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Welcome, to This Is America, July 17th, 2018.
In this episode we’ll be talking about headlines, giving an update on Water Protector political prisoners, rent strikes, looking at ICE resistance, and well as revolt and repression updates from across so-called North America.
Also, in this episode we talk to folks at #OccupyICENYC as well as Mark Bray about the proposed “Unmask Antifa” bill from New York Republican, Don Donovan, and what it means.
All this and more, let’s get to the news.
Trump that Regime
Today cracks appeared in the unity between neo-Conservatives in the GOP and the proto-fascist and nationalist side connected to Trump and the Alt-Right. After Trump spoke in front of media after a meeting with Putin, he contradicted law enforcement and the intelligence community, backing up Putin that no Russian interference in the US election had taken place. There was large scale condemnation from both corporate parties, largely claiming that Trump was a “traitor” and that he had “bowed for a dictator.”
— Randy Eberle (@RandyEberle) July 17, 2018
Calls started to circulate on social media to “occupy” the area in front of the White House, however those that did show up last night to yell at the building (without Trump inside of it) did not end up staying the night. It remains to be seen at this point if a larger push by the elites to have Trump removed will soon begin, or if we will see simply just more of the same circus that we are used to.
As for Trump’s actual reasons in snugglin up to Putin, Grist reported:
Fossil fuels still power 80 percent of the world’s economy, and the leaders of that dying industry might start acting in desperation to stave off its decline. You can see why rapidly eliminating dirty energy sources — exactly what science says we have to do — might be fiercely opposed by politicians who have a substantial stake in their success.
Russia is a petrostate, and the U.S. is now, too. In fact, the two countries are the world’s largest non-OPEC oil producers, extracting nearly as much as all OPEC countries combined. They also own an even greater share of the global natural gas market: Added together the two countries produce six times more natural gas than the rest of the world.
By working together, they can keep the global economy swimming in oil and gas.
From their comments leading up to Monday’s meeting, it’s clear that Trump and Putin see the oil and gas industry as a critical component to their working relationship.
On the notion of the US and Russia as a “petrol-state,” Bloomberg wrote:
President Donald Trump, sensing an opportunity, is looking past independence to what he calls energy dominance. His administration plans to open vast ocean acreage to offshore exploration and for the first time in 40 years allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It may take years to tap, but the Alaska payoff alone is eye-popping—an estimated 11.8 billion barrels of technically recoverable crude.
By all accounts, the threat of climate change is even greater than ever thought, with many scientists predicting the coming collapse of civilization due to problems brought on by burning fossil fuels, increased toxification of the environment, as well as an extreme wealth gap, within only several decades.
But beyond the spectacle of Trump’s latest fiasco, for millions of Americans, America is far from great. For instance, You might be noticing that food prices have gone up, along with other basic everyday commodities. Over all:
The price of all food has risen 26.8 percent over the past 10 years, outpacing the 21.9 percent inflation rate over the same period.
At the same time, this process is also being compounded by the new trade war escalation. As The Atlantic wrote:
The price of imported goods is increasing. The demand for exported goods is falling. American businesses are laying workers off, and some are warning that they might end up bankrupt.
Meanwhile, wages continue to stagnate across the board, and millions of Americans continue to live paycheck to paycheck, on the verge of extreme poverty and homelessness, and unable to recover from the economic crash of 2008. As Marketwatch wrote:
Wages have remained stagnant since the 1970s and four in 10 households experience more than a 30% fluctuation in income month to month due to unreliable employment, irregular hours or periods of unemployment, according to data from the JP Morgan Chase Institute cited in The Aspen Institute’s new report, Reconnecting Work & Wealth. Nearly half of households have little or no emergency funds, while one in five Americans has a zero or negative net worth. According to PwC’s 2017 Employee Wellness Financial Survey, money matters were a top source of stress for boomers as well as younger generations.
Lastly, a new study released this week confirms that tax policies from both parties over the last 17 years has resulted in a mass plundering of wealth from the poor and working-classes and into the hands of the uber-rich. The report from the Institution of Taxation and Economic Policy revealed:
[T]he plundering of US wealth to benefit the rich since 2001. Under presidents Bush, Obama and Trump—that is, under both Democratic and Republican administrations—US federal tax cuts have resulted in lost revenue of $5.1 trillion, with 65 percent of that money going to the top 20 percent of income earners. When interest on increased federal debt is calculated in, the cost in social wealth totals $5.9 trillion over the past 17 years.
