IT'S GOING DOWN https://itsgoingdown.org Anarchist News and Counter-Information Mon, 24 Jun 2019 23:15:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://itsgoingdown.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/cropped-igdlogo-32x32.jpg IT'S GOING DOWN https://itsgoingdown.org 32 32 The IGDCAST is a weekly podcast of It's Going Down which features interviews with participants in social movements, struggles, rebellions, projects, and organizations. IT'S GOING DOWN yes IT'S GOING DOWN itunes@itsgoingdown.org itunes@itsgoingdown.org (IT'S GOING DOWN) IGDCAST IT'S GOING DOWN https://itsgoingdown.org/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/igd_square.jpg https://itsgoingdown.org This Is America #78: #MemphisUprising & Detroit Pride https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-78-memphisuprising-detroit-pride/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 03:33:41 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=169637 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-78-memphisuprising-detroit-pride/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-78-memphisuprising-detroit-pride/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-78-memphisuprising-detroit-pride/">This Is America #78: #MemphisUprising & Detroit Pride</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Correction: Recording states that antifascist mobilization in DC is on July 12th when in fact it is on July 6th. Sorry for any mix-up. We are correcting this error on our calendars now. Welcome, to This Is America, June 17th, 2019. We have an amazing jam-packed show for you today. First, we speak with someone […]</p> The post This Is America #78: #MemphisUprising & Detroit Pride appeared first on It's Going Down.

Correction: Recording states that antifascist mobilization in DC is on July 12th when in fact it is on July 6th. Sorry for any mix-up. We are correcting this error on our calendars now.

Welcome, to This Is America, June 17th, 2019.

We have an amazing jam-packed show for you today.

First, we speak with someone on the ground who speaks on the recent uprising that kicked off in the North Memphis neighborhood of Frayser in response to the police murder of Brandon Webber. We discuss the context of the uprising in terms of local organizing, attempts to gentrify the area, and decades of endemic poverty and police violence.

We then speak with folks were were present at PRIDE celebrations in Detroit, Michigan where members of the neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement worked with the police to physically and verbally attack members of the public. Our guests discuss police and fascist collusion, how event organizers knew that neo-Nazis were coming but refused to do anything other than look to the police for protection, and also how antifascists were able to mobilize the crowd to push out the Nazis and in doing so, won the respect of many.

This is footage from the body cam of one of the Nazis who marched at Detroit Pride. I love how his body cam clearly shows him assaulting me, while threatening ME that I'm on camera, LOL. Feel free to share, maybe some good can come from this.

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Lastly, we switch gears and discuss the headlines, growing insurgent protests in Hong Kong and respond to listener feedback.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

Living and Fighting:

  • Also in some great news, in Tuscon, Arizona a mistrial was declared in the case of Dr. Scott Warren of No More Deaths, a the jury was unable to come to a decision on the case. Warren was targeted by border patrol for his work with No More Deaths and it is believed he was arrested in retaliation for the group releasing footage of officers destroying water and other humanitarian aid supplies in an area of the desert known for a high amount of migrant deaths.
  • In the Vaughn17 case, charges have been completely dropped for the remaining inmates accused of participating in a prison uprising that led to the death of one prison guard.
  • In Indiana, thanks to the investigative work of antifascists, two white nationalists associated with Identity Evropa/American Identity Movement who sell produce at local farmers markets have been outed to their communities and active boycott campaigns are in place.
  • In Oregon, Eugene Antifa had IDed local neo-Nazis who have been taking down anti-ICE flyers and putting spray painted swastikas in their place.
  • In New York, tenants disrupted a forum put on by a luxury condo real estate developer.
  • Lastly, flyers were distributed in a Chicago neighborhood known as a stomping ground for Richard Spencer and his girlfriend, Megan Bobonick.

Spread the Solidarity:

  • Shirts are back in stock benefiting autonomous organizing on the border. Order a shirt here.
  • Long-time OG anarchist and former Black Panther Lorenzo Ervin is in need of medical care. Please help him out here.
  • Long time indigenous political prisoner Oso Blanco is calling for help in gathering supplies to carry out sweat ceremonies on the inside. For ways to help, go here.
  • Signatures are needed for Chuck Africa, one of the MOVE 9, who has been up for parole since 2008. To help, go here.

Upcoming Events:

  • June 12th – 19th: Save the Mattole Direct Action Convergence in Northern California. More info here.
  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 15th – 23rd: Wild Roots, Feral Futures in Southwest Colorado. More info here.
  • June 17th-18th: Call to stop deportations in Chicago. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • June 22nd: Protest against migrant child prisons in Chicago. More info here.
  • June 23rd: Running Down the Walls event in Hamilton, Ontario. More info here.
  • June 23rd-29th: Call for a week of action against 287(g). More info here.
  • June 29th: Call for antifascist mobilization against the Proud Boys in Portland. More info here.
  • June 29th – 30th: Southern Regional Organizing Assembly of the IWW in Richmond, VA. More info here.
  • July 6th: Mobilization in DC against Alt-Right rally. More info here.
  • July 27th-28th: Anarcho-punk festival in Berkeley at the Gilman featuring workshops, bands, and speakers. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
  • September 28th: Toronto (ON) Anarchist Bookfair. More info here.
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Correction: Recording states that antifascist mobilization in DC is on July 12th when in fact it is on July 6th. Sorry for any mix-up. We are correcting this error on our calendars now. Welcome, to This Is America, June 17th, 2019. Correction: Recording states that antifascist mobilization in DC is on July 12th when in fact it is on July 6th. Sorry for any mix-up. We are correcting this error on our calendars now. Welcome, to This Is America, June 17th, 2019. We have an amazing jam-packed show for you today. First, we speak with someone […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:55:19
This Is America #77: Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-77-knoxville-abortion-doula-collective/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 01:45:09 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=168784 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-77-knoxville-abortion-doula-collective/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-77-knoxville-abortion-doula-collective/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-77-knoxville-abortion-doula-collective/">This Is America #77: Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, June 7th, 2019. In this episode, we speak with someone from the Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective about their ongoing organizing in Tennessee and beyond, the history of political and far-Right attacks on reproductive freedom and autonomy, and an analysis of the current political situation in the United States in regards […]</p> The post This Is America #77: Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, June 7th, 2019.

In this episode, we speak with someone from the Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective about their ongoing organizing in Tennessee and beyond, the history of political and far-Right attacks on reproductive freedom and autonomy, and an analysis of the current political situation in the United States in regards to abortion access.

