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Apr 25, 18

Hotwire #28: From Nicaragua to West Virginia

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This Hotwire we bring you an interview with an anarchist in Managua about the past few weeks of anti-government revolt in Nicaragua. We also report on the arrests of anti-fascists in Georgia, a school bus drivers’ strike also in Georgia, a hunger strike in San Diego’s jails, and community resistance to ICE raids in North Carolina.


Next week we’ll bring you our regular episode a day late, but look out for a May Day special we’re releasing to tide you over—and don’t forget to e-mail us your May Day action reports at [email protected]!

Notes and Links

Transcript

Rebel Girl: April 25, 2018: Rebellion in Nicaragua, fascists with and without badges in Georgia, mutual aid against ICE raids in North Carolina, and even more May Day calls to action on this episode of…

The Hotwire.   A weekly anarchist news show brought to you by The Ex-Worker.   With me, the Rebel Girl.   A full transcript of this episode with shownotes and useful links can be found at our website, CrimethInc.com/podcast. You can subscribe to The Hotwire on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, just search for The Ex-Worker. You can listen to us through the anarchist podcast network Channel Zero, or on your radio’s dial in… Eugene, Oregon every Sunday at noon on KEPW 97.3, Fairbanks, Alaska Saturday mornings at 9 on KWRK 90.9 and in Tacoma, Washington every Friday at 9 AM on KUPS 90.1. Every Hotwire is radio ready, and in our shownotes you can download a twenty-nine and a half minute version of this episode for standard radio timeslots. If there’s a story or upcoming event you’d like us to include in a future Hotwire, just hit us up at podcast[AT]crimethinc[DOT]com. And now for the headlines…

HEADLINES

On Saturday, 500 anti-fascists and locals from Newnan, Georgia came out to protest against the 30 neo-Nazis at a National Socialist Movement rally. However, heavily armed, militarized police outnumbered both sides, and arrested 12 anti-fascists. The cops continually threatened, at gunpoint, to arrest people for wearing a mask. This is actually a pretty good example of why anarchists believe in people’s struggle and direct action as the only means by which to stop fascism. The mask law that people were arrested over was created to hinder KKK organizing, but on Saturday, the state wielded that law exclusively against anti-Nazi demonstrators.

Of course, liberals will say that direct, popular struggle only brings the fash more attention. However, by the next day, big outlets like Time and local corporate news stations in Atlanta were running images of a giant flaming swastika from an unopposed neo-Nazi gathering later Saturday evening. The capitalist media will give Nazis airtime whenever they hold a rally—it’s up to anti-fascists whether that coverage will portray a powerful, unopposed movement or a disorganized one facing mass opposition. We have links in our shownotes for donating legal defense funds to the anti-fascists arrested in Georgia.

Also on Saturday, the Central Ohio Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee demonstrated outside the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Lucasville Uprising, in which prisoners came together across racial lines to rebel against their prison’s oppressive conditions. Just a day before the demonstration, the prison imposed new policies that seem to specifically impact survivors of the Lucasville Uprising. You can call the warden at 330–743–0700 to demand that he reverse the new restrictions on prisoners impacted by the Lucasville Uprising.

To hear more about the uprising itself, check out the recent episode of The Final Straw, which features an interview with one of the prisoners present 25 years ago, as well as the lawyer that represented the prison rebels during the negotiations.

And in the spirit of “until every cage is empty,” one of the biggest releases in UK animal liberation history took place on April 14. The Animal Liberation Front claimed credit for freeing 12 to 16,000 partridges from a factory farm owned by Southern Partridges.

On Sunday in New York City, alt-right has-been Milo Yiannopolous hilariously miscalculated which bar to stroll into, choosing one full of anti-fascists who chanted him out the door and recorded it for the world to see.

There are now a total of eight treesits in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia and West Virginia, some in the National Forest and some on private land that was seized by eminent domain in the name of “progress.” Three new sits went up over the weekend on family farms that the pipeline is slated to run through. The new protest blockade, named Little Teel Crossing in honor of a nearby stream, occupies trees where the pipeline is planned to cut through the Reilley family farm. Ian Reilley stated, “Launching Little Teel Crossing is an act of protection for our family’s home, land and water. This farm has been free from chemicals for decades. As farmers seeking to renew the land, we intend to keep it that way. This is about taking a stand… MVP thought we would just resign when pipeline tree clearing began. But the fight has just begun and we still believe we can stop this destructive project. We will win.”