Native Water Protectors Sentenced, Support Eric King’s Family
As the J20 trial has now come to a close, the need to step up and support Water Protectors, black liberation rebels, and long term anarchist prisoners is greater than ever.
As Unicorn Riot wrote on Red Fawn:
Red Fawn Fallis, a political prisoner arrested during the movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, was sentenced today in federal court by Judge Daniel Hovland. Fallis was sentenced to 57 months (4.75 years) in federal prison. She will receive a credit of 18 months ‘time served’ taken off of her sentence, from time spent in North Dakota jails before trial proceedings began. Fallis is expected to serve a total of 39 months in prison followed by 3 years probation.
Also, IGD was forwarded this list of current Water Protector prisoners for everyone to keep on their radar. This is coming from the Water Protector Legal Collective:
Red Fawn Fallis
Soon to change, but for now: Red Fawn Fallis, Resident Burleigh/Morton County Detention Center PO Box 2499 Bismarck, ND 58502
Red Fawn has been sentenced and is awaiting transfer from Burleigh/Morton County Detention Center to her new placement which will be determined by the Bureau of Prisons. We will post her new address as soon as it becomes available.
Legal information is on her case page here, and more information on Red Fawn and how you can support her is on her support committee’s website here. You can make a donation to support Red Fawn’s legal defense here. To contribute funds directly to Red Fawn (that will be added to her commissary) you can do so here.
Dion is preparing to change his plea in federal court in Bismarck on July 17.
Michael “Little Feather” Giron On May 30, 2018, Little Feather was sentenced to 36 months in prison pursuant to a non-cooperating plea agreement. Please write to him at: Michael “Little Feather” Giron, #25201-075 USP Hazelton PO Box 2000 Bruceton Mills, WV 26525
Michael “Rattler” Markus
Rattler has entered into a non-cooperating plea agreement that includes a joint recommendation of 36 months in prison. He remains out on supervised release awaiting sentencing. His sentencing date is August 6, 2018, in Bismarck federal court.
Legal information is on his case page here, and more information about Rattler and how you can support him is on his support committee page here. Supporters can make a financial contribution directly to Rattler here.
Lastly, long-time anarchist prisoner Eric King’s family is in need of some real support. His partner and mother of two is suffering after recently being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and is also dealing with a recent car accident. Please, give what you can and also plan a benefit event.
— RevAbolitionMov (@RevAbolitionist) July 12, 2018
Rent Strikes Continue
In Los Angeles, actions continue, especially home demonstrations, against landlords and their families, as rent strikes in various parts of the city continue on.
— Jacob Woocher (@jacobwooch) July 15, 2018
In Chicago, a rent strike in one neighborhood has been on since early July, with tenants forming the #KimballTenantsUnion. Follow the Autonomous Tenants Union on Twitter for daily updates and ways to support.
- In Portland, ongoing clashes with DHS have broken out on multiple occasions, with DHS attempting to take down parts of camp and also transport detainees with their vehicles, only to be blockaded. DHS agents have responded by shooting pepper balls at people in various instances and attempting to make violent arrests. Meanwhile, the camp has held strong despite ongoing repression, with inspiring scenes of resistance, blockading, and de-arresting!
Today #OccupyICEPDX protesters linked arms to attempt to block a bus taking immigrant detainees from the Portland ICE building to another facility. DHS police responded to protesters passively resisting orders by shooting them with pepper balls. Video posted by @OccupyICEPDX pic.twitter.com/N1ZRWEMFGW
— nyc law grrrl (@nyclawgrrrl) July 11, 2018
— Proud Bulba (@ProudBulba) July 12, 2018
- In Tacoma, the occupation has been re-established off and on, and noise demos continue. What’s more, is that inside the North West Detention Facility, a hunger strike has kicked off. Check out their statement below:
Statement from hunger strikers at NWDC in Tacoma – July 16, 2018 pic.twitter.com/IARt2kVbQa
— Central Ohio IWOC (@CentralOhioIWOC) July 17, 2018
- Occupation continues in LA, with actions to blockade ICE trucks continuing.
- In Philly, occupation outside of city hall continues.
— Liberation Project (@Liberation_PHL) July 15, 2018
- Anti-ICE banner drops in Tennessee.
Police destroy families, murder folx, and are now partnering with the modern day Gestapo, AKA ICE in Knox. They think an hour in a public meeting will smooth things out, but we're just getting started. #AbolishICE #End287g #Stop287g #NoNazisInKnox #AbolishPolice #AbolishPrison pic.twitter.com/zdbRDj8BSQ
— Knoxville Radical Alliance (@knoxradical) July 11, 2018
- NYC protest outside of DHS gala event.
