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Welcome, to This Is America, March 23th, 2021.
On today’s show, we start off with an action roundup, from ongoing resistance to the Line 3 pipeline, continued battles on the streets with the State, to the growing struggle for housing and much more.
We then switch to our discussion, were we tackle the need for peer-to-peer support in both our movements and lives.
There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get into it!
Living and Fighting
Situation at Border Worsens
- The Biden administration is currently expanding the number of camps to hold migrant children and their families. As one report wrote:
Biden administration officials confirmed that they are expanding the number of camps to hold the influx of migrants including a convention center in Dallas that will be used to imprison children. Another camp in Midland, Texas, is also being used.
The White House is desperate to cover up a swell of migrants coming to the US-Mexico border, the overwhelming majority of whom are escaping extreme violence and poverty in Central America. The worsening conditions in the camps have proven to be a political embarrassment for a government that was voted in on a promise to reverse the anti-immigrant policies enforced by Trump.
Over 15,000 migrant children are in U.S. custody.
The Biden admin has refused to let news organizations in migrant detention centers. After a trip to one in Texas, @RepCuellar released these photos.
“We ought to take care of those kids like they’re our own kids,” he said. pic.twitter.com/BiEL8X6bOK
— AJ+ (@ajplus) March 23, 2021
- Newly leaked photos show that conditions inside migrant detention facilities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic remain just as bad under Biden as under Trump. According to one report:
Although the Biden administration ended one particularly egregious practice, separating parents and children and detaining them in separate facilities, it is keeping families “united” by expelling them back across the border, denying their rights to file asylum claims once they reach US soil. In response to political attacks from Republicans demanding even more cruel treatment of immigrants, Biden sent envoys to Mexico and Guatemala on Monday to ask officials to assist the US in blocking migrants from reaching the border.
The Mexican government has already increased its presence of law enforcement at its southern border, under pressure from the Trump Administration. Mexico has been engaged in its own deportations, which it euphemistically calls “assisted returns.” Immigrants in “migration stations” face abhorrent conditions and attacks from police.
Biden’s promises of reversing Trump’s asylum policies have proven to be lies, as his administration has continued to arrest, detain, and deport migrants in large numbers. More than 100,000 people were detained by immigration officials in February alone. This includes 9,460 unaccompanied minors, a more than 60 percent increase from January.
Rebellion in Haiti
- People across Haiti’s capitol of Port-au-Prince and beyond continue to riot as a massive uprising sweeps the country in opposition to the US-backed Haitian president, tied to widespread kidnappings, authoritarian violence and massive corruption. VICE reports that in the last two years, at least 180 people have been killed by security forces during demonstrations against the regime.
Protests have spread beyond #Haiti's capital growing more frequent in the countryside such as this community action in Commune Bainet du département Sud Est. They are calling for resignation of @moisejovenel & the arrest of #PHTK ruling party mayor. pic.twitter.com/1GXgT2KZGU
— HaitiInfoProj (@HaitiInfoProj) March 11, 2021
The Fight Against the Line 3 Pipeline
Actions against the Line 3 pipeline continue across the so-called United States as part of a week of action aimed at stopping the construction of the pipeline. If you’re looking for on the ground reports and action updates, Resist Line 3 on Twitter has been doing weekly action roundups that are worth checking out. Here’s some notable actions:
- On March 18th, there was a blockade of a Line 3 pump station. Lockdowns against machinery also stopped construction.
BREAKING: Two water protectors have locked themselves to a machine on a Line 3 worksite in St. Louis County.
— Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) March 18, 2021
BREAKING: Water Protectors Blockade Line 3 Pump Station!
(Swatara, MN) Thursday morning, 7 water protectors locked to each other, blocking work on an Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pump station.
— giniw collective (@GiniwCollective) March 18, 2021
- In Portland, there was a militant march on a Chase bank location, one of the banks involved with funding the Line 3 project. Clashes broke out and graffiti slogans were written.
Yesterday during a march in solidarity with the Anishinaabe, Portland protestors stopped at a @Chase location and shut it down.
Chase Bank has provided over 7.7 billion to the tar sands industry. https://t.co/yTbK7k8Jhl
— Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) March 12, 2021
- Across the US, groups also protested outside of various banks demanding divestment from Line 3.
— Diablo Rising Tide (@RTBayArea) March 19, 2021
— FANG (@FangCollective) March 13, 2021
- In so-called Vancouver, people also blocked railroad tracks in solidarity with the struggle against Line 3.