These treesits include one on family land occupied by a 61-year-old named Red and the monopod blocking a construction access road that has now been occupied for 29 days! Law enforcement is resorting to inhumane and brutal tactics—attempting to starve blockaders out. Red hasn’t had food or water resupplied in over 11 days and the Forest Service continues to maintain that they “aren’t denying the monopod occupier food or water,” yet over the weekend three were arrested trying to resupply the monopod. (Unicorn Riot)[https://www.unicornriot.ninja/] and (End of the Line podcast)[https://soundcloud.com/pipelinepodcast] are keeping people up to date as the struggle against the Mountain Valley Pipeline unfolds, and you should check out recent footage from both, which include interviews with folks on the ground.

In San Jose, California, over 200 inmates have been on hunger strike since April 15. It’s the third such wave of collective action in Santa Clara County jails since 2016, with inmates and supporters protesting the inmate classification system, solitary confinement, the jail’s grievances process, and unsanitary conditions. Some strikers have lost up to 22 pounds of bodyweight. You can call the Sheriff Administration at 408–808–4900 and demand that they enter into negotiations with the hunger strikers.

In a strike vote held last Thursday, teachers in Arizona overwhelmingly voted to walkout this week. In Arizona’s first-ever statewide teachers’ strike, teachers are rejecting the governor’s plan for a 20 percent raise by 2020, instead pushing for further education funding as well. The inspiration from Oklahoma and especially West Virginia’s teachers’ strike is already apparent in Arizona, and we hope teachers there can take things even further than they’ve already gone this year.

Meanwhile, last Thursday, about 42% of the school bus drivers in DeKalb County, Georgia staged a sickout—that’s nearly 400 bus drivers! They’re trying to call attention to their low pay, high healthcare costs, and complete lack of retirement plans. On Monday, day three of the sickout, the Atlanta IWW reported that 8 bus drivers have been fired in retaliation for the strike. You can call School Superintendent Stephen Green at 678–676–1200 to demand immediate reinstatement, with no pay lost, of all fired drivers.

And on Friday, as the contract ended between lecturers as administrators at the University of Michigan, protests took place at the Flint and Dearborn campuses, while members of the Lecturers’ Employee Organization occupied a floor of the administration building on the main campus in Ann Arbor.

ICE has hit immigrant communities hard in the last couple of weeks. In early April, nearly 100 workers at a Tennessee meat-processing plant were rounded up for deportation—the largest such workplace raid in a decade. The next day, more than 500 kids missed school in the factory’s small town, either to deal with the arrest of a family member or out of fear that a similar raid could target their family.

When raids came down last week in Asheville, North Carolina, the well-organized community spun into action. First, the folks at BeLoved House, a self-described “sanctuary” for people facing housing crises, became a hub for donations and volunteer grocery delivery to immigrant families who feared leaving their homes. BeLoved announced that the grocery solidarity would continue until the ICE operation was over and the agents left town.

Then on Friday, in nearby Hendersonville, about 60 people and a marching band gathered around a picnic that ICE agents were holding in a park.

After 15 minutes, the 30 or so ICE agents packed up and left.

Ok, so it’s not quite on the scale of ending the raids full stop, but between the grocery delivery network and the public shutdown of ICE’s picnic, the actions around Asheville show how important it is to get organized and prepared for raids.

And it’s important to remember that this isn’t a purely Trumpian scenario we’re in—our movements have been here before. In the 1980s, as hundreds of thousands of refugees fled repressive, US-backed military dictatorships in Central America, a network of churches and synagogues took in migrants who feared being deported back to the state terror they had just escaped. Reverends and other sanctuary workers faced charges of “conspiracy to violate federal law as well as harboring, transporting, aiding, and abetting illegal aliens.” But even as they were found guilty, the sanctuary workers held their heads high, knowing that, in defiance of the law, they had done the right thing.

It’s high time we re-establish those networks of sanctuary and mutual aid. Anarchists, people of faith, and undocumented folks themselves have been setting up text alert systems, networks of support for raid scenarios, and ways to discredit and put pressure on ICE. Check out Hotwire 19 to hear about the organizing going on against ICE in Koreatown, Los Angeles.

