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Welcome, to This Is America, August 14th, 2018.
In today’s episode, we’re going to tackle the headlines, look at struggles popping off across North America, and we’re also going to speak to someone that was on the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday. This will prove to be an important interview, as since the massive turnout against Unite the Right on Sunday, the Centrist press has been in an uproar predictably against antifascists, claiming that they mindlessly attacked journalists and the police.
But first, let’s get to the news.
Trump That Regime
Ex-aide to the President who was in charge of “outreach” to the African-American community Omarosa, has released a new tell all book in which she claims that there is a tape recording of Trump saying the “n-word,” and produced a different tape in which various campaign officials in 2016 discuss how to “spin” the tape if it eventually comes to light.
The Turkish economy has fallen by another 10 percent, as other markets in Europe, Asia, and the US dipped for fear of being “contaminated” by Turkey. As one report wrote, the lira currency:
…has lost 45 percent of its value over the course of this year, driving up the cost of imports and feeding an inflation rate that has topped 15 percent, steadily eroding the living standards of the Turkish working class.
According to Think Progress, ICE agents have begun setting up ‘fake’ meetings with migrants in order to entrap them. Meanwhile, top aide Stephen Miller, who attended university alongside Richard Spencer where the two organized events for a variety of far-Right figures on campus, is currently pushing even more immigration “reforms.” A long with two Senators, Miller is attempt to slash the number of immigrants allowed into the country from 1,00,000 to 500,000 in the next ten years.
“[B]ased on a recent draft seen last week and described to NBC News, immigrants living legally in the U.S. who have ever used or whose household members have ever used Obamacare, children’s health insurance, food stamps and other benefits could be hindered from obtaining legal status in the U.S.”
Meanwhile, Unicorn Riot, has released another collection of leaked Discord logs, this one featuring a server that was formed post-Unite the Right. In other Alt-Right news, Richard Spencer has moved out of Alexandria in Virginia, and presumably moved back in with his parents.
Bayou Bridge Pipeline Protests Escalate
In Louisiana, Water Protectors on the front lines fighting the Bayou Bridge pipeline are in need of support. Recently, two people have been arrested and now face felonies under a newly passed bill designed to protect the pipeline industry from protest, and which went into effect August 1st. It makes it a felony just to “trespass” in areas where pipelines are under construction.
Local South Louisiana community members are pushing back by posting these “Fact Vs Fiction” flyers across the Atchafalaya Basin in hopes to counter some of this false narrative.
Updates from the front, please share!Overview of camp life, intimidation, legal issues, and ways you can support the struggle. Account of recent arrests that resulted in the first charges under Act 692 – a new anti-protest law that went into effect August 1. Nobbp.org #NoBayouBridge #WaterIsLife#StopETP#ProtectWhatYouLove
由 L'eau Est La Vie Camp 发布于 2018年8月13日周一
Mass demonstrations took place in Charlottesville and in Washington DC to mark the one year anniversary of Unite the Right. In Charlottesville, people rallied at the spot where Heather Heyer was murdered and many more were injured, and later a radical student group held a demonstration on campus at the site of the tiki march, before marching across town. See our guest interview later in the program for more info. The next morning, a large crowd gathered at 9 AM, and then marched to listen to several speakers, including Heyer’s mother; there were several arrests.
Meanwhile in Washington DC, over three thousand people converged against what ended up being only around 30 or so Alt-Right supporters, in a variety of rallies and marches that saw a large black bloc.
Candlelight vigil to abolish ICE in from of federal courthouse. pic.twitter.com/BF5fBMPBXW
— C-VILLE Weekly (@cville_weekly) August 11, 2018
Anti-fascists in the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville: “No more deaths!” pic.twitter.com/7AxK5JLCuQ
— Jordan Green (@jordangreentcb) August 11, 2018
The group has left the memorial along Fourth Street for Heather Heyer. pic.twitter.com/QGUJmb9DAe
— Allison Wrabel (@craftypanda) August 11, 2018
— Jalane Smash the Fash Schmidt ???? (@Jalane_Schmidt) August 11, 2018
— Scott Heins (@scottheins) August 11, 2018
— Scott Heins (@scottheins) August 11, 2018
UVa students leading a protest against police brutality at the site of last year’s Unite the Right torch march. pic.twitter.com/Mwwx5I1K8k
— Kelly Weill (@KELLYWEILL) August 11, 2018
They say they’re headed downtown. And also, “What goes up must come down, tear those fucking statues down.” pic.twitter.com/dvBkGAs0oD
— C-VILLE Weekly (@cville_weekly) August 12, 2018
Solidarity and love to the 1500-2000 folks in Charlottesville marching tonight against white supremacy and fascism #AllOutAugust #AllOutCville #DefendCville #CvilleFightsBack pic.twitter.com/98IcUx7jje
— AllOutBayArea (@alloutbay) August 12, 2018
— Not Voting for White Guys 2020 (@CarisAdel) August 12, 2018
— Shay Horse (@HuntedHorse) August 12, 2018
— Marissa J. Lang (@Marissa_Jae) August 12, 2018
“Our city!” pic.twitter.com/zWFX5W4Nh7
— Jessica Schulberg (@jessicaschulb) August 12, 2018
Living and Fighting
- In Sacramento, graffiti was written in remembrance of Nia Wilson.
— Berkeley Antifa (@berkeleyantifa) August 10, 2018
- Across the country, people are taking action to build towards the #PrisonStrike set to kick off on #August21. People are dropping banners, writing graffiti, and putting up stickers. Many groups, such as RAM, are also sending in massive amounts of letters into prisons to spread the word.
