IT'S GOING DOWN https://itsgoingdown.org Anarchist News and Counter-Information Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:00:32 +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 Audio Report from the Second Migrant Caravan in Mexico https://itsgoingdown.org/audio-report-from-the-second-migrant-caravan-in-mexico/ Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:20:35 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=163256 https://itsgoingdown.org/audio-report-from-the-second-migrant-caravan-in-mexico/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/audio-report-from-the-second-migrant-caravan-in-mexico/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/audio-report-from-the-second-migrant-caravan-in-mexico/">Audio Report from the Second Migrant Caravan in Mexico</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>In collaboration with our friends at CrimethInc. we present both this short audio report with a journalist that is part of a caravan traveling through Mexico, who details Mexican police harassment and brutality. Below is a written report from CrimethInc. that covers the same situation. From CrimethInc.: This morning, Mexico City government officials used police […]</p> The post Audio Report from the Second Migrant Caravan in Mexico appeared first on It's Going Down.

In collaboration with our friends at CrimethInc. we present both this short audio report with a journalist that is part of a caravan traveling through Mexico, who details Mexican police harassment and brutality. Below is a written report from CrimethInc. that covers the same situation.

From CrimethInc.:

This morning, Mexico City government officials used police to evict the migrants that were on the street outside of the shelter at Estadio Palillo. There is a group of approximately 1500 people that arrived at the shelter between Sunday night and Monday. Those who arrived on Sunday were given a green bracelet; those who arrived on Monday were given a purple one. When they arrived, they were told that they could stay 10 days in the shelter, but the policy was changed without warning and now they are allowed only three days. Yesterday, the migrants were denied food and those with green bracelets were kicked out. They stayed outside on the streets nearby, because they had come with their family members and friends who had purple bracelets, and they have been waiting to leave together tomorrow.

At 9 o’clock in the morning, government officials arrived and told the migrants that they had to get on their way and they could not wait for the rest of their companerxs; they threatened to send them to immigration control and to the riot police, even though those same people have visas. Several people have been beaten, and those who were taking photos and video had their bracelets taken away even if they had purple ones. Those who were inside and wanted to come out to help their compas were not allowed to leave and were locked inside.

All the way from the southern border, officials have been pressuring people “not to wait for their families,” saying those with visas have to continue on and not wait for their compas that don’t have their visas yet.

They have been threatening them with police every place they enter, saying “continue on,” even though they are giving them one-year visas to stay in the country. They don’t want to see large groups and they don’t want people to wait. Right now, the same thing is happening in Mexico City, even though the local government boasts about having an Intercultural Law and an “inclusion” policy that is very “advanced” in regards to human rights.

Last night, the state police in Chiapas accompanied a group of 20 people as they walked between Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula. They told them that they were “protecting” them, and that they should rest and stop to go the bathroom and drink water. That’s when the National Institute of Migration (INM) arrived with 10 police holding vans and started to detain them. Many people ran away onto the road at night and today many families are separated and lost, and many people have been detained and beaten up.

While Trump declares a national emergency in order to build his wall, this government is doing the same, and probably worse than those before, because they are not only doing the work of the US but they are also disguising their actions behind a “progressive” discourse while they repress migrants.

Original Statement in Spanish

Hoy por la mañana el gobierno de la Ciudad de México llegó a desalojar a las personas migrantes que se encontraban en las calles de afuera del albergue en el Estadio Palillo con policía. En el albergue se encuentra un grupo de 1,500 personas aprox., que llegó entre el domingo en la noche y el lunes. A quienes llegaron el domingo les pusieron un brazalete verde y a los del lunes uno morado. Cuando llegaron les dijeron que podían estar 10 días en el albergue pero cambiaron la política sin avisar y ahora solo les permiten estar 3. Ayer negaron alimento y sacaron a la gente de brazalete verde. Estas personas se quedaron en las calles de afuera pues vienen con familiares y amigxs que tienen brazalete morado, y les están esperando para salir mañana juntxs.

A las 9 de la mañana les llegaron a levantar y decirles que siguieran su camino y no esperarán a sus demás compañerxs, les amenazaron con mandarles a “migración” y granaderos, a pesar de que es gente que ya tiene visa. Hay varixs golpeadxs y a quienes estaban tomando foto y video, aunque tuvieran brazalete morado, se los quitaron. A la gente de adentro que quería salir ayudar a sus compas no la dejaban salir y la tienen encerrada.

Desde la frontera sur han estado presionando a las personas para que “no esperen a sus familias”, que avancen quienes tienen visas y no esperen a sus compas que todavía no la tienen. Les han estado amenazando con policías en cada lugar que llegan “que sigan su camino”, a pesar de que les están dando visas para permanecer un año en el país. No quieren ver grupos grandes y no quieren que la gente se espere. Ahora está pasando lo mismo en la Ciudad a pesar de que el gobierno local presume tener una Ley de Interculturalidad y políticas “de inclusión” muy “avanzadas” en materia de DDHH.

El nuevo gobierno “progresista” repite y repite que respetará los DDHH de las personas migrantes y en la práctica se ha dedicado a hostigar y criminalizar a lxs migrantes. Ya van 5 detenidos y deportados arbitrariamente por ser identificados como “organizadores”, cuando son migrantes que vienen ayudando lxs demás. Los han sometido a interrogatorios sobre “por qué ayudan” “quienes les financian” porque para el gobierno es ilógico que lxs migrantes se organicen para ayudarse entre ellxs, es ilógico que alguien que ha perdido todo y solo le queda irse “al norte” quiera cuidarse y cuidar de lxs suyxs en el camino. Les parece un comportamiento “raro” que merece ser “investigado” que un migrante reclame sus derechos y el respeto de su dignidad, que se enoje cuando los policías les amenazan y golpean a sus familias.

Ayer en la noche policía estatal de Chiapas acompañaba a un grupo de 200 personas que caminaban entre Ciudad Hidalgo y Tapachula, les dijeron que les iban “cuidando”, que descansaran y se pararan para ir al baño y tomar agua, cuando llegó el INM con 10 perreras y empezaron a detenerles, muchxs salieron corriendo por la carretera en la noche y hoy hay muchas familias separadas y pérdidas, muchxs detenidos y golpeadxs. Así que mientras Trump declara emergencia nacional para construir su muro, este gobierno sigue haciendo lo mismo, y probablemente peor, que los anteriores porque no solo hace la chamba para EUUU, sino que se lava la cara con un discurso “progre”, mientras reprime a las personas migrantes.

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In collaboration with our friends at CrimethInc. we present both this short audio report with a journalist that is part of a caravan traveling through Mexico, who details Mexican police harassment and brutality. In collaboration with our friends at CrimethInc. we present both this short audio report with a journalist that is part of a caravan traveling through Mexico, who details Mexican police harassment and brutality. Below is a written report from CrimethInc. that covers the same situation. From CrimethInc.: This morning, Mexico City government officials used police […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 4:27
This Is America #59: When Worlds Collide https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-59-when-worlds-collide/ Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:37:55 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=163152 https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-59-when-worlds-collide/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-59-when-worlds-collide/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-59-when-worlds-collide/">This Is America #59: When Worlds Collide</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, February 15th, 2019. We have a jam packed show today. First, we talk with several people who report on the struggle at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, where over the past two weeks, people have fought to get electricity and heat turned back on for prisoners. Rally beginning […]</p> The post This Is America #59: When Worlds Collide appeared first on It's Going Down.

