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Jun 24, 21

This Is America #142: Resisting the Curfew in NYC; A Discussion on ‘Desert’

Welcome, to This Is America, June 25th, 2021.

On today’s show, first we feature an interview with Black House News, about the ongoing resistance to curfews happening in New York and attempts by the State to hold onto control of the streets in a post-pandemic and post-rebellion world. We also discuss how the terrain in DC has changed following the attempted far-Right coup. We then play a recorded text from Perilous Chronicle, about surveillance of teenage activists in so-called Tucson by local police.

We then switch to our discussion, where we cover the horrific realities of climate change and the implications raised in the book Desert for the anarchist movement in an epoch of global warming.

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

Living and Fighting

  • A riot broke out in Rock Hill, South Carolina after a video tape was released of two African-American men being brutally arrested by police earlier in the day. People flooded into the streets on Wednesday night, lighting fires and blocking roadways for hours. More protests are expected.

  • The Defend the Forest campaign in Atlanta continues full swing ahead, with actions gaining steam around a ‘Week of Action.’ Residents are fighting to prevent the construction of a new massive police training facility and defend one of the last remaining green spaces in the area.

  • Antifascists in Oregon City outside of Portland threw down against Proud Boys last week, bravely standing up to the gang of far-Right thugs with well documented connections to white supremacists, the GOP, and the police. In response to the violence from the far-Right, city officials moved to cancel upcoming permits by the Proud Boys. Also in Denver, around 50 anti-capitalist and antifascist protesters rallied outside of the Trumpian, “Western Conservative Conference.”
  • Wildcat strikes and walkouts continue across the US. According to Payday Report, “At Family Dollar [in Pittsburgh]…workers walked out to protest poor working conditions and erratic scheduling. In a Houston suburb, “workers at Hooters walked out…protesting the lack of A/C in the establishment.” Lastly in Florida, nurses hit the streets to protest short staffing and lack of access to supplies during the pandemic.

Upcoming Events

  • June 20th – 26th: Week of Action to Defend the Forest in Atlanta. More info here.
  • June 26th – July 1st: Earth First! Summer Gathering in so-called Minnesota. More info here.
  • August 21st – September 9th: Call for abolitionist actions in support of prisoner struggles. More info here.
  • November 12th – 14th: Protest against white nationalist ‘American Renaissance’ conference in Burns, Tennessee.

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