And speaking of churches coming to basically the same conclusions that we have, The Washington Post reports that the First Congregational Church of Oakland in California has, “joined a small handful of like-minded congregations with a radical goal: to stop calling the police. Not for mental health crises, not for graffiti on their buildings, not even for acts of violence. These churches believe the American police system, criticized for its impact especially on people of color, is such a problem that they should wash their hands of it entirely.

“’Can this actually be reformed, when it was actually created for the unjust distribution of resources or to police black and brown bodies?’ [One churchgoer] asked. For her and for her fellow church members, the answer is no — the police don’t just need reform. The police need to be abandoned altogether.”

Hell yes! Oops, I mean, heavens yes. Bravo First Congregational—we hope that by following your convictions to not rely on the police, you can demonstrate effective and egalitarian ways that communities can equip themselves to deal with conflicts that would otherwise be the domain of the state.

Perhaps it sounds funny for us as anarchists to applaud a church, but we can get behind disentangling any institution from its role in the prison industrial complex.

Now, I can already hear the ghost of Alanis from Ex-Worker episodes past exclaiming that real anarchists, “reject the idea of basing politics on appeals to authority, full stop. Conservatives say the Bible supports war and homophobia; liberals say it supports peace and tolerance. Fascists think it says we should obey state authority, Christian anarchists think it says we should reject it… it’s just a mirror for our own convictions. Cut out the middle man!”

Fair enough. So, to balance things out, we’re gonna talk a little smack on churches now. And not just any church, no no—low-hanging fruit, like the Westboro Baptist bigots or any parasitic, money hungry megachurch, would be too easy. Nah, instead, we’re going to call out a church that’s devoted to creation’s very first rebel—the Church of Satan!

Now, much like Jesus, we can actually get down with some of what Satan has said and done—especially the way Bakunin characterized him in God and the State, “Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge.”

Damn. See, now all that discouraging blind obedience stuff—that’s cool as hell. But then you get Satan’s representatives on earth ruining the whole thing. Over the weekend, the Church of Satan got in a twitter tiff when they defended their policy of denying Active Membership to convicted felons, and when challenged by prison abolitionists who questioned if the church understood how racist the criminal legal system is, they doubled down on the policy, saying that such convictions were evidence of a person’s “self-destructive” traits. WTF COS? Wasn’t Satan the very first criminal?

One etymology of the word “hierarchy” derives it from the Greek “hierarkhia,” or “rule of the sacred.” As anarchists, we see that whether it’s Jesus or Marx or apparently even Satan—when you establish a priest class that interprets their sacred words, it just leads to the formation of in-groups and out-groups, haves and have-nots, the righteous and the sinful, rulers and ruled.

It’s been a week of open insurrection in Nicaragua as the socialist Sandinista government of Daniel Ortega announced on April 16 reforms to the country’s social security program that would force workers and retirees to pay for the corruption and mismanagement of the program’s funds. All the big universities in the capitol of Managua went on strike, President Ortega ordered 5 television stations off the air for covering the protests, discontented crowds have banded together to pull down giant metal pop-art style trees that Ortega’s wife had had constructed throughout Managua, and over 25 people have been killed with dozens more disappeared. On Sunday, the president scrapped the social security reforms, but protests continue. We got in touch with an anarchist in Nicaragua to find out more.

Miranda: Hello friends, this is Miranda. I am part of a group of delegates that are doing international media outreach here in Managua, Nicaragua. I am also part of several other affinity groups that have been working nonstop for the last two weeks, because Nicaragua is recently experiencing an unprecedented wave of nationwide protest. At the beginning people were protesting because of how the government mismanaged an environmental crisis. It took them ten days to effectively shut down a fire that was happening on top of a natural reserve in indigenous community. And the fire happened because the government has allowed, and has interest, in cattle ranchers expanding their territory into indigenous communities. Also, the government has interest in the monocrops of, for example, palm oil, in indigenous communities and the Caribbean. That is what started the environmentalist movement and protests. In the middle of that the government did a reform to the social security institute which basically recognized that the social security institute was going bankrupt and needed to take more money out of all the people that were receiving pensions from there. Basically the social security institute has been used as a piggy bank for the government’s private investments. But those investments haven’t gone so well, so now they want to reform how everything works so they can get away with their failed adventure.