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

We have a jam packed show today. First, we talk with several people who report on the struggle at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, where over the past two weeks, people have fought to get electricity and heat turned back on for prisoners.

At the start of the struggle, people began camping out and holding ongoing noise demos. One group was pepper sprayed heavily when they attempted to enter the building in order to talk to prisoners inside. Guards have also taken to beating and attacking prisoners accused of attempting to communicate with the outside.

Our guests include a member of the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council of NYC or MACC, who was briefly imprisoned at MDC, along with two organizers involved with prison abolitionist organizing out of CUNY Law School. For more info on the ongoing struggle, check out No New Jails NYC as well as MACC.

During our discussion segment, we touch on ongoing revolts, insurrections, and strikes happening in Haiti, France, and in Matamoros, Mexico. Broadly speaking, we discuss the insurrections in Haiti and France, as a response to both austerity measures and the looting of the country by elites, and compare it to the current situation in the United States.

We also discuss the success of the strike growing in Matamoros among maquiladoras workers, a strike which has rejected union leadership and is pushing for an international response from workers in the US and Canada.

Lastly, we touch on just want the hell has been agreed upon by the Democrats and Republicans, and what this means for the possibilities for a State of emergency, another shutdown, and Wall construction – as Trump has announced on Friday he will use emergency measures to push for another 8 billion in border wall funding.

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

Living and Fighting:

  • At the Unist’ot’en camp, people are protesting the continued presence of RCMP and gas pipeline workers. Recently, the gas company constructing the pipeline has begun to build a “man camp,” or housing area for almost exclusively male workers. Historically, such concentrations of male workers on Native land, or close to it, has led to an increase in missing and murdered indigenous women.

No Man Camps on Unist'ot'en Yin'tah!

SHARE WIDELY – On February 15, the day after vigils and marches for missing and murdered Indigenous women across the country, Coastal GasLink intends to transport a number of trailers to Unist’ot’en yintah. The trailers are the first infrastructure in their proposed man camp—a space defined as a “multi-use site” in the affidavits for their court injunction. The proposed man camp directly threatens the well-being of Indigenous people who have returned to the land to heal. It directly threatens the work of the Unist’ot’en Healing Center. We cannot have a man camp lurking behind us in the yintah; we cannot have a space of violent settler masculinity festering in the heart of this territory. It threatens everything we are trying to rebuild. It threatens our survival as Indigenous peoples. It is an extension of state violence. It is a continuation of colonial trauma. We cannot heal in an atmosphere of colonial violence. We will not consent to the invasion of our lands and bodies.As clearing for the man camp has been underway, RCMP have begun daily “patrols” through the territory. Citing “safety concerns,” and security, they intimidate and harass Healing Center residents. The officers who commanded militarized RCMP to point sniper and assault rifles at our unarmed women have strolled through our territory like they own it. They are a constant reminder of the violent potential of the state. We have been threatened with arrest for checking our traplines, for participating in our ceremonies. They are not here for our safety. They are a private security detachment for Coastal GasLink. They are here to expedite construction of the pipeline, nothing more. We reject their false narratives of safety. Police forces and industry have always tried to legitimize their illegal occupation of unceded and unsurrendered Indigenous territories by insisting they have our “best interests” at heart. But their projects have been extractive, destructive, and exploitative since the beginning. The entire history of colonization teaches us not to trust them. Our ancestors teach us not to trust them. Our missing and murdered Indigenous women teach us not to trust them. The Coastal GasLink man camp is proposed just off the Highway of Tears, where dozens of Indigenous women have been abducted or murdered. While Coastal GasLink attempts to make Unist’ot’en yintah into an industrial work site, the RCMP illegally extend their jurisdiction into our space of healing. Both incursions increase our risk of gendered and sexualized violence. In an area already prone to increased violence against Indigenous women, this is distressing, alarming, traumatizing, and unacceptable. We must respond. Rise up. Push back. The twin faces of industry and state will continue to inch their way into our unceded lands. They will exchange our trauma for the “national interest.” They will attack our land, our bodies, our spirits. We have given enough, and enough has been taken from us. No pipelines on Wet’suwet’en territoryNo man camps on Unist’ot’en yintahNo sexual violence against Indigenous womxn, girls, and two spirit peopleNo colonial violence against sovereign Indigenous nations.#UNISTOTEN #MMIW #MMIWG #NOPIPELINES #WETSUWETENSTRONG #NOTRESPASSDonate to our legal fund: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten-camp-legal-fund/Supporter toolkit: https://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit

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  • Members of IWOC joined family members outside of Corcoran prison in Central California to hold a rally in support of a recent hunger strike organized by inmates.
  • In so-called Parkdale, tenants started a flyering campaign against their landlord.
  • Members of Workers’ Liberation and Defense were out in force in Denver, showing solidarity during the recent teachers strike and also providing free food.
  • Students in Denver self-organized and carried out a series of walkouts and protests in solidarity with the teachers strike. This swelled numbers of the strike, shut down schools, and showed that students and teachers have common interests.
  • In Charlotte, the trial began for Rayquan Borum, who is accused by police of killing someone in the midst of the riots that broke out in 2015, in the wake of a police killing. Local activists and residents state firmly that the trial is a set up and that police themselves are to blame for the shooting.
  • Jason Van Dyke, the police officer doing time for killing Laquan McDonald, was severely beaten in prison.
  • A trolley bus was stopped in protest of the police murder of Stephon Clark in Sacramento.
  • Political prisoner Jay Chase has been moved. Write to him here:
  • Neo-Nazi and Alt-Right posters were found and destroyed across the US in recent days. This includes Stamford, CT, Berkeley, CA, and Boston. Also, in Salt Lake City, community members are mobilizing and fighting back against Identity Evropa, who has been putting up posters on the campus and dropping banners.
  • Water Protectors in Minnesota disrupted an event put on by the Governor, unfurling a banner and chanting.
  • It was announced that Amazon is pulling out of its proposed HQ from Queens in New York due to continue dopposition.
  • Local news outlets in Portland report that a treasure trove of text messages between far-Right organizer Joey Gibson and Portland police show a close and working relationship between the two. Police are seen to be giving information to Gibson about antifascist protesters, explaining how their members with warrants can avoid being arrested, and in general, coordinating to help facilitate Gibson’s event.

Support:

  • Autonomous kitchen to be used as more caravans arrive on border is in need of support. Donate here.
  • Help Jason Walker, prison journalist often targeted by state for repression. Donate here.
  • Show solidarity with queer and trans comrades in Portland who have recently been attacked while on the street. Donate here.
  • Stand with Native resistance camps on the border who are resisting border wall construction destroying sacred sites and animal habitat. Donate here.

Further Readings Mentioned In Our Discussion:

A Brief History of Neoliberalism

Capitalism and Freedom

20 Thesis on the Subversion of the Metropolis

Haiti: Prelude to Revolution

We Are the Yellow Vests

Matamoros Strikes

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Welcome, to This Is America, February 15th, 2019. We have a jam packed show today. First, we talk with several people who report on the struggle at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, where over the past two weeks, Welcome, to This Is America, February 15th, 2019. We have a jam packed show today. First, we talk with several people who report on the struggle at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, where over the past two weeks, people have fought to get electricity and heat turned back on for prisoners. Rally beginning […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 2:17:02
Through The Screams: Audio Report from Black Flags Over Brooklyn https://itsgoingdown.org/through-the-screams-audio-report-from-black-flags-over-brooklyn/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 22:59:23 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=163121 https://itsgoingdown.org/through-the-screams-audio-report-from-black-flags-over-brooklyn/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/through-the-screams-audio-report-from-black-flags-over-brooklyn/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/through-the-screams-audio-report-from-black-flags-over-brooklyn/">Through The Screams: Audio Report from Black Flags Over Brooklyn</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>For as long as everyday people have been picking up instruments and singing songs, they have been poking fun and attacking those with privilege and in power. Music, which has always had the ability of bringing people together, has also always been a source for potential insurgency in the eyes of the State. Sometimes, this […]</p> The post Through The Screams: Audio Report from Black Flags Over Brooklyn appeared first on It's Going Down.

