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Welcome, to This Is America, July 3rd, 2021.
On today’s episode we launch straight into our discussion, where we tackle how the Right has built an AstroTurf campaign around the demonetization of ‘Critical Race Theory,’ and how this relates to broader attacks on basic rights. We then dive into a blow by blow of the Biden administration’s newly published report on “domestic terrorism” and what it all means.
All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news.
Living and Fighting
The Fight Against Line 3
As cities across the world sweat through record breaking heat, the State continues to attack autonomous movements and struggles attempting to stop the extraction of fossil fuels and destroy the natural environment for profit.
After 14 hours, the police finally left the Namewag Camp driveway, yet some are staged at a nearby power line easement. A person who locked down to one of the parked vehicles was extracted and arrested. pic.twitter.com/bqBMFDHgyg
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) June 29, 2021
In so-called Minnesota, police in an attempt to finish the drilling of the Line 3 pipeline, set up a barricade on the outskirts of someone’s property where Water Protectors were staying. The resistance “camp woke up to Hubbard County handing over a letter stating they would be barricading the sole access to camp in 4 hours. As the day wore on, police formed a riot line and attempted to push into the premises. County sheriffs were met with fierce resistance… Hubbard continued to escalate the situation into the night, arresting a dozen people and towing vehicles off the road. Over-policing and militarization by Enbridge-backed police in the north country is out of control,” the Giniw Collective reported.
Dozens of climate-justice protesters…occupied the northeast regional headquarters of Canada-based Enbridge Corporation, near Boston, MA. The occupation lasted for a total of 26 hours.
On July 1st, direct actions continued to put a halt to pipeline construction.
Cordons of state troopers have arrived in school busses to the tar sands pipeline work site in Hubbard County, MN where some water protectors are still locked down to construction equipment
— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) July 1, 2021
Week of Action to Defend the Atlanta Forest Wraps Up
#Atlanta officials are pushing to cut down 300 acres of forest to build a "Cop City" megacomplex + expand a Hollywood studio. Resistance to the project has taken many forms + today a protest against the development marched on the Atlanta Police foundation. Photos via @nathansapp pic.twitter.com/XkluKzzdzw
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) June 26, 2021
Support for the campaign to defend the Atlanta forest is growing. Here’s a report from someone on the ground on the recent week of action:
A week of action took place June 20-26 for the movement to Defend the Atlanta Forest. The movement has taken off as two project proposals threaten over 1,000 acres of forest in South Atlanta, Georgia. A vibrant and varied week of action brought out hundreds to spend time in the forest. Events included ecology walks and talks, movie night in the forest, a shabbat dinner, Kid’s Day, a non-monogamy discussion group, a hardcore show with several hundred attendees who got confrontational with the police, a forest rave that brought out hundreds to dance in Intrenchment Creek under the full moon, and a demonstration which resulted in a smashed window at the Atlanta Police Foundation offices, firefly monitoring, mycology education, tree planting, a two night encampment in the forest, and much more. City officials, the Atlanta Police Foundation, Blackhall Movie studios and major corporations are attempting to devastate this forest by building a major regional police training center as well as the largest movie soundstage in the U.S., but resistance to these projects grows stronger every day. Follow @defendatlantaforest on Instagram and @defendATLforest on Twitter as well as #NoCopCity and #dtfatl to keep up with the movement.
Mutual Aid Heats Up
— Cooperation Jackson (@CooperationJXN) June 29, 2021
This past week gave us a glimpse into the horrors that lie just on the horizon from climate change, as new reports pointed to the growing threat to the arctic and horrifying examples of monstrous weather patterns. In the face of a crippling heat wave across regions like the Pacific Northwest, which left hundreds dead and many more hospitalized and saw literal firestorms, autonomous groups are mobilizing to provide mutual aid. This includes organizations like Symbiosis in Portland, OR and Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, who are running cooling centers and water distribution hubs. Both groups have already been involved in the distribution of emergency supplies, including water, as Symbiosis has been working with rural communities in the face of ongoing water shortages following last summer’s devastating fires and Cooperation Jackson has been distributing water following massive hurricanes which knocked out water infrastructure. Check out our interview with someone from the Willamette Action Collective in the next episode for a discussion on autonomous disaster relief in an age of global warming.
With fires and this heat wave excaserbating the water crisis in Warm Springs, we've been doubling efforts to transport large amounts of water this week. If you have funds please donate to cash app: $XulXiYut funds are going fast as the water drops continue to not be enough. pic.twitter.com/9kdfsj7RXA
— Symbiosis PDX ☀️❤️🌻 (@Symbiosis_PDX) June 26, 2021
The Fight for Abolition
As Biden doubles down in support of the police and the Right and the neoliberal center attempt to play up misconstrued reports of rising crime, anger remains high as police killings continue to push many into the streets.
- In Lonoke County, Arkansas protests broke out following the police killing of 17-year old Hunter Brittain, was was killed by a Sheriff as he was fixing his car so he could get to work in the morning.
