IT'S GOING DOWN https://itsgoingdown.org Anarchist News and Counter-Information Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:18:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://itsgoingdown.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/cropped-igdlogo-32x32.jpg IT'S GOING DOWN https://itsgoingdown.org 32 32 The IGDCAST is a weekly podcast of It's Going Down which features interviews with participants in social movements, struggles, rebellions, projects, and organizations. IT'S GOING DOWN yes IT'S GOING DOWN itunes@itsgoingdown.org itunes@itsgoingdown.org (IT'S GOING DOWN) IGDCAST IT'S GOING DOWN https://itsgoingdown.org/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/igd_square.jpg https://itsgoingdown.org This Is America #69: #FreeMasonique & #TheArizona3 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-69-freemasonique-thearizona3/ Sat, 20 Apr 2019 09:31:20 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=165567 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-69-freemasonique-thearizona3/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-69-freemasonique-thearizona3/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-69-freemasonique-thearizona3/">This Is America #69: #FreeMasonique & #TheArizona3</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, April 19th, 2019. In this episode, we present two interviews, one with someone involved in the #FreeMasonique campaign, which is fighting in Columbus, Ohio to get murder charges dropped against Masonique Saunders, who after police shot and killed her boyfriend, was incredibly charged, with his death. Join our national call […]</p> The post This Is America #69: #FreeMasonique & #TheArizona3 appeared first on It's Going Down.

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

In this episode, we present two interviews, one with someone involved in the #FreeMasonique campaign, which is fighting in Columbus, Ohio to get murder charges dropped against Masonique Saunders, who after police shot and killed her boyfriend, was incredibly charged, with his death.

We then talk to two people involved in the #Arizona3 case, which centers around three University of Arizona students who are facing charges simply for protesting the border patrol on their campus.

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

Living and Fighting:

In New Mexico, members of the far-Right border militia United Constitutional Patriots claim that they have apprehended and stopped upwards of 3,500 asylum seekers at the border, holding them at gun point, and then turning them over to Border Patrol. The leader of the militia claims that the stops are nothing more than “a verbal citizen’s arrest,” however videos show militia members running down women and children, who have just crossed many miles and are attempting to apply for asylum status, and corraling them with high powered weapons.

Emerging in 1924, the Border Patrol was an attempt by organized Nativist and white supremacist forces to police Mexican migrants on the border who worked heavily in US industry and agriculture. Historians have noted the high crossover between the early Border Patrol and formations of the Ku-Klux-Klan, its culture of brutality and harassment, and the ongoing legacy of violence. Shane Bauer, a journalist for Mother Jones, who infiltrated a border militia several years ago, also noted the degree in which Border Patrol and far-Right groups coordinate with each other.

Posting on Twitter, the account @leftkist has posted several videos from livestreams of the border militia as it detained migrants and forced them to wait for the border patrol to pick them up. In one video, a militia member hears a dog bark and says, “Those are border patrol dogs. Those dogs are hungry.” Gavin Clarkson, a former Trump appointee, was also recorded along side several highly armed militia members wearing masks. Members of the militia group state that they have more contacts within the Trump administration.

Meanwhile in New York, people held a march and rally in memory of the multiple young African-American men who have been found dead in the last few years under suspicious circumstances; all of them having been involved in the Ferguson Uprising.

Last night in New Haven, Connecticut, people took to the streets for the third night in a row in the wake of the police shooting of Stephanie Washington, who was sitting in her car, unarmed, with her boyfriend at the time when police unleashed a barrage of bullets at their vehicle, hitting Washington in the face, although she luckily survived. Police claim they were responding to a robbery call, and released nearby video contradicts their initial statements about the shooting and shows police coming out of their car and opening fire.

According to one report:

On Wednesday, protesters stormed the Hamden Police Department demanding [the officer who shot Stephanie] be fired and for officials to release bodycam video of the shooting. Other protests broke out Wednesday at the scene of the shooting in New Haven and outside the home of Yale President Peter Salovey.

At the Dekalb County Jail outside of Atlanta, Georgia, which It’s Going Down reported on last week, actions continued against horrific conditions. One group of prisoners placed up a sign that simply read: “MOLD” in their window. Members of the Teardown Community along with other groups handed out free food outside of the jail and collected stories, while a speak out event was organized this evening.

Upwards of 500 teens and young adults converged in Downtown Chicago as part of a flash mob. Police made upwards of 30 arrests. News outlets report that this is just the latest in a series of such “lawless” gatherings.

In Sacramento, antifascists wheatpasted up posters around the neighborhood of a local far-Right organizer, known for stating at a Joey Gibson rally that the heads of immigrants should be bashed into the concrete. They wrote on Facebook:

Last week we put up 40 Jeffrey Perrine posters in Orangevale and last night we put up another 30 in his neighborhood and his area of the town as well. We plan on heading out to Orangevale regularly to put these posters up in Jeffreys neighborhood and all over that town.

Meanwhile in Long Beach, California, tenants have launched a rent strike in the face of an eviction.

Finally, in Seattle students and faculty organized a walkout against cuts to community colleges.

Upcoming Events:

