IT'S GOING DOWN https://itsgoingdown.org Anarchist News and Counter-Information Sat, 24 Aug 2019 02:06:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://itsgoingdown.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/CrownRed-100x100.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 #87: ICE Resistance, Portland Report, Recession https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-87-ice-resistance-portland-report-recesssion/ Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:58:22 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=176636 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-87-ice-resistance-portland-report-recesssion/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-87-ice-resistance-portland-report-recesssion/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-87-ice-resistance-portland-report-recesssion/">This Is America #87: ICE Resistance, Portland Report, Recession</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, August 22nd, 2019. We have a great show for you today. First, we start with a report from West Virginia, on how people are mobilizing against threats of ICE raids and then speak with someone in Rhode Island about a recent mass mobilization against an ICE detention facility that ended […]</p> The post This Is America #87: ICE Resistance, Portland Report, Recession appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, August 22nd, 2019.

We have a great show for you today. First, we start with a report from West Virginia, on how people are mobilizing against threats of ICE raids and then speak with someone in Rhode Island about a recent mass mobilization against an ICE detention facility that ended in a brutal attack by guards.

We then speak with someone from Rose City Antifa about this past Saturday’s mass antifascist mobilization. We then switch to a discussion, talking about the economy, a possible recession, and also touch on a recent leaked GOP memo, which orders Republicans to down play rising far-Right violence and blame it on autonomous social movements.

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

Living and Fighting:

In the face of tanking support, a slowing economy, continued unrest, and growing anger over his policies, Trump continues to double-down on attacking social movements and immigrants, his go to enemies when it comes to throwing red meat to his base. This week, Trump announced that his government was now inacting indefinite detention of migrants:

…[it is attempting to] keep thousands of immigrant families in indefinite detention, the children along with their parents. He also lashed out at birthright citizenship, declaring that his administration was “looking very seriously” into putting an end to a right guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.

The change in Department of Homeland Security procedures on family detentions—long advocated by Trump’s fascist aide Stephen Miller—is the most sweeping of all of Trump’s anti-immigrant measures to date.

Its expect that this move will be challenged directly in court, as it violates previous laws which state that migrant children cannot be kept in detention for more than 20 days and sets standards for their care. While Trump backed down in the face of the #AbolishICE movement following his attempt at family separation, his new strategy is simply to go against the existing legal framework right off the bat, violating both the US Constitution and international law.

The push is also tied in to a drive within the administration and the private prison corporations backing it to build new concentration camps, as the new policy means that whole families would be interned together. With existing camps at capacity, the administration is pushing to build more. This placing of migrants into a permanent state of exception is coupled with Trump’s talk of ending “birthright citizenship,” long a goal of white nationalists and Nativists that would upend Constitutional amendments guaranteeing citizenship to those born in the US and instead make it based on race, status, or devotion to the State.

The Justice Department recently sent out an email to all its employees that included an article from the white nationalist and anti-immigrant website, V-Dare, which is headed by Peter Brimelow. Brimelow is a long time associate of Richard Spencer, and attended the 2016 National Policy Institute gathering in Washington DC where neo-Nazis gave Hitler salutes to cries of “Hail Trump!”

As Buzzfeed wrote:

An email sent from the Justice Department to all immigration court employees this week included a link to an article posted on a white nationalist website that directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs,” according to a letter sent by an immigration judges union and obtained by BuzzFeed News.

In new audio obtained by The Intercept:

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, a powerful lobbying group that represents major chemical plants and oil refineries, including Valero Energy, Koch Industries, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and Marathon Petroleum, has flexed its muscle over environmental and energy policy for decades.

In an audio recording obtained by The Intercept, the group concedes that it has been playing a role behind the scenes in crafting laws recently passed in states across the country to criminalize oil and gas pipeline protests, in response to protests over the Dakota Access pipeline. The laws make it a crime to trespass on public land used for “critical infrastructure,” impose a fine or prison time for violators, and hold protesters responsible for damage incurred during the protest. Many of the laws also carry heavy fines to groups and individuals who support such demonstrations.

The Zapatistas are announcing the opening of new territories and new initiatives and have recently released a flood of new communiques along with a call for a gathering in their territory. This new activity comes in the wake of the coming to power of a new Left president who has promised to push threw a slew of mega-projects which directly threaten Zapatista communities and many suspect, are also linked to a string of assassinations of indigenous organizers.

According to ROAR:

The Zapatistas have created seven new initatives and four new Autonomous Municipalities. In doing so, they have significantly expanded the structural and organizational capacity of Zapatista Autonomy.

More information is expected to be released soon, with more communiques. Meanwhile in other resistance news:

  • The ongoing Black Jewel Miner Blockade is still going strong about 25 days. Supporters on the ground are asking for donations to cover back to school supplies and backpacks for kids who parents are impacted by the struggle and loss of work.

  • The Yellow Finch Tree Sit and blockade continues, now on its 353 day.
  • Thousands of people in Southern Mexico are protesting new immigration rules put in place by the United States, which state that migrants must apply for asylum in the first country that they come into contact with. Currently, thousands of African refugees are demanding humanitarian visas and the ability to pass through Mexico to get to the United States.

  • In so-called Vancouver, actions continue in support of tent city shelters for the homeless.

  • In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, people marched and celebrated the one year anniversary of the fall of the Silent Sam Confederate statue.

  • This Saturday clashes with police broke out in Brooklyn following tensions over water dunkings of police earlier this summer. As Abolition Media Worldwide wrote:

Police ruthlessly unleashed pepper spray upon families celebrating “Marcy Day” at Marcy Houses in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, New York. Undaunted, residents defended themselves by throwing various objects at the police, injuring three officers.

According to the Brooklyn Paper:

Police claim locals partying at the Marcy Avenue projects near Park Avenue began hurling glass bottles and other objects at officers responding to reports of an unruly gathering at 11 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Locals shared a different version of events on social media, claiming the event was peaceful until police showed up and started breaking up what one Instagram user called a relatively low-key Marcy Day.

Police responded to a second incident three hours later, when multiple gunmen opened fire as officers responded to another riot at Bainbridge and Thomas Boyland streets, according to authorities.

Solidarity:

  • Donate to bail fund to help those arrested in Portland.
  • A collection of far-Right trolls and media grifters are holding a gathering in New Jersey and a call-in campaign has been launched. More info here.
  • Support families and kids of miners involved in the ongoing coal blockade in Kentucky by helping them buy school supplies. More info here.
  • Donate to help the Tucson 12, recently facing charges following a noise demonstration. Donate here.
  • Long time political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz is in need of support has he fights cancel. Donate here.

Upcoming Events:

  • August 23rd-24th: Bend the Bars Conference in Lansing, Michigan. More info.
  • August 23rd-25th: Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair happening in Asheville, North Carolina. More info.
  • August 24th: #AllOut to #DefendModesto from White Nationalist “Straight Pride” Rally. More info here.
  • August 24th: Anarchist Picnic in Los Angeles. More info here.
  • August 24th: Protest against white nationalist “Straight Pride” parade in Modesto, CA. More info.
  • August 24th-September 12th: Rainbow Ridge Direct Action Mobilization to Save the Mattole. More info.
  • August 25th: Rally in Seattle Against Far-Right. More info here.
  • August 31st: Benefit for Political Prisoners organized by Bakersfield Anarchist Black Cross (ABC). Show with speakers happening in Bakersfield, CA. More info.
  • August 31st: Benefit for Miguel Peralta in Los Angeles. More info.
  • September 7th: Halifax Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
  • September 7th: Running Down the Walls in Philadelphia. More info.
  • September 18th-22nd: Symbiosis Conference in Detroit. More info.
  • September 21-22nd: Victoria Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
  • September 28th: Toronto Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
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Welcome, to This Is America, August 22nd, 2019. We have a great show for you today. First, we start with a report from West Virginia, on how people are mobilizing against threats of ICE raids and then speak with someone in Rhode Island about a recent m... Welcome, to This Is America, August 22nd, 2019. We have a great show for you today. First, we start with a report from West Virginia, on how people are mobilizing against threats of ICE raids and then speak with someone in Rhode Island about a recent mass mobilization against an ICE detention facility that ended […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 3:08:39
This Is America #85: Once Now Into the Breach https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-85-once-now-into-the-breach/ Fri, 16 Aug 2019 02:44:51 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=175997 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-85-once-now-into-the-breach/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-85-once-now-into-the-breach/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-85-once-now-into-the-breach/">This Is America #85: Once Now Into the Breach</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, August 15th, 2019. In this episode we speak with someone from the New London Mutual Aid Collective about their ongoing work of planting a food forest on land left vacant after a giant pharmaceutical company’s land grab of an entire neighborhood through eminent domain feel through. We then speak to […]</p> The post This Is America #85: Once Now Into the Breach appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, August 15th, 2019.