We then switch gears and discuss headlines as well as the implications of a recent essay that was published on It’s Going Down.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

Living and Fighting:

  • The trial against No More Deaths volunteer Dr. Scott Warren has now rested and has gone to the jury, which will continue to deliberate on a verdict on Monday of next week. No More Deaths wrote on Twitter: “The Prosecution and Defense have rested, closing arguments have ended. Now, the power shifts to the jury. We hope they see this case for what it is, a targeted attack on , and more importantly the migrants that aid is intended for. “
  • In Philly, people are staging large demonstrations against the police, after a Buzzfeed investigation found that a large segment of the police force openly promoted far-Right and violent memes and rhetoric on social media.
  • Land defenders in Northern California report: “[Humboldt Redwood Lumber] has begun logging on Long Ridge! Concerned community members stopped loggers at the front gate on Monument Ridge this morning. Private security and 10 sheriffs responded. The loggers were turned away but will doubtlessly keep trying. The forest can use your help more than ever!” Check out the upcoming mobilization to save the ancient Mattole forest for more information.

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Rainbow Ridge Direct Action Mobilization! June 12 – 19, 2019 in so-called Humboldt County RSVP to check in, get directions, and get more details on what to bring – efhum@riseup.net Logging season is upon us! Do you want to take part in the ongoing direct actions to protect the Mattole forest? With the spring rains abating, Humboldt Redwood Company has their greedy eye on the mighty trees gracing the precious ridges of the Mattole watershed. Come to base camp to train and prepare to join in backwoods action with like-minded forest rebels! There are also many roles to fill in base camp. All are welcome! Base camp will be located at an outdoor group camp. If you have specific accessibility needs, please be in contact via efhum@riseup.net . Vehicle parking is quite limited, so please be in touch to coordinate rides. As the situation escalates, forest defense in the Mattole has become a year round effort. Your involvement can make a big impact! Monetary and gear donations also help make it happen! Online Fundraiser at – http://tiny.cc/supportbasecamp RSVP to check in, get directions, and get more details on what to bring – efhum@riseup.net #savethemattolesancientforest #showupatthethrowdown #stophabitatdestruction #banglyphosate #glyphosate #roundup #extinctionrebellion #anthropocene #directaction #swarm #buzzword

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  • Reports of horrific conditions inside migrant detention facilities continue to hit the mainstream. In new reports of inspections, officials found nooses inside holding cells, “staff serving spoiled food and wrongly putting people in isolation. Homeland security inspectors visited four Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) centres and described “egregious violations” of standards at two of them including inadequate medical care.” To make matters worse, the government has moved to cut off English classes, legal services, and even funds for recreational equipment for detailed migrant children.
  • PRIDE events are happening across the country and in many instances, resulting in struggles between elements who want to whitewash the riotous history of PRIDE and those that want to preserve its liberatory and rebellious character. Currently in Sacramento people are calling for protests and alternative events, after PRIDE organizers agreed to allow the police the ability to march in the parade.
  • The Trump administration is joining the pushing for more penalties for those that resist pipeline expansion. According to ThinkProgress:

In April, Trump signed executive orders clearing the way for oil and gas pipelines to be built more quickly.[Now, t]he Trump administration is seeking to dramatically escalate federal penalties for pipeline protesters. Under newly proposed changes, pipeline protesters could face up to 20 years in prison for disrupting the construction of oil and gas infrastructure. The move echoes similarly harsh penalties for anti-pipeline activists being adopted in several states. Updates proposed would make interrupting pipeline construction or damaging existing pipelines a federal crime.

  • Scott Campbell writing on Twitter stated, “Attempting to appease Trump and his tariff threat, yesterday Mexico detained 400 migrants at the border with Guatemala, deploying the newly created National Guard for the first time in an operation targeting migrants. yesterday, Mexico detained two migrant rights defenders, Cristóbal Sánchez and director Irineo Mujica. Today Mexico’s Ministry of Finance froze the bank accounts of 26 people they claim are involved in the “illegal organization of migrant caravans.” Mexico has also offered to send troops to the border, and is currently “Similar to US prosecution of volunteer Scott Warren, Mexico is now seeking to criminalize those who may have provided humanitarian support to migrants with federal charges.”
  • Lastly, anarchist prisoner Sean Swain is in need of support, as he still has not received his property after being moved to a new facility. Sean is asking people to write to:

Earlena Shepherd
Interstate Compact Coordinator
ODRC
4545 Fisher Road, Suite D
Columbus, OH 43228

Upcoming Events:

  • June 9th: Running Down the Walls events are happening in Los Angeles and Oakland, California, in Chicago, Illinois, and in New York. More info here.
  • June 10-15th: Events taking place all over for the global day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisoners on June 11th and beyond. More info on events here.
  • June 12th: Info-night in solidarity with Indonesia anarchists in Minneapolis. More info here.
  • June 12th – 19th: Save the Mattole Direct Action Convergence in Northern California. More info here.
  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 15th – 23rd: Wild Roots, Feral Futures in Southwest Colorado. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • June 23rd: Running Down the Walls event in Hamilton, Ontario. More info here.
  • June 29th – 30th: Southern Regional Organizing Assembly of the IWW in Richmond, VA. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
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Welcome, to This Is America, June 7th, 2019. In this episode, we speak with someone from the Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective about their ongoing organizing in Tennessee and beyond, the history of political and far-Right attacks on reproductive free... Welcome, to This Is America, June 7th, 2019. In this episode, we speak with someone from the Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective about their ongoing organizing in Tennessee and beyond, the history of political and far-Right attacks on reproductive freedom and autonomy, and an analysis of the current political situation in the United States in regards […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 2:04:45
This Is America #76: Sima Lee On Building Power in DC https://itsgoingdown.org/sima-lee-on-building-power-dc/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 20:36:28 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=168457 https://itsgoingdown.org/sima-lee-on-building-power-dc/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/sima-lee-on-building-power-dc/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/sima-lee-on-building-power-dc/">This Is America #76: Sima Lee On Building Power in DC</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Cover Photo from Ash J Welcome, to This Is America, June 4th, 2019. In this episode, we talk with Sima Lee, an anarchist organizer and emcee in the Washington DC area. In our interview we talk about the current #DontMuteDC movement as well as gentrification and the history of Go-go music which lay at the […]</p> The post This Is America #76: Sima Lee On Building Power in DC appeared first on It's Going Down.

Cover Photo from Ash J

Welcome, to This Is America, June 4th, 2019.

In this episode, we talk with Sima Lee, an anarchist organizer and emcee in the Washington DC area. In our interview we talk about the current #DontMuteDC movement as well as gentrification and the history of Go-go music which lay at the center of it.

