to a very notable division of HPS – the Hate Crime and Extremism Unit. This means that said division isn’t exclusively (and arguably isn’t prioritizing) investigating the violent far-right. Rather, they are coming for us. Only days after Pride participants were attacked by hate groups, a member of the police unit specifically responsible for dealing with hate-based activities came to a meeting for the queer community to investigate the queer community. Let that sink in. This officer creepily surveilled the meeting and all of those present – he observed and took detailed notes that documented names of people who were there, specific things that they said, and who knows what else. These notes were then used as a weapon and became the basis upon which HPS built a case against Cedar. Having police at the meeting did not lead to more safety for queers, rather it led to more violence. To be clear, their presence put a trans person in jail; it led to a member of our community being put in a cage and segregated.
Against this backdrop, the recent proposal coming from City Hall for addressing “hate-related activities” is nothing less than horrifying. Just when you think that the city’s response to the fallout from Pride couldn’t possibly get any worse, it does in fact get worse. In case you missed it, last Friday it was announced that city councillors will soon vote on a new “Hate Incident Prevention Policy” aimed at addressing the issue of hate-based individuals, groups, and incidents in Hamilton. The draft policy entails provisions such as installing more CCTV cameras at City Hall and in other public places; increasing the “general surveillance capacity” of the city more broadly; procuring more tools for police to deal with protesters and demonstrations; and the hiring of a special security investigator “tasked with investigating and documenting hate related activities on city owned property”. In sum, the city wants more surveillance, more police involvement, and more files documenting people’s activities and personal information. All of this is incredibly concerning and we should be worried.
For starters, the most obvious issue is that this policy will not be used exclusively to target the far-right. It is almost guaranteed to target (and perhaps even focus on) queers, anti-fascists, people of colour, and other left activists. There is a long history of such policies being used against those deemed to be political radicals, and it has already been demonstrated that Hamilton Police Services can and will use the guise of “fighting hate” to criminalize our communities. We will be subjected to more surveillance, we will face more police harassment and violence, and we will have more of our lives intrusively documented. This is enraging. To use hate-related laws and policies to police movements for equality and liberation for all is offensive, and to equate anti-fascism with fascism (just two extreme ideologies) is categorically wrong. While the “both sides” argument has been popular these past weeks, it is important to loudly and publicly remind the city that these two sides are wildly different.
Next, there is the issue of how hate/hate symbols/hate activity is defined. The definitions used by city council in the past have been questionable, but also illustrative of underlying political sympathies. Throughout the course of last year, swastikas and other white supremacist symbols appeared with increasing frequency in public spaces. However, these hate symbols were paid little attention and the city’s politicians have instead focused their energy elsewhere – notably debating the circle A and arguing for the anarchist symbol to be classified a hate symbol. This gives a pretty good indication about where City Hall’s priorities lie.
There’s also the issue of how specific groups come to be recognized as victims and/or potential victims of hate. In other words, which groups of people or what kinds of groups of people are understood to be at risk for hate-based targeting. For example, could a feminist event on city property be accused of perpetuating hatred against men? Many in the men’s rights movement classify feminism as an ideology of hate and consider men, as a group, to be a target of hate. Moving to a more concrete example, let’s look at the police. Hamilton Police Services have routinely claimed that police themselves are a major at-risk group for hate-targeting and are frequently the victims of hate crimes. So, if a group organizes an anti-police demonstration, could they be accused of engaging in hate activity? Would queer demonstrations like those that have been organized in the aftermath of pride, be classified as inciting hate if they were to happen again?
And finally, there is the issue of information security and associated risk. Creating databases and other records at City Hall that include detailed information on people’s activities, alongside their personal information presents a very real threat to those people. What if those records were to fall into the hands of fascists or fascist sympathizers? One of the most famous white supremacists in Canada, Paul Fromm, ran for mayor of Hamilton during the last election. The City of Hamilton currently employs known neo-nazi, Marc Lemire, and in the IT department of all places! There are a million ways that this could go wrong, and if information such as people’s home addresses and places of work are acquired by members of the far-right, people will be placed in danger – they will likely face harassment and potentially violence.
All those who have joined the chorus of outrage in the wake of the attack on this year’s Pride and the subsequent mishandling of the situation by City Hall and the Hamilton Police Services should refuse to be pacified. Promises of more surveillance and repression from the very same people who have long refused to keep queers, trans and non-binary folks safe, and criminalized those who stepped up to do so is absolutely against our collective interests. And all those who have rightly spoken up against Cedar’s politically motivated arrest should take a moment to heed the actual words that got them thrown back in jail:
“If people say well we need cops there so they can de-escalate… it’s like how about we build de-escalation skills collectively? […] If we want the police there to use measured force in order to deal with situations, let’s figure out how to use measured force ourselves and decide when and how it’s appropriate to do so. I think building up strength to act, the strength needed to be violent if necessary is a necessary precondition for your choice to be peaceful to be meaningful, otherwise you’re just powerless.”