But then, those two movements got together and started protesting together, it basically led to a protest, which was quickly and violently displaced by the police, by anti-riot police, by Sandinista Youth, and by motorcycle gangs that have ties to the police and the Sandinista Youth. So basically, the image that sparked all of this was anti-riot and Sandinista Youth attacking peaceful protesters that were protesting against the changes in the reform of these social security institute. That happened on Wednesday, on Thursday three major universities were protesting the same thing but specifically added police repression and lack of free speech in this country. All day Thursday we had very violent confrontations between students and riot police and Sandinista Youth. By Friday, the government still hasn’t made any official communiqué and the protests continue, but then expand to other cities all over Nicaragua. All protesting at this point, not so much about the reform or the environmental damage that happened, but now against authoritarianism, against all the bad things that the government has done since they came in power in 2006, and specifically against police brutality and against the fact that a lot of students were being murdered by the police. So right now we have calculated that over 30 people have been murdered. Over 100 people have been detained. And over 40 people are still missing, stemming from Thursday. And all of this is the responsibility of the government. But then the government made a public speech claiming that this movement was a rightwing conspiracy theory funded by the CIA basically, which is completely false, specifically because the student movements have made it clear that they don’t want any political parties co-opting the student movements. The student movements have made it clear that they are denouncing the private sector because they recognize that the private sector has their own interest in negotiating with the state. The self assembled movement, which is what came out of the environmentalist and the anti-reform movement, have also denounced the complicity of the private sector and have basically been very vigilant of not just the private sector but of upper class and other right wing movements from co-opting this entire movement since everybody wants a piece of the pie.

In terms of the anarchist influence in all of this, its very complicated. Because Nicaragua doesn’t necessarily have a big anarchist tradition. Our national hero, Sandino, did become radicalized in Mexico in the 1910s and 1920s, he did adopt the red and black flag from Spain, and he did basically work in cooperatives and learned about class struggle and had very much anarchist leanings, but right now I think that the state is still—there’s a very harsh critique of the state, but the state is still seen as a solution. Right now, the biggest anarchist presence has been this non-hierarchical, horizontal organization by which the students are organizing in, and by how these affinity groups are organizing in. so right now people aren’t claiming to be anarchists but they’re practicing all these anarchist tactics and anarchist philosophy of power, of representation, of anti-state, of solidarity, of mutual aid, of affinity groups. A clear example of an anarchist tactic has been this idea of the occupation of a university ground.

We have several reports of friends who have gone inside the university, the polytechnic university, and have said that its like an anarchist utopia inside—where there’s delegates for medics, for cleanup, for security, for fabricating bombs, for absolutely everything inside of the university, inside the occupied university, which is at this moment the biggest stronghold against the police. But it’s also the place that has received the most violence and repression from anti-riot police.

But its important to recognize that in the march that happened today, there were hundreds and probably tens of thousands of people convocated and the only thing that hey have in common is that they don’t like the government. But inside of that movement, there are very different and even contradicting ideas, because in one march you will see the private sector marching next to the feminists marching next to the environmentalists marching next to the self-assembled movements. But right now, people aren’t protesting against the reform of the social security institute, which the government actually revoked and they said that they’re going to start from scratch with the social security institute. Which is a partial victory, but at this movement it’s no longer about social security. It’s about the fact that the government has allowed for thirty people to die and hasn’t commented about it.

It’s about the fact that the government has concentrated so much power and so much wealth in their model at the expense of marginalized communities. So the entire political platform of the government was based on a dependency between lower classes and government.

The last thing I want to mention is about something that happened yesterday, which is basically the case of the lootings. A lot of people right now are collecting enough resources to survive the next two weeks and enough gasoline to have enough for transportation. So that’s kind of the feeling in the air.

Today, the US embassy sent a communiqué saying that families of the workers inside the embassy had to leave the country. Also they said that the Peace Corps had to leave the country. So that’s the level of uncertainty that the united states intelligence is saying might happen, and it does give you a sense of the intensity and resonance of these student movements that have been happening here.

To be honest, things seem like they’re winding down, but they could easily wind back up at any second. It only took a matter of hours for the entire nation to see police brutality attacking peaceful demonstrators and students to get everybody enraged against the government.

REPRESSION ROUNDUP

Rebel Girl: In this week’s repression roundup…   We have an update from the drop the charges campaign for black locals arrested for protesting the fascist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year.

