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Festival Father Frost against Putin 2019 to take place in January

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 07:29
Father Frost against Putin

Next year, 2019, the Father Frost against Putin-festival will once again take place in Helsinki. From the 5th to the 6th of January you can join discussions about the state of affairs in Russia and the x-USSR region, and get a chance to meet various social and political activists without the fear of police or special service operations. (fear of infringement from the side of police and special services).

The difficult political and economic situation, compounded by a new wave of repressions and authoritarianism in Russia and the region provide ample topics for discussion. The social protests taking place in a generally difficult geopolitical environment in Europe, the ”Network” frameup against Russian anti-fascists and events related to it, are just a small selection of the topics up for discussion.

In this increasingly turbulent context we want to work out and form a common position in regards to these events, and figure out what to do in relation to the Putin regime, and other islands of authoritarianism in the x-USSR.

The festival program will be distributed openly, and will consist of two parts – presentations and a party. The event is open, and organised in a country where police harrassment is unlikely.

Place of the event will be announced later If you are interested in taking part in the festival and you need place to sleep, please fill out the form below and send it to dedmoroz@riseup.net. Registration is required only for those, who need help with sleeping places. Deadline to send your form – January 4 2019.

Event in facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/964842413701892/
Event in VK: https://vk.com/ded_against_putin

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Anews Podcast #90, 11.16.18

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 04:05

https://podcast.anarchistnews.org/index.php/2018/11/18/anews-podcast-90-...

Welcome to the anews podcast. This is episode 90 for November 16, 2018. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week on anarchistnews.org.

Editorial: How do you read? by Dim
TOTW: Anonymity with Aragorn! and a friend

This week the podcast was...
sound edited by Dim
what's new was written by jackie and narrated by chisel and Dim
thanks to Aragorn! and a friend for the ToTW
no Redacted this week
Music! 1. Read a Book by Bomani Armah
2. I'm Different by Andy Newman
3. You Don't Know My Name by Alicia Keys

Tags: dimreadinganonymitypince-nezcategory: Projects
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Indonesia: Aftonomi Press need support to publish Bahasa version of Guy Debord’s “The Society of the Spectacle”

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 15:00

The comrades need support to publish an Indonesian (Bahasa) translation of Guy Debord’s “The Society of the Spectacle”.

“The spectacle present itself simultaneously as society itself, as a part of society, and as a means of unification. As a part of society, it is the focal point of all vision and all consciousness. But due to the very fact that this sector is seperate, it is in reality the domain of delusion and false consciousness: the unification it achieves is nothing but an official languange of universal separation” The Society of the Spectacle-Guy Debord.

Aftonomi press is part of the Aftonomi infoshop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. One of the projects that has been completed is translating The Society of the Spectacle – Guy Debord into Bahasa (Indonesian Version). The book will be published by Aftonomi Press. Armed Joy – Alfredo M. Bonanno and has been published by Aftonomi Press. After publishing The Society of the Spectacle – Guy Debord, Anarchism and Its Aspiration – Cindy Milstein – will be published. The collective also communicated with Cindy, and the next step is to translate Rebellious Mourning – Cindy Milstein.

Unfortunately, we lack the funds to publish Guy Debord’s book and it is undeniable in Indonesia that the literature of anarchism and Situasionist is the least, so we really want this book to be published soon for the development of ideas and methods in anarchists in
Indonesia. This is a good project, I hope you can consider this. You can help by donating directly to paypal.me/aftonomi or you can buy books or t-shirts that we sell.

For check what we sell, you can see it on Instagram: @Aftonomi.
Donate: paypal.me/aftonomi

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Yogyakarta: Solidarity with all anarchists in Russia, Long live Anarchy! Love Mikhail

Sat, 11/17/2018 - 14:48

Statement by the Anarchist Individualist Network of Yogyakarta to comrade Mikhail, all anarchists and anti-fascists in Russia!

A banner tied in Yogyakarta, reading: “SOLIDARITY WITH ALL ANARCHIST AND
ANTI-FASCIST IN RUSIA, LONG LIVE ANARCHY! LOVE MIKHAIL”

Anarchists and Anti-Fascists in Russia have faced a wave of repression
from the State following an action carried out by a 17-year-old young
anarchist named Mikhail Zhlobitsky who blew himself up at the
Arkhangelsk city FSB building on the morning of October 31. After the
action some Anarchists and Anti-Fascists were arrested and received
continued repression.

We hope for solidarity and strength for all anarchists and anti-fascists
in Russia, Indonesia and worldwide.

Anarchist Individualist Network of Yogyakarta, November 16, 2018

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Conference for Anarchist Mental Health Workers in New York, February 2019

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 18:40

Attention anarchist (and other similarly leftist anti-capitalist anti-authoritarian*) mental health workers** and students!

Please join us for a FREE one-day conference to resource- and skill-share, build community, and strategize for how to better incorporate anarchist values into our work.

We invite you to 1) share the ways you combat the capitalism, authoritarianism, patriarchy, White supremacy, etc that impacts your clients and infects your organizations, and 2) strategize for the radical re-humanization, healing, and empowerment we and our clients need.

Topics to be addressed include: radical case conferencing, non-hierarchical peer supervision, anti-capitalist private practice (yes it’s possible!), navigating and surviving authoritarian systems and institutions, creating horizontal alternatives, and whatever else you want to share in your own break-out session related to these themes.

To register or to submit a workshop proposal, send an email to nycamhc@protonmail.com

*values/ideologies that believe in non-hierarchy, communalism, horizonalism, and mutual aid as both a means AND an end
**psychotherapists, counselors, peer specialists, psychopharm prescribers.

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Russian anti-fascist reveals violence, humiliation and threats in pre-trial detention

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 01:32

From Open Democracy dot net

Media Zona 14 November 2018

In Russia, the security services have arrested 11 anarchists and anti-fascists on terrorism charges. Yuly Boyarshinov, a defendant, describes the conditions in pre-trial detention – where prisoners beat, bully and humiliate others in league with investigators.

Investigative prison, Penza. Source: OVD-Info.Since October 2017, 11 people have been arrested as part of the “Network” case – a terrorism investigation led by the Russian security services into anti-fascists and anarchists. According to investigators, these men were allegedly members of an organisation that planned to “destabilise the political climate in the country” during the Russian presidential elections and Football World Cup via explosions and riots. Cells of the organisation were allegedly operating in Moscow, St Petersburg, Penza and Belarus.

Several of the men detained have reported that the FSB tortured them into confessing to the charges against them. For example, software engineer Viktor Filinkov, who was abducted from St Petersburg Pulkovo airport in January 2018, has described in detail how he was tortured with electric shocks into learning a false confession in a minivan on the outskirts of the city. Arman Sagynbayev, who previously ran a vegan food business, has stated that he underwent similar torture in November 2017 in St Petersburg. Other people detained as suspects and witnesses in this case have also reported brutal torture.