To those who know us, it will not be surprising when we continue to organize and mobilize for those who are facing charges from Pride, and for those amplifying trans, non-binary and queer voices throughout this city. We are under attack. We will defend ourselves. We will not let anyone criminalize our community for it. We will be relentless and we will keep fighting back. Until our friend is free. Until our voices are heard. Until we are safe.
For people interested in starting a worker cooperative, one of the most useful things to do is to hear from people who are already living the dream of worker-ownership. Starting a co-op can be an intimdating process, and connecting with those who have “been there and done that” helps not only by providing examples of how particular issues have been addressed in existing co-ops, but also by providing the confidence that comes with being part of a movement, rather than just a group of individuals struggling on their own to create something new.
It is with this in mind that we present a compendium of interviews with worker-owners in co-ops engaged in everything from building houses to baking muffins. It’s our hope that what you find below will help inspire confidence in the worker cooperative model, and a passion for expanding it into new fields and new enterprises. Enjoy!
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Family farming isn’t just difficult. It’s so brittle that it only makes a viable livelihood for farmers when land is nearly valueless for sheer lack of people. In areas where family farming has persisted for more than a couple generations it’s largely thanks to extensive, modern technocratic government interventions like grants, guaranteed loans, subsidized crop insurance, free training, tax breaks, suppression of farmworker wages, and more. Family farms’ dependence on the state is well understood within the industry, but it’s heresy to talk about it openly lest taxpayers catch on. I think it’s time to open up, because I don’t think a practice that needs that much life support can truly be considered “sustainable.” After seeing what I’ve seen from 20 years in the industry, continuing to present it as such feels to me like a type of con game — because there is a better way.
America’s history is filled with examples of collaborative farming. It’s just less publicized than single-family homesteading. African-American farmers have a long and determined history of collaborative farming, a brace against the viciousness of slavery and Jim Crow. Native peoples that farmed usually did so as a whole community rather than on a single-family basis. In the early days of the reservation system, some reservations grew their food on one large farm run by the entire nation or tribe. These were so successful that colonial governments panicked, broke them up, and forced indigenous farmers to farm as individual single-family homesteads. This was done with the express goal of impoverishing them — which says a lot about the realities of family farming, security, and financial independence. It also says a lot about how long those grim realities have been understood. Indigenous groups today run modern, innovative, community-level land operations, including over half the farms in Arizona; or Tanka’s work restoring prairies, bison, and traditional foodways in the Dakotas as the settler-built wheat economy dries up.
One collaborative tradition that’s been very public about how their community-size farms function is the Hutterites, a religious group of about 460 communities in the U.S. and Canada numbering 75-150 people apiece. Despite the harsh prairies where they live, and farming about half as many acres per capita as neighboring family farmers, Hutterites are thriving and expanding when neighboring family farms are throwing in the towel.
Their approach — essentially farming as a large employee-owned company with diverse crops and livestock — has valuable lessons.
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David Attenborough Calls on Voters in US and Australia to Respond to Climate Science Denial Among Leaders
Veteran broadcaster David Attenborough has expressed his disappointment at the rise of climate science denial in the US and Australia and called on voters to respond.
Referencing the rise of climate science denial in some countries while giving evidence to a committee of MPs in the UK, Attenborough said he was “sorry that there are people in power and internationally, notably the United States, but also in Australia” where “those voices are clearly heard”. He said he hoped the “electorate will actually respond” to public figures that promote climate science denial.Tags: David Attenboroughclimate science denialDonald TrumpAustralia
Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89 | 09 July 2019 | Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president, has died after a five-month battle with leukemia. He was 89. The pioneer of the computer services industry founded Electronic Data Systems Corp. in 1962 and Perot Systems Corp. 26 years later.
San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer announces 2020 presidential run | 09 July 2019 | Billionaire activistTom Steyer is joining the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, reversing course after deciding earlier this year that he would forgo a run. Steyer made the announcement Tuesday, casting himself as an outsider who will oppose what he calls "the hostile corporate takeover of our democracy [of which he's a part]." The 62-year-old from California is one of the most visible and deep-pocketed liberals advocating for President Donald Trump's impeachment. He surprised many Democrats in January when he declared he would focus entirely on the impeachment effort instead of seeking the White House. [WikiLeaks emails reveal Tom Steyer discussing "walnut sauce topping" on his "pizza" with John Podesta. Steyer is running for president so that he can claim he's a victim of Trump supporters' persecutions, when he goes down with the other "elite" child molesters and sex traffickers.]