In this episode we speak with someone from the New London Mutual Aid Collective about their ongoing work of planting a food forest on land left vacant after a giant pharmaceutical company’s land grab of an entire neighborhood through eminent domain feel through.

We then speak to someone involved in PopMob, or Popular Mobilization about the upcoming demonstrations against the Proud Boys in Portland, Oregon, the surrounding media controversy, and picking apart the false narratives coming from the Right and the Center.

We then switch to discussion, where we analyze the recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.

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

Living and Fighting:

It’s been revealed that the Department of Justice has been actively suppressing reports that show the drastic rise of far-Right, neo-Nazi, and white nationalist violence. This comes at the same time as new reports show that the FBI still views “animal rights,” anarchists, and “Black Identity Extremists” as some of the largest threats to the public.

Meanwhile, in New York during the trial against two Proud Boys, one who was video taped giving a fascist salute during the beating of anti-racist and antifascist protesters last year and was also photographed in court doing the same, it has been revealed that the DA went to great lengths to gather information on counter-protesters after the violent far-Right attack. According to the Daily Beast:

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office admitted it demanded Google hand over account information for all devices used in parts of the Upper East Side. They didn’t do this to find the Proud Boys; they did it to find Antifa members.

Reverse search warrants have been used in other parts of the country, but this is the first time one was disclosed in New York. Unlike a traditional warrant, where law enforcement officials request information on a specific phone or individual, reverse warrants allow law enforcement to target an entire neighborhood. Police and prosecutors create a “geofence”—a map area—and demand information on anyone standing in the zone. This flips the logic of search warrants on its head. Rather than telling service providers the name or phone number of a suspect, reverse search warrants start with the location and work backwards.

Meanwhile in Portland, Oregon, the city braces for a far-Right rally organized by former InfoWars employee Joe Biggs, who recently was visted by the FBI after weeks of continued violent threats on social media. Ironically, Biggs is rallying with members of the Three Percent militia, tied to multiple mosque bombings and the American Guard, founded by a neo-Nazi skinhead of the Vinlanders Social Club, in order to support antifascists being labeled “domestic terrorists” by the State. So much for being a “Libertarian!”

In the lead up to the rally, Portland police have made arrests of numerous Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy associates in connection to a violent attack against patrons outside of a bar on May Day that left one person hospitalized. Portland officials, law enforcement, and business owners also attempted to send a united message that “both sides” are to blame for “protest violence,” yet even some speakers selected for a press conference on Wednesday pushed back. Rabbi Debra Kolodny stated:

“Creating false equivalencies between violent white nationalists and those willing to defend our city against their violence is unacceptable. Pandering to a climate that accuses Portland of being soft on antifa is unacceptable.”

On Wednesday police also announced that a queer family in Portland and a neighbor had found unlit Molotov cocktails on their lawn and had also received anti-LGBTQ messages texted to their phone reading: “I dislike your type and the rainbow flag you displayed on the street too.”

In other Portland news, the Burgerville Workers Union, made up of members of the revolutionary anti-capitalist labor union the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) went out on a one day strike in the face of contract negotiations breaking down.

One statement from the union stated:

“I’ve had to sell the only things I had left from my dad before he passed away, just to put food on the table. I’m going on strike because they keep stalling and we need a raise and fair contract now,” said Betty Buchanan, a Burgerville worker at the Montavilla store, who went on strike on Friday because when Burgerville corporate delays bargaining on wages, it impacts her and other workers who can’t afford to keep waiting for a raise.

Friday morning, workers from across three different Burgervilles walked off the job, because none of us can afford to wait any longer for a raise. If a strike is what it takes to get Burgerville to bargain with us in good faith and bring us a serious proposal on wages, we’re here to prove with our actions that we’re ready.

Support striking workers by donating to the BVWU Strike and Hardship Fund, which helps pay workers lost wages while they stand up to the boss via direct action.

On Wednesday, the union announced that it had won holiday pay after a one day unfair labor practice strike and would continue to fight for better pay and conditions in negotiations and through another strike if necessary.

In other labor news, the blockade of coal trains by miners in Harlan County Kentucky continues, as support groups on the ground and community members remain active in gathering materials and funds to support the miners and their families and recently organized a free store at the blockade and are currently organizing to gather items for children of blockading miners who are going back to school.

On miner involved in the blockade recently told Time magazine:

“We are not stopping until we get paid. There is just tremendous support for all of us. We’ve had other blue collar workers tell us that they ‘need to do what the coal workers are doing.’”

In Mexico City, angry protests kicked off last Monday, after 4 police officers raped a 17-year old girl in their patrol car outside of the capitol. In response, angry feminist collectives and outraged community members smashed up the Attorney General’s office, demanding the guilty be punished.

Abolish ICE actions continue, with this past week seeing demonstrations against ICE profiteers along with word that another larger bank, PNC, was divesting from private prisons. Protests took place in Troy, Michigan demanding that Prudential divest as well as in Olympia, Washington. Meanwhile in New York, a massive crowd of #NeverAgain protestors shut down an Amazon bookstore due to their contracts with ICE. On Wednesday, #NeverAgain demonstrators in the hundreds converged to shut down entrances to an ICE detention center in Rhode Island. Later in the evening a guard drove their truck through protesters blocking the road way while other guards proceeded to pepper spray them. Two protesters were sent to the hospital for injuries related to being run over by the vehicle and an 74 year old woman was hospitalized after being pepper-sprayed.

Meanwhile last weekend saw a massive raid of migrant workers in Mississippi, which targeted workers at 7 poultry plants. Many of those picked up by ICE were members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union who had fought to improve working conditions and stop racial and sexual harassment at the plants. As many have pointed out, this part of an ongoing trend by ICE, to specifically target plants where workers have fought back on the job and organized unions or launched lawsuits to improve their workplaces. This example also shows the degree in which ICE is not designed to “stop” immigrants from participating in the economy as a class of second class citizens with few benefits and lower pay, but instead acts as an auxiliary force, designed to scare workers from speaking up and fighting back whichs helps to keep wages low and the pockets of the bosses padded with cash.

Meanwhile in Louisiana, according to Perilous:

Approximately 30 immigrant detainees were pepper-sprayed following a protest in the cafeteria of the Bossier Medium Security Facility [in Louisiana]. The protest occurred in the midst of a hunger strike at the facility that began Friday, July 26.

Text messages from a detainee within the facility obtained by Mother Jones described the violent incident: “There are lots of cops who came from another prison, they beat up the Cubans, they pepper spray them and handcuff them. There’s even an ambulance here. Help us please this is ugly!”

According to Bill Davis, a spokesperson for the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office who spoke with Buzzfeed News, detainees “began yelling and becoming disorderly, throwing their food trays at the door.”

Guards responded with “a short burst of [pepper spray] in the air towards the disorderly group,” said Davis, who denied that the force used by guards went beyond pepper spray.

“We cannot have an uprising period,” he said.

According to Davis, the hunger strikers are upset about a lack of communication with ICE about their immigration cases.

The hunger strike at Bossier marks the third hunger strike at a Louisiana ICE Detention Facility in a month. The day after the cafeteria protest at Bossier, approximately 100 immigrant detainees at the ICE Processing Center in Pine Prairie were pepper-sprayed during a protest on the facility’s yard.

Then on July 27th:

Guards deployed pepper spray after more than 100 immigrant detainees held a demonstration in the prison yard at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, a privately run ICE detention Facility owned by GEO Group.