For as long as everyday people have been picking up instruments and singing songs, they have been poking fun and attacking those with privilege and in power. Music, which has always had the ability of bringing people together, has also always been a source for potential insurgency in the eyes of the State.

Sometimes, this is for good reason. In the mid-1950s, Bill Haley and the Comets’ hit single, Rock Around the Clock, one of the first rock and roll songs to be put to vinyl, exploded in:

…international success in 1955 caused rioting in schools and cinemas, and even became the first teen anthem – the film Blackboard Jungle used it as a theme tune and was promptly banned by the American government.

In 1958, Link Wray and the Ray Men’s instrumental Rumble was banned on some radio stations, for fear that it would lead to fights and juvenile delinquency.

Rock and Roll, which mixed white country music with black R&B music, also presented a challenge to the racial, Jim Crow order of the time, as the white power structure rushed to keep young blacks and whites from mixing and tried to find new ways of upholding racial division. As Rolling Stone noted:

Rock & roll arrived just as segregationists were tightening Jim Crow laws in response to the civil rights movement. Entertainers throughout the South were forced to participate in a crowd-separation ritual. Venues could be unofficially classified black or white – New Orleans’ famous Dew Drop Inn catered to an exclusively African-American crowd, for example. But in other cases, police and promoters physically separated the audiences. Sometimes, as in the Flamingos’ show, blacks were in the balcony and whites on the floor; other times, a painted line ran down the center of the theater or a rope bifurcated the audience.

Those that broke the rules, faced the billy club of the State, as both musicians and audience members were routinely threatened with arrest, police beatings, and outright murder by white vigilantes, terrified of the potential racial mixing that rock and roll encouraged.

Audiences and bands also pushed back, defying police to hold multi-racial dances and various artists refused to play segregated venues and concerts, from Ray Charles to The Beatles. By the mid-1970s, punk rock, which John Lydon of the Sex Pistols described as an imposition of working-class voices on the establishment, was also making waves in the mainstream, as both the BBC and various radio outlets refused to play the bands second single, God Save the Queen. Back in the US, throughout the 1980s, hardcore punk shows routinely led to full on riots against the police, as law enforcement often attempted to break up underground music concerts.

Other examples abound regarding the antagonistic relationship between the State and popular music, from the attempted censorship of rock and rap by the Parental Music Resource Center, the growth of so-called “hip hop police” that monitored lyrics, the interplay between artists before and after the LA Uprising in 1992, the gang classification of Juggalos, and the ongoing street clashes between rave squatters and the forces of authority throughout the world, all point to this reality.

Another sub-genre of rock and roll that has always had an antagonistic relationship with the mainstream: metal, has also left an immense mark on the culture at large. In its various sub-genres, bands often went to political, musical, and topical extremes; most infamous is Black Metal, where in some countries, the genre took on an openly Satanic and anti-Christian worldview, and for a period of time in the early 1990s, was closely associated with a string of murders and church burnings across Norway.

But extreme metal has also been known for at times attracting those with far-Right and even neo-Nazi ideals and sympathies. This is most noticeable in the rise of NSBM, or National Socialist Black Metal, which embraces neo-Nazi ideas, as well as a worshiping often a return to “white” per-Christiandom.

But with the rise of reactionary elements within the extreme metal scene, there have also been those that have pushed back, and attempted to reclaim rock’n’roll as the rebellious, race traitorous, and anti-authoritarian rebellion it always has been, as well as build a wider anti-racist and antifascist culture within it.

Towards this end, the Black Flags Over Brooklyn festival held last month in January was organized and brought together a wide-variety of anarchist and anti-fascist acts across the extreme metal, punk and hardcore spectrum, while also fighting to not only create, hold onto, and maintain an anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-patriarchal, and anti-fascist space for both musicians, show organizers, and fans.

Wanting to know more, we read up on black metal, watched too many YouTube documentaries, and sent one of our correspondents into the field to see what all the noise was about. Overall, we wanted to see if the organizers of the festival were successful in carving out an antifascist and anti-racist space within the metal scene and if such gathering could be potentially replicated across the country and the world.

What follows are interviews with concert attendees, antifascist organizers who attended the festival and spoke on the history of fascist activity in music scenes in New York, one of the festival organizers Kim Kelly, as well as an interview with anarchist black metal band, Dawn Ray’d. Hold onto your corpse paint.

Be sure to tune in next week, as we will present another special interview with another band from Black Flags Over Brooklyn, Racetraitor.

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For as long as everyday people have been picking up instruments and singing songs, they have been poking fun and attacking those with privilege and in power. Music, which has always had the ability of bringing people together, For as long as everyday people have been picking up instruments and singing songs, they have been poking fun and attacking those with privilege and in power. Music, which has always had the ability of bringing people together, has also always been a source for potential insurgency in the eyes of the State. Sometimes, this […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:30:34
TIA #58: An Anarchist Response to the State of the Union https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-58-sotu/ Sat, 09 Feb 2019 12:28:23 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=162948 https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-58-sotu/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-58-sotu/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/tia-58-sotu/">TIA #58: An Anarchist Response to the State of the Union</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, February 9th, 2019. In this episode, we discuss and pull apart the State of the Union speech, looking at Trump’s claims regarding how good “our” economy is doing, his continuing cries for race war and a border wall, his demand for complete impunity, and the meaning of his denouncing of […]</p> The post TIA #58: An Anarchist Response to the State of the Union appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, February 9th, 2019.

In this episode, we discuss and pull apart the State of the Union speech, looking at Trump’s claims regarding how good “our” economy is doing, his continuing cries for race war and a border wall, his demand for complete impunity, and the meaning of his denouncing of “socialism.”

But first, a few stories you may have missed:

  • Thanks to anarchists and antifascists in Antifa Seven Hills, a police officer Robert Stamm who was recently seen policing protests calling for the resignation of leading Democrats in Virginia in the wake of racist photos coming to light, has been outed as a white nationalist and is currently on leave from the department. As research from Antifa Seven Hills showed, Stamm’s social media was filled with references to white nationalist and far-Right movements, ideas, and groups, and he also stamped his photos with the logo of the Asatru-Folk Assembly, a white nationalist religious grouping. Thanks to initial reporting from Antifa Seven Hills, the story soon went viral, being picked up across local TV stations, the Huffington Post and Heavy.com
  • In Central California, prisoners say following a hunger strike and the start of negotiations with the warden, talks have broken down at Corcoran prison. As the Intercept wrote:

Following the hunger strike, the warden allegedly agreed to restore access to the canteen and prisoners from 3C Unit would once again receive packages. A new recreation schedule was said to be under negotiation.

But prisoners claimed the canteen continued to provide only hygiene products. They were supposed to meet with Warden Ken Clark on February 5 to continue negotiations, but the warden allegedly delayed the meetings before telling them they would still be forced to share the yard with their rivals.

