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Welcome to This Is America, June 17th, 2020.
In this episode, first we talk with two people who have been spending time in the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone, or CHAZ. We discuss their experiences, the extreme amount of misinformation that has been pushed by the far-Right, and what day to day life looks there.
We then speak with two people from the Palm Beach Tenants Union about attacks on their organization since they launched a series of direct actions last December. The group needs some real support, so please donate here.
We then switch to a discussion, were we continue to look at the evolving terrain of the rebellion and attempts by both liberals and the State of crush it.
All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!
Living and Fighting
There’s a lot going on! Here’s some quick headlines.
- Fox News got caught photo-shopping images together in an attempt to paint the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ as a violent hell-hole.
- The 75 year old Buffalo resident and Catholic Worker who was pushed over by riot police currently has a fractured skull and cannot walk.
- The son of a Sheriff and a former GOP delegate to the 2016 RNC convention shot a protester at a rally where people were attempting to remove a Conquistador statue in so-called New Mexico has been IDed as Steven Baca. Donate to help the person shot here.
- Proud Boys attacked someone filming them at the CHAZ and destroyed their phone. Help them out here.
- There’s are a lot of reports of FBI door-knocks and harassment. Please read up on what to do if this happens to you.
- June 11th, a day of solidarity with anarchist prisoners has come and gone. If you haven’t, please take a moment and write to political prisoners. Want some tips on how to write, go here.
A message from Jeremy on this #June11 International Day of Solidarity with Long-Term Anarchist Prisoners.
“The flames burn bright in the streets, but even brighter in our hearts!” – Jeremy Hammond #JeremyIn140
— Jeremy Hammond Support Committee (@FreeJeremyNet) June 11, 2020
— Liz Jones (@KUOWLiz) June 12, 2020
- The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) continues, although at this point there are reports that numerous self-appointed leaders have entered into discussions with the city government. In Seattle last Friday, over 60,000 people marched in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the police precinct that police vacated is still empty. Despite numerous attempts by Fox News and far-Right trolls to discredit the movement through misinformation and outright lying, the CHAZ has continued to enjoy wide scale support. On Monday June 15th, members of the Proud Boys gang armed with hand guns attacked someone filming them outside of the CHAZ, destroying their phone, and beating them. To follow the CHAZ, check out this site.
Following weeks of brutal police + military occupation, people have come together to take back their streets. But now, government, police + media all want to attack #CHAZ in #Seattle using weapons ranging from conspiracy theories to co-option. Check out: https://t.co/FP6uDZyTZm pic.twitter.com/YUtbMMxBu4
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) June 15, 2020
The No Cop Co-op is getting… huge. pic.twitter.com/KTvPhWvUYM
— Chase Burns (@chaseburnsy) June 13, 2020
- Over the past week, other autonomous zones have also been launched, each with different levels of success. One was attempted in Asheville, North Carolina, however it was shut down quickly by the police. In Nashville, Tennessee people have set up a protest at the State capitol and it is ongoing. In Philadelphia, PA an encampment led by Black abolitionist organizations and houseless folks demanding housing has been set up an encampment which is growing. Meanwhile in Chicago, people last Saturday ended a protest after “occupying the University Of Chicago Police Department after demanding their dissolution” for several days.
Some improvements & ingenuity by the residents of the encampment on 22nd & the Parkway.
— jason n. peters (@JPeters2100) June 16, 2020
25+ tents so far at the Van Colln Memorial Field encampment and even more people. The city needs to start caving to demands because its people are not backing down nor going to be tear gassed into submission. #HousingForAll #DefundThePolice #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/lkIeCyAlMj
— Maddie Rose ☭ (@uliveinasociety) June 11, 2020
— Chicago Commune (@chicago_commune) June 13, 2020
Continued Resistance in the Streets
- In Atlanta, Georgia a rebellion kicked off after police shot and killed Rayshard Brooks outside of a Wendy’s on Saturday. A mass demonstration the day after took to the streets, clashed with police, attacked police cars, looted stores, wrote graffiti, and also set fire to the Wendy’s outside of where Brooks was murdered. Police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas, which was quickly put out by the crowd. Following Brooks’ murder, the police chief quit and the “two officers involved in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, were fired and placed on administrative duty respectively.” Hip-hop artist Killer Mike of Run the Jewels also appeared at one point attempt during the demonstrations in an attempt to calm the crowd down, but had no affect.
- Mass protests, marches, rallies, and pickets continued across the US.
- In Olympia, Washington there was a larger rally outside of the police station.
— Olympia Stand ✊ (@Olystand) June 12, 2020
- In Boston, MA there was a mass march on City Hall to demand that police be defunded.
— Amaka Ubaka (@AmakaUbakaTV) June 10, 2020
- A militant marches took place in Oakland and Atlanta last Friday night, leading to clashes with the police.
- A rally in Portland demanded police off the PSU campus.
- A mass march of over 1K took place in New York in Crown Heights.
