The political crisis grows in DC, as Jeff Sessions fired the Deputy Director of the FBI. In response:
Former CIA Director John Brennan, speaking for much of the intelligence apparatus, replied to the McCabe firing with a declaration of extraordinary ferocity. He tweeted Saturday at Trump, “When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America… America will triumph over you.”
While the Democratic Party champions these splits within the ruling class, there is no one section to cheer, as largely the differences between the “Deep State’ and the proto-fascists of the Trump administration, break primarily over who to bomb first and to what degree to attack the poor and working-class.
Meanwhile, there is growing anxiety and anger within the US, manifesting itself in the form of increasing strikes, riots, and demonstrations. While the DNC is attempting to put a wet blanket over this growing resistance, at the same time, a new sense of confidence is growing within autonomous struggles, as well as the understanding that the ‘official’ organizations: the parties, the union bureaucrats, and the non-profits, are just as much a part of the enemy apparatus as the cops.
In that spirit, let’s get to the news.
An update on the struggle against Alton Gas in so-called Nova Scotia:
— StopAltonGas (@StopAltonGas) March 15, 2018
Also in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona on March 24th:
Unsheltered relatives are organizing, please stand with them. Perhaps one of the most significant demonstrations to hit Kinlani/Flagstaff in a long time. Saturday, March 24 – 12p at Heritage Square, Downtown Flagstaff. Stand with us against racism and racial profiling of unsheltered relatives on the street. https://www.facebook.com/events/559611747754374/?ti=cl #sleepisnotacrime #rallyagainstracism #nofilter #unsheltered #taalahooghaninfoshop
Killing the Black Snake
There are now pipeline resistance camps and tree sits in Virginia and West Virigina. There have also been solidarity rallies in Virginia and West Virginia to show community support for this resistance. How fuckin rad is that?!
— The Holler Network (@HollerNetwork) March 20, 2018
multiple solidarity rallies around VA yesterday to show support for those on the frontlines fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline, especially for the treesitters on Peters Mountain braving wind, snow, cops and chainsaws pic.twitter.com/BJAaZ7nhCS
— The Holler Network (@HollerNetwork) March 18, 2018
— Three Sisters Camp (@3SistersCamp) March 18, 2018
THANK YOU to the Crozet IWW and Crozet Food Not Bombs for their generous supply donation! Your support and camaraderie is appreciated. Love and solidarity 🖤 pic.twitter.com/ugbsHzLkx7
— Three Sisters Camp (@3SistersCamp) March 17, 2018
— Three Sisters Camp (@3SistersCamp) March 16, 2018
Things are heating up at Camp Cloud in so-called British Columbia. Check out their Facebook page here and the #CampCloud hashtag:
— Rhyno (@RagingRhyno) March 13, 2018
— Rhyno (@RagingRhyno) March 5, 2018
Also, from Rising Tide North America:
Early this morning Terry Christenson, a 70-year old Grandfather of two, and former Juno nominee, scaled a tree on the inside of Kinder Morgan’s fence (Westridge terminal side) and erected a mid-air camp suspended from its trunk. Terry constructed the high-flying structure to stop Kinder Morgan’s proposed tree clearing which is being done to enable the company’s drilling through Burnaby Mountain.
Resistance to the Bayou Bridge pipeline continues, as actions keep shutting down construction of the project, which is the southern end of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Follow L’eau Est La Vie camp for more info:
BREAKING. This morning we blockaded a Bayou Bridge work site and successfully stopped a fuel truck from reaching equipment at other work sites across the pipeline route. The blockade lasted for an hour and no arrests were made. #StopETP #NoBayouBridge pic.twitter.com/SuNmXwFG0s
— Leau Est La Vie Camp (@NoBayouBridge) March 19, 2018
— Stop ETP (@StopETP) March 13, 2018
Redneck Revolt in Colorado Springs was out in the streets, feeding people:
300 people served and about 10 piece of trash bootlickers denied attempts to stop us🖤❤ pic.twitter.com/hlz6v4OqO0
— Workers' Initiative for Liberation & Defense (@WILDFrontRange) March 19, 2018
In West Virginia, a strike of communication workers continues, as scabs are brought in:
Day 3. – CWA Strike on Frontier Communications. Contact Frontier Customer Service 1-800-921-8101Corporate Office. 1-203-614-5600CEO Dan McCarthy. Dan.McCarthy@ftr.com
Posted by Derek McIntyre on Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Big news in Montreal for the Wobblies, a group of workers who do subtitling work has now joined the union in several stores. Non-profit workers in the Seattle area have also joined the union. Welcome!
— Burgerville Workers Union (@BVWkrUnion) March 16, 2018
Last Friday, teachers in New Jersey walked off the job on strike and even blocked scab teachers from coming in. They were also joined on the picket lines by students. While union ‘leaders’ sent strikers back to work on Monday, hopefully rank-n-file workers can take the struggle into their own hands.
