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Welcome, to This Is America, January 18th, 2022.
On this episode, we speak with a student involved in organizing ongoing strikes in the Oakland Unified School District. We talk about the spread of Omicron throughout schools, the impact of sickout actions by teachers, and how students began to self-organize to issue their own demands and push for schools to close as the variant has surged.
When Cutting Class Is a Matter of Life and Deathhttps://t.co/TAqWIK7tGA
The wave of student walkouts looming around the US is the front line of the fight against a future in which human life is held cheap and we take mass casualties for granted.
Solidarity to the students.🏴 pic.twitter.com/ge59W3r3g5
— CrimethInc. (@crimethinc) January 18, 2022
We then switch to our discussion, were we address the importance of the latest round of strikes, as they represent a direct response from below against current conditions which rejects the policies of both major corporate parties that are pushing for the re-opening of workplaces and schools at the expense of people’s lives.
All this and more, but first, let’s get to the news.
Living and Fighting
Since politicians aren't listening to us, we are taking our fight to the people who line their pockets! @housing4allNY @RTCNYC @CASAbronx @tenantspacny @atun_rsia @GovKathyHochul @CarlHeastie @SenatorASC @BrianKavanaghNY @nycDSA @BrooklynDefense pic.twitter.com/X71z8rnHcl
— CHTU #CancelRent (@CHTenantUnion) January 13, 2022
Protests by tenant unions and other organizations kicked off in New York, after a moratorium on evictions was not extended. Protesters hit the streets, people held rallies – burning their eviction notices, and banners were dropped demanding an end to evictions.
There are currently 223,883 eviction cases pending in New York City…Even if we were not still mired in a global pandemic that is killing millions with no conclusion in sight, even if that pandemic was not surging locally yet again, and even if we were not in the winter months when evictions are particularly devastating—the reopening of evictions would be a gruesome act…as all evictions are violence.
This is in no small part because the city’s conditions—its decrepit infrastructure, the policing of public transportation, the city’s wanton war on the poor and houseless, the ten year waitlist for NYCHA, the state of shelters…ensure that evictions are…an acceleration of enduring marginalization. The looming eviction crisis will be disproportionately black, brown, and made up of women—resuming legal evictions is genocidal class warfare.
We led this speak out with @CHTenantUnion and held a ceremonial demonstration of disavowal towards the deadly eviction machine and the landlords/politicians/capitalist that restarted it. We won’t stop struggling against these evictions. We will #StayAndFightEvictions. https://t.co/9xCkASjbCH
— BrooklynEvictionDefense (@BrooklynDefense) January 15, 2022
Hunger Strike at Rikers Island
…protesting conditions such as lack of medical care and access to other services that have persisted since last year due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of staffing at city jails…over the past year more than a dozen inmates have died in custody, violence has increased and backlogs in the courts due to the pandemic have kept people behind bars for longer periods.
Repression Follows Park Protests in Asheville
According to the Asheville Blade:
Asheville police continue retaliation for camp eviction protests [and j]ust announced [the] arrests of 3 people. Claiming, absurdly, that art supplies in Aston Park counted as “felony littering”…
The arrests are in response to ongoing protests against contentious sweeps of houseless encampments in the city.
Avl cops are furious that the Aston Park demonstrations during the week of Christmas led to them being scrutinized, being caught lying, having to explain themselves, and generally not just do whatever they want without people noticing. So now it sounds like they’re retaliating https://t.co/LneAXmAwJg
— Ursula (@ursulawren) January 14, 2022
Walkouts Against Re-Opening of Schools Continue Across US
Mass walkouts continue across the US, as student organized strikes took place this week in Chicago, Boston and beyond. Students are demanding rapid testing kits, PPE, and a return to online-instruction in the face of the surging Omicron variant. See our updated roundup of worker and student actions here.
"What do we want? Safety! When do we want it? Now!"
Multiple mini rallies going on the sidewalk as drivers passing by honk in support for #Chicago students who have just walked out.
(Yesterday, Illinois hit record COVID hospitalizations) pic.twitter.com/EyzDvSip63
— (C)hicago (F)ree (M)edia (@chifreemedia) January 14, 2022
So proud of my old H.S. Joining Lindblom students in their walkout today. pic.twitter.com/gkZt83VGfy
— essence-jade. (@ijaaziah) January 14, 2022
Rally Against AT&T for Role in Destruction of Atlanta Forest
#StopCopCity protestors at @ATT earlier today, demanding that they divest from APF and the unpopular #CopCity project, which faces criticism for being ecologically destructive, undemocratically planned, and historically irresponsible. @survivalresist @stopcopcity @defendATLforest pic.twitter.com/BqdDR4rNjI
— Autonomous News: Atlanta (@AutonomousATL) January 15, 2022
In so-called Atlanta, GA, people protested AT&T and their role in funding the Cop City project which threatens to destroy the Atlanta Forest.
@survivalresist and other supporters of @stopcopcity movement came out to spread awareness about @ATT sponsoring #CopCity in unincorporated Dekalb. #GeorgiaPolitics #StopCopCity #DefendtheForest #DekalbPolitics #GeorgiaNews #NotOneBladeofGrass pic.twitter.com/gS6zAWMNYV
— Autonomous News: Atlanta (@AutonomousATL) January 9, 2022
Resistance at Winnemucca Indian Colony Continues
Tipi went up today in one of the elders yards. Sacred fire is still going. This is a spiritual war and we will hold the land. pic.twitter.com/tadTknCwa2
— sugarbush crew (@sugarbushgang) January 15, 2022
Resistance at the Winnemucca Indian Colony continues, as land defenders remain committed to supporting elders who are fighting eviction and facing down a variety of forces, from law enforcement to local goons, attempting to remove them. Those on the ground can be supported here.
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