The immigrant advocacy group, Freedom for Immigrants, which fights to end immigrant detention, refuted the claim that there were no injuries. According to the group, 115 immigrant detainees who had been on hunger strike for over 5 days were “tear gassed, shot at with rubber bullets, beaten, placed in solitary confinement, and blocked from contacting their families or attorneys. ”The group posted photos showing detainees with bruises that they say are the result of being shot with rubber bullets.

Back in the Pacific Northwest, two rallies organized by Proud Boys and militia members fizzled in Eugene, Oregon and Tacoma, Washington and were met by much larger numbers of antifascists.

In other antifascist news, the bosses in Major League Soccer have attempted to ban fans from displaying the antifascist “three arrows” symbol and it isn’t going well, with many clubs of supporters openly continuing to display political banner and messages at games in defiance of security. Such defiance also comes a week after members of the Proud Boys physically attacked Seattle Sounders fans in the streets for wearing shirts displaying the antifascist “Three Arrows” logo, spurring many soccer fans to stand behind antifascists.

Soccer fans carrying antifascist flags in Seattle, Washington.

In New York, antifascist and anarchist groups also held a memorial for Heather Heyer and those injure at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Meanwhile in Charlottesville banners were dropped in memorial and in Atlanta, posters were pasted up.

Solidarity:

  • A member of Jacksonville IWOC was arrested at a meeting and is in need of solidarity! Please donate here to cover legal costs.
  • Help donate to the antifascist mobilization in Portland on August 17th! Donate here.
  • Be sure to support the Burgerville Workers Union strike fund!

Upcoming Events:

  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info.
  • August 17th: Counter-mobilization in Portland against far-Right. More info.
  • August 22nd: Protest Migrant Prison Construction in Montreal. More info.
  • August 23rd-24th: Bend the Bars Conference in Lansing, Michigan. More info.
  • August 23rd-25th: Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair happening in Asheville, North Carolina. More info.
  • August 24th: Protest against white nationalist “Straight Pride” parade in Modesto, CA. More info.
  • August 24th-September 12th: Rainbow Ridge Direct Action Mobilization to Save the Mattole. More info.
  • August 31st: Benefit for Political Prisoners organized by Bakersfield Anarchist Black Cross (ABC). Show with speakers happening in Bakersfield, CA. More info.
  • August 31st: Benefit for Miguel Peralta in Los Angeles. More info.
  • September 7th: Halifax Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
  • September 7th: Running Down the Falls in Philadelphia. More info.
  • September 18th-22nd: Symbiosis Conference in Detroit. More info.
  • September 21-22nd: Victoria Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
  • September 28th: Toronto Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
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Welcome, to This Is America, August 15th, 2019. In this episode we speak with someone from the New London Mutual Aid Collective about their ongoing work of planting a food forest on land left vacant after a giant pharmaceutical company’s land grab of a... Welcome, to This Is America, August 15th, 2019. In this episode we speak with someone from the New London Mutual Aid Collective about their ongoing work of planting a food forest on land left vacant after a giant pharmaceutical company’s land grab of an entire neighborhood through eminent domain feel through. We then speak to […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 2:51:51
Repression, Surveillance & Social Movements: Lauren Regan https://itsgoingdown.org/repression-surveillance-social-movements-lauren-regan-from-the-civil-liberties-defense-center/ Fri, 09 Aug 2019 13:10:23 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=175328 https://itsgoingdown.org/repression-surveillance-social-movements-lauren-regan-from-the-civil-liberties-defense-center/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/repression-surveillance-social-movements-lauren-regan-from-the-civil-liberties-defense-center/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/repression-surveillance-social-movements-lauren-regan-from-the-civil-liberties-defense-center/">Repression, Surveillance & Social Movements: Lauren Regan</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 speak with Lauren Regan, an attorney at the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), based out of Eugene, Oregon. In this amazing interview, we speak with Regan about how people are pushing back against the current trajectory of government repression, surveillance, and harassment against participants in […]</p> The post Repression, Surveillance & Social Movements: Lauren Regan appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Lauren Regan, an attorney at the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), based out of Eugene, Oregon. In this amazing interview, we speak with Regan about how people are pushing back against the current trajectory of government repression, surveillance, and harassment against participants in grassroots social movements and struggles.

During our discussion, we speak about attacks from various politicians to further criminalize social movements and popular tactics, the connection between private firms like TigerSwan and the FBI, and the growth of the power of fusion centers. We also talk about the recent discussion of labeling antifascists “domestic terrorists” as well as the recent push coming inside the Security State to allow FBI agents to label suspects as “domestic terrorists.”

Lauren Regan

For those wanting a window into government surveillance and repression in the Trump era, this interview offers insight into post-COINTELRPO repression in an age of increasing political violence, surveillance, and an attempt by the FBI to rebrand itself in the eyes of the public.

More Info: Civil Liberties Defense Center, TigerSwan and Standing Rock, on Green Scare, on COINTELPRO

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Lauren Regan, an attorney at the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), based out of Eugene, Oregon. In this amazing interview, we speak with Regan about how people are pushing back against ... In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with Lauren Regan, an attorney at the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC), based out of Eugene, Oregon. In this amazing interview, we speak with Regan about how people are pushing back against the current trajectory of government repression, surveillance, and harassment against participants in […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:19:18
This Is America #84: Kentucky Miners Blockade Coal Train https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-84-kentucky-miners-blockade-coal-train/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 06:33:22 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=174700 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-84-kentucky-miners-blockade-coal-train/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-84-kentucky-miners-blockade-coal-train/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-84-kentucky-miners-blockade-coal-train/">This Is America #84: Kentucky Miners Blockade Coal Train</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, August 6th, 2019. In this episode, we bring you an interview with both a miner and an on the ground supporter, who are taking part in the coal blockade of the Black Jewel company over unpaid wages. Miners are occupying the train tracks in a town located in Harlan County, […]</p> The post This Is America #84: Kentucky Miners Blockade Coal Train appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, August 6th, 2019.

In this episode, we bring you an interview with both a miner and an on the ground supporter, who are taking part in the coal blockade of the Black Jewel company over unpaid wages. Miners are occupying the train tracks in a town located in Harlan County, Kentucky, which has seen decades of intense battles waged by coal miners against the coal companies. In our interview we talk about the general situation, what started the blockade, the history of the region, and how people can support. Check them out on Twitter here and on Instagram below. Info on how to donate here.

We also talk to someone involved in the Radical People Podcast, about recent resistance to a mega-project in Salt Lake City, Utah, which the State’s governor has attempted to label “terrorism.”

We then switch to our discussion on the State’s attempts to label antifascists “domestic terrorists” and also the meaning behind the growth of the Qanon “faith.” While this discussion will seem a bit dated after the events this weekend, we promise to be back in a few days with commentary of the recent horrific far-Right attacks.

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

Living and Fighting:

This past week has seen a multitude of far-Right attacks and mass shootings across the United States. Last weekend saw an attack on a Sikh temple in Modesto, a far-Right mass shooting in Gilroy, California, a drive by shooting at a synagogue in Florida, and violent threats sent to another synagogue only 15 miles away. During the week, members of the neo-Nazi group Patriot Front vandalized two synagogues in Columbus, Georgia, and this Saturday saw a mass shooting by a white nationalist which left over 20 people dead and many more injured, followed by another horrific mass shooting in Ohio by a young man who was kicked out of high school for making lists of women he wanted to rape and murder.

It seems that in particular the El Paso shooting, like Charlottesville, will be a turning point in American society, as the white nationalist anti-immigrant rhetoric of “The Great Replacement” and “white genocide” talked about in the killer’s manifesto mirrors that of Trump and Fox News icons like Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham.

Republicans have predictably shied away from pointing the finger at Trump or far-Right anti-immigrant rhetoric and instead blamed video games, even though Trump, Fox talking heads, and rank-n-file Republicans are articulating the same exact sentiments as the shooter, while Democrats (and some in the GOP) have called for gun control. But calls have also been growing within some political circles to tackle the issue of white nationalist violence, with many calling for white nationalists to be viewed as domestic terrorists. Even some on the Right have pushed for the government to “go to war” with white nationalism.