Black Lives Matter Charlottesville: Greetings from Charlottesville, Virginia. I’m an organizer with Black Lives Matter Charlottesville. Since the days following the racist terror of August 11 and 12, various Charlottesville law enforcement agencies have demonstrated their complicity with fascists. We saw this complicity with cops standing idly by, watching UVA students, staff, and community members get attacked by torch wielding Nazis; we saw this complicity when police acted as passive observers while community members and our allies defended our city form armed white supremacists; we saw state complicity when DeAndre Harris was brutally attacked in a parking garage less than 25 yards form the police station. Now, we are witnessing a different form of state complicity: using video evidence from white supremacists, the courts have become tools of fascist power. The well-known technique of white nationalists abusing community members, filming it, and then using that footage to present victims as assailants has been on full display. The technique was deployed against DeAndre Harris. It failed, but not before our community got to witness our newly elected commonwealth attorney, someone we thought would stand up for justice, defend a white nationalist from North Carolina. The point of this campaign has been to get commonwealth attorney Joe Platania to drop the charges against Donald Blakney and Corey Long. Unfortunately, Donald’s charges have been certified to the federal grand jury. We await the date of his trial Corey long’s court case has been postponed. On April 17, when Corey went to ask for a delay, he was subpoenaed to testify in the trial of a white supremacist, Richard Preston, on may 10 and 11. Preston is a KKK member who fired a gun at Corey in full view of police and walked away. Corey will return to court on June 8. We are asking that people support Corey by coming for court support that day. Please tune into the twitter and facebook pages for Black Lives Matter Charlottesville, Congregate, or SURJ Charlottesville to find out more information. In addition, Solidarity Cville, a local media collective, is an excellent way to stay informed, especially on twitter.

Rebel Girl: In a blatant act of intimidation, the city prosecutor in Olympia, WA has decided to file charges against four people who were arrested at last year’s May Day. Nine people were arrested during last year’s May 1 actions in Olympia, but the prosecutor elected not to file charges. The state is only doing so now with the aim of curtailing dissent. During a recent hearing, the prosecutor asked for an exclusion order for all four from downtown Olympia saying that it was, “important because May Day is coming up. Link to a legal support fund here, and you can call the City of Olympia prosecutors office at 360 753–8449 to demand they drop the charges against the four May Day defendants.

On Friday, April 20, trial began for the 35 migrants who participated in a protest last year at their detention center on the Greek island of Lesbos. The protest was attacked with tear gas and concussion grenades, and some of the migrants chose to resist, for which the state retaliated with riot police, indiscriminate beatings, and finally arresting 35 people at random.

Migrants in the Lesbos town of Mytilene, where the trial was supposed to be held until it was moved on Friday, have been protesting the bogus charges since last Tuesday. On Sunday, fascists showed up and attacked the crowd with bottles—migrants responded by forming a circle around the children and other vulnerable participants. It may not rhyme as well as, “cops and Klan go hand in hand,” but everywhere they exist, police and fascists do each other’s work.

We are happy to report that a New York state judge threw out the lawsuit preventing Herman Bell’s release, as granted by the state parole board weeks ago. Bell is a Black Liberation Army political prisoner who has been locked away for nearly 45 years, and we hope that this means he will soon be reunited with his family and friends.

And lastly in our Repression Roundup, the Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective is looking for works of art and short articles for its 18th annual calendar, to be released in the fall. The theme for the 2019 calendar is ‘Health/Care,’ reflecting on the overlapping topics of health, care/caring, and healthcare. The calendar is a way to raise money for long-term political prisoners, and to keep their struggles and stories alive. It hangs in more than 3,000 homes, workplaces, prison cells, and community spaces around the world. The deadline for submission is May 18, 2018 (and June 8 for prisoners) and submissions can be sent to [email protected] or check out certaindays.org for more information.

NEXT WEEK’S NEWS

Rebel Girl: We’ll close out our episode with political prisoner birthdays and next week’s news.    TODAY is the birthday of Janine Africa one of the MOVE 9: imprisoned black eco-revolutionaries each serving 100 years after being framed for the murder of a Philly cop in 1979.   Writing to Janine will only take you a few minutes, but it could be the highlight of their week. We have her mailing address in this episode’s shownotes at Crimethinc.com/podcast, as well as a guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross.

And now, next week’s news, our list of events that you can plug into in real life.

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief continue their speaking tour on Communities in Resistance to Disaster Capitalism and Community Organizing as Disaster Preparedness.   This week, you can find their tour at… Youth Initiative High School in Viroqua, Wisconsin TONIGHT April 25, tomorrow April 26, and on April 27; at The Family and Learning Center in Menomonie, Wisconsin on April 28 and 29; and at Walker Community Church in Minneapolis on May 2.