- Louisville, KY, anti-ICE graffiti.
— Louisville ARA (@LouisvilleARA) July 12, 2018
- At #OccupyICELA actions and blockades continue.
- In New York, actions and the occupation of Foley park continues. See our interview with #OccupyICE participants in this episode.
#NOTONEMORE DEPORTATION! Blockade now at the intersection of 16th St NW & Irving St NW, Washington DC. 12 people were kidnapped by ICE this past weekend about a block away. They were taken to the Fairfax field office in Virginia. #ABOLISHICE pic.twitter.com/ElNhgSiMOW
— Lacy MacAuley (@lacymacauley) July 16, 2018
— Chip Gibbons (@ChipGibbons89) July 16, 2018
- In DC, blockades and street marches took place after several ICE raids were carried out. Reports of up to 12 people being swept up by ICE.
Living and Fighting
- Unrest in Haiti explodes in massive looting, rioting, and anti-government protests.
All symbols of the Morally Repugnant Elite are being attacked by anti-govt protesters in #Haiti today. By now it is clear this is about more than the price of gasoline. This the Automart on the road to the airport. Most could never buy a car there. pic.twitter.com/3hCcyVBnBK
— Haiti Information Project ? (@HaitiInfoProj) July 7, 2018
- On July 11th, there was a phone blast campaign into a Wisconsin prison as part of a wider campaign.
- Members of RAM have been busy sending word of the strike into prisons by hosting letter writing nights.
coming soon to a street corner near you. we will update our website with locations of newspaper racks where you will be able to pick up copies. pic.twitter.com/hFIQHAWmXR
— Salvo (@salvo_paper) July 16, 2018
- Actions continue against the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana, with various lock downs taking place.
For the third time in two weeks, a key Bayou Bridge drill site has been shut down. Two people have locked to a vehicle, blocking all access to the site. #NoBayouBridge #StopETP #GiveStJamesAWayOut pic.twitter.com/9zoWzYHumq
— Leau Est La Vie Camp (@NoBayouBridge) July 14, 2018
- In Chicago, banners were dropped, graffiti put up, and more for the upcoming #August21 #PrisonStrike.
Banners, posters and stickers have been appearing in the area around Cook County Jail in #Chicago.
Rebellion & repression has already begun on the inside too… (1/2) pic.twitter.com/v12tSFcVWR
— Midwest Unrest (@MW_Unrest) July 14, 2018
This, but everywhere. pic.twitter.com/wIUQMMV5YO
— Adrian (@blagojevism) July 15, 2018
- Another flyer campaign against racist and white nationalist lawyer of the Proud Boys, Jason Van Dyke took place.
Great flyer doxx by comrades on E6th. Some more info on Jason Van Dyke, (Proud Boy featured in the top left photo). He’s still a barred lawyer in Texas somehow, even though he likes to send nooses and death threats to black folks and post white supremacist diatribes on Stormfront pic.twitter.com/30B81vqw8v
— ?Rainer☭Durruti? (@Anthroptimism) July 15, 2018
- Things in Haiti continue to pop off, with people taking to the streets against the President who has imposed austerity measures on the country.
— Haiti Information Project ? (@HaitiInfoProj) July 15, 2018
- Fight against pipelines continues in so-called British Columbia.
Secwepemc are ona move with our Tiny House Warriors. We will not be forced back to the Indian reserves, we are liberating our lands, it has begun…we will not stop until we win. Fighting Pipelines by any means necessary! #stopkm #indigenoustitle #itisallaboutlandtitle pic.twitter.com/uXpZjIdnLZ
— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) July 15, 2018
- Road blockade took place against a prison in Pennsylvania.
- Protests in Charlotte took place against the local jail.
Get here now! We’re at the jail pic.twitter.com/5v7GerC4so
— Charlotte Uprising (@cltuprising) July 16, 2018
- In Los Angeles, socialists and antifascists kicked out a group of Proud Boys who were drinking at a bar.
EXCLUSIVE: "No Proud Boys, No KKK, No fascist USA!" Chants heard inside The #Griffin in #AtwaterVillage Saturday after patrons identify a Proud Boys gathering by #MAGA hats and Fred Perry polos. / Credit: Defend Northeast Los Angeles. Our story is coming … #breakingnews pic.twitter.com/oRwIqLqyuU
— L.A. TACO ?? (@LATACO) July 15, 2018
- Reports of Keystone State Skinheads attacking an African-American man.
— Filler PGH (@PghAutonomy) July 16, 2018
Thanks gonna do it for us today, we will see you next time!