— Filler PGH (@PghAutonomy) August 9, 2018
We hit out goal of sending 1000 letters to people in prison!!
Thank you to everyone who came out last night and helped us spread the word inside!#PrisonStrike #August21 #NatTurnerDay #BurnThePrisons #AbolitionNow pic.twitter.com/Dp32puMsuj
— RevAbolitionNYC (@RevAbolitionNYC) August 9, 2018
— IWOC (@IWW_IWOC) August 12, 2018
This weekend over a hundred of these posters went up around #Lansing #MI to publicize the march in solidarity with prisoners. We are mobilizing on August 23 in Lansing to raise awareness about #NationalPrisonerStrike that is set to begin on #August21 https://t.co/U25XrgpgMj pic.twitter.com/Oj6OaUSJwb
— MI Prison Abolition (@MI_Abolition) August 13, 2018
(Oakland, CA 580 fwy) pic.twitter.com/YAQhUiUlru
— IWOC (@IWW_IWOC) August 12, 2018
- The #OccupyICE camp in San Antonio is back! Check their Twitter for more updates.
- In Sacramento, people held a noise demonstration outside of the hotel of Kristjen Neilsen of DHS.
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen AKA Gestapo Barbie is holed up at The Citizen hotel in J and 10th tonight until tomorrow morning! Come give her a real Sacramento welcome and fuck up her visit!
FUCK ICE! FUCK DHS! FTP! pic.twitter.com/9LvNqxubaL
— OccupyICEsacramento (@OccupyICEsacto) August 10, 2018
SURPRISE MOTHERFUCKER, we’re back at Crosspoint https://t.co/PlssmkhhOA
— Abolish ICE SATX (@abolishICEsatx) August 10, 2018
We’ve survived the storms and are enjoying this beautiful day! Come on out to Crosspoint to help build the camp up to its former glory #AbolishICE #OccupyICE #AbolishICEsatx #OccupyICEsatx pic.twitter.com/9aRcrj6D3t
— Abolish ICE SATX (@abolishICEsatx) August 13, 2018
- Southern California residents traveled to the bay area to keep the heat on their landlords they are on rent strike against. They were joined by local residents who demonstrated alongside them.
— Defend North East Los Angeles (@defendnela) July 28, 2018
— Kimberly (@Kimmberly_16) August 10, 2018
- Also in southern California, the SGV Mutual Aid Society held a large teach-in on what is capitalism and building autonomous resistance to it.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our conversation about capitalism last night – it was standing room only. pic.twitter.com/wedzAIlk0B
— SGV Mutual Aid Society (@sgvmutualaid) August 10, 2018
- In Ferguson, people marked the four year anniversary of the murder of Mike Brown, Jr.
— CheyIsLoved (@Ms_Workes) August 10, 2018
- The Hamilton rent strike continues, with rent strikers continuing to organize pickets and demonstrations.
Yesterday, Stoney Creek Towers tenants travelled on their #EastHamiltonRentStrike school bus on an eight hour journey to bring their demands to the head office of their landlord, InterRent REIT, in Ottawa. InterRent won't acknowledge the rent strike, so we must go to them! pic.twitter.com/FXa0GislOq
— Hamilton Tenants Solidarity Network (@HamiltonTenants) August 11, 2018
- In Toronto, a recent antifascist mobilization was a great success, with antifascists and antiracists reclaiming a public square from fascists who had planned a rally.
Far-right racist demo in #Toronto a complete failure. Anti-racists reclaim Nathan Phillips Square from fascists and Islamophobes. Report and photos linked here: https://t.co/gln8PKIOgd #topoli #onpoli #cdnpoli Solidarity with #ShutItDownDC and #Charlottesvillelockdown protesters! pic.twitter.com/OSR3KJnoAo
— Jaggi Singh (@JaggiMontreal) August 11, 2018
- In Chicago the Autonomous Tenants Union held a block party.
The Albany Park Defense Network & Autononous Tenants Union block party is going strong until 8pm! Come by Leland & Lawndale! pic.twitter.com/71wOAtJsmO
— Autonomous Tenants Union (@AutonomousUnion) August 11, 2018
- Earth and animal liberation prisoner Joseph Dibee was arrested after 12 years of being on the run, handed over by the Cuban authorities to the US. For more info on the arrest, see the Earth First! Journal. Dibee is accused of taking part in Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal Liberation Front (ALF) actions over 10 years ago that injured no one, but attacked corporate and government property, namely buildings that were used in slaughtering wild horses. Dibee is being painted as an “eco-terrorist,” to which the Civil Liberties Defense Center wrote:
“As usual, the State is using terrorism rhetoric to attempt to bias the judicial process against individuals accused of property damage crimes that were not intended and did not cause harm to any humans or animals. The fact that the government is attempting to inflame hate and ignorance about the fact that this former American animal rights activist is of middle eastern background is appalling and racist.”
- Lastly, the Black Rose Anarchist Federation recently held a gathering in LA, which was well attended.
Group photo of Black Rose/Rosa Negra gathered in Los Angeles for its 5th convention August 3-5. Stay tuned for a four part YouTube series where members discuss efforts at building popular power! #PowerFromBelow #LibertarianSocialism pic.twitter.com/vFbygIiAR2
— ❤️Black Rose/Rosa Negra? (@BRRN_Fed) August 13, 2018