Yuly Boyarshinov, an antifascist, industrial climber and “free market” organiser from St Petersburg, was arrested on 21 January 2018. Boyarshinov later stated that city police officers beat him after he refused to answer their questions, citing his right not to incriminate himself. Four hundred grams of gunpowder were then discovered in his possession. On 23 January, a district court ordered his arrest for 30 days on a explosives possession charge. Boyarshinov was then visited by two FSB agents, who listed the names of defendants in the “Network” case and promised that if he did not talk, it “would get worse”. After he refused to talk, he was transferred to Pre-Trial Detention Centre No.6 at Gorelovo, in the outskirts of St Petersburg. On 11 April 2018, Boyarshinov was officially accused of being a member of a terrorist organisation.

In total, Boyarshinov spent five months in Gorelovo Pre-Trial Detention Centre — throughout this time, the FSB tried to make him confess to the charges against him. In a publication by Russian media outlet MediaZona, he describes the atmosphere of isolation, violence and doom in the prison.

Yuly Boyarshinov. Source: Personal archive, via Rupression.

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Detainees in Gorelovo Detention Centre are subject to systematic physical violence and humiliations by other prisoners, who carry out the orders of the prison administration. Those prisoners call themselves “elders” or “seniors”, but other prisoners call them “reds” or “activists”.

These same people extract money from detainees for individual places to sleep, places next to the television, the right to sleep during the day and other “privileges”. For example, in Cell 3/14, I had to sleep in a twin-bed with four more prisoners. And in Cell 1/2, where I was from 1 March 2018 until 20 July 2018, I had to sleep either on the floor or the top bunk of a double bed with two, three, four more people.

More than a half of all prisoners in the cell do not have their own sleeping place, but this is not only due to overcrowding. In Cell 1/2, which has room for 116 people to sleep, there usually were 120-140 people, sometimes even 150. But, regardless of the overcrowding, there were always free beds in the “Kremlin”.

The “Kremlin” is a large space, separated by a curtain, where the “activists” live. In Cell 1/2, three or four people occupied 12 sleeping places in the “Kremlin”, while at the other end of the same cell regular prisoners had to share a twin bed between five people.

More than a half of all prisoners in the cell do not have their own sleeping place, but this is not only due to overcrowding

A new arrival into the cell is met by “orderlies”, usually sporty young men. They shout at the newbie to run to the other side of the cell, then tell him to stand there and wait until he is called. The prisoner acting as a clerk writes down the new prisoner’s personal details: his name and surname, date of birth, charge/conviction and prison term (if he already has one). In Cell 1/2, as in many others, both convicted prisoners and those under investigation are detained together. People who are first-time prisoners and “second-timers”, as well as people who are facing charges of different severity, are all mixed together. When I was in Cell 1/2, there were detainees investigated under Articles 105, 111, 126, 127, 131, 132, 134, 135, 158, 159, 161, 162, 163, 205, 222, 228, 264, 210 and others.

The new arrival is forced to wait standing from anywhere between 20 minutes to one and a half hours, without talking to anyone. Then he is called to the “kitchen”, which is a small room at the far end of the cell, where no one is normally allowed in. This is where the “activists” eat, and a designated person cooks food for them on a stove throughout the day. Fresh meat and eggs are brought to them in a soup tureen.

lead Yuly Boyarshinov. Source: David Frenkel / MediaZona. Two or three “activists” talk to the newcomer in the kitchen, explain to him that one has to pay 5,000-10,000 roubles [roughly £60-£110] a month for a separate bunk, sometimes they extract a one-off payment for “moving in” – tens of thousands of roubles [up to £500]. If he refuses [to pay], they shout, hit him in the stomach or the back of the head. They threaten to beat his buttocks or heels with a stick, but this they do rarely in order to avoid leaving traces.

They also force the newcomer to clean the floor, sometimes non-stop, four or five times per hour from lunch until dinner, and then from dinner until lights-off. They threaten that if a prisoner cleans the floor, this will affect his social status and later he will be forced to do that permanently in the correction colony. In other words, cleaning is turned into a humiliating punishment.

Those who face charges under Articles 131-135 of the Russian Criminal Code [crimes related to sexual violence] are forced to clean the latrines, wash clothes for the “seniors” and pay much higher sums of money.

Sometimes, as an alternative to monthly payments, the “activists” propose these detainees become a “helper” – that is, to serve one of the “activists”, wash their clothes, bring food to the “Kremlin”, put up the curtain that separates the “Kremlin” from the rest of the cell and take it down when it’s likely that prison guards may visit, although they don’t remove it in the presence of the regular guards responsible for the block.

When one of the “activists” goes to the toilet, the helpers kick out everyone from there in advance, roughly 10 minutes or so before. The same happens if one of the “activists” takes a shower. There is no hot water in the first and third blocks. The water for “activists” is warmed up with an immersion heater in a big barrel – a designated person has to look after it the whole day. Only “activists” can wash with hot water.

Regular prisoners are only allowed to use one lavatory out of three in the toilet, two others are reserved for the “elders”. Because of that and the fact that they close the toilet so often, there was always a queue of four-five people there.

There are two “clerks” in Cell 1/2. These are the prisoners who read both in- and outgoing letters of other prisoners and check that nobody complains to their relatives about violations in the cell. They can block a letter or order you to cross out particular sentences. You are not allowed to put letters in the letterbox yourself. The clerks also sign to receive letters, sometimes also for food parcels and shopping for other detainees. They also pass statements and requests to detention centre officials. Almost all interactions with the guards, including during the morning inspection, are mediated by the clerks and elders, and you are prohibited from addressing [the guards] directly, which creates isolation and a sense of doom.

Yuli Boyarshinov and defense attorney Olga Krivonos at a custody extension hearing, 19 February 2018. Source: OVD-Info / Olga Krivonos. I was beaten up several times: on the day I moved in to Cell 3/14, on the first day in Cell 1/2, and on the second day there too, and on the several more occasions from time to time when I was called in for a “conversation” in the kitchen. These “conversations” usually happened after my lawyer applied to transfer me to another cell or complained about the conditions of my detention and so on.

From the first day, I was told that “this can’t be solved with money” and that there was a special request on me from Ivan Prozarevsky, an agent, to create especially difficult conditions for me.

The first few months I was forced to clean the floor non-stop, then slightly rarer after that. During my whole time in Gorelovo I was barely allowed out to exercise, only a couple of times per month.

After I applied to be transferred to a non-smoking cell, I was called in to the kitchen. Two “activists”, Roman and Konstantin Makarov (“Makar”), were there. They said that they would not allow me to be transferred to another cell and that I now had to have a photo taken while holding a cigarette. I didn’t want to do it, Roman tried to persuade me and then threatened me with violence. From time to time, Denis Rymov, a “senior”, entered the kitchen. He shouted at me, threatened me and hit me several times on the face with an open hand and then left. This “conversation” lasted for about an hour and a half, then Denis entered again and said that if I didn’t take the photo with a cigarette he would rape me , record it on video and send it to the [prison] colonies. Kostya stood beside me and held me down, while Denis put his hand on my crotch and asked “Are you ready?” – after which I agreed to take the photo.