— 🦊NJ GDC🦊 (@njiwwgdc) March 16, 2018
Students have joined the picket line pic.twitter.com/yTAswD2wxO
— Terrence T. McDonald (@terrencemcd) March 16, 2018
— 🦊NJ GDC🦊 (@njiwwgdc) March 16, 2018
Teachers in Puerto Rico went on strike for one day across the island against attempts by disaster capitalists to privatize the school system and switch students over to a system of vouchers. We are hearing reports of awesome things, like teachers running free schools in squatted buildings, and hope to have more to report soon!
#PuertoRico #teachers are saying that today’s strike will be just the first of many actions to resist the plans to privatize the public education system. Good example for teachers across the US! https://t.co/bnqUoNfvOb
— West Virginia IWW (@WestVirginiaIWW) March 19, 2018
Folks in Philly have been bitten by the anti-Amazon bug! Follow their new account below for updates:
We stand against the growing threat that #amazon serves to our rapidly gentrifying communities. We know any promised jobs and wealth will be going to outside tech graduates, NOT be going to those in need in our city. #NoHQ2 #NoHQ2Philly
— No HQ2 Philly (@NoHQ2Philly) March 16, 2018
In Seattle, Maru Mora went to her first hearing on the State’s efforts to deport her, while outside, people rallied in support:
Today, March 15th Maru Mora faced ICE or the first time in her first immigration hearing. We thank those who came out to support and rally in support for Maru, against the ICE and we leave today in celebration that Maru is not in ICE custody and that there are so many others facing persecution via imprisonment and deportation for lack of documentation.
We urge you to support all those you can facing or at risk of deportation. This fight is not over until there is no more ICE and the human cages come crashing down.
Finally, comrades in the Autonomous Tenants Union in Chicago continue to put in the work against the landlords. Check out the call in campaign here.
This morning we visited elderly tenants Edith & Tom’s residence in Albany Park where they’ve lived for almost a decade. Their landlord has been treating them aggressively and unfairly. pic.twitter.com/qS75btJcYl
— Autonomous Tenants Union (@AutonomousUnion) March 17, 2018
In Montreal, things got fierce in the streets on March 15th, as they have for the past 22 years. Check out these awesome pics:
Québec: manifestation hier soir dans Montréal du Collectif opposé à la brutalité policière (COBP) pour conclure une semaine de rencontres sur les pratiques de la police. Affrontements avec la police, attaques de banques et de grandes enseignes, 3 arrestations. pic.twitter.com/lW1PHe5EJb
— Ter-Ter et Liberté (@TerTerEtLiberte) March 16, 2018
More than 100 protesters marched in Elgin Sunday to call for justice in a police-involved shooting.
Decynthia Clements, 34, was killed Monday morning after an hour-long standoff with Elgin police on Interstate 90. Protesters said police had no reason to kill Clements, who weighed only 90 pounds and was armed with a knife.
The protesters gathered in front of the Elgin police station. Elgin Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said he has met privately with many of those who protested.
Among those marching were several of Clement’s relatives, who said they want answers. Clements left behind a teenaged son.
Lieutenant Christian Jensen, who shot Clements, has been placed on paid administrative leave during an investigation by Illinois State Police, Elgin officials said.
Swoboda has promised to publicly release dash- or bodycam video of the shooting once state police are done with it. He said he hopes to release it by the end of the week.
Protesters said the shooting is symptomatic of a longstanding problem.
“That’s why we all out here,” said Reverend Leonard Williams, Sr. “Today it’s her. Tomorrow it could be somebody else’s child.”
Organizers said the protest will continue every night this week.
Prison organizing continues with #OperationPUSH in Florida. Recent action against attacks on visitations won a new public hearing on the matter. Stay up here.
In Oakland, over 30 people mobilized in a short amount of time to defend Hasta Muerte Coffee, a radical anti-authoritarian POC owned space in East Oakland. The shop came under attack from a collection of Alt-Lite trolls and MAGA muppets, who were upset that the space refuses to sell coffee to police. We’re sure we can expect a report from locals soon, but long story short, the fash didn’t last long, and soon, a line for a hot cup of that Hasta was literally out the door with no problems.
Meanwhile in the Pacific Northwest, the day after a pro-refugee rally, members of the Proud Boys threw a smoke canister at the window of a local comrade. From the Pacific Northwest Antifascist Worker Collective Facebook:
Last night after 11:00 pm in Portland Oregon someone who we presume to be Patriot Prayer allies on the far right drove by an activists home and attempted to throw a lit smoke bomb through the window of the activists house where small children also live, luckily the window did not break fully. This type of smoke bomb emits a flame and could have burned the home down killing everyone inside. This is just a day after local Antifascists stopped a group of Patriot Prayer allied bigots from entering a family event supporting refugees and immigrants. The bigots had showed to harass and film the responses of event goers to upload to their YouTube’s where they earn income for views, but were stopped and driven away by local area antifascists. This attempt at arson and possible murder appears to be a direct response to that. Patriot Prayer allies have always been violent, this we all know but be aware they are now targeting people’s homes and they have no regard for life even if children are present. Please be watchful and aware as we do not know if this is a one time event or if there will be more attacks.