Bolton and Netanyahu killed 2005 Iran talks, 'lured' Trump into shredding 2015 deal - Iranian FM | 09 July 2019 | National Security Advisor John Bolton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scuppered a 2005 nuclear agreement between Iran and the west, and did the same with President Trump, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said. "Bolton & Netanyahu killed Paris agreement between E3 & Iran in '05 by insisting on zero enrichment," Zarif tweeted on Tuesday. "Result? Iran increased its enrichment 100 fold by 2012." Referring to Bolton and Netanyahu as the "B Team," Zarif then said that "they've lured Donald Trump into killing JCPOA w/the same delusion," the JCPOA being the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or Iran Nuclear Deal.
From competition to collaboration: How these veteran Odebrecht investigative reporters uncovered the truth
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has hundreds of members across the world. Typically, these journalists are the best in their country and have won many national and global awards. Our monthly series, Meet the Investigators, highlights the work of these tireless journalists.
Long before ICIJ delved into the vast bribery operation managed by the Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, two ICIJ members had been leading the way in investigating the company’s corruption.
Gustavo Gorriti and Milagros Salazar, both from Peru, are the directors of major investigative journalism networks in Latin America. Gorriti’s IDL-Reporteros and Salazar’s Investigate Lavo Jato networks have been covering the Odebrecht case for years, managing international teams of reporters that have broken major stories about the scandal.
On June 26, Salazar and Gorriti were among more than 50 journalists across the Americas who launched the Bribery Division, a new ICIJ-led investigation revealing hundreds of millions of dollars in secret payments made by a unit of Odebrecht that was created primarily to manage the company’s bribes.
Bribery Division revelations have sparked resignations in the Dominican Republic and calls for further investigation from an influential U.S Senator, the attorney general’s office in Panama, and civil society groups across the region.
ICIJ spoke with Gorriti and Salazar about their experiences investigating Odebrecht, what it was like to work together on the Bribery Division, and what to expect next as the political shockwaves from Odebrecht continue to ripple across Latin America.Can you describe your network and the reasons why you created it?
Milagros Salazar: The Investigate Lavo Jato network is a network of investigative journalists in 15 countries in Latin America and Africa. We started because we could see that the Lavo Jato case needed collaboration, and not only in terms of exchanging information about acts of corruption, payments of bribes, of hidden financing of political campaigns in our countries. It required that we become methodologically solid. [Editor’s Note: Operation Car Wash is an ongoing investigation by the Federal Police of Brazil, which began as a money-laundering probe and quickly expanded to examine corruption connected to Brazil’s state oil company, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., or Petrobras, a multinational.]
When the Lavo Jato case began in Brazil, we saw that there was very little investigative journalism. What we wanted was, in parallel to the daily coverage, to develop investigations in which we shared information, developed our own sources, built collaborative databases and traced the money. This would allow journalism to contribute in an important way to advance the investigations in our countries.
Gustavo Gorriti: IDL-Reporteros is one of the most long-standing digital outlets dedicated to investigative journalism. We started to operate at the end of 2009 and the first publication we did was in 2010. The reason we brought it into existence was that the only way to be able to do investigative journalism – without limitations, sustained, intense – was to create small newsrooms of this kind.
I did it after a long experience in traditional media, what you call legacy press. The limitations that existed were large, most of all on the business side, to bring forward investigative journalism that was sustained and sustainable. It was necessary, it was indispensable to have digital media dedicated to this.Recommended reading Both of your networks have investigated Odebrecht in depth. Why is the Odebrecht case so important to Latin America and why did you decide to focus on this topic?
Gorriti: We started to work on the case in 2010, with a series of investigations into abnormalities that emerged into view: cost overruns of the projects, the fact that one group of companies won almost all the bids. We published some things but it was clear that the methodological difficulties to get to the bottom of the investigation were enormous.
In 2014, the Lavo Jato case began in Brazil, and it advanced on what previous investigations had found. We saw that there was enormous potential in that investigation that transcended Brazil. We knew that what was happening in Brazil was happening in the rest of Latin America.
We also saw something else that was very important. In Brazil, the prosecutors, the judges and police had taken leadership of the investigation. In the rest of Latin America, it wasn’t going to be like that. There it needed to be investigative journalism. And there began a very interesting competition between those prosecutors, the small group of virtuoso prosecutors, and ourselves. That allowed the investigation to advance at great speed.
Salazar: As Gustavo has told you, in Peru it was journalism on the Lavo Jato case that made it possible for the investigations to begin at the prosecutors’ office. While in Brazil, it was a group of prosecutors and police that began the investigation, and then the press began to cover it.
So we began in a natural manner, in the sense that as journalists we wanted to make our best contributions in a complex case that required us to join forces. And we began to function as a global newsroom, not at the scale of ICIJ but with that spirit. The goal was to go wherever we needed to go and add journalists in the countries where it was necessary to access information, and work in a collaborative manner.