We then talk about the ongoing community organizing work that is happening at the Maroon House organized by the Food, Clothing, and Resistance Collective (FCRC), which includes a free store and a growing food program. We end by talking about the potential of these types of mutual aid programs and how they can possibly continue to grow. Maroon House currently hosted a fundraiser to cover their costs, and we encourage people to donate here.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

Living and Fighting:

  • In El Paso, Texas, at the same detention facility we have talked about in the past where photos of children and adults sleeping outside with thin metal blankets have gone viral, a Homeland Security inspector found that the detention center was imprisoning hundreds more than it is designed to. According to news reports, some migrants have been held in standing room only spaces for days and weeks. As ABC News wrote:

The El Paso Del Norte Processing center housed as many as 900 migrant detainees earlier this month and, the report also found, the facility only has the capacity for 125. “CBP was struggling to maintain hygienic conditions in the holding cells. With limited access to showers and clean clothing, detainees were wearing soiled clothing for days or weeks,” the report said.

  • On Monday Customs and Border Protection announced two more deaths in their custody. As Democracy Now wrote:

A 40-year-old Honduran woman died Monday morning. She collapsed just 25 minutes after being detained near the border in Eagle Pass, Texas, but could not be saved by emergency medical treatment. CBP also said Monday a 33-year-old Salvadoran man died after experiencing apparent seizures following his apprehension Sunday.

Transgender asylum seeker Johana Medina, a refugee from El Salvador, died in ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody on June 1st, the first day of Pride month. The website Planet Transgender reports that Medina is the 23rd transgender person to die in ICE custody.

Combined, this makes for a total of three deaths in just three days. As Democracy Now noted:

In addition to the recent deaths, at least six migrant children have died over the last eight months after they were arrested crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. Before last year, no child died in immigration custody in over a decade.

Trans asylum seeker Johana Medina dies in ICE custody on the first day of Pride month
Johana Medina
  • Flooding continues across the Midwest and the Great Plains, as levees, dams, and other aging infrastructure continues to break down in the face of unprecedented storms and rising waters. Just this week, a new study on climate change out of Australia concluded that “human civilization” itself is threatened with collapse by 2050 if drastic action is not taken to stop climate change.
  • A new study from Buzzfeed on the social media posting habits of police officers has been published. A large amount of the posts celebrated violence against protesters as well as women, people of color, and migrants. As the report shows:

Of the pages of officers whom researchers… could positively identify, about 1 in 5 of the current officers, and 2 in 5 of the retired officers, made public posts or comments that met that threshold — typically by displaying bias, applauding violence, scoffing at due process, or using dehumanizing language.

Of 328 officers in Philadelphia who posted troubling content, more than a third — 139 officers — appeared to have had one or more federal civil rights lawsuits filed against them, based on name, badge number, and other corroborating details. Of that group, a hundred ended in settlements or verdicts against them or the city.

…several dozen people rallied outside an IHOP in northern Idaho where a local Republican group had been scheduled to host a speech by white supremacist pundit Brittany Pettibone. A rally against Pettibone’s appearance was organized after concerned locals learned she was coming, and then the GOP civic group swiftly cancelled the event [while the protest continued outside].

  • In Brooklyn, banners were dropped in the memory of Erica Garner and her father, Eric Garner.
  • In Salt Lake City, Utah, people crashed corporate PRIDE with banners and speeches.
  • In Buffalo, New York, people marched as a bloc in the PRIDE parade, carrying banners against white supremacy, gentrification, and police.
  • Confederate monuments in Austin, TX were vandalizing with paint and written slogans, such as “RACISTS.”
  • In Northern California, about half of the inmates at a “firecamp,” (a low security unit for inmates who volunteer to work as firefighters), rioted, according to a local news site.
  • Lastly, despite attempts by police and pipeline crews to remove them, the Yellow Finch Tree Sit continues, now on its 273 day of fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline, continues.

Show Solidarity:

  • Member of the FANG Collective is starting a jail stint for taking action in solidarity with migrant detainees who were on hunger strike. Donate here.
  • If you can’t make it to a Running Down the Walls event supporting the Anarchist Black Cross, you can donate here.
  • A queer transfeminist space and its volunteers in Mexico City were violently attacked several days ago and needs help getting back on its feet. Donate here.
  • Antifascist researcher Spencer Sunshine, who has published numerous pieces on It’s Going Down, is launching a Patreon. Sign up here.

Upcoming Events:

 

  • In June be on the lookout for ‘Running Down the Walls’ events happening across the world to benefit Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) chapters.
  • June 6th: In Portland, join pickets in solidarity with the Burgerville Workers Union as they fight for a contract, one year after negotiations started. More info here.
  • June 12th: Info-night in solidarity with Indonesia anarchists in Minneapolis. More info here.
  • June 12th – 19th: Save the Mattole Direct Action Convergence in Northern California. More info here.
  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 15th – 23rd: Wild Roots, Feral Futures in Southwest Colorado. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • June 29th – 30th: Southern Regional Organizing Assembly of the IWW in Richmond, VA. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.

 

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Cover Photo from Ash J Welcome, to This Is America, June 4th, 2019. In this episode, we talk with Sima Lee, an anarchist organizer and emcee in the Washington DC area. In our interview we talk about the current #DontMuteDC movement as well as gentrific... Cover Photo from Ash J Welcome, to This Is America, June 4th, 2019. In this episode, we talk with Sima Lee, an anarchist organizer and emcee in the Washington DC area. In our interview we talk about the current #DontMuteDC movement as well as gentrification and the history of Go-go music which lay at the […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:49:09
Raw Deal: Why Statecraft Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis https://itsgoingdown.org/raw-deal-why-statecraft-wont-solve-the-climate-crisis/ Sat, 01 Jun 2019 01:47:47 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=168214 https://itsgoingdown.org/raw-deal-why-statecraft-wont-solve-the-climate-crisis/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/raw-deal-why-statecraft-wont-solve-the-climate-crisis/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/raw-deal-why-statecraft-wont-solve-the-climate-crisis/">Raw Deal: Why Statecraft Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>In this episode, we speak with a member of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation, about the increasing threat of climate change, growing State repression against protest, new activist formations such as Extinction Rebellion, and legislative proposals such as the “Green New Deal.” Is there hope in the State being able to legislate the climate crisis […]</p> The post Raw Deal: Why Statecraft Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode, we speak with a member of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation, about the increasing threat of climate change, growing State repression against protest, new activist formations such as Extinction Rebellion, and legislative proposals such as the “Green New Deal.” Is there hope in the State being able to legislate the climate crisis away, or should humanity instead look towards building a material force through social movements as a means of ensuring survival in the coming decades?

