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Dec 15, 21

This Is America #154: Inflation, Class War, and MAGA Factions Jostle for Power

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Welcome, to This Is America, December 15th, 2021.

On this episode we cover resistance news: from clashes in the streets with police, strikes, and recent calls for mutual aid and disaster relief.

We then switch gears and discuss inflation and the ongoing push by the GOP into open fascist politics.

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

Living and Fighting

Late last month, people took to the streets across the US in response to the Rittenhouse verdict.

  • In Portland, a riot was declared as people clashed with police and broke windows in the downtown.

  • New York, anarchists and antifascists organized a night march in Queens, writing graffiti and clashing with the authorities.

  • San Diego, people also took the streets in protest. ‘

Abolitionist Struggle

  • In New York, people continue to take to the streets to demand justice for “Mike Rosado and freedom for his father, who is currently locked up in Rikers Island for trying to defend his son from killer cops.”

  • Abolitionist students at UC Davis marked the 10 year anniversary of police pepper-spraying of Occupy demonstrators by dropping banners, writing graffiti, and setting off smoke canisters in front of the campus police station.

  • Anti-ICE protesters rallied outside of the home of DHS Secretary Mayorkas. Protesters dropped “115 boxes [of] Trump’s 115 ICE contracts, which the Biden administration promised to cancel. Instead Mayorkas has kept them in place, turning local police into extensions of ICE.”

Walk Outs by High School Students

  • Students at Little Elm High School in Texas staged a walkout “in support of a fellow student who was a victim of harassment and sexual assault.” In response to the walkout, police responded with brutality, prompting further protests. Parents also pushed back against admin and police, with one parent stating at a meeting called in response to police brutality, “You have demonized our kids, demonized the sexual assault victims, allowed our children to be tased, manhandled, arrested and jailed.”

  • In Iowa City, “Over 100 students participated in a protest on Friday afternoon, walking out of school as the final period began and meeting…to discuss racism within the district and what they consider the failure of schools and [the] administration to address it.”

  • In San Francisco, hundreds of students walked out in protest of sexual assault.

  • Students at Tigard High School in Oregon also held a walkout in response to a racist video being shared on social media by a student.


Solidarity, Mutual Aid and Disaster Relief

  • In Seattle, people held a rally in solidarity with Rojava.

  • The Heater Bloc has produced a new DIY guide for how to make and distribute copper coil heat burners. Check out the guide, here.

  • There is a renewed call to support the Newe’neen So’ka’pa Camp, which is resisting the forced removal of Native elders from the Winnemucca Indian Colony in so-called Nevada. For ways to donate and a wish list of supplies, go here.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, December 20st: A conversation with William C. Anderson around his new book The Nation on No Map: Black Anarchism and Abolition. 7pm. Register for online event here.
  • Tuesday, December 21st: Writer and activist William C. Anderson shares his latest work, The Nation On No Map, in a live virtual conversation with feminist writer Robyn Maynard. Register for online event here. 7pm.
  • December 31st: Call for NYE Noise Demonstrations outside of jails, prisons, and detention centers. See the call here.
  • Saturday, January 8th: Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair.

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