As anarchists and autonomists, we must make it clear, as one of the actual material forces which have gone up against the far-Right, that while the State may decide to target some sections of the far-Right, it will never be the vehicle in which people will find ultimate safety from its violence. Time and time again, the State has both worked with the far-Right and also turned a blind eye to its violence against people of color, political dissidents, and communities in struggle. We must also realize that any additional tools that the State creates to go after the far-Right will most likely be used even harder against us; sort of how ‘anti-mask’ laws that once were directed at the KKK are not primarily focused against the black bloc.

As Splinter pointed out:

[T]hink about who this job would be entrusted with: Donald Trump and Donald Trump’s Department of Justice. These are the same people who want to designate antifa as a terrorist organization. It’s quite literally only a matter of time before any effort aimed at suppressing white nationalist terrorism would turn into an effort to silence antiracist, antifascist groups on the left with zero history of violence committed in the name of those ideals.

We also have to realize that within American society a new form of suicide-by-martyrdom is manifesting. While in other post-industrial capitalist countries such as Japan where other similar conditions appear: mass alienation, addiction to technology, declining birthrate, decreased standard of living, etc, suicide is becoming more of an epidemic. This is often an act which is carried out in private and often in shame: for instance, in the so-called “suicide forest.” Whereas in the US, where suicide rates have climbed 33% since 1999, a growing collection of young men are at the same time are viewing suicide-by-massacre as an acceptable way to redeem or gain revenge against lives many of them seem no longer be interested in living.

Added to this deep seeded nihilism is the fact that more and more young people just simply don’t have friends. As one article in Vox wrote:

A recent poll from YouGov, a polling firm and market research company, found that 30 percent of millennials say they feel lonely. This is the highest percentage of all the generations surveyed. Furthermore, 22 percent of millennials in the poll said they had zero friends. Twenty-seven percent said they had “no close friends,” 30 percent said they have “no best friends,” and 25 percent said they have no acquaintances.

Such a reality is amplified by the growth of what the Situationists described as “Spectacular” society, or the mediation of life via images. In today’s world, the spectacle of the online world is often viewed as more important than the real one; the reaction to something online is often seen as more important than what actually plays out in real life. In this reality, a person’s death, albeit in a hail of police bullets at the end of a public massacre, may grant someone the kind of existence they always dreamed off: a desire to feel important and part of something, even if they aren’t around to swipe, “like.”

And, at the end of the day, we know what the State is not going to do: offer relief in the form of programs, mental health services, better veteran’s benefits, free access to housing, health-care, and education, etc. Not to mention doing away with a capitalist civilization based on industrial production, domination, and alienation. As always, its up to us to make those things a reality and like the class of people who keep us from making this so, we must be dedicated towards putting our own class interests first and charging full steam ahead.

Survivors of the neo-Nazi car attack in Charlottesville confronted former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe at Politics & Prose in NW Washington, DC last week as he promoted his new book: Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism. Four car attack survivors confronted McAuliffe during the Q&A. They were joined in chants such as, “cops and the Klan go hand in hand” and “no justice, no peace, no racist police.”

In a statement the group wrote: “McAuliffe represents and speaks for white liberal moderates who intellectually understand that racism is wrong but who do not want to do any of the heavy lifting associated with actual change. Neither McAuliffe nor the police should profit one red cent from the book; survivors of the car attack that he failed to prevent are still in need and are much more worthy of support.”

Far-Right groups have attempted to harass the Border Resistance Tour in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, but anarchists and antifascists have managed to defend the events from trolls, Proud Boys, and militia members. In Portland, a crew of far-Right trolls were sent packing and in Seattle, the far-Right attempted to also attack supporters of a local soccer team who were wearing the antifascist “Iron Cross” logos on their shirts.

Abolish ICE actions continue across the US as news broke that upwards of 1,000 children have been separated from their parents even after a judge has ruled an end to the practice. In Boston:

On Sunday, approximately 500 people shut down Boylston Street in a march to condemn the American Correctional Association (ACA) for supporting mass incarceration and immigrant detention.The ACA, a professional organization for the prison and detention industries, is in Boston August 1st-6th for its annual conference at the Hynes Convention Center. “We’re out here because we believe no one should profit off of caging human beings. We want an end to incarceration, whether it’s at the border or in our backyard,” says Mike Cox, an organizer with Black and Pink. The event was organized by a coalition of prison abolition groups and immigration justice groups, including Deeper Than Water, Black and Pink Boston, Black Lives Matter Boston, and Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network.

A small group of Patriot Front members also showed up to the Boston protest, threw up Nazi salutes and held an American Flag (SiCK opTIcs BRo!) but were quickly chased off the streets by the much larger anti-ICE demonstration. Stay home and enjoy your blackpills goys!

In LA, #NeverAgain demonstrators protested and shut down the entrance to GEO Group, a corporation which runs private prisons and detention facilities. In Seattle, a rally was held outside of an ICE building in the Downtown, which dwarfed a smaller pro-Trump, pro-ICE rally. Also this weekend in the Twin Cities, #NeverAgain demonstrators shut down streets surrounding an ICE facility chanting, “Close the streets until they close the camps!”

In Colorado Springs, two men on motorcycles pulled guns on a rowdy protest against a fatal police shooting. According to local news:

Police arrested twin white bail bondsmen Monday after they brandished their guns at a crowd of more than 60 people protesting police brutality in front of police headquarters in downtown Colorado Springs.

A fight broke out after the brothers in bulletproof vests pulled up on motorcycles and yelled “All lives matter” at the protesters, who were demanding justice for 19-year-old De’Von Bailey, a black man fatally shot by police Saturday.

In Milwaukee, IWW workers at a captioning assistance center who are fighting for $15 an hour launched a picket. A report from a local teacher’s union wrote about the picket, which they supported wrote:

We joined a picket with the Captel Workers Union in front of Captel to demand a $15 an hour wage for workers. Captel workers are currently paid only $11 an hour and are subjected to poor working conditions. Their calls for improved pay and working conditions have gone unanswered by the boss. We hope the boss heard the workers today.

In Hillsborough, North Carolina, local community members mobilized against white nationalists and neo-Confederates who threatened to rally in their town. A report on social media wrote:

“Racist hate group ACTBAC had been threatening Hillsborough activists & harassing a chocolate shop that put up a “burn a confederate flag” sign last week. Anti-racists occupied every corner of the intersection where ACTBAC was planning to flag & racists were too afraid to show up.”

Big news for those fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Appalachia. According to a post on the groups Facebook page:

This weekend, allies from across the region gathered to present flowers and thanks to the pipeline fighters at the Yellow Finch tree sit blockade in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Local farmers donated hundreds of flowers. It was by some amazing happenstance that the group was present when news arrived at camp that MVP’s injunction against the sitters was denied!

Meanwhile in Northern California, the tree sit to save the ancient Mattole forest continues with supporters of tree sitter “Rook” struggling to keep supplies going up in the face of security on the ground.

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A few nights ago a cold front came by, bringing chilly, wind driven fog. Up in the canopy, fog becomes rain – a steady, all night drip-down from higher branches that generally continues for hours even after the fog has dispersed. So far, I've been soaked each time this has happened. Despite many emails, calls, and visit from a concerned county supervisor, HRC has refused to return my tarps – one cut down by a hired climber, the other seized during a resupply attempt admist a week of harassment and water deprivation. Security guards remain posted under the tree at all times to prevent any supplies from reaching me. Well, someone must have been snoozing on the job, and now I have shelter! Some time ago, friends on the ground were able to send up a few basic necessities – notably the tarps, sanitary wipes, and a fresh toothbrush, without being detected. This was a big boost in more ways then one, at last having a few things that didn't pass through the camo pajama crew's grubby lil paws! This is the first time since I climbed up in early June that I've had anything which hasn't first been seized, opened, left on the ground for days, used to taunt me, chewed up by animals, then maybe if I'm lucky eventually sent up to me in bits and pieces… Or, as the situation is now, someone in the company deciding what I should eat and is allowing me a ration of sugary snack foods every day, so they can claim not to be starving me, but also block attempts to provide me with anything nutritious. Goody. Anyway, I have a tarp now, and that's great. 😎 #savethemattolesancientforest #treesitter #stillhere #directaction #nomoreherbicides #intheforest #banroundup aka #glyphosate no more #hacknsqirt #lettheforestgrow don't buy #HumboldtRedwoodCompany #MendocinoRedwoodCompany or @fsc_us use #recycledlumber #protectwhatyoulove #resist

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Solidarity:

  • Court solidarity needed with antifascists arrested at the anti-Nazi mobilization in Sacramento in 2016:

The June 26th defendants have their next court appearance coming up! This is the Trial Readiness Conference that was supposed to occur back on July 24th but was instead rescheduled. Well, it is now on schedule for August 15th at 8:30 am in room 63 at the main jail (651 I st., Sacramento). It’s now been over 2 years since this case began and over 3 years since the demonstration that the charges stem from. Let’s continue to show the defendants we have their back! Let’s continue to show that support and solidarity by making sure the court room is packed that Thursday morning! Due to the nature of this case, be sure to both arrive and leave with a friend for this upcoming court date.