In Cell 1/2, I was forced to write a statement confirming that I was not subject to any pressure on at least three occasions. The first note was dictated to me by Konstantin Makarov, who was told to do so by agent Prozarevsky. The second note I wrote in Prozarevsky’s office after the detention centre received a collective letter from citizens concerned with conditions of detention in the prison. Prozarevsky didn’t show me the letter itself, he only gave me a list of approximately 180 names and instructed me to copy them into my note, and confirm that I did not know any of them and that I was not under any pressure in my cell.

This was not true at all. One of the “seniors”, Dmitry Smirnov, was in the room with us. Prozarevsky and Smirnov threatened that if I did not write this statement, they would create unbearable conditions not only for me, but also for my cellmates – for example, they would take away all mobile phones and shoelaces, thus aiming to provoke violence against me from other detainees. I had to write the third note when Prozarevsky entered the cell, sat down in the “Kremlin” and called me in there. The prisoners who sleep near the “Kremlin” were forced to move to the other end of the cell, so that they could not see us. After me, a few more prisoners were called in to write explanatory notes.

The “activists” in Pre-Trial Detention Centre No.6 carry out the orders of prison officers who, in turn, can follow the orders of agents investigating detainees. They may instruct the “activists” to “burn” certain detainees: beatings, threats, endless cleaning – in general, they create unbearable conditions. They say openly that to stop all of this, you have to give the required testimony in your case, “to solve the issue with your agents” – as it was in my case.

One evening, around eight or nine pm, I was called by agent Evgeny Vladimirovich and asked whether I would talk to the agents who were going to visit the detention centre the next day. I replied that I would, but only in the presence of my lawyer, after which I was sent to my cell and one of the “seniors” was called out. When he returned, he started shouting at me and forced me to do 1,000 squats. This punishment is used quite often, but usually only 500 times. After so many squats, one barely can move one’s legs for a week and it’s difficult to walk.

The basic conditions in Gorelovo are truly nightmarish: not enough space, around two square metres per person, overcrowded cells, a necessity to share the bed with many people, the lack of hot water, constant queues for the toilet and sink, one 12-seater table is used for 130-140 people, broken windows (prisoners break the glass during summer when it is too hot), so there is a cold draft for people sleeping on the top bunks during winter months. In winter, prisoners often sleep in coats.

But the hardest thing is surviving the atmosphere of isolation, systematic violence and the sense of doom. Often, “seniors” or “orderlies” are shouting at someone near you, threatening someone, administering beatings. It was routine to hear cries and pleas to stop from the “kitchen”, where somebody was being beaten on the buttocks or heels. It’s hard to avoid your fear of winding up in their place.

It was obvious that this didn’t happen on the initiative of individual “activists”, but an order from prison officers. Prisoners who try to complain or ask to be transferred to another cell are subjected to even more violence.

Various inspections and commissions often visit Gorelovo. When I was there from 1 March until 20 July 2018, approximately twice per month there was an inspection by the General Prosecutor’s Office, the human rights ombudsman or the Public Monitoring Commission. As a rule, they don’t find so many violations, because their visits are announced in advance, and an impression is created that there are no violations.

For example, before a visit from the Public Monitoring Commission, when they were planning to record the overcrowding of the cells, half of all prisoners (70 people or so) were taken out to exercise yard. Another time, the cell clerk simply lied to them, saying that there were 110 people in the cell, although there were many more. Before an inspection that was supposed to verify whether different categories of prisoners are kept separately, the “activists” announced at the morning check that if you were asked, you should reply that the cell held people who had not been previously convicted for serious offences. And everyone had to choose an appropriate article [of the Criminal Code]. During the day, the orderlies checked that.

If a detainee was called for a meeting with the Public Monitoring Commission or the representatives of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “activists” had a “conversation” with him first, explaining that he could only say that “everything is alright in the cell”, that it was pointless to complain, and made threats. During any meetings with the Public Monitoring Commission in a separate office, the head of the centre’s operational section or deputy head of the detention centre would be present, and they would always tell the “elders” when the detainees said something bad about the cell.

[As a punishment] for complaints, detainees could be moved from a paid-for separate bunk to a five-persons bed, deprived of access to the telephone, beaten up or forced to clean the floor endlessly.

There was also a “tax” on parcels in Cell 1/2. The “activists” would take two packets of cigarettes from every block and a bag of sweets (cookies, chocolates).

In Cell 1/2, I got infected with scabies. I received the diagnosis in Pre-Trial Detention Centre No.1 in Penza, where I was transferred from Gorelovo. Treating scabies requires the patient to be isolated, disinfection of your personal possessions, mattress, bedding and cell. Nothing of the sort is done in Gorelovo: people infect each other every day in the overcrowded cells. When I left Cell 1/2 in July, every second person in the cell was suffering from scabies and was scratching all the time. There was no treatment for scabies.

Officers investigating a case can threaten suspects with a transfer to Gorelovo. There, following investigator’s instructions, people under investigation are pressured in order to force them to give evidence necessary for the investigation.

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Italy: A communique from Deported Anarchist Prisoner Davide Delogu from Sardinia

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 23:41

From Act for Freedom!

(The following communique was written and read out by anarchist comrade Davide Delogu on 10th October 2018 at his trial for attempted escape in 2013 from “Buoncammino” prison in the city of Cagliari, Sardinia.)

As we know, this trial was blocked for a year by the Director of Prison Administration, who was trying (and failed) to impose it via video-conference, thus abusing this ‘emergency measure’ in order to chain me within the role of helpless hostage of insidious and prevaricating technology, so as to weaken a prisoner’s will, depersonalize him, for those who don’t resist, tire him out, isolate him from solidarity and his loved ones, silence refractory tension in resignation, in particular the struggle against prison, a struggle that has never ceased to exist/resist in spite of everything. These are the same ‘emergency measures’ with which I’ve been caged in the prison cesspits of Sicily for years (deported as a repressive consequence for the struggle carried out in the prison of ‘Buoncammino’) with the application of special regimes, including the extreme confinement through article 14-BIS, regimes exercised with ferocious arbitrariness and perverse Zionist methods, so as to crush a prisoner morally and physically, and with him his original struggle, which nevertheless they couldn’t stop, as he is an alive, an incorrigible/untameable individuality, not subjected to prison alienation/annihilation, and on the contrary they fed more anger, contempt and determination in facing and fighting the white torture of continuous and total isolation in this case but also that of prison in general as an instrument of the State’s revenge, with which the latter plans and experiments on the skin of us the damned, the repressive development of the ideology of identity manipulation and flattening of minds and instincts, within an inhuman way of living, automaton-like, for the maintenance of not only prison power (which one can strike whenever one wants…) but also the whole capitalist-imperialist dominion of civilization, the system of what exists in society and everything all around.

