— Relax In Canada (@RelaxInCanada) November 6, 2015
Across the globe, Anonymous grabbed headlines as thousands took to the streets for the “Million Mask March.” The march was the third annual event which has been called under the same name. Exploring the complex nature of Anonymous and what drives people towards it is something that we want to look at in the future. If you have insight, hit us up. Many of the (largely very young) participants who took part in the marches which by and large, seemed often politically ambiguous (the marches were held “against corruption”), fueled by anger over present generalized conditions, and represented a variety of antagonisms.
It remains unclear if this energy will evolve and grow towards a liberatory, autonomous, and anti-capitalist, anti-statist, and anti-colonial trajectory. Like Occupy, the recent marches point towards a desire by many young people to become involved in something real and in concert with others. Here are some tweets from the November 5th actions.
— #AbolitionNow (@Delo_Taylor) November 6, 2015
— Anonymous (@YourFellowAnon) November 7, 2014
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) November 5, 2015
— JamesFromTheInternet (@JamesFTInternet) November 5, 2015
— Mike Bivins (@itsmikebivins) November 5, 2015
— Ash J (@AshAgony) November 6, 2015
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) November 6, 2015
Anonymous also dumped their as promised collection of info about those involved in current KKK activities across the US. Let’s go to Anti-Fascist News for more info:
The list itself is actually more work than we had anticipated, with a lot of explanation of how many Klan organizations there actually are, what city and state each are in, and links to private social media and internet groups. The list itself seems pretty well supported and is unlike the previous “leak,” with many of the people on here being known from public racist actions and violent crimes. Anonymous activists state that the investigation itself took eleven months and took on both their hacking operations as well as journalistic sources like public records, interviews, and surveillance. They especially note the crossover between Klan and neo-Nazi groups, as well as connections to more mainstream radical right organizations. They have gone to great lengths to investigate and include aliases, including things like Reddit usernames(many of which are so ugly and vile that they placed a Trigger Warning before the list). In terms of details, there are a lot, including personal information about where members went to school and who their close relatives and associates are.
This list will likely be the targeted roster for people doing ongoing anti-fascist and anti-racist work to start and remove this type of racialist movement from their community. Let’s hope that organizers move past just going after obvious targets like the KKK, and we move to collectively target racism as it occurs in most communities.
In further anti-KKK news, in Berkeley, California, 2,000 students (2/3 of the student body) walked out of class against a website that called for anti-black violence. Marching through the streets, students ended their march at UC Berkeley.
— Carbonated.TV (@CarbonatedTV) November 6, 2015
In Florida, several Earth First!ers have begun trial for their role in defending a forest. Check out EF! Journal for more info.
— Earth First! Journal (@efjournal) November 5, 2015
In Mexico, repression continues against Oaxacan teachers.
While the Left declares a victory over Obama rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, the capitalist press gloats about the fact that the oil industry has already built a massive amount of pipelines, with more in the works. From the Financial Post:
While TransCanada Corp. has been cooling its heels on its Keystone XL proposal for the past six years, the oil pipeline business has been booming in the United States.
Crude oil pipeline mileage rose 9.1 per cent last year alone to reach 66,649 miles, according to data from the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) set to be released soon.
Between 2009 and 2013, more than 8,000 miles of oil transmission pipelines have been built in the past five years in the U.S., AOPL spokesperson John Stoody said, compared to the 875 miles TransCanada wants to lay in the states of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska for its 830,000-bpd project. By last year, the U.S. had built 12,000 miles of pipe since 2010.
“That’s the point we make,” Stoody said. “While people have been debating Keystone in the U.S. we have actually built the equivalent of 10
In other pipeline news, seven people were arrested in Duluth, MN after storming an Enbridge office. After attempting to deliver a letter of demands, seven out of about a hundred protesters stayed for a more-or-less symbolic arrest.
In related news, activists dressed up as bees to deliver demands to hardware stores that sold harmful pesticides. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not about killing bees. But come the fuck on, this is precisely the absolutely absurd theatrics that we need to abandon forever and never look back. If we want to get anything done, we’re gonna have to stop volunteering ourselves for arrest, stop expecting our enemies give a fuck about our petitions or list of demands, and while we’re at it: let’s drop the silly costumes too!