  • April 19th-21st: In Prescott, Arizona there is a three-day antifascist gathering called the Cliffrose Convergence at the Frantz Fanon Community Strategy Center being organized.
  • April 21st: Rally in Chicago against expansion of child detention complex. More info here.
  • April 27th: March against anti-immigrant rally in Huntington Beach. More info here.
  • April 28th: #AllOut to mobilize against white nationalist “Patriot” militia holding a rally in Long Beach. More info here.
  • On May 1st there are May Day actions happening around the world, be sure to watch IGD next week for info on upcoming May Day events.
  • May 4th: All Out Against Pegida. Toronto, Saturday, 1pm. More info here.
  • May 18th: Mobilize against American Renaissance conference. More info here.
  • Sunday, May 25th: Mobilize against the KKK in Downtown Dayton, OH. More info here.
  • May 18th – 19th: Come out to the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference (ROAR) in the bay area. More info here.
  • In June be on the lookout for ‘Running Down the Walls’ events happening across the world to benefit Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) chapters.
  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
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Welcome, to This Is America, April 19th, 2019. In this episode, we present two interviews, one with someone involved in the #FreeMasonique campaign, which is fighting in Columbus, Ohio to get murder charges dropped against Masonique Saunders, Welcome, to This Is America, April 19th, 2019. In this episode, we present two interviews, one with someone involved in the #FreeMasonique campaign, which is fighting in Columbus, Ohio to get murder charges dropped against Masonique Saunders, who after police shot and killed her boyfriend, was incredibly charged, with his death. Join our national call […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 47:05
Adolf & Algorithms: A Personal Journey Out of the Alt-Right https://itsgoingdown.org/between-adolf-algorithms-a-personal-journey-out-of-the-alt-right/ Thu, 18 Apr 2019 07:21:49 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=165537 https://itsgoingdown.org/between-adolf-algorithms-a-personal-journey-out-of-the-alt-right/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/between-adolf-algorithms-a-personal-journey-out-of-the-alt-right/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/between-adolf-algorithms-a-personal-journey-out-of-the-alt-right/">Adolf & Algorithms: A Personal Journey Out of the Alt-Right</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with Faraday Speaks, a YouTuber who has begun to share their personal journey out of the Alt-Right online world. While never involved in an organized group, Faraday’s story represents the experiences of many rank-n-file millennials who went from “edgy teens,” to video gamers excited […]</p> The post Adolf & Algorithms: A Personal Journey Out of the Alt-Right appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with Faraday Speaks, a YouTuber who has begun to share their personal journey out of the Alt-Right online world. While never involved in an organized group, Faraday’s story represents the experiences of many rank-n-file millennials who went from “edgy teens,” to video gamers excited by Gamergate, to radicalized Trump fans that were pushed towards fascism and ethno-nationalism.

Over the course of our discussion we cover:

  • The importance of YouTube as a force and path for far-Right radicalization.
  • The importance of gamer culture and Gamergate in the rise of the Alt-Right.
  • The use of websites like 8chan and 4chan as online organizing forums where mass murderers are presented as martyrs and strategy is discussed.
  • The role of Donald Trump among the wider Right.
  • The future of the far-Right and Alt-Right following the Unite the Right demonstrations and the 2020 elections.
  • The need for anti-capitalists and leftists to increase our capacity in making engaging video material. Contrapoints is presented as an example.
  • Looking at the growth of the Alt-Right as a public health crisis.

We hope that this interview offers an insight into the conditions, both online and off, that have given rise to the nihilism which has allowed the Alt-Right to present itself as a light in dark times.

More Info: Faraday Speaks YouTube channel and on Twitter.

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with Faraday Speaks, a YouTuber who has begun to share their personal journey out of the Alt-Right online world. While never involved in an organized group, In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we talked with Faraday Speaks, a YouTuber who has begun to share their personal journey out of the Alt-Right online world. While never involved in an organized group, Faraday’s story represents the experiences of many rank-n-file millennials who went from “edgy teens,” to video gamers excited […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:10:49
This Is America #68: From Dekalb County to John Hopkins University https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-68/ Fri, 12 Apr 2019 19:54:22 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=164947 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-68/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-68/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-68/">This Is America #68: From Dekalb County to John Hopkins University</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, April 12th, 2019. In this episode, first we talk with the mother of one of the young men who organized the protest inside of Dekalb County Jail outside of Atlanta, GA, and about the horrifying conditions they are fighting against. Thanks to the 9 new people who signed up today […]</p> The post This Is America #68: From Dekalb County to John Hopkins University appeared first on It's Going Down.

Welcome, to This Is America, April 12th, 2019.

In this episode, first we talk with the mother of one of the young men who organized the protest inside of Dekalb County Jail outside of Atlanta, GA, and about the horrifying conditions they are fighting against.

Next, we talk with two students who are involving in an ongoing sit-in at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, which currently is fighting several contracts to create a private police force and work with ICE.

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

Living and Fighting

  • Thanks to a push back campaign, Washington prison officials are backing off from banning prisoners from receiving used books in the mail.
  • In Portland, Oregon, Alt-Lite fading star Joey Gibson on Wednesday announced he, along with his dwindling army of unwanted toys, would crash a meeting of the Libertarian Socialist Caucus, although never showed up. On social media someone posted, “They made a big deal about coming and then rolled up to campus with like six people and got laughed at.”
  • Service workers across the University of California (UC) system went on strike, with students and community members showing solidarity. In Davis, California, UC strikers marched on the home of millionaire, Chancellor May.
  • In Arizona, demonstrations continued in support of the Arizona 3, students that are facing criminal charges for simply protesting the border patrol on campus. The protest which took place in mid-March drew viral anger from Right media, leading to cries for harsh punishment. Ironically, this all took place after Donald Trump signed an executive order about defending “free speech” on campus.
  • The son of a deputy in Louisiana has been arrested in connection to the burning of three historically Black churches. The suspect on social media stated that he was involved in the Asatru religion, which historically in the US has been heavily infiltrated by white nationalists and neo-Nazis. Other media outlets have pointed out that he may have also been inspired by white nationalist metal musicians like those depicted in the recent film, Lords of Chaos.
  • In Carbondale, Illinois, people have been protesting at city hall, demanding that the Mayor resign, after police purposely hid information about a domestic dispute at his home from the public. The Mayor, who opposed a recent plan to slash the police budget in half and use it towards social, job, and environmental programs, instead supports the police.
  • In Columbus, Ohio, last Sunday people marched to the jail to demand the release of Masonique Saunders, who is now facing felony murder chargers after police shot and killed her boyfriend.
  • In Minnesota, anti-Line 3 pipeline demonstrations continue, this time against Wells Fargo, one of the banks heavily investing in the project.
  • In Philly, actions took place against gentrification and banks supporting border infrastructure. As one communique read: “On the night of April 5th I sabotaged a Wells Fargo ATM using glue and a piece of credit card. Wells Fargo is part of the web of institutions and individuals that makes borders possible. Against borders and nations!”
  • Appalachians Against Pipelines continues their historic tree-sit in Virginia, having now lasted 220 days.
  • Tenants in the Columbia Heights area have launched of rent strike in the face of rats, mold, and other horrible conditions.
  • In Providence, New York, members of different chapters of the John Brown Gun Club teamed up to off supplies of food, water, and other items to those on the street. They were also joined by a medic, who was also able to provide aid. Another chapter in Missouri organized a Brake Light Clinic.
  • Members of the antifascist and anti-Zionist Jewish group, If Not Now, were able to interrupt a speech give by Trump at a recent rally. They chanted, “Jews are here to say, the Occupation is a plague. Jews are here to say, white nationalism is a plague.”
  • In Portland, Oregon, people held a demonstration and march for Andrew Gladen, a blind man who had been killed by the police in Janissary.
  • Warrants were issued for protesters who recently took part in a demonstration at a border patrol museum along the border.
  • In Massachusetts, two protesters were arrested as people disrupted a meeting between Sheriffs and ICE officials.