Obviously, therefore, prison is not an issue unrelated to the social context that generates it. We prisoners are part of the exploited, brutalized and left in captivity, to whom the only thing that is granted is submission to a miserable existence!
The scene inside and outside doesn’t change because the market inflicted on the oppressed and the exploited is indispensable to the colonialist State’s security system, so that everything remains in a context of compatibility with the bosses’ interests; and when ruptures and oppositions occur, the repressive machine’s targeted attack intensifies, inside as well as outside.

This fact, however, didn’t prevent us, prisoners of the ex-prison of ‘Buoncammino’ from putting this mechanism into question.
Between May and June 2013, there followed in the Cagliari’s eighteenth century jail several collective strikes (unrelated to Pannella’s radicals, as was insinuated in this court) such as refusing food trolleys and the hour in the exercise yard in particular, but also short strikes concerning buying necessities and protests against the oligarchy of rehabilitation, all backed by bar-beating.

The first two forms of protest were joined by hundreds of prisoners against the unacceptable inhuman conditions of the jail, with a demand for prison improvements, the abrogation of aberrant laws such as life sentences and article 41-BIS, the application of a wide generalized amnesty, the spread of cohesion in the struggle with prisoners in other jails and the support and divulgation of a national demo that took place in Parma: against prison, differentiated treatments, article 41-BIS, isolation, in support of the struggle of all prisoners called for by the ‘United Against Repression Assembly of Struggle’, to which we contributed.

As often happens when collective forms of struggle are carried out in prison, with relations of power at stake, the prison authority (but also outside), when it doesn’t repress them immediately, tries to manage them inside the institutional cage in order to make them fall into the trap of compromise, exploitation, so as to fend off the self-determination of the bulk of prisoners in struggle, with the threat/blackmail of the use of isolation, punitive transfers, loss of benefits, compulsory search for the ‘promoter’ so as to inflict the undignified application of 14-BIS, etc.

But we didn’t give in to this logic of prize/punishment, and refused to be ‘managed’ like puppets and gave life to a cycle of struggle that hadn’t been seen inside a jail for years. We were all full on!

After twenty days’ confrontation, first we refused food trolleys and then we refused to go to the exercise yard, the narrow places for ‘strolling’ cramped like ‘human cattle’.

The prison direction didn’t just look on, they unleashed anti-strike repression that same day and devastated the cells of prisoners who had signed the protest document, during extraordinary searches. On that occasion they seized objects belonging to me, and with them they formulated the deviationist charge which led to my trial, with the intention of darkening and concealing a reality of struggle that was sowing seeds of rebellion and had to be nipped in the bud.

So first of all the jailers wanted to strike the rebel anarchist (and not only) because of the tenacity with which initiatives were being carried out in a more generalized context both outside, with solidarity interventions, and inside with protests in other prisons; and also because I never wanted to submit but have always faced, KONKA ARTA (‘with my head held high’, in Sardinian language), the tyranny with which they impose the substitution of dignity with obedience within humiliating and beastly jail conditions.

Today, as a matter of fact, they want to put on trial the determination of a prisoner in struggle who doesn’t bow down or resign to the ruling prison bureaucracy, the hierarchical mechanism of exploitation behind the bars, because I can’t be blackmailed with your punishments, compromises, hypocritical illusions.

But in the period under examination, there was an atmosphere of revolt in ‘Buoncammino’, considering the inefficacy that peaceful strikes had.

So we came to 9th July 2003, a day when a collective rebellion broke out, started by prisoners barricaded inside cells: sabotage on the electricity system of the units, detonation of dozens of diy gas bombs inside and outside the units; meantime the guards ran away from the units, there was throwing of flaming sheets and furniture, half-destroyed cells and fires at the windows and also banners to call attention outside where relatives, people in solidarity and journalists, called by the prisoners, were gathering in the forecourt outside the prison walls.

Prison violence didn’t delay in arriving and there were isolations, punitive transfers and the beating of a barricaded prisoner who tried to hang himself in the punishment jail he ended up in, also due to the ‘warm’ welcome they gave him.

Once again, therefore, they repressed, punished the human dignity which had risen with anger in an outbreak of revolt, unfortunately not showing the widest possible destructive strength!

I was taken to the concentration camp centre in Palermo and introduced to the torture regime of article 14-BIS, an oppressive, revengeful and annihilating instrument against anyone who doesn’t let themselves be tamed, won’t themself to resignation and doesn’t bow down before the jailers’ arrogance or the very class function of prison, where the State inflicts its organized elimination on the prisoner through the extreme violence of isolation with maniacal restrictions, the brutal conditions of the jailers’ psychopathic sadistic control, the total negation of any human relations whatsoever within the arbitrary furious power abused by any Prison Administration and extended without limits.

Everything was conceived to annihilate!

Therefore, rebellion against this hegemonic functioning has become like the oxygen one breathes, by practising various forms of permanent struggle and leading to the failure of the intentions of prison oppression.

The institution of bars would like to reduce us to consentient puppets through their miseries and methods by erasing the prisoner’s dignity and abusing his physical integrity, affections, sexuality and psychology so as to make him get used to the ideology of cops’ bureaucracy and get us accustomed to becoming servants and subjected to the State’s genocide perpetrated in the country’s jails without impunity, as part of a project of extermination in the democratic slaughterhouse, linked to a wider and more sophisticated maintenance of the current social order, which is meant to sharpen the development, settlement and expansion of repressive control.

Prison with its system of differentiated treatments as experimentation on imprisonment applied with forms and methods to the advantage of a wider oppression in society.

The extension of the prison model for a more alienating open prison, where the conditions of human (and the planet’s) life have radically changed with the purpose of creating a surrogate through a police-digital-techno-scientific system realized on the destruction of the values of freedom, which is forcing us to change in all the aspects of our existence, as an alienating consequence of people formalized by the ethics of civilization and its unrestrained collaborationism with ‘integration’.
And it must be understood that renunciation of the attack on dominion’s advance will be paid dearly!

Clearly, things don’t always happen according to the plans of those who rule, as demonstrated by many prisoners’ and others’ individual paths, those who never surrender!

When we were trying to develop the struggle in the Italian prisons with the latest mobilizations after the call of the ‘Coordination of Prisoners’, with the support of many realities outside, we didn’t manage to get anything out of our claims against power, but we did gain the important awareness that ‘wanting something firmly is sufficient to make it happen’ means that certain methods of struggle can’t be stopped or remain just that, without attacking the prison octopus concretely; and at least for my part there wasn’t the presumption of maintaining a sort of ‘reiterated prisoner’ aware of being exploited, humiliated, tortured and abused at the hands of prison despotism, if we consider that generally speaking prisoners are the same elements that inside like outside support the system of monopoly, beyond and within rules being broken; but the significance and evaluation that vehemently comes out of this is always the urgency of affirming oneself, starting from one’s anger, impatience and conviction to put oneself at stake in order to defeat submission to the interests of the system, which sometimes get confused with our own interests, to have the courage to take back/find back our desires, dignity and combativeness, self-respect, to lead us to acts of liberation from the cages we know we have inside ourselves, with the real existing forces which are certainly a minority compared to the enemy’s forces, so creativity can give to the combative minority an element of explosive vigour: dynamite has a value that can’t be substituted or questioned.