Prisoners on the 3C unit are supposed to get 10 hours of yard time each week, but advocates say they have only been allowed approximately one-to-three hours per week on the yard. “This is if the yard isn’t effectively shut down all the time due to the setup fights and jumpings,” added Brooke Terpstra, an IWOC representative.

IWOC states that members of one gang are being used against hunger strikers in order to break prison solidarity. This brutal practice has gone on for years, as prison officials have often staged bloody “gladiator” fights.

  • In Oakland, California teachers once again held a wildcat strike and were joined in the streets by students, the vast majority of which didn’t report for school.
  • Anarchist and autonomous groups are mobilizing to provide winter weather relief in so-called Tacoma, Washington and Flagstaff, Arizona.
  • Amazon officials in New York stated in The Washington Post, (also owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos), that due to continued resistance to a proposal to bring the Amazon campus to Queens, New York, they may in fact be pulling out of the city.
  • In Lexington, according to Lexington ARA:

Protestors shut down Main Street during game day traffic yesterday in front of the Lexington Police Department headquarters over the assault of a 16 year old black autistic boy by police chaplain Donovan Stewart at Fayette Mall. The street was held for three minutes, one for each time Stewart punched the kid.

Lidya Azad 发布于 2019年2月5日周二

In 2018, there were 20 major work stoppages involving 485,000 workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The number of major work stoppages beginning in 2018 was the highest since 2007 (21 major work stoppages). The number of workers involved was the highest since 1986 (533,000 workers).

That’s gonna do it for us today, enjoy the conversation, but first, here are some upcoming events.

Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, February 13th: Denver Anarchist Black Cross and a variety of other anarchist, radical, and abolitionist groups are coming together to a letter-writing party. Info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Join the Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worchester, MA, for a week long gathering. More info here.
  • August 16th – 18th: Indigenous Anarchist Conference in Occupied Flagstaff, Arizona. Info here.
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Welcome, to This Is America, February 9th, 2019. In this episode, we discuss and pull apart the State of the Union speech, looking at Trump’s claims regarding how good “our” economy is doing, his continuing cries for race war and a border wall, Welcome, to This Is America, February 9th, 2019. In this episode, we discuss and pull apart the State of the Union speech, looking at Trump’s claims regarding how good “our” economy is doing, his continuing cries for race war and a border wall, his demand for complete impunity, and the meaning of his denouncing of […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 54:19
The Changing Face of Empire: Peter Gelderloos Reflects on 2018 https://itsgoingdown.org/gelderloos-2018/ Sat, 09 Feb 2019 00:05:46 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=162993 https://itsgoingdown.org/gelderloos-2018/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/gelderloos-2018/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/gelderloos-2018/">The Changing Face of Empire: Peter Gelderloos Reflects on 2018</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, once again we are joined by long time anarchist author, organizer, and theorist, Peter Gelderloos. In this discussion, we look back over the past year, talk about Peter’s recent essay on CrimethInc., and discuss the possible future direction of autonomous social movements. Like CrimethInc’s idea of […]</p> The post The Changing Face of Empire: Peter Gelderloos Reflects on 2018 appeared first on It's Going Down.

On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, once again we are joined by long time anarchist author, organizer, and theorist, Peter Gelderloos. In this discussion, we look back over the past year, talk about Peter’s recent essay on CrimethInc., and discuss the possible future direction of autonomous social movements.

Like CrimethInc’s idea of the State as a “hot potato,” Gelderloos contends that the current terrain of crisis, growing antagonisms, and rising populisms, is generating a potentially very disruptive and chaotic time for State power – which in turn creates danger for the rest of us, along with new contradictions and crises that revolutionaries can potentially intervene within. As Gelderloos wrote in Diagnostic of the Future:

At the level of specific nation-states, the central ground that allowed for a broad social consensus for many decades has all but eroded. There are growing movements on the right to reformulate the social contract—and, at the farthest fringes, to do away with democracy entirely—while the left is preparing a groundswell to renew democracy and smooth out its contradictions by renewing the dream of universal inclusion and equality. Both of these movements suggest that democracy as it currently exists cannot continue.

Meanwhile, the global financial crisis of 2008 has not been resolved, but simply staved off through the massive privatization of public resources and the creation of new, even larger financial bubbles to temporarily absorb excess capital. Capitalism desperately needs a new territory to which to expand. Whatever strategy capitalists adopt will need to offer an exponential growth in profitable investment opportunities and a solution to the mass unemployment that could afflict more than half the global labor force as Artificial Intelligence and robotization renders them redundant.

These two crises are intimately connected. Capitalists will support the governmental models that protect their interests, whereas only the State can open new territories for capital accumulation and quell the resistance that always arises.

Looking back at 2018, we discuss the Trump administration’s continuing policy of “economic nationalism,” trade war, and protectionism, as well as what the future holds for both Trump and Trumpism. We also touch on the continued role of far-Right in US politics, the potential for world war, as well as the growing danger of climate change. Finally, we end with a look towards the future and a discussion on some of they key tasks in front of us as a revolutionary autonomous movement, facing down everything from techno-dystopia to climate chaos.

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, once again we are joined by long time anarchist author, organizer, and theorist, Peter Gelderloos. In this discussion, we look back over the past year, talk about Peter’s recent essay on CrimethInc., On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, once again we are joined by long time anarchist author, organizer, and theorist, Peter Gelderloos. In this discussion, we look back over the past year, talk about Peter’s recent essay on CrimethInc., and discuss the possible future direction of autonomous social movements. Like CrimethInc’s idea of […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:11:18
This Is America #57: The Flower of Revolt https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-57-the-flower-of-revolt/ Wed, 06 Feb 2019 08:49:55 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=162873 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-57-the-flower-of-revolt/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-57-the-flower-of-revolt/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-57-the-flower-of-revolt/">This Is America #57: The Flower of Revolt</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, February 5th, 2019 A lot has been happening over the last few days. First up, at Rock Stone Mountain on Saturday in Georgia, hundreds of antifascist, anarchist, socialist, an anti-capitalist groups converged to celebrate the canceling of a KKK and neo-Nazi rally that was originally called to protest the potential […]</p> The post This Is America #57: The Flower of Revolt appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, February 5th, 2019

A lot has been happening over the last few days. First up, at Rock Stone Mountain on Saturday in Georgia, hundreds of antifascist, anarchist, socialist, an anti-capitalist groups converged to celebrate the canceling of a KKK and neo-Nazi rally that was originally called to protest the potential removal of Confederate statues at the park.

White nationalist rally organizers in the lead up to the event began to predictably attack each other and a few days before the rally was to be held, the organizer pulled out, citing that people should instead carry out a “lone wolf” strategy of terror with 3-5 people acting in small cells. Ironically, the same rally organizer groaned, “I don’t even know 3-5 people I can trust.”

As it turned out, the KKK and neo-Nazis were a total no show, as hundreds of antifascists marched in Georgia, a small contingent on the outside of the march was well armed, and people report no problems from the police. A KKK effigy was burned, speeches were held, and people then called it a day. There were no arrests. Check out our interview with three FLOWER Coalition organizers later in the program for an in-depth interview.

At the Metropolitian Department of Corrections in Brooklyn, over the weekend a revolt broke out on both sides of the walls, as word spread that power and heat had been cut off inside the facility, and inmates were living in horrific and frigid conditions. In response, an occupation began outside, with people spending the night on Saturday and issuing a call-in campaign. By Sunday morning, the crowd had grown and people attempted to storm the lobby of the facility, only to be pushed by by police pepper spray. There were also reports of guards using tear gas on inmates. Instead of scaring more people off, the clashes only made the insurgency grow, and people continued to push for relief for prisoners inside, while also communicating with them back and forth.