You can compete fiercely in league matches and then be together on the national team. – Gustavo GorritiThere has been a great deal of information about the Odebrecht case revealed in witness confessions and charges filed by prosecutors. How was the leak in the Bribery Division investigation different, and how does it advance our understanding of the case?
Salazar: This investigation is a very important contribution, because with the collaboration agreements which the company has signed with various attorneys general in the region, it means the company is going to have to give information they are requesting and confirm the information that they haven’t submitted. There have been omissions on the part of the company about some payments, and we as journalists have worked to corroborate that.
It is important above all to countries where prosecutors have not advanced in a decisive manner. For example, the case of the Dominican Republic is extremely emblematic. The Dominican Republic was the first country that signed the collaboration agreement between the company and its prosecutors, but publicly there has been very little disclosed about any advances. It is suspected that there is very little will on the part of prosecutors to advance the Lavo Jato case.
And so in some countries, this investigation will be extremely important, not only so the company collaborates with more information, but so that prosecutors in these countries have to account for why they haven’t advanced in the investigations.
Gorriti: This adds an additional phase to the investigation. It complements what is already done in countries where there has been a lot of progress, like Peru, and helps to open the scenario in other countries where there has been less of an advance. In all countries, it is a substantive contribution.
It has another advantage, which is that it comes when Odebrecht has already reached leniency agreements for cooperation with governments and prosecutors. In all those – thanks to the fact that Odebrecht is in a very strict compliance program – the capacity to corroborate will be very quick. There won’t be a company or a group that resists giving the information, on the contrary, they will confirm. In some cases, it will be ‘Oops, I forgot!’ In others they will say they just discovered it. But without a doubt, it is an important investigation at the hemispheric level.Normally, your networks work in parallel and sometimes even in competition in your coverage of Odebrecht. What has the experience been like of collaborating with each other on this project?
Gorriti: Both competition and collaboration are necessary and positive, for the development of investigative journalism in particular. I think they are necessary and complementary in many aspects of life. You can compete fiercely in league matches and then be together on the national team.
Salazar: The project by ICIJ is a great opportunity to join forces. From Investigate Lavo Jato, we see that there is excellent work that the network led by Gustavo is doing. What counts is this: with the joining of forces to complement each other in our findings, it’s the audience that wins.What will happen next in the Odebrecht case? What are the next developments that readers should expect?
Salazar: The pace of advances is very different in different countries, and the hope is that after this new investigation, there are positive advances. They have still not finished telling the story of what happened in countries like Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. In countries in Africa like Angola and Mozambique, everything still remains to be told.
In that sense, it is a moment for international cooperation between prosecutors, who also work in a network, to ask themselves what they can do in these cases. And there is a big question for Brazil about how it can contribute to the investigations in those countries where there aren’t the conditions to advance.
Gorriti: I think is very probable that in the next few months, if the devil doesn’t stick in his tail [barring unexpected malfeasance], we will learn much more than we what we know now. And that will take place through additional confessions. We had arrived at a certain point due to confessions, then this investigation from ICIJ greatly widens the scope of what is known, and new confessions will come from other people.
In countries like Venezuela, a lot is known but much more is still being ignored. When it is learned in Venezuela what there is to be known, the depth of the robbery will be much greater than in any other country. It is not easy to go from a powerful oil producer to a fourth-world country.
This project has served to provide an advance, an additional push to the investigation, so that it can proceed in a unified manner in Latin America. And it has also served to show, in diverse countries, the method by which this should be accomplished. Here in Peru, along the lines of what was done in Brazil, there have been great advances due to confessions. I imagine that in other countries, where there is sufficient capacity and political will, they will do something similar.
Until then, it will have to be investigative journalism revealing one thing after another.
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The post Phone-Zap: July 11th-12th tell PNC Bank to #DivestfromICE appeared first on It's Going Down.Join us in a call-in campaign against PNC Bank as part of a week of action against the leading financiers of migrant detention. These financial institutions provide funding for ICE’s private prison collaborators, Geo Group and CoreCivic. This action provides nationwide support to the branch shutdowns and protests at PNC and other bank locations. Call:
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On July 6, 2013, a train hauling crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, resulting in fires and explosions that killed 47 people and wiped out a large part of the small Canadian town's center. At the time I was living in Albany, New York, which had become a major distribution point for Bakken oil delivered to the Port of Albany in mile-long trains like the one that devastated Lac-Mégantic. In the six months following the deadly disaster, several more trains of Bakken oil derailed and exploded across North America.
As the risk of these oil trains became very apparent, I began investigating how the trains could be allowed to travel through communities like mine in Albany and started publishing my findings here at DeSmog. Now, just after the six year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic disaster, I have compiled all of that research into the new book Bomb Trains: How Industry Greed and Regulatory Failure Put the Public at Risk.Tags: bakken bomb trainsoil train bookoil by railbakken oil trainsoil trainsLac Megantic