The chemistry of destruction converts itself in the hands of alchemy of liberation and revenge against the social order.
Either we’ll let ourselves be suppressed alongside everything that surrounds us or we’ll be those who suppress the mega machine very rapidly in its most vulnerable parts without waiting for anything.

There’s no half way!

For my part I’ll continue to follow my wild instincts and to fight also and mainly in the darkness of isolation, refusing the brutalization and discipline that the prison authority wants to impose on my mind and body, because it’s only me who decides how to face prison, and I do it by struggling behind the bars, which is the only freedom left to us prisoners.

No bar is as solid as it seems.
Long live those who cut them
Long live those who burn them
Long live those who fight against them!

Refractory solidarity with the anarchists imprisoned in AS-2 security units and other regimes of the Italian State and with anarchists in prison in other States.

Joyous greetings to the anonymous anarchists, also those in other States, who outside attack directly sectors of the most disgusting civilization in solidarity with anarchist prisoners and fill warrior imagination with strength!

Sempri Ainnantis [Always forward] For Freedom Every Day!
Deportau Anarkiku Sardu Impresonau [Sardinian Deported Anarchist Prisoner]
DAVIDE DELOGU

(Davide is currently serving an 18-year sentence for theft and attempted murder –2010/2028; he’s currently facing trial for attempted escape which we mentioned before and another trial for attempted escape from the prison of ‘Bruccoli’ in Augusta, Syracuse, on 1st May 2017, which he claimed in a public communique. The editors of S.A.)
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Translated by act for freedom now!
via: sardegnaanarchica.
https://sardegnaanarchica.wordpress.com/2018/11/09/documento-dellanarchi...

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Categories: News

The Hotwire #45: November 14, 2018

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 23:31

From CrimethInc.

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On the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, liberals and centrists are once more playing right into fascists’ hands. Our feature this episode is a reading of the recent CrimethInc. op-ed “Take Your Pick: Law or Freedom; How ‘Nobody Is above the Law’ Abets the Rise of Tyranny,” about the outrageously liberal demonstrations over Trump firing Jeff Sessions. We also interview an anarchist who was at the protest outside Tucker Carlson’s home in Washington D.C. about what really happened there, Twitter’s banning of anti-fascists, and why it’s important to take the offensive in the struggle against fascism. Friday, November 9 was the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and we bring you a round up of fascist, anti-fascist, and centrist actions from the weekend. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

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FRR Books Podcast: The Unique and Its Property by Max Stirner, a Close Reading Part 3

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 23:08

Listen here: http://freeradicalradio.net/frr-books-podcast-the-unique-and-its-propert...
Listen here: https://archive.org/details/FRRbooksStirner3

Welcome to episode 3 of the FRR Books Podcast series on Max Stirner’s The Unique and its Property translated by Wolif Landstreicher. In this podcast we cover section 1.3 The Free. This episode is hosted by Cornelius, Chuck, and rydra wrong.

Discussed in this episode:

- How do we eat the profane? What have we held sacred that we no longer do?
- Fear! How do we develop an intimate relationship with fear! Another excuse to talk about surfing!
- Talk of shit! Another excuse for rydra to bring up Kundera
- Talk of Christianity being spread among the non-secular
- Dissolution of the object and the flavors of abstraction! There are many to choose from!
- We are in a sea of phenomenology says Cornelius!
- Children! Talk of Kids!
- Chuck says part of humanity is thinking of yourself in relation to an ideal human, we discuss this!
- Cornelius feels limited by society, even suffocated but she remains more interested in the physiology and bacteria living within human beings!

Editing and Sound by Chuck! His labor is visible! We recognize him!

Hosted by Cornelius, rydra wrong, and Chuck

Production by rydra wrong

Find the rest of the episodes at Free radical radio dot net

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Categories: News

What's new with LBC - November 2018 Update!

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:16

From Little Black Cart

Little Black Cart - November Update!

Other than the smoke this is a great time of year. California doesn't really have four full seasons but part of the year we choose to wear hoodies and part of the year we need to wear them. Welcome Fall!

New Title The Totality is Incomplete - by Alex Gorrion

Alex Gorrion will be familiar to anyone who has paid attention to The Anvil, which was (and still is, in a lingering fashion) primarily a journal of anarchist reviews of non-anarchist culture. Alex has done some of the most fun, exciting, interesting, and personal writing on that site, like a more accessible frere dupont. Alex is one of my favorite anarchist writers, and I wish for more writing by them, but until then, here are Alex's favorites from that site, collected for your reading pleasure, far away from the glowing screen. These articles include thoughtful and critical responses to Tiqqun texts; popular music icons like Jewel and Kanye (yes, I did just put them in the same sentence); thoughts on brilliant anarchists like Novatore and Isabelle Eberhardt (anarchist in spirit, if not in name), and so much more.

For more information - A Full and Fighting Heart: Writings by Paul Z Simons


Sad News! We will not be in Seattle

One of our favorite bookfairs has decided to not let us table this year. #sad

Here is their only communication with us about it (they haven't responded to requests for more information)

Dear LBC:

After significant discussion, the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair 2018 collective has decided that we are not open to LBC tabling at this year’s bookfair. This decision was made in light of serious, long-standing concerns raised by many individuals about a multitude of behaviors, patterns, and decisions by members of LBC that have caused substantial harm to anarchist comrades across a wide range of locations.

We thus are unable to allow LBC to table at the 2018 Seattle Anarchist Book Fair.

Thank you for your understanding.

LBC SABF Contest 2018

In light of having nowhere to go this weekend we'd like to curate a contest! Alongside our friends at Anokchan and Anarchy Planet IRC we'd like to make some memes about Behaviors, Patterns, and Decisions (see letter to LBC in last section). Use the hash tag #SABF. The winner will win a $50 gift certificate to Little Black Cart.

  1. Make a meme (make sure to tag it with SABF)
  2. Post it to http://anokchan.org (use anon/anon or create an account) or another imageboard or platform if you so desire
  3. Email us with URL!
  4. Go to https://irc.anarchyplanet.org/ to brag about your cleverness
  5. Go to this page to see the competition

BTW here is an example meme. It isn't funny (we prefer funny!) but demonstrates the idea.


The Year of Clearing 2019

A lot of things are changing in anarchyland. Ex-anarchists rose over $65,000 to start a communist magazine at the same time anarchist projects keep shrinking and disappearing. What gives?

In 2019 LBC is going to host a moderated discussion, with a new theme every month, on http://sorbet.littleblackcart.com. We intend to use this discussion to build a guide for contemporary anarchists and we intend to participate in it. We will discuss topics such as identity politics, what is the future of North American Anarchism, and of course antifa.