By Sunday night, the crowd had managed to force the State to mobilize resources to get the power back up and running in most of the facility, as it also brought in and distributed hand warmers and portable heaters. As of this writing it still appears that the heat is still not working completely, however people remain outside the facility, pushing until their demands are completely met. On Tuesday, guards put up a large fence, a huge light to stop protesters from communicating via flashlight with inmates, and built up their presence. In court it was also revealed that the prison had extra warm clothing, but refused to distribute it because it was a commissary item and “the computers were down.”

While the situation remains fluid, by creating a situation that was slipping out of control of the hands of the guards and the police, on both sides of the prison walls, people forced the State to act. But we should keep in mind this was simply to compile with their own rules. If this experience teaches us anything, it’s that we have the power to create a real state of exception; a situation out of their control where we have the power, and with that power we can do away with the institutions that create and maintain these conditions in the first place.

On Monday, a group of Catholic Workers shut off valves connected to the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota. According to Unicorn Riot:

Today four people calling themselves the “Four Necessity Valve turners” shut down Enbridge’s Line 3 and Line 4 tar sands oil pipelines in Minnesota citing “imminent and irreversible damage being done to the planet.” The activists entered pipeline service locations and advised Enbridge of their intention to stop the flow of oil by shutting down the safety valves. Enbridge eventually manually shut down both the Line 3 and 4 tar sands pipelines. The ‘four necessity valve turners’…documented their action in a live feed filled with prayer, song, and an encounter with law enforcement, with one officer who came on them with their gun drawn. The four identified themselves as Catholic Workers and farmers and said they wanted to defend life against the fossil fuel “industry that benefits the few in the expense of all life.”

In the past, other valve turners have successfully argued in court that their actions have been based on the need to take action in the face of drastic climate change – so much so that past valve turners have gotten off with no charges. The anti-pipeline activists are scheduled to come before a judge on Wednesday, but supporters are calling on others to call the jail stating:

PLEASE CALL THE JAIL AND DEMAND BRENNA CUSSEN-ANGLADA BE GIVEN THE MEDICATION SHE NEEDS. Itasca County Jail: 218-327-2875

Speaking of the Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, according to The Intercept:

Minnesota police have spent 18 months preparing for a major standoff over Enbridge Line 3, a tar sands oil pipeline that has yet to receive the green light to build in the state. Records obtained by The Intercept show that law enforcement has engaged in a coordinated effort to identify potential anti-pipeline camps and monitor individual protesters, repeatedly turning for guidance to the North Dakota officials responsible for the militarized response at Standing Rock in 2016.

Enbridge, a Canada-based energy company that claims to own the world’s longest fossil fuel transportation network, has labeled Line 3 the largest project in its history. If completed, it would replace 1,031 miles of a corroded existing pipeline that spans from Alberta’s tar sands region to refineries and a major shipping terminal in Wisconsin, expanding the pipeline’s capacity by hundreds of thousands of barrels per day.

The expanded Line 3 would pass through the territories of several Ojibwe bands in northern Minnesota, home to sensitive wild rice lakes central to the Native communities’ spiritual and physical sustenance. Given that tar sands are among the world’s most carbon-intensive fuel sources, Line 3 opponents underline that the pipeline is exactly the kind of infrastructure that must be rapidly phased out to meet scientists’ prescriptions for mitigating climate disasters.

But despite the repressive build up, resistance is still breaking out everywhere. In Virginia’s Pittslyvania County, authorities claim that over $500,000 worth of arson damage was done to an earth mover working on constructing the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

As one article stated:

The machine was located on the site of the Mountain Valley pipeline construction right of way, and the machine suffered approximately $500,000 in damage. 

The fire marshall said that the fire was set intentionally. There were no reported injuries or damage to nearby equipment at the site, according to authorities. 

Meanwhile in Georgia:

Vandals splashed what looked like a bucket’s worth of deep red paint on the Confederate monument in downtown Decatur over the weekend, but on Monday morning city workers cleaned most of the paint away.

Blue paint was also discovered on a German naval artillery cannon from World War I that is located on the other side of the old County Courthouse in Decatur Square. A second cannon was also splashed with green paint.

In Washington state at the Coyote Correctional Facility, over 1,500 inmates have launched a hunger strike over food conditions, while along the border in Texas, people marched in support against an encampment set up to fight border wall construction that threatens Native sacred sites, animal habitat, and people’s homes.

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In Toronto, tenants are occupying an apartment complex in order to not lose affordable housing, and in Virginia, demonstrations were recently held against the Mountain Valley Pipeline and for the Governor to resign in aftermath of photos surfacing showing him dressed in racist costumes.

In Sacramento, new documents released during the ongoing trial of three antifascists of color who face felonies after being attacked by neo-Nazis in Sacramento in 2016 reveal that the FBI began to investigate the small bay area based Marxist-Leninist group BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) due to their belief that the organization would violate the rights of KKK members and neo-Nazis. The documents revealed a department obsessed with investigating each and every group organizing against the status quo in the Trump era while giving a green light to far-Right violence.

General Motors began a round of mass layoffs while will lead to the closure of 5 plants in both the US and Canada and the destruction of over 14,000 jobs, meanwhile in Matamoros, Mexico tens of thousands of maquiladora workers remain on strike, after having thrown out their union bosses, and according to one report, are costing the bosses “$40-$50 million in losses per day.” They are also attempting to make connections with US workers at a time when US and Canadian unions are pushing xenophobic and Nativist ads and campaigns along lines of economic nationalism, when workers across Canada, the US, and Mexico could be teaming up and launching a massive strike to cripple the company.

That is going to do it for us today, we will see you next time, and enjoy the interview.

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Welcome, to This Is America, February 5th, 2019 A lot has been happening over the last few days. First up, at Rock Stone Mountain on Saturday in Georgia, hundreds of antifascist, anarchist, socialist, an anti-capitalist groups converged to celebrate th... Welcome, to This Is America, February 5th, 2019 A lot has been happening over the last few days. First up, at Rock Stone Mountain on Saturday in Georgia, hundreds of antifascist, anarchist, socialist, an anti-capitalist groups converged to celebrate the canceling of a KKK and neo-Nazi rally that was originally called to protest the potential […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 35:27
This Is America #56: LA Tenants Occupy Apartment; Chicago Organizes to Keep Warm https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-56-la-tenants-occupy-apartment-chicago-organizes-to-keep-warm/ Sat, 02 Feb 2019 14:23:38 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=162794 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-56-la-tenants-occupy-apartment-chicago-organizes-to-keep-warm/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-56-la-tenants-occupy-apartment-chicago-organizes-to-keep-warm/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-56-la-tenants-occupy-apartment-chicago-organizes-to-keep-warm/">This Is America #56: LA Tenants Occupy Apartment; Chicago Organizes to Keep Warm</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, February 2nd, 2019. In this episode, we bring you two important interviews. The first is with a participant in the LA Tenants Union, a growing direct action based organization that is centered around neighborhood locals which fight landlords, evictions, and gentrification. In our discussion, we talk about how the group […]</p> The post This Is America #56: LA Tenants Occupy Apartment; Chicago Organizes to Keep Warm appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, February 2nd, 2019.