That’s gonna do it for us this week, but first, some upcoming events!

Upcoming Events:

  • April 19th-21st: In Prescott, Arizona there is a three-day antifascist gathering called the Cliffrose Convergence at the Frantz Fanon Community Strategy Center being organized.
  • April 28th: #AllOut to mobilize against white nationalist “Patriot” militia holding a rally in Long Beach. More info here.
  • May 4th: All Out Against Pegida. Toronto, Saturday, 1pm. More info here.
  • May 18th: Mobilize against American Renaissance conference. More info here.
  • Sunday, May 25th: Mobilize against the KKK in Downtown Dayton, OH. More info here.
  • May 18th – 19th: Come out to the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference (ROAR) in the bay area. More info here.
  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
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Welcome, to This Is America, April 12th, 2019. In this episode, first we talk with the mother of one of the young men who organized the protest inside of Dekalb County Jail outside of Atlanta, GA, and about the horrifying conditions they are fighting a... Welcome, to This Is America, April 12th, 2019. In this episode, first we talk with the mother of one of the young men who organized the protest inside of Dekalb County Jail outside of Atlanta, GA, and about the horrifying conditions they are fighting against. Thanks to the 9 new people who signed up today […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 2:23:48
Lessons From A Year of Striking Teacher Insurgency https://itsgoingdown.org/lessons-from-a-year-of-striking-teacher-insurgency/ Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:26:17 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=165235 https://itsgoingdown.org/lessons-from-a-year-of-striking-teacher-insurgency/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/lessons-from-a-year-of-striking-teacher-insurgency/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/lessons-from-a-year-of-striking-teacher-insurgency/">Lessons From A Year of Striking Teacher Insurgency</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 again caught up with Michael from the West Virginia Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). In 2018, we interviewed Michael several times as the initial strike in 2018 broke out in early March. The strike and the growing #Red4Ed movement was monumentous for several reasons, which […]</p> The post Lessons From A Year of Striking Teacher Insurgency appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we again caught up with Michael from the West Virginia Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). In 2018, we interviewed Michael several times as the initial strike in 2018 broke out in early March. The strike and the growing #Red4Ed movement was monumentous for several reasons, which we discuss in detail throughout our discussion. These include:

  • The initial push of the strike was self-organized; its organization coming out of worker run discussion forums on Facebook that ended up translating to on the ground action.
  • The action was technically “illegal,” as teachers were not allowed to go on strike. In the face of threats of the National Guard being called out, teachers held their ground.
  • Teachers and other education employees stood together in solidarity, and refused to be divided across job lines of teacher and bus drivers.
  • The strikes saw intense community support as teachers also organized to make sure that children who were missing school were also fed.
  • The strikers pushed back against attempts by union and DNC bureaucrats to return to work.
  • The West Virginia strike helped inspire a massive strike wave around the country in 2018. In fact, we saw more days lost to strike activity than we’ve seen in the US in decades.
  • Later in 2018, the State government tried to pass new laws flooding the state with charter schools, as a way to kill the unions – people went out on strike again and won.

As VICE wrote:

In 2018, 485,000 workers participated in what the Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies as a “major work stoppage,” up from just 25,000 in 2017. It was the first major increase in work stoppages in three decades, and it was nearly entirely driven by 379,000 teachers and other education workers, who accounted for 78 percent of all those who went out on strike.

Striking teachers have also been targeted by those in power, such as Donald Trump, Jr:

Teachers have become so synonymous with the word “strike” that Donald Trump Jr., at a recent rally in El Paso, called them socialists.

“You don’t have to be indoctrinated by these loser teachers who are trying to sell you on socialism from birth,” he said in February.

But regardless of what those in power say, the strikers in West Virginia have managed to give birth to a growing strike wave that doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, as teachers and other workers across the US respond to stagnant wages, the rising cost of living, the gig economy, and automation with action.

We hope that this conversation offers insight to the unfolding class war that took place in the schools, capitol grounds, and workplaces across West Virginia beyond, and informs the strikes yet to come.

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we again caught up with Michael from the West Virginia Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). In 2018, we interviewed Michael several times as the initial strike in 2018 broke out in early March. In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we again caught up with Michael from the West Virginia Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). In 2018, we interviewed Michael several times as the initial strike in 2018 broke out in early March. The strike and the growing #Red4Ed movement was monumentous for several reasons, which […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:04:34
This Is America #67: In the Face of the Storm https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-67-in-the-face-of-the-storm/ Sat, 06 Apr 2019 12:39:23 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=164880 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-67-in-the-face-of-the-storm/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-67-in-the-face-of-the-storm/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-67-in-the-face-of-the-storm/">This Is America #67: In the Face of the Storm</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, April 6th, 2019. On this show we feature an interview with someone from Wounded Knee, which is located within the Pine Ridge reservation, on Oglala Lakota land, about the recent flooding, the government response, self-organization in the face of the storm, and mutual aid relief efforts. To donate and learn […]</p> The post This Is America #67: In the Face of the Storm appeared first on It's Going Down.

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

On this show we feature an interview with someone from Wounded Knee, which is located within the Pine Ridge reservation, on Oglala Lakota land, about the recent flooding, the government response, self-organization in the face of the storm, and mutual aid relief efforts. To donate and learn more, go here.

We then feature a discussion on the growing crisis along the border and what it means that both Trump and the DHS are pushing for more power and draconian authority to intern, deport, and manage migrants and refugees.

All this and more, but first, let’s get to some headlines.