#alerta #alerta #Antifascista
A comrade had this thrown at his house by fascists last night. The weak as #maga chuds couldn’t even break the window, but make no mistake this is an escalation. @RoseCityAntifa @PNWAWC @hfricken @ClarkCounty161 pic.twitter.com/Q88mvfZSUj
— ↙️↙️↙️🏴❤️🌉🥚 (@egoldmanrevolt) March 18, 2018
In some good Pacific Northwest news, a neo-Nazi that attended Unite the Right that worked as a mortgage consultant has been fired from their job due to antifa organizing.
Meanwhile, people in the Southwestern US are supporting their favorite teams and throwing signs for antifa. Check them shits out:
It was great to meet up with our friends in Southern California last night to support our club. We will be back soon. pic.twitter.com/tfswADU1W2
— Occupied Southwest Distro (@OccupiedSW) March 18, 2018
In Tempe, Arizona, there was a march in support of a local mosque that was targeted by local “Patriots” with vandalism and harassment:
Supporters marching in support and solidarity outside the same mosque that was targeted in Tempe, AZ. pic.twitter.com/xXMAwI2e31
— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) March 16, 2018
And now, for the obligatory Nazi propaganda ripping and or/antifa sticker porn:
We tore down some Nazi Identity Europa stickers and fliers at @RutgersU , threw them in the trash where they belong, and burned them. No safe space for Nazis.
— 🦊NJ GDC🦊 (@njiwwgdc) March 19, 2018
Nice try! Always on your tail. pic.twitter.com/lyYxeCeIW8
— Knoxville Radical Alliance (@knoxradical) March 17, 2018
These are the results of solid anti fascist organizing in a difficult city. pic.twitter.com/m5q2MbHH38
— Michael Loadenthal🏴 (@mloadenthal) March 18, 2018
Not in our city. pic.twitter.com/i3SNoS17x7
— New York City Antifa (@NYCAntifa) March 15, 2018
anti-Semitism ain't happening in Benson pic.twitter.com/8cSxqeIuJ7
— nebraska antifa (@antifa_ne) March 15, 2018
Mark your calendars, because what is left of the Alt-Right, largely the suit and tie, “keep your cultural marxism off my yacht” Identity Evropa crowd, will be holding a conference in Burns, Tennessee. People on the ground are mobilizing:
— Daryle Lamont Jenkins (@DLamontJenkins) March 12, 2018
Lastly, in New Orleans on the 25th of March:
— takeemdownnola (@takeemdownnola) March 16, 2018
Solidarity actions are taking place all over in solidarity with Afrin:
Canadian comrades have "re-decorated" the office of a member of parliament to show everyone the complacency and complicity of western and NATO governments in Turkey's war on Afrin.
We extend our call for direct action against the fascist Turkish state and all who side with them pic.twitter.com/8S6VqQWw3y
— Michael Israel Brigade (@AfrinAFA) March 15, 2018
— Stand With Afrin (@StandWithAfrin) March 13, 2018
— Stand With Afrin (@StandWithAfrin) March 14, 2018
People are also making noise for Russian anarchists and antifascists who are facing repression from the State:
— Asheville AntiRacism (@avlantiracism) March 20, 2018
Mexico On Fire
People went on strike at UNAM:
Female students at UNAM go on 24-hour strike and protest against the university's inaction and complicity with sexual violence and harassment on campus https://t.co/RnoIprLG5n pic.twitter.com/FYkaNfSuhg
— Scott Campbell (@incandesceinto) March 17, 2018
— Scott Campbell (@incandesceinto) March 17, 2018
One person died in clashes in Veracruz, after people responded to police ticketing people by dragging their asses out of the city:
Angered by a police operation, residents of Rancho Viejo, #Veracruz detain 18 police and two police trucks and march them down the highway. One person was killed during clashes later on https://t.co/EDLP3dCfrf pic.twitter.com/vSqvQSM77k
— Scott Campbell (@incandesceinto) March 16, 2018
Lastly, nurses in Chiapas have launched a hunger strike:
— Scott Campbell (@incandesceinto) March 14, 2018
Some rich developer scum bag is attempting to kick out a set of Portland DIY businesses including the homies at Eberhardt Press. Help them out and check out this dope video here.
Bristol IWW are saddened to learn of the death of Anna Campbell, a fellow worker of the Bristol branch. Anna gave her life fighting against ISIS and the Turkish state at the Afrin front alongside the Kurdish YPG. Our thoughts are with her friends and family. #BreakSilenceOnAfrin pic.twitter.com/O2BM951GdN
— Bristol IWW 🌍 (@BristolIWW) March 19, 2018
Rest in power Anna Campbell, a Wobbly and anarchist who gave their life fighting ISIS and the Turkish State alongside members of the YPJ and YPG. Read a statement from some of their comrades here.
People are taking action on March 24th in solidarity with Afrin. Find a demo here or organize one on your own.
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