In this episode, we bring you two important interviews. The first is with a participant in the LA Tenants Union, a growing direct action based organization that is centered around neighborhood locals which fight landlords, evictions, and gentrification. In our discussion, we talk about how the group occupied an apartment to resist the eviction of a family, as well as the context of the fight against rising rents and gentrification in LA.

Next, we talk with representatives from groups such as Chicago IWOC, the Libertarian Socialist Caucus, the General Defense Committee, and Tenants United of Hyde Park and Woodlawn, who all came together to organize an autonomous shelter with the help of people at Flood’s Hall, in the face of the deadly cold front which hit the city this week.

We discuss how the different anarchist and autonomous groups came together, organized, fundraised, and set about creating an autonomous shelter and warming space. Beyond talking about nuts and bolts, we discussed the power of networks, thoughts on dual power, and how this energy could be utilized in future projects.

Lastly, during our discussion segment, we talk about the arrest of Roger Stone, a new anti-strike bill aimed at teachers in Oklahoma, looking at the end of the shutdown, and much more.

That’s gonna do it for us this time around, until next time, we will see you soon!

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Welcome, to This Is America, February 2nd, 2019. In this episode, we bring you two important interviews. The first is with a participant in the LA Tenants Union, a growing direct action based organization that is centered around neighborhood locals whi... Welcome, to This Is America, February 2nd, 2019. In this episode, we bring you two important interviews. The first is with a participant in the LA Tenants Union, a growing direct action based organization that is centered around neighborhood locals which fight landlords, evictions, and gentrification. In our discussion, we talk about how the group […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 2:04:14
This Is America #55: The “Smart” Wall and Counter-Insurgency https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-55-the-smart-wall-and-counter-insurgency/ Wed, 30 Jan 2019 12:09:34 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=162537 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-55-the-smart-wall-and-counter-insurgency/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-55-the-smart-wall-and-counter-insurgency/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-55-the-smart-wall-and-counter-insurgency/">This Is America #55: The “Smart” Wall and Counter-Insurgency</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, January 30th, 2018. In this episode we have several interviews. The first is with someone from Oakland IWOC, who discusses the recent successful hunger strike and call-in campaigns at Corcoran Prison, located in the Central Valley of California. In a recent update, IWOC on Twitter wrote: On Monday 1/28, Day […]</p> The post This Is America #55: The “Smart” Wall and Counter-Insurgency appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, January 30th, 2018.

In this episode we have several interviews. The first is with someone from Oakland IWOC, who discusses the recent successful hunger strike and call-in campaigns at Corcoran Prison, located in the Central Valley of California. In a recent update, IWOC on Twitter wrote:

On Monday 1/28, Day 20 of the hungerstrike in Corcoran 3C, the warden came to the negotiating table. As a result, two of the demands have been met and the hungerstrike has been suspended. Strikers are now getting packages, full canteen privileges and are negotiating a yard schedule. Negotiations to end the lockdown and restore visitation are yet to come. Stay tuned! DIRECT ACTION GETS THE GOODS!

Next up, we talk to members of the Richmond IWW about the recent actions by teachers in Virginia that are part of a growing wave of education strikes across the US.

For our last interview, we talk with some folks from Red and Black Women’s Self-Defense Front VD, who were on the ground in Boston when people come together to kick out neo-Nazi from disrupting the Women’s March.

Lastly, we conclude with a discussion that touches on the recent back and forth debate on workplace organizing as well as critically analyze the differences in Trump’s proposal “wall” along the border and Democrats so-called “smart wall.”

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

Living and Fighting

  • The strike in Matamoros, Mexico continues, as workers in Detroit are planning a solidarity rally with them, thus linking the struggle together. As the Anarchist Communism Group wrote:

In the USA, workers are organising to support the strike in Mexico and against the shutdown of their own plants, with plans for a demonstration in Detroit on February 9th. This shows that workers can realise that they have the same class interests, despite borders and despite talk of a Wall. Whilst union leaders spout about forfeiting wage rises and bonuses to “save jobs”, Matamoros workers marched to the border crossing between their city and Brownsville, just over the border in Texas, in a bid to win the solidarity of US workers.

  • In the face of drastic cold, in Chicago, groups like Little Village Solidarity Network, GDC and the Libertarian Socialist Caucus are gathering warming supplies and distributing them throughout the city. They have already raised over $4K, but every dollar donated will go to help people most impact by the drastic cold front. Pay pal them here.
  • A West Virginia teacher strike may be back on, as teachers in Mingo county have just cast a strike vote, which is expected to pass.
  • In Columbus, Ohio, people vandalized new parking meters in the downtown, allowing essentially free parking until they are fixed.
  • Proud Boys and “Warriors for Christ” were run off from a Detroit area library. The far-Right goons showed up to protest drag queens reading stories to kids.
  • In Portland, people held an anti-ICE rally.
  • Antifascist music festivals in Portland, Oregon and Brooklyn, New York went off without a hitch, and despite threats from Patriot Prayer in Portland, did not see any uninvited guests.
  • The Inland Empire chapter of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement participated in a drop of fresh water and supplies at the border for crossing migrants.
  • In Chicago, people made quick work of neo-Nazi flyers.
  • Members of TANC in Oakland are out in force organizing around public housing. If you are a power hungry proletarian and want to get involved, check them out and the work that they do.
  • Anti-ICE demonstration took place at the Bristol County Jail.
  • In Los Angeles, people with the LA Tenants Union are occupying an apartment in order to stop the sheriff from evicting a family.
  • In Gainesville, Florida, the local IWOC chapter is celebrating after more contracts with prison slave labor are going up in smoke.
  • Tensions remain high at the Unist’ot’en camp, with Native people denoucing the actions of the RCMP and resource extraction companies. Check out recent updates and statements from the Unist’ot’en camp as well as video dispatches from Sub.Media.

That’s gonna do it for us today, enjoy the interviews and we will see you next time.

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Welcome, to This Is America, January 30th, 2018. In this episode we have several interviews. The first is with someone from Oakland IWOC, who discusses the recent successful hunger strike and call-in campaigns at Corcoran Prison, Welcome, to This Is America, January 30th, 2018. In this episode we have several interviews. The first is with someone from Oakland IWOC, who discusses the recent successful hunger strike and call-in campaigns at Corcoran Prison, located in the Central Valley of California. In a recent update, IWOC on Twitter wrote: On Monday 1/28, Day […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:41:54
Hard Pill To Swallow: Mapping A Response to the Opioid Crisis https://itsgoingdown.org/hard-pill-to-swallow/ Sun, 27 Jan 2019 23:36:47 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=162468 https://itsgoingdown.org/hard-pill-to-swallow/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/hard-pill-to-swallow/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/hard-pill-to-swallow/">Hard Pill To Swallow: Mapping A Response to the Opioid Crisis</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>“You came for us at birth with pills in hand Told us we were unbalanced, told us you had a plan Another institution, another padded cell, another induced psychosis, another hell. You can run, you can hide but never close your eyes Beware the sands of time, they’re on our side.” -Tragedy In the last […]</p> The post Hard Pill To Swallow: Mapping A Response to the Opioid Crisis appeared first on It's Going Down.

“You came for us at birth with pills in hand
Told us we were unbalanced, told us you had a plan
Another institution, another padded cell, another induced psychosis, another hell.

You can run, you can hide but never close your eyes
Beware the sands of time, they’re on our side.”

