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Welcome, to This Is America, October 20th, 2021.
On today’s episode, we speak with attorney Brad Thomson about the case of anarchist and antifascist, Dan Baker, who was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison in Florida, after posting calls to social media for counter-demonstrations against the far-Right, directly after the attempted January 6th pro-Trump storming of the DC capitol. We discuss how the state utilized fear of anarchists, antifascists, and Baker’s background of volunteering with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the fight against ISIS in the autonomous region of Rojava, in order to paint him as a monster and dangerous to the public at large.
We then switch to our discussion, where we unpack the latest bombshells from whistleblowers at Facebook. All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news!
Living and Fighting
— John #ProtectThackerPass (@Johnnthelefty) October 13, 2021
In Portland, over 100 people took to the streets to remember and celebrate the life of anarchist Sean “Armeanio” Kealiher, who was killed in a hit and run two years ago.
For ppl wondering, no sign of police moving in at #BlackburnTakeover at this time after notice that it could happen tonite. Currently occupation has reached about 35 tents plus ppl sleeping inside Blackburn at Howard. pic.twitter.com/zdqZCkyrsm
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) October 19, 2021
There are occupations happening at two HBCUs. At Howard University, students have maintained a sit-in an autonomous occupation over housing conditions, while in Atlanta, another occupation has been launched demanding administrators address basic conditions. According to Yahoo News:
Tensions at Howard University reached a boiling point this week as students staged a sit-in over housing conditions they say are so bad that some students have gotten sick, while others have been forced to stay on the streets. The complaints made by students run the gamut from mold infestations, rats and insects running amuck, to safety concerns, with students questioning why they pay nearly $50,000 a year for such “unlivable” conditions.
— zellie (@zellieimani) October 20, 2021
As Newsone reported:
On Monday, Atlanta University Center students launched an occupation of the Clark Atlanta University Promenade, demanding their respective administrations address basic living conditions.
Students at Howard are standing firm, stating:
“This is a clear and concise message from the Blackburn Takeover Family to administration; we will not be leaving this building until our demands are met,” one student said. “So, the sooner you come to that realization, the sooner we can get the f*ck out.”
— Autonomous News: Atlanta (@AutonomousATL) October 19, 2021
Also in Atlanta, protests have begun against construction of the “Cop City,” project. According to Defend the Atlanta forest:
Yesterday’s demonstration was a success! No construction occurred despite [p]olice mobilizing 20+ vehicles in the vicinity of the forest. Pressure must continue in a variety of ways to halt all construction. NoCopCity! Today the Atlanta Forest was defended. What can you do to stop construction at cop city?
WARNING: this is traumatic to watch. Indigenous land defenders arrested at #fairyCreekBlockade including Pacheedaht land defender Whale Tale removed from her own territories. At one point it was unknown as to whether she was breathing after arrest. Happened two hours ago. pic.twitter.com/4YmfJLVgvZ
— Brandi Morin (@Songstress28) October 18, 2021
In so-called British Columbia, the repression continues at the Fairy Creek Blockade, as the courts have given a green light to another injunction against forest defense. Check the Fairy Creek Blockade on Instagram for daily updates.
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) October 16, 2021
In DC, people to to the streets of Antwan Gilmore, a man that was shot by police while sleeping in his car.
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) October 15, 2021
Support eco-defense prisoner Jessica Reznicek by ordering a new benefit shirt here.
Families of ICE detainees inside Hudson County Correctional are on hand as activists chain themselves together across the driveway, calling for detainees release, not transfer. pic.twitter.com/w2e9Dgn5sX
— PROTEST_NYC (@protest_nyc) October 16, 2021
Families and supporters of ICE detainees locked inside of Hudson County Correctional in so-called New Jersey, shut down streets and entrances to the facility, calling for detainees immediate release.
— Tequesta Black Star (@MiamiTBS) October 16, 2021
Massive protests rocked Puerto Rico last weekend, against continued US colonization and the privatization of the island’s energy grid.
BREAKING: a water protector in Michigan took action to stop oil flow on Line 5, an @Enbridge pipeline, while the band Only Lucky Once played a show nearby.
From the valve turner: “I know my life is in danger from the risk of a spill and from the contributions to climate change.” pic.twitter.com/xXCi5yl4HY
— Resist Line 3 (@ResistLine3) October 19, 2021
Line 5 protesters shut down oil production at one site, using tools to literally turn off the flow of oil.
Anger is growing among rank-n-file #IATSE members, as wildcat walkouts are called + many are pushing for a rejection of latest contract proposal. Meanwhile, 10K John Deere workers walked out against wishes of union leaders. #NetflixWalkout #Striketober https://t.co/F1VAYLrn8T
— It's Going Down (@IGD_News) October 20, 2021
Lastly, anger is growing among rank-n-file workers in the film and television industry and at streaming giants, as wildcat walkouts are called and many are pushing for a rejection of the latest contract proposal. Meanwhile, 10,000 John Deere workers walked out against the wishes of union leaders, kicking off a massive strike. Back in Hollywood, on Wednesday, Netflix workers participated in a walkout against the streaming service in the wake of corporate’s doubling down in support of Dave Chappelle’s anti-trans comments.
It’s Going Down
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