Upcoming Events:

  • August 12th: Shut Down ICE Profiteers. Olympia, Washington. More info here.
  • August 12th: NYC to Charlottesville: Vigil for those killed by White Supremacy. More info here.
  • August 13th: Shut Down ICE Profiteers. Troy, Michigan. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info.
  • August 17th: Counter-mobilization in Portland against far-Right. More info.
  • August 23rd-24th: Bend the Bars Conference in Lansing, Michigan. More info.
  • August 23rd-25th: Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair happening in Asheville, North Carolina. More info.
  • August 24th: Protest against white nationalist “Straight Pride” parade in Modesto, CA. More info.
  • August 24th-September 12th: Rainbow Ridge Direct Action Mobilization to Save the Mattole. More info.
  • August 31st: Benefit for Political Prisoners organized by Bakersfield Anarchist Black Cross (ABC). Show with speakers happening in Bakersfield, CA. More info.
  • September 7th: Halifax Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
  • September 7th: Running Down the Falls in Philadelphia. More info.
  • September 18th-22nd: Symbiosis Conference in Detroit. More info.
  • September 21-22nd: Victoria Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
  • September 28th: Toronto Anarchist Bookfair. More info

Music: Sole, “Decuperation,” The Highwomen, “The Highwaywomen,” Tyler Childers, “Nose to the Grindstone”

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Welcome, to This Is America, August 6th, 2019. In this episode, we bring you an interview with both a miner and an on the ground supporter, who are taking part in the coal blockade of the Black Jewel company over unpaid wages. Welcome, to This Is America, August 6th, 2019. In this episode, we bring you an interview with both a miner and an on the ground supporter, who are taking part in the coal blockade of the Black Jewel company over unpaid wages. Miners are occupying the train tracks in a town located in Harlan County, […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 2:20:23
Mark Bray on Anarchist Revolution In Spain & Lessons for Today https://itsgoingdown.org/mark-bray-on-the-anarchist-revolution-in-spain-lessons-for-today/ Thu, 01 Aug 2019 09:41:30 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=174487 https://itsgoingdown.org/mark-bray-on-the-anarchist-revolution-in-spain-lessons-for-today/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/mark-bray-on-the-anarchist-revolution-in-spain-lessons-for-today/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/mark-bray-on-the-anarchist-revolution-in-spain-lessons-for-today/">Mark Bray on Anarchist Revolution In Spain & Lessons for Today</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 speak again with historian Mark Bray about the anarchist movement in Spain as well as the Spanish Civil War and Revolution that broke out in 1936 against a fascist coup. We discuss how the movement grew, in all its complexities, and Bray describes the discussions […]</p> The post Mark Bray on Anarchist Revolution In Spain & Lessons for Today appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak again with historian Mark Bray about the anarchist movement in Spain as well as the Spanish Civil War and Revolution that broke out in 1936 against a fascist coup. We discuss how the movement grew, in all its complexities, and Bray describes the discussions and tensions over tactics and methods of struggle contemporary anarchists with find many similarities with. We then discuss what was achieved during the period of the revolution, from the taking over of industry in some cities, to the communization of land and agriculture in rural areas, to attacks on patriarchy and class society within everyday life.

 

We also discuss the betrayal of both the revolution and the antifascist resistance to Franco, not only by the major world powers in the face of a fascist coup by general Franco which was supported by Hitler and Mussolini, but also by the Stalinist forces who destroyed the revolution and literally attacked the anarchists.

We also talk about the various groups, tendencies, and formations that existed throughout the Spanish anarchist movement, from the labor union the CNT, the insurrectionary anarchist federation, the FAI, the Libertarian Youth movement, the role of anarchist infrastructure and press, and the anarcha-feminist group, Mujeres Libres.

 

Beyond just a blow by blow of the revolution, we spend a lot of our time talking about how the Spanish anarchists organized and built a counter-society that existed and in many cases still does, for generations.

More Info: Mark Bray on Twitter, Anarchism in the City, The Anarchist Collectives

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak again with historian Mark Bray about the anarchist movement in Spain as well as the Spanish Civil War and Revolution that broke out in 1936 against a fascist coup. In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak again with historian Mark Bray about the anarchist movement in Spain as well as the Spanish Civil War and Revolution that broke out in 1936 against a fascist coup. We discuss how the movement grew, in all its complexities, and Bray describes the discussions […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:20:09
TIA #83: Border Resistance Camp; Call to Support Anti-MVP Fight https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-83-border-resistance-camp-call-to-support-anti-mvp-fight/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 10:25:24 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=173863 https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-83-border-resistance-camp-call-to-support-anti-mvp-fight/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-83-border-resistance-camp-call-to-support-anti-mvp-fight/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-83-border-resistance-camp-call-to-support-anti-mvp-fight/">TIA #83: Border Resistance Camp; Call to Support Anti-MVP Fight</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, July 29th, 2019. In this episode we feature a special interview with someone involved in the upcoming Border Resistance camp kicking off on September 1st in so-called El Paso, Texas, and be sure to catch their upcoming tour to promote it, hitting cities on the west coast and beyond starting […]</p> The post TIA #83: Border Resistance Camp; Call to Support Anti-MVP Fight appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, July 29th, 2019.

In this episode we feature a special interview with someone involved in the upcoming Border Resistance camp kicking off on September 1st in so-called El Paso, Texas, and be sure to catch their upcoming tour to promote it, hitting cities on the west coast and beyond starting now. For more info, go here.

We also were lucky enough to speak with two tree-sitters who are taking part in the Yellow Finch tree-sit in Virginia against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. We talk about how the campaign has seen escalating attacks by law enforcement and the pipeline company against those fighting against the pipeline and why people are drastically needed on the ground to support the tree-sit, as the pipeline company intends to clear people out on August 1st. For more info, go here.

We then switch to a discussion on a possible economic crash and what could be behind it, centered on a recent article from Anathema as well as a push by Republicans to label antifa a “domestic terrorist organization.”

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

Living and Fighting:

  • Mass ungovernnability, a general strike, and continued rioting have forced the Puerto Rican governor, Ricardo Rossello, to resign, and already there are calls for his successor to also step down, Wanda Vázquez, who is also being investigated for corruption in relation to the handling of disaster relief.

  • In Modesto, California, where anger is brewing at an upcoming white nationalist and anti-LGBTQ “Straight Pride” march planned for August 24th, and being organized by those with close ties to the Republican party who have asked Proud Boys to attend, a local Sikh temple was also been vandalized and a priest attacked. Temple goers say that the attack is only the latest in a string of racist incidents and that the attacker quoted Donald Trump during the assault, screaming, “Go back to your country!”

  • This week, in Seattle, Tampa, Florida, and in New York, actions targeting banks funding ICE continued. According to Truthout:

Major private prison firms CoreCivic and GEO Group stand to lose 72 percent — about $1.9 billion — of their private financing as major banks commit to divesting from the private prison industry under pressure from activists, according to a new analysis by the Center for Popular Democracy and other groups.