Living and Fighting

First in some bad news, there has been a slew of neo-Nazi and white nationalist attacks. First in Tennessee, there was an arson at the Highlander Research and Education Center, a long running hub for organizing in the South and in Appalachia. Found at the scene of the attack was a symbol once used by the Romanian Iron Guard, a fascist and violently anti-Semitic group which has been promoted almost entirely by Matthew Heimbach and the former Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP).

Meanwhile in Louisiana, there has also been a string of arson attacks against three black churches, while in Oklahoma City and in Maryland there have been racist graffiti attacks, as well as at the university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Meanwhile, new documents obtained by the Huffington Post show that:

Katie Gorka, a Trump administration political appointee in the Department of Homeland Security, suggested in a July 2017 email that the agency, which had just canceled funding for a group dedicated to deradicalizing white supremacists, redirect its efforts to focus on the real threat: anti-fascists.

On April 12th, independent truck drives are gearing up to launch a nation wide “slow down” action in response to new legislation, working conditions, and attacks on pay. As Business Insider wrote:

Truck drivers, whose salaries have plummeted by as much as 50% since the 1980s, feel that they’ve become less and less respected over time.

The April 12th action follows a series of other slow down actions across the US and is being organized over social media through the growing Black Smoke Matters movement, which is made up of a variety of groups and Facebook hubs. Central to the growth of the movement  has been widespread rejection of the electronic-logging-device (ELD) mandate and other regulations which drivers say make them more unsafe and negatively affects their pay. The ELD mandate has been supported by both parties as well as the (in trucker circles) much hated American Trucking Associations (ATA).

Black Smoke Matters shuts down I-95 in Washington in 2018.

The decrease in non-union trucking along with the passage of the Motor Carrier Act of 1980, has led to a drastic decrease in both the overpay of drivers and regulations ensuring good conditions. As pay decreased, drivers pushed themselves harder and harder to earn more per mile, which in turn led to some drivers getting into fatal accidents. The ELD mandate is an attempt by the state to solve this problem, but drivers still remain up against an industry that depends on selling low price consumer goods made possibly by under cutting workers.

This situation also is why many elites within the industry are pushing hard for complete automation and the growth of self-driving trucks which would displace a massive part of the US workforce. This displacement is excepted by the elites as inevitable and part of economic “progress.” As in Bob Woodward’s book, Fear, about the Trump presidency, Trump is warned by his economic advisors that under his reign, 25% of the American workforce would lose their jobs due to automation of trucking and other driving based careers.

Despite being called “domestic terrorists” by some truckers, no one doubts that trucking strikes can have enormous impacts on the economy, in which over 70% of freight is transported by trucks. If truck drivers struck for only a few days, it would mean that everything from gas stations to hospitals would run out of supplies.

In other labor news, the Burgerville Workers Union is now celebrating two more stores that have officially voted to join the union.

NO MVP: from a grandfather's heart: Scott Ziemer

In this video (text below), 69 year old, Scott Ziemer explains his emotional journey from a moment of awakening at age 10 to his present stand 50' aloft where he has joined Appalachians Against Pipelines' aerial blockade of the Mountain Valley fracked gas pipeline in Elliston, VA.To support Appalachians Against Pipelines go here: bit.ly/supportmvpresistanceAs a resident of Albemarle County and a Virginia resident for 59 years, Mr. Ziemer’s home is closer to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which he has worked to resist for many years. He has chosen to make his stand with the communities of SW Virginia as an act of solidarity with all Virginia rural communities, especially those currently being actively harmed by MVP construction. In this sense of solidarity and urgency, Mr. Ziemer represents many from the ACP resistance community.Mr. Ziemer states, “I am passionate about nature and the health of the world we humans share with all other living creatures.I have worked outside almost my entire life. First as a carpenter, then as a builder and facilitator of ropes courses, next as an arborist, then as an owner of an outdoor adventure business and now as a sailing instructor. As someone who has to watch the weather carefully to make a living I have experienced the slow but steady changes of weather patterns and seasonal shifts. As a careful observer of wildlife I have noticed fewer insects and birds.I feel these observable earth changes have been caused by our addiction to the burning of fossil fuels and the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. I have written letters to the editors. I have lobbied my representatives in Richmond. I have attended meetings, joined and created groups, gone to rallies and protests all in an attempt to raise awareness about the looming climate crisis.Now I have decided to take another action to help raise awareness about the urgency of addressing climate change. By occupying a tree sit in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline I am adding my voice to those who are trying to slow down and stop the burning of fossil fuels that are the primary cause of climate change.”TEXT OF VIDEO: MY HEART STORY: SCOTT ZIEMERMy Heart’s StoryWhen I was10 years old my father, a Naval Aviator, was transferred to Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach VA. And so our family moved to Norfolk. One sunny day my mother asked me to go outside and spray insecticide on Japanese Beetles that were infesting the rose bushes in the back yard. With poison spray in hand I went about my task. The beetles flew off after being sprayed probably to die somewhere else. Then a flash of movement in the center of the bush caught my eye and wondering what it was I put my face right down into a break in the foliage and peered inside. As my eyes adjusted to the dim light I saw another world. A beautiful complex tangle of branches and leaves, dappled sunlight, spider webs, bugs and, in the center of the bush, a bird’s nest. In it four baby birds, their necks outstretched, opened their mouths wide. So small. The parents leaving must have been what caught my eye.At that moment a realization sweep over me. The poison I was spraying could not be aimed at a single creature. My heart opened up with pain and a new vision of my backyard as a web of life. Knowing the interconnectedness of life stays in my heart even to this day. And this day. 59 years later on Friday, March 15, 2019 I stood at the Free Speech Wall in downtown Charlottesville Virginia to support my step grand daughters and hundreds of other children striking for the climate. As I watched this event, organized locally by an 11year old girl, I felt the rush of interconnectedness flow over me again. These young people are the baby birds of my youth. They are standing up, some with notes in hand, some speaking from their hearts, pleading for the adults in power to stop making excuses, stop delaying, and get to work to address climate change. All of our futures hang in the balance but they are the baby birds, they don’t control their world, adults do.This climate crisis was created mostly within one generation. If we start making decisions with the futures of these children in mind, we might avoid the worst of it. We all need to do some soul searching, and take action, not later NOW!It is my turn to take a stand, to let these children know that I hear them and will do all that I can to amplify their cries for sanity. I have decided to occupy a tree sit blocking the Mountain Valley Pipeline, MVP. I am humbly joining this great international movement to keep unnecessary fossil fuels in the ground. I am also protesting the illegal seizure of property by eminent domain for private gain for both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the MVP. For more information and to donate contact Appalachians Against Pipelines on their Facebook page. Become as active as you can with your busy life, then do something more, you won’t regret it.Scott Ziemerrelated media: https://www.roanoke.com/business/after-days-tree-sitters-are-still-standing-against-the-mountain/article_2e717f6c-2488-5ae9-9a55-dc6152afb9f9.html?fbclid=IwAR1eY4G_axzsRTuGrtNSOjxYvIFW7eDnTqR5BrIUVoAge99p91AuYfRB_Z4https://www.virginiafirst.com/news/local-news/new-pipeline-protester-joins-yellow-finch-tree-sitters/1899863481?fbclid=IwAR3d4HaQqfXeQi2IsqNIa95cNU50hWKC8M5Np5EEG6FLGBGx1z1UKs0BiOIhttps://www.wsls.com/news/virginia/new-river-valley/grandfather-joins-tree-sitters-in-protest-against-mountain-valley-pipeline?fbclid=IwAR3hhFKIDdFTmqhCoRFe2bQQvXTO0m8bgnC2lqMyUfImoq0J2WGqyQ6kTwo

