Filed under: Interviews, Radio/Podcast, This is America
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Welcome, to This Is America, February 22nd, 2020.
On this episode, first we speak with Dinize Ste ohn tsiy, a front line Native land defender on Wet’suwet’en territory about the unfolding situation, the threats made by the State, the media push back, and the terrain ahead. You can also donate to Gidimt’en Yintah Access here.
— Dinize Ste ohn tsiy (Rob) (@showmekittys) February 10, 2020
We then switch gears and move into a discussion about Trump’s recent pardoning of various elite cronies as well as a continuation of our critique of Sanders and social democracy.
All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!
Living and Fighting
As bureaucrats attempt to break the #COLA4All wildcat strike by threatening layoffs + deportation of international students, across the UC system people responded today by shutting down streets, liberating dining halls + occupying offices. #SpreadtheStrike https://t.co/pShmgPLXcT
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) February 22, 2020
- The wildcat strike which kicked off last December at the University of California in Santa Cruz has now bloomed into a full on, two week long wildcat strike. On Friday, in the face of the threats of mass firing and the deportation of striking international students, actions spread across the UC system. Mass marches and rallies were organized on most campuses across the state, while some schools organized building occupations, and in Berkeley, people occupied the dining hall and food inside became free. Meanwhile in Santa Cruz, upwards of 1,000 students took to the streets outside of the university, shutting down traffic and both entrances into the school. While at the time of this writing it remains unclear as to what UC bureaucrats will do in the face of such massive resistance, University of California President Janet Napolitano issued a statement on Friday asking to speak with student government leaders (who have nothing to do with the strike) to “discuss issues.” Student workers across the UC system have vowed to continue and expand the strike while also refusing to turn in grades, if the administration makes good on its promise of firing strikers.
Day 10 of #UCSCstrike recap: with more than a thousand on the street, the university was shut down.
Agitational actions continue to happen on other UC campuses.
Video by Solidarity Media UC pic.twitter.com/4iTCgJ5LsI
— Black Rose – Bay Area (@bayareabrrn) February 22, 2020
- Meanwhile in so-called Canada, things are also coming to a head as police continue push for the eviction of rail blockades and the government calls for an end to disruptive solidarity actions. Despite the ramping up of rhetoric from pro-industry media, far-Right groups and various politicians, opposition remains unwavering. As one report wrote:
A day after the Prime Minister called for an immediate end to weeks-long rail blockades that are bruising the Canadian economy, protesters in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory said they have no plans to move and a new demonstration sprung up along railway tracks in Saskatoon.
Listuguj railway blockade tonight solidarity w Wet’suwet’en. Darren Methot said,”Cooking moose sausages on the fire .. The weather is starting to warm up.. it was -25 for that pass few days.”photo:Methot. @APTNNews pic.twitter.com/rkWZwnbJHw
— angel moore (@angelharksen) February 22, 2020
- Over the weekend, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs met with Mohawk leaders and agreed to keep the blockades up and ongoing, as long as RCMP troops remain on the territory. This weekend also saw ongoing and continued actions, with over 5,000 marching in solidarity in Toronto, and blockades and disruptions being organized in various territories, however one encampment blocking trains outside of Montreal was recently evicted.
DÉCLARATION DU BLOCAGE DE SAINT-LAMBERT – DECLARATION FROM THE SAINT-LAMBERT BLOCADE(english follows)Déclaration des participant-es au blocage de Saint-Lambert. Une voie ferrée du CN traversant la ville de St-Lambert, connectant Montréal à l'Est du Canada et aux États-Unis, a été bloquée pendant trois jours. Les participant-es agissaient en solidarité avec les Wet'suwet'en qui luttent contre le projet de corridor énergétique de CGL et dont le territoire est envahi par la GRC. Lisez le texte de cette déclaration: https://contrepoints.media/posts/declaration-du-blocage-de-saint-lambert-declaration-from-the-saint-lambert-blocade_______Declaration from participants to the St-Lambert blockade. A CN rail crossing in Saint-Lambert, Quebec have been blocked for three days. The track connects Montreal to Eastern Canada as well as to the United States. Participants acted in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en who are fighting against Coastal Gas Link's proposed energy corridor through their territory and whose land was invaded by the RCMP in January.Read the text of this declaration: https://contrepoints.media/posts/declaration-du-blocage-de-saint-lambert-declaration-from-the-saint-lambert-blocade
Posted by Contrepoints.media on Saturday, February 22, 2020
- A neo-fascist rally in Boston organized by a re-brand of “Resist Marxism,” a pan-far-Right organization which has been linked to white nationalists and neo-Nazis was drowned out by a much larger crowd, after the small group attempt to rally in support of local police and ICE.
The fash took their bullshit home at 1:00 after being outnumbered by counterprotesters 5:1.
In all, 15 fash showed up for the police, compared to ~75 counterprotesters. No arrests on either side.
Love and solidarity to everyone who helped us win today.
— AntiFash Gordon (@AntiFashGordon) February 22, 2020
- In Chicago, people rallied against cuts to food stamps and also gave away free food, as part of the #ReadytoSnap campaign. The recent cuts of over $4 billion to the program are expected to impact at least 700,000 people.
Thanks to everyone who turned out at today’s action. It was powerful to take over space, give out free food & literature communally, and share our experiences and our rage. Prop’s to whoever brought the mobile sound system. It was banging! More actions coming soon! #ReadyToSNAP pic.twitter.com/7H3VEqQz3Z
— South Side Workers Center (@southsideworker) February 22, 2020
- According to Appalachians Against Pipelines, police dressed as pipeline workers violently arrested someone at the Yellow Finch tree sit which has been actively fighting the Mountain Valley Pipeline for over a year. Currently the water protector is being held without bail and has sustain injuries.
- Finally in Colorado Springs, people blocked streets and faced several arrests as they demonstrated outside of a recent Trump rally.
- Donate here to help out Appalachians Against Pipelines.
- Support those arrested at the Colorado Springs protest against Trump.
- Areas of Kentucky are experiencing massive flooding. Please donate through Mutual Aid Disaster Relief here if you can.
- February 23rd: Call for March Against Police Brutality. Long Beach, CA. More info.
- March 6th – March 15th: Appalachian Climate Action Camp. More info.
- March 22nd: Anarchist Assembly. Caguas, Puerto Rico. More info.
- April 9th – 12th: Conference on Jewish Anarchism. Chicago, IL. More info.
- April 25th: Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair. Oakland, CA. More info.
- May 16-18th: Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. More info.
- July 3rd – 5th: Dan and Spit Antifascist Music Festival. Asheville, NC. More info.
This song, Heroes of Cascadia, by the Doug Fury’s, memorializes two people, Taliesin Namkai-Meche, Ricky Best, and a third, Micah Fletcher who was seriously injured, after they attempted to stop a white nationalist on Portland train from harassing two young women of color, one black and one wearing a hijab. The killer was recently found guilty on all counts despite attempts by the far-Right to paint him as acting in self-defense.
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