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Jan 26, 20

This Is America #104: Wet’suwet’en Prepare for RCMP Raid; Report Back from Virginia

Welcome, to This Is America, January 26th, 2020.

In this episode, first we speak with Wet’suwet’en Chief Dtsa H’yl about what he says in an impending raid on their unceded territory and the need for people across the world to show solidarity with their struggle for sovereignty and against resource extraction. For more information and ways to donate and support, go here.

We then switch to a discussion and report back from the host of the Red Strings and Maroons podcast about antifascist and anarchist participation in the massive rally in Virginia against a slew of proposed anti-gun measures. We discuss attempts by antifascists to draw an anti-racist line, confronting groups like the Proud Boys, and general thoughts about refused to give up cultural and political space to the far-Right.

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

Living and Fighting

In Baghdad, security forces stormed bridges, streets near Tahrir Square and a highway interchange that had been taken over by protesters, firing live bullets and tear gas and setting fire to tents where protesters have been living and where medics have treated the wounded. At least one protester was killed and dozens wounded, according to security and medical officials.

In a southern city…at least three protesters were killed when security forces moved in to re-open a highway blocked by the demonstrations, Al Jazeera [reported]…

Meanwhile, thousands of protesters have been turning out every day, and hundreds had established a kind of community in Tahrir Square, fearing violence from Iran-backed militias if they [leave].

  • In Denver, neo-Nazis and fascists who anti-war organizers in ANSWER and the Party for Socialism and Liberation were told by local antifascists would be attending a rally, were not kicked out by protest marshals and event organizers. Local antifascists lambasted the rally’s so-called leaders, for allowing fascists into the space.

  • In Chicago, a new center for working people has opened up. One post online stated: “Problems at work? Paycheck not adding up? Been fired illegally? Boss or landlord taking advantage of you? Ready to fight back? We’re on your side. Stop by our drop-in hours, every Sat 11am-1pm.” For an address and more info, go here.

  • In Puerto Rico, riots and demonstrations have continued over the past week in the wake of emergency disaster supplies being found in a warehouse, seemingly sitting idly for years, intended to be distributed following hurricane Maria. Outside of the Governor’s mansion, riots have kicked off as police have attempted to use tear gas to disperse the growing crowds who have called for the Governor to be removed from office.

  • Finally, at the Guatemalan border with southern Mexico, violent clashes have continued between the Mexican National Guard and hundreds of migrants who are seeking asylum, many within the United States. According to new rules pushed by the US, migrants must apply for asylum in the country they first come into contact with before attempting to cross into the US; this move has widely been seen as a way to extend the US border across several territories, and crack down on migrants who are fleeing cartel violence, gang warfare, climate change, and political repression.

Upcoming Events

  • January 31st: FTP Mobilization and City Wide Day of Transit Action. NYC, NY. More info.
  • February 1st: Anarchist People of Color Assembly in Brooklyn, NY. More info.
  • February 9th: Austin Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
  • March 6th – March 15th: Appalachian Climate Action Camp. More info.
  • April 9th – 12th: Conference on Jewish Anarchism. Chicago, IL. More info.
  • April 25th: Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair. Oakland, CA. More info.
  • July 3rd – 5th: Dan and Spit Antifascist Music Festival. Asheville, NC. More info.

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