Water is Life. Protect It. 发布于 2019年4月5日周五

In the southeast, the fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) continues with Appalachians against Pipelines writing:

The Yellow Finch tree sits have a new resident! Scott Ziemer, a 69-year-old grandfather from Virginia, has relieved one of the sitters and is occupying one of the tree sits to protect some of the last remaining trees in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). This blockade outside of Elliston has been blocking the MVP for 213 days and counting.

Scott says: “I have decided to take action to address the urgent issue of climate change and encourage others to do so as well. By occupying a tree sit in the path of the Mountain Valley pipeline, I am adding my voice to those who are fighting to slow down and stop the burning of fossil fuels, which are the primary cause of climate change.”

Scott’s home is close to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), which he has been fighting for many years. He is taking a stand with the communities of southwest Virginia as an act of solidarity with all those being harmed by MVP construction.

In other news, journalist Manuel Duran is fighting deportation after literally spending a year in jail for covering an immigration protest that shut down a freeway. In what is being reported as the staggering 26th police involved shooting in Atlanta this year, Oscar Cain was shot and killed by police and is remembered as a long time organizer against police violence. Cain’s death also marks yet another young African-American who was deeply involved in the Ferguson uprising who has died. In Panama City, Florida, hundreds of Hurricane Michael survivors face eviction as a FEMA program is scheduled to end. Finally in Kentucky, university students have launched a hunger strike for not being able to afford food.

That’s gonna do it for us today, enjoy the interview and the discussion, and we will see you soon!

Upcoming Events

  • April 19th-21st: In Prescott, Arizona there is a three-day antifascist gathering called the Cliffrose Convergence at the Frantz Fanon Community Strategy Center being organized.
  • April 28th: #AllOut to mobilize against white nationalist “Patriot” militia holding a rally in Long Beach. More info here.
  • May 4th: All Out Against Pegida. Toronto, Saturday, 1pm. More info here.
  • May 18th: Mobilize against American Renaissance conference. More info here.
  • Sunday, May 25th: Mobilize against the KKK in Downtown Dayton, OH. More info here.
  • May 18th – 19th: Come out to the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference (ROAR) in the bay area. More info here.
  • June 14th-17th: Fight Toxic Prisons conference. Gainesville, Florida. More info here.
  • June 19th: Mobilize against Nationalist Solutions conference. More info here.
  • August 3rd-11th: Institute for Advanced Trouble Making in Worcester, MA. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.
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Welcome, to This Is America, April 6th, 2019. On this show we feature an interview with someone from Wounded Knee, which is located within the Pine Ridge reservation, on Oglala Lakota land, about the recent flooding, the government response, Welcome, to This Is America, April 6th, 2019. On this show we feature an interview with someone from Wounded Knee, which is located within the Pine Ridge reservation, on Oglala Lakota land, about the recent flooding, the government response, self-organization in the face of the storm, and mutual aid relief efforts. To donate and learn […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:17:45
Cracks Within Crisis: A Conversation with Liaisons on Populism https://itsgoingdown.org/cracks-within-crisis-a-conversation-with-liaisons-on-populism/ Thu, 04 Apr 2019 10:13:14 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=164859 https://itsgoingdown.org/cracks-within-crisis-a-conversation-with-liaisons-on-populism/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/cracks-within-crisis-a-conversation-with-liaisons-on-populism/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/cracks-within-crisis-a-conversation-with-liaisons-on-populism/">Cracks Within Crisis: A Conversation with Liaisons on Populism</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 three comrades who a part of Liaisons, an international collective who have come together to produce and write analysis and give context to struggles across the world, all from an autonomous anti-capitalist perspective. For their first issue, the group has tasked itself with writing about […]</p> The post Cracks Within Crisis: A Conversation with Liaisons on Populism appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with three comrades who a part of Liaisons, an international collective who have come together to produce and write analysis and give context to struggles across the world, all from an autonomous anti-capitalist perspective. For their first issue, the group has tasked itself with writing about the rise of both Right and Left populisms that have developed in the aftermath of the failed movements, struggles, and revolutions that grew out of the economic crisis of 2008 – from Occupy to the Arab Spring.

From the collective’s website:

The ghost of the People has returned to the world stage, claiming to be the only force capable of correcting or taking charge of the excesses of the time. The relationship between the collapse of certain orders, the multiplication of civil wars, and the incessant appeal to the People is clear: as the liberal mode of governance experiences a global legitimation crisis, different forms of right and left populism gain strength within the fractures of ever expanding ruins.

Populism has now become familiar as a global phenomenon: from the eruptions of the far right in the West to the populist capture of the movement of the squares—Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain, the Five Star Movement in Italy, or Our Revolution in the United States—to the electoral victories of Rodrigo Duterte, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and Brexit, all alongside large populist gains in every European country. While disparate in many ways, these dynamics all share an appeal to combat the rule and sensibility of the elites, with the help of a figure that can channel the affective energies of discontent through operations of identification and exclusion.