Become an Intern

In a program that we're really happy with, LBC hosts a new intern every three months. If you are interested in becoming a close friend with LBC and being exposed to the ideas and personalities around the project and our environs, if you've been wanting time and encouragement to work on, or start, that awesome anarchist project you've had in mind, feel free to reach out to us at our email address for more information. We are currently looking for interns for Q2 and Q3 in 2019!

Social Networking

Here is our dumb Twitter feed

Stupid Facebook

Politics is the enemy of anarchy, and it knows it.

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Categories: News

Bonds Not Ballots

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:05

via IT'S GOING DOWN

As another election year spectacle has come and gone, and as we inch closer to irreversible, cataclysmic shifts in our climate, we are reminded that our hope is in each other, in relationships of mutual support that bind us to each other.

Many of us have very differing opinions about engaging with electoral “democracy” and its (f)utility, but we find common ground in voting everyday with our bodies, putting our whole weight towards our dreams and desires, rather than merely one strip of paper or button on one day. In Florida, as another proto-fascist (DeSantis) ascends to power, we continue to plant the seeds that we know can take root and bring the fortress down.

These seeds look small: cleaning supplies, baby items, rides, medical care and companionship for a birthing immigrant mother and her family; diabetes care, paying for prescriptions, tree-cutting, supplies, and assistance finding a temporary shelter for an extended family that knows what it means to weather a storm; tarping roofs, clearing debris, checking on prisoners, distributing harm reduction kits, rescuing animals, resisting illegal evictions, applying legal pressure. We are finding, voicing, and building something together that is deeper and truer than the mirage of power authoritarianism offers.

Many tenants in numerous public housing facilities have successfully resisted illegal evictions, remaining in their homes while awaiting repairs or relocation. Community barbecues and make-shift stoves have emerged as landlords shut off electricity and gas to force tenants out. One woman shouts from across the street, “You with us, you may as well eat too.” We take a break from helping a new friend move to savor the food and the moment.

The state demonstrated its inability (or lack of will) to respond to climate catastrophes at a public town hall meeting. FEMA representatives deflected questions from an audience comprised primarily of low-income residents of color. The FEMA representatives responded robotically, patronizing the residents who sought answers about housing and financial aid. FEMA claimed that the state of Florida requested trailers on the 23rd of October but couldn’t answer to where they were or if they would even arrive at all. Residents shared their difficulties in locating housing in hotels and rentals even with the aid of vouchers and rental assistance. The nearest available housing is between 2 to 7 hours away, rendering it inaccessible to those without transportation and those with jobs, children, or families with disabilities. To this concern, a FEMA representative responded that there are three shelters available. The town hall attendees quickly corrected her, pointing out that there was only one, and it was at capacity.

Disaster Capitalism meets Disaster Bureaucracy. Top-down, bureaucratic institutions and predatory, exploitative landlords both impose their “solutions” and “participation” is just a smokescreen for coercion. Real participatory efforts necessitate sharing power, something the state and predatory capitalists avoid like the plague.

As the weeks pass, visual reminders of the destruction of Hurricane Michael are still ever present. But we have learned to listen. Even with the weight of governmental inaction, landlord abuse, and newfound homelessness for many, people recognize a different way of being as possible and desirable.

“I know my neighbors better now than I have for the past 14 years.”

“People are at their best when things are at their worst.”

“There is always good that comes from tragedy.”

This is what we hear from disaster survivors in Panama City. And we echo it.

When the grid fails, when roads are impassable, amid the profound suffering and loss, we see clearly that all we have is each other — that relationships are what matters — and when things fall apart, people come together.

We listen to our hearts, to each other, to strangers quickly becoming friends. We listen to the unspoken words and warnings in the winds. We listen to a world slowly dying — or being born. We are not sure which. We think it is still up to all of us and the choices we make. A movement elder taught us that we will be either the most loved or most hated generation; that we will be known as the generation that either saved or squandered life as we know it.

A just recovery and a just transition are necessities for our collective survival. Now is the time to experiment with ways of living that give us the flexibility and freedom to do what we know needs to be done. Now is the time to gain practical skills and knowledge that can be used to further people’s survival in crisis and beyond.

Storms are coming. Let’s be ready. Humanity, liberation, justice, belonging and, yes, paradise will never be on the ballot. But if we know where to look, we can still find them — in each other.

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Categories: News

Anarchy Radio 11-13-2018

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 05:12

LISTEN HERE: http://archive.org/details/AnarchyRadio11132018

Mass shootings at crisis point, California ablaze at an unprecedented level.
Surviving hunter-gatherers under siege. Basic irrelevance of the electoral sand
box. "Google is helping relieve the drudgery of email - by revealing how inhuman
it was in the first place. Japanese resistance to robotics. Action news, 3 calls.

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The Local Kids – Issue 2 – Autumn 2018

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 00:07

From The Local Kids

Issue 2 – Autumn 2018

A compilation of texts, a contribution to a correspondence between those who desire anarchy and subversion.

It occurs, sometimes, this feeling of being in the right spot. Then someone says or does something that upsets the perceived balance of things, and the moment evaporates. For only a moment it was. And it begs the question; can belonging in a place be part of an anarchist life? Resisting to go with the flow of this society, contradicting hierarchical relationships, refusing to take part in cliches. Not exactly characteristics that go well with the seemingly effortless fitting in that this age of selfies advertises. Feeling estranged, sensing a distance with your surroundings is recurrent. And at times so chronic that leaving becomes a first, necessary step to being present again somewhere (else). But mostly one holds on to a place because besides all that repulses there is still more that attracts. Then the art is to not smother its contradictions in indifference or to smooth them out in illusions of unity, but to turn them in open confrontation based on the proposal for a different, liberated life. And maybe it is in these subversive relationships, that one can find a place.

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Rebel City issue 9 is out!

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:50

The new issue of Rebel City is out. Rebel City is London’s free anarchist paper. London Anarchist Communist Group are involved in the Rebel City collective, along with members of the Anarchist Federation, Haringey Solidarity Group and others. Latest issue has articles on Sadiq Khan, Friend of the Property Developers, Haringey Labour Council, John Roan Resists, Don’t Choke on the Coffee Mate! and much more. Free copies available from Freedom Bookshop, Housmans Bookshop, 56a Info Centre, LARC etc or on the street!

Alternatively, you can download it HERE

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The Bike-Based, Anarchist Public Health Project That’s Keeping People Alive On Olympia's Streets

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 15:23

via KNKX, you can also listen to the interview on their site

“A volunteer-run, bicycle-based, 365-night-a-year street outreach program with basic emergency supplies and syringe exchange and naloxone distribution…. In Olympia, Washington.” That’s how volunteer Cassie Burke describes the Emma Goldman Youth and Homeless Outreach Project, or EGYHOP.

It’s been going for about two decades on the streets of downtown Olympia. As a practical matter, on one early autumn night, that translated into two young women on rickety mountain bikes, towing large black bins lashed together with more or less whatever is available.