  • In Tennessee, people formed a human blockade around someone being targeted by ICE, and stopped agents who did not have a warrant from being able to deport the family.
  • In the wake of mass protests, officials have backed down from allowing the army base of Fort Still to be turned into a migrant detention camp for children. The base was formally used as a concentration camp during World War II which housed Japanese Americans.
  • In Philadelphia, one gentrifying property developer behind OCF reality, which is pushing a wave of gentrification in the South part of the city, is blaming anarchists for a continued wave of attacks against the reality giant. As one report wrote:

The developer said he was awoken Thursday morning around 2:30 a.m. to the sound of shattering glass. Along with bricks and a note, the perpetrators threw bottles of white paint that splattered on the facade, the interior of the home and a car parked nearby. Police arrived on the scene shortly afterward. In an image sent to WHYY by the developer, a note reads “enjoy your luncheon, ori” with a “circle-A” symbol historically associated with anarchist movements written in permanent marker.

Feibush appeared at an Inquirer panel Philadelphia real estate “influencers” today — an event which itself attracted criticism for its high ticket prices and failure to include voices critical of city’s development industry. Several other properties associated with OCF have been vandalized in past attacks. In one instance, four homes were destroyed by a fire that investigators said had been intentionally set.

Feibush said there have been “42 major incidents” of vandalism at his properties over the past year, some of which had not made headlines.

  • The arctic is seeing a wave of wildfires like never before. According to The Guardian:

The Arctic is suffering its worst wildfire season on record, with huge blazes in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska producing plumes of smoke that can be seen from space.

The Arctic region has recorded its hottest June ever. Since the start of that month, more than 100 wildfires have burned in the Arctic circle. In Russia, 11 of 49 regions are experiencing wildfires.

[NGOs have] called the Arctic fires “unprecedented.”

  • Lastly, following the lead of Ted Cruz and other Republicans and Fox News, Trump tweeted on Saturday that he is looking into classifying ‘ANTIFA” as a domestic terrorist organization along with MS-13. Trump claimed that antifascists only beat up people who can’t fight back with “baseball bats,” in an apparent nod to far-Right grifter Andy Ngo, who was of course was not hit with baseball bats, but instead milkshakes and a few fists. Trump’s tweet comes after massive pressure from the far-Right to go after antifascists as well as a campaign by the wider right to whitewash, downplay, and deny far-Right and Alt-Right violence while making a boogeyman out of autonomous social movements. It is telling that the petition to label antifascists a “domestic terrorist” threat was based off a similar petition attempting to do the same thing with Black Lives Matter; in fact some of the sentences and thrust of the petition are exactly the same. Ultimately the goal is to criminalize popular tactics that movements are using that work, divide militants from their base of wider community support, and create a chilling effect on the streets which seeks to stifle action.

As Rights and Dissent wrote:

Both petitions are so riddled with misunderstandings of the First Amendment, US anti-terrorism law, or the movements which they are seeking to criminalize it’s hard to know where to even start. The Obama Administration in its response to the anti-Black Lives Matter petition brought up probably the most salient point, being that the “White House plays no role in designating domestic terror organization.” In fact, the federal government doesn’t even “generate a list of domestic terror organizations.”

The authors of both petitions claim that the Pentagon has, using a definition of terrorism that defines it as “the use of violence and intimidation in pursuit of political aims,” declared ISIS a terrorist organization and demands the same be done to Antifa/Black Lives Matter. Under US law, the State Department does have the power to designate a foreign group a “foreign terrorist organization” (FTO) if their actions meet certain criteria (which are not the “legal” “definition” cited by both petitions). Thus, the petition is asking for something that simply does not exist.

Of course, the lack of a formal method for a blanket criminalization of association does not mean federal or state agencies will not apply the moniker of terrorism to either movement. And such applications have real chilling effects.

While no formal legal designation exists, we’ve seen local or federal agencies refer to activists groups as “terrorists.” And we know the FBI has four decades now used its counter terrorism authorities to spy on, collect information about, and infiltrate activist organizations. The New Jersey State Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness’s deeply disturbing website includes a post on “Anarchist Extremists: Antifa” tagged as being about domestic terrorism. The info sheet defines Antifa as, “a subset of the anarchist movement and focus on issues involving racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism, as well as other perceived injustice.”  Based on this logic anyone who is a) an anarchist b) concerned about racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism is of interest to the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security and Preparedness. What the intended purpose of this dossier or similar ones on other political ideologies, such as Black separatism, is unclear as in spite of repeatedly calling the office Defending Rights & Dissent was never able to get anyone to answer the phone.

The narrative of “bad protesters” or “violent anarchists” have been trafficked by the media and law enforcement for decades to demonize dissent and justify repressing political expression. That Donald Trump, as well as, many in the media of picked up on a variation of this narrative has troubling implications. The movement to label Antifa (or Black Lives Matter) a terrorist organization is meant to legitimize increased state repression against protests and political speech. The petition on WhiteHouse.Gov, which has gotten media attention, serves this purpose. Nonetheless, it is important to realize that Donald Trump (or anyone else) cannot grant its central demand.

Upcoming Events:

  • July 29th – August 7th: Border Resistance Tour Kicks Off. More info here.
  • July 30th: Anti-ICE Block Party. San Francisco, CA. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 4th: March Against the Cages in Boston. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
  • August 17th: Counter-mobilization in Portland against far-Right. More info here.
  • August 23rd-24th: Bend the Bars Conference in Lansing, Michigan. More info here.
  • August 23rd-25th: Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair happening in Asheville, North Carolina. More info here.
  • August 24th: Protest against white nationalist “Straight Pride” parade in Modesto, CA. More info here.
  • August 24th-September 12th: Rainbow Ridge Direct Action Mobilization to Save the Mattole. More info here.
  • August 31st: Benefit for Political Prisoners organized by Bakersfield Anarchist Black Cross (ABC). Show with speakers happening in Bakersfield, CA. More info here.
  • September 1st – 10th: Border Resistance Convergence. El Paso, TX. More info here.
  • September 7th: Halifax Anarchist Bookfair. More info here.
  • September 7th: Running Down the Falls in Philadelphia. More info here.
  • September 18th-22nd: Symbiosis Conference in Detroit. More info here.
  • September 21-22nd: Victoria Anarchist Bookfair. More info here.
  • September 28th: Toronto Anarchist Bookfair. More info here
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Welcome, to This Is America, July 29th, 2019. In this episode we feature a special interview with someone involved in the upcoming Border Resistance camp kicking off on September 1st in so-called El Paso, Texas, Welcome, to This Is America, July 29th, 2019. In this episode we feature a special interview with someone involved in the upcoming Border Resistance camp kicking off on September 1st in so-called El Paso, Texas, and be sure to catch their upcoming tour to promote it, hitting cities on the west coast and beyond starting […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:50:37
Wind In Our Sails: On Repression & the #FreeCedar Explosion https://itsgoingdown.org/wind-in-our-sails-reflections-on-repression-freecedar-explosion/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 19:08:09 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=173726 https://itsgoingdown.org/wind-in-our-sails-reflections-on-repression-freecedar-explosion/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/wind-in-our-sails-reflections-on-repression-freecedar-explosion/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/wind-in-our-sails-reflections-on-repression-freecedar-explosion/">Wind In Our Sails: On Repression & the #FreeCedar Explosion</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 speak with two long-term anarchists from so-called Hamilton about the period of time from the Locke Street Riot to the recent events at Pride and the explosion of solidarity and action in the wake of targeted repression. We begin the discussion talking about how anarchists […]</p> The post Wind In Our Sails: On Repression & the #FreeCedar Explosion appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with two long-term anarchists from so-called Hamilton about the period of time from the Locke Street Riot to the recent events at Pride and the explosion of solidarity and action in the wake of targeted repression.

We begin the discussion talking about how anarchists in Hamilton within the aftermath of the Locke Street Riot were in a place of defending unpopular politics while also facing a wave of arrests and repression. Our guests describe that by continuing to have conversations and organizing projects in the wider community while also doubling down on defending their ideals, when the events of Pride happened, they were in a much more powerful position.

We then talk about how anarchists intervened and took action as anger grew in the streets following the arrest of several Pride defenders, along with Cedar, who was charged with violating parole simply for giving a speech after the events of Pride which “made the police feel unsafe.” We talk about people seizing on the moment, the failure of the State and the police at implementing strategies of repression and recuperation, and also the power of solidarity, having infrastructure, and the role of the media in terms of disinformation.