Throughout this conversation we ask:

  • How should autonomous anti-capitalists and anarchists approach new formations such as Extinction Rebellion and the Climate Strike and push them in anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, and direct action orientation?
  • How can this new wave of energy feed into existing front line land defense and anti-pipeline struggles?
  • What should our stance be towards things like the Green New Deal?
  • How can we use the memory of struggles like Standing Rock to hammer home anti-statist, anti-colonial, and anti-capitalist ideas?

More Info: Black Rose Anarchist Federation and Green New Deal Vs Revolutionary Eco-socialism

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In this episode, we speak with a member of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation, about the increasing threat of climate change, growing State repression against protest, new activist formations such as Extinction Rebellion, In this episode, we speak with a member of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation, about the increasing threat of climate change, growing State repression against protest, new activist formations such as Extinction Rebellion, and legislative proposals such as the “Green New Deal.” Is there hope in the State being able to legislate the climate crisis […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 59:00
TIA #75: Native People Are Using Tiny Homes to Fight a Pipeline https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-75-native-people-are-using-tiny-homes-to-fight-a-pipeline/ Wed, 29 May 2019 10:03:24 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=167476 https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-75-native-people-are-using-tiny-homes-to-fight-a-pipeline/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-75-native-people-are-using-tiny-homes-to-fight-a-pipeline/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-75-native-people-are-using-tiny-homes-to-fight-a-pipeline/">TIA #75: Native People Are Using Tiny Homes to Fight a Pipeline</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, May 27th, 2019. In this episode, we speak with Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc First Nation who is a life long land defender and currently is involved in the ongoing campaign of the Tiny House Warriors. In the summer of 2018 in so-called British Columbia, out of a ceremonial gathering, […]</p> The post TIA #75: Native People Are Using Tiny Homes to Fight a Pipeline appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, May 27th, 2019.

In this episode, we speak with Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc First Nation who is a life long land defender and currently is involved in the ongoing campaign of the Tiny House Warriors. In the summer of 2018 in so-called British Columbia, out of a ceremonial gathering, the Tiny House Warriors launched a protest encampment aimed at stopping the construction of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, (to listen to our interview with people at Camp Cloud fighting the same pipeline, go here).

For over the last year, the tiny homes have served as a home base for the growing movement, which has also fought the construction of ‘man-camps,’ or concentrated temporary cities housing pipeline workers. As we discuss and many studies have pointed out, there is a direct linkage between man-camps and an increase in assaults, kidnappings, and killings – especially targeting indigenous women.

As one VICE article wrote:

Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline currently transports Northern Alberta crude through British Columbia to Metro Vancouver ports. The pipe crosses through more than 500 kilometres of Secwepemc territory – land…never ceded to Canada.

The protest camp is taking shape weeks after Canada took ownership of the Trans Mountain project, which has faced massive opposition from First Nations and environmentalists. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared the $7.4 billion pipeline a matter of “national interest” while opponents say it’s an ecological disaster waiting to happen.

In our discussion, we talk about how the Tiny House Warriors have used the space they have created to not only fight back against the construction of the pipeline, but also create a new world worth defending. We close by discussing the future of the movement against climate change, how people can support the struggle, indigenous sovereignty, and much more.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news.

Living and Fighting:

In the last several weeks, we’ve seen large turn outs to antifascist actions. In at a State park in Burns, Tennessee, over 100 people protested against the American Renaissance conference, which led to several arrests. In June, another white nationalist gathering will take place, featuring speakers including Richard Spencer and David Duke. Last weekend in Dayton, Ohio, over 1,000 people took to the streets against the KKK, despite a massive police build up and local politicians telling people to go home. In the end, only a handful of KKK members actually showed up.

Lastly, today on May 28th, neo-Nazi and owner of the Whitewater Grille, Rick Tyler, spoke in front of a tiny crowd while over 100 people protested outside. Rick Tyler is most well known for running for public office and losing numerous times, and promoting his failed campaigns with large billboards that read, “Make America White Again.”

Today the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3557, which as one report wrote:

Texas lawmakers voted to approve a controversial measure that would make it a felony for protesters to interrupt the construction of oil pipelines. Under House Bill 3557, “impairing or interrupting” a pipeline would become a felony punishable by up to two years behind bars. Damaging a pipeline during construction would carry even stiffer penalties, becoming a third-degree felony with up to 10 years in prison time. Gov. Greg Abbott’s is expected to sign the energy industry-backed bill into law.

In Miami-Dade, about 100 school children and supporting adults converged on the Homestead child detention facility, the sight of daily protests, in order to deliver over 1,000 letters and other messages of solidarity to the children locked inside. The Miami Herald reported that guards rejected the letters. Currently around 3,000 children are held in the facility and numbers are expected to grow.

In other headlines, Republicans blocked a $19 billion dollar disaster relief bill, but in Florida passed through one that will allow teachers to legally carry firearms, a policy that was promoted by the NRA in the wake of Parkland shooting as a means to sell more weapons. Neo-fascist Steve Bannon and white nationalist Kris Kobach are working with the crowd funded campaign “We Will Build the Wall,” (Kobach is now on as general counsel for the project), an online campaign to crowdfund money to pay for wall construction. The group hopes to build several miles of fence. The Trump administration is also cracking down on some of its own people, directing researchers at various government bodies to “strip references” to climate change in speeches and only write about climate projections that go up to 2040 and not the end of the century. It will also force the National Climate Assessment to omit “worse case scenarios.”

Students in Portland staged a walkout, in response to school administration’s handling of continued racist incidents on campus. In Miami-Beach, students also walked out of class to demand action on climate change.

In Los Angeles, the LA Tenants Union and other groups are mobilizing against the mass eviction of many long term residents in one complex where rents have gone up by 200%. In Matamoros, Mexico, a wildcat strike by taxi drivers kicked off. Meanwhile in New Haven, California, a strike by teachers has now entered its second week.

Finally, tomorrow is the start of the trial of Dr. Scott Warren of No More Deaths and there is a call to pack the court in solidarity. Check out the No More Deaths website for info on how to support him during the court proceedings.

Upcoming Events:

  • May 30th – June 3rd: Earth First! regional rendezvous in Hudson Valley. More info here.
  • May 31st – June 2nd: North American Anarchist Studies Network presents Emergent Horizons in Atlanta, Georgia. More info here.
  • In June be on the lookout for ‘Running Down the Walls’ events happening across the world to benefit Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) chapters.
  • June 12th – 19th: Save the Mattole Direct Action Convergence in Northern California. More info here.