“It’s just this random jumble of like, what can we bungee to this thing today? Did the bungee break? Do we have bike inner tube? Do we have rope? Do we have anything?” Cassie says.

But the contents of those bins are carefully thought out: free clothes (especially socks), tarps and sleeping bags in colder weather, donated food and drinks, and, crucially, clean supplies for injection drug users.

Krista Kohler, who has been riding with Cassie for seven years, assembles the drug supplies into kits for people who use.

“In this bag I’m putting together a bag of clean rigs, and then all the supplies that we have access to to pass out to people, and that consists of alcohol wipes, which is really important for keeping the skin clean before injecting. We pass out sterile water, we have clean cottons individually bagged up, and a little cooker container that’s all clean. And then ties for people,” she explains, before handing it off to a participant.

Long-Hair-David And The Origins Of EGYHOP

The Emma Goldman Youth and Outreach Project gets its name from one of the most prolific radical anarchists of the 20th century. Emma Goldman believed strongly in, as Cassie called it, self determination, meaning that every human being deserved the right to make their own decisions about how to live their lives.

In the early 1990s, Goldman’s legacy inspired a guy who goes by the name Long-Hair David to take action.

“I’m Long Hair David, and I’m a street outreach volunteer in Olympia Washington for the injecting drug community, and it’s our social responsibility to try to protect ourselves from spread of HIV and AIDS,” David said in a video interview in 1993.

At the height of the AIDS epidemic, Long Hair David was tired of watching the disease devastate his community. This was a time before antiretroviral cocktails, when many were dying.

David and some of his friends began riding their bikes around the city asking people, particularly IV drug users, how they could help.

This was also around the same time that Washington State was pioneering harm reduction services, including the first-ever government sanctioned needle exchange in Tacoma. Harm reduction refers to the basic idea that addiction is complex, and people who are using drugs still deserve access to life-saving measures like clean supplies and overdose reversal drugs like naloxone. That’s why EGYHOP is not so much in the business of evangelising sobriety, as it is trying to give people supplies that will help keep them safe right now, which also includes warm clothes and clean socks.

“And so the next time I see you,” Long Hair David continues in the video, “we talk about recovery and you tell me that you never share your syringe anymore, that’s excellent! Keep that up! And I’ll be here for you, you come on and see me and I’ll have clean rigs for you and condoms and we’ll see about getting you to see a doctor and maybe one of these days we’ll sit down and talk about you getting clean.”

‘I See A Really Big Hole In Our World’

Twenty-five years later, volunteers like Cassie and Krista help keep the program running. They carry a large, red sharps container to collect used needles, and dole out donated pastries to a group on the sidewalk near the bus depot and the interfaith community center.

Organizations like EGYHOP are sometimes criticized for encouraging drug use, or making it easier for people to persist in self-destructive lifestyles.

“I don’t necessarily buy into the idea of ‘enabling,’” Cassie says. “I think the folks that are already using drugs, already living on the street, already submerged in that kind of lifestyle, that’s just where they’re at. … I don’t think that it’s anybody’s place to feel like as a culture we can give people permission to live their lives where they’re at. And I just think that kind of gatekeeping is really disingenuous to the kind of world I want to be in.”

“I just, I see a really big hole in our world, in our town, in our world where it’s just like, people aren’t being taken care of, their humanity isn’t being recognized, and it just feels really important to be to be a part of something that fills that gap.”

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Anathema, Volume 4, Issue 10 released

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 16:47

From Anathema

Volume 4 Issue 10 (PDF for reading 8.5 x 11)
Volume 4 Issue 10 (PDF for printing 11 x 17)
In this issue:

  • Plague Of Western Chauvinism
  • Vaughn 17 Trials
  • Anti-Colonial October
  • What Forest Remains
  • What Is Attack?
  • What Went Down
  • Notice On Police Cars
  • Poem Coup Des Lumières
  • An Invitation To Desertion
  • World News
  • What Did You Do Instead Of Voting
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TOTW: Anonymity

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 14:06

Anonymity has been valued by anarchists as a means of hiding from the state and the law-abiding masses since its origins, something which is manifest today through practices classified under “security culture”, anonymous claims to clandestine actions published on anarchist websites, the adoption of pen names or keeping one’s name off of one’s writings - all things which have been aided by the rise of the internet. For the anarchist, anonymity can offer both cover from the eyes of the government and one's employer and the ability to say or do otherwise unsayable or un-doable things without suffering social sanction.

Yet at the same time there are people who put a lot of stock in not being anonymous, at least not all the time. The reasons for this are many - a desire to own one’s actions and ideas, to connect with others by putting a name and a face on what one does, or even to achieve some level of fame. “Openness” is something which has also been aided by the internet - we are now more “reachable” than ever by anyone with internet access - but has also been weaponized as a tool of oppression by state, capital, and those who aid the work of the state through no-platforming and doxxing. Anonymity may come with its own costs - alienation from one’s potential allies, a fragmented life in which one feels they can’t realize their politics in any but discreet spaces, to name a few, but the costs of openness can range from the tyranny of the crowd as a visible enemy to one’s livelihood and relationships being endangered by the access one’s enemies can have to damaging personal information.

How much value do you place in anonymity in your own life and projects? Do you generally favor anonymity or openness in your projects, and why?

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In November We Remember Those Who Gave Everything

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 22:02

From Black Rose Anarchist Federation

Veteran Tariq Khan reflects on the hollow legacy of Veterans Day and connects the history of November 11 to remembering those who fought for a better world.

By Tariq Khan and other BRRN members

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the working class people who made up the rank-and-file of the world’s most deadly militaries of the era, ceased firing at each other. This armistice unofficially ended the “war to end all wars.” And in several nations, November 11 became Armistice Day; a solemn day to reflect on the murderous futility of militarism, and to commit to peace. A tradition was born of observing a moment of silence at 11:00 am on November 11. To this day some still uphold this tradition.

But the notion of a war to end war was always a lie. As long as there is the rule of capital, as long as there is empire, as long as there is colonization, as long as there is racial domination, as long as there is patriarchy, as long as there is the state – there is war. After a second, larger, more technologically advanced war to end wars, as the U.S. entered a period of constant war, of proxy war, of secret war, of Cold War, the President of U.S. Empire Dwight Eisenhower changed Armistice Day, a solemn day of peace, to Veterans Day, a day to glorify militarism — not to be confused with Memorial Day or Armed Forces Day, which are likewise days the U.S. government has appointed to mystify the public’s mind with patriotic militaristic lies.

Tomb stones with flags at Arlington national cemetary.

So here we are on November 11th.