This weekend, from April 26–29, there’s the Southeast Trans and/or Women Action Camp in the smoky mountains of western North Carolina. The action camp is open to all trans and/or woman identified folks and will offer a bunch of different workshops and skillshares. You can find out more by e-mailing [email protected]      In Vienna, Austria this weekend there’s the Anarchist Black Cross solidarity festival which will take place at the famous EKH squat. The festival will have punk bands, tattoo booths, discussions and workshops, karaoke, vegan food, and techno party—all to raise money for political prisoners.

The Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism Conference (ROAR) returns to Ohlone land, the so-called Bay Area, California on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. ROAR is a free two-day conference, in both Oakland and San Francisco, focused on revolutionary anti-racism, solidarity, and strategy, rooted in the legacy of anti-colonial, anti-fascist, anti-imperialist, feminist, and queer movements and fighters who have come before us. To find out more, go to roarconference.net.

Calls for May Day actions are abounding right now.

In Montreal, anarchists will gather at 6 PM on the corner of Amherst and Sherbrooke.

In New York City, the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council is calling for an anarchist contingent in the big May Day march that will leave Union Square at 5 PM, and after the march is over they will be holding a festive noise demo outside the MCC, the federal detention center in downtown Manhattan. And on April 29, MACC is hosting a pre-May Day gathering in Tompkins Square Park at 1 in the afternoon.

In the triangle area around Durham, North Carolina, some circle-a-accomplices are calling, “any and all abolitionists, anti-capitalists, angry workers, anarchists, inside and outside agitators, daytime dreamers and nighttime ne’r-do-wells. After several ongoing conversations and the most recent triangle autonomous assembly, we are proposing a series of decentralized daytime actions on May Day, prior to folks converging at the 6 PM march starting at the old Durham Police Department headquarters.

You could picket a restaurant that has screwed you or your coworkers, drop a banner over a highway overpass, make a scene at the office of a real estate company profiting off of gentrification, flyer the names of people killed by the Durham jail, host a call-in day for a political prisoner needing extra support, or a hundred other ideas.”

They end the call by saying you can get May Day news from the triangle area via @NC_autonomy [READ: AT NC UNDERSCORE AUTONOMY] on twitter.

The call in North Carolina echoes calls for decentralized May Day actions in Seattle, Olympia, and Portland.

In Eugene, the really free market on May Day has been moved to the First Christian Church on Oak Street.

And you can e-mail [email protected] to get connected with anarchist May Day actions in Los Angeles.

Next week, we’re going to release the Hotwire a day late so that we can include as much May Day action coverage as possible. But if you JUST have to have your anarchist podcast fix by Wednesday, then stay tuned for a very special episode to be released on May Day itself. We don’t expect you to listen to it on May Day though—hit the streets instead! And make sure to send us a report by May 2 at Podcast [at] CrimethInc [dot] com so we can include it in our May Day roundup.

Right after May Day, from May 2 to the 6, there’s a call for a two spirit, trans, and womxn’s action camp in the occupied Anishinaabe territory of Minnesota. The camp aims to build opposition to the Line 3 pipeline up there, but also, QUOTE “to build a liberated future for trans and two-spirt, black, indigenous and POC folks.” E-mail [email protected] if you’re interested in attending or presenting, and remember, no cis-dudes please.

For the rest of May and going into June, there will be a solid month of anarchy in Quebec. It starts with the Montreal anarchist film festival May 17–20, then there’s the Montreal anarchist theatre festival May 22–23, the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair May 26–27, the North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference is June 1–3 also in Montreal, and the grand finale will be the mobilization against the G7 summit, which will feature fierce anti-capitalist protests in Quebec City on June 8 and 9.

June 8–11 is the Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

And June 11, of course, is the international day of solidarity with long-term anarchist prisonersa day against oblivion.

OUTRO

Rebel Girl: And that’s it for this episode of The Hotwire. As always thanks to Underground Reverie for the music, and many thanks to Miranda in Nicaragua for the audio report. You can get in touch with us by e-mailing podcast[AT]CrimethInc[DOT]com. Don’t forget to check out all the links, mailing addresses, and useful shownotes we customized for this episode at CrimethInc.com.   Stay informed. Stay rebel. Plug into The Hotwire.

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