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  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 15th – 23rd: Wild Roots, Feral Futures in Southwest Colorado. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • June 29th – 30th: Southern Regional Organizing Assembly of the IWW in Richmond, VA. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
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Welcome, to This Is America, May 27th, 2019. In this episode, we speak with Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc First Nation who is a life long land defender and currently is involved in the ongoing campaign of the Tiny House Warriors. Welcome, to This Is America, May 27th, 2019. In this episode, we speak with Kanahus Manuel of the Secwepemc First Nation who is a life long land defender and currently is involved in the ongoing campaign of the Tiny House Warriors. In the summer of 2018 in so-called British Columbia, out of a ceremonial gathering, […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 51:34
This Is America #74: DeKalb Arrestees & Anarres Infoshop https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-74-dekalb-arrestees-anarres-infoshop/ Sat, 25 May 2019 02:04:19 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=167243 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-74-dekalb-arrestees-anarres-infoshop/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-74-dekalb-arrestees-anarres-infoshop/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-74-dekalb-arrestees-anarres-infoshop/">This Is America #74: DeKalb Arrestees & Anarres Infoshop</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Cover Photo via @plussone Welcome, to This Is America, May 24th 2019. In today’s episode, first we talk with several people in the Atlanta, Georgia area who recently were arrested for protesting the conditions within the DeKalb County Jail, which It’s Going Down has covered in the past. After arrest, they soon found themselves inside […]</p> The post This Is America #74: DeKalb Arrestees & Anarres Infoshop appeared first on It's Going Down.

Cover Photo via @plussone

Welcome, to This Is America, May 24th 2019.

In today’s episode, first we talk with several people in the Atlanta, Georgia area who recently were arrested for protesting the conditions within the DeKalb County Jail, which It’s Going Down has covered in the past. After arrest, they soon found themselves inside the very institution they were protesting. We discuss their experiences and the broader campaign.

We then talk to several people involved in the re-launching of the Anarres Infoshop in Portland, Oregon, and talk about the role of space and infrastructure within the wider movement. Please support them on Patreon here.

During our discussion segment, we talk about recent attacks by the Trump administration on immigrants, trans people, public housing, and beyond, discuss the history of neoliberalism, and current headlines.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news.

Living and Fighting

  • McDonald’s workers in cities across the US went out on strike this week over demands of $15 an hour, the right to form unions, and against sexual harassment, with 25 women in 20 different cities filing suits against the burger giant. The strikes and walkouts caused 10 stores to close in St. Louis while workers in many other cities picketed and walked off the job, according to the Wall Street Journal, which described the strike as one of the largest disruptions to the fast food chain in 10 years.

  • In St. Paul, hundreds of students walk out of class in response to two teachers use of the “N-word,” prompting one of the teachers to resign, and the other, a substitute, to be sent home.
  • Across the US, mass protests have been organized against a wave of new attempted abortion bans.
  • In Salt Lake City, Utah people rallied and camped outside of the police station, in response to the police killing of Cody Belgard. Ultimately, the DA decided to not charge the police officer behind the killing.
  • Officials in Dayton, Ohio, as was the case of so-called leaders in Charlottesville in the build up to Unite the Right, are telling residents to “stay away” from the downtown area, in the lead-up to a planned rally by the KKK. Members of the Klan negotiated with the city in order to secure a permit, but agreed only to allow registered members of their official organization at the event, which numbers around 20. Over 1,000 counter-demonstrators are expected to mobilize.
  • Roman Shankaras, one of the Vaughn 17 has been found not guilty for the charge of murdering a guard, making him the most recent inmate to be found not guilty.
  • Finally, the viral craze of “milkshaking,” or the pouring of a tasty, lactose beverage over someone in an attempt to shame them – which has been used against members of the far-Right party in the UK promoting Brexit, has now reached US soil. In what is guessed to be Kentucky, someone delivered up a creamy malt to a member of the neo-Confederate Hiwaymen, a group of paramilitaries that attended Unite the Right, and who was protesting outside of Planned Parenthood. The Hiwaymen were one of the groups who attacked a rally of trans youth several weeks ago at the Kentucky state capitol. As they say, revenge is a dish best served cold!

Upcoming Events

  • May 25th: Mobilize against the KKK in Downtown Dayton, OH. More info here.
  • May 30th – June 3rd: Earth First! regional rendezvous in Hudson Valley. More info here.
  • May 31st – June 2nd: North American Anarchist Studies Network presents Emergent Horizons in Atlanta, Georgia. More info here.
  • In June be on the lookout for ‘Running Down the Walls’ events happening across the world to benefit Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) chapters.
  • June 12th – 19th: Save the Mattole Direct Action Convergence in Northern California. More info here.
  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 15th – 23rd: Wild Roots, Feral Futures in Southwest Colorado. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • June 29th – 30th: Southern Regional Organizing Assembly of the IWW in Richmond, VA. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
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Cover Photo via @plussone Welcome, to This Is America, May 24th 2019. In today’s episode, first we talk with several people in the Atlanta, Georgia area who recently were arrested for protesting the conditions within the DeKalb County Jail, Cover Photo via @plussone Welcome, to This Is America, May 24th 2019. In today’s episode, first we talk with several people in the Atlanta, Georgia area who recently were arrested for protesting the conditions within the DeKalb County Jail, which It’s Going Down has covered in the past. After arrest, they soon found themselves inside […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 2:05:54
Dual Power Beyond the Local: A Conversation with Symbiosis https://itsgoingdown.org/dual-power-beyond-the-local-a-conversation-with-symbiosis/ Wed, 22 May 2019 10:11:58 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=167192 https://itsgoingdown.org/dual-power-beyond-the-local-a-conversation-with-symbiosis/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/dual-power-beyond-the-local-a-conversation-with-symbiosis/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/dual-power-beyond-the-local-a-conversation-with-symbiosis/">Dual Power Beyond the Local: A Conversation with Symbiosis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with several people involved in a new confederation of groups called Symbiosis, which includes libertarian socialist groups such as the Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the DSA, Black Socialists of America, as well as projects and organizations such as Woodbine in New York, Cooperation Jackson […]</p> The post Dual Power Beyond the Local: A Conversation with Symbiosis appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with several people involved in a new confederation of groups called Symbiosis, which includes libertarian socialist groups such as the Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the DSA, Black Socialists of America, as well as projects and organizations such as Woodbine in New York, Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, and Demand Utopia in Portland, Oregon.

While these groups are very different, they all are interested and involved in building up both dual power and grassroots infrastructure in their areas. In this episode, we ask a fundamental question: what does this process look like expanded out beyond the local?

Towards this end, we talk about what established groups like Cooperation Jackson are involved in and what things Symbiosis hopes to achieve, as well as some ideas about how dual power projects could break past simply new groups re-inviting the wheel every time a new group forms.

We end by talk about how Symbiosis is holding a conference at the end of the summer, what is next for the confederation of groups, have a critical discussion about the role of electorialism in the libertarian municipalist framework, and much more.