And yet, from the Narodniki to the Black Panthers and Zapatistas, to the emancipatory political movements which expressed themselves as the authentic people—Nuit Debout, the 99%, the indignados—history reminds us of revolutionary populisms. 

How do we distinguish the new from the old? What are their limits and potentials? What is the nature of the affective flows that characterize their relations? How do we address the indeterminacy inherent in mass movements and mobilizations, as well as their confusions, fears, and hesitancies?

But if the project of populism is to harness both the anger and imagination of the people and use it towards political ends, then what does its rise say about autonomous movements who instead seek revolutionary collective and communal responses to the burgeoning crisis of class society, white supremacy, and industrial civilization? If the rise of populism is in part a response to “what is left” at the tail end of mass autonomous movements, from anti-globalization to Occupy, then what does this mean about how we should be organizing ourselves now?

Using contemporary examples of current struggles in Mexico and in France such as the Yellow Vests, we attempt to dive into these questions and more, at a time when statists, fascists, and reformists on all sides of the political spectrum are attempting to present themselves as tangible challengers to the collapsing neoliberal order.

More Info: Liaisons on Common Notions, Liaisons homepage with correspondence, and on Twitter.

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with three comrades who a part of Liaisons, an international collective who have come together to produce and write analysis and give context to struggles across the world, In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we speak with three comrades who a part of Liaisons, an international collective who have come together to produce and write analysis and give context to struggles across the world, all from an autonomous anti-capitalist perspective. For their first issue, the group has tasked itself with writing about […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:13:25
This Is America #66: Concrete and Barbed Wire https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-66-concrete-and-barbed-wire/ Fri, 29 Mar 2019 21:35:16 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=164561 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-66-concrete-and-barbed-wire/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-66-concrete-and-barbed-wire/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-66-concrete-and-barbed-wire/">This Is America #66: Concrete and Barbed Wire</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, March 29th, 2019. On today’s show we look at the recent push by the DHS to give itself more powers, more money, and to build more infrastructure to house and deport migrant workers, as scenes from the makeshift outdoor detention center in El Paso, Texas go viral. Central American migrants, […]</p> The post This Is America #66: Concrete and Barbed Wire appeared first on It's Going Down.

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

On today’s show we look at the recent push by the DHS to give itself more powers, more money, and to build more infrastructure to house and deport migrant workers, as scenes from the makeshift outdoor detention center in El Paso, Texas go viral.

We then present an interview with members of the Burgerville Workers Union (BWU) about how the labor movement and people in Portland responded to attacks against them led by Joey Gibson and their continued struggle against Burgerville corporate for justice and dignity on the job.

Then then close with a critical conversation and anarchist critique of the Mueller report and the media storm surrounding it and why rich and powerful people don’t go to jail.

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

DHS Pushes for More Power and Money as Anger Grows at Detention Camp in El Paso, Texas

Border Patrol and US Customs, in scenes reminiscent of the dystopian film, Children of Men, have unleashed a massive crackdown on Central American migrants, arresting almost 70,000 in February, the highest monthly total in years. Migrants in El Paso, Texas that have been arrested and captured have then been placed in make shift camps under freeways, photos of which have made their way onto social media, going viral. As one report wrote:

The border region has been placed under military occupation and is turning into a legal no man’s land. Video and images released Wednesday show immigrants being detained underneath an overpass in El Paso, Texas. In the images, hundreds of immigrants huddled behind barbed wire appear beneath a freeway surrounded by trash and armed guards.

The decision to hold immigrants under an overpass is a calculated, provocative maneuver. Trump, emboldened by the collapse of the Democratic Party-led Russia witch-hunt, is giving the green light to his fascistic supporters within the military and immigration agencies who are demanding a dramatic expansion of the network of immigrant internment camps across the US.

Late yesterday, NBC News reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will imminently ask Congress to provide billions of dollars in emergency funding for detention centers…

Immigrant children, the DHS letter complains, cannot be “expeditiously removed” due to “outdated laws” and “resource constraints.” The letter blames protections for immigrant children as a “pull factor” that encourages immigration. “We are witnessing the real-time dissolution of the immigration system,” the letter states, warning of a “system-wide meltdown.”

The DHS letter calls for granting “emergency” authority “to restore order” and “stem the historic flows” of immigrants, including through the elimination of legal protections for detained immigrants, the building of “temporary processing facilities” and the deployment of “at least hundreds of additional personnel to support CBP and ICE.”

According to NBC:

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will ask Congress for the authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children more quickly, to hold families seeking asylum in detention until their cases are decided and to allow immigrants to apply for asylum from their home countries.

To top things off, Trump recently conducted an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, where he implied it would be much easier to shoot migrants with a machine gun “like other countries,” but he “wouldn’t want to do it,” and instead, reiterated his demand for a massive border wall that would cost tens of billions of dollars.

That’s gonna do it for us this week, as always, enjoy the interview and the discussion.

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Welcome, to This Is America, March 29th, 2019. On today’s show we look at the recent push by the DHS to give itself more powers, more money, and to build more infrastructure to house and deport migrant workers, Welcome, to This Is America, March 29th, 2019. On today’s show we look at the recent push by the DHS to give itself more powers, more money, and to build more infrastructure to house and deport migrant workers, as scenes from the makeshift outdoor detention center in El Paso, Texas go viral. Central American migrants, […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:42:19
Collapsing the Ethno-State: A Conversation with Keri Leigh Merritt https://itsgoingdown.org/collapsing-the-ethno-state-a-conversation-with-keri-leigh-merritt/ Wed, 27 Mar 2019 12:42:32 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=164474 https://itsgoingdown.org/collapsing-the-ethno-state-a-conversation-with-keri-leigh-merritt/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/collapsing-the-ethno-state-a-conversation-with-keri-leigh-merritt/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/collapsing-the-ethno-state-a-conversation-with-keri-leigh-merritt/">Collapsing the Ethno-State: A Conversation with Keri Leigh Merritt</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, we caught up with historian and author Keri Leigh Merritt out of Atlanta, Georgia. Merritt is the author of both the 2017 book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South as well as the new essay, War Happens in Dark Places, Too. Merritt’s […]</p> The post Collapsing the Ethno-State: A Conversation with Keri Leigh Merritt appeared first on It's Going Down.