November 11th. In 1831, Black people across Southampton County, Virginia, rebelled against slavery. Led by Nat Turner, the rebels walked silently from one slave labor camp to another, killing enslavers and freeing enslaved people along the way. The state and ordinary white society responded with murderous cruelty to uphold white supremacy and slavery. White vigilantes extrajudicially tortured and murdered some 120 Black people, regardless of involvement in the rebellion. The state executed some 55 Black people suspected of involvement with the rebellion. On November 11, 1831, in Jerusalem, Virginia, the state hanged Nat Turner, then flayed his body and beheaded him, to terrorize other Black people into submission. Through this kind of sadistic, ritualistic, group cruelty against Black people in Virginia, white people reestablished white domination in the region. November 11th.

Painting portraying Nat Turner and fellow slaves planning rebellion.

November 11th. In 1886, exploited and abused industrial workers across the United States called for a general strike for the eight-hour day. At the McCormick plant in Chicago, the company locked out the union members and hired scabs to replace them. Police escorted the scabs to the plant, and when the workers moved to block the scabs from crossing the line, police shot two of them to death, at least two others died later from the wounds. The most influential labor organizers in Chicago at the time were anarchists affiliated with the International Working People’s Association. In response the anarchists held a mass meeting at Haymarket Square to protest the violence of the police. Without provocation, the police advanced against the crowd to violently break up the meeting. Someone threw a handmade bomb at the police, killing one officer. The police responded by firing indiscriminately; so indiscriminately that many of their shots hit other officers. Without evidence, police charged eight anarchist labor organizers for throwing the bomb, some of the accused anarchists were not even present at the meeting. The judge made it clear that even if they were not guilty of throwing the bomb, they were guilty of that most egregious crime against capital: organizing labor. The Haymarket Trial has since become famous globally as one of the great sham trials of U.S. history. Five defendants ended up sentenced to death: Louis Lingg, George Engel, Adolph Fischer, Albert Parsons, and August Spies. Lingg committed suicide in his cell. November 11, 1886, the state hanged Engel, Fischer, Parsons, and Spies. August Spies shouted, “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are strangling today!” Engel and Fischer shouted, “Hurrah for anarchy!” Albert Parsons shouted, “Let the voice of the people be heard! O—”, and the executioner sprung the trap. November 11th.

portraits of haymarket martyrs

November 11th. In 1919, a patriotic gang of American Legion members attacked an Industrial Workers of the World union hall. During the celebrations of Armistice day in Centralia Washington, the local American Legion chapter (A far right-wing U.S. veterans organization) Stormed the town’s IWW union hall. This was part of an escalating pattern of wanton violence by the bosses and the state to undermine the efforts of the IWW to organize lumber workers and exactly a year after a similar raid during the Armistice Day celebrations of 1918 had destroyed their previous hall. This time IWW members resisted. In a shootout with the Legion six were killed but the hall was eventually stormed by the police with all inside arrested. During the shootout Wesley Everest, an IWW member, lumber worker, and draftee who served much of his time in military prison for refusing to salute the flag, fled from the back of the building. He was soon swarmed by the legion. He killed one assailant but was then beaten, including in the face with rifle butts, and dragged through the streets to the city jail where he was left on the floor without treatment. In the middle of the night the police returned him to the reactionary mob who lynched him and shot him at the town bridge. The remaining prisoners were tortured by the police as the mob outside called for their deaths. The police later retrieved Everest’s dead body and returned it to the jail, in full view of the other Wobblies in the jail, with the noose still around his neck, to terrorize them. Seven IWW members were sentenced to prison terms of up to 40 years for the shootout but none of those who participated in the lynching were even tried, in spite of the fact that the members of the lynch mob were well-known to the public, and even bragged about it. The lynching of Wesley Everest makes the alliance between the state, capital, and murderous reactionaries abundantly clear. November 11th.

Mural depicting centralia massacre

So here we are at another November 11th, with a white nationalist head of state massing troops at the already hyper-militarized border as a political ploy to intimidate asylum seekers, and we’re supposed to celebrate militarism: thank the veterans of U.S. invasions and occupations for their “service” to this blood-stained empire. Veterans Day is a patriotic erasure of state violence and people’s struggle. Rather than celebrate militarism, take moment this November 11 to remember the martyrs of the social revolution: Nat Turner, Louis Lingg, Albert Parsons, August Spies, George Engel, Adolph Fischer, Wesley Everest, and all those whose lives have been stolen by the violence of the state and reactionary vigilantes. Hurrah for anarchy!

Tariq Khan is a military veteran and member of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Anarchist Federation in Central Illinois. For more on his personal story we recommend listening to Tariq’s podcast interview with It’s Going Down, “Into the Eye of the Troll Storm.” We also recommend other writings by Tariq Khan “The ‘Left-Wing Terrorism’ Narrative Doesn’t Understand Violence” and “3 Reasons Why We Need A More Revolutionary July 4.”

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Categories: News

Anews Podcast #89, 11.9.18

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:22

https://podcast.anarchistnews.org/index.php/2018/11/11/anews-podcast-89-...

Welcome to the anews podcast. This is episode 89 for November 9, 2018. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week on anarchistnews.org.

Editorial: No one wants to see parents dance, by chisel
TOTW: No Fly Zones, with Aragorn! and Sport

This podcast is the effort of many people. This episode--

the sound editing was by Linn O'mable
what's new was written by jackie and narrated by chisel and Dim
Music!   1) SOPHIE - VYZEE
2) Grant - Awful Truth
3) Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want)
4) Lorn - Weigh Me Down
The Redacted segment is by Suds, et al.

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Lights, Tacos, Action: Franklin Lopez on the Future of Radical Film

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 15:19

From It's Going Down

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In light of the success of our three part series on electorialism and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), we are now launching a three part series on the anarchist movement in so-called Canada and its relation to other social movements, namely the anti-colonial struggles that has been waged by indigenous folks since colonization.

To kick off the series, we talk with Franklin Lopez of Sub.Media, voice of the Stimulator and part of a larger collective that produces a monthly documentary series, Trouble, that covers everything from gentrification, to the refugee crisis, to the recent J20 trail in amazing and beautifully produced shows.

The #DisruptJ20 events set the tone for resistance to Trump’s regime and the repression that came down on over 200 peeps involved was an indicator that the regime would try hard to silence dissent.#Trouble #J20 #ConspiracyToRiot pic.twitter.com/wPYFA3twlL

— submedia (@submedia) October 23, 2018

In our conversation, we talk about what all went into the recent episode of Trouble, which focused on the fight to defend the J20 defendants as well as the next episode, which will center on looking at mental health from an anarchist perspective. We then talk about the future of the popular Sub.Media character ‘Stim,’ as well as what fans can expect for upcoming Sub.Media projects in 2019. We also touch on the future of anarchist media, people combing efforts, and the growth of local projects and websites. We end by talking about what has been going down across so-called Canada as well as the situation in Puerto Rico, which Frank spoke to the last time he was on the program.

Stay tuned for future episodes in this series on anarchist projects in Canada, as we talk with the From Embers podcast, as well as No Borders organizer and media maker, Jaggi Singh.

More Info: Sub.Media website, Sub.Media on Vimeo, and our past interviews with Frank on this show here and here.

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