Protests continue at the Lonoke County Sheriffs Office tonight after Hunter Brittain, 17, was shot and killed by Sgt. Michael Davis in a traffic stop.
Brittain's family says they want justice– not chaos– after people were doing burnouts in the parking lot last night.
— Hunter Hoagland (@HunterHoagland) June 26, 2021
- In Elizabeth City, NC protests have continued now for two months strong, demanding justice following the police murder of Andrew Brown, Jr.
— 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@AndreaRovenski) June 27, 2021
- In Bloomington, IN, people took to the streets to march on the Sheriff’s office to demand authorities release the body cam footage in the shooting death of Malik Ali Malik, who was killed in a police chase back in April.
- In Minneapolis, MN, protests continue in memory of Winston Smith, who was killed by federal authorities several weeks ago and Deona Marie Erickson, who was killed by a driver while protesting Smith’s assassination several days later. People have been holding space in the area where both were killed and last week people overturned dumpsters in the street and set them on fire as fresh clashes with police broke out. An autonomous zone, known as Smith-Marie Square, has also been set up that includes a garden, while back and forth with the city continues over control of the space, as well as at George Floyd Square, which the city and non-profits have recently been successful in opening up to traffic. Events remain ongoing at both spaces. Follow Smith-Marie Square on Twitter for updates.
— Whittier Cop Watch (@whittcopwatch) June 26, 2021
— Visual Black Justice (@VBJ_Minneapolis) June 25, 2021
It’s beautiful out at Wince Marie Way this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/Dcnv9BQByo
— Rachel Bean (@colocha_rachel) June 24, 2021
- Last week in Portland, a man was shot and killed by police after calling 911 in an effort to seek medical help. People gathered at the scene to face down police and clashes broke out when authorities attempted to violently clear the area. In a communique posted to Rose City Counter-Info:
In response to the Portland Police murder of Michael Ray Townsend on June 24, a parking lot containing multiple Portland Police Bureau squad cars was attacked. A hole was cut into the surrounding barbed wire fence, and a dozen vehicles were hit. All cars had their windows, windshields, lights and mirrors smashed, and abolitionists / anarchists messages were painted across their exteriors. A fire extinguisher filled with paint was used to completely cover multiple squad cars, as well as their interiors.
Everyday the pigs turn our public spaces into open air prisons. We call on all abolitionists to take the defunding and disarming of the pigs into their own hands.
PPB riot line move in & mace community members that have gathered outside the crime scene where a man was shot by PPB tonight. From my viewpoint, there was no escalation from the crowd that warranted this use of force. A few water bottles were thrown after they maced the crowd. pic.twitter.com/53iKxLLsLm
— Grace Morgan (@gravemorgan) June 25, 2021
- ICE detainees in New Jersey on hunger-strike have been transferred. Recent direct actions have targeted the facility, attempting to blockade deportation vans. As The Guardian wrote: “Abolish Ice NY-NJ, a coalition of organizations seeking to shut down prisons and immigration detention centers, believes 39 detainees were on a hunger strike before the transfer, and that among their concerns were their video tablets being taken away – preventing them from communicating with attorneys and families about their potential move.”
ICE uses our streets to move, isolate, and then deport people every day.
Here's what happens when people get in the way and stop them:
— ✡️ Never Again Action ✡️ (@NeverAgainActn) June 30, 2021
- COVID-19 infections continue to spread at the ICE detention facility in Tacoma, WA. Currently there is a call-in campaign being organized in response.
- Members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon, went on strike in response to poor pay and conditions.
Today, on the 116th anniversary of the founding of the IWW, Doughnut Workers United went on strike to protest the conditions at Voodoo Doughnuts. We love and thank every last one of you for supporting us in this action.#dwu #voodoodoughnut #union #unionstrong💪 pic.twitter.com/RxKa36wZzm
— Doughnut Workers United (@DWU_PDX) June 27, 2021
- In Chicago, workers at a co-op grocery store are also going on strike, after management has refused to address worker grievances and unfair labor practices.
— Dill Pickle Worker’s Union (@dillpickle_iww) July 2, 2021
- Sanitation workers in Elizabeth City, NC have also gone on strike to demand higher wages; blocking streets and being joined in solidarity with locals protesting the police murder of Andrew Brown.
Breaking protest, #ElizabethCity city workers occupy Colonial, and MLK Jr to protest for higher wages in accordance with their valuation, demanding that city council raise the wages. #AndrewBrown protesters join in solidarity. pic.twitter.com/dG8dqTCH87
— 🚩🐶Andrea Of The Anti-Fascist Variety✊🐘🏴 (@AndreaRovenski) June 29, 2021
#ElizabethCity city workers on day #2 of their #strike today! After 3 years of 0% raises and being 35% behind others in their industry, city council decided tonight on pathetic 4% raise and to study $15/hr minimum wage #organizethesouth pic.twitter.com/fEoK9zTTfO
— Dante Strobino (@imastringbean) July 1, 2021
- 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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