A group of at least 1000 protestors originating from Crown Heights are moving north-east toward the 77th Precinct. pic.twitter.com/MiZSC3nq1C
— NYC Protest Updates (@protest_nyc) June 12, 2020
- In San Francisco and Pittsburgh, skateboarders held Black Lives Matter rallies.
hundreds of skaters from all over the bay area are flying down twin peaks and through downtown SF at “bomb hills for black lives,” a demonstration that aims to bring awareness to the black lives matter movement & dispel anti-blackness in the skating community. story coming soon! pic.twitter.com/OzKNzryxxp
— amanda bartlett (@byabartlett) June 11, 2020
- In Columbus, Ohio large demonstrations continue to march on the police station.
— SURJ Columbus (@SURJColumbusOH) June 12, 2020
- Intense and violent standoffs continue at the fence erected by the police in Portland, Oregon. With people continuing to defy the police and rally each night, often facing extreme violence from police projectiles.
WATCH – Another protester who cut through the fence at Portland's Justice Center is shot by police with something, hard to say what. Police swarm in, but the person escapes through the fence. Video by photojournalist @photocorry #LiveOnK2 pic.twitter.com/lQSZsTbYTO
— Dan McCarthy (@DanMcKATU) June 13, 2020
- Noise demonstrations were also organized outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center in New York.
Protesters are outside Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) demanding justice for #JamelFloyd. You can hear the people locked up inside banging on their windows. #FreeThemAll #FireToThePrisons pic.twitter.com/ws57NUTSPc
— Ash J (@AshAgony) June 12, 2020
- ICE detainees in El Paso, Texas also recently went on strike in solidarity with George Floyd.
“Everywhere I go, statues crumble for me…”
The current wave of anti-racist and anti-colonial action has also led to Confederate and colonial statues across the so-called United States (and beyond) being pulled down, destroyed, and simply vandalized by groups of people both large and small. This includes but is not limited to:
- In Richmond, Virginia, the Robert E. Lee statue and Richmond Police memorial was heavily vandalized along with a statue of Williams Carter Wickham. Protesters also tore down the Jefferson Davis Memorial.
- In Portsmouth, Virginia, protesters decapitated several Confederate statue figures and pulled another down.
- Nashville, Tennessee, a statue of Edward W. Carmack was torn down by protesters.
- Dover, Deleware saw its police memorial totally vandalized.
- In Birmingham, Alabama, the statue of Charles Linn was toppled.
- In Eugene, Oregon, two “Pioneer” statues were torn down.
- In Portland, Oregon, a statue of Thomas Jefferson was toppled at a high school.
- In New Orleans, the bust of John McDonogh was removed by demonstrators.
- In Montgomery, Alabama, the statue of Robert E. Lee at a local high school was torn down by protesters.
- The Jefferson Davis statue was pulled down in Richmond, Virginia.
- Statues of Christopher Columbus were also torn down in various cities including Richmond, Saint Paul, and Boston – where the statue was decapitated.
- In many other examples, the revolt pushed city governments to remove many, many more statues and monuments on their own accord, or risk angry people pulling them down on their own.
— 🏛BK🏛 (@BradKutner) June 11, 2020
Jubilant mood here as these statues come down. pic.twitter.com/ObfkwxW5Jb
— Matt Jones (@jones_mattryan) June 11, 2020
Members of AIM sing the AIM song over the fallen Columbus statue in St Paul pic.twitter.com/0wrvvw0ey6
— Max Nesterak (@maxnesterak) June 10, 2020
Black people all over the city are doing photoshoots at the new and improved confederate memorials. I think this one is attributed to Aisha Shabazz. A nice throw-back vibe. pic.twitter.com/QGNmM8WIgQ
— Tressie McMillan Cottom (@tressiemcphd) June 11, 2020
- Tenants across so-called North America are joining the rent strike or continuing to strike. In Toronto, the Keep Your Rent movement is heating up, with mass actions and mobilizations happening against landlords and people preparing for a wave of potential evictions as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of slowing down.
(THREAD 1/5): On May 31, tenants from Goodwood Park and Fountainhead Road held a press conference outside of Hawthorne Place Care Centre. Their landlord Ben Friedman (Ranee Management) is the president Rykka Care Centres, which owns this COVID-stricken long-term care home. Watch: pic.twitter.com/nj6VcPqCSQ
— PeoplesDefenceTO (@Peoples_Defence) June 11, 2020
— #CancelRent CASA-New Settlement #CanceleLaRenta (@CASAbronx) June 1, 2020
- Fruit workers in Washington are declaring victory in a series of strikes against agricultural corporate giants. Social media reports that strikes have forced companies to recognize the workers as a bargaining entity and also adhere to social distancing and PPE demands.
We won at Columbia Reach pic.twitter.com/OFlG1q1Q0C
— Familias Unidas (@FUJWashington) June 11, 2020
- Renters in Portland have set up a new website for anti-eviction response. Check it out here.
The waves of evictions are coming, and the more organized we get now, the better. pic.twitter.com/SuGacLygi3
— David Rovics (@drovics) June 11, 2020
- McDonald’s workers recently went out on strike in Berkeley, California after over half a dozen tested positive for COVID-19.
BREAKING: McDonald's workers are ON STRIKE from the store at 1998 Shattuck Ave in Berkeley, California
SEVEN of us have tested positive for #COVID19.
— Fight For 15 Nor Cal (@NorCalFF15) June 12, 2020
It’s Going Down
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