More Info: Symbiosis 2019 Conference, Cooperation Jackson, and Demand Utopia

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with several people involved in a new confederation of groups called Symbiosis, which includes libertarian socialist groups such as the Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the DSA, In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with several people involved in a new confederation of groups called Symbiosis, which includes libertarian socialist groups such as the Libertarian Socialist Caucus of the DSA, Black Socialists of America, as well as projects and organizations such as Woodbine in New York, Cooperation Jackson […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:04:12
This Is America #73: ROAR Conference, Shallow ‘Socialism vs Capitalism’ Debate https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-73-roar-conference-shallow-socialism-vs-capitalism-debate/ Sat, 18 May 2019 10:00:32 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=166986 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-73-roar-conference-shallow-socialism-vs-capitalism-debate/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-73-roar-conference-shallow-socialism-vs-capitalism-debate/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-73-roar-conference-shallow-socialism-vs-capitalism-debate/">This Is America #73: ROAR Conference, Shallow ‘Socialism vs Capitalism’ Debate</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, May 17th, 2019. On today’s show we talk with one of the organizers of the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism (ROAR) Conference (happening this weekend in the bay area of California) about how they have been organizing for three years to put on a gathering that brings people together across several […]</p> The post This Is America #73: ROAR Conference, Shallow ‘Socialism vs Capitalism’ Debate appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, May 17th, 2019.

On today’s show we talk with one of the organizers of the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism (ROAR) Conference (happening this weekend in the bay area of California) about how they have been organizing for three years to put on a gathering that brings people together across several generations.

We then get into a wide range of news topics in our discussion from climate change, Trump’s wealth, disaster relief and white supremacy, attacks on reproductive freedom and health, to the shallowness of the recent debate of “socialism vs capitalism.”

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

Living and Fighting:

This week, as images were going viral of sprawling detention centers in Texas and Trump touted even more draconian anti-migrant proposals, two more children have died in border patrol custody, the 4th and 5th since December.

Meanwhile, the trial of No More Deaths volunteer Dr. Scott Warren continues, as a series of vigils were organized in solidarity across the US. Warren’s defense has also pushed for the case to be dismissed as it:

…asserts that Dr. Warren’s arrest was a targeted act of political retaliation resulting from No More Deaths’ open criticism of Border Patrol’s human rights abuses. On January 17th, 2018, hours before the arrest, No More Deaths released a report documenting Border Patrol’s routine interference with humanitarian aid efforts. The report was released alongside footage collected over several years showing Border Patrol agents destroying and/or removing aid supplies left in the desert.

No More Deaths has noted that in the same area that Warren is accused of leaving humanitarian aid and water for migrants, four sets of human remains have also been freshly discovered, also located “within walking distance” of so-called ‘rescue beacons’ set up by border patrol, which activated, will bring out BP agents who will then in turn, place the person under arrest.

No More Deaths is also asking people make calls to the US Attorney’s office and ask that the charges be dropped:

From May 13th to May 24th, No More Deaths is asking all supporters to call newly appointed US Attorney Michael Bailey and demand that he drop all charges against Dr. Scott Warren.

520.620.7419

docket #CR18-223-TUC-RCC (BPV)

Script: “I am calling to demand USDOJ drop all charges against Scott Warren. This is in reference to case 18-cr-223-TUC-RCC. Given the crisis of death and disappearance of undocumented people on the border, humanitarian aid workers must be allowed to perform their life-saving work without government harassment and prosecution. I oppose the intimidation of aid workers. Humanitarian aid is never a crime!”

Chelsea Manning is sadly back in custody. According to Sparrow Media:

Chelsea Manning was remanded into federal custody, again, for refusing to testify before a federal Grand Jury. In addition to being held in confinement for the duration of the Grand Jury investigation or until she purges her contempt and testifies, District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered Chelsea to be fined $500 every day she is in custody after 30 days and $1,000 every day she is in custody after 60 days.

In Houston, Texas, a medical examiner has ruled the killing of Pam Turner, the 44 year-old African-American woman whose death at the hands of police was captured on a viral video, a homicide. Protests also were organized this week.

In South Miami-Dade Florida, hundreds of people flooded the streets outside of the so-called “Homeland” migrant detention facility on Mother’s Day, demanding that it be shut down. According to the Miami Herald

About 3,200 unaccompanied minors are being detained after crossing the southern border without their biological parents.

The Hearld also reports that soon the facility will grow even bigger with more children. The Miami New Times also reports that throughout 2018, DHS heavily surveilled the Abolish ICE movement.

Also on Mother’s Day, thousands of donors were able to pool resources and bail out 106 African-American mothers from county jails, as part of the “Free Black Mamas” campaign. In Durham, North Carolina, abolitionists also blocked the jail entrance and faced arrest.

In so-called Canada, actions continued both by Parkdale residents against cuts to legal aid as well as attempted evictions, as did they in so-called British Columbia, where the Tiny House Warriors continued the fight against “man camps,” or concentrated temporary housing of pipeline workers.

11 people were arrested in Bridgeport, CT, after police attacked a gathering on the two year anniversary of the police killing of Jayson Negron.

On May 10th, people took to the streets against proposed new jail construction in New York. The next day, anarchists rallied outside of the Indonesian consulate against the repression and arrest of over 600 comrades at the hands of a brutal police force.

On May 12th in Seattle, the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club reports:

Yesterday, some white supremacist fascists came into our open firearms training looking for trouble. Not only were we able to complete the training despite this disruption, they ran off pretty quickly, playing victim, and cried to a security guard that anti-fascists with guns are organizing against them as they were ejected from the space for harassment.

The small group of fascist lackeys, led by Spencer Sturdevant of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa (rebranded as American Identity Movement), stayed outside the venue and attempted to follow and harass members and take pictures of license plates. We were able to escort attendees out of the building safely after some of our members stood up to them as we ejected them from the parking lot.

(They also tried to interrupt class and play smarter-than-thou about gun laws, but ended up reciting wrong information about carrying while driving. Oh, well! It’s not like we had high expectations for these guys, anyways. 😂)

Thanks for validating our existence and the absolute importance of our mission!
The white supremacists of Identity Evropa got involved in another altercation later in the day while walking in a public park wearing body armor and reportedly carrying guns. They’ve tried to spin that altercation as involving our organization which is untrue.

On May 13th, people shut down a major freeway in New York in response to the start of the trial of a police officer who murdered Eric Garner.

On Unist’ot’en territory:

Spring construction camp started this week. Some of the projects under way today. Root seller storage building. Third attempt. Green house attached to building with built in heat in floor.