On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we caught up with historian and author Keri Leigh Merritt out of Atlanta, Georgia. Merritt is the author of both the 2017 book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South as well as the new essay, War Happens in Dark Places, Too. Merritt’s work focuses on labor history, slavery, and class tensions in the South, both before and after the civil war and the research work that she is producing, a long with a new wave of historians, is reshaping how we view the Confederacy, its collapse, and also whites supremacy within the United States.

As we discuss in this discussion, the Confederacy collapse because of a variety of factors, but chief among them was the mass desertion of Confederate soldiers as well as the general strike of Black slaves. In looking at this history, we are confronted not only by the shallow false history of the “Lost Cause,” but also the real question of how the present American plantation could also be collapse by a succession of collective acts of mass refusal.

Moreover, Merritt argues several other points, first and foremost, that the South needed a degree of surveillance, policing, and vigilante violence in order to maintain its racial order, that it resembled a police State where basic freedoms and rights were totally suspended. Also, that in the lead up to the civil war, tensions between poor whites and elites were building, leading to acts of rebellion that at times involved Black slaves. Merritt goes on to argue that even things like mixed-racial relationships were more common than often imagined, pointing to an ongoing thread of anti-colonial resistance throughout Southern history largely ignored.

We also touch on a variety of other topics, such as the territories in open rebellion to the Confederacy during the Civil War, the film Free State of Jones, the class background of the early KKK, and much more.

More Info: Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South and Keri Leigh Merritt on Twitter

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On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we caught up with historian and author Keri Leigh Merritt out of Atlanta, Georgia. Merritt is the author of both the 2017 book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South as well as t... On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we caught up with historian and author Keri Leigh Merritt out of Atlanta, Georgia. Merritt is the author of both the 2017 book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South as well as the new essay, War Happens in Dark Places, Too. Merritt’s […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:06:58
This Is America #65: Borders, Automation, and UBI https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-65-borders-automation-and-ubi/ Sat, 23 Mar 2019 10:12:21 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=164291 https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-65-borders-automation-and-ubi/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-65-borders-automation-and-ubi/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/this-is-america-65-borders-automation-and-ubi/">This Is America #65: Borders, Automation, and UBI</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org">It's Going Down</a>.</p> <p>Welcome, to This Is America, March 22nd, 2019. We have a great show for you this week. We start off with news and headlines, and then get into an interview with members of the Little Big Union, which is the name of an IWW affiliated campaign to organize and unionize workers at Little Big Burger, […]</p> The post This Is America #65: Borders, Automation, and UBI appeared first on It's Going Down.

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

We have a great show for you this week. We start off with news and headlines, and then get into an interview with members of the Little Big Union, which is the name of an IWW affiliated campaign to organize and unionize workers at Little Big Burger, an “eco-friendly” restaurant in Portland owned by the same company that owns the Hooters franchise.

We then get into our discussion, where we talk about Bannon’s recent far-Right organizing drive in Europe as he builds “The Movement,” the current situation at the border and how the crisis of automation may be used to scapegoat immigrants, and finally, an anarchist critique of Universal Basic Income (UBI).

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

Living and Fighting

Let’s start off with some victories this week, shall we?

Firstly, the J20 case is now completely over:

Last Friday D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Morin ordered all charges against the remaining defendants involved in the Disrupt J20 demonstration against the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 to be dropped “with prejudice.”

This brings to a close an attempt by the State for over two years time to put anarchism and the black bloc on trial, and create a new legal precedent for repression of demonstrations.

Meanwhile, in so-called Vancouver, antifascists were able to not only shut down the public event of Alt-Right “race realists” Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, but they also were able to stop the private one as well.

In Portland, workers at Burgerville who are part of the IWW announced that they were able to strike down corporate’s attempts at repressing workers who were being attacked for organizing on the job. The Burger Workers Union wrote on Facebook:

After facing brave resistance from workers at the Convention Center, and under intense pressure from the community, Burgerville corporate is formally rescinding, with back pay, ALL of their retaliatory disciplinary actions since Convention Center workers filed for an election last Wednesday. Every ounce of credit here goes to the workers and community supporters who fought against corporate’s harsh, unjust treatment – never give the boss applause when the workers win a fight.

Finally, IWOC reports that a recent phone-zap campaign has been a success, with Kinetik Justice of FAM recently being let out of solitary and back into general population.

In other news, No More Deaths reports that:

A motion filed by the defense in the case of United States v. Scott Warren last week in Tucson federal court has revealed the sweeping extent of government surveillance of No More Deaths/No Más Muertes and the retaliatory nature of Dr. Warren’s arrest in January of 2018. The Motion to Dismiss due to Selective Enforcement details months of communication between U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, beginning as early as July 2017 and discussing the movement and activities of No More Deaths volunteers in Ajo, AZ

According to the motion, law enforcement worked together to trade information about activists’ home addresses, their vehicles, and where they organized out of – without any mention of illegal wrong doing or a threat to the pubilc at large.

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

Read the full report on the No More Death’s website, here.

Brigitte Gabriel, the xenophobic, Nativist, and Islamophobic leader of Act for America is scheduled to hit the following cities as part of a book tour:

March 27: Winter Springs, Florida
March 28: Viera, Florida
May 16: Long Island, New York
July 11: Nashua, New Hampshire
Aug. 1: Lake Zurich, Illinois

In Deer Park, Texas near Houston, for the last several weeks and days, fires starting in chemical tanks have raged at an oil refinery. As Grist wrote:

According to initial reports, the company released 9 million pounds of pollutants in just the first day of the fire. On Thursday, the city of Deer Park, home to the facility, issued a shelter-in-place advisory after benzene levels spiked overnight. Long-term benzene exposure can cause anemia, lead to cancer, and damage women’s reproductive health.

In the face of this, the Bayou Action Street Team or BASH is currently doing disaster relief work and organizing in the area, donate to them here.