Indigenous youth collective @BraidedWarriors have shut down the railway tracks beside Renfrew Skytrain in Vancouver, BC to show solidarity with @GiniwCollective battle against Line 3 pipeline! #StopLine3 #NoConsent #NoPipeline #NoMoreStolenSister pic.twitter.com/xjtIsJCfhD
— Siiam Hamilton (@siiamhamilton) March 13, 2021
- In New York, a coalition of antifascist and anarchist groups held an antifascist block party last weekend featuring music, speakers, and presentations on local struggles. Here’s the homie Daryl Lamont Jenkins addressing the crowd:
Antifascist researcher/scholar Daryle Jenkins spoke at the antifascist block party in Brooklyn earlier today. (Part 1) pic.twitter.com/8NL9bAMG6f
— Ash J (@AshAgony) March 20, 2021
- In Sandy, Oregon, the Proud Boys rallied in support of a local church who had called for a “Celebrate the Natural Heterosexual Family” event, while pro-LGBTQ groups and community members held a counter-rally across the street:
Where ever people collectively mobilize to better their conditions, the Proud Boys will be there to actively push back against them under the threat of outright violence. https://t.co/OrJ1PjXVlS
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) March 20, 2021
- Across North America, thousands rallied against anti-Asian attacks:
"Joe Biden isn't coming to save us…." https://t.co/KbKnFw0D10
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) March 21, 2021
"We want to avoid any interactions with the police today"
Activists rally in downtown Atlanta to show solidarity with Asian-Americans in the wake of tragedy. pic.twitter.com/Dsn2VcPeNY
— Sean Keenan (@ThatSeanKeenan) March 20, 2021
Photo Essay: Approximately 4000 people (at the high point) protested yesterday in Montreal against anti-Asian racism, in the aftermath of the #AtlantaMassacre of massage parlor workers. #SupportSexWorkers #StopAntiAsianRacism #EndWhiteSupremacy #MakeRacistsAfraidAgain (1/) pic.twitter.com/9qssoUXdyZ
— No Borders Media (@NoBordersMedia) March 22, 2021
Mutual Aid in the Face of Water Crisis
- People across Mississippi and in cities like Jackson, have been without water for over a month following winter storms knocking out failing and dilapidated infrastructure. In response, autonomous anti-capitalist groups like Cooperation Jackson have been involved in mutual aid, water distribution efforts. To find out more and how to support them, go here.
— Cooperation Jackson (@CooperationJXN) March 23, 2021
- Autonomous comrades protested outside of ICE in Adelanto against the continued imprisonment of individuals and families.
Today, we've stood outside of the ICE detention center in Adelanto and protested against the continued imprisonment of innocent people and their families. That even a single person remains in detention at these camps is a travesty and one of this country's greatest shames. pic.twitter.com/x2qt0MpG8y
— High Desert Mutual Aid (@aid_high) March 14, 2021
- In Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California people threw down in the streets against police on the one year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s murder, clashing with police and throwing projectiles.
OTG at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in Portland, OR where a large protest has gathered on the one year anniversary of the killing of Breonna Taylor pic.twitter.com/RxnKe5ZdUe
— Mathieu Lewis-Rolland (@MathieuLRolland) March 14, 2021
Justice for Breonna Taylor demonstration. Crowd is getting bigger down at the injustice center as the march from the burnside bridge arrives. The group here is cheering as they approach and we join together pic.twitter.com/W22oZNEHOc
— Alissa Azar (@AlissaAzar) March 14, 2021
This video shows the speed the shield wall has to run to stay ahead of a kettle.
It’s best not to use side streets, but when you do, you have to move quick to take that far intersection before the police have time to react.
Operational initiative favors lightweight shields. pic.twitter.com/2OvtqHXMT7
— Chad Loder (@chadloder) March 16, 2021
Tenant and Housing Struggles
- A struggle by residents and supporters of the Near North encampment in so-called Minneapolis has been escalating in recent weeks as people have been actively resisting attempts by the police to evict them. Last week, people blocked major intersections in response to a brutal, yet ultimately unsuccessful police attack on the Near North encampment, as authorities attempted to evict residents.
Activists shutdown two major intersections yesterday in so called uptown Minneapolis in response to the state sanctioned kidnapping at Near North Thursday.
Stand against necropolitics!❤️🔥🖤
— MNUPRISING (@MnUrising) March 21, 2021
Here is an extended video of this mornings pig riot with sound from the copaganda press conference later. A comrade said “These cops were practically foaming at the mouth they were really on their fascism today. Like they were trying to start a fight.” https://t.co/9SRPJBzhp5 pic.twitter.com/EcIZni7jPk
— MNUPRISING (@MnUrising) March 18, 2021
- In Berkeley, California, tenants held a rally against attempts by UC Berkeley to evict tenants at 1921 Walnut Street. Resistance to UC Berkeley’s attempts to bulldoze and evict those at People’s Park also continues to be met with resistance, as people continue to occupy the park. According to the Daily Cal:
Between the evening of March 4 and the early morning of March 5, there were seven reports of vandalism at the private homes of UC Berkeley employees and officials, which are believed to be connected to the pending development on People’s Park. The alleged vandals slashed tires and broke vehicle windows, threw a brick in the window of a residence and spray painted “highly threatening, hateful” graffiti, according to a statement from campus.
For one member of the campus administration, the vandalism stated, “you try it, we riot,” the spokesperson said. They added that some people were called “murderers” and other “disgusting” language was used, much of which they could not relay, leaving those affected “deeply concerned.”
- A communique posted to Indybay.org read:
We want more than to simply end State and Private terror against our houseless friends. Eradicating displacement, gentrication, and those other buzzwords won’t satiate us. The administration at UC Berkeley and the City are prophets of a liberal, high-tech, ruthlessly policed capitalist society that is already killing us and our planet. We want to rip every rose out of the flowerbeds of their planned society and make their and every one of their cronies’ lives and jobs miserable.
— 1921 Walnut St Association (@save1921walnut) March 18, 2021
- Lauren Reed is in need of donations and letters. More info here.
- Support Cooperation Jackson and their mutual aid work in response to the recent storms in Mississippi.
- Sunday, March 28th: 2pm, Union Square, New York. Rally and Newroz celebration in solidarity with Rojava Revolution.
- Sunday, March 28th: George Floyd Square, Minneapolis, MN, 1 PM. “How to Fight Repression 101.”
- Sunday, March 28th: 12pm, Salem Capitol, Oregon. Rally against far-Right.
- Saturday, April 3rd: 1pm, Auburn, IN, DeKalp County Courthouse. Mobilize against KKK Rally.
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