In Chicago, members of the Autnomous Tenants Union rallied against a landlord attempting to evict them. Also in Chicago, people showed solidarity with those fighting at DeKalb near Atlanta, Georgia.

The Yellow Finch tree sit in West Virginia against the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now on day 255.

On May 15th, antifascists in Long Beach, California continued to take down and destroy Identity Evropa/American Identity Movement propaganda along with put up flyers detailing the threat of Alt-Right groups like IE/AmIM.

Speaking of fascists, groups like the Proud Boys are now using the platform of Telegram to mass report and harass journalists and antifascists who are exposing the Alt-Right. Movement journalist Elizabeth King was suspended from Twitter recently just for cursing at an Alt-Right troll and was mass reported.

Finally, people in New York have responded to the call for #Fuck12 week with stickers and other mediums.

Support Needed:

Upcoming Events:

  • May 18th: Mobilize against American Renaissance conference. More info here.
  • May 18th – 19th: Come out to the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference (ROAR) in the bay area. More info here.
  • May 25th: Mobilize against the KKK in Downtown Dayton, OH. More info here.
  • May 30th – June 3rd: Earth First! regional rendezvous in Hudson Valley. More info here.
  • In June be on the lookout for ‘Running Down the Walls’ events happening across the world to benefit Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) chapters.
  • June 12th – 19th: Save the Mattole Direct Action Convergence in Northern California. More info here.
  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 15th – 23rd: Wild Roots, Feral Futures in Southwest Colorado. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • June 29th – 30th: Southern Regional Organizing Assembly of the IWW in Richmond, VA. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
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Welcome, to This Is America, May 17th, 2019. On today’s show we talk with one of the organizers of the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism (ROAR) Conference (happening this weekend in the bay area of California) about how they have been organizing ... Welcome, to This Is America, May 17th, 2019. On today’s show we talk with one of the organizers of the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism (ROAR) Conference (happening this weekend in the bay area of California) about how they have been organizing for three years to put on a gathering that brings people together across several […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:38:25
The Imperial Border & the Growing Attack on Migrants https://itsgoingdown.org/the-imperial-border-the-growing-attack-on-migrants/ Thu, 16 May 2019 05:42:15 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=167017 https://itsgoingdown.org/the-imperial-border-the-growing-attack-on-migrants/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/the-imperial-border-the-growing-attack-on-migrants/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/the-imperial-border-the-growing-attack-on-migrants/">The Imperial Border & the Growing Attack on Migrants</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talk with two long time organizers who have worked both with migrants who have traveled with caravans as well as those stuck in limbo at the border in places like Tijuana. We discuss not only the current situation facing refugees and migrants fleeing political repression, […]</p> The post The Imperial Border & the Growing Attack on Migrants appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talk with two long time organizers who have worked both with migrants who have traveled with caravans as well as those stuck in limbo at the border in places like Tijuana. We discuss not only the current situation facing refugees and migrants fleeing political repression, poverty, and climate change, but also the imperial foreign policies pushed by the United States that have helped manifest the current situation; from US backed regime change, to the drug war, and the so-called “War on Terror.”

As we speak, the Trump administration is claiming that the immigration system is in a state of crisis and unable to deal with the increasing influx of asylum seekers. In response, in an attempt at dissuading migrants from coming to the US, it has instead of expediting the asylum process, simply allocated more money to expanding the existing network of draconian detention centers, which Trump recently said were like “Disneyland.” Back in reality, CNN distributed photos this week of the situation at the border camp based in McAllen, Texas, where migrants, including children, have been forced to sleep outside with just metal Mylar blankets.

Meanwhile, the drumbeat of repression continues to grow louder. Just in the last few weeks, Trump met with the far-Right and anti-Semitic Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, saying that they had some, “similar approaches,” when it came to dealing with migrants. Meanwhile, the Pentagon has recently redirected $2.5 billion in funds towards financing Trump’s border wall since March at a time when disaster survivors in Puerto Rico and Florida are desperately still fighting for assistance. Holding up relief funds is the Trump administration, who is refusing to send more aid to Puerto Rico. To add salt in the wound, Trump at a recent rally in Florida made light of calls from the audience to “shoot” migrants coming into the US.

Moreover, recently the Washington Post also published plans from the Trump administration to carry out “a nationwide militarized sweep to arrest 10,000 immigrants.” As one report wrote:

Citing seven current and former administration officials, the Post calls it “a secret White House plan to arrest thousands of parents and children in a blitz operation against migrants in 10 major US cities,” including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The Post says the remaining target cities are “the other largest destinations for Central America migrants,” which likely includes Washington DC; the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area in California; Houston, Texas, and Miami, Florida.

The plan would not only constitute the largest immigration raid in US history, it would serve as a dry run for the mass round-up of strikers, protesters and other dissidents. Those planning such a massive operation doubtless conceive of it in this way.

Since several of the targeted cities are “sanctuary cities,” where police are not allowed to participate in immigration raids, it is possible that the implementation of the plan would require the deployment of soldiers in working class neighborhoods. Last year, Trump deployed over 5,000 active-duty troops to the US-Mexico border in a clear violation of the principle of posse comitatus, which bars the military from conducting domestic police operations.

According to the Post, the plan was temporarily tabled several weeks ago by then-Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and then-acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) head Ron Vitiello. However, it is still being actively planned and discussed, according to the newspaper.

Last Thursday, former ICE Director Tom Homan said on Fox News that ICE should “do operationally what Congress has failed to do legislatively,” i.e., carry out paramilitary, illegal operations on behalf of the executive branch. “ICE needs to do a nationwide operation,” he said.

As we discuss in the podcast, the current situation we find ourselves in is the direct result of the coming together of US imperial policy in so-called Central and South America, which in the case of Honduras, has meant regime change and an escalation of attacks on the poor and social movements fighting for change.

In both the War on Drugs and the War on Terror, the US has funneled money to various repression governments and far-Right factions, all for the purpose of putting down indigenous, anti-capitalist, and left-wing movements. Currently, climate change is also adding another dimension to the drive of people in the global south to migrant from their homes, a reality which climate scientists only expect to become much more dire.

More Info: Commotion.World, Block the Wall network, and No More Deaths

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talk with two long time organizers who have worked both with migrants who have traveled with caravans as well as those stuck in limbo at the border in places like Tijuana. In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talk with two long time organizers who have worked both with migrants who have traveled with caravans as well as those stuck in limbo at the border in places like Tijuana. We discuss not only the current situation facing refugees and migrants fleeing political repression, […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:18:12
This Is America #72: Reclaim the Streets https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-72-reclaim-the-streets/ Thu, 09 May 2019 11:15:47 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=166560 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-72-reclaim-the-streets/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-72-reclaim-the-streets/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-72-reclaim-the-streets/">This Is America #72: Reclaim the Streets</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, May 8th, 2019. In this episode, first we talk with people involved in the Arizona Palestine Solidarity Alliance about the connections between policing and counter-insurgency, as well as new surveillance technologies, in both occupied Palestinian territories and along the so-called US and Mexico border. We then open up into a […]</p> The post This Is America #72: Reclaim the Streets appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, May 8th, 2019.