Also Mutual Aid Disaster Relief reports:

Fort Collins Mutual Aid will caravan from Fort Collins, Co to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (4/29 – 4/31) to assist in ongoing disaster relief and clean-up efforts in response to the Bomb Cyclone that has brought devistation to much of the midwest.

Donate to their efforts here.

Finally in (literally) breaking news, Philly Anti-Capitalist reports that the home of an ICE agent was vandalized with “Resist ICE,” and the officer’s car was severely damaged. Read the full post, here.

Upcoming Events:

  • March 30th: Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS) will give presentation in Chicago. More info here.
  • March 30th: East Portland Housing Assembly. More info here.
  • April 19th-21st: In Prescott, Arizona there is a three-day antifascist gathering called the Cliffrose Convergence at the Frantz Fanon Community Strategy Center being organized.
  • April 28th: #AllOut to mobilize against white nationalist “Patriot” militia holding a rally in Long Beach. More info here.
  • May 18th – 19th: Come out to the Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference (ROAR) in the bay area. More info here.
  • August 16th-18th: Indigenous Anarchist Convergence in so-called Flagstaff, Arizona. More info here.

In It’s Going Down news, we have brand new sticker packs, t-shirts, zine packs and more! IGD is run off of donations from our readers and listeners, so please, pick up some awesome swag from the store, and if you can, sign up to become a monthly supporter of this project.

That is gonna do it for us this week, enjoy the interview and discussion, and we will see you soon.

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Welcome, to This Is America, March 22nd, 2019. We have a great show for you this week. We start off with news and headlines, and then get into an interview with members of the Little Big Union, which is the name of an IWW affiliated campaign to organiz... Welcome, to This Is America, March 22nd, 2019. We have a great show for you this week. We start off with news and headlines, and then get into an interview with members of the Little Big Union, which is the name of an IWW affiliated campaign to organize and unionize workers at Little Big Burger, […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 1:51:11
Round Table on #AbolishICE: Blockade, Commune, Defend https://itsgoingdown.org/round-table-on-abolishice-blockade-commune-defend/ Wed, 20 Mar 2019 03:51:12 +0000 https://itsgoingdown.org/?p=164317 https://itsgoingdown.org/round-table-on-abolishice-blockade-commune-defend/#respond https://itsgoingdown.org/round-table-on-abolishice-blockade-commune-defend/feed/ 0 <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://itsgoingdown.org/round-table-on-abolishice-blockade-commune-defend/">Round Table on #AbolishICE: Blockade, Commune, Defend</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 sat down with participants of the Abolish ICE movement from across the US, including people in Tacoma, WA, Portland, OR, Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA. While each of the experiences of those involved in #AbolishICE were different, they show the complexity of a period […]</p> The post Round Table on #AbolishICE: Blockade, Commune, Defend appeared first on It's Going Down.

In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we sat down with participants of the Abolish ICE movement from across the US, including people in Tacoma, WA, Portland, OR, Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA. While each of the experiences of those involved in #AbolishICE were different, they show the complexity of a period of struggle that became one of the most important political eruptions during the Trump period.

Throughout our discussion we touch on:

  • Internal dynamics within the blockades and the encampments themselves.
  • Dealing with both police repression and attacks from the far-Right.
  • Building and navigating relationships with established groups on the ground, non-profits, and family members coming to ICE facilities to see their loved ones.
  • Creating organizing strategies when an encampment was not possible.
  • The overall impact of the encampments and blockades as well as assessing how these tactics could be applied in the future.

The #AbolishICE movement was important because it sought to bring together both the communal experimentation of Occupy with the logic of the blockades that have erupted during Black Lives Matter movement and against pipeline projects. Beyond changing the political conversation and landscape, the encampments managed to shut down some facilities, halt the processing of migrant people, and in many instances, delayed or stopped physical deportations.

The #AbolishICE movement showed what a material force of people backed up and supported by a wider network of communal mutual aid and autonomy could accomplish, but a larger question remains: why haven’t these actions continued?

Just today, it was announced that yet another person has died under border patrol custody, the fourth person to die in the past several months while being processed by immigration officials, while 22 people have died in the last two years. Each week seems to bring a new devastating report of rampant sexual abuse and clandestine child detention facilities. The Supreme Court this week also ruled that the State can now hold migrants in detention indefinitely with criminal records. And, despite the fact that border crossings are at a record low, the amount of people being incarcerated in detention centers is at an all time high; upwards of 50,000, over 10,000 the amount that even Congress has authorized, and with ICE of course pushing for more. Behind this, is a booming industry of private prisons, border patrol and guards unions, and construction contractors all looking to make money in this growth industry.

In short, despite the gains made by #AbolishICE, the deportation system largely adapted to the new environment. It increased the size of and moved child detention facilities even farther away from the eyes of the public or hid them completely, ensuring that abuse and corruption would only be further solidified and protected. It fought to gain new legal powers over migrants bodies, such as indefinite detention. It sought to repress those that fought back, such s deporting #AbolishICE participant and anarchist Mapache in Texas and attempting to throw the book at No More Deaths volunteers in Arizona.

To the passive observer, these actions will appear to be illogical or “overkill” to a “problem” that appears dwindling in size. However, when we view this increasing repression and building of infrastructure in the context of a project of ethnic cleansing, we see that the goal of all of these is two fold: to purge the US of what Tucker Carlson calls, “dirty” immigrants, but also to make a lot of money while doing so. When this projects is also understood in the context of the amount of influence on the Trump administration that white nationalist think tanks like the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), it makes even more sense. We should also keep in mind that massive sweeps and waves of deportations against Laintx immigrants, to the tune of millions of people, including even those considered “American citizens,” has happened in the past, such as when Mexican immigrants were blamed for the Great Depression in the 1930s.

The need for a direct action based movement against the growing deportation machine is now greater than ever. Hopefully the struggles to come can learn from #AbolishICE and go beyond the limits of previous struggles; thousands of lives depend on it.

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In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we sat down with participants of the Abolish ICE movement from across the US, including people in Tacoma, WA, Portland, OR, Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA. In this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we sat down with participants of the Abolish ICE movement from across the US, including people in Tacoma, WA, Portland, OR, Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA. While each of the experiences of those involved in #AbolishICE were different, they show the complexity of a period […] IT'S GOING DOWN yes 51:11