More Info: North Shore Counter-Info and The Tower

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with two long-term anarchists from so-called Hamilton about the period of time from the Locke Street Riot to the recent events at Pride and the explosion of solidarity and action in the wake of t... In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with two long-term anarchists from so-called Hamilton about the period of time from the Locke Street Riot to the recent events at Pride and the explosion of solidarity and action in the wake of targeted repression. We begin the discussion talking about how anarchists […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:07:35
This Is America #82: Trump, Puerto Rico, and #AbolishICE https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-82-trump-puerto-rico-and-abolishice/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 01:46:47 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=172699 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-82-trump-puerto-rico-and-abolishice/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-82-trump-puerto-rico-and-abolishice/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-82-trump-puerto-rico-and-abolishice/">This Is America #82: Trump, Puerto Rico, and #AbolishICE</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, July 19th, 2019. In this episode, we jump straight into the discussion, tackling Trump’s so-called social media summit, the US slide into authoritarianism in the wake of Trump’s latest tweet storm, the rise of the #AbolishICE movement and #ClosetheCamps action, and beyond. All this and more, but first, the news! […]</p> The post This Is America #82: Trump, Puerto Rico, and #AbolishICE appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, July 19th, 2019.

In this episode, we jump straight into the discussion, tackling Trump’s so-called social media summit, the US slide into authoritarianism in the wake of Trump’s latest tweet storm, the rise of the #AbolishICE movement and #ClosetheCamps action, and beyond.

All this and more, but first, the news!

Living and Fighting:

  • In New York, on the 5 year anniversary of the police murder of Eric Garner, protests were organized across the city, leading to arrests and clashes with law enforcement. One demonstration took place outside the home of Daniel Pantaleo’s, one of the cops involved in the chocking death of Eric Garner. Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed Eric Garner’s murder, still remains in prison.

  • Hundreds are protesting and engaging in blockades and civil disobedience in order to protect Mauna Kea, viewed as a sacred mountain to the indigenous Hawaiian people, from further desecration, as developers are attempting to build yet another massive telescope. Local news reports that National Guard are on scene and making arrests, while thousands of demonstrators have prevented scientists from accessing the site.

As Fox News wrote:

Directors closed the East Asian Observatory located on Mauna Kea on Tuesday as a safety precaution for employees, effectively abandoning millions of dollars worth of instrumentation on telescopes at the facility that require constant maintenance, Hawaii News Now reported.

  • An insurrection in Puerto Rico has kicked off the last several days following the leak of internal communications between the Governor of the island and his underlings. The messages includes violent, misogynist, and homophobic comments, along with statements that even mock the deaths of hurricane victims. As one Puerto Rican stated on CNN:

“Unfortunately there is always corruption in the government, but with the publication of the chats, people in Puerto Rico saw how the corruption affected the response to the hurricane. There’s a sense of, ‘You left us to die.'”

The uprising has been marred by mass marches and riots at night, as rebels have attempted to storm the governor’s mansion, only to be met with tear gas and rubber bullets from riot police.

According to Abolition Media Worldwide:

Upon discovering an online forum in which myriad government officials employed sexist and homophobic language, the people of Puerto Rico took to the streets this weekend to demand the removal of Governor Rosselló.

On Monday evening, the State responded with thugs in riot gear launching tear gas into the crowd that had amassed at the governor’s mansion, La Fortaleza. While some scattered, others continued to resist, chanting “¡Somos más, y no tenemos miedo!” (“There are more of us, and we are not afraid!”). The State clamped down even harder, deploying pepper spray and– when that, too, failed to break up the crowd– firing rubber bullets.

While two of his underlings, Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marin and Chief Financial Officer Christian Sobrino, have resigned since the forum was discovered, Rosselló refuses to leave office and instead asks demonstrators for “forgiveness.”

The infuriating fact of the matter is that this is but the latest in a stream of offenses that the people of Puerto Rico have been expected to forgive. Even while limiting oneself to the period of time in which Rosselló has served in the Puerto Rican government, one finds that the people have had to endure his callous approach to the recovery effort after two devastating back-to-back hurricanes– first Hurricane Irma, then Hurricane Maria about two weeks later– ravaged the island in 2017. Rosselló undertook austerity measures that deprived communities of millions of dollars and wreaked havoc on education, housing, agriculture, and other essential programs and services.

Yesterday it was also reported that:

Puerto Rico’s police department says somebody has broken into a police station and stolen weapons on the southern part of the U.S. territory. [The] Police Commissioner [stated]… that the break-in occurred in the town of Guayama. A storage room lock was forced [open] the night before and officers discovered that 30 pistols and 18 rifles had been taken, as well as 4,000 rounds of ammunition. He says a message threatening Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was found on a wall of the storage room.

We’re told that message reads: “Ricky resign by silver or by lead.” More protests are expected to kick off this weekend and show no signs of slowing down.

Solidarity:

Upcoming Events:

  • July 20th: No New Child Detention Center in Chicago! More info here.
  • July 20th: Close the Camps rally in Lawton, Oklahoma. More info here.
  • July 25th: Picket in support of the Burgerville Workers Union in Portland, OR. More info here.
  • July 25th: Court support for antifascist being targeted by State in collusion with fascists. Greenville, SC. More info here.
  • July 27th-28th: Anarcho-punk festival in Berkeley at the Gilman featuring workshops, bands, and speakers. More info here.
  • July 27th: North Texas Anarchist Bookfair in Denton, TX. More info here.
  • July 30th: Anti-ICE Block Party. San Francisco, CA. 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.
  • August 23rd-24th: Bend the Bars Conference in Lansing, Michigan. More info here.
  • August 23rd-25th: Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair happening in Asheville, North Carolina. More info here.
  • August 31st: Benefit for Political Prisoners organized by Bakersfield Anarchist Black Cross (ABC). Show with speakers happening in Bakersfield, CA. More info here.
  • September 7th: Halifax Anarchist Bookfair. More info here.
  • September 18th-22nd: Symbiosis Conference in Detroit. More info here.
  • September 28th: Toronto Anarchist Bookfair. More info here.
Music: Sole, Willy Northpole and Anti-Flag
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Welcome, to This Is America, July 19th, 2019. In this episode, we jump straight into the discussion, tackling Trump’s so-called social media summit, the US slide into authoritarianism in the wake of Trump’s latest tweet storm, Welcome, to This Is America, July 19th, 2019. In this episode, we jump straight into the discussion, tackling Trump’s so-called social media summit, the US slide into authoritarianism in the wake of Trump’s latest tweet storm, the rise of the #AbolishICE movement and #ClosetheCamps action, and beyond. All this and more, but first, the news! […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:45:31
Danny Goldberg on Nirvana’s Endearing Rebellious Spirit https://itsgoingdown.org/danny-goldberg-on-nirvanas-endearing-rebellious-spirit/ Sat, 13 Jul 2019 19:04:44 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=172704 https://itsgoingdown.org/danny-goldberg-on-nirvanas-endearing-rebellious-spirit/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/danny-goldberg-on-nirvanas-endearing-rebellious-spirit/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/danny-goldberg-on-nirvanas-endearing-rebellious-spirit/">Danny Goldberg on Nirvana’s Endearing Rebellious Spirit</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>This episode, originally airing on KPFA, features an interview with Danny Goldberg, a long-time author, activist, and former manager of the band Nirvana, who revolutionized music and brought the underground to the masses with the release of their second album, Nevermind. Now 25 years after the passing of Nirvana’s front-man, Kurt Cobain, Goldberg looks back […]</p> The post Danny Goldberg on Nirvana’s Endearing Rebellious Spirit appeared first on It's Going Down.

This episode, originally airing on KPFA, features an interview with Danny Goldberg, a long-time author, activist, and former manager of the band Nirvana, who revolutionized music and brought the underground to the masses with the release of their second album, Nevermind.