In this episode, first we talk with people involved in the Arizona Palestine Solidarity Alliance about the connections between policing and counter-insurgency, as well as new surveillance technologies, in both occupied Palestinian territories and along the so-called US and Mexico border. We then open up into a broad discussion on current affairs.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!

Living and Fighting:

  • In DC, on Tuesday night, thousands of people took to the streets, both on foot and on quads and motorcycles, in response to gentrifers complaining about Go-Go music playing out of speakers from a cell phone store, something that has been a fixture in northwest Washington for decades. The protests, dubbed “MOECHELLA,” a play on “Moe,” a local term for friend, and Chochella, the large corporate music festival, first kicked off in April and have now grown to include thousands of people.

As Newsone wrote:

A Metro PCS store in the historically Black Shaw neighborhood has been playing go-go music without any complaint for nearly a quarter of a century. But that all changed in March when T-Mobile, Metro PCS’ parent company, ordered an end to the musical tradition. That… silenced the music for several days. [But soon t]he hashtag #Don’tMuteDC went viral and there were protests…

On April 10th T-Mobile agreed to turn the music back on however the protests, gatherings, and block parties have continued, all with a clear anti-gentrification and pro-community framing.

  • Student organizing at Swarthmore University in Pennsylvania continues, as student have now launched a hunger strike in response to attacks by police on continued protests.

As a recent statement reads:

On May 4th, The Coalition to End Fraternity Violence began a sit-in that ultimately led to the voluntary disbanding of both Phi Psi and Delta Upsilon fraternities. This was a huge win…On May 6th, a group of students began a sit-in in President Smith’s office to ensure she made the right decision to permanently end fraternity violence and institutional neglect. This peaceful sit-in immediately became violent when administrators barred students from entering the space and called police to assist them…The reason for this retaliation is clear: the College is punishing us for recognizing our own power. The College is punishing us for using the power of nonviolent direct action to make change. 

  • A sit-in at Texas State has ended, yet student actions remain ongoing. Students began taking action in response to the police targeting of students standing up to the far-Right goons on campus.
  • Across the world, gig economy drivers for apps like Lyft and Uber launched a mass strike against cuts to their pay and for more control over their work as Uber is set to launch their stock to be publicly shared and traded. In some cities, drivers rallied, while in other places they participated in striking for the day, as many supporters turned the app off and refused to cross the digital picket lines.
  • People protested rich bureaucrat Betsy De Vos in Manhattan.
  • In so-called British Columbia, resistance continues to man camps and pipeline construction as the Tiny House Warriors continue to hold it down.
  • Protests broke out in Wethersfield, Connecticut after police shot and killed Anthony “Chulo” Cruz. According to Elm City RAM:

The people of Wethersfield occupied WPD’s HQ today before taking the streets and marching to and occupying the lawn outside of Mayor Bello’s mansion. These escalations are only the beginning. and all who have died at the hands of the terrosits in blue

  • In a major development, Portland bar and venue Cider Riot announced that it was launching a lawsuit against Joey Gibson and several other Patriot Prayer followers after Gibson led the group in an attack against Cider Riot patrons on May Day, shooting pepper spray at them and throwing projectiles. In the pursuing brawl, one Patriot Prayer supporter cracked a femme across the back of the head, sending them to the hospital. One of those charged, David Willis, had posted on social media before the brawl about “cleansing the streets of ANTIFA” and is strongly believed to be behind a string of vandalism in Portland directed at the local IWW hall and Cider Riot.
  • In DC, clashes continue between those occupying the Venezuelan embassy who oppose the US coup and supporters of it. Currently, those in favor of the coup on the outside of the building are trying to story their way inside while also attempting to stop food from getting in.
  • In New Orleans a massive banner was dropped reading “No Human Being is Illegal.”
  • At the Chapel Hill UNC campus, actions continued against repression of those that have fought against the Silent Sam Confederate statue as well as a continued presence of neo-Nazis and neo-Confederates. This last Saturday, an antifascist rally was held and a free food giveaway was organized.
  • No More Deaths and other organizations helped organize vigils across the US against deportations, mass detention, and continued deaths of people held by immigration enforcement.
  • In Ohio, #FreeMasonique demonstrators took to the streets, locked down, and blocked traffic. Masonique is an underage woman who is charge by police with manslaughter for the death of her boyfriend – who police shot and killed. To hear more about the case, check out this previous episode of This Is America.
  • In Eugene, Oregon a large group came out to counter-protest far-Right Trump supporters and members of the Proud Boys.
  • On May 5th, events remembering Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women were held across the world.
  • In Arizona, students organized a walkout after their friend was picked up by border patrol and is now facing deportation.
  • At the University of Florida students held a banner during graduation against the campus’ connection to prison labor.
  • People rallied in Tucson, Arizona rallied in support of another volunteer, Scott Warren of No More Deaths started trial for the supposed crime of leaving water in the desert for migrants, thousands of which die during border crossings. Check No More Death’s trial updates here.
  • In Wisconsin, Water Protectors blockaded the Enbridge regional office against the Line 3 Pipeline.
  • Members of the IWW in Washington state held a rally against austerity cuts at Evergreen University.
  • Educators in Oregon walked out of work today in massive #Red4Ed protests, bringing tens of thousands of educators into the streets.

Upcoming Events:

  • May 9th: Portland Anarchist Black Cross open house and letter writing night. More info here.
  • May 12th: Benefit BBQ in Marshall, NC to Bailout African-American mothers. More info here.
  • May 15th: Rally outside of Dekalb County Jail near Atlanta, GA against continued abuses. More info here.
  • May 18th: Mobilize against American Renaissance conference. More info here.
  • Sunday, May 25th: Mobilize against the KKK in Downtown Dayton, OH. More info here.
  • May 18th – 19th: Come out to the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference (ROAR) in the bay area. More info here.
  • May 30th – June 3rd: Earth First! regional rendezvous in Hudson Valley. More info here.
  • In June be on the lookout for ‘Running Down the Walls’ events happening across the world to benefit Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) chapters.
  • June 12th – 19th: Save the Mattole Direct Action Convergence in Northern California. More info here.
  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 15th – 23rd: Wild Roots, Feral Futures in Southwest Colorado. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
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