-Tragedy

In the last several weeks, it was announced that people in the United States are now more likely to die from an opioid overdose than from a car accident. While this revelation is staggering, the opioid and overdose crisis in the US has been building for some time, claiming the lives of over 200 people per day according to US government tracking, and impacting communities across the country. Wanting to know more about the growing crisis, how the State is both responding to it in rhetoric as well as policy, and how communities are responding on a grassroots and autonomous level, we caught up with Codi, an anarchist and someone that works with people in recovery as an opioid specialist, on top of being someone with an intimate understanding of the crisis from her own lived experiences.

During our conversation we cover a lot of ground. We start off looking at some of the causes of the widespread use of opioids, which was primarily pushed by doctors at the bequest of large pharmaceutical corporations starting in the late 1990s. With many Americans working jobs that often involve repetitive motions; whether sitting at a desk, the turning of a wheel, or standing for long periods of time in a retail store, the medical solution to pain for millions of people has became prescription to opioids.

But this reliance on legal opioids has also led to an explosion of overdoses, addiction, and people over time seeking harder drugs on the streets. With the introduction of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, (which according to the Center for Disease Control is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine), overdoses have continued to sky rocket. As one report wrote:

Drug overdose deaths in the US topped 72,000 in 2017, according to new provisional estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This staggering figure translates into about 200 drug overdose deaths every day, or about one every eight minutes. The new CDC estimates are 6,000 deaths more than 2016 estimates, a rise of 9.5 percent.

As studies have shown, cities and regions hit the hardest by the opioid crisis are those that have failed to recover from the economic collapse of 2009 and the continuing degradation of corporate neoliberalism. As one report stated, being in poverty assured that a person was, “Over twice as likely to have has an opioid use disorder.”

Hit hardest have been places in the Midwest, New England, and across Appalachia. As one report from the federal government wrote:

Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states. The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from July 2016 through September 2017.

But while people died, became addicted to opioids, and then hit the streets to find something even stronger, the big pharmaceutical companies recorded record profits. As one report concluded:

[T]he three companies involved in the distribution of opioids in Missouri and across the country reaped extraordinary profits. According to the report,“[E]ach recorded 2017 revenue in excess of $125 billion and ranked within the top 15 companies on the 2017 Fortune 500 list.”

As the crisis has grown, politicians in both parties have jumped at the opportunity to use it as a talking point in recent political campaigns, however have largely done nothing to offer tangible aid to those in desperate need of programs and support. Legislation passed in the September of 2018 focused largely on more money for law enforcement and not on recovery.

This means billions for police to become further militarized along with more people in prison, and in the case of cities like Baltimore, an epicenter of drug sales that supply rural regions such as in the nearby Virginas, in means police in a wide area attempting to crack down against largely black communities, in response to a rise in opioid overdoses in what are often largely working and middle class white communities. Trump (and Democrats) have also used the threat of the importation of drugs like fentanyl to call for the drastic militarization of the US/Mexico border.

While this ‘tough on crime’ response mirrors that of the State’s answer to the crack-cocaine epidemic that destroyed African-American communities (largely due to the US government flooding them with drugs in order to raise money to send the anti-Communist ‘Contras’), the fact that it is being referred to at all as a crisis that needs to be combated it evident that so many white people are dying of overdoses.

This contradiction lays bare the inability of the State to address the overdose crisis across the board and shows that its only interest is in maintaining an increasing level of counter-insurgency against the poor broadly but against black and brown populations specifically. Ultimately, such policies seek to play on the fears of reactionary white workers, but in the end offer no tangible benefits or solutions to the crisis at hand, other than the knowledge that police are kicking in less doors of whites than they are African-Americans or Latinos.

The crisis also highlights other realities and contradictions of American capitalism: a medical industry more interested in profit than human lives, an economic system that produces sick and injured people in need of medication to be able to function, and a government that sees a drug crisis as an opportunity to increase counter-insurgency techniques and mass incarceration.

With these realities in mind, we end our conversation by discussing what a grassroots, community based, and autonomous response to the crisis might begin to look like. Using the concepts of harm-reduction and programs like needle-exchange as a reference point, we flesh out these ideas, while talking about basic things that people can begin to do, like attending trainings on overdose prevention and learning to use the overdose prevention drug, Narcan.

Correction: This interview states that one can overdose on fentanyl just by touching it, where many doctors dispute this claim.

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“You came for us at birth with pills in hand Told us we were unbalanced, told us you had a plan Another institution, another padded cell, another induced psychosis, another hell. You can run, you can hide but never close your eyes Beware the sands of t... “You came for us at birth with pills in hand Told us we were unbalanced, told us you had a plan Another institution, another padded cell, another induced psychosis, another hell. You can run, you can hide but never close your eyes Beware the sands of time, they’re on our side.” -Tragedy In the last […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 44:10
This Is America #54: Strike While the Iron Is Hot https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-54-strike-while-the-iron-is-hot/ Thu, 24 Jan 2019 01:20:32 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=162204 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-54-strike-while-the-iron-is-hot/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-54-strike-while-the-iron-is-hot/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-54-strike-while-the-iron-is-hot/">This Is America #54: Strike While the Iron Is Hot</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, January 23rd, 2018. This weekend, people celebrated J20. It was a time of critical reflection and looking back, of celebrating the defeat of a lengthy court battle and the power of collective solidarity in the face of State repression. We also saw groups across the country take part in a […]</p> The post This Is America #54: Strike While the Iron Is Hot appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, January 23rd, 2018.

This weekend, people celebrated J20. It was a time of critical reflection and looking back, of celebrating the defeat of a lengthy court battle and the power of collective solidarity in the face of State repression. We also saw groups across the country take part in a call to action high lighting mutual aid and survival programs.

Yet at the same time as we speak, there are several important trials which have gone much more under the radar, playing out across the US. This includes the ongoing Vaughn 17 trial, which has entered into its second block and will decide the fates of a group of prison rebels who launched an uprising early in 2017. For updates see the Support Vaughn 17 website here.

In North Carolina, anti-racist organizers are also dealing with a series of charges steaming from the toppling of the Silent Sam Confederate statue. In Sacramento, California, three anti-fascists of color still face potential felony charges for defending themselves in the face of the neo-Nazi Golden State Skinheads gang, armed with knives and handguns in June of 2016. After the bloody clashes which left several antifascists nearly killed, the police worked openly with neo-Nazi skinheads in an attempt to identify and prosecute protesters they considered Black liberation and antifascist activists.

Finally in Arizona, the first in a series of trials around No More Deaths humanitarian volunteers has concluded, with four people being found sadly guilty of misdemeanors for simply leaving water and food out on public lands on the US side of the border, and for also using dirt roads everyday citizens are supposed to not have access to. In court, border patrol agents and others used a wide variety of “woke” language and arguments to portray No More Deaths volunteers as a threat to the natural environment.

In this episode we talk with a supporter of No More Deaths about the trial. While this interview was recorded right before the guilty verdict was read, it still gives you an inside glimpse into the State’s strategy: one not based around demonizing a political ideology like anarchism or a tactic like the black bloc, but instead appropriating “environmental” talking points in order to justify policies that result in the mass death of migrant workers.

This is also a push that came from key officials within State agencies. As MuckRock wrote:

Newly obtained documents have revealed the efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in addition to U.S. Border Patrol, to push for their prosecution. NMD is a group that seeks to prevent migrant death from dehydration and starvation by leaving water, food and clothing in the desert areas where over 3,000 migrants have died en route to the U.S. since 2000.