Now 25 years after the passing of Nirvana’s front-man, Kurt Cobain, Goldberg looks back on his time with the band and discusses his brand new book, Serving the Servant: Remember Kurt Cobain. In this interview we talk about the working class backgrounds of the band, their punk ethos, and cultural and political beliefs which guided their art throughout their short but infamous career. Features a Q and A section with KPFA audience.

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This episode, originally airing on KPFA, features an interview with Danny Goldberg, a long-time author, activist, and former manager of the band Nirvana, who revolutionized music and brought the underground to the masses with the release of their secon... This episode, originally airing on KPFA, features an interview with Danny Goldberg, a long-time author, activist, and former manager of the band Nirvana, who revolutionized music and brought the underground to the masses with the release of their second album, Nevermind. Now 25 years after the passing of Nirvana’s front-man, Kurt Cobain, Goldberg looks back […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 55:23
This Is America #81: On Every Front https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-81-on-every-front/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 01:04:45 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=172254 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-81-on-every-front/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-81-on-every-front/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-81-on-every-front/">This Is America #81: On Every Front</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, June 10th, 2019. In this episode, we bring you an interview with someone involved in the current #BlocktheWall week of action against banks funding ICE, we also speak with members of the Long Beach Anarchist Collective about a recent rally and march against ICE that drew out hundreds, and finally, […]</p> The post This Is America #81: On Every Front appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, June 10th, 2019.

In this episode, we bring you an interview with someone involved in the current #BlocktheWall week of action against banks funding ICE, we also speak with members of the Long Beach Anarchist Collective about a recent rally and march against ICE that drew out hundreds, and finally, someone from Fight Toxic Prisons who discusses their recent successful campaign to stop the construction of a prison which was to be built upon a former coal site.

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

Living and Fighting:

Actions against ICE continue across the country. Jewish led groups across the country using the hashtag, #NeverAgainIsNow continue to pull off actions, shutdowns, and protests, while in the Pacific Northwest, the week of action against banks financially backing ICE has kicked of, with already SunTrust and Bank of America divesting from ICE. On Tuesday, an anti-ICE event was also interrupted by a man wielding a knife and threatening to stab people, although no one was hurt. Be sure to check out our #ClosetheCamps tab on the home page of IGD (or in the menu for mobile) for upcoming events, posters and zines to print off, and other materials.

In Philadelphia:

A group of families whose loved ones were among the roughly 3 million people deported under the Obama administration [held a] sit-in at Joe Biden’s campaign headquarters…

After an hour and a half of protesting in the building’s lobby using megaphones and signs, Philadelphia police arrested six activists from the group. When police arrived, undocumented families left the building to avoid being arrested and potentially sent into ICE custody. The protest continue[d] in front of the building, but so far, no one from Biden’s campaign has responded to the group.

In Ypsilanti, Michigan, the IWW marched in the 4th of July Parade.

Antifascist mobilizations took place over the weekend, first off in DC, where in the face of a massive disinformation campaign from lie-lords like Jack Posobiec and shitrag outlets like Big League Politics, a large scale mobilization still took place, bringing out over 600 people. The rally was organized by the All Out DC coalition, and featured a variety of local Go-Go musicians, a style of music that has been the heart of the #DontMuteDC movement. The Proud Boys rally only brought out about 150 people and was marked by infighting, both during the event and in the lead up too it. Many of the main speakers, from Roger Stone to Jack Posobiec, ended up not even showing, and a falling out between GOP hopeful Omar Navarro and Proud Boys leadership ended in the latter threatening to throw Navarro out of a helicopter.

Meanwhile, in Tacoma, WA, people marched against a neo-Nazi owned tattoo parlor, and in various towns near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, people squared off against members of neo-Confederate groups. On Twitter, Maya Little wrote:

Here [in Chapel Hill] are armed neoconfederate bikers brandishing pistols who came to unc who get handshakes free parking and escort from police threatening to come to my home. Thank you as always to the antifascists keeping me and others safe.

In other fashy news, the GOP chair of a rural county in Oregon will represent Joey Gibson in a lawsuit brought by Cider Riot, Trump will host a “Social Media Summit” this week featuring Alt-Right water boy Tim Pool and AstroTurf groups like Turning Point USA and PragerU, and lastly, the so-called Mother of All Rallies will not make it into it’s third year.

In so-called British Columbia, the struggle against the Trans Mountain Pipeline continues, as does construction of Tiny Homes to block its path. As the Tiny House Warriors wrote in an update on Facebook:

Tiny House Warriors has completed the tiny house#5 that will be used to house both land defenders on the Frontline of Pipeline Resistance as well as our Mobile Secwepemc Radio Station/youth recording studio.

We would like to give a special acknowledgement to the skilled builders, trades people & artists that have put energy and time into all 6 of the tiny houses so far. When this one gets deployed, then there will be all 6 tiny houses on wheels on the Frontline Pipeline Resistance.

 

 

In labor news, Amazon workers are planning a strike on Prime Day, which will take place on July 15th and 16th. According to Bloomberg:

Amazon.com Inc. warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike during the online retailer’s summer sales extravaganza, a sign that labor unrest persists even after the company committed to paying all employees at least $15 an hour last year. Workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota, fulfillment center plan a six-hour work stoppage July 15, the first day of Prime Day. Until now, Amazon’s U.S. workers haven’t walked off the job during key sales days.

In Pennsylvania, charges were dropped against seven pipeline protesters, while in Appalachia the Yellow Finch tree sit continues in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. In Salt Lake City Utah, rowdy demonstrations erupted at the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday evening against the proposal to build a so-called Inland Port, which as one local paper wrote:

[Is] being planned for the western area of Salt Lake City, [and would take] up [to] as much as a third of the land. The project has become highly controversial. Critics say it would be bad for the environment and air quality, and would take up too much land, among other things.

Another article wrote:

“It’s the system. It’s capitalism. It’s settler colonialism,” one protest organizer said. “It’s the way we’ve been pitted against each other in this killer system.”

Calling herself an “anarchist,” [she] and other protesters riled the crowd, saying the Inland Port represents a continuation of “colonial violence” that she said will aggravate air pollution, “poison” children, exacerbate climate change, destroy habitat surrounding the Great Salt Lake, and negatively impact life for Salt Lake City’s west-side residents.

Not to be outdone, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, long known for backing energy and mega-projects in exchange for lobbyist campaign cash, is now calling on Salt Lake City Mayor to label today’s protests where folks chanted and blocked doors “terrorism.”

 

Meanwhile in Vancouver, BC

[Local police are] threatening to displace over 50 homeless people, who are camping in a wooded area, which campers call ‘Sanctuary.’ [One camp] resident [said], “We have nowhere else to go. This is our home, it’s our sanctuary, and we won’t let them take it from us.” Homeless residents of Sanctuary Tent City are calling on supporters to speak out against the displacement and destruction of their home.

Info on the call-in campaign can be found here.

Lastly, at the border:

Asylum-seekers from African countries staged a protest on Tuesday in Tijuana. For hours, they blocked a van used by Mexico to bring migrants to the US border.

Solidarity:

Upcoming Events:

  • July 8th-12th: Week of Action against ICE profiteers. More info here.
  • July 14th: March in solidarity with indigenous communities facing repression in Mexico and against ICE in Portland, OR. More info here.
  • July 27th-28th: Anarcho-punk festival in Berkeley at the Gilman featuring workshops, bands, and speakers. More info here.
  • July 27th: North Texas Anarchist Bookfair in Denton, TX. 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.
  • August 23rd-24th: Bend the Bars Conference in Lansing, Michigan. More info here.
  • August 23rd-25th: Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair happening in Asheville, North Carolina. More info here.
  • September 7th: Halifax Anarchist Bookfair. More info here.
  • September 28th: Toronto Anarchist Bookfair. More info here.
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Welcome, to This Is America, June 10th, 2019. In this episode, we bring you an interview with someone involved in the current #BlocktheWall week of action against banks funding ICE, we also speak with members of the Long Beach Anarchist Collective abou... Welcome, to This Is America, June 10th, 2019. In this episode, we bring you an interview with someone involved in the current #BlocktheWall week of action against banks funding ICE, we also speak with members of the Long Beach Anarchist Collective about a recent rally and march against ICE that drew out hundreds, and finally, […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:02:58