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Welcome, to This Is America, December 31st, 2019.
In this episode, first we talk to one of the Tucson 12 about their case and the role that a far-Right conspiracy theory played in the police charging the group with felonies. They are still fundraising to cover legal costs, so please support them here.
We then speak to someone involved in organizing an upcoming conference on Jewish anarchism. We discuss the rise in anti-Semitism in the US, antifascism post-Charlottesville, the #NeverAgain movement, Trump’s push against BDS, and what the Jewish anarchist tradition brings to the wider movement.
We then switch to our discussion where we cover a pastor being associated with “ANTIFA” by the security State, a look at the recent budget passed by Democrats and Republicans which features slashes to health care and more money for war, a discussion on NAFTA 2.0 and 5G, and a look at the ongoing impeachment crisis.
All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!
Living and Fighting
- The resistance and blockade at the Stonybrook apartments in Palm Beach, Florida continues. People on the ground report that evictions still have not begun and things continue to play out in court. In recent days however, heavy rains and root damage to plumbing has filled people’s tubs with raw sewage. Tenants have made complains and thanks to a phone zap campaign, city workers have come out to work on facility, although it remains to be seen if the problem it indeed fixed. Organizers are calling on supporters to make calls:
Blast Riviera Beach code enforcement and demand they do a full inspection of the well-documented mold, asbestos, infestation, and sewage problems at Stonybrook: 561-883-3505.
In recent days, the overflow of rain water + roots in the ground has caused sewage pipes to burst at Stonybrook. Almost everyone's tub is full of sewage and shit. Families have to stack their furniture to save it from the flooding. Riviera Beach code is aware but does nothing pic.twitter.com/lmQnhSLs5v
— Palm Beach County Tenants Union (@PBCTenantsUnion) December 30, 2019
- Resistance to the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) in Appalachia continues, with the tree-sit now on it’s 583 day of active resistance.
- In so-called British Columbia, resistance to the Trans Mountain pipeline continues, with the Tiny House Warriors continuing to resist the construction of man camps and the pipeline. For updates and ways to support the struggle, go here.
#TransMountain pipelines does not have the #Secwepemc consent to pass this pipeline fueled with blood bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands, through my homelands. The “bottlenecks” this transport company refers to is in Secwepemc Homelands, the risk in transport is real. #stoptmx pic.twitter.com/awxYytkisc
— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) December 30, 2019
- In Oakland, California, hundreds again rallied this week in support of Moms 4 Housing, a collective of formerly houseless Black mothers who have occupied a vacant home in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of West Oakland. Hundreds showed up in the streets outside of the home to block a possible eviction from the police as well as in court, where the judge ruled that they would review the case and halt the eviction for the time being.
@moms4housing just back from court. Greeted by 200-300 community supporters at 2928 Magnolia. People are ready to defend the house. Get connected and ready to come out. Text “for the babies” to 510-800-7810 to get text alerts. Let’s fill up the whole block if the sheriff comes(A) pic.twitter.com/wNWfuwTCYI
— Occupy Oakland (@OccupyOakland) December 30, 2019
- Finally in Worcester, New England, climate activists again blockaded coal trains by occupying tracks. According to one report:
100 others joined the protest Sunday, delaying the train at three different points along its route – in Worcester and Ayer, Massachusetts, and in Hooksett. About two dozen people were arrested on misdemeanor trespassing charges.
BREAKING: Coal train blockaded AGAIN by #NoCoalNoGas protesters in Worcester. We told ya this isn’t over. We will #CloseBow and #endcoal in New England. And we will do it with love. pic.twitter.com/tY9oEyJotF
— Climate Disobedience Center (@ClimateDisobey) December 29, 2019
It’s Going Down
- For IGD to continue and grow into 2020, we need your help. Unlike far-Right and Centrist media outlets, we aren’t funded by big donors, grants, rich foundations, or corporations. We need the support of our readers and viewers to keep us going into the new year. If you’re listening to this and appreciate IGD and our work of covering autonomous social movements, please, sign up to become a monthly supporter or give us a one time donation. Donate here.
- A 76 year-old grandmother in Appalachia living off of social security is facing repression after being arrested during an anti-MVP action. Please donate to help them cover legal costs here.
- December 31st: New Year’s Eve Noise Demonstrations. All over! More info.
- anuary 5th: Beyond the Ballot Box. Portland, OR. More info.
- January 5th: Protest Against Far-Right Militia. Seattle, WA. More info.
- January 9th: Confront La Migra Where They Live. Colorado Springs, CO. More info.
- January 17th: Day of Action Against Line 3. More info.
- January 18th: WobFest 2020. IWW Benefit in NYC. More info.
- January 31st: FTP Mobilization and City Wide Day of Transit Action. NYC, NY. More info.
- April 9th – 12th: Conference on Jewish Anarchism. Chicago, IL. More info.
- April 25th: Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair. Oakland, CA. More info.
Music: Leper “Wild and Free” (anarcho/crust-punk from so-called Vancouver, BC) and Bambu “Rent Money,” hip-hop from the US