The Intercept obtained documents through a FOIA request with USFWS, which show the role that key officials in that office have played in pushing for the prosecution of activists on the grounds that their activities undermine environmental conservation efforts.

Next we switch gears and talk with two people who have been out on the picket lines in Los Angeles during the teacher’s strike. One person is a member of SGV Mutual Aid Society and Black Rose and the other is a substitute teacher that is also a member of the teacher’s union. In this interview, we talk about conditions in LA schools, the effects of racial capital’s organization of everyday life, the push towards privatization, and how the teacher’s strike is growing into a social strike, involving tens of thousands of students not reporting to work, strikers pushing back against scabs, mass marches, and students also issuing their own demands, such as police out of public schools. As this is being published, it appears that workers and the administration have reached a tentative agreement to end the strike, however time will tell if this was the best decision. Already, other cities in California and in Colorado and Virginia are also gearing up to strike, so hopefully lessons learned from Los Angeles can also translate to these new sites of struggle.

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

Living and Fighting

This weekend, while groups across the US were organizing J20 mutual aid and survival events, other comrades were busy defending their cities against Proud Boys and Alt-Right trolls.

  • In DC, DC Direct Action News reports that various Alt-Right types were seen handing out flyers within a larger anti-choice march. The next day:

Several MAGA-hatted disruptors joined a few anti-abortion leftovers from the so-called “march for life” the previous day in heckling the gigantic Women’s March. One of them was a confirmed fascist who was present at the Jan 5th Jovi Val event…they quickly left when an antifa activsts started pointing at them chanting “Nazis OUT!” only to reappear at the White House embedded in a MAGA-hatted pro-GOP of maybe a dozen or so. Women’s March participants quickly surrounded and isolated that GOP and fascist appearance, making them almost completely ineffective.

  • In Boston, members of “Resist Marxism,” a front group for neo-Nazi crews like Patriot Front and American Guard, attempted to protest and attack the Women’s March, decked out in SS style helmets, but were quickly routed by antifascists and driven out of the park and forced to ride home in a police paddy wagon for protection.
  • In Portland, a mix of about 20 Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy members zig-zaged around the city, trying to start fights with different groups of people while generally harassing the public. They were by and large rebuffed by antifascists and counter-protesters, however their rhetoric around violence, weapons, and night time attacks is increasing, as well as their attempt at assaults. Check out our next episode, for a more detailed run down. Check this threat for a blow by blow.
  • In Miami-Dade, over the MLK weekend, in what is becoming a yearly tradition, BMX and 4-wheeler enthusiasts from across the country and the region converged in Florida to ride un-permitted motor-bikes in the streets in the annual, #BikesUpGunsDown ride, which encourages an end to intercommunal violence and promotes outlaw motor-bike culture. This year, police across various agencies clamped down on the ride making several violent arrests, while riders fought back, at times kicking police cars and clashing with officers. A protest was also organized outside of a housing complex that local residents are fighting to keep open, which was also connected to the larger #BikesUpGunsDown convergence, and was attacked by a white vigilante brandishing a gun and yelling racial slurs.

  • In other news, IWOC Gainesville continues to held demonstrations against local government contracts with prison slave labor.
  • In Sacramento, local antifascists put up flyers in the neighborhood of a local neo-Nazi that was involved in the violent stabbing attack in June of 2016.
  • In New York, anarchists rallied in support of Anna Chambers and her case against the NYPD.
  • Members of the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) held a noise demo in support of prisoners who launched a hunger strike in response to the government shutdown.
  • In LA, a banner was dropped in solidarity with antifascists facing charges in Sacramento.
  • In Tempe, Arizona, anarchists dropped a banner against the recent police murder of 14 year old Antonio Arce along a bridge walkway.
  • The American Indian Movement (AIM) held a demonstration at the Diocese in Covington in Northern Kentucky, in the wake of the recent confrontation between MAGA youth and Indigenous Rights marchers.
  • In Pueblo, Colorado, antifascists made quick work Identity Evropa trash.
  • The Tiny House Warriors encampment is holding strong in the path of pipeline construction. Check out their Facebook for more updates.
  • In Austin, Texas, Confederate monuments were vandalized with anti-Confederate posters.
  • In Portland, radical and autonomous groups took part in MLK day events by organizing student and radical groups to take part.
  • Neo-Nazis were kicked out of recent Reagan Youth concert.
  • In LA, the Anti-Capitalist Feminist Coalition brought together anarchist and autonomous groups under a radical and non-electoral banner for the Women’s March on Saturday.
  • In so-called Minnesota, Anti-Colonial Land Defense continues actions against Line 3 and also for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, holding a variety of disruptive actions and marches in the last few weeks. Check out their Facebook page here.

  • Lastly, in a large and dynamic strike you probably haven’t heard about, and in the face of so-called union leadership, over 30,000 workers in maquiladoras in the area of Matamoros, which rests just on the tip of southern Texas, and provide a key link in the global supply chain that make parts for car factories, computers, and many other industries in the US, are on strike. According to one report the area where the strikes are taking place:

…has some of the highest economic growth in the country. Its economy is mainly based on trade with the United States and is a site of major industrial development due to the presence of the factories in the region. It is home to 122 companies dedicated primarily to exporting commodities to the United States, including cables, electrical components, parts and accessories for vehicles, textiles, chemical products, machinery and computer products.

Another report wrote:

Photos circulating on social media showed deserted factories and union bureaucrats struggling to keep production lines operating after workers put down their tools en masse. Over 50 factories have now stopped production as a result of the strike, costing corporations an estimated $100 million over the course of one week.

Workers in the area then launched a general strike, calling it, “A Day Without Workers“:

After refusing to show up to work, the auto parts and electrical workers held a massive march through the city of 500,000, chanting “we will win this fight no matter what,” “the workers united will never be defeated,” and “empty plants, a day without workers!”

Workers are also attempting to make common cause with US workers:

In the course of their struggle, the workers are instinctively seeking to form links across irrational nation-state boundaries. The rally was originally scheduled to take place in the town square, but was redirected in the course of the march when workers decided to march to the border crossing between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas so they could appeal to US workers as their class allies. As they were marching near the border, many demonstrators called on their US counterparts to join their struggle, chanting “gringos [Americans], wake up!”

Workers in Mexico, in the tens of thousands, are attempting to make common cause with American workers, as they know that many of the companies that they are refusing to make products for are also attacking US workers and shutting down production. Instead of pitting ourselves against each other like the union bureaucrats and politicians propose, we should be following the example of the Matamoros workers and attempting to find common linkages and ways to fight.

That’s gonna do it for us this week, enjoy the interviews and be sure to check out these upcoming events.

Upcoming Events

  • January 23rd: Defending Unist’ot’en Camp. Chicago. Info here.
  • January 25th and 26th: Black Flags Over Brooklyn Black Metal Festival. Info here.
  • January 26th: Anarchist participation in the Rojavan Revolution. Brooklyn, NY. Info here.
  • January 27th: Rally in Union Square in Solidarity with Rojava, 12 PM. San Francisco, CA.
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Welcome, to This Is America, January 23rd, 2018. This weekend, people celebrated J20. It was a time of critical reflection and looking back, of celebrating the defeat of a lengthy court battle and the power of collective solidarity in the face of State... Welcome, to This Is America, January 23rd, 2018. This weekend, people celebrated J20. It was a time of critical reflection and looking back, of celebrating the defeat of a lengthy court battle and the power of collective solidarity in the face of State repression. We also saw groups across the country take part in a […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:11:17